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The Morning Wrap: Facebook Gets Most Censorship Requests From India; Fewer Crackers Didn't Curb Delhi's Diwali Smoke

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Controversial Central Board Of Film Certification chief Pahlaj Nihalani, whose love for Prime Minister Narendra Modi is well known (see: 'Har Ghar Modi'), has come out with a new video called 'Mera Desh Hai Mahaan, Mera Desh Hai Jawaan'. Aside from being freely available on YouTube, this five-and-a-half-minute music video is a paean to Modi and the policies he has instituted as PM.

The wedding of two twin couples in Kerala has resulted in an eye-catching photograph. Twin grooms ended up marrying twin brides and blessed by twin priests in a church ceremony. If that wasn't 'two much,' they also found twin flower girls and twin page boys.

A woman who was being harassed by a stalker via incessant phone calls aired her grievance on Twitter and soon, had top police officials in Bangalore, responding and promising to take action.

The controversies over cow protection in India show no signs of ebbing. A Twitter handle affiliated to the ultra-nationalist right wing organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh took its policing to the virtual world by asking fashion retailer Myntra to take advertisements for cow leather shoes off its site.

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India and UK signed prospective business deals worth £9 billion. Here are the most significant ones.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced protest demonstrations and tougher questions on intolerance on Day One of his visit to the UK.

Anti-cracker campaigns by the central and Delhi governments reportedly made no significant impact, inspite of the government's claims, as several pollution monitoring bureaus found that the city's air was choked with alarmingly high levels of pollution.

The seventh Pay Commission’s draft report to determine the new salary structure for the 5.5 million civil servants in the central government is riddled with several dissent notes.

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An article in the RSS periodical Organiser has blamed the prevalence of beef in Kerala cuisine on a 'Communist conspiracy,' as well as instances of live-in relationships in the state to noted human-rights lawyer 'Indira Jaising.'

Indian demands that Facebook remove online content shot up more than threefold in the first six months of the year, outnumbering those from any other country, mostly on account of posts that could incite religious hatred.

The tax department plans to issue guidelines for restaurants to curb the arbitrary — and often illegal — imposition of service charges.

Former Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn was on Thursday appointed as an Executive Director, on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Dipankar Gupta says India could take quite a few lessons from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau." Clearly, Justin Trudeau resembles his father not just in the smashing good looks department, but in ideology too. Like his father, he also is an advocate of a tolerant, caring and economically prosperous Canada."

Marie Lall is ambivalent about the significance of Aung Sang Suu Kyi's success for the future of Myanmar." The NLD will have to find a way to cooperate with the chief of staff, as well as the military MPs. The NLD’s commitment to altering the constitution and, in particular, changing Article 436 (which requires the approval of more than 75 per cent, or three-fourths, of all MPs to carry a constitutional amendment) is likely to bring the party into conflict with the military leadership."

R Gopalakrishnan says that farming needs an Industrial Revolution in India. "Section 8 companies in which farmers can be shareholders - sort of the small and medium-sized enterprises equivalent for farmers; set up agricultural technical training institute, a bit like the industrial training institute, to promote advanced farm skills; as part of Digital India, connect 10 million progressive farmers to access knowledge, experiences, markets and technology."

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