The accused police officer has been identified as Gopalkrushna Das. Das started his career as a constable in Berhampur.
As the first step to the operation, a private firm, BDR Constructions has started work on erecting an iron structure and a mechanical working platform on which lifts and trolleys will move to excavate sand.
As per initial reports, the body of Pradhan was recovered from his residence at Padasahi near Nandankanan Zoological Park.
The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is tarnishing the beauty of world-famous Sun temple at Konark in Puri. This severe allegation has been leveled against the ASI by none other than internally-acclaimed sand artist Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik.
The ASI has installed LED lights at different locations to illuminate the black pagoda which is famous worldwide for its architectural marvel. But the way the lights have been installed has not gone down well with Pattnaik.
A technical team of Archaeological Survey of India and experts from IIT Chennai studying the status of cracks inside the Nata Mandap of Puri Srimandir shared 'contrasting' opinions over the repair of the structure inside the 12th century shrine.
One team of ASI led by its Additional DG, Janhwij Sharma and the other one constituting a group of experts from IIT Chennai led by Professor Arun Menon thoroughly inspected the cracks developed on the Nata Mandap of the temple today.
The inspection was done in presence of amicus curiae NK Mohanty and ASI Odisha superintendent Arun Mallick. They were also accompanied by Professor Arun Menon of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai.
Local ASI officials, entrusted with collecting tickets from visitors were allegedly involved in ticket recycling affecting up to Rs 50 lakh loss to the ASI coffers every month.
It has been estimated that the entire process will take three years to complete.
Notably on August 8, the ASI had written to SJTA Chief Administrator about its plans to inspect the treasure trove of Lord Jagannath.
Earlier on July 6, Puri king Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb expressed his desire to see the Ratna Bhandar to be opened as soon as possible. He also raised demands for early repair of the Ratna Bhandar as its condition is not good.
The vigilance has seized the bribe money in presence of witnesses and registered a case against Paikaray under the Prevention of Corruption Act. She has been arrested and produced before a court, the officials informed.
The site, which is spread over 17 hectares at Barpali in Bargarh district, has yielded numerous artefacts and antiquities.
Tearing into the State government, the BJP MP from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi said the government’s decision to move the reception centre beyond 100 metres suggests they had earlier violated the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act, 1958.