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The Morning Wrap: Amitav Ghosh Won't Return Sahitya Award; Overworked Judge Faints In Court

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VENICE, ITALY - APRIL 10: Indian writer Amitav Ghosh poses for a portrait during 'Incroci Di Civilta', the Venice Literaly Festival on April 10, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Barbara Zanon/Getty Images)

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Ahead of the Durga Puja celebrations, a transgender community in Kolkata has come up with the first transgender Durga idol.

Kiran Kumbhar makes the case that "...Bollywood is a powerful and peaceful medium of change, and considering its unique capacity to influence society, it can vastly contribute to a stronger, happier, and more integrated India by broadly revamping its portrayal of Muslim characters."

Pranab Mukherjee, in his maiden visit to Israel, baffled the country saying that "Indians loved Hamas' (a reference to the terrorist organisation) when he actually meant 'hummus' (the popular cuisine).

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has added song-writing to the list of her many talents.

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Amitav Ghosh has said he wouldn't be returning his Sahitya Akademi award as it would be "an insult" to the institution's history.

Four days before he demitted office as Finance Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi, who is now Home Secretary, said that the Revenue department was trying to protect Jignesh Shah, the key accused in the NSEL scam.

The war of words between Shiv Sena and BJP on Wednesday intensified with the latter questioning the ally’s support to actor Sanjay Dutt in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and late Bal Thackeray hosting former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad at his residence.

Senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar said in a public function that Muslims 'didn't celebrate their own icons and allowed them to be pushed on the side.'

Gurindar Sohi and T N Vijaykumar are not names that will leap out of your latest iPhones as you gush over the performance of Apple's much-coveted devices. But the work of these two Indian researchers, alumni of BITS-Pilani, is central to a patent lawsuit that may result in Apple having to cough up $862 million.

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Nabrangpur is India's poorest district and a hotbed for multinational seed companies.

Four courts, about 18,000 cases pending, 341 cases listed on Wednesday alone, and only one judge on duty. This was the scene at the family court on the Madras high court campus on Wednesday. Perhaps due to the work burden, the judge on duty, V Charuhasini, swooned while stepping down for lunch recess, creating a flutter among litigants and lawyers.

The declassification of the Netaji files has also brought into focus a long standing rift within Netaji Bose' descendants.

A live rat was found inside a sealed packet of bread at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), prompting authorities to blacklist the supplier for three years.


Dileep Chakrabarti says that the Indian Council Of Historical Research has never been independent. "Right from the beginning, this organisation has cared for nothing except the political and historical beliefs of whoever was in power."

S Gopalakrishnan says that Ghulam Ali Khan, not being allowed to perform in Mumbai is a far cry from the city of Bombay that once patronaged Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. "Nehru offered to restore Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s Indian citizenship and invited him to take up residence in India. The Bombay government readied a bungalow in Malabar Hill as the ustad’s permanent residence. Decades later, the same city has closed its doors on Ghulam Ali."

Krishna Kumar points out to a study carried out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)--and barely reported in India--that has generated sufficient evidence to say that computers in schools do not necessarily contribute to higher achievement levels by children.

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