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Afternoon briefing: President confers Bharat Ratna upon LK Advani; US court on visa-fee hikes, and more

Mar 31, 2024 01:29 PM IST

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President Droupadi Murmu awarded Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor, to Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart Lal Krishna Advani at his Delhi residence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, and former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu attended the ceremony. Advani was among five recipients named by the Modi government for the Bharat Ratna this year. Earlier, President Murmu conferred the honor upon four others, including former Prime Ministers Chaudhary Charan Singh and PV Narasimha Rao. PV Narasimha Rao's daughter expressed gratitude for her father's posthumous recognition, thanking the Indian government and PM Modi. His award was received by his son. Dig deeper

President Droupadi Murmu confers Bharat Ratna upon veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on, at the latter's residence, in New Delhi on Sunday.(ANI)
President Droupadi Murmu confers Bharat Ratna upon veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on, at the latter's residence, in New Delhi on Sunday.(ANI)

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A US district court has denied a request for a temporary restraining order to postpone immigration fee hikes starting April 1. The lawsuit, filed by ITServe Alliance, American Immigrant Investor Alliance (AIIA), and a Canadian EB-5 investor, challenged increased EB-5 visa fees and an "arbitrary" asylum fee for H-1B employers. The court, while not addressing the main argument, rejected the request citing the timing of the harm. USCIS stated all applications after April 1 must include updated fees. Despite the setback, plaintiffs remain hopeful, planning to continue the litigation to challenge the fee rule's legality. Attorney Matthew T. Galati emphasized pursuing accountability for USCIS. Dig deeper

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The biographical film "Swatantra Veer Savarkar," directed by Randeep Hooda, continues to perform well in India, earning nearly 2 crore on its second Saturday and totaling 13.95 crore nett so far. Despite competition, it saw a jump in collections during its second weekend. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh noted the film's increasing show count in urban centers and special screenings for political figures, amplifying its strong word of mouth. Starring Randeep Hooda, Ankita Lokhande, and Amit Sial, the movie portrays the life of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, known as Swatantrya Veer Savarkar, during India's Independence struggle. Ankita Lokhande expressed her fascination with her role as Yamuna Bai, Savarkar's wife. Dig deeper

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