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The big news: DMK to oppose Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami in trust vote, and nine other top stories

In other headlines: Two J&K ministers resigned after a Cabinet reshuffle, and the SC ordered an FIR against UP minister Gayatri Prajapati in a rape case.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. DMK, Indian Union Muslim League to oppose Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami in trust vote: The Election Commission asked VK Sasikala to reply to a petition challenging her nomination as AIADMK general secretary by February 28.
  2. PDP minister Basharat Bukhari resigns after Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti reshuffles Cabinet: Syed Altaf Bukhari, who served in the Mufti Mohammed Sayeed government, was re-inducted by the chief minister. 
  3. Supreme Court orders FIR against Samajwadi Party’s Gayatri Prajapati in gangrape case: The apex court gave the Uttar Pradesh Police eight weeks to submit a report on the incident. 
  4. Kashmiri athletes get US visas weeks after their first applications were denied: The Snowshoe Federation of India said two US senators had looked into the matter and helped them get the clearance.
  5. Car bomb blast in Baghdad kills 59, Islamic State claims attack: The incident comes a day after 15 people had died in a suicide attack in the city.
  6. Kashmir residents told to stay away from counter-insurgency sites: The Centre asked Opposition parties to refrain from politicising the Army chief’s allegations that locals were colluding with militants.
  7. Modi showed us Dilwale Dulhaniya but Gabbar Singh came out, says Rahul Gandhi: The Congress leader criticised the prime minister for hurting small businesses and farmers with the demonetisation drive.
  8. China says it needs ‘solid evidence’ to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will hold a key strategic dialogue with Chinese Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui on February 22. 
  9. The deadline for linking your Aadhaar number to your EPF account has been extended to March 31: The last date for submitting digital life certificates has also been postponed.
  10. The Science Express, a mobile exhibition on climate change, has begun its journey through 20 states: The locomotive started its journey in Delhi and will reach Gandhinagar on September 8.   
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