Hoax bomb threat triggers panic at India’s Taj Mahal Mar 05, 2021 0 2060 12345 dpa New Delhi Tourists had to evacuate as the Taj Mahal was temporarily shut down on Thursday after a hoax call about a bomb at the one of India’s most famous monuments.After the call came in on a police helpline, the federal security force that guard the 17th century monument were alerted. They then asked tourists to vacate the premises.There was commotion among visitors and tourists outside the Taj Mahal and nearby shops were closed, local media reported as bomb detection squads conducted checks of the premises.“The caller said he will blow up the monument. We have conducted thorough checks, but did not find any explosive device, so we are treating this as a hoax call,” area police chief Rajeev Kumar Singh said.“The Taj Mahal was shut for about 45 minutes. Entry for tourists has resumed and its back to normal now,” Singh added.The white marble edifice located in the northern city of Agra is India’s top tourist attraction and draws an estimated 7 million to 8 million visitors annually.Domestic media reported that a man called up the police helpline complaining there were discrepancies in military recruitment that led to him not being selected. He said a bomb planted at the monument would explode soon, according to the ANI news agency.Agra police said the call had been traced to the city of Ferozabad city and the hoax caller will be arrested soon.The Taj Mahal was reopened for tourists last September with strict coronavirus safety measures after being closed for more than six months due to the pandemic. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Myanmar forces continue violent crackdown as protesters mourn Mar 05, 2021 0 474 Iran agrees to talks with world energy agency in nuclear dispute Mar 05, 2021 0 447 Supermarket Aldi apologises for ‘Taste of India’ sticker on beef Mar 05, 2021 0 81 Pak PM to seek fresh confidence vote after ballot defeat dpa Islamabad Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan will seek a fresh vote of confidence from the country’s parliament, a close aide said on Wednesday, after his party lost a crucial vote by MPs. “We have decided that Prime .. Turkey prevents monitoring of UN Libya arms embargo Brussels: Turkey has again blocked the EU’s monitoring of the United Nations weapons embargo against Libya. In February, Turkey’s foreign ministry in Ankara vetoed the search of two merchant ships suspected of being .. Nepal signs peace deal with outlawed Maoist splinter group Kathmandu: The Nepalese government on Thursday signed a peace agreement with an outlawed Maoist splinter group after it agreed to renounce violence. The three-point agreement between the government and the .. 16 Myanmar nationals including police constables cross into India, seeking refuge New DELHI: At least 16 Myanmar nationals, some of them police, have crossed into India seeking refuge after the junta overthrew the government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup. Some families and reportedly three police .. Yemen’s Houthi rebels say missile hits Saudi oil facility Sana’a: Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthi rebels said on Thursday that one of their missiles had struck a Saudi oil facility in the coastal city of Jeddah. Houthi military spokesman Yehia Serae said they had targeted the Saudi ..