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  • Supreme Court delivers unanimous verdict on Ayodhya issue handing over disputed land to a trust to be formed by the Centre for temple construction.
  • Sunni Waqf Board to be given five acres of alternative land.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, the decision will strengthen people's faith in the judicial process.
  • Integrated Check Post of Kartarpur Corridor inaugurated by the Prime Minister at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab.
  • Coastal districts of Odisha and West Bengal battered by heavy rain due to Cyclone Bulbul.


The Supreme Court today delivered a historic unanimous verdict inthe  Ayodhya land dispute case. Pronouncing the judgement, the five-member Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ordered the Centre to formulate a scheme within three to four months to set up a Trust. The disputed site at Ayodhya is to be handed over to the trust for the construction of temple. The apex court ordered that the Sunni Waqf Board will be given five acres of alternate land. It dismissed the pleas of Nirmohi Akhara and the Shia Waqf board. Our correspondent has the details:


"The Supreme Court in this landmark decision ruled that the disputed land in Ayodhya will be handed over to the Centre. A trust will be formed within three months to expedite the process of temple construction. Muslims will be given an alternate five-acre land for their mosque. It has directed the Centre and Uttar Pradesh Government to allot an alternative land to the Muslims at a prominent place to build a mosque. The Apex Court  granted the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla. The Supreme Court dismissed the plea of Nirmohi Akhara, which was seeking control of the entire disputed land. The Court said the underlying structure below the disputed site at Ayodhya was not an Islamic structure, but the demolition was a violation of Law. Souvagya Kar, AIR News Delhi."


Our correspondent reports about the court room atmosphere when millions were awaiting the landmark decision.

"As the Supreme Court prepared to deliver its verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case, lawyers in huge numbers flocked to the court room no 1. Despite the jam packed courtroom, there was a pin drop silence inside. Representatives of all the three parties were present in the court room. Senior Advocates Rajiv Dhawan and K Parasaran were seen in bonhomie in the court room. CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked the lawyers and media persons to maintain silence. No photography was allowed during the verdict. The huge rush of lawyers created some difficulties for security personnel, at the three entry gates and the court room, in checking the passes and accreditation cards of scribes and lawyers. Anuja Bhardwajan, AIR News."


Our correspondent takes a look at the background of the Ayodhya land dispute case:

"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. The three prominent parties of this dispute are Hindu Mahasabha, Nirmohi Akhara and the Muslim Waqf Board. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


Reacting to the Supreme Court judgment, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board today said, it respects the verdict of the Supreme Court but is not satisfied with the judgment. The Board observed that some parts of the judgment are very important for the secular fabric of the country. Talking to media, Secretary of the Board, Zafaryab Jilani appealed to the people to maintain peace and tranquility. He said the Board will take a decision on filing review petition after examining the judgment. Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants in Ayodhya case said, he is happy that the apex Court has finally delivered a verdict. He said, he respects the judgement of the court. Nirmohi Akhara Spokesman Kartik Chopra said, the Akhara is grateful that the Supreme Court has given it adequate representation in the trust to be set up by the Centre to build and manage the Ram Temple.


Reacting to the verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, Supreme court's decision will strengthen people's faith in the judicial process. In a message, the Prime Minister said, this verdict should not be taken as a victory nor defeat of anyone. He appealed the people to maintain peace, harmony and unity. He stated that this decision of the Supreme Court is important for several reasons.It shows the importance of following the legal process in resolving a dispute. Several Union Ministers have welcomed the Supreme Court verdict. In a tweet, Home Minister Amit Shah appealed to people of all communities and religions to accept the decision with ease and remain committed to peace and harmony and to the pledge of 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat'. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, it is landmark judgement which should be accepted by all with humility.Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the judgment of the Supreme Court on Ayodhya is historic, balanced and judicious.

The Congress party in a statement appealed all concerned parties and communities to abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in the Indian Constitution.Among other prominent leaders who have appealed for peace and calm include, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat  said, the Supreme Court has delivered a historic judgement which should not be seen as anybody's victory nor loss. He said, people should now forget the disputes of past and work together to build Ram temple. Varun Kumar Sinha, Lawyer of the Hindu Mahasabha says, With this judgement, the Supreme Court has given the message of unity in diversity.Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, the Ayodhya verdict has brought joy and relief to people of both the communities.

"दोनों समुदायों के लिए सौहार्द और शांति और न्यायपूर्ण तरीके से ये हुआ है सबको इसको स्वागत करना चाहिए मैं पूरे दिल से इस फैसले को स्वागत करता हूँ"


In Uttar Pradesh, the Sunni Central Waqf Board has welcomed the Supreme Court decision. Talking to AIR, President of Sunni Central Waqf Board Jafar Faruqi said, they welcome Supreme Court decision. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the state. The security forces are keeping a strict vigil on the situation.


