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Nripendra Mishra to visit Ayodhya on Saturday

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Ayodhya, Feb 28 Nripendra Mishra, the Chairman of the Ram Temple Construction Committee, will visit Ayodhya on Saturday to initiate the process for preparing a blueprint for construction of a Ram temple.

This will be his first visit to Ayodhya after being appointed as Chairman of the committee.

Prabhat Singh, a spokesperson for the Nirmohi Akhara, said: “We have been informed that Nripendra Mishra will be in Ayodhya on Saturday. He will also meet Mahant Dhirendra Das (head of the Nirmohi Akhara) and other trustees.”

According to official sources, Mishra will also finalise the place, where Ram Lalla will be shifted before construction of the temple begins.

This relocation will take place before the festive occasion of Navratri which begins on March 25.

Meanwhile, a three-day conclave on Ramayana will be held in Ayodhya in the first week of March.

The event will be inaugurated by head of the Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.

Sources in the government said the conclave will see discussions around the life of Lord Ram and his impact on society.

Experts on Ramayana from India and abroad, and research scholars are expected to attend the event.

There will also be an exhibition on the presence of Lord Ram in art and around 200 artists are expected to display their works.

The event is being organised by Sanskar Bharti, the cultural wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Ayodhya Research Centre and Avadh University.

Prominent leaders who will participate in the event are Ram temple trust secretary and VHP leader Champat Rai, former Goa governor Mridula Sinha and writer Narendra Kohli.

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COVID-19: NTA extends last dates for entrance test forms

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New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday extended the last date for submission of entrance test forms at seven major educational institutions.

“The NTA understands the importance of academic calendar and schedule, but it is equally concerned about the wellbeing of every citizen, including students,” the NTA said.

The seven institutions include Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where the last date for submission of applications has now been extended till April 30.

For the UGC-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET)-June 2020, the new last date is May 16 and May 15 for the CSIR-National Eligibility Test (CSIR-NET)-June 2020.

The last date for the All India AYUSH Postgraduate Entrance Test is May 31.

Amidst the COVID-19 shutdown, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Monday had advised the National Testing Agency to extend the last dates to submit applications for entrance exams in leading institutions like JNU and others.

The Minister, in a tweet, said he has asked the NTA to postpone the last date for application forms for the ICAR Exam, JNU Entrance Exam, UGC-NET, CSIR-NET, NCHM JEE, IGNOU PhD and Management Entrance Exams.


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COVID-19: Another Mohalla Clinic doctor in Delhi tests positive

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New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A doctor posted at a Mohalla Clinic in Delhi’s Babarpur has tested positive for coronavirus, with authorities asking patients who visited the clinic at the Janta Mazdoor Colony between March 12 and 20 to self-quarantine at home for 15 days.

Earlier, a doctor had tested corona postive in the same area.A notice to this effect from Shahadara District Magistrate has been put at the clinic, saying the doctor has tested positive. People have been asked to report if they develop any corona symptoms.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Shahadara had last week ordered that all those who visited or were present at Mohalla Clinic in Mohanpuri area of Maujpur between March 12 and March 18 to stay in home quarantine for 15 days.

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45 from Karnataka visited Nizamuddin mosque, 1 dead

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Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) One of the 45 pilgrims from Karnataka who visited Nizamuddin Jamaat mosque in New Delhi in early March died of COVID-19, said Health Minister B. Sriramulu on Tuesday.

“A religious ceremony was held at the Nizamuddin Jamaat mosque in New Delhi on March 10, which was attended by about 45 people from Karnataka. One of them was a man who died in Sira,” tweeted Sriramulu.

Sira is located in Tumakuru district, 123 km north west of Bengaluru.
The pilgrim from Sira was a sexagenarian who passed away on Friday, he was Karnataka’s third COVID-19 death.

He was the state’s 60th Coronavirus positive case and his 13-year-old son also tested positive on Tuesday as the 84th case.

The Tumakuru man returned from Delhi on a train to Yeshwantpur on March 14 and from there he took a KSRTC bus to reach Sira the same morning.

The deceased man is believed to be one of those Tablighi pilgrims who visited Delhi, further official details are awaited.

According to Sriramulu, 13 of the 45 pilgrims have been identified and quarantined, hinting that the possibility of the infection spreading to all the pilgrims cannot be ruled out.

He said several visitors from Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia visited the Delhi mosque.

The state government is on the lookout for the remaining people who visited the mosque to quarantine and test them.


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