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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs Bhoomi Pujan and lays foundation stone of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
  • Ram Temple is a Symbol of National Unity says Prime Minister.
  • Development and empowerment of people in focus on the first anniversary of Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 67.19 per cent; highest number of people recover in last 24 hours.
  • Centre accepts Bihar Government's recommendation for investigation by CBI into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
  • Heavy rains throw life out of gear in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra.
  • And, Death toll in the massive explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut mounts to 100; over 4,000 injured.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today performed Bhoomi Poojan and laid the foundation stone of the Grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya. With this ceremony, the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya start today. Addressing the gathering after Bhoomi Poojan, the Prime Minister said, Ram Temple is a symbol of national unity. 

Mr Modi said, a golden chapter is being written in the history of India and Lord Ram remains in our minds and hearts.

The Prime Minister said Lord Ram belongs to everyone and his ideals continue to inspire millions across the globe. Mr. Modi said the construction of Ram temple has been a fulfillment of the desire of the people of the country. He added that it will also give a fillip to the local economy.  

The Bhoomi Poojan ceremony started sharp at 12.30 in the afternoon and culminated at 12.45 p.m. Many saints, spiritual leaders and other leaders associated with the Ram Temple movement were present at the ceremony. Mahesh Bhagchandka and Pawan Singhal from the family of late Ashok  Singhal, Former President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad were Mukhya Yajman at the Bhumi Pujan function.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Prime Minister to have Darshan at Ram janmbhumi and Hanumangarh temple of Ayodhya and after planting a sapling of Parijat Tree he took part in the Bhumi Poojan ceremony.

The Prime Minister released postage stamps on this model of Ram Temple on this occasion. A wooden Kodand Ram Statue was presented as a souvenir to the Prime Minister from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh said it was a dream which is being turned into reality after a long gap of almost five centuries. More from our correspondent -

"Ram Kaj Keenhe Bina Mohu Kahan Vishram….means how can I be relaxed without completing  the work of Lord Rama…the lines of Ramcharitmanas reflected the emotions of Prime Minister of the occasion. It was sharp 12.45afternoon when the long awaited dream of crores of Rambhakts across the world turned into reality and a chapter in the history was added in Ayodhya. Prime Minister Narendra modi performed the Bumipoojan for the temple of Ramlala amidst chanting of Slokas, Blowing of conch shells and renditions of jai Shri Ram. Clad in traditional indian attire of Dhoti Kurta prime Minister bowed down infront of Ramlala, performed pooja,accepted the Mukut or the crown and turban given by preists of hanumanGarhi and did Parikrama also. He became the first Prime Minister to do so. The city of Lord rama was reverberating with sound of Ramdhun on this occassion. Although lanes of Ayodhya took a deserted look because of the security reasons but in the houses and temples of the city people were doing Ramkeetran and recitation of Rancharitmanas. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, AYODHYA"


Pious soil and water from all the major religious sites, places of national importance and sacred rivers of the nation will be used in the construction of the grand temple at Shri Ram Janmbhoomi.  A Report --

"Sacred soil from more than 2 thousand pilgrimage sites and water from more than 100 pious rivers have been brought to Ayodhya which will be used in construction of Ram temple. Shankaracharya and Saints from all across the world have sent many auspicious materials for Bhumi Poojan which will also be used in the construction. Soil from Shri Badrinath Dham, Haldi Ghati, forts of Rani Lakshmi Bai, Shivaji, Shri Ranganathswami Mandir, Shri Mahakaleshwar Mandir and birth places of Chandrashekar Azad and Shri Birsa Munda have already reached Ayodhya. Water from Mansarovar, Ganga Sagar and other oceans have also reached Ayodhya which will be used in construction of Ram Temple. The proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya will have five mandaps and one octagon shaped shikhar. The Grand Temple will be a161 feet tall and three story structure which will have Ramlala at ground floor while Ram Darbar will be on first floor. Second floor will be reserved for Shri Ram janmBhumiTeerth Shetra Trust. WITH RAJENDRA SONI THIS IS SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI  FOR AIR NEWS, AYODHYA"


President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed congratulations on the foundation laying of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

In a tweet today, Mr. Kovind said, the temple of Lord Ram is being built in tune with law and it defines India’s spirit of social harmony and people’s zeal. He said, the temple complex will become a symbol of modern India based on the ideals of Ramrajya.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu described the construction of the Ram temple as a re-coronation of the highest human values of truth, morality and ideals that the Maryada Purushottam epitomized during his life.


