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Off The Cuff with Amish Tripathi

In an interaction with ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta at the 100th edition of Off the Cuff, best-selling author Amish Tripathi spoke about the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan, the idea of secularism in India and the need to rebrand ‘Muslim invasion’ in India.
Babri Masjid

Once a mosque, always a mosque, Muslim personal law board says ahead of Ram Mandir ceremony

AIMPLB also says it had no option but to accept the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, terms judgment ‘extortive’, unjust and unfair.
'Welcome' posters line the streets of Ayodhya ahead of the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan ceremony set for Wednesday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

‘Maybe this is the will of Lord Ram’ — Ayodhya residents on absence of Advani, Joshi at event

None of the BJP leaders who spearheaded the temple movement, such as L.K. Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh, will be present at bhoomi pujan.
The Ayodhya ghat is lit up on the eve of the Ram temple bhumi pujan | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Lit up ghats, disinfection drives, security checks — Ayodhya readies for Ram temple event

PM Modi and other dignitaries will arrive in Ayodhya for the 'bhoomi pujan' of the Ram temple tomorrow. The city has been carrying out disinfection drives in preparation for the event.
Ayodhya ahead of the Ram Temple bhoomi pujan Wednesday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

No selfies, 8-ft distance — how Ayodhya is preparing to shield PM Modi from coronavirus

From three-layered masks to hot water and fumigation, Ayodhya administration has taken a number of steps to prevent Covid transmission during 5 August event. 
A 3-D image of the proposed Ram Mandir at Ayodhya | By special arrangement

Ram Mandir could cost ‘several hundred crores’ but trust building it has only Rs 15 cr for now

While Rs 10 cr was transferred to the Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra from the erstwhile Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, the trust has so far managed to collect only a little over Rs 5 cr.
A man cleans carved stones meant to be used in the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya | Photo: ANI

Ram Temple foundation to have water, earth from ‘thousands of holy rivers, shrines’, says VHP

VHP claims water and earth from thousands of holy rivers and pilgrimage centres across the country are coming to Ayodhya for the 5 August Ram Temple bhoomi-pujan ceremony.
Labourers and a policeman at the Ram Mandir karyashala in Ayodhya Thursday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

PM Modi to visit Ayodhya on 5 August for ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Ram Mandir

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, which was set up to oversee the construction of the temple, has set a three-year deadline to complete the temple.
A wooden model of the proposed Ram Mandir in a glass encasement, at the Ram Janmabhomi Nyas-run workshop at Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya | PTI file photo

Amid COVID-19 crisis, preparations begin for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya 

The trust entrusted with the task has decided to shift the Ram Lalla idol from its current site, at 4 am tomorrow, paving the way for the construction of the temple.
Babri Masjid

Ram temple construction on Muslim graves violation of ‘dharma’: Lawyer to temple trust

In letter to Ram temple trust, M.R. Shamshad says a graveyard is around the demolished Babri Masjid, asks if Sanatan Dharma allows construction of Ram temple over it.

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People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
The Bombay Stock Exchange

Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.

Defence

The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?