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Abhishek Chaubey's Udta Punjab has found itself in the midst of a plagiarism row. According to media reports, the similarities between Ben Elton's 2002 novel High Society and Udta Punjab are too many to ignore. It is next to impossible to overlook the similarities in the plot, characters and theme, and dismiss them as mere coincidence. High Society also revolves around the thriving British drug scene and features a protagonist named Tommy Hanson, a rockstar who's addicted to drugs.
In a startling statement, the Indian Army said that women were not eligible for recruitment to positions in their Judge Advocate General (JAG) department because "they may later seek maternal leave" which would result in the discontinuation of their "rigorous" training at the Officers' Training Academy (OTA). According to a reports the Army presented the statement to the Delhi High Court as an affidavit, which was made in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a law student who wanted the restriction to be struck down.
On its 18th birthday, Google announced a series of new products customised for India's growing number of Internet users and aimed at expanding its reach across the country. Spearheaded by a new YouTube app and the Google Station public Wi-Fi project, the new offerings are primarily geared towards faster and more affordable Internet access. They have been inspired by and draw upon the lessons from the tech giant's recent initiatives in India, such as the free WiFi project at railway stations.
After a meeting with top officials from the Home Ministry and the Border Security Force (BSF), Rajnath Singh on Tuesday directed to set up a real-time intelligence-sharing grid and seal all vulnerable points along the Pakistan border. The Home Minister expressed concern over infiltration from across the International Border and the Line of Control, and in effect, asked the BSF to take a tougher stance.
BCCI chief Anurag Thakur slammed former selection committee chief Sandeep Patil, saying it was "unethical" on his part to reveal confidential details about Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and others after his tenure ended earlier this month. Patil, a former international cricketer, recently disclosed that the selection panel would have dropped Tendulkar before he eventually quit international cricket and that it had also considered removing Dhoni from ODI captaincy ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, a force in the nation's politics for decades and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, died at 93, two weeks after suffering a stroke. Peres had been hospitalised since the stroke on 13 September, and doctors had put him in an induced coma.
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Indian cricket star Yuvraj Singh is set to tie the knot with his girlfriend Hazel Keech on 30 November. According to media reports, the event would be an intimate ceremony, followed by a wedding reception in early December.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has brought out the syllabus for NET examination for Yoga as a subject. A 12-member committee headed by HR Nagendra, believed to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Yoga guru, has recommended that the NET exam, the inclusion of yoga in the list of subjects opted by NET candidates to make the ancient practice a "more attractive" career option for those learning it.
A day after the Supreme Court asked Karnataka to discharge 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till Friday, the state government has convened an emergency cabinet meeting as well as an all-party meeting to come to a consensus on whether or not to release the water.
The challenge of garbage is set to grow. Solid waste management plans need to be implemented alongside maintenance of drainage and sewerage networks, writes Isher Judge Ahluwalia in The Indian Express. "Many people understand the connection between solid waste management and health in terms of the consequences of unattended heaps of dry garbage which become a home for flies and other vermin. However, there is another aspect that is not well understood, that is, what happens when unscientific solid waste management combines with poor drainage and dumping of untreated sewage into drains which are meant to carry storm water during rains," she says.
A contempt for law and order, the threat of violence and the rise of violence have marked all these dominant caste battles, writes Shiv Visvanathan in The Hindu. "There is a politics of anxiety played out by the upper class who see democracy not as a framework of universal values but as a basis for consolidating a parochial world. Thecontrast is stark between a Dalit or tribal battling for rights and the demands of upper castes such as Patels, Jats and Marathas. The logic of the scripts and the nature of political dramas is radically different. First, the Dalits' protests for rights have the character of an appeal. They are seeking to go beyond deprivation. The upper caste protests convey a sense of threat, of aggression and violence. For Dalits, democracy is a value; for upper castes it appears relevant as long as it sustains them instrumentally in power. If democracy does not work, it can be discarded like an old piece of tissue or a rag," he says.
India has wisely decided not to walk away from the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), says an editorial in Mint. "If India scraps or substantially dilutes the IWT, it would be seen as irresponsible behaviour and will not help New Delhi's cause of staking a claim for a greater role in global governance forums. Two, such a move might lend itself to emergence of humanitarian problems in Pakistan with the Indian state clearly identified as the culprit. After all, if there is any problem in Pakistan greater than terrorism, it is water scarcity. The situation will be ingeniously exploited by the Pakistan army to drum down their old narrative that India is out to finish that country," it says.
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