the Russian-Ukrainian conflict intensifies; French hijab ban cited in Karnataka High Court and more

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New Delhi: Tension between Russia and Ukraine escalates, AG sets example of French hijab ban in Karnataka High Court, DMK decision wipes slate clean in Tamil Nadu urban local body elections. Here are the headlines of the day.

Ukraine plans to sever relations with Russia; Germany suspends Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project

Russia on Tuesday recognized the independence of two self-declared republics in eastern Ukraine, prompting widespread condemnation from other countries. The development comes amid growing fears that a full-fledged invasion of Ukraine is imminent. Read more

Hijab row: AG sets example of French hijab ban at Karnataka High Court, says Islam can survive without hijab

A bench of three Karnataka High Court judges continued their hearing into the hijab controversy on Tuesday afternoon. The High Court has heard a slew of petitions, brought by Muslim female students at the Government Pre-University College for Girls, Udupi, and other educational institutions, challenging the hijab ban in classrooms. Read more

Tamil Nadu urban local body election result: BJP alleges ‘abuse of power, violence’ after abysmal result

The ruling DMK is heading for a sweep in Tamil Nadu’s urban local body elections on Tuesday. According to the latest results / trends, the DMK had won more than 50% of the total of the 200 districts. The main opposition AIADMK was far behind in the results. Polling was held on Saturday for 12,607 positions in 21 companies, 138 municipalities and 490 city panchayats. The ballot for the elections of local urban bodies took place in a single phase. Read more

Government hits pro-Khalistani groups, blocks SFJ-linked Punjab Politics TV apps and websites

On Tuesday, the government, in a new crackdown on banned group Sikhs for Justice, banned Punjab Politics TV apps, websites and social media accounts. The channel is affiliated with the SFJ and also has close ties with Khalistani supporters. SFJ is banned in India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967. February 18 to block digital media resources of Punjab Politics TV,” the I&B Ministry said in a statement. Read more

Air fares could fall as India-Dubai flights are on track to reach pre-COVID levels

The approval of an increase in India-Dubai flights by the Ministry of Health stands at more than 62,000 per week (pre-COVID levels) from the current 33,600 seats, under the bubble pact. However, the proposal to resume regular international flights did not receive approval from the ministry. Read more

Sensex drops 383 points to finish at 57,301; Nifty loses 114 points

The S&P BSE Sensex had fallen nearly 1,300 points during the day, but recouped most of the losses to end at 383 points, or 0.6%, down to 57,300.6. The Nifty50 index rebounded 248 points from the day’s low to settle at 17,092, down 114 points or 0.6%. Read more

Mere liye tu humesha cheeru rahega: Yuvraj Singh dedicates special shoe to Virat Kohli with heartfelt letter

India’s legendary all-rounder Yuvraj Singh wrote a heartfelt letter to former Team India skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday. The two-time World Cup winner also dedicated a special Golden Boot to his former Team India teammate. Yuvraj said he has seen the batting icon grow as a cricketer and as a person. One of the greatest hitters in the history of the game, Kohli was recently replaced by veteran flyhalf Rohit Sharma as the all-format captain of the Indian team. Read more

Alia Bhatt responds to Kangana Ranaut’s jibe on Gangubai Kathiawadi, quotes the Bhagavad Gita – here’s what she said

Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi is set to be released on February 25. Recently, Kangana Ranaut made some negative comments about Alia and her upcoming movie. She called her a romcom bimbo and a papa ki bet. Kangana took to Instagram to slam the Bollywood mafia and said Alia was cast poorly in the film. She referred to Alia’s father, Mahesh Bhatt, as “movie mafia dad”. She said, “This Friday, 200cr will be burned to ashes at the box office for a papa (movie mafia daddy) ki bet.” Now, Alia Bhatt has been asked about Kangana’s statement while launching Gangubai Kathiwadi’s song Meri Jaan. She said, “Lord Krishna said in The Gita, inaction in action. That is what I will say.” Read more

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