The road to this bhoomi poojan ceremony witnessed a medley of historical, cultural, religious and political events. On 9th November last year, the apex court in its judgement of one of the longest drawn land-title dispute in the history allowed construction of Ram Mandir at the Ram Janmabhoomi sthan in Ayodhya. The judgement came exactly after three decades of Vishva Hindu Parishad laying down the first brick marking the 'shilanyas' at the site on 9th November 1989.

The Union cabinet earlier this year in the month of February approved setting up of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust. The trust was empowered to take decisions independently on the construction of the Ram Mandir and other related issues. It was also thereafter handed over the 67.7 acres of land at the temple site keeping in mind the needs of crores of devotees.


It has been a year since the Government of India scrapped the article 370 and 35 A and created two Union Territories - Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. For security agencies, there is a reason to cheer as figures suggest that zero street protests were reported while only 14 incidents of law and order took place in the first half of the ensuing year. A report:-

"According to Official data no major law and order situation was witnessed in Kashmir since January 1 this year barring a few incidents that were small in nature. The law and order incidents were less violent in nature compared to previous years and no civilian killing took place in the protests. It becomes evident that youth of Kashmir have understood the futility of the street protests and have decided to not to indulge such things. With only 14 incidents of law and order taking place and that too in southern parts of Kashmir. The number is too less if compared to previous years. This signifies a big change and makes one believe that  this year post abrogation of article 370 has witnessed a sea change. R K RAINA, AIR NEWS, JAMMU".


Ladakh is celebrating the first anniversary of realisation of its seven decades-old dream today. It was on this day last year, Ladakh was granted the status of a Union Territory. Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur has greeted the people on the occasion.

In an exclusive interview to AIR News, Mr Mathur expressed his belief that Ladakhis have all the potential to prosper in all spheres of life. He said, disciplined and hard working Ladakhis deserve better life.


The Centre today informed the Supreme Court that it has accepted the Bihar government's recommendation for CBI investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the court that Bihar government's recommendation for CBI investigation in the case has been accepted. While hearing a plea by Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty who is seeking transfer of an FIR, accusing her of abetting suicide of Rajput, from Patna to Mumbai, a bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed that truth behind the actor's death should come out. 

The Apex Court directed Mumbai Police to file a status report on the probe conducted so far in the case. The Court also asked Maharashtra, Bihar and Sushant Singh Rajput's father to file replies on Rhea's plea seeking transfer of case from Patna to Mumbai.


Highest recoveries from Corona virus were reported in the country during last 24 hours. A total of 51 thousand 706 people affected with the virus recovered in one day which is the highest figure since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in India. This has resulted in further improvement in the recovery rate which reached 67.19 per cent in the country.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry today said, a total of 12 lakh 82 thousand 215 people have recovered from Corona virus infection in the country so far. The Ministry said, a total of 52 thousand 509 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country in the past 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 19 lakh eight thousand 254. Presently, the total number of active Corona cases in the country is five lakh 86 thousand 244. In a single day, 857 deaths were reported taking the nationwide toll to 39 thousand 795. The case fatality rate has further declined to 2.08 per cent in the country.


In Lebanon, the death toll in the huge explosion the capital, Beirut has gone up to 100. More than 4,000 people have been injured in the explosion which took place last night. The explosion sent shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital. Videos show smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city's port. Hospitals are said to be overwhelmed and many buildings have been destroyed. The blast was heard 240 km away on the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. An investigation is under way to find the exact trigger for the explosion.


In Maharashtra, heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai and neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts this morning and the Met Department has predicted more intense showers during the day in view of the thick cloud over the region. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red for the second consecutive day for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Nashik and some other parts of Maharashtra for Wednesday. Rains have been lashing Mumbai and adjoining districts since last night.


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