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The event was led by Yati Narsinghanand (centre), head priest of Ghaziabad’s Dasna Devi temple who is currently out on bail in the Haridwar hate assembly case. (Amal KS/HT Photo)

Hate speech, journalists beaten at 'Hindu Mahapanchayat'

Hate slogans were allegedly shouted and seven journalists assaulted at a “Hindu Mahapanchayat” led by controversial seer Yati Narsinghanand in outer Delhi's Burari on Sunday, an event the police said was organised without official clearance. Police said they denied permission for the event, as did the land-owning agency Delhi Development Authority. Hindu Raksha Dal chief Bhupinder Tomar alias Pinki Chaudhary was also present at the Mahapanchayat. The journalists were taken to Mukherjee Nagar police station.

The Badrinath shrine. (HT Photo)

Portals of Badrinath shrine to open on April 27

The portals of Badrinath Dham in Uttarakhand will be opened on April 27 at 7.10am while the date for the opening of Kedarnath will be decided on February 18, the head of the shrine's management committee has said. The date for opening Badrinath is declared on Basant Panchami, which was celebrated on Thursday. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri are collectively called Char Dham. Char Dham shrines remain shut for around six months.

AAP Delhi mayor candidate Shelly Oberoi. (PTI)

SC to hear AAP plea on Delhi mayor election on Feb 3

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Friday a petition filed by Aam Aadmi Party's mayoral candidate Shelly Oberoi seeking timely election of mayor and deputy mayor in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and a direction to restrain the nominated councillors to the House from exercising their vote. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP scored a historic victory by sweeping 134 out of 250 wards.

Karnataka government to form Leopard Task Force in the state. Details

Karnataka government to form Leopard Task Force in the state. Details

A team of Karnataka Forest Departement successfully caught the leopard on Thursday which had been attacking people in Mysuru district. Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai lauded the forest department for their efforts and also said that the government will form a Leopard Task Force to prevent deaths during human-leopard conflict. He also said that the newly formed Leopard Task Force will help the people living near forest areas to be safe.

Krishna started his career in electoral politics in 1962 by winning the Maddur Assembly seat as an independent by defeating Congress' KV Shankar Gowda.

‘Too humbled’: S M Krishna dedicates Padma Vibhushan to people of Karnataka

Veteran politician and former Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna, who has been conferred with the the second-highest civilian award of the country, Padma Vibhushan, on Thursday said Krishna will dedicate the award to the people of the state, who have nurtured him for six decades. Krishna, who was with the BJP until recently, had earlier this month said that he was retiring from active politics, citing his age as the reason.

Midday meal.

Bengaluru: Nearly 80 per cent students demand eggs in mid-day meal, finds poll

More than 38.37 lakh students of primary and high school students chose eggs as their protein source in their mid-day meal amid the "Satvik" food controversy, as per the data given by the education department. After the circular released by the Commissioner of Education Department of Karnataka, opinion was sought from the students on whether they want egg, peanut bar or banana as the protein source in their mid-day meals.

Several posters saying 'Go Back Ashok' was put on Bengaluru's roads as he visited the district to unfurl the tricolour on Republic Day.

Karnataka minister R Ashok faces heat in Mandya with 'Go Back' posters

Several posters saying 'Go Back Ashok' was put on Bengaluru's roads as he visited the district to unfurl the tricolour on Republic Day. While who put up those posters remains a mystery, discontentment has been brewing within the party in Mandya over Ashok replacing Gopalaiah. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday appointed Revenue Minister R Ashoka as the Mandya district in-charge Minister.

The song has been recreated in several Indian languages, including Telugu and Bengali. (HT photo sourced)

‘Never expected’: Singer elated as Odia folk song ’Rangabati’ gets 3rd Padma

Odisha's popular folk song, Rangabati, on Wednesday became the first Indian song which received three Padma awards in a span of six years. As soon as the Centre announced the award, 71-year-old vocalist Krishna Patel was elated as she couldn't contain her excitement. Three years later, a Dalit singer and male vocalist of the song, Jitendra Haripal, was awarded Padma Shri. The song has been recreated in several Indian languages, including Telugu and Bengali.

