15/01/2016 9:06 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Muslim Couple Searched For Beef; Alan Rickman Dies

Close-up of the eye of a local cow calf, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
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Close-up of the eye of a local cow calf, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

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British actor Alan Rickman, who played Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. J.K. Rowling tweeted that she was "devastated" at the death of a "magnificent actor and a wonderful man."

Someone tell L. Ganesan that only "small, pitiful men derive pleasure from hurting those more vulnerable than him." The BJP leader recently said that jallikatu, the traditional sport of bull taming, "symbolises manliness." "Take it from the girls, boys: real men are kind to animals," writes Poorva Joshipura.

This is the spoof of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh which landed Kiku Sharda in jail.

Noted Pakistani designer Yousuf Bashir Qureshi has fulfilled a promise he made to his mother: finding and cleaning her childhood home in Ajmer, where she resided before migrating to her family to Pakistan in 1947. “It was as if I was with my entire family as I went from one room to another," he said.

Norah Jones was famously born to Pandit Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones, but there are four other female pop icons who have surprisingly Indian roots. Hint: one of them changed her name from Maraj to Minaj after moving to New York.

Here's the ultimate guide to the 100 most awaited films of 2016: DC, Marvel, Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bharadwaj and so many more!

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Members of the Gauraksha Samiti carried out a "raid" to check if cow meat was being transported on Kushinagar Express. Passengers, including a Muslim couple, were assaulted when they objected to their luggage being searched at at railway station in Madhya Pradesh. Laboratory tests proved that one bag contained buffalo meat. "We live in India and know what is wrong and right, we eat only goat meat," said Mohammed Hussain, who said that the seized bag did not belong to him.

India has. welcomed the "positive steps" taken by Pakistan in arresting members of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the terrorist group which is suspected to have masterminded the Pathankot attack, but announced that Indo-Pak talks will be "rescheduled for the very near future."

An American police officer who brutally assaulted an Indian grandfather has been acquitted by a U.S. court after two mistrials could not establish his guilt beyond doubt. “The Government has had two full and fair chances to obtain a conviction; it will not have another," she said.

Seven people including five assailants were killed in the first attack carried out by the Islamic State in Indonesia on Thursday. The multiple blasts and gunfight in a movie theatre played out in the streets of Jakarta for several hours.

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Sikkim has become India's first fully organic state by converting around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land into sustainable cultivation

Great news, Mumbai. 548 women from across Maharashtra will drive pink auto rickshaws that will cater to women commuters.

Ouch! The logo for 'Make in India' — one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet campaigns — has been created by an international design agency founded in Portland, Oregon.

Greenpeace India's scientific analysis has revealed high concentrations of cancer causing heavy metals inside classrooms of different schools across Delhi. PM 2.5 concentrations showed indoor air quality five times above the Indian safety limits, and as much as 11 times above the World Health Organisation's safety limits.

India sends the largest number of engineers and scientists to the US, with about 9,50,000 immigrant scientists and engineers coming from the country in 2013, according to a report prepared by the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.


Pakistan seems to be peeved about singer Adnan Sami’s “desertion” of his fatherland, Pakistan for his new motherland, India. In the Indian Express, Khalid Ahmed advises both nations to relax and understand that any person has multiple identities: "Sami had to settle in India, not because he hated Pakistan. It was just like a Pakistani finding a professional niche in America."

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's performance in the first year "is a half full-half empty situation," writes Kalyani Shankar in The Pioneer: "But he has moved on, with his ambitious plans of concentrating on the 2017 Punjab Assembly poll and networking with Opposition leaders. His sights are set on 7RCR road."

Road accidents, which kill 380 people every single day, and claimed the lives of almost 1.5 lakh people in 2014, is the gravest of public emergency, writes Baijayant 'Jay' Panda in The Times of India: "Apart from the human cost, our economy also suffers – the erstwhile Planning Commission had calculated that as much as 3% of our GDP is lost annually due to road mishaps."

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