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The Morning Wrap: Javed Akhtar Lashes Out At Owaisi; Netaji's Family Photos Found In Gumnami Baba's Old House

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 19: Bollywood lyricst Javed Akhter during the launch of a music video, Phool khil jayenge (The flower will bloom), on the subject of immunization, featuring Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar, at Taj Place on August 19, 2014 in New Delhi, India. During a launch, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, Lets make a pledge here to become health sainiks and each of us would strive to inspire other ordinary people to become health volunteers to work for a healthy nation. (Photo by Prabhas Roy/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, who was accused of flogging a police horse with a lathi and had refuted the claims, found a vocal supporter in his daughter, Neha. In an open letter posted on her Facebook wall, Neha insisted that her father had not hurt the horse and that he was merely 'swinging the lathi in the air'.

A Nestle advertisement featuring Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her husband and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik is going viral on social media. Appearing as a couple who disagree on most things, there's also the obvious India Vs Pakistan angle to it. For example, Mirza prefers Amritsar ke laddu, Malik thinks Multan ka soan halwa is better. She likes old Hindi songs, he says Pakistan pop music is much better. But they finally find that one thing they both agree upon — the product they're endorsing.

In a bid to curb crime against women in the city, Delhi police has decided to rope in housewives to report about domestic violence and sexual abuse cases. The police has began shortlisting 250 women who will become their 'eyes and ears'. The selected ones will be added to a WhatsApp group that will have the DCP as the administrator. The selected women will also be given a 15-day training in self-defence and meetings will be held with them every fortnight.

In a touching interview rapper and music composer Yo Yo Honey Singh finally told his fans that he was away from the public eye for nearly two years because he was suffering from Bipolar disorder. He also admitted that he was an alcoholic, which only aggravated his mental condition.

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Three among the 10 top terrorists who were supposed to have entered Gujarat to carry out attacks against high-value targets have reportedly been killed in an operation 'somewhere in western India'. The official, who divulged this information refused to give any other details, like the identity of the alleged terror operatives or the location where such an operation took place as they were still 'cross-checking'.

In a biting reply to controversial remark by AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, noted film poet-turned-MP Javed Akhtar said: "He (Owaisi) said he will not say 'Bharat mata ki jai' as the Constitution does not require him to say so. The Constitution even does not ask him to wear sherwani and topi... I don't care to know whether saying 'Bharat mata ki jai' is my duty or not — it is my right."

A journalist who had recently published a RTI report suggesting that the government adopted a policy of not hiring any Muslim candidates as yoga trainers has been picked up by the police for questioning. The Ayush ministry denied the journalist's claim and accused the newspaper of publishing a fictitious reply as annexure-I. The ministry officials filed a complaint with police and accused him of promoting disharmony and distrust with ulterior motives.

India began the much-awaited ICC World Twenty20 series with a shocking defeat against New Zealand. After restricting New Zealand 126 for seven, India put up a pathetic batting display to be bundled out 79 in 18.1 overs — their second lowest Twenty20 total, on a turning track at a jam-packed VCA Stadium in Jamtha.

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The mysterious Gumnami Baba, who many believe was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose living incognito in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad district, became even more mysterious when old photographs of the Bose family were retrieved from the district treasury. Apart from a family portrait, there was also a photograph of Netaji's parents, Jankinath Bose and Prabhawati Bose in the inventory, with the identities confirmed by Shakti Singh, the owner of Ram Bhawan where Gumnami Baba spent the final three years of his life — from 1982-85.

The annual day celebrations of a Bengaluru school turned horrifying when an iron pillar fitted with LED lights came crashing down on stage while the children were dancing on it. Reportedly, only two pillars were installed for support instead of the mandatory four — an incident which injured eight people.

Wife of 22-year-old Dalit man Shankar, who was hacked to death by three men Tamil Nadu, is still traumatised by the brutal murder of her husband. The 19-year-old girl also suffered injuries on her forehead and is in the ICU at the hospital. “But the girl who saw her husband die in front of her eyes is deeply depressed and frustrated,” a senior doctor said.

Forty young women training to care for patients fell ill late on Monday night reportedly after eating at their college canteen in Mumbai. The nursing students, who complained of stomach pain and diarrhoea, were admitted to MGM Hospital in Kamothe, the very institution where they study.


The powerful campaign against JNU professor Nivedita Menon is not about expressing dissent, but about bullying and intimidation, writes Mary E John in her column in The Hindu. More than a month after the controversy began in the university over alleged ‘anti-national’ sloganeering in support of Kashmir, the branding of the professors and students as ‘anti-national’ by certain media groups and political organisations continues. "It reveals a deeply undemocratic mindset that offers no arguments of its own, but tries to capture public attention by repeated, sensationalised attacks that work by twisting statements and taking them out of their context," writes John.

The chorus against minority status for the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a scathing testimony to a system that sees progress in terms of profit and power, not people, writes Abdul Khaliq in a column in The Indian Express. The attorney general’s deposition in the ongoing case that the Centre 'can’t be seen as setting up a minority institution in a secular state, is outrageous, according to Khaliq. "It is now for the Supreme Court to determine the fate of this historic institution, which is not only important cultural heritage but a symbol of the aspirations of the Muslim community," he writes.

There are usually two ways to make a living — you take up a job, or you start your own enterprise, writes Pritish Nandy in his column in Ahmedabad Mirror. Citing controversial businessman Vijay Mallya's example as that of bravery, yet a downslide into mountains of debt, Nandy says, "Today's banks must learn to share the risks of enterprise. If they don't nurture enterprise, who will? Every time a business fails, there's a huge outcry that a scam has occurred. Every failure is not a scam. And if we keep talking about scams all the time, as Raghuram Rajan so succinctly put it in his Ramnath Goenka lecture last week, we could end up killing lending."

Education in India needs to be privatised and regulated, writes SL Rao in his column in The Telegraph. "Governments do not use management principles when formulating policies, allocating and spending budgets, or in their implementation," he writes. "The Constitution has made education a concurrent subject but state governments indulge in vote bank populism. Appointments of top functionaries are on political grounds, not competence and capability. The way out is wholesale privatisation with tough regulation," he concludes.

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