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Jodrell Bank bids to become World Heritage Site; Liz Hull; Daily Mail Online

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  • The observatory has been selected as the next UK candidate to go forward
  • Is home to the iconic Lovell radio telescope and was established in 1945
  •  More than 185,000 people visit Jodrell Bank’s Discovery Centre each year

It is Britain’s most famous observatory, where scientists have spent 60 years searching the skies for signals from outer space.

But yesterday it emerged that Jodrell Bank in Cheshire is bidding to stand alongside India’s Taj Mahal and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef as one of the most important places on earth.

The observatory, which is home to the iconic Lovell radio telescope, is hoping to be named a World Heritage Site.

It has been selected as the next UK candidate to go forward for nomination to Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in January.


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PHOTOS: The 20 most crowded places on earth; Emily DiNuzzo; INSIDER

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Crowded can mean different things to different people. For small town folks, it means running into multiple friends at the mall. For city residents, it means packing into a subway car to get to your next destination. And while some people find crowds stressful, others relish in them. If being around more people gets you energized, then you’ll want to travel to the most crowded places on earth, where you can be sure you’ll bump into people, wait in long lines, and see some pretty amazing sites.

Keep scrolling to see some of the most crowded places on earth.

Mong Kok District — Hong Kong, China

Sales draw crowds to the shops in this district, but Mong Kok doesn’t need 50 percent off signs to attract the masses.

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Taj Mahal Rightly Dropped Out of Tourism Booklet, Should be Replaced With Guru Gorakhnath Peeth: UP Minister; India.com

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Agra, Oct 10: Taj Mahal was rightly kept out of the tourism booklet of Uttar Pradesh and should instead be replaced with the Guru Gorakhnath peeth, a cabinet minister of the state Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary. Minister in charge of religious affairs and culture said that keeping out Taj Mahal from the UP tourism booklet was a necessary step as the present Uttar Pradesh government is rashtravadi (nationalist) and runs on dharma niti (religious policy), reported TOI.

Taj Mahal is not a symbol of any religion and it is nobody’s, Chaudhary was reported as saying by TOI. Chaudhary was speaking at an event by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Justifying his comments that Taj Mahal should be replaced with Gorakhnath peeth, he said that Gorakhnath peeth “represents people’s faith” while the UNESCO heritage site doesn’t represent any religion.

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Taj Mahal dropped from tourism booklet of Uttar Pradesh; Saif Khalid; Al Jazeera

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Controversial move to remove UNESCO world heritage site from tourism brochure criticised as ‘sectarian’.

The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, attracting more than six million tourists a year.

Although the monument attracts more tourists than any other site in India, it seems it is out of favour with the government of Uttar Pradesh (UP), where it is located.

The iconic monument, a UNESCO world heritage site considered a “symbol of love”, was not featured in the tourism booklet issued by the UP government last week.

The 32-page booklet titled “Uttar Pradesh Tourism: Its High Potential”, released by Rita Bahuguna Joshi, state tourism minister, mentions a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious places, but misses one of the world’s most famous monuments.

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Why the iconic Taj Mahal is a victim of prejudice; Karan Thapar; Hindustan Times

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The UP government’s attitude to the World Heritage Site in Agra is more than negligence. It suggests deliberate disregard.

It could either be rank ignorance or plain prejudice and I have a hunch I know which it is. The UP government’s attitude to the Taj Mahal is more than negligence. It suggests deliberate disregard. And the chief minister’s belated reassurance – from Kerala of all places – does little to dispel my doubts.

The Taj is unquestionably India’s biggest tourist attraction. It’s renowned as one of the seven Wonders of the World. Tagore called it “a tear drop on the cheek of time”. Unesco considers it a World Heritage Site. Many travel to India just to see it. And a picture by the Taj is what everyone wants.

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Hindutva’s latest: Taj Mahal vanishes!; Deccan Herald

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Built as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s seven wonders. Rabindranath Tagore memorably described it as “a teardrop on the cheek of time.” The Unesco recognises it as a world heritage site. The Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 carried a picture of the Taj Mahal so that if the spaceship was discovered by intelligent extraterrestrial beings, they would know that earthlings were capable of building some-thing so beautiful. It appears that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, where the iconic monument is situated and draws tourists from around the world, couldn’t care less, going by a tourism brochure brought out by it.

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Taj Mahal mysteriously left out of tourism brochure; Travel Wire Asia

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A RECENTLY released tourism brochure from the Uttar Pradesh government deliberately excluded the Taj Mahal, one of India’s most important tourist sites, and a Unesco World Heritage Site.

The omission brew controversy in the state as journalists, politicians and activists were among those who took to social media to decry the 17th Century mausoleum’s absence, BBC News reported. Yesterday, the monument was mentioned on Twitter more than 12,000 times in 24 hours.

The exclusion comes six months into the appointment of Hindu nationalist Yogi Adityanath as chief minister, and some say that the government is starving the Taj Mahal of support because the ancient structure was built by Muslims invaders.

In June, Adityanath was reported to have expressed disapproval of foreign dignitaries being gifted replicas of the Taj Mahal, and have replaced them with copies of the Gita and Ramayana, Hinduism’s sacred scriptures.

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