Share 44 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyle India temple treasure search team suspends their search by: – July 4, 2011 Share Tweet Security has been tightened outside the Sree Padmanabhaswamy templeBy Ashraf PadannaKochiInspectors unearthing priceless treasures from a South Indian temple have had to halt their search because the final vault cannot be opened.Five vaults replete with precious stones, gold and silver have already been opened in Kerala state’s Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple.The haul’s value is now thought to have risen from 25 billion rupees ($500m) to 900 billion rupees ($20.3bn).Historians say assessing the treasure’s true value will be very difficult.The goods have not been officially valued and inspectors are merely taking an inventory.The inspectors managed to open the outer doors of the sixth vault but found an iron wall inside it. The vault was last opened 136 years ago, according to temple records.NM Krishnan, a retired judge who heads a seven-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court to open the chambers and prepare an inventory, said the decision on when to open the sixth vault would be taken on Friday after apprising the Supreme Court of the progress made in cataloguing treasures so far.“There are some technical problems [in opening the sixth vault],” he said. “We’ll discuss all aspects of it at the meeting… on Friday.”Mr Krishnan said “more expertise” was needed before the vault is opened.The riches are thought to have been languishing in the temple vaults for more than a century, interred by the Maharajahs of Travancore over time.Concealed richesMeanwhile, security has been stepped up at the temple but police have refused to divulge exact details because they say it would make the treasure more “vulnerable”.The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple was built in the 16th Century by the kings who ruled over the then kingdom of Travancore. Local legends say the Travancore kings sealed immense riches within the thick stone walls and vaults of the temple.Since independence from Britain, the temple has been controlled by a trust run by the descendants of the Travancore royal family. After 1947 the kingdom of Travancore merged with the princely state of Cochin, which eventually became the present-day state of Kerala.The inspections at the temple began after India’s Supreme Court appointed the seven-member panel to enter and assess the value of the objects stored in its cellars.The Supreme Court endorsed a ruling by the high court in Kerala, which ordered the state government to take over the temple and its assets from the royal trust. It also ordered the trust to hand over responsibility for the temple’s security to the police.The members of the Travancore royal family consider themselves to be servants of the presiding deity at the temple, Padmanabhaswamy, which is an aspect of the Hindu God Vishnu in eternal sleep. This is why they historically entrusted their wealth to the temple.But there was a public outcry when the Maharajah attempted to retain control of the temple by citing the special law, with many arguing that the wealth belonged to the people now.The vaults were opened in the presence of the panel, and observers, which include high court judges, temple officials, archaeology authorities, Sundar Rajan and a representative of the current Maharajah.
Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle scored as Italy began their Euro 2016 campaign with victory over much-fancied Belgium in Lyon.Sunderland’s Giaccherini slotted home in the first half after collecting Leonardo Bonucci’s superb long pass.Southampton’s Pelle sealed the win in injury time with an emphatic finish following an incisive break.Belgium were very disappointing, with Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi wasteful in front of goal.Everton forward Lukaku curled over from the edge of the box with just the keeper to beat while Liverpool’s Origi missed two opportunities to head his side level. Before the tournament, some pundits had condemned this Italy squad for a lack of quality, and even coach Antonio Conte said: “It isn’t a good time for our football.”The soon-to-be-Chelsea boss added: “It’s important the squad has a good spirit. I work a lot at this.” On the evidence of this game, that is not the only thing he has worked at.Italy’s triumph was a result to superior organisation and discipline against 11 Belgian individuals who posses, on paper at least, the greater talent.Before the tournament, this looked to be the toughest fixture for both sides, who now face games against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden, who drew 1-1 earlier.With 16 of 24 teams progressing from the group stage, Italy have already taken a huge step towards progressing.Italy have won this competition once, in 1968, and finished runners-up twice – the most recent of which was in 2012 when they were demolished 4-0 by Spain in the final.While the current Azzurri side were unbeaten in qualifying, winning seven of their 10 matches, they compare unfavourably with the side of four years ago, lacking the calm, creative brilliance of Andrea Pirlo in midfield and an attacking spearhead to adequately replace a faded Mario Balotelli.What they do have, though, is a meticulous and tactically-astute coach in the Chelsea-bound Conte and a stubborn Juventus-centric defence.Such a foundation allowed them to limit and frustrate Belgium, leaving them vulnerable to one piece of ruthless counter-attacking brilliance, which is exactly what Bonucci’s 50-yard, defence-splitting pass and Giaccherini’s cool finish provided.The second half would have been more comfortable for Italy had a second goal been scored from an unmarked position by Pelle, who also had a second header saved by Thibaut Courtois after the break.However, the Old Lady’s imperious rearguard held firm before Pelle was on hand to volley the ball in following a break and neat chipped cross from Antonio Candreva.Despite having only qualified for one major tournament in the last 14 years, Belgium came to France as Europe’s top-ranked side and one of the favourites to triumph in Paris on 10 July.Their status is built around the attacking potential and club-forged reputation of individuals like Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Lukaku, as opposed to consistent evidence of a cohesive international team.However, the Red Devils did little to suggest they are ready to convert this promise into something concrete on the big stage.They were pedestrian in the first half, failing to get in behind the Italian backline, with De Bruyne particularly isolated.They upped the speed after the break but still struggled to test Gianluigi Buffon, with Lukaku curling over a good chance and substitute Origi spurning two glorious headed opportunities.Equally as worrying for Belgium is the performance of their defence.Already without the injured Vincent Kompany, they looked particularly vulnerable with Jan Vertonghen deployed at left-back instead of alongside his Tottenham colleague Toby Alderweireld at centre-half.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
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