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18/10/2017 9:29 AM IST | Updated 18/10/2017 9:29 AM IST
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The #MeToo movement on Indian Twitter, which recently took off in response to the blatant sexism at a bar in Pune, has seen women speak out about sexual harassment and reliving their own Harvey Weinstein moments. Here's what men can do in solidarity with this magical turn in global feminism.

2018 will be the year of NT Rama Rao, 22 years after he passed away. And in what promises to be a double role of a different kind, two filmmakers are getting ready to present two biopics of the late Andhra chief minister. Read TS Sudhir's take on these movies.

In a bitterly ironic twist of fate, a man from north Karnataka has taken an agency to court after paying it an exorbitant sum of money for its advice to change the vaastu of his home, but still finding no better luck for all the trouble.

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According to the 'State of World Population 2017' report, released by United Nations Fund for Population Activities, 27% of India's children get married by age 18, as compared to 28% the world over. In the rest of the sub-continent, Bangladesh is worst off, with 59% of the married couples being under-age, followed by 37% in Nepal.

A doctor couple in Aligarh, caught allegedly conducting illegal pre-natal sex-determination tests on a woman who was a decoy planted by the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques cell of the Rajasthan government could not be taken into custody after alleged "interference" by two local BJP MLAs.

Chinese President Xi Jinping proclaimed his nation's prospects as bright but made a rare acknowledgement of severe economic challenges as he opened the ruling Communist Party's national congress, which occurs twice a decade, on Wednesday.

Off The Front Page

American author George Saunders won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction on Tuesday for Lincoln in the Bardo, a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife.

Calcutta High Court has stayed till 27 October the Centre's decision to withdraw almost half of its troops from the Darjeeling hills, saying such a move should not be taken at a time the Bengal government has said it is trying to restore peace in the region.

Eating out is expected to get less taxing, with the GST Council likely to back a reduction in the levy on restaurants from 18% to 12% and the withdrawal of the input tax credit facility available to eateries.

Opinion

The CPI(M) wants to rally all secular and like minded parties together to take on the BJP. But its apathy to the Congress is more selective than ideological, argues Jayanth Jacob in the Hindustan Times.

In The Hindu, Radhika Santhanam argues that social media should not only be used as an effective tool to register protest but also as a means of mobilising the public.

While the Supreme Court's recent verdict on child marriages helps shatter the stranglehold of cultural norms, it is time to back it with fresh policies to stem the rot, writes Krishna Kumar in the Indian Express.

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