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News18 Evening Digest: Ayodhya Ram Temple Design Revealed, Vivo Set to Exit IPL 2020 and Other Top Stories

Proposed design of Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Proposed design of Ram Temple in Ayodhya

These are the top news we are covering this evening: Government has released the design of the planned Ram temple in Ayodhya; Vivo India is planning to back out as title sponsor of IPL; Bihar government has recommended a CBI probe into death of Sushant Singh Rajput; and Covid-19 vaccine candidates by Bharat Biotech, Zydus Cadila clear phase-1 of clinical trials.

Ram Temple Design Revealed: Here's How the Grand Temple Will Look Like

The design of the planned Ram temple in Ayodhya was released by the government on Tuesday, a day ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top leaders. The temple, which will be built in the Nagara style of architecture, will comprise three stories with pillars and domes. It will be double the size of the previous planned design, and will have five domes instead of two to accommodate more devotees. SEE PICS

IPL 2020 Title Sponsors Vivo May Exit Contract Because of Anti-China Backlash

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo India is planning to back out as the title sponsor of the IPL, at least for this year, according to reports. The intention of taking a one-year break was communicated by an IPL franchise to seven other teams. This comes just after the IPL Governing Council on Sunday decided to retain Vivo as the title sponsor, leading to a huge backlash because of the anti-China sentiment after the border clashes. READ MORE

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Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker: Bharat Biotech, Zydus Cadila Candidates Clear Phase-1, Enter Phase-2

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6 Primary Contacts of Karnataka CM Test Covid-19 Positive, 3 Deputy CMs Among 75 to Self-Isolate

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