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GUWAHATI, Feb 10 – A rock-cut cave has been discovered in the Kalipur Kadamtal area of the city’s Greater Umachal area. The cave is facing the Brahmaputra. According to Dr HN Dutta, Director of the State Archaeology Department, the cave has some carvings of the nature of floral decoration. Director Dutta, along with Deputy Director (Exploration and Excavation) Ranjana Sarma and exploration officer Chabina Hassan, inspected the cave today. Dutta said that the Umachal Rock Inscription of Mahendravarman datable to 400-500 AD, which is located nearby, refers to the construction of a cave temple for Balabhadraswami. It has to be confirmed if this cave temple could be assigned to that structure, Dutta said. Ranjana Sarma said that the cave has some geometrical lines drawn inside it. Rock-cut niches meant for some purposes, have also been noticed in the cave. The interior area of the cave measures 6.26 metres×5.02 metres with a height of 1.48 metres in its central region. She said that findings inside the cave include two pieces of a broken stone bowl, measuring 16.5 cm in diameter, with a 50 cm circumference and a thickness of .5cm. A stone slab found inside the cave measures 168×29×107 cm with floral carving on its vertical border. The antique found inside the cave with floral carving measures 76×73×16 cm. A sherd of a thick terracotta storage container is also found inside the cave, Sarma said.

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Guwahati, Oct 31 (PTI) Assam is a naturally well endowed with rich flora and fauna and a high number of endangered animals and birds, but environmentalists fear that the great adjutant stork, popularly known in local dialect as "Hargilla", is on the verge of extinction. The reasons are well known to animals lovers as the local people which includes loss of habitat due to increase in human habitat and a lack of awareness for the necessity of the giant bird. Moloy Baruah of "Early Birds", an NGO engaged in research of what they call the "lost bird", say human beings are the greatest enemies of the stork as wanton destruction of trees where they nest is the single most reason for their rapid loss in numbers. There is a foul smell in the surrounding areas where the storks nest and that is reason why the people settled in the nearby areas cut down the trees, says Baruah. "The birds normally nest in Simulu trees which are found mostly in North of Guwahati across river Brahmaputra particularly in the areas of Satgaon and Mandakatta", he says. source

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