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Like Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut, upcoming actress Amyra Dastur also believes in being honest and 'imperfect'. India's incorrigible Censor Board found two objectionable lines even in the international film-festival hit, 'Court,' to be released this week. Led by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, six political parties came together on Wednesday to announce the formation of 'Janata Parivar' - vowing to fight communal forces in India. The Airtel stock tanked after Flipkart decided to pull out of its Airtel Zero platform on the back of the vociferous Net Neutrality campaign. Here's a photo-compilation of how different Indian communities celebrated the April 14 New Year.
On the lines of Flipkart's exit from Airtel Zero, major companies such as Cleartrip, Times Group and NDTV opted out of Facebook-led Internet.org, a service to provide differentiated internet access. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said that the multi-billion tender process to buy 126 advanced warplanes was doomed from the start because UPA defence minister AK Antony had put a "question mark" on the deal. Turning a new chapter in its relationship with Canada, India on Wednesday clinched a multi-million-dollar deal for uranium to power its civilian nuclear programme. A two-judge Supreme Court-bench was divided on whether Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh was eligible to appeal former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha's disproportionate assets case in the Karnataka High Court. China is incredibly optimistic ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, and expects deals on nuclear technology and aviation, along with joint projects in West Asia and Africa. In what could trigger fresh battles over eschewing forests for development, the Haryana government has reversed an earlier order and asked forest officials not to designate new regions in the fragile Aravali ecosystem as 'forest.'
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The globe-trotting Narendra Modi almost always has Gujarat industrialist Gautam Adani at his heels. One of the four convicts facing death penalty in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, has moved the Delhi high court seeking a CBI inquiry and prosecution of India's Daughter maker, Leslee Udwin. Why does this zealously-reticent, underpaid old woman single-handedly keep a railway station in Maddur, Karnataka clean? Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen's has claimed that her Facebook account was disabled after Islamist fundamentalists frequently complained on the content of several of her posts. Tilla Shahbazpur, a village on the outskirts of Dehi, maybe among the first in the country to create a self-funded all-encompassing Wifi network.
CR Bijoy, in The Hindu, says that forests can be meaningfully protected and conserved only if forest-dwellers are closely involved. Christophe Jafferlot, in The Indian Express, says that India shouldn't be unduly worried if Afghanistan appears to have a close engagement with China. Ajay Jakhar warns, in The Indian Express, that low, global commodity prices and poor internal policies in India "could unite farmers and be the nemesis of the government."