The Morning Wrap: One Lakh People Affected By Assam Floods; SRK To Play Dwarf Next

26/04/2016 9:15 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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MUMBAI, INDIA - MARCH 20: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an exclusive shoot of Hindustan Times) Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan during Hindustan Times Most Stylish Awards 2016 at Taj Lands End, Bandra on March 20, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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Dawood Ibrahim, one of India’s most wanted criminal, is reportedly suffering from severe gangrene in his legs that has left him crippled. The doctors at Liaquat National Hospital, Karachi and the Combined Military Hospital, Karachi, where the D-Company's boss is being treated, said his legs may also have to be amputated.

A senior official of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has dispelled rumours that they are planning to launch a plan offering 20 GB 3G data for ₹50. BSNL also claimed that its general manager Ram Shabd Yadav gave no quote regarding the same.

In a move to curb the rampant incidents of child marriages in Rajasthan, the tent suppliers in the state have decided not to supply wedding canopies and other paraphernalia to any unions involving minors. The association, which calls themselves Rajasthan Tent Dealers Kiraya Vyavsai Samiti, has over 47,000 dealers who supply tents and other things for events.

Noted scriptwriter Salim Khan has come out in support of his son and actor Salman Khan as India's Goodwill Ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016. He came out in defence of his son and the Indian film industry, saying that Bollywood had helped resurrect people like Milkha Singh, by making a biopic on the sprinter.

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A massive fire that broke out at the National Museum of Natural History in Delhi early on Tuesday morning has reportedly destroyed it completely. The fire broke out on top floor of the museum, around 1.45 AM and quickly spread to all six floors.

The floods in the north-eastern state of Assam worsened this week, with the number of people affected in six districts rising to almost one lakh. As several tributaries of the Brahmaputra continued to flow above the danger level and inundated fresh villages, the authorities have also deployed the Army, NDRF and SDRF personnel in rescue operations. As of now, about 7,200 people have been shifted to 40 relief camps.

The JNU on Monday rusticated Umar Khalid and two other students for varying duration and imposed a fine of ₹10,000 on Kanhaiya Kumar in connection with the February 9 event on the campus against Afzal Guru's hanging.

In an interview, Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa said that India must have cancelled the visa under pressure from the Chinese government. Adding that he was disappointed with the development, Isa said that he would come to India some other time, perhaps as a tourist, as he wanted to enjoy the Indian culture.

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The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Cooperation had a difficult time on Monday when a nude photo of Bollywood actress Sunny Leone kept popping up on their official website. After a lot of difficulty, they finally managed to remove the photo from the homepage, but it still kept showing up on related links and other pages.

In what could be a game changer this IPL, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have got England fast bowler Chris Jordan on board. Jordan, a member of the England side that made it to the final of the World T20, is expected to leave Sussex immediately as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Starc.

Here's some good news those who look shell out tonnes of money for official Game of Thrones merchandise. Dehradun-based RS Windlass & Sons and Lord of Battles are the only two companies with official licenses in India that can sell clothes and gadgets from the popular franchise. Reportedly, the companies have also closely worked for film such as Gone with the Wind, Rome, the Harry Potter series as well as the Star Wars franchise.

After surprising his fans with his CGI-heavy, make-up enhanced look in Fan, actor Shah Rukh Khan is now set to play the role of a dwarf in Tanu Weds Manu director Aanand L Rai's next film.

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Finding a balance between privacy and digital economy will not be easy for tech giants like Google, says an opinion piece in Mint. "It is only a matter of time before the Internet’s data-driven economic model comes under scrutiny here too, on the back of rapidly expanding user bases and a smartphone boom driven by Android devices... Oil or currency, data is likely to prove to be as tricky to handle as either—and as crucial," says the article.

Public policy needs to figure out the complexities of the polluter pays principle, says Neha Sinha in a column in The Hindu. "The final problem remains: paying compensation gives some respectability to the polluter, while damage to the environment may not always get reversed... The idea that nothing can be done to save the ecosystem is questionable. Even more questionable is the idea that paying cash as compensation is acceptable. Working out a metrics for measuring environmental damage and how it can be compensated will be of great importance and is urgent today," she writes.

NDA has kept its promise to make local self-government more meaningful. It is time for the states to do their bit, says M Venkaiah Naidu in The Indian Express. "With the country’s democratic structure operating at three levels — national, state, and panchayats and nagar palikas — democracy would be more meaningful when people participate in running their own affairs. However, this can be achieved only when states fully empower rural local bodies in terms of devolution of funds, decentralisation of powers, and allow people to have a greater say in local area development," he writes.

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