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On Sunday, in a heartbreaking event, England beat India in the ICC Women's World Cup final by 9 runs. The team which has performed spectacularly through the series, is nothing less than champions. Here's everything you need to know about the 11 stars of the team.
"If I had to name one Indian artist who was sensitive and devoted to the arts, it would be Raza Sahib." Atul Dodiya, an artist remembers Sayed Haider Raza, an Indian painter who lived and worked in France since 1950. On SH Raza's first death anniversary, Dodiya writes about their several meetings, his respect for Gandhiji and his love for poems.
In India, women are expected to be modestly dressed. And baring a breast, even if to feed a baby, is viewed as a brazen act. It's in fact unimaginable for a mother to breastfeed her child in public, unlike in countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, Norway, the Philippines, Taiwan and the UK. As Kanchana TK, Director General, Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), argues, India needs a law to enable breastfeeding in public. In a country that will soon be home to the world's youngest population, protecting nursing rights for mothers will be critical for the health of the nation.
Before bidding farewell to Parliament on Sunday, outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee had some words of advice, both for the government and the Opposition. The Indian Constitution represents the "hopes and aspirations of a billion people" and there has to be a balance between change and continuity, President Pranab Mukherjee said, addressing his audience. He cautioned the government against taking the "ordinance route" for legislation, saying that when Parliament enacts laws without discussion, it "breaches the trust reposed in it by the people".
RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, which is headed by Dina Nath Batra has sent a five page recommendation to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). They want a lot of things to be removed from the text books. English, Urdu and Arabic words, a couplet by Mirza Ghalib, words of Rabindranath Tagore, M F Husain's paintings, and even a sentence that say "nearly 2,000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat in 2002".
While addressing " swachhta mahasabha" - an awareness programme against open defecation, the district magistrate of Aurangabad, allegedly asked a villager in Bihar to "sell his wife" if he could not afford to build a toilet at home.
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The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar has made a bizarre decision. He wants to place an Army tank on the campus at a prominent place so that it can serve as a constant reminder to students of the sacrifices that the Army jawans make. Kumar has sought the help of union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and General V K Singh to help him procure this army tank.
The number of Indian workers emigrating to the Gulf for work has dropped in the past couple of years, reports Times Of India. According to the report, the number of Indian workers emigrating to the GCC countries was 775,845 in 2014 and fell to 507,296 in 2016. This could be due to slowing economies of countries part of the GCC.
An op-ed in Hindustan Times notes why India should keep the nuclear energy door open. The piece notes that a major milestone was passed in India-Japan relations and the future of the nuclear power by the coming into force of the bilateral civil nuclear agreement.
A Kashmiri social worker based in Delhi writes why he feels the middle ground is disappearing in the country. "My own political position is driven by the idea of peace, dialogue and reconciliation. For many back in Kashmir, this makes me something of a 'RSS chamcha'," he writes in a personal account.
With the military standoff between India and China continuing in the Doklam area, Beijing has resorted to harsh rhetoric to put psychological pressure on New Delhi. A ToI op-ed notes that the only way to resolve the Doklam standoff is to withdraw the troops of both countries. "As pointed out by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, a negotiated resolution to the Doklam standoff can be facilitated if both sides withdraw their troops from the area first. This will build the requisite mutual trust between the parties for talks."
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