New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) The Aga Khan Foundation on Tuesday partnered with the German embassy, which will provide Rs 41.5 lakh for rebuilding of a traditional ‘baoli (water stepwell) in the Humayun Tomb's complex here.
It was announced during the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Aga Khan Trust for Culture Chief Executive Ratish Nanda and the German envoy Martin Ney in the Mughal-era Arab Ki Sarai premises.
The Arab Ki Sarai, an Archeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monument, houses an out-of-use stepwell.
The embassy had previously co-funded the conservation of Chausath Khamba, a 16th-century tomb in the proximity to the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.
"Germany has a cultural conservation programme worldwide, not just in India. This is a traditional baoli next to the Arab ki Sarai gate. The renovation will be executed by the Aga Khan Foundation and we will give Rs 41.5 lakh for it.
"The soil will be heightened a little to make the Baoli functional. It's not just theoretical conservation," German embassy spokesperson Hans Christian Winkler told IANS.
"It's an important structure. It's a water conservation project in the heart of Delhi. A project like this can revive traditional water systems. The baoli is in shambles. Several parts like walls and roofs will need to be dismantled and rebuilt," Nanda told IANS.
He said the Foundation was grateful that Germany accepted their "request to seek funding for this little structure".
The baoli restoration is the latest project for the Foundation in Delhi, after the conservation of over 50 monuments in Humayun's Tomb complex since 2007.
In India, the Foundation begun its conservation activities by restoring the gardens of Humayun's Tomb, which was completed in 2004. It then expanded its activities to encompass an urban renewal project that comprised the adjoining areas of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, Sundar Nursery and Humayun's Tomb complex.
Several other medieval monuments adjoining the Humayun's Tomb have fallen into the conservation ambit. They are Nila Gumbad, Isa Khan's garden-tomb, Bu Halima's garden- tomb, Arab Serai gateways, Sundarawala Mahal and Burj, Batashewala group of Monuments, Chausath Khambha, and Hazrat Nizamuddin Baoli.
A 90-acre city park in the Sunder Nursery Batashewala Complex has been restored as well.
"We work in 30 countries and look at the whole setting of the monument. We've been working in the Nizamuddin, Sundar Nursery, Humayun's Tomb area for about 11 years now and there are 50 plus monuments that we've worked with -- some even in an advanced state of failure," Nanda explained.
As per Nanda, the conservation work will begin on Wednesday and take under a year to complete.
By Subhash Narayan
Paris, March 26 (IANS) Chinese telecommunications and consumer electronics manufacturer Huawei on Tuesday launched two industry-first, advanced camera smartphones -- Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.
Huawei P30 Pro is the first smartphone to have a 5x periscope-like optical zoom and four cameras on the back.
The four rear-camera system on P30 Pro has 20MP ultra-wide, 40MP wide-angle, 8MP 5X telephoto and a ToF (time-of-flight) depth-sensing lens.
Huawei P30 has a "SuperSensing" 40MP Leica triple camera setup -- 8MP telephoto, 16MP ultra-wide and 40MP wide-angle lens.
Both handsets come with a 32MP selfie camera. Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro will be powered by the Kirin 980 SoC and will run Android Pie with an EMUI 9.1 custom skin on top.
Currently launched for the European and Chinese markets, the devices will come to India in April.
"The latest Huawei P30 series represents a breakthrough after decades of digital camera technology development that will rewrite the rules and reshape the perception that consumers have of mobile photography," Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, told the audience at a glittering launch event in Paris.
"Innovations such as the Huawei 'SuperSpectrum Sensor' and 'SuperZoom Lens' allow us to push the envelope of not just photography, but videography as well - a frontier long overdue for disruption," Yu added.
Huawei P30 Pro will come with a 6.47-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) OLED display with curved edges and a "water-drop" notch.
Huawei P30, on the other hand, will have a usual non-curved 6.1 inch display with a waterdrop notch and thin bezels.
Huawei P30 Pro will be packed with a 4200mAh battery. On the other hand, P30 will have a smaller 3,650mAh battery, screen fingerprint reader, will be water and dust resistant and will come in five colours (body).
"The Huawei P30 series will set the pace for the next several generations of smartphones," said Yu.
The company has been looking to provide its customers with phones to rewrite the rules of photography, he said.
The Huawei P30 series is available in Europe with a starting price of 799 euros. The variants of P30 Pro have been priced at 999, 1,099 and 1,249 euros.
The Chinese company also unveiled smartwatches in new colours, wireless charging pads, a 12000mAh power bank and smart eyewear at the event.
(Subhash Narayan is attending the event at the invitation from Huawei. He can be reached at email@example.com)