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After the Censor Board told the producers of Udta Punjab that they could not have a reference of Punjab in the film, other than in its title and recommended 89 cuts in the films, producers Phantom and Balaji Motion Pictures are now planning to move Bombay High Court against the verdict. The Censor Board has also recommended deleting scenes that show substance abuse and use of expletives. They have also said the film shouldn't make any political references.
The clash between members of the Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi sect and the Uttar Pradesh police that killed 29 people in Mathura has led to some startling revelations about this group. Among other details, it has come to light that the sect was a registered political party, that it gave arms training to their children, the members were followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and that the sect was funded by people from across the country.
E-commerce giant Amazon found itself in midst of a major controversy on Saturday, when it was discovered that it was offering doormats with images of Hindu gods and goddesses for sale on its website. Faced with complaints and protests by Hindus, Amazon has now removed the doormats.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the US on Tuesday on a three-day visit during which he is set to hold talks with President Barack Obama to review bilateral ties and address a joint session of the US Congress. Modi arrived at the Joint Base Andrews from Switzerland where he secured the European nation's support for India's NSG membership ahead of a key meeting of the 48-nation bloc.
Former Team India Director Ravi Shastri confirmed that he has applied for the chief coach's post of the Indian cricket team, staking strong claims of returning at the helm. The former India captain had earlier worked with the team for 18 months as its director. His contract ended at the conclusion of ICC World T20.
In the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is set to replicate their strategy that won them a record 71 of the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats two years ago. Rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah’s direct interaction with booth level party activists, and the RSS’s works at the ground level, are some of the key ingredients that worked wonders last time.
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Over 96 children fell ill after eating a mid day meal in their Government school in Jharkhand’s Jamua on Monday. According to sources, a lizard had fallen into the food during the preparation, leaving it contaminated. The children began complaining of stomach ache soon after they consumed the contaminated food. They were then taken to a hospital for check-up.
The US government returned to Prime Minister Narendra Modi the precious stolen artefacts from India. These include a priceless bronze idol of Lord Ganesha removed from a temple in Tamil Nadu, a statue from the Chola period and a Mauryan dynasty statue. Some of these priceless pieces were stolen from museums and temples and then smuggled into the US.
Rahul Gandhi supporters want one gift for the Congress vice president on his birthday on 19 June — his promotion as a party president. According to reports, a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) would be called on 15 June, followed by an All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting where the new president would be elected.
What Muhammad Ali was to the world, Sachin Tendulkar is to India. Their body of work, the precious heirloom that their respective nations flaunt, gave them the unconditional love of millions, writes Sandeep Dwivedi in The Indian Express. It’s said that sportspersons are the product of times. Ali lived in an era of war, experienced brutal racial bias and suffered due to civil unrest. All this made him an outspoken rebel. Today’s sports stars can lose a million dollar contract for a politically wrong utterance... If Ali was the outspoken outlier, Tendulkar is, almost, the establishment man," he says.
It is time our technologically desensitised ‘civilisation’ woke up from its ecological foolishness before its follies wipe us all out, writes Aseem Shrivastava in The Hindu. "The hubristic industrial age — especially the era of fossil fuels, which has falsely given educated humanity the extended illusion that we are somehow, magically, exempt from the laws of the natural world, that the technosphere is about to take the place of the biosphere — has driven a sharp wedge not merely between humanity and nature. It has drawn an equally sharp wedge between human cultures, with the triumphant market’s marked indifference to human communities. For this profound socio-ecological alienation, not only is the entire gamut of non-human species paying a heavy price today, the laws of ecology quietly whisper that our own species already is, and ultimately will be, the just bearer of the weight of such sins," he says.
The major obstacle for India to capitalise on its digital advantage is the government muddled thinking and policymaking, says an editorial in Mint. "In the past few months, the Modi administration and various state governments have failed repeatedly to show that they have the capacity to deal with the regulatory challenges that accompany such growth opportunities. From the drive against app-based taxi aggregators to the insistence on a 30% domestic sourcing rule that scuppered Apple’s plans to set up shop here to the absurd restrictions on foreign direct investment in domestic e-commerce companies, there has been a signal lack of the nimbleness needed to keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital economy," it says.
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