New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday took a tough stand on repeated adjournment pleas by Government departments and imposed costs on the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and ASI in a case related to Taj Mahal

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The Archaeological Survey of India is planning to install sensors in the Qutub Minar to measure the vibrations and noise pollution caused by airplanes that fly close to the monument.

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Guwahati, August 28: Six days after a strike called by a student body over alleged damage to a protected monument brought drilling operations in Upper Assam to a grinding halt, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has offered to take up protection and conservation of all historical sites in Sivasagar district to resolve the crisis.

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The Centre on Thursday conceded to the demand of environmentalists and religious activists on the Sethusamudram project and accepted the suggestion of the Supreme Court to look for an alternative route for dredging operations.

Senior counsel Nariman, defending the project, said in court that the suggestion for alternative alignment to avoid Ram Sethu has been taken as a special case. "I have personally taken it at the highest level. It is being scientifically examined. I will come back to you by Tuesday or Wednesday," he told the bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan.

While the tomb of Humayaun has been restored to its former glory, two other Mughal-era structures located right next to it lie in a state of disrepair. Keen to repair them, the ASI is now waiting for SC to deliver its verdict on the land that is now with the Scouts

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The Supreme Court has ordered the union government to "explore the possibility' of an alternative alignment (a route) for the Sethusamudram project and asked the Archaeological Survey of India to

The expert committee engaged by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to go into the alleged damage caused to the historic Rangghar by the seismic survey carried out by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGCL), has been learnt to have called for a policy of the State Government to regulate blast and mining activities in and around the historic sites. According to information available with this newspaper, the committee has also asked the Government to engage mining experts to ascertain the impact of the ONGCL seismic survey on the Rangghar.

The Assam government today assured Assam Assembly to take necessary steps to safeguard historical monuments that are allegedly under threat because of ongoing seismic survey conducted in Sivasagar district of Upper Assam by a private firm called Shibani, contracted by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC). Most of these centuries old historic monuments from Ahom dynasty, which ruled over Assam for six hundred years since the 12th century AD, are now under protection of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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