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Bhoomi Pujan Should Be An Occasion For National Unity, Says Robert Vadra

Bhoomi Pujan Should Be An Occasion For National Unity, Says Robert Vadra

Bhoomi Pujan ought to change into an event for brotherhood, Robert Vadra stated. (File)

New Delhi:

Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, on Tuesday stated that ”bhoomi pujan” ought to change into an event for nationwide unity and brotherhood.

In a tweet earlier on Tuesday, Mr Vadra shared a picture which learn, “The “bhoomi pujan” of the Ram Lalla’s temple should become an occasion for national unity, brotherhood and cultural harmony.”

Earlier within the day, Mr Vadra’s spouse and Congress basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had stated that the “bhoomi pujan” for the Ram temple ought to be an event for enhancing “national unity, brotherhood and cultural harmony”.

“On August 5, 2020, the ceremony for “bhoomi pujan” of Ram Lalla’s temple has been scheduled. With the blessings of Lord Ram, may this event spread his messages of national unity, brotherhood, and cultural harmony,” Mr Vadra stated.

Security has been heightened in Ayodhya forward of the muse laying ceremony.

Patna’s Mahavir Mandir Trust is getting ready over 1.25 lakh ”Raghupati Laddoos” for the event. These laddoos can be distributed as ”prasad” to devotees.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to put the muse stone of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on August 5.

Odisha’s Sudarsan Pattnaik Creates Replica Of Ram Temple On Puri Beach

Sudarsan Pattnaik stated he created a 5-feet tall duplicate of the temple on the seashore.


Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Tuesday stated he has created a reproduction of Ram temple on Puri seashore, on the eve of its ground-breaking ceremony in Ayodhya.

Mr Pattnaik stated, he was eager to create a sand sculpture of the temple at Ayodhya throughout ”bhoomi pujan”, however needed to do it on Puri seashore due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

“In fact, I visited Ayodhya last year and conducted a study for the purpose. However, I had to change my plans due to the pandemic,” he stated.

The artist stated, he has created a five-feet tall duplicate of the temple on the seashore for which he used about 4 tonnes of sand.

It took round 5 hours to create this sculpture.

“We are very happy that after a long wait, the temple is going to be constructed. It is a historic day for us,” stated Mr Pattnaik.

The August 5 ceremony will mark the start of the development of Ram temple after a decades-long title swimsuit over the positioning in Ayodhya was settled by Supreme Court final November.

Recipient of many awards, Mr Pattnaik has participated in additional than 60 worldwide sand artwork competitions internationally and gained numerous prizes for the nation.

2,750 Tonnes Of Ammonium Nitrate Exploded: Lebanon PM On Beirut Blasts

“It is unacceptable and we cannot remain silent on this issue,” Lebanon PM mentioned. (File)


About 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been saved within the Beirut port warehouse that exploded Tuesday, devastating massive components of the Lebanese capital, Prime Minister Hassan Diab mentioned.

“It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures,” he mentioned at a defence council assembly, a spokesman advised a press convention.

“It is unacceptable and we cannot remain silent on this issue.” 

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Los Angeles County District Attorney’s husband faces costs after pointing a gun at protesters

David Lacey faces three misdemeanor counts of assault with a firearm — one every in opposition to Melina Abdullah, Justin Marks, and Dahlia Ferlito, in accordance with the criticism filed Monday by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Abdullah and Marks are activists with Black Lives Matter-LA and Ferlito is with White People 4 Black Lives, a BLM ally.

In March, protesters confirmed up on the Lacey dwelling earlier than daybreak, demanding a dialog about officer-involved shootings and accountability within the Black neighborhood.

In a video recorded by a Black Lives Matter member, David Lacey might be seen waving a gun and telling the protesters to depart, saying “I will shoot you, get off my porch.”

Later, District Attorney Jackie Lacey made an emotional apology and mentioned her husband meant no hurt. The prosecutor informed CNN final month that she felt the protest “crossed the line” and that it was “creating a situation where someone thinks that they’re about to be harmed. I don’t think that helps your cause at all.”
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An legal professional for David Lacey mentioned he’s “disappointed” on the costs.

