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The Morning Wrap: Govt Orders 50,000 Bulletproof Vests For Army; Baba Ramdev Hangs Out With Lalu Yadav

Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev performs yoga at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to attend the Maha Kumbh festival, which is one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days and falls every 12 years. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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A Lahore-based criminal lawyer, recently made a video where Pakistani women revealed the ways they were been body-shamed, and the effect it has had on them since then. The video, which is a part of an anti-bullying campaign, is going viral on social media.

Alleged middleman in the VVIP chopper scam, Christian Michel, has claimed that the Modi government had put pressure on him to implicate "any member of the Gandhi family" in exchange of all charges being dropped against him, said recent reports. In the letter, he claimed to have refused to cut such a deal, which resulted in an arrest warrant that was issued against him within a week "without so much as summons", he said.

Former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen won many hearts at her kids' school recently. The 40-year-old actress gave an insight into the meaning of life and referred to the 'Yellow Road' from L Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at one of the school events.

In a bizarre incident, two girls from Uttar Pradesh, stole cash from their homes and ran away in a failed bid to meet Tiger Shroff in Mumbai. They left their home on the pretext of using the washroom and proceeded to make their way to the railway station to catch a train to Mumbai.

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Wrong depiction of the map of India could land the violators in jail with a maximum term of seven years and fine upto ₹100 crore. This measure has been envisaged by the government against the backdrop of instances where certain social networking sites showed Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as part of Pakistan and China respectively.

Seven years after the Army said it desperately needed nearly two lakh bulletproof jackets, action is being taken to plug a basic necessity for the soldiers. In an SOS deal, a ₹125 crore contract for 50,000 vests is on the verge of being finalised with a supplier that is part of the Tata group. A complete delivery will take place within six months.

Three persons have been arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old nursing student in an autorickshaw in Kerala. The teenager, a second year BSC nursing student, had told the police that she was assaulted by her friends Shyju, 24, and 25-year-old Sujith, in the former's autorickshaw. Both the accused have been taken into custody. The girl was in a state of shock and suffered fits when she was found by some people who rushed to the vehicle on hearing her cries for help, police said.

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In an unusual display of bonhomie, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and yoga guru Baba Ramdev praised each other recently. While the spiritual leader smeared cream on the former Bihar chief minister’s forehead and gifted him a whole range of Patanjali products, Lalu heaped praises on the spiritual leader.

The pilot plant at Tamil Nadu's Kalpakkam has devised a way to make potable water — 6.3 million litres of it every day — from sea water. They have also developed certain filteration methods that ensure groundwater containing arsenic and uranium are safe to drink.

A 50-year-old video of a celebrity match between Team Dilip Kumar v/s Team Raj Kapoor played by actors such as Rajendra Kumar, Jeevan, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Shobha Khote, Sunil Dutt and Mehmood, among others is going viral on social media. Reportedly, the match was played in 1962, when the actors gathered in Shivaji Park of Mumbai, to play a match for collection of funds for the drought-affected people in Maharashtra.


The party must know that ducking the questions on AgustaWestland will not make them go away, writes GVL Narasimha Rao in The Indian Express. "The Congress is now making desperate attempts to shift the focus from the central issue of bribes, as it did in the wake of Bofors. The man on the street is asking: Why did the names of Sonia Gandhi and her party leaders appear in the Milan judgment? Why would Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel panic so much, and claim they were not scared," he asks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to abandon the previous practice of inviting panchayat representatives to Vigyan Bhawan and share with central and state dignitaries, writes Mani Shankar Aiyar for NDTV. "Until systemically, specific tasks, real authority and solid finances are transferred to the panchayats, and the local bureaucracy and technocracy is subordinated to the discipline of the panchayats, gram sabhas will not be able to effectively exercise their right and duty to democratically hold their representatives responsible for the development of the panchayat and the welfare of the inhabitants," he writes.

Too many young professionals have internalised the lesson that to earn any money, you’ve got to spend a lot of it, writes Gayatri Jayaraman for Buzzfeed. "These are the metro-dwelling twenty-somethings who’ve internalised the pressures surrounding them, and spend a majority of their salaries on keeping up the lifestyles and appearances that they believe are essential to earning those salaries," she says.

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