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The Morning Wrap: BCCI's Srinivasan Accused Of Forcing Gay Son To Get Married; Future Group And Bharti Merge

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President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), N. Srinivasan addresses a press conference in Kolkata on May 26, 2013. Indian police have arrested the son-in-law of the country's cricket chief in a spot-fixing probe as the government announced Saturday a new law to crack down on cheating in sport. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Probably enthused by the upcoming cow-urine refinery in Rajasthan, Transport minister Nitin Gadkari went public about the benefits of his own urine, saying that it had improved the produce of his garden.

Former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra and his rifle-shooting colleagues, warmed up in style for the World Cup by bagging a rich haul of three gold and two bronze medals in the just concluded International Shooting Competition of Hannover (ISCH).

Britain's newborn princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, royal officials said Monday. The princess is the second child of Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

The Internet is heading towards a 'capacity crunch' as the cables and fibre optics that relay information to our laptops, smartphones and tablets will reach its limit within eight years, say scientists.

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Former BCCI Chief N Srinivasan is being accused by his gay son Ashwin, of being forced him to marry a woman and continue the ‘family line.’ Ashwin told the Daily News and Analysis that he and his partner Avi Mukherjee were being held captive in Chennai after he spoke about his brother-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan having connections with the bookies from Chennai and Dubai.

Kishore Biyani-controlled Future Retail and Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Retail will merge to create one of India’s largest retail chains, with more than 570 stores, in a Rs 750-crore deal.

The Ministry of External Affairs has declined a Right to Information request to reveal how much money was spent by India on U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi in January this year, claiming it to be “sensitive information” that could strain relations between the two countries.

Around 370 dissenters within the Maharashtra unit of the Aam Aadmi Party, who sided with expelled members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, resigned on Monday citing pressure of excommunication by the Arvind Kejriwal ‘faction’ of the party.

AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has kicked up a row by questioning the Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awards being given to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and BJP patriarch L K Advani.

An association of doctors has asked India's health ministry to take steps to curb what it says is widespread abuse of medicated skin creams that is driving an epidemic of side-effects ranging from annoying acne to serious facial damage.

Twelve cancer drugs, used to treat a range of life-threatening conditions from leukaemia to breast cancer, will be included in the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) and be substantially cheaper than they are now.

From mobile phones to printers, Chinese manufacturers are increasingly taking advantage of a new scheme — self-declaration conformity — for meeting Indian standards of manufacturing.

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After the authorities in J&K issued an admit card to a brown cow for appearing in professional entrance examination, the owner of the bovine has asserted that he will take his cow to the exam centre on May 10.

A top police official in Kerala was caught cheating during a law examination and ordered to leave the exam hall.

Mobile jammers at the Alipore Central Jail, meant to bar prisoners from using cellphones, have affected communication services at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee residence, near the jail.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have made Hindi a national priority but on a visit to Ulan Bator, Mongolia next week, he will initiate proceedings to set up an English-medium school in the country where Russian and Chinese are the predominant foreign languages being taught.

Who is ‘Eeshwar’ in whose name top constitutional functionaries and legislators take oath of office? This RTI query stumped the Law Ministry, which said there is no constitutional provision defining the term.


Rohit Dhankar, in The Hindu, rues the overpowering role of competition in the lives of school-going children.

Brijesh Jayal, in The Telegraph, holds that the moral and ethical cracks between what our parliamentarians preach and what they practice, appear as wide as the cracks seen on the land after the disaster in Nepal.

Faizan Mustafa, in The Indian Express, says that the right to propagate one’s religious ideas is inherent in the concept of the freedom of speech and expression.

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