Highlights at 2130 hours

Hemarghya Bal

New Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 2130 hours: LGD27 SC-LD AYODHYA SC to pronounce verdict tomorrow in Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce on Saturday its verdict in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya.

DEL73 MH-3RDLDALL GOVT Bitter showdown between Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray over sharing Maha CM's post Mumbai: The three-decade-old alliance between the BJP and its oldest ally Shiv Sena appeared to be on shaky ground after Devendra Fadnavis, who quit as chief minister on Friday, and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were engaged in a bitter public showdown over sharing the chief ministership in Maharashtra.

DEL64 PM-LD KARTARPUR PM to flag off first batch of pilgrims as Kartarpur Corridor opens on Saturday Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday flag off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims that will travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province through the Kartarpur Corridor which is being thrown open on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.

NATION DEL33 SPG-LD GANDHIS Govt withdraws SPG security cover of Gandhi family New Delhi: The government has withdrawn the Special Protection Group (SPG) cover of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka, and they will now be given Z-plus security by the CRPF, officials said on Friday.

CAL19 JH-POLL-LD OPPN Opposition alliance firms up seat-sharing for Jharkhand polls;Tejaswi absence raises question Ranchi: The opposition alliance on Friday declared seat-sharing arrangement for the Jharkhand Assembly polls as per which the JMM will contest 43 seats, Cong 31 and RJD in seven constituencies, in the face of perceived resentment by Lalu Prasad's son Tejaswi Yadav.

CAL4 WB-CYCLONE Cyclone 'Bulbul' to make landfall between WB and B'desh coasts Kolkata: Cyclone 'Bulbul', which has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm, is likely to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh in the early hours of Sunday, bringing in its wake heavy rain and gusts of up to 135 kmph in the coastal areas, the Met department said.

DEL20 SONIA-DEMONETISATION Will not let nation forget or forgive the 'Tughlaqi blunder': Sonia hits out on notes ban New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday held the Modi government responsible for taking away livelihoods through demonetisation and said her party will ensure that the nation never forgets or forgives the 'Tughlaqi blunder'.

CAL21 WB-KIFF LD MAMATA Bengal will never bow its head before others: Mamata Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday lauded Bengali film makers for theirmessage of unity in diversity for decades and said the state will never bow its head before others.

MDS5 TN-POL-LD RAJINIKANTH Efforts being made to paint me with 'saffron', says Rajinikanth Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth on Friday said the BJP has not invited him to join the party, but insisted efforts were being made to paint him with 'saffron', the ideological colour the national party is associated with.

LEGAL LGD13 SC-CJI-LD UP CJI Gogoi meets UP chief secretary, DGP; takes stock of security ahead of Ayodhya verdict New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Friday held a meeting with Uttar Pradesh chief secretary and director general of police and took stock of security arrangements ahead of the verdict to be pronounced next week in the politically-sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case, sources said.

LGD22 SC-KARNATAKA-2NDLD MLAs SC to hear on Nov 13 fresh plea of disqualified Karnataka MLAs for deferring bypolls New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on November 13 a fresh plea moved by the disqualified Karnataka MLAs seeking a direction to the Election Commission to again postpone the assembly bypolls for 15 seats scheduled on December 5.

LGM1 KL-HC-STUDENTS Two CPI(M) student activists move HC for bail Kochi: Two CPI(M) student activists, who were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for allegedly distributing pro-Maoist pamphlets, moved the high court on Friday, seeking bail.

BUSINESS DEL8 BIZ-MOODYS-LD INDIA RATING Blow to India: Moody's cuts India's credit rating outlook to negative; Govt rebuts New Delhi: In a blow to India, Moody's Investors Service has cut country's credit rating outlook to negative - the first step towards a downgrade, saying the government has been partly ineffective in addressing economic weakness, leading to rising risks that growth will remain lower.

FOREIGN FGN35 KARTARUR-PAK-QURESHI Pakistan won't charge service fee from Kartarpur pilgrims on Nov 9 & 12: Qureshi Lahore: Pakistan will not charge the service fee of USD 20 from Indian pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on November 9 and 12, Foreign Minister Shah Mohammed Qureshi said on Friday, ending the confusion over the facilitation charges on the two days. By Manash Pratim Bhuyan SPORTS SPF24 SPO-HOCK-WC-IND India to host Men's Hockey World Cup in 2023 Lausanne: India will host the 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup from January 13 to 29, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced here on Friday. PTIHMB