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The big news: SC extends all Aadhaar-linking deadlines to March 31, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: The Congress rejected the exit poll results that predicted wins for the BJP, and the Winter Session of Parliament begins today.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Supreme Court agrees to extend all Aadhaar deadlines, including with mobile numbers, to March 31: The five-judge Constitution bench issued the interim order, agreeing to the Centre’s submissions.
  2. Exit polls predict a comfortable win for BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh: The Congress rejected the results and said these polls have been wrong in the past.
  3. Winter Session begins today, bills on triple talaq, financial resolution likely to come up: The controversial end to the Assembly elections in Gujarat is expected to affect the proceedings in Parliament.
  4. United States communications regulator repeals net neutrality rules in 3-2 vote: Internet service providers can now speed up or slow down user access to websites and charge consumers according to the services they use.
  5. EU urges Myanmar to release two Reuters journalists arrested for covering Rohingya crisis: At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed violently in one month, said Medecins Sans Frontieres.
  6. Over 50 detained after protestors supporting Rajasthan murder accused clash with police in Udaipur: The protests began after a Facebook post called for demonstrations in support of Shambulal Regar, the man who killed a Muslim labourer in Rajsamand.
  7. If the media misuses its freedom, the law will have to step in, says Venkaiah Naidu: The vice president said ‘paid news’ has become a menace for society today.
  8. At least half the world’s population has no access to essential health services, finds WHO: Each year, several households are pushed into poverty because they have to pay for healthcare, the report said.
  9. Court sentences convict in Kerala student’s rape and murder to death: The 29-year-old student was found raped and murdered in her home in Ernakulam on April 28, 2016.
  10. Government has till March 1 to set up special courts to try cases against lawmakers: The Supreme Court told the Centre to divide the cost to set up these 12 courts among the states where they will be established.
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