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When Jain monk Tarun Sagar addressed legislators in Haryana Assembly on Friday, it was widely reported, termed as the 'first' such instance and some of his comments were criticised on social media. But that was not the first such visit. Another Jain monk, Acharya Vidyasagar had delivered a discourse in the Madhya Pradesh assembly barely a month ago. The widely respected Vidyasagar along with 38 other Digambar monks of his 'muni sangh' had been invited to Assembly by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other lawmakers.
In a bizarrely tragic incident, a 70-year-old woman was killed in Chennai when a man attempting suicide jumped off the terrace of a third-storey building and fell on her accidentally. While Selvam, a 34-year-old auto-rickshaw driver who had taken the plunge after a bitter argument with his wife, is undergoing treatment for his head and leg injuries, Sharadha, 70, succumbed to her injuries.
The Allahabad High Court granted a three-week parole today to Nupur Talwar, who is a convict in the Aarushi Talwar murder case, to visit her ailing mother. Nupur and her husband Rajesh Talwar were convicted for the killings of their daughter Aarushi and their domestic help, Hemraj, by the CBI court in 2013. Both of them were sentenced to life imprisonment.
A committee, set up to find alternatives to pellet guns in the Kashmir Valley, suggested on Monday the use of chilli-filled grenades and 'stun lac shells' to control mobs in addition to the debatable weapon being used now. Pellet guns however, won't be completely banned. Sources said Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA) also called Nonivamide and other non-lethal ammunition like 'stun lac cells' and Long Range Acoustic Device (LARD) which create deafening noise to paralyse people were understood to have suggested as possible alternatives to the pellet guns.
Enforcing a temporary ban, a court in New South Wales, Australia, has restrained the newspaper The Australian from releasing any more confidential data on the Indian Scorpéne Class submarines. The French defence firm DCNS had approached the Supreme Court in Australia seeking an injunction.
A suicide bomber killed at least 54 people when he drove a car bomb into a militia compound in Aden on Monday, the health ministry said, in one of the deadliest attacks claimed by Islamic State in the southern Yemeni port city.
Off The Front Page
Gene Wilder, the star of classic comedies like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and several of Mel Brooks' films, has died, his family confirmed. He was 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said Wilder died late Sunday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home in Stamford, Connecticut.
Yogeshwar Dutt, who failed to win a match at 2016 Rio Olympics, will most likely get his London 2012 Olympics bronze medal upgraded to silver. The development comes after the news that the second-place finisher, the late Besik Kudukhov (60kg) of Russia, tested positive for doping.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has started the sale of it's new uniform — the much-discussed long brown trousers. A change from its former knee-length shorts, RSS has started the sale of its uniform from its national headquarters in Nagpur from Monday.
It is largely lost in the stalemated discourse on Kashmir that the Constitution of India recognises the people of Gilgit-Baltistan as its citizens, writes Nirupama Rao in The Hindu. "The Prime Minister's words were carefully articulated. This was no one-off impulse. New Delhi offers a vantage position for a high-resolution view of the lamentable state of affairs in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and in the province of Balochistan. The world must wake to the realisation that even as Pakistan knocks on international portals to complain about the human rights of Indian citizens in the Kashmir Valley, it seeks to avoid focus on, and camouflages, the erasing of the identities and the gross violations of human rights of the inhabitants of Gilgit and Baltistan, and of the Baloch people," she says.
The surrogacy bill is dangerous overreach and its ideological bias has trumped economic and ethical logic, says an editorial in Mint. "Limiting altruistic surrogacy to married, heterosexual couples goes further yet; it is illiberal social engineering. Single parents, unmarried couples, live-in partners and homosexual couples are all, plainly, socially and culturally unacceptable by the lights of this administration. And it has used the apparatus of the state to codify its regressive attitudes," it says.
MM Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar represented the fine, defiant and desi voices that hit hard at that idea. In their death, they gave several people the language to spell out their opposition to this majoritarian idea, writes Seema Chisti in The Indian Express. "Writers, intellectuals and poets have faced the heat — and will always do so — when they question the powers that be or when they reveal their politics. An intellectual has the responsibility to connect things, events and ideas in a manner different from other sections of the society. This holds true for Buddha, Kabir, Basava, Eknath, Tagore, Premchand and A.K. Ramanujan — the list is endless," she writes.
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