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Shreya Ukil, a former employee at Wipro Ltd, has won a landmark case of sex discrimination and victimisation against the software giant at the London Employment Tribunal. Ukil had sued Wipro in October last year, alleging then that she was subjected to a "deeply predatory, misogynistic culture" at the outsourcing giant. On the counts of sexual discrimination, unequal pay, harassment and unfair dismissal, she had claimed £1.2 million (approximately ₹12 crore) in damages.
Bollywood's superstars Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, were set to clash at the box-office this July with their films Sultan and Raees respectively. But on Tuesday Shah Rukh, along with his producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment, released an official statement saying they're postponing the release of Raees to next year.
The Congress-led UDF and its chief minister Oommen Chandy is engaged in a scorching battle with the CPM-led Left Democratic Front, to stay in power in Kerala. With the emergence of the BJP as a major spoiler, the electoral contest also poses the danger of disrupting traditional electoral alliances of the three major religious communities as well as the majority Nair and Ezhava communities. Some of the major challenges faced by the Congress are listed here.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal started a storm on Wednesday when he pointed out the sponsor logos of Reliance and Ola on the e-rickshaw that Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode in and tried to take a dig on the PM. But after Kejriwal's tweet, "Is this an ad for Ola or Reliance," he the social media started trolling him, digging up his old photographs with various day-to-day products.
Targeting the UPA regime over the controversial AgustaWestland deal, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that the ongoing inquiry will focus on the roles of those named in the judgement of the Italian court. He, along with Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu, rejected the opposition demand for Supreme Court-monitored probe, protesting which Congress staged a walkout.
Shifting its stand on the Supreme Court’s suggestion for an immediate floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly, the Centre said it was “seriously considering” it for serving the cause of democracy. This comment came a day after a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh reiterated its proposal to have a floor test and end the constitutional impasse.
Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) will declare the results for class 10th and ISC (class 12th) on May 6 at 3 pm. “This year, the results are going to be declared two weeks earlier… Our decision to go with the new live ink character recognition technology has helped us to be in this position,” said a notification issued by the board.
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Delhi chapter of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and Sun Pharmaceuticals signed an agreement to develop a "novel" botanical drug to combat dengue. Supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, the drug, Cipa, with its roots in traditional Ayurvedic knowledge, is projected as the first plant-based medicine to be supported by the rigour and the clinical programme required for chemical drug, in India.
A joint team of the CBI and a special task force of UP police arrested one of the prime accused in the Vyapam scam. Ramesh Shivhare, who had been absconding for the past three years, was picked up from Kanpur.
A motion poster for Hrithik Roshan's upcoming film Kaabil was released on Wednesday. Directed by Sanjay Gupta of Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007) fame, the poster shows Hrithik's eyes and one tagline: "The mind sees all".
Who are we to decide that Adhyayan Suman is a liar or Kangana Ranaut is an abuser, asks Piyasree Dasgupta in HuffPost India. "A man, like a woman, has complete autonomy on when and how he intends to come out with a story of abuse... Many related articles don't refer to the allegation of physical abuse, nearly implying that a man cannot be a victim of physical violence, and a woman cannot be a perpetrator. Worse till, how exactly is Suman's acting chops or the lack of them, a clear indicator that he has not been subjected to any kind of abuse? Also, just because he didn't make an impact as an actor, do we have to deny him his identity and endorse the idea that he be relegated to a being just someone's son, someone's ex, minus any individuality," she asks.
It is the Supreme Court and not the Parliament that has found time to pay attention to serious issues of drought relief and mitigation for hundreds of millions of Indians, says Yogendra Yadav, in an opinion piece in The Hindu. "udicial scrutiny so far has already forced various governments to move on drought relief. The Central government has had to agree in the court to increase the first instalment of MGNREGS funds from Rs.7,000 crore to over Rs.19,000 crore and to clarify that there is no budget cap on the scheme. It also agreed to revise the rates of crop-loss compensation and implement it in the coming financial year. After dragging their feet for over two years, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh governments were forced to implement the National Food Security Act," he writes.
Sixty years after it was made, Pather Panchali resonates with freshness and with what critics have called its lyrical humanism. There is poetry in that film — in its silences, its imagery, its starkness — and there is humanity, says Salil Tripathi, in Mint. "Ray was not a state propagandist, nor was he in the business of projecting India in a bad light; he took the lens off the camera and let life roll in. The greatest artists do that, but small-minded critics obsessed with narrow nationalism and the false pride that patriotism brings don’t understand that. And so, they criticize the artists. But like Apu, the art carries on, singing the song of the road," he says.
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