The Morning Wrap: Jio Hits Out At Airtel Regarding Call Drops; 5,000 J&K Youths Line Up For Police Jobs

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21/09/2016 8:32 AM IST | Updated 21/09/2016 9:56 AM IST
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File photo of a police officer measuring the chest of a man during a recruitment drive in J&K.

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In a surprising RTI inquiry, one Ajay Kumar from Mumbai filed an urgent query asking the Indian Government if it was ready for a zombie apocalypse. While Twitter has been cracking up on the RTI query, Kumar told HuffPost India that this wasn't meant to be a joke. "It may sound funny, but this was a protest," he said. "I filed the RTI as an act of political protest against the entire intolerance fiasco," he said. Kumar said that he wanted to waste a public official's time as a form of revenge.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie filed for a divorce from husband and actor Brad Pitt on Monday, her lawyer confirmed. They have been married for two years. TMZ, which first reported the news Tuesday, claims Jolie cited irreconcilable differences and is requesting full custody of the couple's six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox. Sources for the outlet allege the separation, listed as 15 September, has come as a result of Pitt's parenting methods and consumption of marijuana and alcohol.

In a new twist to the Jiah Khan case, currently under investigation by the CBI, a British forensic expert hired by Khan's mother, Rabiya, has found that the hanging was staged. British forensic expert Jason Bayon-Pynes has reportedly said that Khan's hanging was 'staged' and that the marks on her face and neck indicated that it was 'not a simple case of suicide'.

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Amidst the tension and controversy between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the release of Cauvery water, fresh reports are hinting that Karnataka government is thinking of calling in drought in the state earlier than usual. The reason cited is the depleting water level in reservoirs across the state.

Ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's speech before the UN General Assembly, two US lawmakers have introduced a legislation in the Congress to designate Pakistan as a 'state sponsor of terrorism'.

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio lashed out on Tuesday at other network operators for being responsible for cases of over 10 crore failed calls. Against a requirement of 4,000 to 5,000 points of interconnect per operator, the interconnections released are less than 2,000 by Airtel, about 1,500 by Vodafone and close to 1,600 by Idea, Reliance Jio said in a statement said.

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More than 5,000 youths from Jammu and Kashmir have filed applications and appeared for fitness tests for 1,000 posts of special police officers in the state. The news come right on the heels of Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani's call to Kashmiris against joining police service in the valley.

Following the heels of a series of horrifying incidents regarding the failing ambulance services in Odisha, a man had to carry his pregnant wife on his shoulder to a pick-up point from where a 108 ferried her to a Community Health Centre (CHC) about four kms from the village in Rayagada district on Tuesday. Reportedly, the ambulance services only answered the call after two hours of incessant dialling.

The portrayal of women chased and harassed by spurned lovers in south Indian films has made stalking a "cool, romantic thing to do" activists said on Tuesday, urging the film industry to stop glorifying a crime that has resulted in violent deaths. An online petition, which is gathering wide support, said that Tamil films routinely promoted stalking as an acceptable, even preferred way of wooing a woman. In the last few months, Tamil Nadu has reported half a dozen cases of women being murdered in their homes, classrooms and in public spaces for rejecting men who have stalked them.


Forget Uri attacks, diplomatic offensive at the UN General Assembly to isolate Pakistan or chalking out the modalities of a "befitting reply" to Rawalpindi — the Narendra Modi government's biggest headache right now is managing domestic expectations, writes Sreemoy Talukdar for Firstpost. "Patience is running low with the government showing little signs of a hardline approach against the rogue nation for fomenting habitual cross-border terror — which it had promised while sweeping to power in 2014 — and relying on empty rhetoric, a series of never-ending "high-level" meetings and a scaling up of diplomatic offensive," he says.

The Delhi High Court verdict that photocopying portions of academic publications to make course packs for students does not amount to copyright infringement has been interpreted in many ways, says an editorial in The Hindu. "The verdict may justly raise the concern whether conferring unrestricted reprographic rights on academic institutions will drive reputed publishers out of the field of education. It is true that academic publications, especially international ones, are expensive, putting them beyond the reach of many students. But the question is whether the balance between the competing interests has been fully preserved in the law. If reputed publishers feel that there is insufficient copyright protection and back out of educational publishing in the country, it will be equally injurious to the public interest," it says.

India, with its vast continental size, will have to forge a new path in achieving the rural-urban, industry-agriculture balance, writes Ajit Ranade in Mint. "The farm sector does not have a focused lobbying voice. Perhaps this is because the sector is too large and fragmented, and now exposed to globalisation. Perhaps there are conflicting interests within the sector, and perhaps politics gets in the way," he says.

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