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Kausalya, the wife of a Dalit man who was hacked to death for marrying a woman from a higher caste, attempted suicide on 11 May. She consumed poison in the form of a substance popularly used in villages to mix with cow-dung as an insecticide and colour. She has survived, and is now at a government hospital in Udumalpet, Tripura in Tamil Nadu.
In a candid interview, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who will next be seen in Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav 2.0 talked about how he researched for his character of Raman, the notorious real-life serial killer from Mumbai. He also talked about his struggle for 'making it big' in the industry and his reverent admiration for filmmaker Kashyap.
The BJP’s greatest liability in West Bengal is that it has been a non-player, and for once, the ABVP, and by extension, the BJP got a chance to be freedom-of-expression victim for a change for a film screening ban in Jadavpur University. But due to their reckless statements about the women students in JU, they have turned themselves from freedom-of-expression victims into just another set of misogynistic hot-headed dadas threatening violence.
The beef ban in India is stunting rural growth and affecting agriculture, Adi Godrej, the chairman of Godrej Group, said, adding that India is the world's largest exporter of buffalo meat. He is one of the few industrialists to openly voice his concern as many states seek to strictly impose the ban on beef. Godrej added that there was nothing wrong with Hindus eating beef as it was not considered a religious practice.
The 16th Lok Sabha’s eighth session on Wednesday created history by going about the business smoothly in the lower house, without any adjournment due to interruptions. Such smooth functioning of the Lok Sabha proceedings was earlier witnessed in 1990 and 1992 only, a senior Lok Sabha official said.
Riding on the goodwill between India and the UAE after PM Narendra Modi's recent interactions with the country, the Enforcement Directorate is approaching the UAE for the extradition of key AgustaWestland deal scam middleman Christian James Michel. Reportedly, the ED has already prepared a formal and is likely to despatch it in a few days.
India has approached Interpol for issuance of an arrest warrant against liquor baron Vijay Mallya in connection with a money laundering case being probed by the ED. The development came after Britain recently declining India's request to deport the businessman from there.
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To make sure that the children of the women inmates in Karnataka's jails don't lose out on the bonding with their children, the jail authorities are planning to open a kids' corner - without any barriers - in the women's wings of the state prisons to facilitate healthy mother-child interaction. This is being designed on the lines of the Chanchalguda Central Jail, one of the oldest jails located in the old city area of Hyderabad. These sections would be exclusively meant for mother-child interactions.
Dawood Ibrahim, the global Indian gangster, who was declared a UN terrorist in 2003, still resides in bungalow, D-13 at block-4, Karachi, Pakistan. Despite what the public thinks, Ibrahim moves in and out of countries easily, and has his fingers in all sorts of pies — from transport sector in Pakistan, narcotics routes in South Asia, betting, and now funding terror outfits, among others.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Kerala government to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the controversial allegations of a Navy officer's estranged wife that her husband and his colleagues on INS Kochi indulged in wife-swapping and tortured her because of her refusal to join them. The SIT has been asked to complete the investigation within three months.
Education is confused with certification and that the students survive a joyless system is a tribute to their resilience, says Dev Lahiri in The Indian Express. "It is worrisome that we have yet to create an institute with the same brand equity as an IIT or IIM. And ironically, it is the schoolteacher who prepares all the entrants for the IITs and IIMs and indeed for all other professions. It is also well-known that dishonesty is rampant in our examination centres. So how valid are these results," he asks.
That scarcity of water and its poor quality plague many parts of India this year is widely acknowledged today. Yet it has taken the Supreme Court to call out the reluctance of some States to declare a drought while simultaneously decrying the Centre’s recourse to “federalism” as an excuse to avoid taking up the matter with these States, says an editorial in The Hindu. "If one sets aside the question of whether this is another case of judicial overreach, it is difficult to deny that this is a truly landmark judgment. By laying down a broad framework for dealing with such situations and firmly emphasising that the government cannot absolve itself from acting decisively, the manner in which we deal with drought in the future may change markedly, and for the better.
The bigger worry for the Reserve Bank of India from a medium-term perspective is food, which has 40 per cent weight in the consumer price index, says Dharmakirti Joshi in Mint. Reining in food inflation despite two successive monsoon failures is some achievement indeed. Credit for this must go to the government’s proactive management of food supply and fiscal restraint, low global food inflation, and the RBI's relentless focus on tamping down inflationary expectations. That sets the stage for benign inflation to continue this fiscal as well if monsoon rainfall is normal — as seems the emerging consensus. Rating company Crisil Ltd sees CPI-based inflation averaging 5 per cent this fiscal," he says.
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