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“Let us begin with bulletin with news on Gyanvapi row: In claims likely to deepen the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi issue, two reports on a videography survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex state that debris of old temples were found at the corner of the northern and western walls outside the barricading, and Hindu motifs such as bells, kalash, flowers and trishul were visible on pillars in the tehkhana (basement).
The two reports have been submitted to the Varanasi court which ordered the survey.
Speaking about Gyanvapi Mosque survey, Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav said that as per the Hindu religion, a temple can be built by putting a stone with a red flag around it at a Peepal tree.
“In other news: The Supreme Court has granted interim bail to Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan in a land-grabbing case, exercising its special powers under Article 142 of the Constitution as it flagged the “peculiar” circumstances of the matter.
A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao said it is of the view that “this is a fit case wherein this court should exercise its jurisdiction under Article 142 of the Constitution of India and grant interim bail to the petitioner in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, till he files the application for regular bail and the same is considered by the competent court”.”
Moving on to news from Punjab: Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi yesterday and the two leaders discussed several matters including issues of national security and technology infrastructure to enhance border management services.
“Meanwhile: The Environment Ministry’s Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) has sought a report within three weeks about the compliance status on conditions stipulated for forest clearances granted in the past for hydroelectric projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
This comes after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) took “suo motu notice” of an investigative report by The Indian Express on how two key hydel power projects in Arunachal were among six mega initiatives in the country, between 2004 and 2020, where stringent conditions to compensate for the high environmental impact were sidestepped, ignored or met only on paper. On Thursday, the Tribunal asked the Ministry to remove the defects in its affidavit before the next hearing on July 14.
“In other news: ISRO will conduct two unmanned “abort missions”, one in September and the other in December, to simulate failure and ensure crew safety as part of its roadmap for Gaganyaan, the country’s first manned flight to space, in 2024, ISRO chairman S Somanath told The Indian Express.
ISRO chairman S Somanath said: “Our first priority is human safety. So, we are now focusing on abort missions — that is simulating failures and bringing the crew back safely under those circumstances. The first Test Vehicle for this purpose is ready and we will launch it in September this year. The human capsule will be sent up 15 kilometres, we will simulate an abort and then the capsule will be safely brought down by parachutes into the sea.”””
“In some tragic news: Two policemen died of electrocution on a paddy field near their armed police camp in Palakkad on Thursday. The victims came in comntact with a live wire-trap to catch wild boars that get into paddy field, the police said.
The victims — Ashokan and Mohandas — were havildars at the Kerala Armed Police Battalion. They were reported missing since Wednesday night. Police sources said two local persons were taken into custody for alleged involvement in laying the the wire to trap the wild animals boars that eat up the crop. Initial report of the postmortem said the victims had sustained burns from electric shock.”
“We end this bulletin with news from Mumbai: The Panvel City Police on Wednesday night arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly posting objectionable comments on social media against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. This is the third arrest in recent times in connection with alleged objectionable social media posts against Pawar.
The arrested accused has been identified as Kiran Inamdar, who runs a food stall in Panvel. He was produced before a Panvel court on Thursday and sent to police custody till Friday.
According to police, after Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale posted an alleged defamatory post about Pawar on Facebook earlier this month, a similar post was shared by Inamdar on social media.”
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