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D. Kanna Babu
D. Kanna Babu

Ramesh Susarla

Registering officer appointed

GUNTUR: The Archaeological Survey of India has appointed Assistant Surveyor of Archaeology D. Kanna Babu as registering officer for all articles of antique value with individuals in Andhra Pradesh.

This was yet another effort by the Central Government to protect the heritage of the country and make information about antique articles available to people, D. Jithender Das, Director of ASI, Hyderabad circle, told The Hindu .

After last year's programme to enumerate antique palm leaf manuscripts, now the Central Government has come up with the programme asking people to register all antique articles value with Mr. Kanna Babu at his Amaravathi office in Guntur district.

People could send the information from September 1 through `snail mail' at the following address: D. Kanna Babu, ASA, Buddhist Archaeological Museum, Amaravathi, Guntur District, PIN: 522020. He could be contacted on the phone No. 08645-255225. People could bring the articles to the Amaravathi office and register or send photographs for cross verification.

If the articles were too big, the ASI official would visit the place himself and register it. This would provide enough research material for archaeologists and students in their chosen area of study, he said.

Very soon an e-mail ID would also be provided for the ASI officer to help people access him to register the articles.

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