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On Saturday, shortly after brokering peace between his feuding son Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shivpal Yadav, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav launched a scathing attack on the former, who seemed to have emerged a winner from the tussle. In a public address, Mulayam blamed his son for turning egotistical during his tenure as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. "Had I not agreed, he would have not become the CM ever. Everybody must know that once you are in a high post, you should learn to take everyone along. You must also learn to tolerate criticism," he said.
Noted actress Swara Bhaskar blogged for HuffPost India about how people had overreacted and treated Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif unfairly regarding her being honoured with the Smita Patil Memorial Award. "Whether or not Katrina Kaif is a good actor notwithstanding, there is no denying that she is a hugely hard working, disciplined and diligent person. It reflects in her work. And any artist of any field will tell you that hard work is something to be respected. Talent and aptitude may be God given/born with kind of things, but hard work and the success that comes from it is earned. If Katrina is as successful as she is today, looks to me like she worked damn hard for it," she wrote.
Taking a jibe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who recently underwent a tongue surgery, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that Kejriwal's tongue had to be trimmed as it had grown long due to speaking much against Prime Minister and him.
The assertion by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that those behind the terror attack at an Army base in Uri in Kashmir "will not go unpunished", has triggered considerable speculation about the options that India could exercise in the current situation. A swift, surgical strike on terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) was among the options that figured in the speculation but experts also cautioned against consequences and the damages that an escalation could pose if it goes out of hand.
US investigators are studying possible links between a pair of bombs detonated in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, although no evidence had yet emerged tying the devices to known extremist groups. The country was shaken by a trio of attacks over the weekend including a Saturday night bombing that injured 29 in Manhattan and a stabbing attack at a Minnesota shopping mall that wounded nine.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal finally broke his silence late on Sunday evening regarding the outbreak of chikungunya and dengue cases in the region. CM Kejriwal, who had undergone an operation for a throat ailment, spoke to Delhi citizens about 'calling a war' on mosquitoes. "In every other home, people are suffering. They are going through a lot of pain. There has been a lot of politics over this. What I feel is how is a mosquito going to know that some person is from Congress, he should not be bitten, or some other person is from BJP, he should be bitten? We have to get past this and come together to fight against this mosquito menace," he said.
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Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir recently took a dig at at his former team-mate Mahendra Singh Dhoni — with whom he is known to have a chequered relationship in the past — by tweeting that he did not believe in biopics on cricketers. He claimed that films shouldn't be made on cricketers but on those people who have contributed for the welfare of the country and hence are more 'deserving' of biopics.
Taking the the concept of 'gau raksha' to a whole new level, the Haryana government's Gau Seva Ayoghas have now proposed to build Cow Universities to conduct exhaustive research on the domestic animal, its milk, urine and dung. Haryana Gau Seva Ayog chairman Bhani Ram Mangla has also added that they would need 500 acres of land for the proposed university.
A 22-year-old rammed his sleek Porsche car into dozens of auto-rickshaws and killed one auto-rickshaw driver on Monday morning in Chennai. The Porsche driver was a young law student who also completely destroyed his car, but was unscathed by the accident.
15 outreach workers lose their jobs after funding cuts at the National AIDS Control Organisation. With their HIV status known, the workers for the HIV awareness initiative are struggling to get alternative employment, writes Maria Akram for The Hindu. "The outreach workers have tried it all to have their voices heard — from writing letters to the Health Ministry to protesting at Jantar Mantar. The PPCT scheme was halted in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab at the same time but Punjab restarted the scheme in June, but to no avail," she wrote.
Constitutional rights of women sometimes get cramped because of outdated social norms, says an editorial in Mint. "There are three reasons why a better deal for Indian women will not only advance gender equality but also help the economy. First, a higher proportion of women in the labour force will boost economic growth, as was the case in most successful Asian economies. Second, the persistent problem of high levels of child malnutrition cannot be solved unless pregnant women have privileged access to nutrition within families, itself a function of gender rights. Third, higher political participation by women seems to result in better public goods choices if one goes by the wealth of research that is now available on panchayat decisions in India," it says.
The Muslim Personal Law Board has, in its affidavit in the apex court, taken the position that MPL is not a 'law' as defined by the Indian Constitution, clarifies Faizan Mustafa in The Indian Express. "MPL has not been passed by any legislature. It is based on the interpretations of various jurists and since there are disagreement amongst jurists – ikhtilaq — we have various schools. Most Muslims in India are Sunnis and follow the Hanafi school. The most authoritative text of this school is Hedaya, a commentary written by Burhan al-Din Marghinani who lived in Marghinan in Uzbekistan. Wherever there is a dispute between two Hanafis (followers of the Hanafi sect), courts have to ajdudicate according to Hanafi jurisprudence," he explains.
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