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Maun Mohan speaks up; hits out at BJP’s lies, passing the buck

Ahead of the assembly polls in Punjab and the remaining phase of Uttar Pradesh polls, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has issued a video statement in which he said that he was called 'Maun Mohan' then but now the country remembers the good work done by him. He appealed to the voters of Punjab, UP and Manipur to vote for the Congress.

Counsel begs HC to allow students to wear hijab on Fridays at least

The counsel appearing for students seeking to attend schools with hijab has urged the Karnataka High Court that students be allowed to wear hijab and attend classes on Fridays at least even as the Karnataka issued an order stating no hijab to be allowed in minority institutions.

Peace move; Dhankhar invites Mamata for talks at Raj Bhavan

Amid the ongoing tussle between the West Bengal secretariat and the Raj Bhavan, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar -- in an apparent effort to end the constitutional stalemate -- has invited Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for talks at the Raj Bhavan any time next week.

Hijab innocent practice of faith, petitioners tell HC; must allow hijab in class

The Karnataka high court told that wearing the headscarf is an innocent practice of faith and not a mere display of religious jingoism, with the lawyer for the petitioners comparing it with Hindu students who wear a rudraksha or namam (vermillion). The petitioners – six girls from a pre-university college in Udupi who were barred from entering the college because they wore the hijab – also requested the full bench of the HC to make a leeway to attend classes with headscarves as the court’s interim order had suspended their fundamental rights. Karnataka High Court was urged to direct the government to allow students wearing the hijab in classes as more students remained out in schools across the state, refusing to shun the head covering. Meanwhile, a college in Madhya Pradesh witnessed a row over wearing hijab in the college premises, following which its administration issued a notice instructing students to follow proper dress code on the campus.

BJP to assess damage caused by rebels in Uttarakhand

Despite expressing confidence of forming the next government in Uttarakhand with a huge majority, the BJP is now assessing the damage caused by party rebel candidates. Voting for the 70 member Uttarakhand Assembly elections was held on Monday and BJP is now calculating actual damage caused by these rebels.