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News of the day: Parliament adjourned till Tuesday amid ruckus over Rahul’s UK speech, SC on same-sex marriages pleas and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad


The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings were on Monday adjourned till March 14 amid uproar over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's democracy remarks in the UK, with the government demanding his apology.

As the House re-convened at 2 PM, BJP MPs and those from the treasury benches raised slogans seeking an apology from Gandhi over his remarks. The Opposition benches hit back, shouting slogans demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Adani-Hindenburg issue.

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The Supreme Court on Monday referred the pleas seeking legal validation of same-sex marriages to a five-judge constitution bench for adjudication, saying the issue is of "seminal importance".

A bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud said the submissions on the issue involve an interplay between constitutional rights on the one hand and special legislative enactments, including the Special Marriage Act, on the other.

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“Naatu Naatu”, the irrepressible, fun number from the film “RRR”, and documentary short “The Elephant Whisperers” made Oscar history for India on Monday with one Academy Award each, the two wins showcasing cinema beyond Bollywood and the growing might of the Indian non-feature segment.

This is the first time two India-made productions have bagged the cinema world’s biggest prize. Dancers took over the stage at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, recreating the hugely popular hook steps from the four-minute Telugu track, and actor Deepika Padukone introduced the song to loud cheers.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” won the prestigious best picture trophy at the Academy Awards on Sunday as Hollywood embraced an offbeat story about a Chinese-American family working out their problems across multiple dimensions.

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Benchmark stock indices Sensex and Nifty declined for a third day on the trot to close at five-month low levels on Monday due to a massive sell-off in banking, finance and auto stocks triggered by fears of potential contagion from the biggest bank failure in the US since 2008.

Unabated flight of foreign capital and a weak domestic currency amid global rate hike fears added to the gloom, traders said.

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Speculators who reckoned what goes down must go up have made a tidy profit from a rise in Adani Group shares following their collapse in the wake of the scathing Hindenburg report.

There’s been a huge jump in the number of the group’s shares traded daily after the Hindenburg report sent the prices of the stocks tumbling between 30 per cent and 80 per cent. 

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Britain's BBC reinstated its highest-paid presenter Gary Lineker on Monday after a move to take the sports host off air over his criticism of the government sparked a near mutiny at the public broadcaster.

The corporation was forced to axe much of its sports coverage over the weekend after presenters, pundits and commentators refused to work in a show of solidarity with Lineker, who had criticised the government's immigration policy. The decision to suspend Lineker led to accusations from staff, opposition politicians and commentators that the politically neutral BBC had bowed to pressure from the government, prompting Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to intervene to say he hoped the situation could be resolved soon.


Police Monday used a water cannon against Punjab Congress leaders and workers when they tried to force their way through barricades to 'gherao' the residence of the governor in protest against the BJP-led Centre over the Adani issue.

Led by Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Congress leaders and workers from various parts of the state gathered outside the Punjab Congress headquarters here. A heavy police force was deployed near the Congress office in Sector 15 here and police had put up barricades to prevent protesters from heading towards the residence of Governor Banwarilal Purohit.


India on Monday qualified for the prestigious World Test Championship (WTC) final after New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by two wickets in a thrilling last-ball finish in the Christchurch game.

India will play Australia in the WTC final at The Oval from June 7. This is India's second successive entry into the WTC final, with the previous one coming in the inaugural cycle in 2021, where they lost to New Zealand.

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An IndiGo plane from the national capital to Doha was diverted to Karachi airport on Sunday night after a passenger fell ill onboard and was later declared dead on arrival, according to officials.

Abdullah, a Nigerian national who was around 60 years old, was declared dead on arrival, the officials said.

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China’s new Premier Li Qiang on Monday strongly defended the much-hated 'zero COVID' strategy followed by the country for over three years which hurt its economic growth also led to public protests, saying the policy was completely right and delivered highly effective outcomes.

Addressing his first press conference, Li said it took less than two months for China, a highly populous country, to achieve a smooth transition in COVID-19 response and resume normal economic and social order, which is indeed remarkable.

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