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The Morning Wrap: India France To Sign Rafale Deal On Republic Day; Kerala Prepares For Rs 55-Crore Wedding

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PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 10: French President Francois Hollande (R) welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) ahead of an official dinner in his honor at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on April 10, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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After two days of social media chaos over Aamir Khan's comments at the recently-held Ramnath Goenka Awards, wherein the actor said that he and his wife have spoken about leaving the country, the 50-year-old actor has released a statement clarifying his stance on the matter.

Bonny Brooks dissects the tragedy of merely seeing North Korea as conveyor belt for parody and internet memes. "Of course, giving food aid to North Korea is not without significant controversy, and perfectly illustrates the point that any discussion of the DPRK always generates more questions than it answers. But ask these questions we must, or else become mere passive consumers of other people's suffering."

Better late than never: Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi gets due credit for reaching out to young Indians, this year. But sometimes, even the best laid plans backfire.

To mark Guru Nanak Jayanti this year, Youtube channel, Being Indian, spoke to several members of the Indian Sikh community on what is it really like to be a Sikh in India.

The Amul ad that shows it critiquing Aamir Khan's stance on intolerance is actually more than a year old and, related to a controversy around his movie PK.

Main News

The first two days of the winter session of Parliament that starts on Thursday may not see disruptions, even though it may see heated debate, as the focus will be on a special discussion on Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Constitution. From next week, it could well head for a washout again unless there’s a breakthrough on the Goods and Services Tax Bill.

Russian sources informed The Hindu that in view of the escalating battle of nerves between Russia and the NATO, Kremlin has cancelled Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin’s planned visit to Delhi.

India and France are set to sign the deal for 36 Rafale fighter aircraft on the eve of French President François Hollande’s visit to India for the Republic Day celebrations.

Off The Front Page

A Rs 55 crore wedding extravaganza, capable of surpassing even the most spectacular Bollywood sets, will unveil at the Asramam ground in Kollam on Thursday where NRI business magnate Ravi Pillai's daughter, Dr Arathi, will wed Dr Adithya Vishnu of Kochi.

What do train drivers say when they have to pee? "I am sick." In the Indian Railways this is the official message that is flashed by loco pilots driving express and superfast trains if they wish to answer nature's call.

Phuc Dat Bich, or the the man, who'd posted a passport scan to highlight the problems he'd had with his name has now announced through his Facebook account that it was all a hoax – all part of an elaborate ploy to show how the media can be fooled and to bring to light loopholes in the social network’s policies.


Baradwaj Rangan says that the Aamir Khan-episode only underscores the tragedy of speaking one's mind publicly. " I do not speak as a committed Aamir Khan fan, though I certainly like some of his films and admire his commitment to deliver quality mainstream cinema. I speak as someone who’s tired of the expectation that everyone should say the most perfectly worded, politically correct, lawyer-vetted things in public, even if they may think otherwise privately."

Shiv Viswanathan is disturbed that all of India's media outlets failed to mention a conference on the experience of genocide by women across the world. " It is almost as if the new managerialism and the machismo of our technical elites see peace as a passive endeavour. Women in Black and other peace endeavours seek to put peace back on the agenda."

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