The Morning Wrap: Pak Shared Info About Gujarat Terror Strikes; 'Hip Hip Hurray' Is Back

09/03/2016 9:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on International Women's Day announced that the first batch of women fighter pilots, three cadets who are currently in training, will be inducted in the Indian Air Force on 18 June. This news is sure to pave the way for hundreds of Indian women in years to come to realise their ambition in male-dominated work spaces.

Taxi aggregator Uber is set to partner with Mumbai traffic police to install breathalysers outside pubs and bars in the city to curb drunken driving. Uber has already kicked off this drive by placing the first kiosk at a nightclub called Nook, in Kurla.

On International Women’s Day, an Indian wedding portal turned the spotlight on five women and everything that comes along with being a plus-size bride in India. Every woman in the video agreed on two things. The first: it takes confidence, not weight loss to make a beautiful dulhan. And two: nothing's worth the pain of separation from their first love -- food.

42-year-old MP Ranjeet Ranjan drew a lot of media attention when she rode to the Parliament on her swanky Harley Davidson motorcycle to make a statement on International Women's Day.

In a new video for a lifestyle channel for women, actress Aditi Rao Hydari talked about her thoughts on womanhood. Check out the video here.

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In a letter to the Ministry of Urban Development, the Delhi Police has warned of that a “stampede”, “pandemonium” and “utter chaos” would take place in the arena for the World Culture Festival, being organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation on the Yamuna floodplains, unless the security and management shortcomings are attended to immediately.

Pakistan's National Security Advisor Lieutenant-General Naseer Khan Janjua had shared intelligence with India on possible terror strikes in Gujarat ahead of Maha Shivratri festival. It was following that information that the NSG special forces were deployed to Gujarat to back up state police.

Over 13 banks led by State Bank of India had approached the Supreme Court on Tuesday to prevent business tycoon Vijay Mallya from leaving the country. But according to media reports, the plea may have been come a tad late, as Mallya is believed to have left India for a foreign destination a few days ago.

A total solar eclipse swept across Indonesian on Wednesday, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals. In India, the partial eclipse will begin at 4:49 AM (IST) and continues till 9:08 AM. Here are the do's and don'ts.

The District and Sessions Court partially allowed the CBI to interrogate CPI(M) district secretary P Jayarajan. He has been accused in the murder of RSS functionary E Manoj, and has been in judicial custody since he surrendered on 12 February.

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On Tuesday, 70 devotees who chose to walk over a bed of embers at the annual festival of Adishakti at Hettenahalli village near Tumakuru fell into the fire. A medical officer said that a majority of them suffered minor injuries while others suffered up to 60 per cent burns. Reportedly, the temple follows the archaic rule that one is rendered virtuous if embers selectively sear away your sins without burning you.

The new season of popular coming-of-age teen drama Hip Hip Hurray is creating excitement among the audiences. The cast, who has been sharing behind-the-scenes photographs and Dubsmash videos, are gaining a lot of popularity. Slated to be a digital-only show, it is set to air from April this year.

In a bizarre incident, a 40-year-old man bit a devotee’s ear in his bid to enter the core area of a temple to offer prayer in Thane. The devotee, who jumped out of the queue and tried to enter the inner sanctum with his footwear on, was later arrested.

Militant organisation Al-Qaeda hacking the Indian Railways' website to display its cyber prowess is only one of the examples in recent times where a website of a prominent Indian organisation or authority has been compromised. Take a look at these other Indian websites that have been targeted by hackers.

The one-of-its-kind Lonar crater lake in Buldhana district, Maharashtra, which was created by a meteor impact around 50,000 years ago, could be in danger as the Centre has shrunk the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) around it to 100 metres.

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With little control over 'smart' devices used by Indian internet users as well as the information that is carried through them, India’s national security architecture faces a difficult task in cyberspace, writes Arun Mohan Sukumar in The Hindu. "This makes India vulnerable to four kinds of digital intrusions: espionage, cybercrime, attacks intended at disrupting services and war," writes Sukumar.

That child abuse continues blatantly in a world where mankind is set to conquer different planets and explore new galaxies is heartbreaking, writes Sonal Kapoor in the Hindustan Times. "Will the young of our country take up the baton to bridge the gap caused by atrocities on little children? Or will our children continue to be treated like trash because they do not form the very important vote-bank," Kapoor asks in her column.

Recent events in Jawaharlal Nehru University show that dissent has dangerously lost ground in Tagore’s India, writes Martha C Nussbaum in The Indian Express. "India, whose embrace of free speech is, historically, deeper and more foundational than that of the US, should rise up in protest against the very idea of punishing 'seditious' speech, seeing the truth in the ideas that Freund, Tagore and Gandhi all stood for, in their different ways," she writes.

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