“We disagree entirely with their assessment, but we have the utmost faith in the justice system, and we are confident that the correct result will be reached,” Lacey’s legal professional Samuel Tyre mentioned in a press release to CNN on Tuesday. “At this time we are not going to comment on the facts of the case, except to say that my client’s human instinct is forever and always to protect his wife and his family and to keep them safe from physical harm. We look forward to all relevant facts coming to light.”

In a press release despatched to CNN by Tyre on Tuesday, Jackie Lacey mentioned “the events that took place earlier this year have caused my family immense pain.” She mentioned her household had been harassed and had obtained a demise menace lower than every week earlier than the March incident.

“Protesters arrived at my house shortly after 5 am while I was upstairs,” she mentioned within the assertion. “My husband felt that we were in danger and acted out of genuine concern for our well-being.”

Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter-LA, referred to as the fees a “pleasant surprise.”

“You know, we don’t have a lot of faith in the criminal justice system so we were assuming that he probably wouldn’t face charges,” Abdullah mentioned. “And so it’s encouraging that he is facing some charges. But then when you step back from it, you also realize that if anyone else had pulled a gun and pointed it at three people, including me, pointed directly at my chest and said the words, ‘I will shoot you’ then they probably would be facing felony counts, not misdemeanors.”

CNN’s Stephanie Elam contributed to this report.

Historic Moment, Wait Has Been Worthwhile

I really feel humbled that in Ram Janmabhoomi motion, future made me carry out a pivotal obligation: LK Advani

BJP veteran LK Advani — who put the Ayodhya Ram Temple entrance and centre of the problems championed by the get together — spoke up on the eve of the ground-breaking ceremony of the temple, saying it was “a historical and emotional day not only for me but for all Indians”.  

“Destiny made me perform a pivotal duty in the form of Ram Rath Yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya in 1990 which helped galvanise aspirations, energies and passions of its countless participants,” stated Mr Advani, who turned the face of the temple motion, together with his rath yatras dominating politics within the late-’80s and early ’90s.

The 92-year-old, who described tomorrow’s ceremony as a “dream close to my heart”, will, nonetheless not attend it in particular person. He and the opposite get together veteran, Murli Manohar Joshi, will as a substitute be current by way of videoconference.

The choice got here after an enormous controversy throughout which it appeared that they might not get an invite. The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust — entrusted with the duty of temple constructing — issued a last-minute telephonic invite to the 2 leaders, who took a backseat over the previous few years.

“It is my belief that this temple will inspire all Indians to imbibe His virtues,” the 92-year-old stated in a video assertion this night.

“It is also my belief that Shri Ram Mandir will represent India as a strong, prosperous, peaceful and harmonious nation with justice for all and exclusion of none so that we can truly usher in Ram Rajya, the epitome of good governance,” he added within the video assertion.

The motion Mr Advani began had culminated within the razing of a 16th Century mosque by kar sevaks, who believed that it was constructed over a temple that stood on the spot marking the birthplace of Lord Ram.   

More than 2000 folks had died within the violence that was unleashed by the razing of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.  Mr Advani, Mr Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh are among the many BJP leaders accused of conspiracy within the matter.

The Central Bureau of Investigation claims Mr Advani — a former Deputy Prime Minister within the authorities headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee — and the opposite leaders had made incendiary speeches from a dais near the mosque.

Last week Mr Advani appeared earlier than a particular CBI courtroom in Lucknow by way of video hyperlink. He was requested greater than 1,000 questions over four-and-a-half hours, and has denied all fees, his lawyer stated.

The dispute over the Ram Janambhoomi website was resolved final yr, because the Supreme Court gave a go-ahead for a temple to be constructed by a specifically appointed belief. The Centre was requested to provide Muslims land elsewhere in Ayodhya for a mosque.

Border dispute shouldn’t dominate China, India ties – Chinese envoy to U.S

A border dispute between India and China which turned lethal in June when troops of the 2 sides clashed shouldn’t dominate relations between the nucleararmed Asian powers, the Chinese ambassador to the United States stated on Tuesday.

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  • Last Updated: August 5, 2020, 3:33 AM IST

WASHINGTON A border dispute between India and China – which turned lethal in June when troops of the 2 sides clashed – shouldn’t dominate relations between the nuclear-armed Asian powers, the Chinese ambassador to the United States stated on Tuesday.

