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Supreme Court’s Big Order On Karnataka Hijab Ban

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A much-awaited Supreme Court decision on petitions challenging the ban on hijabs – headscarves worn by some Muslim women – in schools and colleges in Karnataka is expected to delivered by two judges at 10:30 am.

They had raised various aspects, including on the state government’s February 5, 2022 order which banned wearing clothes that disturb equality, integrity, and public order in schools and colleges and had compared hijabs to the ghoongat or bindis worn by Hindus and turbans by Sikhs.

Some advocates had also argued that the matter be referred to a five-judge constitution bench.

Insisting that the agitation in support of wearing hijab in educational institutions was not a “spontaneous act” by a few individuals, the state’s counsel had argued in the Supreme Court that the government would have been “guilty of dereliction of constitutional duty” if it had not acted the way it did.

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What James Prinsep and his 200-year-old map reveal about Gyanvapi

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James Prinsep's lithograph of the Gyanvapi site in his 1831 book (left) and the disputed complex in 1991.

James Prinsep, because of whom the world knows of emperor Ashoka, lived in Varanasi for 10 years. In 1831, the British scholar drew a lithographic map of the old Kashi Vishwanath temple, and showed how Aurangzeb’s Gyanvapi mosque stood on it. That will now be a crucial piece of evidence.

At a walking distance from Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is the Prinsep Ghat on the banks of the Hooghly. One gets a close view of the Vidyasagar Setu and can take a boat ride on the River Hooghly from Prinsep Ghat.

The ghat is named after James Prinsep, a British numismatist and archaeologist, who made significant contributions to India’s historiography. He came to India when he was 28 and was the youngest fellow of the British Asiatic Society.

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In address to Parliament, President Droupadi Murmu hails Ram Mandir, says strong government India’s advantage

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According to the President Murmu, the construction of Ram Mandir and the removal of Article 370 were significant in the country's efforts to overcome past challenges and invest maximum energy for the future. (Photo/Videograb@DDNational)

strong and stable government would lead to rapid development at the domestic level and could place the country as “Vishwa-Mitra” (friend of the world) during the period of upheaval in the global scenario, President Droupadi Murmu said on Wednesday in her last address to the joint session of Parliament ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

In her almost 90-minute long speech, President Murmu, who listed the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led governments in the last decade, said that January 22, the day the newly constructed Ram temple in Ayodhya was consecrated, was a defining moment.

“There come junctures in the history of civilizations which shape the future for the coming centuries. There have been many such defining moments in the history of India too. This year, on January 22, the country witnessed a similar epochal moment. After waiting for centuries, Ram Lalla has now been enshrined in his grand temple in Ayodhya,” the President said in her address.

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‘Shocking’ overcrowding: SC orders states, UTs to plan new jails for next 50 yrs

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Delhi has 16 central jails with over 20,000 prisoners as against a sanctioned capacity of 10,026 inmates. (HT file)

Court was informed that while overcrowding was observed across all categories of jails in most states, there were some which had “super overcrowding”

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed states and union territories to accord “top priority” to the problem of overcrowding in jails, finding the actual occupancy of jails across the country to be “shocking” and “quite worrying” and directed committees to be set up in each district within a week to prepare a roadmap on the number of jails needed to cater to prison population for the next 50 years.

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