QBullet: Yogi Asserts Ram Mandir Plan; PM Meets Jawans For Diwali

1. Ram Temple Was There, Is There, Will Always Be There: Yogi Adityanath

A day after announcing that Faizabad district would henceforth be known as Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Diwali Wednesday, 7 November, said that “a grand statue” of Lord Ram would be built in Ayodhya and that his government had shortlisted some locations for it.

He made the announcements in Ayodhya after offering prayers at the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed site. Adityanath also visited the Hanumangarhi temple, Kanak Bhawan and Sugreev Qila.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: UP CM Yogi Reaffirms Plans for Ram Mandir & Statue in Ayodhya

2. ‘Will Ensure You a Good Life’: PM Narendra Modi Celebrates Diwali With Army, ITBP

India is continuously strengthening its defence weaponry but is equally mindful of the welfare of its defence personnel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, 7 November, as he celebrated Diwali with army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel at a border outpost in Uttarakhand close to the China border.

“We are continuously shoring up our defences, be it the army, navy or air force. We are also ensuring that our ever watchful and dedicated soldiers lead a good life even after retirement,” PM Modi said at Harsil, around 45 km from the India-China border.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: On Diwali, PM Meets Jawans in U’khand, Offers Prayers in Kedarnath

3. Fan Calls Him ‘Overrated’, Virat Kohli Says ‘Don’t Think You Should Live in India’

For some inexplicable reason, Virat Kohli thought it would be funny if he were to tell an Indian fan to leave the country if he wants to support cricketers hailing from other countries. But his response on Twitter to an unflattering comment by a fan is now being seen as another instance of Kohli not responding well to personal criticism.

This is what happened. In a video that went viral, Kohli is seemingly responding to a fan’s observation. He first reads out the fan’s post about his batting: “Overrated batsman. I have seen nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than this Indian.”

Though there is a hint of smile on his visage as he responds, its contents aren’t exactly humorous as Kohli perhaps intended.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Don’t Live in India If You Don’t Like Our Batsmen: Kohli Tells Fan

4. Four Indian-Americans Re-Elected, Over Dozen Others Taste Victory in US Midterm Polls

These midterms are being viewed as a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency and his Republican majority in House and Senate.

Four Indian-American Congressmen from the Democratic party were re-elected to the US House of Representatives and more than a dozen others won various other races across the country in the highly polarised midterm elections held on Tuesday, 6 November.

In the eighth Congressional District of Illinois, Raja Krishnamoorthi was re-elected for the second term by a comfortable margin of more than 30 percentage points. He defeated his Indian American Republican opponent JD Diganvker.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: US Midterm Polls: Democrats Seize House, Republicans Keep Senate

5. Diwali Celebrated Across Delhi-NCR With Firecrackers, Air Quality Remains ‘Very Poor’

A home brightly lighted up for Diwali.

Diwali was celebrated across Delhi on Wednesday, 7 November, with bursting of firecrackers, though their use was subdued with the Supreme Court mandating that only “green” fireworks were allowed and only for two hours — between 8 pm and 10 pm.

Firecrackers were burst across the city, while some children and even adults wore face-masks as the air quality index remained at “very poor”. The exact impact on the city’s air, which has been badly polluted since the last few days due to several reasons such as stubble-burning in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana, will only be clear tomorrow.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: On Diwali, Air Quality in Delhi Remains ‘Poor’, Expected to Worsen

6. High Risk of ‘Bird Hit’ at Site for Navi Mumbai Airport, Warns Study

Navi Mumbai airport gets a go-ahead. 

The site of the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) faces a “high risk of bird hit”, according to a five-year environmental study conducted by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) between 2012 and 2016.

“Navi Mumbai harbours a very high bird diversity, which is being threatened by fast-paced development,” states the study, which observed around 287 species within 10 km of the proposed site since December 2011

According to the BNHS, as many as six “globally threatened” and eight “near threatened” species, including the Lesser Flamingo and Black-headed Ibis, were seen in abundance at the site during the study period.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Financial closure for phase-I of Navi Mumbai International Airport reached

7. Trump Fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

File image of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a testimony. 

US attorney general Jeff Sessions was fired by Donald Trump on Wednesday, 7 November, after enduring more than a year of bitter criticism from the president over his decision to step aside from the Russia investigation that has dogged the White House.

Sessions became the first casualty of a cabinet shakeup that had been expected from Trump following the midterm elections on Tuesday.

(Source: AFP)

Also Read: Jeff Sessions Stays Mum on Trump, Denies Private Russian Meeting

8. After Lion Crash, Boeing Issues Safety Bulletin

A police officer inspects debris recovered from the area where a Lion Air passenger jet crashed, at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta.

Preliminary investigations into the Indonesia Lion Air flight 610 Boeing 737 MAX crash have indicated a problem with a sensor that alerts pilots about the possibility of aircraft stalling, especially when the nose is up post lift-off.

Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea off Indonesia’s island of Java on 29 October, minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all the 189 on board. Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja was one of the two in the cockpit of the ill-fated aircraft.

On Tuesday, 6 November, Boeing issued a bulletin to all airlines and pilots who operate the 737 MAX. Based on the bulletin, it appears that the nose of the Lion Air aircraft pitched down during the climb-out phase in response to an erroneous input from the sensor. With its nose pitched down, the aircraft probably dived into the sea at high speed.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Distress Calls Were Made from Crashed Lion Air Jet’s Former Flight

9. Fight Against BJP: Naidu to Meet Stalin on Friday

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Andhra Pradesh CM and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, who had called upon Opposition parties to unite after meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, is to call on DMK president M K Stalin on Friday, 9 November.

DMK sources told TOI that the meeting will be held at Stalin’s residence on Friday evening.

“Senior DMK leaders including party treasurer S Duraimurugan, party’s principal secretary TR Baalu and others will be present during the meeting between Stalin and Naidu. Our Thalaivar has already announced that DMK will join the alliance against BJP,” said a senior DMK leader.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Stalin welcomes Rahul-Naidu meet

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