Top news of the day: TMC and BJP MLAs come to blows in West Bengal Assembly, five suspended; At a pugnacious Oscars, CODA wins three awards, and more

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March 28, 2022 07:12 pm | Updated 07:12 pm IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant during the swearing-in ceremony of the latter, in Panaji on March 28, 2022.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant during the swearing-in ceremony of the latter, in Panaji on March 28, 2022. | Photo Credit: PTI

TMC, BJP MLAs come to blows in West Bengal Assembly, five suspended

Legislators of the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on March 28 came to blows in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. The incident occurred when the BJP MLAs led by Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari were demanding a discussion in the Assembly on the Rampurhat violence. The BJP MLAs were protesting against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remarks on Rampurhat violence in public events and not making a statement in the House. A scuffle ensued between the legislators of the Treasury and Opposition Benches when the protesting BJP MLAs assembled near the chair of Speaker Biman Banerjee. First there was a scuffle between security personnel and the BJP legislators but after some time the TMC MLAs joined them.

An elected, not selected, CM, says Pramod Sawant as he takes oath

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and three–time MLA Dr. Pramod Sawant was sworn–in as Goa’s Chief Minister for the second time on Monday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP guns at the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee stadium in Taleigao.

Punjab announces it will start doorstep delivery of ration

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on March 28 said that ration would be provided at the doorsteps of beneficiaries across the State. In a video message, Mr. Mann said that after the launch of the doorstep ration delivery scheme people would now no longer need to stand in queues, also it would be ensured that they get quality ration, including food grains or pulses.

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss to visit India on March 31

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss will visit India on March 31 against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Ukraine. Announcing the visit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on March 28 said Ms. Truss will hold consultations with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Criminal Procedure amendment Bill tabled in LS amid protests 

The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022 that would allow the police and prison authorities to collect, store and analyse physical and biological samples including retina and irin scans was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday amid strong protests from Opposition members, who forced a vote on the issue and termed the Bill ‘unconstitutional’. The Bill also seeks to apply these provisions to persons held under any preventive detention law. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will be the repository of physical and biological samples, signature and handwriting data that can be preserved for at least 75 years.

Oscars 2022: At a pugnacious Oscars, Apple’s feel-good ‘CODA’ triumphs

Sian Heder’s “CODA,” which first premiered at a virtual Sundance Film Festival in winter 2021, started out as an underdog but gradually emerged as the Oscars’ feel-good favorite. It also had one very deep-pocketed backer in Apple TV+, which scored its first best picture Academy Award on Sunday, less than three years after launching the service.

Also read: Oscars 22 full list of winners | ‘CODA’ takes home Best Picture | Watch | Oscars 2022 highlights

India’s ‘Writing with Fire’ loses to ‘Summer of Soul’ in documentary feature Oscar category

“Writing With Fire”, the Indian documentary that chronicled the rise of a newspaper run by Dalit women, lost to “Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)“ in the best documentary feature category at the 94th edition of the Oscars, Hollywood’s biggest awards ceremony.

Strike near-total in Kozhikode

Public transport was severely affected, and hotels, shops and other business units remained largely closed in Kozhikode district on the first day of the two-day national strike called by central trade unions against the Union Government’s anti-labour policies, on March 28.

Putin-Zelensky talks would be ‘counterproductive’, Moscow says

Direct talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy would be “counterproductive”, the Russian foreign minister said Monday, as delegations prepared for Turkey-hosted talks on Moscow’s military operation. President Putin “has said he has never refused to meet President Zelenskyy. The only thing that he considers fundamentally important is for these meetings to be well prepared”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in televised comments to journalists, after Mr. Zelenskyy called for a meeting with his Russian counterpart.

Islamic State claims killing of 2 in Israel, 2nd rampage in a week

The militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Monday, March 28, 2022, after a pair of Arab gunmen killed two people and wounded four in central Israel before they were killed by police. The two killed in the Sunday night attack in the city of Hadera were Israeli police officers, authorities said.

Deve Gowda’s wife gets I-T notice; son fumes

Former Minister and JD(S) leader H.D. Revanna has expressed anger over the Income Tax Department’s notice to his mother Chennamma Deve Gowda, who is the wife of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda. “Have my parents made crores of rupees? Have we purchased any new property? Why is one political party being targeted,” he asked at a media conference in Hassan on March 28.

Will Smith, Chris Rock confrontation shocks Oscars audience

The 94th Academy Awards that steadily maintained a buoyant spirit was rocked by an unbelievable exchange after Will Smith took offense to a joke made by Chris Rock about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. After Rock joked to Smith that he was looking forward to a sequel to “G.I. Jane,” Smith stood up from his seat near the stage, strode up to Rock and slapped him. After sitting back down, Smith shouted at Rock to “keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth.”

Censure motion against Delhi BJP chief for ‘derogatory remarks’ against Kejriwal

The Delhi Assembly on Monday witnessed noisy scenes and passed a censure motion against Delhi BJP president Adesh Kumar Gupta for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Speaker Ram Niwas Goel also suspended three BJP MLAs—Anil Bajpai, Jitender Mahajan and Ajay Mahawar — for a brief period amid a vociferous protest by the AAP over Mr. Gupta’s remarks.

Petrol price hiked 30 paise, diesel up 35 paise; total increase now stands at Rs 4-4.10

Petrol price on Monday was hiked by 30 paise a litre and diesel by 35 paise, taking the total increase in rates in the last one week to Rs 4-4.10 per litre. Petrol in Delhi will now cost Rs 99.41 per litre as against Rs 99.11 previously while diesel rates have gone up from Rs 90.42 per litre to Rs 90.77, according to a price notification of state fuel retailers.

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