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The Morning Wrap: Gajendra Chauhan To Join As FTII Chairman Today; India's First Transgender Band Launched

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Indian actor Gajendra Chauhan attends the cremation ceremony of late veteran Bollywood actor A.K. Hangal in Mumbai on August 26, 2012. Bollywood veteran and favourite character actor A.K. Hangal, dubbed the 'grand old man' of Hindi cinema for his elderly roles, died on August 26 aged 95. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/GettyImages)

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Only days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise visit to Lahore promised to put India-Pakistan relations back on track, a terrorist attack on an Indian Air Force base in Punjab this week has threatened to derail talks all over again. Here's how to keep the Indo-Pak talks from failing again.

The rebranding of the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban as ISIS indicates that while this jihadist franchise is of Middle Eastern origin, it is recruiting locally and allows considerable operational autonomy to such affiliates.

The most important skill that every teacher should teach is the difference between a fact and an opinion, writes Apoorv Shah. The Teach For India alumnus explains how to teach kids to think for themselves.

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US security expert Bruce Riedel said that the Pathankot terrorist attack was initiated by the Pakistani military (PakMil) establishment, alleging ISI was behind the attack. He warned that the "Pakistani intelligence service has the capability to launch more attacks with little notice, at some point prompting a vigorous Indian response."

With the sudden illness and hospitalisation of Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, it seems that the elevation of his daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, as the state's next CM is imminent.

Gajendra Chauhan joins as chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) today, despite the 139-days strike by students against his appointment. Students have planned a "peaceful protest" in the campus in Pune even as the college prepares an official "welcome" program for the actor.

Off The Front Page

Sonu Nigam on Wednesday helped launch India's first transgender band, called '6-Pack Band'. He has lent his voice to one of the six songs the band has released.

Netflix Inc launched operations in India on Wednesday, with plans starting at 500 rupees ($7.50) per month, as the U.S.-based video streaming company pushes ahead with its global expansion plans.

Remember the song 'Dj Waley Babu' by Badshah featuring Aastha Gill? Now, a group of women has come up with a kirtan version of the song, and we're at a loss of words.


Pakistan hasn’t questioned even once that the attack came from them, writes Indrani Bagchi in The Times of India: "India needs to understand that the Pakistan army is a jihadi institution with the trappings of a state, and deal with them accordingly."

Left is stuck with old issues, and it must strike new conversations with middle classes and youth, writes Prakash Karat in The Indian Express: "The CPM and the Left in general have fallen behind somewhat due to changes that have occurred in socio-economic conditions after more than two decades of liberalisation and globalisation."

Who is Facebook to ‘approve’ services when it has no role in user-website-network transactions, ask Siddhartha Chaudhuri and Bhaskaran Raman in The Economic Times: "Facebook’s Free Basics proposal, offered as a welfare scheme aimed at this goal, has several serious flaws, beneath the veil of altruism wrapped around it in advertisements."

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