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From the very beginning, it has been amply clear that the people who raised anti-India slogans at JNU on 9 February were Kashmiris. Yet, the Delhi Police has not even been looking for them, because arresting Kashmiri students in Delhi will finish any remaining chance of saving the PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, writes Shivam Vij.
With no hike in passenger fares, increase in seat quota for women and senior citizens, more disabled-friendly coaches, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced a slew of people-friendly measures in his second Rail Budget for 2016-17. Here are the highlights.
The BJP lawmaker from Alwar, who claimed that 3,000 used condoms are found every day on the JNU campus, revealed in an interview with a radio jockey that he got his facts and figures “from WhatsApp”.
A day after the Haryana government denied a news item that said at least 10 women were raped during the Jat agitation, a news channel spotted women’s undergarments strewn across fields in Murthal -– close to the spot where the crime was said to have taken place.
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For the second day, HRD minister Smriti Irani kept up her attack on the Opposition over Rohit Vemula and JNU issues. She hit back at CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury after he accused the BJP of trying to suppress dissent and impose their idea of a “theocratic, fascistic Hindu Rashtra” on the country.
“I have been waiting for 23 years to get a taste of freedom. Finally, that day has arrived, and I am a free man. That feeling is still not sinking in. I feel like I am on furlough or leave from jail. It will take me some time to convince myself that I am free,” said actor Sanjay Dutt, who was released from the Yerwada central jail in Pune.
Women would be allowed in all combat roles of the three services only in a phased manner as infrastructure has to be created, said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, two days after the President said women would be allowed into all streams of the armed forces.
A local leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress, Sanjay Roy alias Buro, was shot dead in Baguihati area near Kolkata. Buro was a close associate of state Agriculture Minister Purnendu Basu.
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya resigned as chairman of United Spirits Ltd, controlled by Diego Plc, in a $75-million deal with the UK firm. Mallya, 60, said he would be moving to England to be closer to his children and would exit the company as Founder Emeritus of United Spirits.
US Republican senator Rand Paul, who was a candidate for the party’s presidential nomination until recently, has introduced a joint resolution in senate opposing the sale of F-16s to Pakistan.
Off The Front Page
Here’s one doctor who is waging war on bulls**t science. Medical doctor-turned-editor Ivan Oransky has made a career of spotlighting bad research — scientific studies so flawed that they aren't worth the paper they're printed on or the pixels they're displayed with.
A naked, mentally unstable man climbed atop a hoarding in Ahmedabad, sending cops and commuters into a tizzy. He then demanded ice-cream. The drama lasted 45 minutes after which the 25-year-old slid from the hoarding and fell into a rescue net.
Kerala CM Oommen Chandy inaugurated a three-room medical college. The inauguration was done in haste as the election notification is expected any time in March.
Biswajit Ghosh, a geo-scientist at Calcutta University, was the only Indian in a group of elite scientists handpicked for the Jules Verne-sque mission to drill to the mantle of the Earth, one of the most exciting explorations ever to unlock our planet's secrets.
Family planning is the surest and the quickest way to better the physical and economic health of a nation. As the Narendra Modi government rolls out its budget for 2016-17, there is an expectation that the amount earmarked for family planning will be adequate to meet the very urgent needs of a young nation, writes Poonam Muttreja in the Hindustan Times.
Piyasree Dasgupta of HuffPost India writes why she is miffed with The Telegraph For its 'Aunty National' Headline. “Of all her flaws, The Telegraph chose to make an insinuation at her age, as if somehow growing older were a crime or choice. Smriti Irani shouldn't be critiqued for being an 'aunty', she should be critiqued for being an ineffective education minister.”
A team of scientists shares results and even raw data of its Zika study in real time. Could this set a precedent for scientific research? “While the medical journals have kept their word and are ensuring minimal delay in sharing critical public health results, the WHO has done its part — posting online within 24 hours any research manuscripts related to the Zika epidemic that are submitted to the WHO Bulletin, even as the peer review process is under way, writes R Prasad in The Hindu.
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