The Morning Wrap: BJP's Adityanath Wants Non-Hindu Ban On Pilgrimage Spot; Modi's Air India One Hits Snag

15/04/2015 9:07 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures during a press conference after talks with the German Chancellor in Berlin on April 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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Air India One, a Boeing 747-400 aircraft, that carried Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Delhi to Berlin after halts in Paris, Toulouse and Hannover, developed engine problems and had to be replaced by another plane.

A 10-year-old Indian girl in the United Kingdom lobbed an election question at British Prime Minister David Cameron that he failed to answer.

BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has called for barring non-Hindus to Har Ki Pauri, an important pilgrimage- and tourist spot-along the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar.

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Controversial singer Mika, who slapped a doctor on stage during a recent concert, said he did it to “protect women” and was his way of “stand(ing) up for the vulnerable.”


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