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No HC ruling on hijab yet; public order no ground to curb basic rights: Petition

The government can't restrict fundamental rights in the garb of maintaining public order, the counsel for the girl students seeking permission to wear the hijab has told the Karnataka High Court. Meanwhile, amid the prevailing tension and the case being heard in the high court, schools reopened on Monday for students of Class 9 and 10 across Karnataka.

Mamata takes full charge, shows nephew his place; all party posts stand dissolved

Mamata Banerjee's party Trinamool Congress has announced a 20-member national working committee following a meeting to discuss a growing rift over a faction led by her nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Abhishek is likely to continue as National General Secretary but an official announcement is awaited. Mamata will later name the new office bearers of the party, senior Trinamool leader Partha Chatterjee told reporters after the meeting at the West Bengal Chief Minister's home with senior members including her nephew in attendance. The announcement was ostensibly meant to address simmering tensions over Abhishek Banerjee's push to promote a 'One Man, One Post' policy in the party, resented by some of the party's older guard, some of whom hold multiple posts within the ruling establishment. But many saw the meeting as reflective of the reports of friction between Mamata and her increasingly ambitious nephew, who is effectively the party's second in command. It is also seen as a move by the Chief Minister of taking control of a situation that could split the party between the old guard and young turks.

Plea in SC for common dress code in schools over uniform row

Amid the ongoing hijab row, a plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre and states to implement a "common dress code" in registered and state recognised educational institutions in order to secure social equality, assure dignity and promote national integration.

Bengal Governor prorogues Assembly ahead of budget session

In an unprecedented move, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has prorogued the state Legislative Assembly from February 12, implying that the state government will have to take permission from the governor for the next session and it should begin with his speech.

Parents allege bias against Muslim students in Bengaluru school

High drama prevailed at a Bengaluru school in Karnataka as parents of Muslim students charged the school of bias, engaging in a heated debate with the Principal. The school management dismissed one teacher Shashikala for creating unnecessary problems.