The Times Of India
At 24, Kerala's Covid deaths per million per week highest in India
Between July 25 and 31, Kerala reported 24 deaths per million per week, while Maharashtra came second with 12 deaths per million per week. Kerala's seven-day average daily growth rate in cases is 0.61% while India's is 0.13%. The state's R-naught (reproduction rate) is 1.28, with its daily active cases and deaths now highest in the country.
MHA for action against ex-CBI chief Alok Verma
MHA has recommended disciplinary action against former CBI chief Alok Verma for having misused his official position and also for violating the service rules. Verma's ouster from CBI- okayed by the selection panel comprising PM Narendra Modi, then CJI nominee Justice A K Sikri and then Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge- in January 2019 was based on the recommendation of the CVC.
Ayodhya Ram temple likely to open to devotees by 2023-end
The Ram temple at Ayodhya is expected to open to devotees a few months ahead of the schedule of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, when the five mandaps (halls) on the ground will be ready along with the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) where the idol of Lord Ram as a child will be placed. The final cost of the temple is expected to be in the region of Rs 900-1,000 crore.