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27/04/2016 9:43 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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A video of a bunch of kids translating the classic The Jungle Book theme song went viral on Tuesday. From adorable dance steps to hilarious literal translation of the Hindi line, "Arre chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai..." to "A flower has bloomed wearing underwear..." produced unbearably cute results.

JNU students who have been punished in connection with a controversial event on campus on Tuesday asserted that they will not pay the fine or vacate hostels as ordered by the university, but will go on an indefinite hunger strike from Wednesday demanding withdrawal of orders. JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar also claimed that the report was 'casteist' and that they are set to burn it at a public gathering.

The Gujarat government's idea of sending a list of 82 topics to Universities asking them to ensure that PhD students opt for at least five subjects from it, has met with criticism. There were several claims that the government was making the students do the work of government officials who are responsible for implementation and review of schemes.

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The BJP on Tuesday demanded that the parties named and referred to in the AgustaWestland chopper deal own up to their roles in the transaction, especially after an Italian court named former IAF chief SP Tyagi for receiving bribes in purchase of VVIP choppers and referred to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and other top party leaders in an order.

Apple Inc on recently posted its first-ever decline in iPhone sales and its revenue drop in 13 years as the company credited with inventing the smartphone struggles with an increasingly saturated market. The company's sales dropped by more than a quarter in China and now it forecast another disappointing quarter for global revenues.

Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries S Jaishankar and Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Tuesday discussed all outstanding issues, with India keeping the focus on terrorism and Pakistan underlining Kashmir as the main concern. However, reports suggest that the fate of the comprehensive bilateral dialogue, which was launched last year in December, remained uncertain.

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In a shocking factual mistake by Delhi University, Indian revolutionary Shaheed Bhagat Singh has been labelled as a 'terrorist' in the varsity's textbook. The book mentions the Chittagong movement and the killing of Saunders as 'acts of terrorism'. Several authors and renowned historians have urged the concerned officials to remove the incorrect references from the book.

A replica of the Lord Balaji Temple at Tirumala, is set to be built in Hyderabad's Banjara Hills. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams on Tuesday gave the engineering department the go ahead for its construction. The Tirupati Temple has undertaken a policy to build Lord Venkateswara temples at several important places including New Delhi.

In a shocking incident, a man in Bengaluru robbed and murdered an elderly couple because he needed money to perform the last rites of his brother-in-law who had committed suicide.


Judiciary is part of the problem of judicial vacancy and case pendency. It must also be part of the solution, writes Shailesh Gandhi in The Indian Express. "If the judiciary fails to deliver meaningful justice in a reasonable time, we try and find reasons everywhere except within the judiciary. There is a need to look at the problem with some logical and mathematical rigour, instead of merely repeating the myth that all faults in the nation must be ascribed to the politician and government. The anguish of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur should lead us to attempt to really understand the problem and find a solution. Instead, random statements have been made that India must have at least two to four times the current sanctioned strength of judges," he says.

The parched town of Latur in Maharashtra has received nationwide attention because of the daily emergency water supplies being provided by train. However, its residents have decided to take matters into their own hands, so that the town is not dependent on emergency water supplies from next year, writes Niranjan Rajadhyaksha in Mint. "Social capital is more likely to be strong among smaller groups of people who interact on a daily basis. The shared experience of drought may be a catalyst for cooperation in the case of Latur. So, such crowdsourced infrastructure may be more possible in response to local challenges rather than national ones. But that does not reduce their importance as social innovations," he writes.

The fire in Delhi on Monday night that destroyed the National Museum of Natural History is tragic, but we must also learn collectively not only what went wrong but also how we should set up another museum that meets world standards, writes SD Biju in Hindustan Times. "The general state of natural history museums shows India lacks truly modern and well-maintained museums of natural history in terms of curation, infrastructure or display for scientific and public education... We do not aspire to make our museums as major centers for cutting-edge scientific research. We lack the will to channelise our resources towards preserving it," he writes.

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