Daily Briefing: What Varanasi court said in Gyanvapi case; retail inflation rises to 7%

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The Varanasi District Court dismissed the challenge by Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee against the civil suits that sought the right to worship Maa Shringar Gauri and other deities within the Gyanvapi mosque premises.

🔴 The preliminary ruling means that the cases can now be heard on merits where the parties have to present evidence to prove their claims.

🔴 The mosque side had argued that the suits were barred under three specific laws, including the The Places of Worship Act, 1991. Here’s how the court responded.

🔴 The interpretation of the 1991 Act — a Constitutional challenge to which is pending before the Supreme Court — in the Mathura and Varanasi cases effectively tilts the scales in favour of the party making a claim to change the religious character of a place of worship.

🔴 Meanwhile, as the BJP celebrated the court’s verdict, the party’s central leaders maintained that both BJP and the government should focus on the “ideology of development followed by PM Modi” and leave issues such as temple disputes to outfits like the VHP.

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Fueled by a rise in food prices, retail inflation rose to 7 per cent in August, marking the eight consecutive month above the upper threshold of the Reserve Bank of India’s target of 4 +/- 2 per cent.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday launched search operations at over 50 locations across the country in connection with cases involving Punjab gangs and their nexus with terror groups.

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🤫 Delhi Confidential: To ensure that leaders refrain from cake-cutting and other such rituals on PM Narendra Modi’s birthday this time on September 17, BJP president J P Nadda has come out with strict instructions. The party is organising ‘sewa pakhwada (service fortnight)’ from September 17 to October 2 during which events such as blood donation camps, seminars, tree plantations, etc., will be organised.

🎧 In today’s episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we take a look at the latest findings of the Human Development Report (HDR), a blacklisted betting site aggressively promoting itself in India, and why India has put curbs on rice exports.

Until tomorrow,

Rahel Philipose and Sonal Gupta

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