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An acrimonious poll campaign characterized by frequent mud-slinging and vituperative allegations between the BJP and AAP came to a close on Thursday with polling to be held on Friday and the results, which seem poised to swing either ways, to be out announced next week.
Though the White House on Wednesday clarified that Obama's closing address during his India visit that alluded to the need for religious harmony wasn't a comment on the state of affairs in India, the President, at the high-profile National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday said that in India "...religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other people of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs -- acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation..."
Bollywood actors and the comedians of the AIB comedy collective are increasingly feeling the heat with the Pune police now have registered an FIR against 14 persons, including filmmaker Karan Johar and actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, for allegedly using "obscene and abusive language" during the AIB Roast event held in Mumbai.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that candidates successful in an election will not be allowed to hold office if they hadn't disclosed all details of their criminal antecedents during their nomination process.
Following former home secretary Anil Goswami's inglorious exit after his association with Saradha-scam accused Matang Sin, another top IPS officer too may be under the scanner for trying to shield him from the CBI.
The Sahara Group indicated on Thursday that its deal with Mirach Capital Group LLc to secure a $2 billion loan to pay bail for its jailed chief Subrata Roy had collapsed after it discovered that a Bank of America letter guaranteeing the money had been forged. Ironically, Sahara now plans legal action against Mirach for deception.
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In a rare, but unintended bridging of fences, both the Congress and BJP were on the same side of the trust vote to accept TR Zeilang as the chief minister of Nagaland. The development has thus left the state assembly with no Opposition.
Sushil Kumar, a poor computer operator in Bihar who became a multi-millionaire on game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' in 2011, says he is now jobless and close to broke.
Though a petitioner approached the Madras High Court to complain that her daughter, an engineering student got none of the prize money and given a forged certificate for winning a beauty contest at her college, the court instead passed interim orders banning engineering colleges from organising such contests.
Shailendra Parihar, a polytechnic student from Jaipur, planned to impress his girlfriend with a Rs 5000 Valentine's-day gift. He has instead landed in jail as he hoped to make this money by agreeing to--and impersonate a disqualified candidate at army recruitment test. Parihar was found out and handed over to the cops by the army authorities.
Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal's zealousness to immerse himself in the role of a gangster has got him a legal notice for meeting former underworld don Arun Gawli. The Mumbai police says Rampal has violated laws that prevent Gawli--who's convicted for murder-- from unauthorised meetings.
RK Raghavan in The Hindu says that the CBI emerges credible in the way it has indirectly brought about the ouster of former home secretary Anil Goswami, but it is exactly this situation that calls for serious introspection on the part of the CBI leadership as to whether it "deserves this majesty in the bureaucracy."
Rajgopal Saikumar in the Hindu says that both the AAP and BJP in their Delhi poll campaigns have promised more policing for improving women's safety in Delhi and thus, unfortunately, established women as permanent "victims" of the justice system.
Devangshu Datta in the Business Standard warns that artificially-intelligent systems could indeed "become the Frankensteins of the near future," but rather than be afraid, we ought to seriously consider how humans can "cope with the disruptive possibilities of human beings sharing their planet with more intelligent creatures."