Now, we go over live to our correspondent Sushil Tiwari in Ayodhya.

Q 1: Sushil, how is the atmoshphere following the Supreme Court verdict.

Answer - Well I am at the ground zero of the whole issue. Situation in Ayodhya is calm and there are no reports of any untoward incident. We spoke to the DM and SP of Ayodhya who are continuously moving in the city to take stock of the situation. They said that police is keeping an eye on every nook and corner. Nobody is allowed to celebrate or take and procession. Situation is quite under control.

Q 2: Sushil, how are people reacting to the judgement.


Answer -Well I spoke to many local people including priests, shopkeepers and students. They all are quite happy with the decision and expressed their satisfaction that the centuries old issue is now resolved. Everyone was talking  about living in harmony with people of other community and They hope that now there will also be development of Ayodhya and the city will not be associated with any dispute.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Integrated Check Post (ICP) of the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur in Punjab. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, opening of Kartarpur Corridor and ICP would bring double happiness. He said, it will be easy to pay obeisance at Darbar Sahib Gurudwara after opening of Kartarpur Corridor.The Prime Minister also thanked his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan for understanding India's sentiment.

"पाकिस्‍तान के प्रधानमंत्री श्रीमान इमरान खान जी का भी धन्‍यवाद करता हूं कि उन्‍होंने करतारपूर कोरिडोर के विषय में भारत की भावनाओं को समझा, सम्‍मान दिया। अब उसी भावना के अनुरूप कार्य किया।"

Mr Modi said, Guru Nanak Dev is revered and is an inspiration for all mankind. 

"गुरू नानक देव जी सिर्फ भारत की ही धरोहर नहीं बल्कि पूरी मानवता के लिए प्रेरणा पून्‍य है। गुरू नानक देव एक गुरू होने के साथ-साथ एक विचार है, जीवन का आधार है।"

The inauguration of the ICP will facilitate Indian piligrims to visit Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan. India signed the agreement with Pakistan on the 24th of last month on the modalities for operationalization of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point on the International Boundary at Dera Baba Nanak. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister paid obeisance at  Ber Sahib Gurudwara in Sultanpur Lodhi. Ber Sahib Gurudwara is the place where Guru Nanak Dev Ji spent 14 years of his life and got enlightenment. He gave the message of humanity and universal brotherhood from this holy place. 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. Meanwhile, the first Jatha of Sikh pilgrims has entered Pakistan through Kartarpur Corridor, a short wile ago. Earlier,Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims led by Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib through the corridor.


Cyclone Bulbul has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm causing heavy rain in the coastal districts of Odisha and West Bengal. The storm lay centred  around 98 kilometres east-northeast of Paradeep and 137 kilometres sourth-southwest of Sagar Island in West Bengal this morning. The system has been moving north northwards with a speed of 15 kilometre per hour during the past six hours. The Met Department has said that the storm is very likely to weaken gradually and cross West Bengal and Bangladesh by midnight. In Odisha, Met Department warned heavy rain in the districts of Kedrapada, Jagatasingpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts during the next six hours. Over 2,000 people in different parts of Jagatsinghpur and Balasore districts were evacuated to safer places as a precautionary measure by the state Government.The West Bengal Government is working on a war footing to minimize the impact of super cyclonic storm Bulbul which is likely to hit the state tonight. More from our correspondent:


"The coastal districts of the state and adjoining areas including Kolkata are experiencing rains since yesterday. Disaster management department, teams of NDRF, Coast Guard have been kept ready to meet any eventualities. Tourists at sea side at Digha, Mandarmani, Bakkhali have been advised not to go into the sea for water sports or bathing. A special control room has been opened at the state secretariat to monitor the situation. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata."


Uttarakhand is celebrating its Foundation Day today. A Police Parade, Marathons, and cultural programmes are being organized across the 13 districts of the state. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged off a cultural procession in the state capital. The hill-state of Uttarakhand as it is known today -- was carved out of Uttar Pradesh on 9th of November 2000, under the BJP Government, after a long-drawn agitation. President Ram Nath Kovind has extended his greetings and good wishes to the people of Uttarakhand on statehood day.


The United States wants the United Nations to take up the Dalai Lama's succession issue to stop China from handpicking his successor. An envoy said this after meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader.US Ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom  Sam Brownback said he spoke at length about the succession issue with the 84-year-old Dalai Lama last week at Dharamsala in India. Mr Brownback said, he told the Dalai Lama that the United States would seek to build global support for the principle that the choice of the next spiritual chief belongs to Tibetan Buddhists and not the Chinese Government.


In Hong Kong, seven pro-democracy lawmakers have been detained today.  A police statement said all of them will appear in court on Monday. Lawmakers told a news conference in Hong kong that  their colleagues are expected to be charged with obstructing the local assembly during a raucous May 11 meeting over a now-shelved China Extradition Bill.


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