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Chief Justice of India announces Parliament to consider Special Marriage Act amendments post live verdict on same-sex marriage.

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The eagerly awaited announcement of the same-sex marriage verdict is underway as the Supreme Court delivers its decision today. After an exhaustive 10-day hearing, a five-judge constitution bench, led by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and including Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, S Ravindra Bhat, Hima Kohli, and P S Narasimha, had reserved its judgment on May 11. During this extensive legal process, advocates like Mukul Rohatgi, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Raju Ramachandran, Anand Grover, Geeta Luthra, KV Viswanathan, Saurabh Kirpal, and Menaka Guruswamy passionately argued for LGBTQIA+ community’s equal rights and the recognition of same-sex unions to ensure a dignified life akin to heterosexual individuals.

In contrast, the government has consistently opposed these pleas, contending that India’s legislative policy intentionally recognizes marriage exclusively between a biological man and a biological woman. On May 3, the Centre informed the highest court of its intention to form a committee led by the cabinet secretary to examine administrative measures for addressing the legitimate concerns of same-sex couples, sidestepping the question of legalizing their unions.

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‘You made me Chief Minister, I paid back…’: Jitan Ram Manjhi to Nitish Kumar

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Jitan Ram Manjhi/Nitish Kumar (Credits: PTI)

Jitan Ram Manjhi has said he repaid a favour to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by contributing four crucial votes for him in the Bihar Assembly.

Bihar’s former Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday said he repaid a favour to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by extending him his support to form a government with the NDA in Bihar.

Speaking at an event, Jitan Ram Manjhi recalled the Chief Minister secured a total of 125 votes in the Bihar Assembly. He asserted he contributed to four votes for Kumar.

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‘Fighter’ box office Day 12: Hrithik-Deepika’s film eyes Rs 350 crore globally

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Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone's 'Fighter' is inching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide.

Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s ‘Fighter’ is marching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide. On Monday, February 5, the film saw a huge drop in collection.

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  • ‘Fighter’ is marching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide.Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor play lead roles in the film.The film is directed by Siddharth Anand.
  • Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s recently released film, ‘Fighter’, is in its second week of theatrical run. In 12 days, the aerial actioner has surpassed Rs 300 crore globally and is now marching towards Rs 350-crore mark. On February 5, the movie saw a huge drop in collection at the box office. It is to be seen if the film would pick up momentum during the weekend again.

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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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