“I don’t think this issue should dominate in relations between China and India, and I don’t think this is the view of our Indian friends,” Ambassador Cui Tiankai stated in an look on the Aspen Security Forum.

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Over Rs 100 Crore Gold Smuggled

Swapna Suresh alleged she had been implicated within the crime with none foundation (File)


About 200 kg gold, value over 100 crores, had been sneaked into the nation from the UAE, the National Investigation Agency, one among central businesses probing the smuggling of gold by way of the diplomatic channel in Kerala, stated as we speak, whereas countering the bail petition of a key accused within the case.

The NIA stated utilizing the diplomatic channel course of, gold was smuggled round 20 occasions between November 2019 and January 2020.

The probe company stated the act was intentional, and that the accused Swapna Suresh and Sarith, whereas working with the UAE consulate, had been conscious of the potential for smuggling gold by way of diplomatic channel as early as June 2019 and so they had intimated this to the opposite accused. Even after Swapna Suresh was faraway from the publish, she continued to contain herself for the sake of facilitating such subversive actions, in response to the NIA.

“The accused colluded and conspired to make use of this channel to smuggle gold along with materials genuinely required by the foreign diplomats at UAE consulate,” the probe company stated.

Among the articles seized from the accused, NIA stated, had been “USD 8,034, 701.5 Oman Riyals and Fixed deposits receipts to the tune of around Rs 51 lakh recovered from the bag of Swapna Suresh. Cash to the tune of about Rs 1 crore and gold to the tune of nearly one kg was seized from the bank locker. The total seizure worth exceeds Rs 2 crore.”

Swapna Suresh, who had filed the bail petition, alleged she had been implicated within the crime with none foundation. She additionally alleged the case was the offshoot of political rivalry between the state and centre.

The NIA, in its counter to the bail, has stated that their deliberate acts of utilizing the diplomatic baggage of UAE as a canopy to move the contraband has affected the pleasant relations with the UAE and that they’ve threatened “monetary stability of India” and that it is suspected that they used the proceeds for “financing terrorism”.

The NIA has additionally justified the usage of anti-terror legislation UAPA in opposition to this ‘intentional’ crime.

“Petitioner has contacts with many influential persons in society. She is capable to move and abscond even at the time of this pandemic. There is a chance the petitioner may tamper the evidence and influencing the witnesses”, the NIA stated, whereas countering the bail petition of Swapna Suresh.

The racket was uncovered with the seizure of round 30 kg gold value about Rs 15 crore, by the customs division on the Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 4. The gold was present in diplomatic baggage linked to the United Arab Emirates consulate within the state.

Sources from totally different investigation businesses have confirmed to NDTV that they’ve submitted an inventory of names of “people of interest” with the central authorities. These individuals, in response to sources, are at present within the UAE and should be questioned in connection to the gold smuggling case probe.

With Oximeters And More, Gyms Ready To Welcome Fitness In COVID-19 Era

Several states and cities will proceed to maintain gyms shut. (Representational)

New Delhi:

Gyms and health centres on Tuesday geared as much as open their doorways after virtually 5 months with managements busy fine-tuning operational particulars equivalent to hourly sanitisation, spacing out gear to make sure social distancing and minimising employees in accordance with authorities tips.

Thousands of small gyms and greater chains will welcome clients to “fitness in the COVID era” on Wednesday although shops in states the place lockdown guidelines haven’t been relaxed will proceed to be closed.

After the crippling losses and layoffs, the Ministry of Home Affairs” July 30 discover permitting gymnasiums and yoga institutes to reopen from August 5 was an enormous reduction, mentioned health club house owners. On Monday night, the Health Ministry issued its tips and institutions are rapidly ensuring that every part is in place earlier than they reopen for enterprise.

Aseem Rao, who owns Hype, a franchise of practically 40 health centres throughout Delhi-NCR, mentioned his shops will comply with all government-instructed protocols, together with availability of sanitisers and oximeters, spaced out gear and thermal screening of each employees and members.

“Most of my outlets are 6,000 square feet in area. To ensure social distancing during group classes, we have decided the space that was earlier occupied by as many as 60 people at a time will now house not more than 25 people,” he mentioned.

Mr Rao will likely be reopening 19 of his centres throughout Haryana and Ghaziabad, whereas the Delhi shops will stay shut.

