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Explained: Jammu and Kashmir’s bizarre diktat, then backtrack on electric heaters in freezing winters
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Explained: Jammu and Kashmir’s bizarre diktat, then backtrack on electric heaters in freezing winters

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district said they passed the original order banning heaters even as it snowed to avoid any damage to transmission lines, unscheduled power cuts and provide hassle-free electricity supply to consumers. The directive was amended after an uproar

Explained: Why Indonesia has banned all syrups and liquid medicines
World

Explained: Why Indonesia has banned all syrups and liquid medicines

The ban comes as the Southeast Asian country's health authorities probe an unexplained rise since January in the number of children's deaths from acute kidney injury

Explained: Why Russia has permanently banned Hollywood actors Ben Stiller and Sean Penn
Explainers

Explained: Why Russia has permanently banned Hollywood actors Ben Stiller and Sean Penn

Hollywood stars Ben Stiller and Sean Penn have been vocal supporters of Ukraine in the conflict and have met President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in high-profile shows of support

Government likely to ban PFI over Ram Navami violence
Politics

Government likely to ban PFI over Ram Navami violence

The Popular Front of India (PFI), a controversial Islamic outfit, has been blamed for plotting violence and triggering communal tension in some parts of the country on Ram Navami

Maharashtra: Sale of meat, fish banned in temple town of Dehu
India

Maharashtra: Sale of meat, fish banned in temple town of Dehu

In the first general body meeting of the Nagar Panchayat on 25 February, a resolution was passed unanimously to ban the sale of fish and meat in Dehu considering the sentiments of warkaris and local residents, said nagar panchayat chief officer

EC extends ban on roadshows, processions in poll-bound states, allows physical campaigning events
Politics

EC extends ban on roadshows, processions in poll-bound states, allows physical campaigning events

The new relaxations will help political parties hold bigger physical campaigning events in the run up to the polls in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.

Election commission to review ban on physical rallies tomorrow
India

Election commission to review ban on physical rallies tomorrow

The commission may also decide on whether fresh relaxations can be extended to political parties and candidates in holding physical campaigning events

Sri Lanka's Danushka Gunathilaka returns from ban for Australia tour
First Cricket News

Sri Lanka's Danushka Gunathilaka returns from ban for Australia tour

The all-rounder and two others were sanctioned after they admitted breaching a bio-secure bubble in Durham during a tour of England last June.

Malaysian badminton star Lee Zii Jia appeals two-year ban, confirms Badminton Association of Malaysia
Sports

Malaysian badminton star Lee Zii Jia appeals two-year ban, confirms Badminton Association of Malaysia

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) confirmed Lee sent them a letter appealing last weeks' ban, handed down after the world number seven decided to quit the body and go independent.

UAE bans flying of recreational drones after fatal attack near Abu Dhabi airport
World

UAE bans flying of recreational drones after fatal attack near Abu Dhabi airport

A rare drone and missile strike on the capital of Abu Dhabi blew up several fuel tankers near the airport and killed three people last week

China's Xi'an city escalates to strictest COVID restrictions, bans driving
World

China's Xi'an city escalates to strictest COVID restrictions, bans driving

The northern city of China, home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, recorded 150 new cases on Monday

South Africa set to shut down its controversial captive lion breeding industry
science

South Africa set to shut down its controversial captive lion breeding industry

There are between 8,000-12,000 lions at some 350 farms, where they are raised for hunting, tourism, academic research and their bones.

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Nuwan Zoysa banned for six years for breaching ICC anti-corruption code
First Cricket News

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Nuwan Zoysa banned for six years for breaching ICC anti-corruption code

The ban on Zoysa, a left-arm seamer, is backdated to 31 October 2018, when he was provisionally suspended.

Academy Awards 2021: Hong Kong will not air ceremony for first time since 1969
Entertainment

Academy Awards 2021: Hong Kong will not air ceremony for first time since 1969

Nomination of Do Not Split, a short documentary on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, as well as the four nods for Chinese-born US director Chloe Zhao for Nomadland, is believed to be the cause for this move.

50 countries sign UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons, US sends them thinly veiled threat letter
World

50 countries sign UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons, US sends them thinly veiled threat letter

The United States had written to treaty signatories saying the Trump administration believes they made a strategic error and urging them to rescind their ratification.

K-Pop stars' TikTok China accounts blocked after South Korea fines app for data privacy non-compliance
Entertainment

K-Pop stars' TikTok China accounts blocked after South Korea fines app for data privacy non-compliance

TikTok Pte Ltd, the publisher of the app, was fined $154,320 for collecting personal information of children under 14 years of age without consent from guardians

Rajasthan Tourism Minister demands ban on Arjun Kapoor's Panipat, claims movie presents 'distorted facts'
Entertainment

Rajasthan Tourism Minister demands ban on Arjun Kapoor's Panipat, claims movie presents 'distorted facts'

Rajasthan minister Vishvendra Singh has alleged Panipat shows his ancestor, Maharaja Surajmal of Bharatpur, as not helping the Maratha army

In effort to boost flagging auto sector, Centre lifts ban on purchase of new cars by government departments
India

In effort to boost flagging auto sector, Centre lifts ban on purchase of new cars by government departments

The auto sector is set to get a boost as prime minister Narendra Modi-led central government has lifted the ban on the purchase of new cars for its departments

Kangana Ranaut sends legal notice to press bodies for 'immoral, wrongful' support to PTI reporter
Entertainment

Kangana Ranaut sends legal notice to press bodies for 'immoral, wrongful' support to PTI reporter

The legal notice was sent by Kangana Ranaut for "wrongful, immoral, unethical and illegal acts of lending support to a journalist Justin Rao"

Article 15 box office collection: Ayushmann Khurrana's social drama inches close to Rs 50 cr mark
Entertainment

Article 15 box office collection: Ayushmann Khurrana's social drama inches close to Rs 50 cr mark

Article 15 earned only Rs 1.25 crore on Tuesday, probably owing to the India vs New Zealand match, which is a part of the ongoing Cricket World Cup series.