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A group of eight persons, including three women, in Chennai's Kasi theatre were attacked by a mob for not standing up during the national anthem before the film Chennai 28-II. According to reports the eight victims of assault have now been booked by the police under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
The Amma canteens, late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's popular welfare project, continued to serve food to the needy through cyclone Vardah, a category 5 storm and the worst in a decade, wreaked havoc in Chennai. The 407 canteens in the city ensured an uninterrupted supply of hot food through the day as the cyclone ravaged the city, killing 10 people and rendering almost 10,000 homeless.
Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have been bracing themselves for the impact of cyclone Vardah, ever since the alarm was sounded by the India Meteorological Department about a week ago. With over 10 peoples' lives claimed by the storm already, HuffPost India has compiled a list of seven of the deadliest storm seen in India since the 1970s.
Thirty-five days after the ban on old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes was issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a new announcement has been given to all the banks across the country to preserve all their CCTV footage. Bank branches have been asked to keep the footage from their currency chests as well, so that the authorities could take action against "illegal accumulation of new currency notes".
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd shareholders voted to remove Cyrus Mistry, the ousted chairman of Tata Sons, as a director, according to the results of an extraordinary general meeting on Tuesday. Reportedly about 93% of TCS shareholder who cast their vote were in favour of removing Mistry.
India is now getting ready to test the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and are planning to launch the nuclear-capable missile from its canister on a launcher truck towards the end of this month or in January 2017.
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A Malayalam newspaper has come out with a series of bizarre instructions to conceive a baby boy. With instructions such as having sex only on days 1, 3, 5 and 7 of the week, to asking women to sleep with their face turned left as well as facing the west side, the article has provoked many to make comments on the blatantly sexist idea of procreation. Here is the translated article by The Ladies Finger.
Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh's daughter Sara Ali Khan is reportedly going to star opposite actor Hrithik Roshan in a film directed by Karan Malhotra of Agneepath (2012) fame. The untitled film, which is to be produced by Karan Johar is set to be a comedy-drama.
A series of instructions were found pasted inside the washrooms inside the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka, which suggested that women should masturbate before going for practice. The 'notice' signed by the 'sports authority' was clearly a nasty joke, that could have been perpetrated by anyone, as according to reports, the security isn't very tight at the stadium.
Big Pharma, even if it is driven by avarice rather than public good, is our best punter to make the kind of bets needed to fight diseases like Alzheimer's, writes Sundeep Khanna in Mint. "Sadly, in the clamour to criticise pharma companies for their often usurious pricing, we tend to forget how dicey the process of developing a new drug formulation is," he says.
The political ramifications are a different story, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push for a cashless India could be viewed as the culmination of the economic logic of liberalisation unleashed by Manmohan Singh in 1991. From this ideological vantage point, a rapid transition to a cashless economy — even if it means not-so-subtle coercion — makes perfect sense, writes G Sampath in The Hindu.
Post-demonetisation, Modi govt could try simultaneous Parliament and state polls. However, this will be vigorously challenged, writes HK Dua in The Indian Express. "Such moves may advance the Modi government's designs for a unitary form of governance, but wouldn't advance its democratic credentials, nor the concept of cooperative federalism his party has spoken about in its manifesto. Such moves can be dangerous for the country," he says.
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