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  • Supreme Court to pronounce its verdict on Ayodhya issue at 10:30 this morning; Elaborate security arrangements in place in Uttar Pradesh especially in Ayodhya; Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeals for peace.

  • Prime Minister to inaugurate Integrated Check Post of Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab today; To also pay obeisance at Gurudwara Ber Sahib in Sultanpur Lodhi.

  • Cyclone Bulbul intensifies into very severe cyclonic storm; Triggers heavy rain in parts of Odisha and West Bengal.

  • US President  Donald Trump says he has not agreed to roll back  tariffs on Chinese imports.

  • And, in Badminton, Indian doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty to play for a spot in the final of China Open today. 


The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on the Ayodhya issue this morning. A Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, is scheduled to pronounce the judgement at 10.30 AM. The other four judges of the bench are Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer. More from our correspondent:-

"A five judge constitution bench presided by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi started the day-to-day hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute case on 6th August this year after mediation between the claimants failed. The bench regularly took up daily hearings of the case for 40 days. On 16th October, the court reserved its judgment. Fourteen appeals had been filed before the Supreme Court against the 2010 Allahabad high court judgment. The judgment said that the disputed 22.7 acres should be equally divided among the claimants. The three prominent parties of this dispute are Hindu Mahasabha, Nirmohi Akhara and the Muslim Waqf Board. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed for peace. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, whatever the apex court decides, it will not be a victory or defeat for anyone. The Prime Minister appealed to the citizens of the country to prioritise the fact that the verdict further strengthens the great tradition of peace, unity and goodwill of India. In his Mann ki Baat programme on All India Radio last month Mr Modi had appealed for Calm following today's verdict.

"मुझे याद है कि सितम्बर 2010 मे जब राम जन्मभूमि पर अल्लाहाबाद हाई कोर्ट ने अपना फैसला सुनाया, जैसा ही फैसला आया एक आनंददायक आश्चर्यजनक बदलाव देश ने महसूस किया। एक तरफ दो हफ्ते तक गर्माहट के लिए सबकुछ हुआ था, लेकिन जब रामजन्म भूमि पर फैसला आया, तब सरकार ने, राजनीतिक दलों ने, सामाजिक संगठनों ने सिविल सोसायटी ने, सभी संप्रदायों के प्रतिनिधियों ने, साधू संतों ने, बहुत संतुलित और संयमित बयान दिए हैं। माहौल से तनाव कम करने का प्रयास। जब भी उस दिन को याद करता हूँ मन को खुशी होती है। न्यायपालिका की गरिमा को बहुत ही गौरवपूर्ण रूप से सम्मान दिय और कहीं पर भी गर्माहट का तनाव का माहौल नहीं बनने दिया।"

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also said that the Ayodhya verdict should not be taken as victory or defeat for any community and urged the people to remain calm.

Earlier, the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi met top officials of the Uttar Pradesh government and took stock of the situation in Ayodhya and other parts of the state. Chief secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and Director General Police OP Singh briefed the Chief Justice about security arrangements in the state ahead of the Ayodhya verdict.

Security has been tightened all over Uttar Pradesh, especially in Ayodhya. All schools and colleges will remain closed in the state today. The State DGP said, section 144 has already been imposed in all districts and the police are keeping  a close watch on anti social elements.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, Punjab today. The Prime Minister will attend a public meeting at Dera Baba Nanak.

The inauguration of the Integrated Check Post will facilitate, Indian pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan. India  signed an agreement with Pakistan on the 24th of last month on the modalities for the operationalization of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary, Dera Baba Nanak.

The Union Cabinet had passed a resolution in November last year to celebrate the historic occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji in a grand and befitting manner, throughout the country and across the globe. The Union Cabinet also approved the building and development of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Boundary to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur round the year, in a smooth and easy manner.

Prior to the event, Mr Modi will pay obeisance at the Ber Sahib Gurudwara in Sultanpur Lodhi this morning.

In view of the ongoing celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, Sultanpur Lodhi Railway Station has been upgraded with all modern amenities.


Cyclone Bulbul has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm triggering heavy rains in parts of Odisha and West Bengal. Quoting Met department, our Bhubaneswar correspondent reports that cyclone Bulubul is likely to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh early tomorrow morning.

West Bengal is gearing up to deal with the severe cyclonic Storm Bulbul. Coastal Districts - North and South 24 Paraganas and East and West Midnapur have been put on high s. More from our correspondent:

"Under the influence of severe cyclone Storm Bulbul the coastal districts of the State and adjoining areas including Kolkata are experiencing rains since yesterday. Schools in Coastal districts including Kolkata, Howrah and Jhargram have been declared holiday today. Tourists at seas sites Digha, Mandermoni, Bakkhali have been advised not to go into the sea. Leaves of the Government employees in the coastal districts have been cancelled. A special control room has been opened at the State Secretariat to monitor the situation. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata."


US President Donald Trump says he has not agreed to roll back tariffs on Chinese imports. Trump's announcement, at the White House media briefing last night, comes as a dampner on recent optimism for a major de-escalation in the US-China trade war. Trump's remarks appeared to push back against Beijing's claims that the two sides had agreed to remove tariffs in stages as part of a partial deal announced last month. 

United States and China have imposed steep tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in two-way trade. Another round of US duties are set to hit on the 15th of next month on 160 billion US Dollars in Chinese goods.

Trump also said that Beijing is eager for a deal because their economy is hurting. Observers, however say that China has more leverage as the US President prepares to compete for re-election.


In Badminton, the Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will take on world no. 1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia in the semifinals of the China Open today. The world no. 9 Indian duo stunned the World No. 3 Chinese pair of Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen  21-19 21-15 in a 43-minute quarterfinal clash yesterday.



  • Most newspapers have  prominently noticed the political situation in Maharashtra and the upcoming Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya on their front pages.

  • The Mail Today banner headline reads "Saffron Vs Saffron: BJP, Sena in open War". "Knives out as BJP-Sena alliance teeters on edge" is how the Hindustan Times describes it.

  • The Times of India headlines "SC to rule on 70-year-old Ayodhya land case today". The Statesman reports the PM's statement on this issue - "Ayodhya verdict will not be anyone's victory or loss".

  • The Indian Express has printed pictures of the five judges of the Constitution bench under the headline "Their lordships will rule."

  • The Pioneer reports that Prime Minister Modi has said that a law will be enacted by Parliament to grant ownership rights to the residents of unauthorised colonies in Delhi soon.

  • And finally, some good news for those who cannot do without onions in their diet. "Onions to be imported from Dubai, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan" reports the Hindu.



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