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In an unfortunate turn of events, on Wednesday, a copy of Udta Punjab, that was submitted to the CBFC found its way on several torrent websites. While the producers have filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime cell in Mumbai, all fingers currently point towards a leak from the CBFC itself.
To avenge the attack on their goats, two villagers from Tamil Nadu burnt alive 50 stray dogs. The duo poisoned around 70 dogs of which 50 were then burnt alive. Apart from the burnt carcasses, it was found later from village folk who had witnessed the act that the other dogs had died of consuming portions of meat laced with agricultural pesticide. An FIR has been filed against the two goatkeepers under IPC Section 429 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
Professionally qualified teachers with masters degrees have been forced to work as farm labourers in several Punjab provinces. These teachers who are employed in government-funded schools have not been paid for over six months and they have to keep attending work in the hope of getting their salaries. So during the summer holidays, the teachers had taken to working as farm hands and construction workers to make ends meet.
With the taint of his alleged role in the 1984 anti-sikh riots, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath on Wednesday night gave up charge of Punjab assigned to him three days ago. The move looks is being interpreted as a clear bid to control damage in the upcoming assembly elections as other political parties have been targeting him regarding the issue.
Accusing India's hockey captain Sardar Singh of rape and criminal intimidation, a British national of Indian origin who claims to be his fiancée, filed a complaint at the Chanakyapuri police station with assistance from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Tuesday. Accusing him of raping in a five-star hotel in 2014, the 21-year-old woman also alleged that he Singh tried to kill her by trying to push her out of the hotel window.
Amid a huge deployment of police and paramilitary forces, hundreds of people attended the funeral prayer of 31-year-old Tanvir Sultan Sheikh in Srinagar. Sheikh, allegedly a militant, was killed in a gunfight with security forces on Monday in Udhampur, Jammu. However, the family claims he was a civilian, traveling to Amritsar for treatment and was killed in a fake encounter. His body was handed over to the family on Wednesday morning.
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Dharamveer Singh, a jawan with the 66 Armoured Regiment in Dehradun, came 'back from the dead' in a series of events only seen in Bollywood. Presumed dead after Singh and two of his colleagues met with an accident in 2009, he suffered complete memory loss and ended up begging on the streets of Haridwar. But seven years later, when a motorcycle rammed into him again, Singh recovered his memory and returned home, much to the joy of his family.
68-year-old Durga Kami is one of the oldest students in Nepal. A father of six—and a grandfather of eight — Kami was forced out of school by poverty as a kid and never fulfilled his dream of teaching. Following the death of his wife though, and to avoid a lonely life at home, he decided to go back to the classroom.
Drinking very hot coffee and other drinks 'probably' causes cancer of the oesophagus, an agency of the UN’s World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. WHO added that if coffee was consumed at a temperature lower than 65 degrees Celsius, it wasn't dangerous.
Recognition of senior policymakers in the government that many so-called large villages are really urban areas but are not classified as towns on account of various reasons is a step in the right direction, writes Yoginder K Alagh in The Indian Express. "The pattern is similar in agriculturally advanced states like Punjab, in contrast to industrially advanced Gujarat, and a relatively backward state like Bihar... Policymakers have been forced to recognise this phenomenon for 2011, but are still resisting its implications for future planning, which is a terrible mistake," he says.
The issue of the President withholding assent to a Delhi government Bill seeking to protect its 21 parliamentary secretaries from incurring disqualification on the grounds of holding an office of profit, is a flagrant example of needless controversy, says an editorial in The Hindu. "The matter is essentially a mix of two legal questions: whether the post of parliamentary secretary, paid or unpaid, is an office of profit; and whether MLAs are given the positions only to get around the constitutional limit on the number of ministers a State can have. These questions can be settled through the Election Commission and the courts of law, and attempts to politicise them are unnecessary," it says.
Along with the goods and services tax, India needs infrastructure for easy movement of goods, says an editorial in Mint. "The Indian government plans to build a network of 27 road corridors that will bring various parts of the country together... It may seem ambitious to some, but it is useful to remember that the Golden Quadrilateral and the North-South corridor projects were met with a lot of scepticism when they were first announced by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the turn of the century," it says.