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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday shared his opinion regarding the controversial Snapchat video shared by comedian Tanmay Bhat featuring (faces of) singer Lata Mangeshkar and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Beginning by saying that he hadn't seen the video, Tharoor pointed out that while some things were against the law, such as communal incitement and hate speeches, cracking bad jokes wasn't. It was merely in bad taste.
More than a century after his death inside a Ranchi jail, tribal leader Birsa Munda, who led an uprising against the British, will finally be free of shackles. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and the Tourism, Art, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs department has issued a notification asking all idols, statues or portraits of Munda displayed in government departments, different government authorities or institutions be replaced with the freedom fighter being depicted shackle-free.
31-year-old Geeta Tandon claims to be the only stuntwoman to have successfully attempted car chases in films — that too with minimal training. Tandon, who is a survivor of marital abuse, shared her experiences with a bad marriage, making rotis and dancing at weddings to make ends meet, and finally finding a career as a stuntwoman in Bollywood. She is a mother of two teenagers.
After years of infighting within the Chhattisgarh Congress, former chief minister Ajit Jogi on Thursday announced his intention to float a new political party to create a “Raman Singh-mukt Chhattisgarh”. His son Amit was expelled from the Congress earlier this year, following allegations of trying to fix by-election results in favour of the BJP. Jogi too was suspended after audio tapes allegedly featuring him and his son attempting to rig the poll were leaked.
14 protestors including a police superintendent and a constable were killed in clashes during a drive to evict illegal occupants of a land in Mathura district on Thursday. The clashes broke out when police were trying to evict illegal occupants of a land in Jawahar Bagh by activists, believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, on the directions of the Allahabad High Court. Country-made guns, rifles, pistols and cartridges were recovered from spot, and over 100 people were injured during the incident.
The man accused of slaying a University of California professor in a murder-suicide had made a 'kill list' that included a woman who has been found dead in Minnesota, police said on Thursday. The shooter, identified as Mainak Sarkar, 38, a doctoral student at the university turned the gun on himself after killing the professor.
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Hundreds of patients who wait endlessly for surgery or discharge at Delhi's All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) hospital, will now receive help under the newly floated policy called 'adopt a patient'. Many of the patients are abandoned by their kin because they don't have money to buy equipment needed for rehabilitation at home. Now, the adoption scheme, officials said, will fill the gap between demand and supply in donations for the patients.
Eager to promote the Yoga globally, Modi government has included short-term Yoga courses in the list of permissible activities fro grant of tourist and e-tourist visa. Currently, an e-tourist visa is granted to foreigners whose objectivities for visiting India include recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
A recent report released by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation claims that the dreaded E. coli bacteria was found in 92 per cent of all ice samples tested prior to the monsoon across Mumbai. The presence of the bacteria — indicative of inferior/impure quality of water used to freeze into ice-cubes — can lead to severe gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, vomiting, food poisoning and other illnesses.
New Madras High Court rules framing the conduct of lawyers can have chilling consequences for the independence of the legal profession, say NGR Prasad, D Nagasaila and V Suresh in The Hindu. "Recent months have also witnessed a growing and deepening distrust of judges by lawyers and a vehement resolve of the judges to ‘show the advocates their place’. This restiveness is on account of falling standards, failing ethics, and growing corruption — both amongst lawyers as also the judiciary... But emasculating the legal profession alone, in the name of regulating courts, will not just cripple not just lawyers but affect the democratic fabric of our country," they said.
Internet polls provide evidence that a strict nuclear taboo is not widespread among the Indian public, write Benjamin A Valentino and Scott D Sagan in The Indian Express. "Although most Indian citizens will oppose using nuclear weapons first when asked in such general terms, public opinion changes when presented with more specific crisis scenarios... If confronted with real-world scenarios in which a nuclear first-strike might actually be considered by Indian leaders, public support for nuclear first use is actually very high," they say.
The ancient Sumerians stole humour from the Indians, then the Romans stole it from the Sumerians, and finally the Brits took it from the Romans and, like everything else, they took, they kept it and didn’t give it back, writes Dipankar De Sarkar for Mint. "A common perception among non-Indians and other such foreigners is that Indians, at best, have no sense of humour. At worst, they cannot tolerate anyone who does. This, of course, is a dreadful canard spread by anti-national elements and foreigners. Because, Indians do have a sense of humour—it’s just that no one else gets it," he says.
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