Minor damage to outer wall of Kedarnath shrine, says ASI

A team of experts of Archaeological Survey of India has found that the north eastern outer wall of the sanctum sanctorum of Kedarnath temple was slightly damaged at some places.
“The northeastern outer wall of the sanctum sanctorum has some damage,” additional director general of ASI B.R. Mani told PTI.
“Also, there is minor damage at places where stones struck the temple structure. It is more visible at either side of the eastern, western and southern entrances of the mandap (a structure inside temple),” he said.
The five-member team headed by Janhwij Sharma, director (conservation) of ASI, studied the structure on August 2 and 3 along with representatives of Geological Survey of India (GSI) to assess the damage to the structure after the June calamity in Uttarakhand.

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UP HC security beefed up
Age correspondent
Lucknow, Aug. 7

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to beef up security the security at the high court complex in Lucknow and in Allahabad and to install CCTV cameras around the entire court complex.
According to principal secretary, home, R.M. Srivastava, the entire high court building in Lucknow and Allahabad would be put under round-the-clock CCTV surveillance.

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Protection for UP ex-minister
Age correspondent
Lucknow, Aug. 7

A local court in Muzaffarnagar district has ordered the police to ensure protection to former UP Minister Yograj Singh, who is an eye witness in the murder of his father and Congress leader Choudhury Jagbir Singh.
Choudhury Jagbir Singh was shot dead at Ahlawalpur village in 2003 and a case was registered against three persons, including Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Naresh Tikait. Two of the accused died during the trial.

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Snake averts molestation bid
AKSHAYA KUMAR SAHOO
Bhubaneswar, Aug. 7

A 21-year-old student of Sambalpur University, Orissa, had a miraculous escape from two anti-socials who abducted her on Tuesday evening from the university campus and attempted to outrage her modesty.
According to sources, two anti-socials kidnapped the student while she was returning to her hostel in the evening after meeting her friend in another hostel on the campus. The culprits took the girl to a nearby forest and started misbehaving with her. As the girl was fighting to escape from the perpetrators, a cobra hiding in a nearby termite hive rushed towards to the scene. When the culprits saw the snake, they freed the girl and fled the spot.
The girl reported the matter to university authorities.

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