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The Udta Punjab controversy with the Censor Board is becoming bigger by the day. While director Anurag Kashyap took a direct dig at Minister of Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley by saying he was 'disappointed in him', other people from the fraternity such as Arjun Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Mahesh Bhatt, Varun Grover and Hansal Mehta among several others, are voicing their angst against the CBFC's narrow-minded outlook.
At a time when a spate of attacks on Africans in India have caused widespread outrage, former Goa Chief Minister Ravi Naik called for a ban by the Central government on Nigerians from entering India. Referring to Nigerians with the pejorative 'negroes', the senior Congress leader also told reporters that Nigerians have been causing 'problems' in Goa and other parts of the country.
When Thiruvananthapuram-based artiste Jacintha Morris' video 'Is Suzainne a sinner?' was uploaded on YouTube, the 52-year-old had to face a barrage of rude comments, fake profiles and other forms of cyber bullying. Morris, who was tagged by the internet as 'India's Taher Shah', was told by her children that they were ashamed of the song, and in turn, her.
During his address to the American business community at the annual gala of the US India Business Council (USIBC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi observed that the world needed a new engine of growth. Adding that India was poised to contribute as the new engine of global growth, he asserted that a larger Indian economy had 'multiple benefits' for the world.
Sparking off a fresh controversy, VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi said that it was time to make India 'free of Muslims'. Known for raging storms in public, the Sadhvi claimed the mission of a Congress-free India has already been 'accomplished' and it was now time to rid the country of Muslims.
The Delhi government advertising campaign that amounted to ₹18.47 crore was slammed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). The ad blitz on AAP government's first anniversary was called as 'unjustified', 'irregular' and against the 'basic financial tenets of public expenditure', by the CAG).
Off The Front Page
A 43-year-old homemaker from Mumbai, who appeared for Class X examination along with her 16-year-old daughter this year, is elated as both of them managed to clear it together. Sarita Zagade, mother of two girls, who appeared for her first ever Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination, scored 44 per cent marks, while her daughter Shrutika scored 69 per cent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped fix a six-year-old's heart when she wrote a letter to him telling him that she had a hole in her heart, but was too poor to get treated for it. The Pune-based-student had written had attached her school identity card with the letter. Five days after posting it, the girl got a free surgery done, after a letter from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) prompted the district collector to convene a meeting with representatives from all Pune hospitals.
A final-year medical student died a day after undergoing a simple hair transplant procedure at a salon in Chennai over a couple of weeks ago. Since the family did not file a police complaint an FIR has not been registered, and the death is being attributed to a complications arising out of an unmanaged allergy to anaesthesia.
Today god-men, accomplished practitioners of the art of politics, wield considerable power and political clout. But they wilfully overlook, and thereby sanction misery, hunger and filth, writes Neera Chandhoke in The Hindu. "Consider the paradoxes of this rapidly growing phenomenon. Men of god are expected to be renouncers. New-age gurus dress in flashy apparel, travel in luxurious private planes, host celebrations attended by pomp and splendour, and endeavour to arouse shock and awe among devotees. Ministers, Supreme Court judges, high-ranking bureaucrats, police officers, corporate honchos, and media personalities genuflect at the feet of self-styled gurus. Never have religious leaders fetched such unthinking obeisance, and untrammelled power as they do today. It is not surprising that they have neither time nor inclination to do something about the ills of our society," she writes.
Even though Reserve Bank of India's monetary policy stance remains ‘accommodative’, any rate cut in August is ruled out, writes Tamal Bandyopadhyay in Mint. "In the April policy statement, RBI had said that it would watch macroeconomic and financial developments in the months ahead with a view to responding as space opens up. This holds true even now, but uncertainties about opening up the space are far higher now than they were in April. Clearly, the focus remains on better transmission of the monetary policy," he says.
The difficulty with criminal defamation is the law is often abused and the process itself becomes a punishment, writes Madhavi Goradia Divan in The Indian Express, regarding the Tanmay Bhat Snapchat video debacle. "The process [of filing a defamation case] is in desperate need of reform. One, criminal complaints should not be entertained unless the damage to reputation is prima facie, a serious one. Frivolous complaints should be dismissed at the threshold. That apart, complaints cannot be entertained except on behalf of the “person aggrieved”. The courts have held that merely admirers or busybodies do not have locus to complain. That is to say that unless Sachin Tendulkar or Lata Mangeshkar feel compelled to complain, which they do not seem to, nobody can take up cudgels for them. There is no remedy for others who take umbrage except through free speech — criticise or condemn," she writes.
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