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The Varanasi district and sessions court on Monday dismissed the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee’s challenge against the civil suits that questioned the Gyanvapi mosque’s title and the land surrounding it. Five Hindu women had filed petitions seeking the right to worship Maa Shringar Gauri on the outer wall of the mosque complex located next to the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Uttar Pradesh. The dismissal by district judge A K Vishvesh means that the civil suits will be heard in detail and examination of evidence will follow. On May 20, the Supreme Court, underlining the “complexity of the issues involved in the civil suit”, transferred the Gyanvapi dispute that was pending before the Varanasi civil judge (senior division) to the district judge.
Union Home Ministry Monday recommended CBI investigation into the death of BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat. The MHA’s move came after Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah requesting a probe into the case by the CBI.About three weeks after Phogat’s death in Goa, Sawant said his government had decided to hand over the probe into Phogat’s death the central agency. The announcement came as the Goa Police was in the process of filing a charge sheet in the case. Phogat’s death was first registered as an unnatural death by the Goa Police after it was reported by the St Anthony’s Hospital in Anjuna where she was taken on the morning of August 23.
The Congress and the BJP exchanged blows on Monday when in a tweet, the grand old party’s official social media handle shared a graphic of shorts resembling the RSS khaki knickers on fire, with text that read, “145 days more to go”. The party captioned the image: “To free the country from shackles of hate and undo the damage done by BJP-RSS. Step by step, we will reach our goal.” The BJP hit back quickly, saying that it was the Congress that was “instigating violence”, “hurting nationalists”, and “lighting fires”, and that the post exposed the lies behind its Bharat Jodo Yatra. BJP leaders across the country came in to criticise the post and questioned the party’s integrity.
India’s retail inflation, which is measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), spiked to 7.00 per cent in August, up from 6.71 per cent in July. Separately, India’s factory output, measured through the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), witnessed a growth of 2.4 per cent in July, two separate data released by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation showed. With a 7.00 per cent rise last month, the CPI continued to remain above the RBI upper margin of 6 per cent for the eighth consecutive month. The government has mandated the central bank to maintain retail inflation at 4 per cent with a margin of 2 per cent on either side for a five-year period ending March 2026.
NCP leader Ajit Pawar said there was no reason for him to be unhappy with the party and it was his decision to not speak at the party conference in Delhi Sunday. “It was the national conference. Our state president Jayant Patil presented the state’s position in the conference. There were other leaders who were to speak. But everybody wanted to hear our national president Sharad Pawar ji and since it was getting very late, it was decided that he would speak. I had gone to the washroom and it was presented in the media as if I am unhappy,” said Ajit Pawar while addressing a press conference in Mumbai Monday. Pawar said the party has given him everything.
Akshay Kumar’s recent road safety campaign drew much ire as many alleged that the advertisement was promoting the practice of dowry, which is a punishable offence in the country. On Friday, Union minister Nitin Gadkari posted the video on social media amid the government’s attempt to promote six airbags in cars. In the video, the father is upset at his daughter’s farewell. Kumar, who plays the role of a policeman, takes a dig at the father for sending the newly married couple in a car that has just two airbags. Saket Gokhale, the national spokesperson of Trinamool Congress, said it was ‘disgusting to see Indian govt officially promoting dowry.” The advertisement was launched after Cyrus Mistry died in an accident.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will leave China for the first time in more than two years for a trip this week to Central Asia where he will meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin, just a month before he is set to cement his place as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. The trip, Xi’s first abroad since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, shows he is confident about both his grip on power as he heads for a third term in office and about his role as a world leader at a time of renewed great power friction. The Chinese premier will then meet the Russian President at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Kremlin said.
Britain will on September 18 hold a national moment of reflection – a one minute silence – Prime Minister Liz Truss’s spokesman said on Monday following the death of Queen Elizabeth last week. The minute’s silence will be held at 8pm (1900 GMT) on Sunday, ahead of the late queen’s funeral on Monday. Meanwhile, King Charles called parliament “the living and breathing instrument of our democracy”, addressing lawmakers and peers in Westminster Hall which he said offered connections to his mother, Queen Elizabeth. “Parliament is the living and breathing instrument of our democracy,” King Charles said before lawmakers and peers stood to sing the national anthem. Afterwards, King Charles left for Scotland to take part in Queen Elizabeth’s coffin procession.
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