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A survey by ET-TNS of salaried persons in India concluded that 80 per cent respondents in Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad felt that the Modi government had made the right noise on nationalism and sedition.
Following the Bihar government’s blanket ban on alcohol this week, habitual drinkers in the state turned a jittery lot for want of their daily dose while some of them even suffered tremors. While some, in an desperate attempt to get high, munched on soap, others chose to drink bhaang instead.
A professor at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru is facing heat after he allegedly made sexist remarks at a woman student who wore shorts to his class. To show solidarity and protest moral policing, her entire class turned up in shorts the next day.
15-year-old tribal schoolgirl from Kullukera village in Jharkhand lodged a complaint against her parents, who were trying to marry her off. A case has been lodged under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 against the girl's father and intended father-in-law.
Pakistani high commissioner Abdul Basit on Thursday 'suspended' the peace process with India, only to be contradicted by his foreign ministry later, when Pakistani foreign ministry spokesperson went on record in Islamabad to say that both countries were in contact with each other and that it has been reiterated from both sides that modalities were being worked out.
A BCCI official has said that the IPL organisers have no back-up plan if the Bombay High Court bans holding the cricket matches in Maharashtra. The Court had rapped the BCCI on Thursday over water wastage when the state is reeling under severe drought. It had also suggested to take the cricket matches to other states where there is no water crisis.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron admitted that he previously owned a profitable stake in his father Ian Cameron’s offshore trust in Panama — and that he may have received money from offshore sources in his inheritance. Cameron and his wife Samantha owned shares in the trust of his late father, before selling them for around £30,000 in 2010.
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The Bombay High Court has rejected the stay on the film Dark Chocolate, allegedly inspired by the Sheena Bora murder case. Peter Mukerjea's (a key suspect in the case) sister Shangon Das Gupta had filed a petition in the Bombay HC seeking a stay on the release of the trilingual film claiming that it shows the media baron in an adverse light and would hamper his shot at an impartial trial. But a division bench of the High Court have refused to grant a stay saying that it was now the duty of the Censor Board to view the film within the purview of the guidelines and provisions of The Cinematograph Act, 1952.
To help the cops who are working in the scorching heat, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, has invented a state-of-the-art moving van that will not only supply them with cold drinking water, but will also have an inbuilt loo and a sanitary napkin dispenser.
YouTube Gaming will now be available in India, Philippines and Malaysia from today. The service is Google’s foray into the live game-streaming space, currently dominated by Twitch. While the desktop version of the site was live for a while, the YouTube Gaming app is now available for Android and iOS.
The returns of coercing someone to shout a slogan are psychological, not political, writes Valson Thampu in The Hindu. It is unpatriotic to target individuals and communities. All the more so, if it is done in the name of Bharat Mata. The idea of requiring someone to shout Bharat Mata ki Jai is that Bharat is our common Mother... So long as people are labelled, ghettoised, targeted or traumatised, the compulsion to thrust slogans on them coercively will remain. Coercion is a one-eyed monster. It can see only one side of the equation. That is as good as saying that it cannot see any equation. Equality is innate in equation. It is the mindset of inequality that valorises coercion. But use of force is a recipe that has only worked, all through history, to the corruption and destruction of peoples and nations," he writes.
What lawyers won't offer counsel on is how little they are liable to you and the limited legal recourse one has, writes Dushyant Arora in his column in the Mumbai Mirror. "It is an open secret that many eminent senior advocates often fail to appear for their clients despite receiving a huge fee, paid in advance... Lawyers provide a service and must be held accountable for negligence like any other service provider. Even doctors are liable for negligence (at least in theory) and there is no logical reason to treat lawyers differently," he writes.
The Aadhaar Act was rightly categorised as a money bill and is wrongly expected to double up as a privacy statute, writes Arghya Sengupta in The Indian Express. At its core, the Aadhaar act creates a mechanism for unique identification of individuals in order to deliver subsidies, services and benefits from the Consolidated Fund of India alone... A salutary aspect of vigilance has been to point out that there is very little accountability for data handling in the Aadhaar act. This is a valid observation and the UIDAI must use its regulatory powers under Section 23 to set up a robust grievance redressal mechanism, including an ombudsman, to adequately bolster its accountability quotient," she writes.