The Morning Wrap: Polling Begins In WB, Assam; Hrithik Roshan Apologises For Pope Tweet

04/04/2016 9:27 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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In a series of tweets Priyanka Chopra's former manager Prakash Jaju claimed that the Bollywood actress had tried committing suicide a few years ago.

In a tragic incident seven CRPF jawans who were trying to arrange medical aid for their expert sniffer dog, were blown up by an IED blast as they were travelling for medical help. The incident took place in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh.

The murder case of RTI activist Vinayak Baliga in Mangalore took a new turn as the police launched a search for Naresh Shenoy, a key suspect who is also one of the founders of an organisation which allegedly had close association with the RSS. Reportedly, the police are unable to find the motive for Baliga's murder, who was also a BJP worker.

Friends and family of actress Pratyusha Banerjee who recently committed suicide told HuffPost India that one of the major reasons for her drastic action was her 'troubled relationship' with her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh.

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First phase of assembly polls in West Bengal and Assam began today with Mamata Banerjee facing a tough fight from the Left-Congress coalition.

Mehbooba Mufti will take over Jammu and Kashmir reins today as the state's first woman Chief Minister. Her elevation to J&K’s top job succeeding her late father and political mentor Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is reportedly being seen as an 'expected progression' in Peoples Democratic Party.

A huge data leak from a law firm in Panama suggesting it hid billions of dollars in assets of global politicians, sports stars and entertainers has dramatically boosted the country's reputation as an offshore haven for money laundering. Noted Indian personalities such as Amitabh Bachchan, KP Singh, Aishwarya Rai, Iqbal Mirchi and Vinod Adani are also mentioned in the document.

To deal with the heap of pending cases in Maharashtra courts, the government has given a go-ahead to continuation of 100 fast track courts for next five years in the state. These courts will primarily deal with cases of heinous crimes such as murder, rape and kidnapping that have been pending for a long time.

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After being threatened with a legal notice for hurting the sentiments of the Christian community in a tweet which was allegedly meant for his alleged former girlfriend Kangana Ranaut, Hrithik Roshan apologised for his tweet calling it 'unintentional'. "Seems my tweet about His Holiness has led 2misunderstanding. My apologies 4 hurt caused 2religious or other sentiments. Was unintentional (sic)", he tweeted.

Tesla Motors Inc's new 'Model 3' electric sedan closed over 2,53,000 orders in the first 36 hours — a fast start for the company's first mass-market vehicle, which may not begin to reach customers for another 18 months.

The Transport Department seized 12 Uber 'bike taxis' on Friday in Bengaluru as they were not registered as transport vehicles. Earlier in March, the taxi aggregator had withdrawn their bike taxi service and revamped it into a 'pilot scheme' without commission.


Like its predecessors ISIS reads Islam’s history and its foundational texts selectively, choosing the thinkers and parts that fit into its vision of brutality, Sunni dominance, and constant war with pretty much everyone else, writes Mohamad Bazzi in his column in The Hindu. "In its slick propaganda, the ISIS emphasises two major themes: a righteous and idyllic life for 'true' Muslims in its self-declared state in parts of Syria and Iraq, and an ideology that sanctifies violence as the only means for Sunni Muslims to achieve power and glory," he writes.

Four months after the communal violence that devastated families in Muzaffarnagar,the state government has decided that enough is enough — not by helping the victims repair their lives,but by wishing them away, says an editorial in The Indian Express. "For a man whose prime ministerial ambitions are transparent, Yadav and his party have been disastrous even at political messaging. Their concern for Muslims was writ large in their manifesto, but their actions have stayed at the level of meaningless gesture," it says.

A careless statement by 'Baby Doll' composers Meet Bros (Manmeet and Harmeet) that they had shared 'everything — including their girlfriends', is demeaning to themselves as well as women, writes Shobhaa De in Mumbai Mirror. "The casual manner we adopt towards relationships these days is really disturbing. Most times, celebs are driven to provide controversial quotes that are designed to grab headlines. In reality, they probably squirm at how crass they appear in the eyes of the people who matter - their wives, husbands, children, family members. It's the pressure to appear 'cool', without understanding what cool means," she says.

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