India's supreme court has ruled in favour of a Hindu temple on disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land should be given to Muslims to build a mosque.
The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues.
The 16th-century Babri Masjid mosque in northern Indian town of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh state was destroyed by Hindu hard-liners in December 1992, sparking widespread sectarian violence that left 2,000 people dead.
Five supreme court justices said in a unanimous judgment that five acres of land will be allotted to the Muslim community at a prominent place for building a mosque.
The disputed land will be given to a board of trustees for the construction of a temple for Hindu god Ram.
As many as 51,000 earthen lamps were lit in Ayodhya marking the eve of Kartik Purnima. The lamps were illuminated at Ram Ki Paidi on the banks of River Saryu. Sabarimala Temple in Kerala was decorated as Karthika Deepam celebrations were held. The eve of Dev Deepawali was celebrated in various ways across the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Monday. PM will dedicate to the nation the widened Handia-Rajatalab section of NH-19. The city glowed on the eve as a laser show was held in Varanasi at Chet Singh Ghat. The Prime Minister will also attend Dev Deepawali in Varanasi, later in the day. Kartik Purnima is also celebrated as Dev Deepawali in various parts of the country. Kartik Purnima marks the fifteenth lunar day of the Hindu month of Kartik.
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51,000 earthen lamps were illuminated at Ram Ki Paidi on the banks of river Saryu as devotees gathered to celebrate Kartik Purnima. "I'm very happy to be part of this event. I'm fasting and praying to Lord Rama on this occasion," said a devotee.
AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi lashed out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on November 28 after he made a pitch for renaming Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar. Owaisi hit back at Yogi during a rally saying, “You will be renamed not Hyderabad.” While campaigning for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections on Saturday, Yogi Adityanath said, “Some people were asking me if Hyderabad can be renamed as Bhagyanagar. I said, 'Why not?' I told them that we renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj after BJP came into power in Uttar Pradesh. Then why can't Hyderabad be renamed as Bhagyanagar?” Adityanath also held a roadshow in the Malkajgiri division of Hyderabad. Watch the video for more details.
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On Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' second anniversary, she has shared unseen photos from their wedding. The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace in 2018. Priyanka took to Instagram, shared new photos from second of their two wedding ceremonies. Priyanka and Nick celebrated their second wedding anniversary over the last two day. On December 1, the duo celebrated the anniversary of their Christian wedding. A day later, the celebrity couple celebrated their Hindu wedding ceremony. The duo will make a joint appearance for 18th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Friday.
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US President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris extended wishes on Guru Nanak Jayanti. Biden and Harris released a joint statement to send wishes on Nanak's 551st birth anniversary. The duo thanked Sikhs for opening Gurudwaras, serving meals to those in need amid pandemic. Earlier, Harris took to Twitter to wish 'Sikh friends' across the US and around the world on the occasion. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau also issued a statement on Nanak's birth anniversary. Trudeau said Guru Nanak Dev's birth anniversary was an important day for Sikh Canadians. Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with fervour throughout nation and around the world. Also known as Gurpurab, Nanak Jayanti celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru. Nanak Jayanti is observed on the full moon day of Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar.
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Nation remembered Guru Nanak Dev on his 551st birth anniversary on November 30. Devotees offered prayers at Golden Temple in Amritsar following Covid-19 protocols. People along with their families lit candles and offered prayers in the temple premises. On the occasion, devotees also visited Delhi's Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib to offer prayers. Earlier, PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to Nanak - the founder of Sikhism. President Kovind also inaugurated the renovated PBG Regimental Gurudwara at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended greetings to people on Guru Nanak Jayanti. Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with fervour throughout nation and around the world. Also known as Gurpurab, Nanak Jayanti celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru. It is observed on the full moon day of Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar.
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Muslim Kalyankari Samaj, a civil society group, in Nepal held anti-China protest rally in Pokhara city. It condemned the atrocities against Uyghur Muslims, a minority community in China. Protestors were carrying placards condemning mayhem against Uyghur Muslim community. Human rights groups have blamed the Chinese government for Mass arbitrary detention, torture, forced political indoctrination, and mass surveillance of Uyghurs in Xinjiang province.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called Muslims as 'Pakistani', Sardars as 'Khalistani', activists as 'Urban Naxal' and students as members of 'Tukde Tukde gang' and 'anti-national' then who is 'Hindustani' in this country, asked Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti on November 29. She said, "They call Muslims as 'Pakistani', Sardars as 'Khalistani', activists as 'Urban Naxal' and students as members of 'Tukde Tukde gang' - 'anti-national'. I fail to understand if everyone is terrorist - anti-national, then who is 'Hindustani' in this country?Only BJP workers?"
Samajwadi Party (SP) MP from Moradabad ST Hasan called ‘Love Jihad’ a political stunt and asked Muslim boys to consider Hindu girls their ‘sisters’. He said, “Love Jihad is a political stunt. In our country, people choose their life partners irrespective of religion. Hindus marry Muslims and vice versa. However, the numbers are very low. But if you dig deep into 'love jihad' cases, you would find that girls know that boys are Muslims. But due to societal pressure or internal issues in the family, they lie and it becomes a case of Love Jihad.” He added, "I advise Muslim boys to consider Hindu girls as their sisters. Don't get lured, because a law has been framed under which you could be subjected to tremendous torture. Save yourself and don't get into any temptation or love.” Watch the full video for more.
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Preparations for the 'Deepotsav' is underway in Ayodhaya. The city bathed in lights, festivities and glee for the upcoming Diwali celebrations. Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department aims to beat their own record of lighting the maximum numbers of earthen lamps. Over 5 lakh earthen lamps are likely to be lit in this year's Deepotsav. It will be the first since the verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute came.
Owners of cinema hall in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 pandemic in terms of huge losses. Owners found it difficult to cope up with the government SOPs. Cinema halls opened in Uttar Pradesh on October 15 with 50% capacity. Very few people can be seen at the cinema halls.
A four-year-old boy who fell into a borewell in Uttar Pradesh died on Thursday. The incident took place in Budhaura village of Mahoba district. Dhanendra had fallen into the borewell at around 2:30 pm on Wednesday when he was playing. Police said that the toddler's parents were irrigating the field at the time of the incident. Mahoba DM said that the child was taken out from the borewell after an 18-hour rescue operation. He added that the kid was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead.
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After Shiv Sena's mouthpiece Saamana criticised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his Mumbai visit and raised questions on the latter's development model, state cabinet minister Sidharth Nath Singh said Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has clearly lost his sleep after UP CM's visit, and condemned the "offensive language" in the party newspaper. "Uddhav Thackeray has lost his sleep after UP CM's visit to Mumbai. They have used offensive language using Saamna editorial, which we condemn. This may be their party culture. We were welcomed open-heartedly by Bollywood people," Nath told ANI.