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If you were too busy to keep track of news over the weekend gone by, here's a selection of our coverage on Diwali 2016 to help you get through your festive hangover on this Monday morning. To begin with, here's a list to tell you what different communities in India do to mark this occasion. While Bengalis, Assamese and Oriyas worship Goddess Kali, Sikhs celebrate the laying of the foundation stone of their Golden Temple and the Gujaratis observe their new year. But the way students of IIT Kharagpur enjoy the festival, while keeping it free of smoke and noise, will truly blow away your mind. Finally, if you've been busy cleaning up only your own home this Diwali, PM Narendra Modi has a message you must heed.
Meanwhile, as America gets ready for Halloween, as well as the presidential elections, the democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, is facing a real-life horror. Days before the D-Day, the FBI said it is reviewing new emails to determine if they may have been linked to her handling of sensitive government information. While Donald Trump and his camp are understandably chuffed at this development, the Democrats are confident the FBI will find nothing incriminating at the end of the investigation.
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While some of us were busy adding to the air and noise pollution this Diwali, PM Modi spent it with our soldiers in a remote location near the Chinese border in Himachal Pradesh. "Everyone spends Diwali with with their own, that's why I'm here," he said, referring to his decision. Dedicating the festival to the soldiers who pledge to protect the country and its citizens with their lives, Modi announced the pending reforms to the pension system as well as the success of his "Sandesh2Soldiers" campaign. Even as the weekend unfolded, an encounter broke out on Diwali morning between militants and security forces in the forested district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.
India beat Pakistan in the finals of the Asian Champions Trophy at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. Goals from Rupinder Pal Singh (on the 18th minute), Yousuf Affan (23rd) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (51st) helped India defeat Pakistan 3-2 in the fourth edition of the tournament. For the rival team, Muhammad Aleem Bilal (26th) and Ali Shaan (38th) scored the goals.
According to the first ever mental health programme conducted by the government of Gujarat under the School Health Programme, an alarming number of cases of depression, anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) have been detected among young people in the state. The findings are particularly dire in the 7-13 years age group, where 69% and 75% cases of depression and anxiety have been noted respectively.
Off The Front Page
PM Modi expressed his concern over the killing of a 29-year-old Indian-origin bus driver in Brisbane when he called up his Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, to convey his greetings on Diwali. Manmeet Alisher, who was known as a singer among the Sikh community in Brisbane, was driving a city council bus on Friday, when a man threw "an incendiary device" at him. The flammable liquid in it sparked a fire and killed Alisher on the spot, while the passengers managed to escape through the rear door. Turnbull has assured Modi that the matter is being investigated. The police had earlier said there was "no apparent motive" behind the attack.
On the eve of Sardar Patel's birth anniversary (31 October), PM modi paid tribute to the "iron man", while expressing his sadness at a tragedy that took place on the same day many years later. In his monthly pre-recorded radio address, Mann ki Baat, the prime minister spoke of the targeted killing of the members of the Sikh community on that day, after the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. "Sardar sahab lived and struggled for unity," Modi said. "It is painful that on the birth anniversary of the same Sardar, thousands of sardars, thousands of sardar families, were murdered after the killing of Indira Gandhi." "Sardar" is a common way of referring to Sikh men. The juxtaposition of the term, in this context, is seen as strategic ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab, where BJP and its ally, the Akali Dal, are not at their strongest.
At least six people were injured in a stampede that broke out in a janata darbar programme attended by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at his ancestral village of Saifai in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from the public, several media persons and Kannauj Zilla Panchayat head Santosh Yadav were caught in the rush to meet the CM, who was exchanging pleasantries with the people gathered to see him.
The recent murder of perfumer Monika Ghurde in Goa led to a couple of articles by men, who did not know her very well, talking about her life (often in terms that were tasteless) while bemoaning the rise of gender crimes in the state. These voices added to the clamour raised by national media highlighting the prurient details of the circumstances that led to her killing. In response to the mansplainers, several articles authored by women, who knew Ghurde well enough, appeared this weekend in the media. Some of the writers include Margaret Mascarenhas, Katharina Kakkar, Tishani Doshi, Arundhathi Subramaniam, and Amrita Narayanan.
In Mint, Snigdha Sengupta writes about the sexism inherent in the venture capital scene in America's Silicon Valley. Recently, Jess Lee, co-founder and CEO of Polyvore, a fashion e-commerce company acquired by Yahoo last year, was hired by the venture capital firm Sequoia and became the company's first female investing partner in the US in its 44-year history. Using this development as an example, Sengupta traces the "boys' club" culture endemic in the VC industry on these hallowed grounds in the US.
In The Hindu, political scientist Shiv Visvanathan extends an "invitation to peace-mongering". Examining our perception of patriotism — "official, aggressive, masculine and managerial" — he goes on to chart a way to forge peace in the region — a process that is necessarily "muddy, disorderly and plural".
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