Several states and cities, together with Delhi and Maharashtra, will proceed to maintain gyms shut. Maharashtra has reported 15,842 COVID-19 deaths and Delhi 4,004, in accordance with Union Health Ministry figures on Monday.

Pravesh Gaur, who owns the Fast Fit chain of gyms, can be on the point of open his shops in Faridabad.

“We will be adhering to all the government directions – thermal temperature check before entering the centre, sanitisation of all equipment on an hourly basis and before every use, as well as monitoring the staff for any symptoms on a regular basis,” Mr Gaur advised PTI.

The employees capability will likely be at 50 per cent, he added.

The ministry’s “Guidelines on Preventive Measures to Contain Spread of COVID-19 in Yoga Institutes & Gymnasiums” additionally suggests staggered visits by members and instructs that gear, together with cardio and energy machines, be positioned six toes aside wherever attainable. It additionally says visors needs to be used so far as attainable whereas exercising.

Before exercising, folks must get their oxygen saturation checked. If beneath 95 per cent, they shouldn’t be allowed to train, the notification says.

The health business was among the many first to take a success with gyms throughout states shutting down quickly even earlier than the nationwide lockdown started on March 25, leaving hundreds of trainers and assist employees unemployed.

According to Gympik, a well being and health aggregator, there are roughly 20,000 gyms throughout the nation, together with neighbourhood exercise centres in addition to nationwide chains like Gold Gym and Cultfit which have a number of centres in a single metropolis alone.

These centres supply amenities like energy, weight and cardio coaching, alongside yoga and Zumba lessons, and cater to over 10 million health club goers, it estimates.

Mr Gaur, who owns 4 centres throughout Delhi and Faridabad and is guaranteeing that he complies with all of the orders, has incurred an approximate lack of Rs 20-30 lakh per department. He mentioned he was additionally compelled to both let go off, or ship a few of his staff on “temporary unpaid leave”.

Some of his trainers carried out on-line lessons, however that didn’t actually work.

“Using equipment that specifically targets each muscle group, along with the personal guidance of a trainer to correct forms and techniques cannot be replicated in online classes. We hardly generated four to five per cent of our revenue through these sessions,” he added. Mr Rao agreed.

Over the final 5 months, he mentioned, the losses had been large, with no earnings however rents and employees salaries that needed to be paid.

“Although we were doing online classes, even our existing members did not seem very interested in those sessions and there were no new registrations during that time,” he mentioned.

Shalini Bhargava, director at Mumbai’s JG’s Fitness Centre shouldn’t be taking a look at opening her facility instantly with the Maharashtra authorities extending the lockdown until August 31, however is prepping for it.

“Most of our existing clients have been calling to get an idea of the time slots, rules and safety measures that will be followed. All the government guidelines were expected, so we are completely prepared,” Mr Bhargava mentioned.

Machines and health club gear have been spaced out, sanitisation machines have been put in, and health periods have been moved to the open air terrace.

She added that she can be planning to put in a UV tower which is able to hold disinfecting the health club each one hour.

Fitness fans have been lacking their exercise periods on the gyms however are cautious of getting into one.

Gurgaon-based Chetna Beniwal, as an example, would go to the health club 5 days per week earlier than the lockdown. Given the persevering with unfold of the illness, she mentioned she has determined to proceed to work out at dwelling.

“My main concern is utilizing the identical gear and machines that different folks have been utilizing. Besides, I’ve been understanding at dwelling utilizing a mat and some weights, and it looks like a greater various to gyms.

“Working out at house is extra handy and straightforward. I can train anytime I would like, be it day or late at night time,” the 28-year-old customs inspector mentioned.

Unlike her, Mumbai-based Ankit Doshi mentioned he can”t look ahead to the gyms to reopen in his state.

“I used to work out a minimal of 5 days per week earlier than the lockdown began. Thanks to the net lessons and exercise apps, I’ve been capable of keep my health schedule. I additionally did a yoga coaching course for 21 days with The Yoga Institute.

“But it has been difficult to manage weight training. Also, at gyms, you maintain a certain discipline, which you tend to lose at times while working out at home,” mentioned the 34-year-old CEO of a Mumbai-based enterprise.

The health enterprise could be taking tentative steps to normalcy however drastic modifications are in retailer, mentioned Amaresh Ojha, founder and CEO of Gympik.

