‘Was a divine act’: Who said what after verdict in Babri demolition case.

The special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case due to lack of conclusive proof.The CBI court acquitted all the 32 accused, including former deputy prime minister LK Advani, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti, former union minister Murli Manohar Joshi and ex-Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh, saying the demolition of the mosque was a spontaneous act and not a pre-planned one.‘Satyamev Jayate’, the chief...

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Imran Khan faces pushback over Gilgit-Baltistan move. China ties his hands.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s move to convert Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) in the occupied northern areas into Pakistan’s fifth province at China’s behest has provoked a pushback within the country. This week, Imran Khan’s fierce rival Maulana Fazlur Rehman joined the ranks of opposition leaders who have spoken out against Imran Khan for implementing Beijing’s agenda.The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief underlined that turning the Gilgit-Baltistan area into a full-fledged province would end up validating...

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PM Modi offered me chief ministership for 5 years if JDS allied with BJP: Kumaraswamy.

Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday claimed that in 2018 Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself offered him the Chief Ministership of Karnataka for an uninterrupted five years if his party joined hands with the BJP.The May 2018 assembly polls had thrown up a hung assembly with BJP nine seats short of a simple majority in the 224-member House. The JD(S) eventually joined hands with the Congress to form a coalition government which lasted 14 months before some legislators of both...

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Re-opening guidelines out; multiplexes, swimming pools to partially open from October 15.

The ministry of home affairs has announced a detailed guideline for Unlock 5, or for reopening to be effective from October 1, shortly. Despite a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the home ministry has made it clear that there would be more relaxations and fewer restrictions, though local administrations in some states are heavily relying on voluntary curfew, local lockdowns etc.Here are the guidelines:* Cinemas/ theatres/ multiplexes will be permitted to open with upto 50% of their...

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Re-opening guidelines out: MHA lets states reopen schools from 15 October. Conditions apply.

State governments have been given a free hand to reopen schools after 15 October under the Centre’s Unlock 5.0 guidelines announced by the Union home ministry on Wednesday. A decision on opening colleges would be taken later. Institutions that have doctoral and postgraduate researchers in science and technology streams that require laboratory work can also open.The home ministry guidelines require state governments to reopen schools in a graded manner in consultation with the management of schools...

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US Presidential election 2020: Biden attacks Trump’s claims, says US President pays less tax than a schoolteacher.

Presenting a spectacle just 35 days ahead of the biggest elections across the globe this year, President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger are engaging in their significant round of debate on Wednesday.There was no handshake as the two men took the stage and while this was due to Covid-19 restrictions, the absence of the traditional greeting symbolized the bitterness engulfing the country in the final countdown to November 3.Before they’d even met on the stage in Cleveland for the first...

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Hathras gang-rape: PM Modi speaks to UP CM Yogi Adityanath, seeks strict action.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said those responsible for the gang-rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman shall not be spared.Adityanath further said prime minister Narendra Modi had spoken to him on the incident and asked for ‘strictest’ punishment against the accused.“Those responsible for the unfortunate incident with the girl in Hathras shall not be spared. A three-member special team has been formed to probe the case. It will submit its report in seven...

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India, China discussing foreign ministers’ 5-point agenda to ease border situation.

Diplomats from India and China are currently holding talks to implement the five-point consensus reached earlier this month by the foreign ministers of the two countries to resolve border tensions, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday.Senior diplomats from the two countries are meeting via video link under the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on border affairs.The last time the WMCC met was on August 20. The two countries were unable to bridge the differences on the disengagement...

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Political tussle over new farm laws heats up.

Political slugfest over the new farm laws intensified on Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the protesting opposition parties of “opposing farmers’ independence”, while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the laws were a “stab in the farmers’ hearts”.Accusing the opposition of working against farmers’ interests, the prime minister said, “A few days ago with the new laws, the country has freed its farmers from many shackles. Now a farmer can sell his produce to anyone,...

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India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 6.2 million mark with 80,472 fresh cases, 1,179 new fatalities.

India recorded 80,742 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry website on Wednesday. This pushed the nationwide tally to over 6.2 million.The country also saw 1,179 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative death toll at 97,497, according to health ministry.The ministry’s bulletin on Wednesday showed 9,40,441 active cases in the country, which account for 15.42 per cent of the total cases India has seen so far.India...

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