A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Clashes break out between members of Lingayat and Veerashaiva communities in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi city: The violence took place hours after the Siddaramaiah government said it was ready to classify Lingayat as a separate religion.
  2. CBI court convicts Lalu Prasad Yadav in fourth fodder scam case: It also acquitted former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra.   
  3. Telangana CM meets Mamata Banerjee, says ‘an alternative force’ is necessary for the 2019 Elections: The West Bengal chief minister is among the leaders who supported K Chandrashekhar Rao’s call for an alliance without the Congress and against the BJP. 
  4. Now, Arvind Kejriwal apologises to Nitin Gadkari and Kapil Sibal: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the party will apologise to people they have hurt.
  5. Women in Saudi Arabia should not be forced to wear an abaya or head scarf, says Crown Prince Salman: He said his government is planning to launch an initiative to introduce equal pay for men and women.   
  6. India summons Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner to protest death of five civilians in Kashmir: Such heinous acts are against established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct, the Ministry of External Affairs told Syed Haider Shah.   
  7. ED moves Delhi HC against acquittal of A Raja, Kanimozhi and others in 2G spectrum case: A special CBI court had let off all 19 accused in the case in December for lack of evidence.   
  8. Mark Zuckerberg faces calls to appear in person before lawmakers and address data breach concerns: Politicians in both the US and the UK said he should explain how Cambridge Analytica had harvested the information of 50 million Facebook users.   
  9. Hindu group plans to reduce air pollution by burning 50,000 kg of wood in Meerut: The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has refused to stop the nine-day ritual because the matter is related to religion.   
  10. Nitish Kumar says he has not given up demand for special status for Bihar: The Rashtriya Janata Dal has never been concerned about the matter, the chief minister claimed.