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Ram belongs to all: PM

PTI Ayodhya In a highly-anticipated event watched by millions on television, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday laid the foundation here of a Ram temple, the culmination of a campaign that fuelled the rise of the BJP and marked the fulfilment of one of its core poll promises. Amid the chanting of shlokas, Modi consecrated the very first bricks for the …

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Centre directs CBI probe into Sushant death

PTI New Delhi The Centre on Wednesday issued a notification asking the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput that occurred in June at his Mumbai residence, officials said. A copy of the notification has been sent to the CBI asking it to probe the case, they said. “A notification has been …

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Steps not taken against waste dumping in Yamuna: NGT

PTI New Delhi The National Green Tribunal Wednesday said adequate steps were not being taken against unregulated dumping of solid waste on the flood plains of the Yamuna in the temple town of Vrindavan. The green panel noted that a report filed by the Urban Development Department, Uttar Pradesh, mentions that action has been taken against a Sanitary Inspector, Executive …

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Centre directs CBI probe into Sushant death

PTI New Delhi The Centre on Wednesday issued a notification asking the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput that occurred in June at his Mumbai residence, officials said. A copy of the notification has been sent to the CBI asking it to probe the case, they said. “A notification has been …

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J&K ground situation improves despite Pak’s attempts to contrary

IANS New Delhi The terrorists strength in Jammu and Kashmir is now below 200, the security forces said on the first anniversary of abrogation of Articles 370 on Wednesday. Local recruitment has decreased significantly and now it is primarily limited to four districts of South Kashmir, said a senior intelligence officer adding that there has been serious blow to nefarious …

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52,000 new Covid cases, 803 deaths in India

IANS New Delhi With 52,050 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 803 deaths in the last 24 hours, India’s overall caseload stood at 18,55,745 while the total fatalities increased to 38,938, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed on Tuesday. The country had crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday. Currently, 5,86,298 cases are active and 12,30,509 people have …

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Congress leader Siddaramaiah tests COVID-19 positive

IANS Bengaluru Karnataka Congress leader Siddaramaiah has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and has been admitted to a private hospital in the city, an official said on Tuesday. “Karnataka opposition leader and former state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is admitted to Manipal Hospital for evaluation of fever after the antigen test for COVID-19 is positive,” the official told IANS here. …

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One year on, Sonia likely to continue as Cong interim chief

IANS New Delhi With Sonia Gandhi slated to complete one year as Congress interim president soon amid an ongoing battle for one-upmanship between leaders close to Rahul Gandhi and the Congress veterans, she is likely to continue in the top post in the foreseeable future, party sources said on Tuesday. The sources maintained that “no discussion is going on” at …

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Ayodhya to be decorated with tonnes of flowers

IANS Ayodhya Ayodhya will be decorated with nearly 400 quintals of flowers for the ‘bhumi pujan’ of the Ram temple on Wednesday. The blue ‘aparajita’ or Vishnukanta flowers, that are grown in the rural parts of Bengaluru, have been brought in to the holy city for the much-awaited occasion. The double-toned marigolds in orange and red are being brought in …

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SpiceJet gets Heathrow slots, flights from Sept 1

IANS New Delhi Airline major SpiceJet has secured slots at Heathrow Airport, London, to operate flights from September 1. The current arrangement, under the bubble arrangement between India and the UK, would remain effective up to October 23, the end of summer schedule, the airline said on Tuesday. It could be extended on the resumption of regular services, itadded. “The …

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