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Lisa Haydon, the Bollywood actress who played the role of Vijayalakshmi in Queendoesn't like to be called a feminist as it is an over-used term about which people make a lot of noise. Haydon is the latest one in the line of Bollywood actresses such as Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Parineeti Chopra, Katrina Kaif, who don't like the 'F' word.
When Swami Vigyananand, the Joint General Secretary of the hardline Vishwa Hindu Parishad, announced that the word 'industry' was actually derived from Indus, the comment snowballed into hilarious jokes about similar words and their alleged 'origins'. People on social media joked that not only just industry, the word manufacturing came from 'Manu', symmetry from 'Sim' and geometry from 'some jaw'.
At a time when several Indian actors are trying hard to star in mainstream Hollywood films, Raman Raghav 2.0 actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui recently said that it was an 'overrated' endeavour. He said the process of finding an agent, showcasing one's work abroad and convincing filmmakers there to hire Indian actors, was 'not worth it'.
India has decided to invest $500 million to develop the strategically located Chabahar port in Iran, allowing New Delhi easy access to Afghanistan and Europe circumventing Pakistan. A trilateral agreement on transport and transit corridor was also signed by India, Afghanistan and Iran, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi said could alter the course of the history of the region.
Minutes after taking charge as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for a consecutive second term, J Jayalalithaa signed five orders, like crop loan waiver for farmers, beginning a phased prohibition by reducing timing of the state-owned liquor outlets and closing 500 such shops.
Nabarangpur, one of India’s poorest districts recently got a brand new chemotherapy centre, a one-room unit near the ICU with two beds. Dr Dinesh Y Pendharkar, from Mumbai’s Asian Institute of Oncology, had also visited the hospital in April and had diagnosed around 85 patients.
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Pakistan-born Bollywood singer and actress Salma Agha has applied for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card and her request is being examined by the Home Ministry. Agha has applied for the card that gives multiple entry, multi-purpose life-long visa to visit India and exemption from reporting to police authorities for any length of stay in the country.
An 85-year-old woman in Delhi was reportedly beaten up by her 60-year-old daughter over a fight about food. A video taken by a neighbour clearly shows the mother being pushed and thrashed by the daughter; but the elderly woman has refused to register a complaint.
Amazon India has upgraded its return policy for electronic items and now, electronics are no longer eligible for refunds. The website said that the customers can still get defective electronic products that have been fulfilled by Amazon replaced.
Moving towards a water pricing regime is the only solution to promote efficient and equitable usage of water, says an editorial in Mint. "A Hindi proverb, paisa paani ki tarah bahaana, warns against wasteful expenditure of money on the scale of water... That India — a country ranking high on water scarcity — spends water so profligately is not just proverbial, but has now also been driven home with two consecutive years of drought. And it is the proverb comes with a solution: tie the usage of paani (water) to payment of paisa (money)," it says
The unsuccessful conclusion of the Afghan Quadrilateral Coordination Group’s talks in Islamabad, the US Congress’s conditions on Pakistan to do more on Afghanistan to receive any further American aid, and the killing of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Balochistan are likely to have significant implications on the future of the Afghan peace process, says D Suba Chandran in The Hindu. "Did one development cause the other? Or did they take place simultaneously, and is the sequencing just a coincidence? Either way, they have serious implications for the Afghan peace process," he says.
The SC's recent judgment upholding Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC as constitutionally valid received wide attention, including visible, vibrant, sometimes even vicious criticism, is itself a sign that free speech in India is not under any threat, writes Abhishek Singhvi in The Indian Express. "To even remotely insinuate that this judgement is the contorted view of a particular set of judges is grossly unfair. Worse, it would be malicious, reflecting lack of grace from vocal losers and may itself justify criminal defamation, but for the safeguards found in these very sections," he says.
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