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Mamata Banerjee, her party to skip Ram Temple inauguration on Jan 22: Sources

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend the Ram Temple consecration ceremony, sources said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided not to attend the inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22, sources said. Her party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), is also unlikely to send any representative to the ceremony, according to sources.

While the TMC has not officially announced its decision, party sources close to Banerjee confided that the party is wary of being drawn into the ruling BJP’s political narrative. They believe the BJP is looking to leverage the Ram Mandir inauguration as a springboard for its 2024 Lok Sabha campaign, and TMC is unwilling to play second fiddle.

This development comes against the backdrop of the Ram Temple trust extending invitations to all chief ministers and leading opposition figures for the ceremony.

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‘You made me Chief Minister, I paid back…’: Jitan Ram Manjhi to Nitish Kumar

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Jitan Ram Manjhi/Nitish Kumar (Credits: PTI)

Jitan Ram Manjhi has said he repaid a favour to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by contributing four crucial votes for him in the Bihar Assembly.

Bihar’s former Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday said he repaid a favour to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by extending him his support to form a government with the NDA in Bihar.

Speaking at an event, Jitan Ram Manjhi recalled the Chief Minister secured a total of 125 votes in the Bihar Assembly. He asserted he contributed to four votes for Kumar.

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‘Fighter’ box office Day 12: Hrithik-Deepika’s film eyes Rs 350 crore globally

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Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone's 'Fighter' is inching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide.

Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s ‘Fighter’ is marching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide. On Monday, February 5, the film saw a huge drop in collection.

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  • ‘Fighter’ is marching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide.Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor play lead roles in the film.The film is directed by Siddharth Anand.
  • Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s recently released film, ‘Fighter’, is in its second week of theatrical run. In 12 days, the aerial actioner has surpassed Rs 300 crore globally and is now marching towards Rs 350-crore mark. On February 5, the movie saw a huge drop in collection at the box office. It is to be seen if the film would pick up momentum during the weekend again.

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    What James Prinsep and his 200-year-old map reveal about Gyanvapi

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    James Prinsep's lithograph of the Gyanvapi site in his 1831 book (left) and the disputed complex in 1991.

    James Prinsep, because of whom the world knows of emperor Ashoka, lived in Varanasi for 10 years. In 1831, the British scholar drew a lithographic map of the old Kashi Vishwanath temple, and showed how Aurangzeb’s Gyanvapi mosque stood on it. That will now be a crucial piece of evidence.

    At a walking distance from Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is the Prinsep Ghat on the banks of the Hooghly. One gets a close view of the Vidyasagar Setu and can take a boat ride on the River Hooghly from Prinsep Ghat.

    The ghat is named after James Prinsep, a British numismatist and archaeologist, who made significant contributions to India’s historiography. He came to India when he was 28 and was the youngest fellow of the British Asiatic Society.

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