Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed shock over the demolition of a Guru Ravidas temple in New Delhi. Banerjee said she could understand the Dalits’ anguish since the Guru himself had visited the temple and stayed there. “We are shocked that the Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi was demolished and understand his supporters’ anguish, as the Guru had himself visited and stayed there,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this evening. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court. The Delhi Police has arrested 96 people for their alleged involvement in a violent protest following the demolition. “We have great respect for Sant Ravidas. The shrine symbolises the Dalits’ struggle for their rights and must be rebuilt,” Banerjee added. The issue has taken a political hue with various parties demanding that the temple be reconstructed either at the same spot in Tughlakabad forest area or at an alternative location.
LONDON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in the United Kingdom with U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and other world leaders to begin two days of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.It was exactly 75 years ago today that thousands of Canadian, American and British soldiers loaded into ships in the city of Portsmouth for the fateful assault on Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944.The assault on the beaches of Normandy, the largest seaborne invasion in history, marked a major turning point in the Second World War and spelled the beginning of the end of Nazi rule in Europe.But the battle came at a heavy cost: 359 Canadians were killed and another 715 wounded or captured on D-Day, while more than 5,000 would die in fierce fighting over the next two months.In a ceremony today in Portsmouth, from which the invasion was launched, Trudeau and the other leaders will remember the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought on D-Day.They will then head to France on Thursday to mark the actual anniversary of the invasion, when Allied soldiers braved German mines and gunfire to begin the liberation of Europe.The Canadian Press