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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Statue Of Unity

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Kevadiya, Oct 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the 182-metre high ‘Statue of Unity’ ‘ in honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

“This is a project that we had thought about during the time when I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. To build the #StatueOfUnity, lakhs of farmers from all over India came together, gave their tools, portions of soil and thus, a mass movement started”, PM Modi said after unveiling the statue.

“if it was not for Sardar Sahab’s resolve, then we Indians would have to take visa to see the Gir lions, pray at Somnath, or to see Hyderabad’s Charminar”, he added.

The Prime Minister further said that “Sardar Sahab ke avahan par desh ke saikdon rajwadaon ne tyag ki misaal qayam ki thi. Hume is tyag ko bhi nahi bhoolna chahiye”.

Constructed on Sadhu Bet Island on Narmada river, the imposing statue is the world’s tallest.

The bronze figure is almost 29 metres taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha that stands at 153 metres, and almost twice as high as the 93-metre Statue of Liberty in New York.

Three Indian Air Force planes flew past the Patel figure and created the tricolour in the sky after Modi unveiled the statue.

According to the reports, the statue has been built using over 70,000 tonnes of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel, 6,000 tonnes of structural steel and 1,700 tonnes of bronze, which was used for the outer cladding of the structure.

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Selection Panel Meeting on Jan 24 to decide on New CBI Director

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New Delhi, Jan 16: The Selection Panel is scheduled to meet on January 24 to choose a new director of the CBI, news agency ANI reported.

The high-level panel includes Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, and the leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha, or leader of the largest party.

On Tuesday, Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding early holding of the meeting to appoint a regular CBI Director.

Kharge was part of the committee that removed Alok Verma as the director with a 2-1 decision on January 10 within 48 hours after rejoining the post.

PM Modi and Chief Justice of India’s nominee AK Sikri were the other members of the panel.

The Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India’s nominee AK Sikri opted to remove Verma on the basis of the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which went into the corruptions allegations levelled against him, while Kharge opposed the decision.

Additional Director M Nageshwara Rao was made the interim director of the probe agency. Rao had previously been given the same charge when the
government divested CBI chief Alok Verma of his charge after amid a bitter feud with his deputy Rakesh Asthana on the intervening night of October 23-24 last year

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Woman alleges gang rape near Delhi Mall

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New Delhi, Jan 16: A 24-year-old woman has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by her friend and his two accomplices in a stationary car here after making her drink juice containing sedatives near a mall.

The police said on Tuesday the incident occurred on Monday night when a passerby saw the woman crying near a car at Cross River Mall in east Delhi’s Shahdara and informed the police.

“The police reached the spot and arrested the victim’s friend, later identified as Amit, 30. We are investigating the role of Amit’s friends in the crime who are at large,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Meghna Yadav told IANS.

“During the investigation, we found that Amit, a businessman, who is a native of Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat, befriended the victim through a common friend some two months ago after he promised to get her home loan at a cheaper rate,” The DCP said.

“A resident of Seelampur in Delhi, the victim was called by Amit for a meeting on Monday near Cross River Mall. During the meeting, according to the statement of victim, Amit, accompanied by two friends, gave her juice with sedatives. As she fell unconscious, she was gang-raped by the three accused,” Yadav added.

The police have registered a case of rape against Amit on the complaint of victim and are interrogating him to establish the role and identify his two friends, she added.

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Kumbh 2019: 33,000 lamps lit daily for construction of Ram Temple

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Prayagraj, Jan 16: A group of saints are lighting 33,000 earthen lamps everyday at the ongoing Kumbh Mela for the early construction of a grand Ram temple at the disputed Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

“We’ll light total 11 lakh lamps in a month. We believe that the construction of Ram Temple will start immediately after the conclusion of Kumbh” Moni Maharaj said.

The seers believe that the construction will start soon after the Kumbh Mela that ends on March 4.

Additionally, a number of hoardings welcoming devotees to the Mela also call for the construction of a Ram temple.

The next date of hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case in the Supreme Court is on January 29.

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