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Rajya Sabha elections eventful; Congress’s Maken bows out in Haryana over cancelled vote

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha elections on Friday remained eventful, with BJP and Congress trading allegations of horse-trading and cross-voting. Counting in Maharashtra and Haryana had to be withheld because of objections by the BJP and was resumed late in the night. Later, Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena), Imran Pratapgrahi (Congress) and Praful Patel (NCP) from...

Ram Navami clashes reported from multiple places, including Gujarat

New Delhi: The festival of Ram Navami on Sunday witnessed several incidents of violence in a few states of the country. Incidents of stone pelting at religious processions were reported from Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. In Gujarat, violence was reported in Himmatnagar and Khambhat where vehicles and shops were set on...

‘Exams, hijab row not connected’: CJI refuses urgent listing of petitions

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the request for urgent listing of petitions related to the Karnataka hijab row. The Karnataka High Court had recently upheld the ban on hijab in educational institutes, pointing out that it was not an essential religious practice of Islam. It had also noted that prescription of uniform...

Hijab not essential religious practice, says Karnataka HC, dismisses petitions challenging ban

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday dismissed petitions challenging the ban on hijab in educational institutes. Upholding the ban, it observed that restrictions related to uniform are reasonable and that students could not object to uniformity. The court further noted that wearing a hijab was not an essential religious practice. It said that no...

Hijab controversy: Appeal filed in SC against Karnataka HC’s interim order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court reiterated its stand on the ongoing hijab controversy that began in Karnataka. On Friday, the Apex Court refused to urgently list a Special Leave Petition filed against the interim order passed by the Karnataka HC. On Thursday, the Karnataka HC had directed students not to insist on wearing any garment...

Karnataka HC refers hijab case to larger bench

Bengaluru: The single-judge bench of Karnataka High Court on Wednesday referred the case regarding the ongoing hijab controversy to a larger bench. Earlier in the day, several Muslim women had taken out a massive protest rally against the Karnataka government’s ban on headscarves at educational institutes. They demanded that the ban be withdrawn. The court...

BS Yediyurappa’s granddaughter found dead at apartment in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s 30-year-old granddaughter Soundarya Neeraj was found hanging at her residence in Bengaluru on Friday. Soundarya, a doctor at MS Ramaiah Hospital, was the daughter of Yediyurappa’s daughter Padma. She was married to Dr Neeraj S in 2018 and gave birth to a girl last year. Soundarya is suspected...

Omicron enters India; 2 cases detected in Karnataka

New Delhi: The much-discussed and debated Omicron variant of coronavirus has found its way into India. The Union Health Ministry has announced that two cases of Omicron variant have been confirmed in the country. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the Union Health Ministry, said, “Two Omicron variant cases have been detected in Karnataka in last...

More students at Karnataka medical college test positive for Covid-19; tally reaches 182

33 students at an international school in Bengaluru in Karnataka, too, tested positive for Covid-19 Bengaluru: In a development that may call for a rethink on the decision to reopen educational institutes for offline teaching, the number of Covid-19 cases at a medical college in Dharwad has reached 182. Ealier, there were 66 cases. With...

Karnataka BJP MLA Shrimant Patil says he was offered cash to join party, backtracks later

Bengaluru: In a major embarrassment to the BJP, its MLA in Karnataka Shrimant Patil claimed that he had been offered cash by the saffron party to join it. Patil was the Congress MLA at that time and was part of the Congress-JDS government that had collapsed in 2019. Shrimant Patil resigned from his seat, Kagwad,...

Amid controversy, Mysuru university withdraws notification restricting girls’ movement

Bengaluru: Shortly after issuing an order prohibiting girls from moving around on campus after 6.30 pm, the University of Mysuru withdrew it. The order was issued in wake of the brutal gangrape of a 22-year-old student in Mysuru on August 24. It was withdrawn following instructions by Karnataka higher education minister CN Ashwath Narayan. While...

Mysuru gangrape: University prohibits girls from moving around after 6 pm

5 accused were arrested in the case on Saturday Bengaluru: In a move that has invited a lot of criticism and become a topic of hot debate, the University of Mysuru has prohibited girl students from moving around on its Mansangotriya campus after 6.30 pm. The order comes days after the gangrape of a girl...