Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, has been invited for the August 5 event. Iqbal, the son of Hashim Ansari, one of the original litigants in the case, said that it was the wish of Hindu god Ram that he be one of the first people to get an invite. Ansari added that he has respect for the 'saints and seers' who are part of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust which is overseeing the construction of the temple. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying the foundation stone of the temple at a mega ceremony on August 5, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, a resident of Chhattisgarh is traversing 800 km to Ayodhya over 10 days to gift soil and water from what he called Ram's maternal home. Mohammad Faiz Khan said that Ram's mother Kaushalya belonged to a village near present-day Raipur. Watch the full video for more.
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As the entire nation is eagerly waiting for 5th August to witness the ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of Lord Ram's temple at his birthplace Ayodhya, one man from Raipur has decided to travel 800 kms to be a part of this auspicious ceremony. Despite being a Muslim, Faiz Khan is an adamant believer of Lord Ram and it is his faith in him that gave him the courage to make this decision. Faiz started his journey from Chandkuri village of Chhattisgarh on 23rd of July and his goal is to reach Ayodhya before the ceremony on the 5th of August. Along with him, Faiz is carrying the soil of Chandkuri village for the foundation laying ceremony at Ayodhya. Chandkuri is said to be the birthplace of Kaushalya, the mother of Lord Ram and thus it is home to lord Ram's maternal grandparents. Faiz feels it is important to mix the soil of the birthplace of Ram's mother in order to seek blessings from the lord before the construction of the magnificent temple. Apart from his family and friends, almost everyone is applauding this step of Faiz and is alos helping him in possible ways to reach Ayodhya on time. Right now Faiz has reached Anuppur district is Madhya Pradesh which is approx 300 kms away from Raipur, the place from where he started his journey. Examples like Faiz are an inspiration for all and are playing a significant role in maintaining communal harmony and strengthening the secular bond of the nation.
A Naxal carrying reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head surrendered in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada on August 03. Malla surrendered on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on her sister's appeal. Malla was a Naxal deputy commander and was involved in several incidents in which police personnel lost their lives. While speaking to media, Dantewada SP, Dr Abhishek Pallav said, "Malla was a Naxal deputy commander. He was involved in several incidents in which police personnel lost their lives."
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel interacted with Deans of medical colleges and doctors in the state. The meeting took place via video conferencing. CM Bhupesh Baghel said, "We discussed about the preparations and treatment going on in the state. Home isolation was also discussed and it was concluded that under government inspection home isolation will have benefits only. The way samples are being collected, testing is being done, it's quite satisfactory." On increasing number of cases, Bhupesh Baghel said, "From the start we have been emphasising on the rules to be followed. They are not difficult at all, maintain social distancing, wear masks and frequently sanitise your hand."
On reports of deaths of nearly 50 cows in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that strict action will be taken. He said, "It's unfortunate. I have directed Collector to look into the matter and take strict action. Many animals were kept in a small space, so they probably suffocated to death. It will be clear after post-mortem. Investigation is underway."
On the occasion of Hareli festival, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel attended the celebrations on July 20 where he launched a scheme named 'Godhan Nyay Yojana'. The scheme aims to provide money to the people residing in the rural areas. Under this yojana, the Chhattisgarh government will purchase cow dung at the cost of Rs 2 per kg.
A former captain of the Indian wheelchair cricket team started working as a labourer in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh to earn a living for his family amid COVID-19 pandemic. Rajendra Singh Dhami is working as a labourer under Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme amid COVID-19 pandemic. He won several accolades as the captain of the Indian wheelchair cricket team but now he has been forced to work as a labourer. The current captain of the Uttarakhand team, Dhami was disabled due to paralysis and struggling financially during coronavirus pandemic. While speaking to ANI, Rajendra said, "A tournament was scheduled but got postponed due to COVID-19. I request the government to provide me job as per my qualification." Speaking to ANI, the District Magistrate (DM) of Pithoragarh, Dr Vijay Kumar Jogdande said, "Currently, his economic condition seems to be bad. We have asked District Sports Officer to provide him money as immediate help. He will be given the benefits under Mukhyamantri Swarojgar Yojana or other schemes so that he is able to earn a livelihood in future."
Construction of a stadium is in full swing in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal. Area was previously illegally captured by some unidentified people. Around 3,500 MGNREGA labourers will get employment under the project. The stadium will give chance to local youth to excel in sports. Hostel facility will also be available in the stadium.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has applauded migrant labourers from Barabanki in his 'Mann Ki Baat' session. These labourers have returned to their village amid COVID-19 pandemic and now are working here under MGNREGA to restore natural form of Kalyani River. Speaking on it, MGNREGA official said, "This has encouraged us. Work is underway at Mawaiya and Haiderganj gram panchayats of Fatehpur block. Initially, it seemed we would face problem of resources and manpower but migrant and local labourers accepted the challenge and did it."