Agreeing with Mr Gaur and Mr Rao that on-line alone shouldn’t be a viable enterprise mannequin for gyms, Mr Ojha mentioned the business is more likely to now perform on the “hybrid business model” – a mix of restricted on-premise and on-line lessons.

“The health enterprise will not be a quantity sport. Most estimates present that the footfall will most likely scale back considerably to permit solely 33-50 per cent member attendance, relying on the supply of area.

“The hybrid mannequin will enable the gyms to up their sport and supply the perfect of each the net and offline worlds to their members by giving them extra freedom and adaptability to exercise anytime, wherever,” he mentioned.

India’s COVID-19 Testing Rate Lower Than Other Nations, Says WHO Chief Scientist

If the efficacy price of the COVID-19 vaccine is 70%, then its thought-about to be good: Soumya Swaminathan


Noting that lockdown was a brief measure to comprise the unfold of coronavirus, a senior official of the World Health Organisation on Tuesday mentioned India has a low testing price when in comparison with among the nations which can be efficiently attempting to curb it.

The Chief Scientist of WHO, Soumya Swaminathan, in an interactive session via video convention mentioned, as of now about 28 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are beneath scientific trial, of which 5 are getting into Phase-II and over 150 candidates are in pre-clinical trials throughout the globe.

“India as a whole, the testing rates are much lower compared to some of the countries, who have done well like Germany, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan. Even the United States is testing a huge number of people. So we need to have some benchmark and every public health department needs to have benchmarks on what is the rate of testing per lakh or per million, what is the test positivity rate,” she mentioned.

Without ample variety of assessments, preventing the virus is like “fighting fire blindfolded,” she identified.

According to Ms Swaminathan, the variety of assessments being performed just isn’t ample if the COVID-19 take a look at positivity price is above 5 per cent.

Governments have to continually monitor the provision of beds, quarantine amenities, ICUs and oxygen provides in district hospitals.

“So there is a set of 8 to 10 indicators that the government needs to keep a close watch on. And you can ramp up or ramp down based on what you are seeing on the ground,” she mentioned.

Observing that the scientists’ group was nonetheless finding out the physique’s immune response to coronavirus and the following 12 months had been essential to place in place the general public well being and social measures, she mentioned the virus has unfold to each nation on this planet and “established community transmission”.

“We know that lockdowns are temporary measures or a temporary measure which reduces the spread because it prevents people from getting closer together and the idea of the lockdown is to buy time for the government to put in place the system needed to tackle the virus,” the WHO official mentioned.

On the continued vaccine trials, she mentioned the WHO has issued pointers on it and if the efficacy price of the vaccine is 70 per cent, then it’s thought-about to be a very good one.

On the COVAX facility, a mechanism designed to ensure speedy, truthful and equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, Swaminathan mentioned by the tip of 2021 it’s aimed to ship two billion doses of secure, efficient vaccines which have handed regulatory approval and/or WHO prequalification.

All the 194 member nations of the WHO want to return collectively and take a call on the best way they need to proceed for the equitable and truthful distribution of vaccine (as soon as efficiently comes out) and different merchandise which can be being developed for COVID-19, she opined.

Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech, which is into creating Covaxin, a vaccine candidate for COVID-19,mentioned the Centre must decetralise among the regulating authorities comparable to Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO for quicker approvals.

Telangana Minister for IT and Industries KT Rama Rao acted as a moderator for the session titled The Vaccine Race-Balancing Science and Urgency.

Mike Pompeo Offers US Help To Lebanon After “Horrible Tragedy”

“Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a city,” Mike Pompeo mentioned.


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday provided US help to Lebanon after Beirut was rocked by large blasts.

“We are monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this horrible tragedy,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter.

Pompeo in an accompanying assertion mentioned that the United States will look forward to the findings of Lebanese authorities on the reason for the explosions, which killed at the least 50 folks and flattened the Mediterranean metropolis’s harborside.

“Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a city and a people that I hold dear, an additional challenge in a time of already deep crisis,” mentioned Pompeo, who has spoken previously of his private curiosity in Lebanon.

The US embassy in Beirut inspired Americans within the metropolis to take shelter.

“There are reports of toxic gases released in the explosion so all in the area should stay indoors and wear masks if available,” it mentioned in a safety alert.

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