News18 Afternoon Digest: PM Modi Spotlights Sandeshkhali Issue At Barasat Women’s Rally, And Other Top Stories

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: File)

We are also covering: Calcutta High Court’s contempt notices to West Bengal government, Supreme Courts Warning to Uttarakhand government over illegal structures, felling of trees in Corbett Tiger Reserve, and other stories

In today’s afternoon digest, News18 brings you the latest updates on PM Modi’s visit to West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court hearing on Sandeshkhali case, the Karnataka water crisis, and other top stories.

‘Hand Over Shahjahan Sheikh To CBI By 4 PM’: Calcutta HC Issues Contempt Notices To Bengal Govt

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday asked the West Bengal government to immediately hand over Shahjahan Sheikh, the prime accused in the Sandeshkhali case, to the CBI by 4 pm today. Contempt notices were also issued to the state government. The court asked the government to file an affidavit in two weeks as to why they shall not be liable for contempt. READ MORE

PM Modi Tears Into TMC Over Sandeshkhali, Accuses TMC Govt of Prioritising Criminals Over Women’s Trust

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed a women’s rally in West Bengal’s Barasat ahead of the International Women’s Day on March 8. He launched a scathing attack on the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government and accused it of shielding the accused in the Sandeshkhali case and creating roadblocks for the Centre in implementing schemes. READ MORE

‘Public Trust In Waste Bin’: SC Raps Uttarakhand Over Illegal Structures, Felling Of Trees In Corbett Tiger Reserve

The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Uttarakhand government over the felling of trees and illegal construction in the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve. The Supreme Court asked the Centre to form a committee that will suggest ways to undo the damage and recover the cost from those responsible. “Bureaucrats and politicians have thrown public trust doctrine in the waste bin,” the court said. READ MORE

Water Tanker Spotted At CM Siddaramaiah’s Office As Bengaluru Grapples With Severe Crisis

With the temperature rise, the water crisis in Bengaluru seems to have deepened, prompting residents including Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to rely on tankers for their daily needs. A tanker was spotted entering the CM’s office on Wednesday, highlighting the severity of the crisis. READ MORE

Karnataka Revises Textbooks: Sanatana Dharma To Get ‘Appropriate Description’, BJP Opposes Move

The Karnataka government has finalised the revision of textbooks for classes one to ten, introducing key changes that are likely to fuel debates and controversies, especially around “Sanatana Dharma”. This came amid controversy on remarks by DMK leaders. The revision, now set for printing, includes a notable addition of a chapter on Sanatana Dharma, signalling a shift in the ideological direction of the curriculum. Sanatana Dharma will be given a “precise definition” in the Class 8th History textbook. READ MORE

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