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01/12/2016 8:20 AM IST | Updated 01/12/2016 9:28 AM IST
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The Supreme Court's order making the national anthem mandatory at cinemas, along with the display of the national flag and the audience standing in attention to it, comes with a host of injunctions. Not only would the anthem has to be played in full, the doors of the cinema have to be shut until it is done. The move has come to pass because of this gentleman, who was booed for standing while the national anthem played during a movie screening 15 years ago.

The apex court's decision about the national anthem has raised urgent questions about the changing nature of Indian democracy. "Why just ask for the image of the flag on the screen, we might as well have the real flag there?" writes Shivam Vij, "Like the no smoking warnings when a character smokes, why don't we also insert some text on the screen throughout the movie: 'Repeat after me, India is Great'." Ironically, the man who originally composed the anthem, did not insist on a stringent model of nationalism. And here are some facts about the song you may not know.

In spite of the distress in the rural areas due to demonetisation, support for the move remains steady, a HuffPost-BW-CVoter Survey has found out. Despite media reports and acute inconvenience, the percentage of respondents saying the inconvenience is worth it, rose from 84.5% on 21 November, to 90.2% during 28-29 November, the findings reveal.

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Data recovered from GPS records show that the terrorists who attacked the Indian army headquarters in Uri in September did, in fact, travel from Pakistan. Last month, the Lashkar-e-Toiba accepted responsibility for the incident that saw four terrorists storm the camps, killing several soldiers and setting off "surgical strikes" along the Line of Control (LoC) from India.

The chartered aircraft carrying a Brazilian soccer team that crashed recently had ran out of fuel, recording from the pilot's communication with air traffic controllers reveal. Under acute crisis, with complete failure of the controls, the pilot had desperately sough permission to make an emergency landing but was asked to wait for several minutes as another aircraft with mechanical faults was being given priority. The delay led to the plane spiralling into tragedy within moments.

The state of Tamil Nadu is bracing itself for a major cyclone called Nada, headed towards its eastern coast. The Meteorological Department has already issued a public warning, leading to closure of schools, while the National Disaster Force has sent four teams in various parts to deal with emergencies.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's official Twitter account was hacked and abusive posts were sent out from it last evening. Even as the offensive tweets were removed, more kept coming up. The photograph of the handle of Rahul Gandhi was deleted and the description changed to "This is the official account of the Office of Retard Gandhi". Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala called the incident "lowly tactics".

According to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan, Donald Trump, the President Elect of the United States, has called him a "terrific guy" and promised to offer him any held that could bring a solution to the many outstanding problems faced by the country. He even assured Sharif that he should feel free to call him any time he likes, even before he formally enters office on 20 January.

M Karunanidhi, the 93-year-old chief of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has been hospitalised with an allergy. Authorities said Karunanidhi was "admitted for optimisation of nutrition and hydration" and is being treated by a team of doctors. His condition, currently, is stable.

Opinion

The Supreme Court may have gone too far with its recent order making the national anthem mandatory at Indian cinemas, writes Satya Prakash in the Hindustan Times. "There can hardly be any disagreement with the idea that the national anthem and national flag should be respected by one and all," he writes, while commending the court's bid to "put an end to commercial exploitation and dramatisation of the national anthem and banned its display in disrespectful manner". However, the order for it to be played in cinemas will be "difficult to implement and would be a nightmare for law enforcement authorities". It also runs the "risk of being violated on a large scale, leading to law and order problems" and rise of vigilantism.

Donald Trump's triumph should make America face a few home truths, writes Srijana Das Mitra in The Indian Express. While the elegy for America is being sung by commentators across the country, "'Post-truth' and 'The Great American Tragedy' are not path-breaking events defining 2016," writes Mitra Das, explaining that both "happened 13 years ago, in 2003, when America invaded Iraq, searching for 'weapons of mass destruction'. It never found the weapons but it provided mass destruction anyhow."

In Mint, Rajeswari Sengupta and Anjali Sharma shed light on what the currency ban means for banks in India. With huge amounts of demonetised notes coming back to the banks, the sudden inflow of deposits has given rise to speculation about how these will be utilised. The authors go on to explain the possible ways in which the banking sector can deal with this surge of cash flow into their holdings.

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