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The Morning Wrap: 77 Killed By Suicide Bomber In Quetta; Salman Khan Maintains He's Still A Virgin

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09/08/2016 7:52 AM IST | Updated 09/08/2016 9:18 AM IST
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Pakistani victims injured in a suicide bombing are treated at a hospital in Quetta on 8 Aug.

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Dalit scholar Narendra Jadhav, who was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the Narendra Modi government earlier this year, said that he was "seriously contemplating" tabling a bill which would outlaw surnames in an attempt to create a casteless society.

Tired of fighting with his wife everyday, a Pune-based 35-year-old engineer decided to share his wife's phone number on a website which offered escort services. Apparently, this was his way of teaching her a 'lesson'. The techie who committed the crime to harass his 33-year-old wife has now been arrested.

In a recently-resurfaced commercial for Haywards 5000 soda from 2008, controversial actor Sanjay Dutt breaks the fourth wall to speak about a "new kind of dushman (enemy)" in the lives of men. He then proceeds to describe this pandemic: the then-ongoing wave of metrosexuality, which reduced manly men to wimpy creatures who wear pink, purple or even mauve. In a two-minute rant, the actor, without a trace of irony, speaks about how men need to spend less time at beauty parlours and more time at gyms. Cooking, looking after babies, salsa-dancing, and counting calories are but some of the things that make men less masculine, according to the then-51-year-old actor.

Main News

A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed about 70 people and injured over 100 on Monday in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta. The Islamic State has claimed the responsibility for the same.

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the GST Bill with all 443 members voting in favour, ratifying last week's nod by Rajya Sabha members, who also unanimously passed the amendments to the 122nd Constitutional Amendment Bill. Economists have now said that the corporates should consider April 2017 as the go-live date as the government's determined efforts would ensure that they adhere to the stated timelines.

A Pakistani national, who had come to visit India on 22 July, has reportedly been missing for over a fortnight. The man, who has gone missing from Delhi with all his belongings, is keeping the police on toes, ahead of the security concerns for the Independence Day.

Off The Front Page

Anguished over the prospect of missing classes, as his school bus was being acquired for Prime Minister's rally in Alirajpur district on Tuesday, a Class VIII student wrote an emotional letter to Narendra Modi. The boy's plea prompted the district administration to withdraw their order requisitioning vehicles for the event.

Speaking at the trailer of the upcoming film Freaky Ali, actor Salman Khan was accosted with questions about his wedding plans and sex life. Khan maintained that he was a virgin and that "marriage and sex hadn't happened for him".

Google on Monday announced the acquisition of Orbitera, a startup which provides a commerce platform that makes buying and selling software in the cloud simple, seamless and scalable for all kinds of businesses. The move is set to improve Google compete against Amazon's AWS, Salesforce and Microsoft in the are of enterprise service.

Opinion

Let's welcome PM Narendra Modi's castigation of gau rakshaks. But his belated statements still require scrutiny, writes Suhas Palshikar in The Indian Express. "Even in the statements by the PM, there appears to be an echo of that word. But there is a problem in keeping the discussion to the issue of "taking law into hands". It is good that we are finally awakening to this malaise where self-appointed crusaders inflict punishments on alleged perpetrators. But the deeper malady is the willingness to have regulations that would in the first place impinge not just on freedoms but on diversity," he says.

Rio de Janeiro may offer a sneak peek into the kind of role the Olympic Games might play in the future, writes N Sudarshan in The Hindu. "Rio might have well heralded a change and offered a sneak peek into the kind of role the Games might play in the future. Set in a context of extreme strife, in a departure from the past, the Olympics sought to resist in subtle ways the threats the global order might bring. In an increasingly homogenised world, it displayed a certain amount of uniqueness. It didn't bother hiding the Favela, Rio's crime-ridden slums. Neither was the historical stain of slavery left out of the equation," he says.

Innovation is the best counter to digital piracy, but using a law enforcement approach as a primary tactic is doomed to failure, says an editorial in Mint. "In the US, for instance, it has been claimed for years by the affected industries that the damage to the economy is to the tune of $200-250 billion and 750,000 jobs. But in 2010, the US Government Accountability Office had issued a report debunking this. In India, a McKinsey report back in 2008, The Effects of Piracy and Counterfeiting on India's Entertainment Industry, also had a dire prognosis. There too, its methodology — data collated via interviews with industry players and anecdotal evidence from secondary sources — left much to be desired," it says.

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