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A recent video of a road melting in Gujarat went viral on Sunday, demonstrating the extremity of the heat wave faced by India. Recently, Rajasthan recorded the country's highest temperature of 51 degrees in Phalodi city.
Newly-elected BCCI president Anurag Thakur today vowed to carry on the reforms process in the organisation, insisting that the Board would not run away from implementing the "practical" recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee.
Twenty-five passengers aboard a bus had a miraculous escape in Junagadh, Gujarat after a bridge collapsed just as the bus was passing over it. Even as half of the rear end of the bus was hanging at the edge of the collapsed bridge — the driver managed to make it halfway to safety before the bridge broke.
Sohail Khan, youngest brother of Salman Khan, hurled abuses at some journalists who were asking him about Salman's wedding plans. Sohail, who was accompanied by father Salim and mother Helen yelled at the journalists and asked them to shut their cameras.
The first India-made technology demonstrator made of Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), that can launch satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter the atmosphere, was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 7 am on Monday. The mission was declared successful 20 minutes after lift-off. The 6.5 meter long space shuttle weighs about 1.75 tons and was built by a team of 600 scientists at a cost of ₹95 crore over five years.
Contrary to the reports making rounds on social media that Anurag Thakur is the youngest BCCI president, a news website has pointed out that he is in fact the sixth one at the age 42. Fatehsinghrao Prataprao Gaekwad was the youngest BCCI president, elected in 1963 at the age of 33, followed by Raymond Eustace Grant Govan at 37, among others.
India’s Tata Motors is in talks with a local manufacturer in Tehran to set up a joint venture for assembling its petrol cars in Iran as it is looking to tap the fast growing market that has emerged after the sanctions.
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Green pigmentation from an insect breeding in the Yamuna waters has allegedly been discolouring the Taj Mahal’s marble walls. The National Green Tribunal has reportedly issued a notice to the authorities on this matter.
After a BJP MP led a drive for allowing Dalits to enter the Silgur devta temple in Pokhri village in Jaunsar Bawar, Dehradun, the temple is now being 'purified' with a nine-day long pooja.
Noted actor Irrfan Khan will hold a special screening of Marathi movie Sairat, a searing indictment of caste discrimination in Maharashtra. Directed by Nagraj Manjule, the film talks about relationship between two young teenagers, who face several challenges before eloping.
Voters are responding to a greater extent to the ‘development agenda’ and parties are finding new ways to use the media to reach them. More than anything, we are starting to see generational shifts in the way parties function, and this has become a fundamental part of understanding election results, writes Ashish Ranjan in The Hindu. "Now, voters know a lot more about their candidates and parties by just turning on the television. These types of tactics don’t work like they used to. Voters are becoming more ‘sophisticated’ as a result of greater information in the system. They are directly demanding economic development and infrastructure, rather than using identity politics as a proxy for these things. This is no random electoral defeat. In this election, the Congress and the Left Front in Assam and Bengal showed themselves to be old, sputtering machines that have yet to fully grasp the realities of the modern Indian electorate," he says.
Another abysmal showing for the Congress might just be the last nail in the electoral coffin for the grand old party, says Vivek Dehejia in Mint. "Politically mature democracies tend eventually to outgrow the party in power at the time of independence or which dominated their early post-independence history. Could India be living through the long goodbye of the Congress," he asks.
India’s participation in the Chabahar port project, on the south-eastern coast of Iran and the associated transport and transit agreements illustrate the country's opportunities and delay points to deep-rooted internal constraints, writes C Raja Mohan in The Indian Express. "The successful launch of the Chabahar project allows India to circumvent the geographic limitations imposed by Partition and the enduring hostility with Pakistan... It is the vast gap between an expansive rhetoric on promoting regional connectivity and the lack of institutional capacity to implement strategic projects across and beyond borders. The Chabahar project, hopefully, is the first step in plugging that gap," he says.
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