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Modi is not known to lack oratorical skills, nor is he shy about making tall promises — both of which were on full swing at his third address to the nation as PM on Independence Day. He did not address the Section 377 of IPC, which qualifies gay sex as a crime; neither did he comment on the increasing number of cases where Section 124A or the charges for sedition, are being used freely by the government as well as the police.
When Alishah Parkar gets married on Wednesday, his uncle — notorious underworld don Dawood Ibrahim— will be watching over on Skype. According to reports, Ibrahim and his cronies are expected to tune in from Pakistan, where he is allegedly hiding. Parkar's mother Hasina is Dawood's sister, who passed away last year. Parkar's nikah is expected to take place in Rasool mosque in south Mumbai. The construction businessman is reportedly marrying his girlfriend Ayesha Nagani.
In an interview to HuffPost India, Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils, shared his journey about his inspirational illustrations/comics, how he chose the quotes from great writers or personalities, and his interaction with the readers. He also gave advice to budding artists and entrepreneurs about the struggles one has to go through, to become one's own boss.
Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav's Olympic campaign hit a massive roadblock after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decided to appeal against the clean chit given to him by NADA in a dope scandal back home. Yadav was supposed to begin his campaign on August 19 but now faces the prospect of a career-ending four-year ban if the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) upholds WADA's appeal.
Two army personnel and a Jammu & Kashmir policeman were killed when militants attacked an army convoy in Kashmir's Baramulla district late on Tuesday night. Reportedly, militants ambushed an army convoy at Khwaja Bagh in Baramulla at around at 2:15 AM when night curfew had been imposed in the area to facilitate army movement during night.
According to the latest Global Innovation Index (GII) India has been ranked the world's top exporter of information and communication technology. Overall, India leapt 14 places from the 85th rank last year to the 61st rank this year. The report also recommended that India should leverage this lead to innovate in emerging areas where biology and materials sciences intersect with computing.
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Facing heat over recent deaths of over 20 cows at a bovine shelter in Chhattisgarh, the state government on Tuesday suspended a veterinary doctor for alleged dereliction of duty at the state-aided Kamdhenu Gau Sewa Centre at Karramad village. The state government had already ordered a probe into the death of cows, besides weekly inspection of all shelters in the state following a controversy over the incident.
Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra blamed 'the system' for the India's failure to open its account in the medals tally at the Rio Olympics 2016. The 33-year-old, who missed the bronze in the 10 metre Air Rifle by a whisker, said medals can only be expected if there is adequate investment on athletes in India.
Senior leader and former Speaker of the Delhi Assembly Charti Lal Goel passed away on Tuesday. BJP national president Amit Shah, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu, as well as senior leader Shahnawaz Hussain were present at his cremation ceremony at the Nigambodh Ghat.
Over 75 appointments to the high courts and some transfers appear to be stuck in the process for over eight months. This is an unacceptable position, insists Sanjay Hegde in The Hindu. "In this situation, one cannot fault Chief Justice TS Thakur who, in April this year, got emotional in the Prime Minister's presence at a conference of judges. This week, in his Independence Day speech at the Supreme Court, he has again lamented the government's lack of alacrity in the matter of appointments," he says.
The FIR against Amnesty International is based on a flagrant misapplication of the law, says an editorial in The Indian Express. "The legality of the FIR apart, there is cause for concern when the bogey of anti-nationalism is immediately brought out in the face of any criticism of the state... The onus is now on the Congress, which is in government in Karnataka. During its long years in office at the Centre, the party has been guilty of building and maintaining the legal architecture that helps curb and curtail the individual's freedom of expression. Now, the Amnesty case offers it an opportunity to atone for its past record on free speech," it says.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi steadily improving his reforms scorecard, which is an important institutional changes for the long run, says an editorial in Mint."Modi needs to get his public policy advisers to work on the next set of reforms that may eventually see the light of day only after 2019. These include financial sector reforms, liberalising the factor markets, getting the education system back on track, deep fiscal reforms that create space for a massive increase in the supply of public goods, and lots more. There is also the need to build state capacity. The groundwork for the road ahead has to begin soon," it says.
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