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Beginning today’s evening bulletin with the top national news: Speaking after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that as long as PM Modi is around, New Delhi and Dhaka will find a solution to all bilateral problems, including the Teesta River water-sharing issue. She recalled that the two countries have resolved many outstanding issues in the spirit of friendship and cooperation and also hoped that all outstanding issues including the Teesta water-sharing treaty would be concluded at an early date. After the two sides signed a pact on water-sharing on the Kushiyara river, Modi said the agreement will benefit people in southern Assam and Sylhet in Bangladesh.
Next up: Hearing petitions challenging the Karnataka High Court’s decision to uphold the restriction on wearing hijab in educational institutions, the Supreme Court asked, “You may have a religious right to practise whatever you want, but can you take that right to a school which has a uniform?” On the argument that the Karnataka Education Act, 1983, was being invoked to deny education to some sections, the court said the state’s argument is that one should come with a uniform which is prescribed for the students. Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde tried to draw parallels between a “chunni” (dupatta) and “hijab”, saying the former was already part of the uniform, but the court pointed out that the two couldn’t be compared.
Moving on: Local residents of Pakhiura Char under Matia police station in Assam’s Goalpara district demolished a madrasa for its alleged use for anti-national and ‘jihadi’ activities. The move came a few days after a cleric associated with the madrasa was held for alleged anti-national activities. This is the fourth madrasa to be demolished in Assam in the last few weeks with the first three being pulled down by government authorities. The first one, Jamiul Huda Madrasa at Moirabari in Morigaon district, was demolished on August 4 by government authorities. On August 29, the authorities pulled down the Jamiul Huda Academy Madrasa at Howli in Barpeta district while on August 31, the Markazul Ma-Arif Quariayana Madrasa at Bongaigaon district was demolished.
Bharat Biotech’s intranasal Covid vaccine has received official approval from the Drugs Controller General of India for restricted emergency use in those aged above 18 years, news agency PTI reported. This is India’s first nasal vaccine for Covid-19. The Hyderabad-based firm completed clinical trials of the nasal vaccine with about 4,000 volunteers and there are no side effects or adverse reactions reported so far, PTI quoted its sources in the company as saying. After the vaccine got the nod on Tuesday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said this step will strengthen “India’s collective fight” against the pandemic.
On the sidelines of his meeting with Opposition leaders in the National Capital in a bid to form a united front against the BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar denied rumours that he wanted to become the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial face for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Speaking to reporters soon after he met CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury in New Delhi, Nitish said, “I am not even the claimant, I don’t even desire it.” The JD(U) leader, who cut ties with the BJP last month in Bihar, met Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after his meeting with Yechury.
In news from South: Schools in the rain-battered Bengaluru have declared holidays and companies asked their employees to work from home, as the city continued to reel from the aftermath of the torrential downpour that threw life out of gear, with a fresh spell of rain only adding to the woes of the citizens. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai cited “unprecedented rainfall and overflowing” water bodies for the deluge but assured his government’s commitment to restore normalcy. He also faulted the ‘maladministration’ of the previous Congress governments for the present situation of the city and insisted only two zones bore the brunt of rains although a picture was being painted as if entire Bengaluru was struggling. One rain-related death, electrocution of a woman, was reported from Siddapura.
Shifting focus to international news: Hundreds of children have already died in nutrition centres across Somalia, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said a day after the global body warned that parts of Somalia will be hit by famine in the coming months. The Horn of Africa region is on track for a fifth consecutive failed rainy season. A famine in 2011 in Somalia claimed more than a quarter of a million lives, most of them children.
A Russian court sentenced a former journalist to 22 years in prison for treason after prosecutors said he disclosed state secrets, a ruling his supporters said was a harsh punishment that showed the absence of media freedom in Russia. Ivan Safronov, a former defence reporter for the Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers turned adviser to the head of Russia’s space agency, was arrested in 2020 and accused of disclosing classified information. Safronov’s lawyers said they would appeal the verdict. His supporters say the case is retribution for his reporting which exposed details of Russia’s international arms deals.
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