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Top news of the day: PM Modi speaks on Ram Mandir, Rafale deal; Kerala women form 620-km-long ‘wall’ to uphold gender equality, and more

At Patel Chowk station, guards open the gate for a few seconds to let in a fraction of the crowd, Delhi, January 1, 2019

At Patel Chowk station, guards open the gate for a few seconds to let in a fraction of the crowd, Delhi, January 1, 2019   | Photo Credit: Priscilla Jebaraj

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Decision on Ram Temple Ordinance only after Supreme Court verdict, says Narendra Modi

“Nobody can deny that those sitting in the governments in the last 70 years have tried their best to stall a solution to this (Ayodhya) issue,” Mr. Modi says in an interview to ANI.

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Bulandshahr violence: Man who attacked inspector with an axe held

Police have arrested a man, accused of attacking Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh with an axe during the December 3 violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district over alleged cow slaughter, officials said on Tuesday.

Kerala women form 620-km-long ‘wall’ to uphold gender equality

Thousands of women apparently united by shared indignation against “Hindu right-wing inspired” misogyny assembled under the aegis of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) on Tuesday to create an almost unbroken human wall that stretched for 620 km from Kasargod in North Kerala to Thiruvananthapuram in the South.

Koregaon Bhima anniversary: Security stepped up as people pay tributes at war memorial

Thousands of people, mainly Dalits, on Tuesday flocked the ‘Jay Stambh’ memorial in Maharashtra’s Pune district to pay tributes on the 201st anniversary of the Koregaon Bhima battle amidst heavy police presence.

537 Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistani jails: Foreign Office

Pakistan on Tuesday shared with India a list of 537 Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistani jails as per the provisions of a bilateral agreement. They include 54 civilians and 483 fishermen, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.

Delhi Metro shuts exits at four stations, crowds swell

Following heavy footfall in Central Delhi on Tuesday due to New Year celebrations, the Delhi Metro shut exits in four major stations.

Pakistan shares with India list of nuclear installations

The agreement, which was signed on December 31, 1988 and entered into force on January 27, 1991, provides, that the two countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the agreement on the first of January of every calendar year.

India to welcome 69,944 babies on New Year’s Day: UNICEF

India would welcome as many as 69,944 babies on New Year’s Day, the highest in the world, the UNICEF said on January 1. India would be followed by China which would welcome 44,940 babies, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund said in a report. In Nigeria, 25,685 babies will be born, it added.

Murray makes winning return in Brisbane after hip injury

Former world number one Andy Murray made a successful return to competitive tennis on Tuesday with a 6-3 6-4 victory over local favourite James Duckworth at the Brisbane International tournament.

Rishabh Pant ‘babysits’ Tim Paine’s kids

The latest side story that has got social media talking is an Instagram story posted on Tuesday by Tim’s wife Bonnie. She posted a picture of Pant holding one of her kids, she holding the other, with the caption “Best babysitter @rishabpant”, at the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s residence.

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