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Responding to criticism for questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his Pakistan visit, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap said that he has every right to question the former as a citizen of the country. He added that he complained because he expect the government to protect Indian citizens and that he had every right to. Kashyap expressed his annoyance on social media after cinema owners association decided to stay the release of movies starring Pakistani artistes.
A human chain to protest against the construction of a proposed steel flyover in Bengaluru saw the participation of at least 3,000 people on Sunday morning. The 6.7 km flyover, which is supposed to run between Basaveshwara Circle and Hebbal would cost nearly ₹1,800 crore to build and cause substantial damage to the green cover of the city. Were it to come up, the construction is expected to reduce the notorious traffic congestion in the city but also destroy over 800 tress, which are part of its urban heritage, and require around 4 acres of public and privately-owned land.
Terming India as a "key strategic ally", Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has promised that if voted to power, India and the US would become "best friends" and have a "phenomenal future" together. He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking India on a fast track growth with a series of economic reforms and reforming bureaucracy, saying it was required in the US too.
An army jawan, Sepoy Sudees Kumar, was martyred when Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts along the Line of Control in Rajauri sector on Sunday. The Indian Army responded appropriately to the unprovoked firing by the Pakistan Army, said Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said in a statement.
After Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi is set to hit the campaign train in Uttar Pradesh. Reports suggest that party members are wary that Priyanka's campaigning in the same state may have a negative effect on Rahul's 'Khaat Pe Charcha' drive.
The 15-year-old daughter of US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay has died after being shot outside of a Kentucky restaurant. Trinity Gay was in the parking lot of Lexington's Cook Out restaurant at around 4 AM on Sunday when witnesses reported gunfire exchanged between two vehicles, police said in a statement. The teen was fatally shot in her neck and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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After Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah complained that he spent two hours in a holding area at an airport in the US. He added that this happened to him every time he went to the US.
Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik got engaged to wrestler boyfriend Satyawart Kadian at her home in Rohtak on Sunday. Satyawart, 22, is two years younger than Sakshi and trains at his father's akhada in Rohtak. He won his first bronze medal at the 2010 Youth Olympics. The two reportedly fell in love during wrestling tournaments.
60-year-old RTI activist Bhupendra Hirji Vera was shot dead at his Mumbai residence on Saturday night. Reportedly, Vera had been collecting information about illegal construction through RTIs, after which the municipal corporation had taken action against a few land-grabbers.
India lacks the institutional mechanisms to deal with the death of firms and the failure of banks, writes Ila Patnaik in The Indian Express. "As long as the economy was small and business cycles were mild, we managed. However, after 2000 we saw a doubling of GDP, very high growth, and then a sharp downswing of the business cycle after 2008. The antiquated pre-market institutional framework is not able to provide the mechanisms the economy needs to get out of the logjam. Policymakers have been looking for short-term answers. This is the danger of looking for fixes when something is broken. The approach of "don't fix it because it ain't broke" towards India's banking sector must be fundamentally re-examined," she says.
Entrepreneurial ideas are abundant, but entrepreneurs who can execute ideas in the face of difficult odds are uncommon, writes Arun Pereira in Mint. "The early-stage entrepreneurs you should bet on are those who are effectual thinkers—those who see and create a new future, rather than causal thinkers who see the future as a continuation of the past. Such entrepreneurs recognize that their start-up is the beginning of the journey that will require inputs from various stakeholders, as well as their own innovative and imaginative inputs, to ultimately provide clarity to the goal that the venture will work towards," he writes.
Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize in Literature is a concession from the exclusive to the egalitarian, writes Suresh Menon in The Hindu. "There are always two ways of justifying the Nobel Prize, and not just in literature. 'If someone like x could win it, then surely y is no worse,' goes one, and you can fill in the names of x and y (Sully Prudhomme and Pearl Buck?). The other is the 'affected millions of people' argument. The Committee, for so long allergic to the popular writer, has now swung to the other extreme and picked someone who is not only popular and well known, but may not be a writer even... Christopher Ricks, former professor of English at Cambridge University and then professor of humanities at Boston University, has compared Dylan to the great poets. In Dylan's Visions of Sin , Ricks has drawn parallels between Dylan's 'Lay, Lady, Lay' and John Donne's poem 'To His Mistress Going to Bed'. Dylan's 'Not Dark Yet' has been compared to Keats's 'Ode to a Nightingale'," he writes.
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