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann said the timely completion of the civil air terminal at Halwara is the need of the hour to give impetus to the economic growth of the state. (ANI File)

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann to inaugurate 500 'Aam Aadmi Clinics' today

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is going to inaugurate 500 'Aam Aadmi Clinics' (Mohalla Clinics) across Amritsar on January 27. AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal will be present as the chief guest on the occassion. Earlier, Mann inaugurated 100 Aam Aadmi Clinics on August 15, 2022 on the occasion of Independence Day. More than 10 lakh people have received free treatment in these 100 Aam Aadmi Clinics till now.

Union home minister Amit Shah with Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai. (PTI)

Amit Shah to visit Karnataka tomorrow

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be arriving in poll bound Karnataka's Hubballi-Dharwad and Belagavi on January 28 to attend various events and take part in a road show organised by the BJP. The visit to what is known as Kittur-Karnataka (Mumbai-Karnataka) region, where BJP is considerably strong, is the second such by Shah to the state within a month. He will also visit the 'Basavanna Devara matha' there.

The dog attacked 70 people in Shivganj, Shitla Tola, Mahadeva Road and Sadar Hospital areas in Bihar's Ara on Wednesday.

Stray dog goes on biting spree, attacks 70 people in Bihar's Ara

A stray dog went on a biting spree, attacking 70 people in Ara town of Bihar, police said on Thursday. Bhojpur Superintendent of Police Pramod Kumar said that the dog attacked 70 people in Shivganj, Shitla Tola, Mahadeva Road and Sadar Hospital areas on Wednesday. The police and civic authorities have intensified the search for the dog, he said, adding security personnel have also been deployed in certain areas.

AAP and BJP Delhi councillors shout slogans during the oath ceremony at the MCD Civic Centre in New Delhi on January 24. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Stalemate over Delhi mayoral polls may lead to bigger MCD crisis

Anil Gupta, former chief law officer of the erstwhile North MCD, said that 50 days have passed since Delhi elected its councillors and the House is yet to elect a Mayor. He said the deadlock has to be resolved as soon as possible since the House has to meet certain timelines provided under the DMC Act.

Bengaluru: Students perform during the 74th Republic Day function at Manek Shaw Parade ground, in Bengaluru, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI01_26_2023_000092B)

At a glance: Republic day celebrations in Bengaluru's Manekshaw Parade Ground, Idgah Maidan

Bengaluru saw Republic Day celebrations in several places on Thursday, including the Manekshaw Parade Ground, the controversial Idgah Maidan in Chamarajpet and also in Lalbagh Botanical Garden, which has arranged its annual flower show, among many other places. Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot unfurled the national flag at the Manekshaw Parade Ground, where Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and several of his cabinet colleagues were also present.

Karnataka health minister Dr K Sudhakar (ANI)

‘Siddaramaiah will lose in Kolar, he is misled by local leaders’: Min K Sudhakar

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Wednesday, claimed that former Karnataka CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah is being "misled" to contest from Kolar, and he will lose if contests from that seat in the upcoming state assembly elections. He accused Siddaramaiah of wasting his political career by joining Congress for the "sake of power". Reacting to Anil Antony's resignation from Congress, Sudhakar said that the episode has "exposed" Congress.

The NSUI had set up a portable screen at the Student Centre, Panjab university (PU) to display the documentary on PM Narendra Modi. (HT File)

Screening of BBC documentary on PM Modi stopped at Panjab University

High drama ensued at the Student Centre (Stu-C) of Panjab University on Wednesday after the Chandigarh unit of National Students Union of India screened, for a brief time, the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After some part of the documentary was screened, the varsity authorities stopped the NSUI members from continuing it. The NSUI had set up a portable screen at the Student Centre to display the documentary.

This will be the first Republic Day celebrations hosted at the ceremonial boulevard after Rajpath was renamed to 'Kartavya Path' last year.

Republic Day: DMRC offers free metro ride for parade attendees. Details here

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to give free rides to the invitees to the 74th Republic Day celebrations, scheduled to be held on Thursday at Delhi's Kartavya Path. Attendees will get tickets (coupons) that would allow them to travel for free to two stations near Raisina Hill, and Mandi House station. These coupons will be issued between 4.30 am and 8am. The government has put 32,000 tickets on sale online for the masses.

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