QWrap: Pujara’s Century Saves India; 26 Years of Babri Demolition

QWrap: Pujara’s Century Saves India; 26 Years of Babri Demolition

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1. Pujara’s Century Saves Crumbling India on Day 1 Against Australia

India were down four wickets at the end of the first session on Day 1 of their Test series opener against Australia at Adelaide. The visitors lost two more wickets after Lunch, and had managed just 143/6 at the end of the second session. But by the end of the day, India had posted 250/9, and that was down to one man alone – Cheteshwar Pujara.

The 30-year-old defied Australia’s bowling attack, scoring 123 – his 16th Test century – and crossing 5,000 Test runs before getting run-out by a direct hit from Pat Cummins to end his 246-ball innings.

Pujara played with a determination and patience lacking from the rest of India's specialist batsmen. He found willing support through Ravichandran Ashwin (25) as the pair combined for a 62-run seventh-wicket partnership.

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2. Kin of Slain Karsevaks: Justice Can Be Served Only by Building Ram Mandir

26 years ago on 6 December, 1992, the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was razed to the ground by a mob of "Kar Sevaks". What followed was communal riots across the nation killing thousands of innocent citizens.

The consequences of the demolition and its aftermath is defining the course of Indian politics till today. "Mandir Vahin Banega" seems to be the new slogan of "New India"

But what do the kin of the kar sevaks have to say about the temple of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya? What do they have to say about the country's current obsession of the "Ram Janmabhoomi"? The Quint's Vikrant Dubey with this exclusive report.

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3. Bulandshahr Unrest: Accused Bajrang Dal Leader Yogesh Raj Arrested

Prime accused Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj was arrested on Thursday, 6 December in connection with the violence that took place in Bulandshahr on 3 December, CNN-News18 reported.

Raj, in a video released earlier had said that he was not involved in the stone-pelting and firing incident over cow slaughter that took place at Bulandshahr’s Chingrawati police chowki on Monday. The riots led to the death of a civilian Sumit and a police inspector Subodh Kumar.

Earlier, family of inspector Subodh Kumar met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.

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4. CBI vs CBI: SC Reserves Order on Plea Filed by Alok Verma

Supreme Court on Thursday, 6 December, reserved its order on a plea filed by CBI Director Alok Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the Center’s decision to divest Verma of his charges.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi on pulled up the Centre and asked the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is arguing for Central Vigilance Commission, as to what prompted the government to take an overnight decision on 23 October to divest CBI Director Alok Verma of his powers without consulting the Selection Committee.

The Centre had, on Wednesday, told the Supreme Court that the fight between two top officers of the CBI – Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana – in public exposed the premier probe agency to ridicule.

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5. Rajasthan, Telangana to Vote Tomorrow

"Battle for States 2018" is in its last leg with two giants Rajasthan and Telangana all set to vote tomorrow.

Stay tuned to The Quint for extensive coverage of the polling tomorrow with continuous live updates.

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6. British High Commission Demands Consular Access to Christian Michel

The British High Commission on Thursday, 6 December, asked the Indian government to provide them with consular access to alleged AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel, reported ANI.

According to ANI, the Government of India is currently examining the request.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra trained guns at the Congress, saying that the party is rattled with Michel's extradition and has sent its team of lawyers to "save him".

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