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A film maker asks children what religion means to them and the depth and range of the responses belie their ages. Cannes veteran Aishwarya Rai showed the world that she and her young daughter while sticklers for traditional Indian customs, don’t mind the occasional transgression after the former Miss World took a selfie with Eva Longoria inspite of an unwritten ban on them this year in Cannes. Research by the Facebook Data Science team has mapped out the most popular IPL teams in India, and found that the popularity of Tamil Nadu’s Chennai Super Kings spans more than half the country.
Aruna Shanbaug, the Mumbai nurse who was brutally raped four decades ago and been in coma since, died today leaving in her wake a lasting imprint on India’s euthanasia laws. The Centre is considering adopting "Mx" as an honorific for transgenders, after the UK started using it recently. This follows recent moves by some universities and government establishments to have a separate column on government forms for transgenders to self-identify. Ousted AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan—in a rare show of support—have stood behind Arvind Kejriwal’s tough stand against Delhi LG Najeeb Jung. Yadav and Bhushan, who now front the organisation Swaraj Abhiyan, say that the choice of a democratically elected government should be respected but it was “ugly” to drag the bureaucracy into the fight. An investigation of phone call records by the Indian Express finds that the Andhra Pradesh government may have been lying about the 20 people its officers and forest guards killed in the Seshachalam forest near Tirupati, on the grounds of being sandalwood smugglers. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has—at the estimated cost of Rs 29 crore-- begun construction of a 100 feet wide, 1.3 km road to a luxury resort partly owned by Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and her husband Sukhbir Singh Badal, the deputy CM.
Off The Front Page
Winked at by the gunner of a Samajwadi Party functionary, a 23-year-old woman at an Agra traffic light not only jumped atop the local leader's Mercedes, but smashed the windshield after tearing off the party flag on the bonnet. Pahlaj Nihalani, chief of the Central Board of Film Certification, is so unpopular that some of his colleagues describe working with him as being in the "the kingdom of a mad tyrant,” and say they are planning to get him "ousted" after he repeatedly ignored their demands for an urgent meeting to discuss the board's "state of affairs". Now that he’s closer to the end of the presidency of the United States, President Barack Obama finally has his own Twitter account. In Villupuram, Tamil Nadu, it isn’t unusual for policemen to take handcuffed petty criminals along to movie shows and late night patrols. Identical twins Aporupa and Anorupa Chattopadhyay, who topped the 10th-class ICSE examinations in their Ranchi school, even managed to get exactly the same marks in five of the six subjects.
MJ Akbar, in The Indian Express, says that Modi has made excellent progress in one year because his governance is powered by a strong philosophy of anti-corruption that has circumscribed the moral compass for his government Upendra Baxi argues in The Indian Express that the law may have gone too far with its ban on the use of photos of politicians in government ads. Pradeep Chibber and Harsh Shah, in The Hindu, point out that soft Hindutva is deeply damaging for India and that the strategy marginalises other communities Subramaniam Swamy, advises the Modi government in The Hindu, to abolish income tax and reduce the annual interest rate to nine per cent.