The Morning Wrap: India's Torpedo Deal Scrapped; Temple Gives 'Sin-Free' Certificates

25/05/2016 10:04 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Indian employees of the Mazgaon ship building yard gather around the first Scorpene submarine before it is floated for sea trials in Mumbai on April 6, 2015. The submarine is due for induction into the Indian naval fleet in September 2016. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Indian government has scrapped a ₹1,200 crore proposal to buy heavy-weight torpedoes from a subsidiary of Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica for its six new Scorpene submarines.

There are 92 percent chances of India receiving "normal" and above rainfall this season with good amount of rain expected in central India and along the west coast, weather experts believe.

An air ambulance carrying seven people on board crash-landed in a field in Delhi's Najafgarh area on Tuesday. Five were reported to have been injured and were rushed to the hospital.

A survey has found that almost four out of five women in India have faced public harassment that ranges from staring, insults and wolf-whistling to being followed, groped or even raped.

A video clip of a 85-year-old woman being assaulted by her 60-year-old daughter in southeast Delhi's Kalkaji area went viral on the social media yesterday. Their neighbour recorded the assault on camera and reported the incident to police.

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A medical college in Karnataka has a strange unwritten rule that students have followed over years — the hostel canteen serves non-vegetarian food but students have to go out to the open field to eat it.

A 35-year-old "drunken" man jumped into a lion enclosure at the zoo in Hyderabad on Sunday reportedly "to shake hand with a lion" but was rescued unhurt by the alert animal keeper.

A Shiva temple in Rajasthan offers a certificate absolving you of your sins — for the price of a holy dip and a donation of ₹11. In fact, the temple's priests have been keeping a record of all those who have been 'certified' since India's independence.


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The latest round of assembly polls did not see a BJP wave or a decimation of Congress, writes Suneet Chopra in The Indian Express: "Objective realities, often based on subjective papering over of hard truths, are a part of the media-saturated universe we live in. The elections in five states of the country are no exception to this."

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