Drama Desk Award

The Drama Desk Awards are presented annually and were first awarded in 1955 to recognize excellence in New York theatre productions Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. Broadway productions were included beginning with the 1968–69 award season; the awards are considered a significant American theater distinction. The Drama Desk organization was formed in 1949 by a group of New York theater critics, editors and publishers, in order to make the public aware of the vital issues concerning the theatrical industry, they debuted the presentations of the Vernon Rice Awards. The name honors the New York Post critic Vernon Rice, who had pioneered Off-Broadway coverage in the New York press; the name was changed for the 1963–1964 awards season to the Drama Desk Awards. In 1974, the Drama Desk became incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. In 1975, the Drama Desk announcement of winners included the nominees as well; the Drama Desk has more than 100 members, including theatre critics and editors who cover New York theater and vote on the awards.

Membership consists of two categories: participating membership. All of the Drama Desk officers and nominating committee members perform their various services for the organization on a voluntary basis; the nominating committee meets twice a month to discuss the many eligible shows members are responsible for seeing. They nominate the productions on which the entire membership will vote. What sets the organization apart is that the awards are voted on "by media people only without any vested interests in the results", according to the organization. Previous winners include Bernadette Peters, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Catherine Zeta-Jones, among many others; the Drama Desk Awards have contributed to the ongoing success of major stars and designers, while identifying newcomers. The Drama Desk was the first New York theater organization to give awards to talents such as Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, George C. Scott. Plays like Driving Miss Daisy, Other People's Money, Steel Magnolias, The Boys in the Band built momentum with the help of Drama Desk wins.

In keeping with its original mission, the organization sponsors guest panel luncheons with theater professionals. Panels address topics of current interest: covering the season on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, with the aim of prompting informative and stimulating discussion. Performance categories Show and technical categories Special awards Drama Desk Special Award Outstanding EnsembleRetired awards Other theatre awards in New York: Tony Award Lucille Lortel Awards Obie Award New York Drama Critics' Circle Drama League Award Theatre World Award Official website

Agra Metro

The Agra Metro is a proposed rapid transit network in Agra, the fourth largest city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The feasibility study was conducted in 2016, with the government approving the project in early 2019; the Agra Metro is set to consist with a total length of about 30 kilometres. As of July 2016, DPR has been submitted to the state government. On 28 February 2019, Union Cabinet approved the metro project in Agra worth ₹ 8379.62 crore. The cost of construction is estimated at ₹350 crore per km; the cost will be evaluated based on the June 2015 price index. Agra Metro Rail Project will have 2 corridors which will pass through heart of the city and will connect prominent tourist places including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra as well as ISBT, Raja Ki Mandi Railway Station, Medical College, Agra Cant Railway Station, Sanjay Place, surrounding densely populated residential areas. Highlights of these corridors include: The length of Sikandra to Taj East Gate corridor 14.00 km, elevated and underground and comprises 13 Stations.

The length of Agra Cantt to Kalindi Vihar corridor is 15.40 km comprising 14 stations. The estimated cost of the project is ₹8,379.62 crore and the project will be completed in five years. About 20 lakh population of the city is expected to be benefited by Agra Metro Rail Project directly and indirectly at the time of commencement of commercial operations; the proposed corridors will be having Multimodal Integration with Railway Stations & BRTS Stations and will have a feeder network of Bus, Intermediate Public Transport and Non-Motorized Transport. The Project will have non-fare box revenue from rental & advertisement as well as Value Capture Financing through the mechanism of Transit-Oriented Development and Transfer of Development Rights. July 2016: Detailed Project Report submitted to the state government. September 2017: The central government rejected the DPR of Agra Metro as it didn't conform with the new Metro Rail Policy 2017 introduced that month. January 2018: The UP Government Cabinet decides to build metros in Meerut and Agra.

September 2018: Detailed Project Report sent by the UP Government to the Central government. 7 February 2019: the UP government has allocated ₹175 crore to start preliminary work in budget 28 February 2019: Union government approved the metro project in Agra 8 March 2019: Foundation stone laid down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. August 2019: LMRC has requested relevant authorities to transfer land for Metro construction. January 2020: Construction work yet to start as few permissions from the Supreme Court of India, Taj Trapezium Zone Authority, forest department, Archaeological Survey of India and others other departments are pending. Once permissions are in place, land acquisition will take another 3 months

1678 in poetry

Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature. Anne Bradstreet, Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, a reprint of The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, published in Boston, Massachusetts with significant additions, including "Contemplations", said to be her best poem; the Assyrian, Grecian, Also a Dialogue between Old England and New, concerning the late troubles. With divers other pleasand and serious Poems, By a Gentlewoman in those parts"; the Third and Last Part, "by the author of the first and second parts" "Ephelia", a pen name Joan Philips, A Poem to His Sacred Majesty, on the Plot, on the Popish Plot Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Själens aandelige Sangoffer John Norris of Bemerton, Poems Henry Vaughan, Thalia Rediviva, including published works and Latin poems by Henry's brother, Thomas Vaughan Death years link to the corresponding " in poetry" article: August 12 - Jacob Maschius, Norwegian clergyman and copperplate engraver Birth years link to the corresponding " in poetry" article: April 9 - Lady Hester Pulter, Irish-born English poet May 14 or 15 - Anna Maria van Schurman, Dutch painter and linguist August 16 - Andrew Marvell, English metaphysical poet and parliamentarian Approximate date - Richard Flecknoe, English dramatist and poet Poetry List of years in poetry List of years in literature 17th century in poetry 17th century in literature Restoration literature