India writes ‘golden chapter’ with new Ayodhya Hindu temple: Modi Aug 06, 2020 0 607 12345 DPANew Delhi A centuries-long wait for India’s Hindus has ended and the country is writing a new “golden chapter” with the construction of the Ram temple, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after laying the foundation stone at the contentious site.The groundbreaking followed a ruling by India’s Supreme Court that favoured the building of a Hindu temple on the location in the northern city of Ayodhya after a protracted legal dispute with Muslims over the land.Hindus believe their god Ram was born at the site and Muslim invaders built a mosque on top of a temple in 1528.“India is creating a golden chapter in Ayodhya ... India is emotional and overjoyed as centuries of wait comes to an end today. Millions won’t believe that they have seen this day in our lifetime,” said Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has had the construction of the temple as a long-standing campaign promise.“For years, Our Ram Lalla (infant god Ram) lived beneath a tent, now he will reside in a grand temple that is being built by his devotees,” Modi told a gathering of spiritual leaders that chanted ‘Glory to Lord Ram’ during his speech.“Today, Ram Janambhoomi (Ram’s birthplace) has been liberated. It breaks free from the cycle of getting broken and getting built again - that had been going on for centuries,” he said. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Security clampdown in Kashmir on anniversary of lost autonomy Aug 06, 2020 0 521 Sri Lanka awaits results as pandemic precautions delay vote count Aug 06, 2020 0 742 Seventeen killed after boat capsizes in north-eastern Bangladesh Aug 06, 2020 0 43 Australia records deadliest day of pandemic as Melbourne cases surge DPA Canberra Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria has experienced another record-breaking daily increase in COVID-19 cases and related deaths, making it the country’s deadliest day of the coronavirus .. Philippines says two Filipinos killed, 11 missing in Beirut blasts Manila Two Filipinos were killed and 11 are missing after two massive explosions in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, the Philippines’ foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Eight Filipinos were also wounded in the blasts .. German-Chinese coronavirus vaccine trial begins in China AFP Berlin Clinical trials on humans have begun in China for a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by German pharmaceutical group BioNTech with Chinese company Fosun Pharma, the companies said Wednesday. .. Nearly a third of Afghans estimated to have contracted virus: Govt AFP Kabul Nearly a third of Afghanistan’s population -- or 10 million people -- has been infected with the coronavirus, according to health ministry estimates published Wednesday. The figure comes from a survey based on .. Singapore hit by record dengue outbreak as COVID-19 pandemic rolls on DPA Bangkok Singapore has confirmed 22,403 cases of dengue this year, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA), breaking the 2013 record of 22,170 cases. In a Wednesday statement, the NEA warned of worse to ..