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The Morning Wrap: Saree Maker Sues Flipkart And Amazon For Copying Designs; Ramdev's Noodles Faces Regulator Fire

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NEW DELHI, INDIA NOVEMBER 16: Baba Ramdev launching Patanjali Atta Noodles,on November 16, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Baba Ramdev-promoted Patanjali launched its whole wheat instant noodles, just a week after product leader Nestle's Maggi re-hit the retail shelves after a five-month ban imposed by the food-safety regulator.(Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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On Tuesday, Mehak Sabat, a media professional from Mumbai, experienced an assault which would leave most people at a loss for words. Sabat was traveling in an auto rickshaw when she felt something trickle down her leg. The 29-year-old thought it was water. But she was shocked to discover that it was actually semen that had been thrown at her by some men.

Union minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, wants to make pre-nuptial agreements, which have already caught favour in the western world, to be recognised in Indian courts as a standard legal document.

Piyasree Dasgupta welcomes MTV airing a lesbian romance because, as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said, "It is 2015."

Prabha Chandran interviews Palestine's Ambassador to India, HE Adnan Abualhaija, who hits out at global media for ignoring crimes against Palestinians by an Israeli government controlled by ultra-right wing groups.

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The instant noodles brand launched by yoga teacher Ramdev has not obtained mandatory product approvals from the Food Safety and Regulatory Authority of India, even though Patanjali Atta Noodles packets display an “FSSAI licence number”.

India’s top history body has decided to initiate a new research project into Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army and their role in the freedom struggle, amid continuing controversy over the iconic leader’s legacy.

A friendly football match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled at short notice due to the serious threat of an attack, on Tuesday.

The government has directed Indian missions abroad not to issue visas to foreigners or overseas citizens of India for surrogacy purposes weeks after the apex court expressed concern over the country becoming a hub of rent-a-womb tourism.

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The Haryana government has taken Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign to a new height on Tuesday by deciding to recruit only those people for select jobs who don't defecate in the open.

A team of researchers and doctors have mixed common sense and science to improve public health services in tribal pockets of Chattisgarh.

Cops have busted a gang of dacoits who placed matrimonial ads for their "bureaucrat son" and targeted wealthy businessmen, with daughters to marry off.

Siddhi Vinayak Knots & Prints, a Surat-based saree manufacturer and retailer, has filed cases against Amazon, Flipkart and several of their sellers in the Bombay High Court for allegedly selling sarees that are copies of its copyrighted designs.


Sujata Anandan writes of the tension between liberalism and Islamic theology. "For the sake of Paris and Bombay, my two beloved cities that faced similar terrorist strikes, I hope liberalism wins the day."

Pratap Bhanu Mehta links the terror attacks in Paris to a vacuum in political imagination. "...once you get a semblance of order and are prepared to allow for a messy democratic process, new hopeful forces emerge. But from Algeria to Egypt, Libya to Iraq, these processes were consistently subverted, leaving no room for politics in the normal sense. The debate over “real Islam” is beside the point; the real debate is what political project can enlist the energies of young people."

Amrita Pande says there is nothing morally reprehensible about surrogacy and that a proposed ban would be infructous. "The proposed ban will just push the whole industry underground, and reduce the rights of surrogates even more by pushing them to “illegal” activities, unregistered clinics and possibly unhygienic conditions."

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