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The Morning Wrap: Centre Appoints Ex BJP Board Member To SEBI Panel; Director Rohit Shetty In CBI Lens For Bribery

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 13: Bollywood director Rohit Shetty during an exclusive interview with HT City, Hindustan Times, to promote an upcoming movie Singham Returns as a part of HT City Stars in the City initiative, on August 13, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The film is directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Reliance Entertainment. (Photo By Waseem Gashroo/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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The Monsoon Session concluded Thursday amidst heightened political bitterness, making little headway on two critical bills dealing with land acquisition and tax reforms.

The Assam state assembly on Thursday unanimously passed the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015 in a bid to eliminate rising cases of superstition leading to murder of so-called "witches."

India's retail inflation cooled to a record low in July and annual growth in industrial production hit a four-month high in June, bringing cheer to investors fretting that gridlock in parliament is stalling reforms.

The Bombay High Court has lifted the ban on Maggi, the flagship instant-noodles brand from Nestle. There are key caveats though.

Prashant Bhat says that incidents such as the Mumbai hotel raids are "regressive and blur the distinction between India and a military state."

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s itinerary for his trip to the UAE will include a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque--the largest in the region- in Abu Dhabi.

As the monsoon session ended in a washout on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed NDA MPs to fan out across the country to "expose" the Congress.

The Goa Crime Branch told the district court on Thursday that former Chief Minister and Congress leader Digambar Kamat demanded a bribe from Louis Berger officials for the "party fund."

The government has appointed Arun P Sathe, a senior advocate dealing in tax matters and a former BJP national executive member, as a part-time member on the board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, raising fresh concerns over political interference on the boards of regulatory and financial institutions.

Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom, Deoband has asked Muslims to put up the national flag on their houses and other establishments on Independence Day and has also appealed to the members of Muslim community to celebrate the national day with spirit of patriotism.

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Film maker Rohit Shetty is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly bribing a former censor-board chief to clear Shetty's film, Singham Returns.

Under estimating the perseverance of the non-teetotaler Keralite, the Supreme Court on Thursday said long, snaking queues outside Kerala State Beverages Corporation (Bevco) outlets will dampen youngsters’ urge and wean them away from alcohol.

An Indian-origin Harvard student's internship at Facebook was cancelled after he developed an app that pointed out the privacy flaws in the popular social media's messenger service, a media report has said.


Praveen Swami says that to take on Pakistan, India needs to be seen as having a credible domestic counter-terrorism policy.

Shivani Naik says that sporting bodies' inability to deal with hyperandrogenism queers the pitch for women athletes.

Peter Ronald deSouza suggests a renaming of our public roads and structures to better reflect the country's history than letting it be a tool of sycophancy for politicians.

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