Headlines: US Hopes India Will Stand By The West If Russia Invades Ukraine
US Hopes India Will Stand By The West If Russia Invades Ukraine
On Wednesday, the United States said that India is committed to rules-based international order in the hope that New Delhi will stand by Washington if Russia decides to invade Ukraine. Recently, a QUAD ministerial was concluded in Melbourne, which included foreign ministers from Australia, Japan, India and the United States. US’s State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said that there was a discussion on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis. Mr Price said: “There was a strong consensus in that meeting that there needs to be a diplomatic — a peaceful resolution to this. One of the core tenants of the QUAD is to reinforce the rules based on international order. We know that our Indian partners are committed to the rules-based international order. There are many tenets in that order. One of them is that borders cannot be redrawn by force,” Earlier, Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that the United States is doing everything it can to seek a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine crisis. However, Mr Price said: “But those efforts, as we’ve said, will be effective only if the Russian Federation is willing to de-escalate,”
Covid-Bulletin: India Logs 30,757 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.03%
According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 30,757 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 3,32,918. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continued to outnumber active covid-19 cases with a considerable margin as India registered 67,538 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries currently stand at 4,19,10,984. The daily and weekly positivity rates stand at 2.61% and 3.04%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 75.55 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 174.24 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.
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Karnataka Hijab Ban Case: Why Only Hijab, Why Not Ghoongat, Turban Asks The Petitioner
On the Hijab Ban matter case, Karnataka High Court heard the petitions challenging the Hijab ban in educational institutions, with petitioners making submissions on the 4th day of the hearing. Senior advocates Yusuf Muchhala and Ravi Varma Kumar argued that the display of religion through attire shows diversity. Petitioners made the submissions and said that Hijab was being singled out and Muslim students were being forced to choose between faith and education. Representing the petitioners, Senior Advocate Ravi Varma Kumar said: “Why is the government picking on Hijab alone and making this hostile discrimination? This is only because of her religion that the petitioner is being sent out of the classroom. A bindi wearing girl is not sent out. A bangle wearing girl is not. A Christian wearing a cross is not touched. Why only these girls? This is a violation of Article 15 of the Constitution. Ghoongats are permitted, bangles are permitted. Why only Hijab? Why not the turban of a Sikh, cross of the Christians?” The Hijab ban matter is being heard by a High Court bench comprising of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi. The case will be heard again today. Meanwhile, Karnataka High Court has passed an interim order that students are not permitted to wear any religious garments in the educational institutions till the matter is pending in the court.
PM Modi Says Congress Let Go of Opportunities To Keep Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib In India
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Punjab close to the India-Pakistan border. Pointing out that Congress let of opportunities to keep the holy Sikh Shrine Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib in India, PM Modi said that the Congress leadership of 1947 did not consider keeping Kartarpur Sahib with India. He said that Congress could have included the Sikh Shrine when the Indian Army was advancing towards Lahore during the 1965 Indo-Pak conflict. He also added that during the 1971 India-Pakistan war, the Congress government could have demanded Kartarpur Sahib in exchange for 90,000 Pakistan PoWs. PM Modi said that what Congress failed to do all these years, BJP did so by opening the Kartarpur corridor so that pilgrims could visit the shrine and not have ‘darshan’ through binoculars. Attacking both Congress and AAP together, PM Modi said: “Congress now has a partner-in-crime to support its misdeeds. The two parties share a lot of similarities. They together opposed building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. If Congress is an original copy, AAP is its Xerox. One looted Punjab, while the other is involved in scam after scam in Delhi,”
Bappi Lahiri Funeral: Inconsolable Family Bids Last Goodbye To The Disco Legend Of Bollywood
Legendary singer-composer Bappi Lahiri breathed his last on Tuesday following multiple health issues. The singer who rose to fame during the 80s and 90s died in Mumbai, aged 69. The last rites of the singer were performed today after the arrival of Bappi Lahiri’s son Bappa Lahiri from the US. Visuals outside Bappi Lahiri’s residence and Pawan Hans Crematorium have surfaced online with a van decorated with flowers. Shakti Kapoor, Alka Yagnik, Ila Arun, Nikhil Dwivedi, Vidya Balan, Rupali Ganguly were seen paying their last tribute to the Disco legend of Bollywood.
Alia Bhatt’s Upcoming Film Gangubai Kathiawadi In Legal Trouble? Family Says ‘She Was Not A Prostitute’
Alia Bhatt is making headlines for promoting her Upcoming film Gangubai Kathiawadi. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed film is all set to hit the theatres on 25th February 2022. However, Gangubai’s family is not happy with the portrayal of Gangubai as a prostitute in the film. Speaking on behalf of the family, Advocate Narendra Dubey said: “Nobody wants their mother to be portrayed as a prostitute. Even the son of a prostitute won’t want that. It is just for the sake of money; it assassinates the character of a person. It is not a matter of mother and son; it is a matter of respect and dignity for every woman. No woman would want to be portrayed in such a nude and obscene manner. Even if we believe what Hussain Zaidi wrote in his book, he said Gangubai never wanted to become a prostitute. Would that woman then want to be portrayed as a prostitute?” The family said that they moved the court to seek a stay on the film right after Gangubai Kathiawadi’s first promo. Currently, the case is pending in the Supreme Court of India. Meanwhile, the makers are gearing up for the first screening of the film at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival. The Alia Bhatt starrer film is based on a book by Hussain Zaidi, which tells the story of Gangubai, who left home to become an actress. However, she was thrown into the sex workers world. Later, she became the most important person in Kamathipura, the red light area in Mumbai.