The Morning Wrap: Minister Invokes Magician To Solve Maoist Disturbance; AAP Expels Yadav, Bhushan

21/04/2015 9:24 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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These freakishly good doppelgangers of Bollywood could very well give the stars a run for their money.

Abhishekh Bachhan and Aishwarya Rai, Bollywood's power couple, have completed eight years of marriage.

Ram Kanwar, a farmer from Rajasthan, who has lost his crops to unseasonal rain and hail, is looking for a leader who can help him through this crisis, but believes the messiah is neither Narendra Modi nor Rahul Gandhi.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has a piece of advice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- change camps from corporates to farmers. This is the first time Gandhi has spoken in the lower house of the parliament since the new government took over last May.

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Cracking the whip, the Aam Aadmi Party expelled rebel leaders Prashant Bhusan, Yogendra Yadav and two others for anti-party activities and "gross indiscipline."

Among the five corporate houses under scanner in the espionage case, Essar was the highest payer to the ministry employees and their associates for leaking confidential documents.

Union Minister Giriraj Singh apologised in Parliament on Monday for his crass remarks on Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier this month. Singh had said that "had Rajiv Gandhi married a Nigerian woman and had she not been of white skin, would the Congress party have accepted her as a leader?"

A temple in north Texas was found with offensive images spray-painted on its walls, the third instance of vandalism in the US this year, after two in Washington state.

Amid allegations of "medical negligence", a blame game has begun following the tragic death of promising Bengal opening batsman Ankit Keshri who was injured during a cricket match last week.

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A suicide note posted by an AIIMS doctor, who accused her gay husband of mental torture that led to her death, on Facebook went viral on the Internet even as her profile page on the social networking site was converted into a tribute page.

The West Bengal intelligence branch snooped on a sadhu for many years, suspecting he was Subhas Chandra Bose in hiding, according to recently declassified documents.

With Maoist attacks in the state fresh in his mind, Chhattisgarh's culture minister, has requested a magician to make Maoist rebels in the state "vanish."

Though Narendra Modi has always taunted the UPA's MGNREGA rural employment scheme as "a living monument of your failures", his own party member and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has lauded it as "one of the best programmes in India."

Make-up artist Charu Khurana was formally registered by the Cine Costume Make-Up Artist & Hair Dressers' Association as the first woman in the association after a 6-year-long battle.

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Parvathy Menon, in The Hindu, notes that a growing population of young Britons of non-white origin are systematically organising themselves as political entities.

Jayanth Jacob, in The Hindustan Times, says that the Communist Party of India has to "repackage" itself and get rid of empty rhetoric that is no longer relevant in contemporary life, such as anti-imperialism, militant trade unionism and viewing private capital as an absolute evil.

Suhas Palshikar, in The Indian Express, says that Rahul Gandhi is at a critical juncture and can either succumb to the dynastic routine of "saving the party and the country" or rewrite the history of the Congress and, in the process, initiate the process of rebuilding the party.

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