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Palace Intrigue Chatter in Congress’s Game of Thrones: Is Team Tharoor under Pressure to Withdraw?

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A few days back, the Congress, upon instruction from Sonia Gandhi, issued a set of guidelines for the conduct of its presidential polls. Two stand out. One clause says, “Both Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor are contesting in their personal capacity. Therefore delegates are free to vote for any of them.” Another clause says, “Those who want to campaign for any of the candidates are free to do so but only after they resign from a post they may be holding.”

But this is largely on paper if one goes by the way things are happening. While most seniors in the party are confident that Kharge has the numbers and will win, the worry is also that Tharoor, despite a loss, may expose the fact that the Congress has resisted change and is reluctant to let go of the durbar culture.

News18.com has learnt that some of those leaders who are supporting or campaigning for Tharoor have received calls asking them to stay away from canvassing for him or remain neutral. One of these supporters of Tharoor said, “He has a lot of traction and many young members of the party have told us they want him to win. To cite an example, if it’s a debate between Kharge and (Arvind) Kejriwal, it’s obviously Kharge who pales in comparison. But if it’s Tharoor versus Kejriwal, it would be clearly overshadowed by Tharoor.”

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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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In address to Parliament, President Droupadi Murmu hails Ram Mandir, says strong government India’s advantage

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According to the President Murmu, the construction of Ram Mandir and the removal of Article 370 were significant in the country's efforts to overcome past challenges and invest maximum energy for the future. (Photo/Videograb@DDNational)

strong and stable government would lead to rapid development at the domestic level and could place the country as “Vishwa-Mitra” (friend of the world) during the period of upheaval in the global scenario, President Droupadi Murmu said on Wednesday in her last address to the joint session of Parliament ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

In her almost 90-minute long speech, President Murmu, who listed the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led governments in the last decade, said that January 22, the day the newly constructed Ram temple in Ayodhya was consecrated, was a defining moment.

“There come junctures in the history of civilizations which shape the future for the coming centuries. There have been many such defining moments in the history of India too. This year, on January 22, the country witnessed a similar epochal moment. After waiting for centuries, Ram Lalla has now been enshrined in his grand temple in Ayodhya,” the President said in her address.

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‘Shocking’ overcrowding: SC orders states, UTs to plan new jails for next 50 yrs

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Delhi has 16 central jails with over 20,000 prisoners as against a sanctioned capacity of 10,026 inmates. (HT file)

Court was informed that while overcrowding was observed across all categories of jails in most states, there were some which had “super overcrowding”

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed states and union territories to accord “top priority” to the problem of overcrowding in jails, finding the actual occupancy of jails across the country to be “shocking” and “quite worrying” and directed committees to be set up in each district within a week to prepare a roadmap on the number of jails needed to cater to prison population for the next 50 years.

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