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Another alleged desecration of idols in UP: A Statue of Lord Shiva found Damaged

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Muzaffarnagar, May 13, 2017:  A statue of Lord Shiva has been found dishonoured in Janakpuri area in yet another episode of alleged desecration of idols in Uttar Pradesh.

The broken idol was spotted by the locals when they reached the temple yesterday, Circle Officer Tejbir Singh said.

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He announced that a case has been recorded against the anonymous persons and the matter was being investigated.

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A statue of poet-saint Ravidas was avowedly desecrated at Khatauli police station area here on May 11. A statue of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar was also found cracked in Shamli district on May 9.

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

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Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)