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When Bihar's controversial Humanities topper Ruby Rai, was asked to write an essay about the poet and saint Tulsidas in a re-test, she manage to write just one sentence — "Tulsidas ji, pranam". Rai was taking the re-test a month after she told a TV channel that 'prodikal science' (political science), a subject she had topped in, was about cooking.
In one of the most dramatic entries at an awards show IIFA 2016 hosts Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor ditched the luxury cars for Spanish donkeys to hit the green carpet. The duo rode in on the donkeys, flanked by Spanish musicians and dancers.
After sprinter Dutee Chand on Saturday booked a Rio Games berth at the 26th G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan, two more Indian athletes long jump champion Ankit Sharma and sprinter Srabani Nanda hopped onboard.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh accused Pakistan of trying to destabilise India, a day after militants ambushed a CRPF convoy in Kashmir killing eight personnel. Singh said while the security forces have 'standing orders' to not fire the first bullet, they were also told 'not to count bullets while retaliating'.
As its first entry into a multilateral export control regime, India is set to join the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member, three days after it failed to get NSG membership due to stiff opposition from China and a few other countries. The aim of the MTCR is to restrict the proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles and related technology for systems of mass destruction.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said BJP would be able to retain power in next state assembly polls in 2018 as well as at the Centre in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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A woman kissed Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on the cheek at a public meeting on Sunday, leaving him visibly embarrassed. The incident happened at a programme to felicitate newly elected members of zilla panchayats and taluk panchayats.
Unilever, world's second biggest advertiser and owner of the Axe brand of deodorants, announced last week that it will soon drop sexist stereotypes from its ads, where skimpily-clad women do anything for male attention. The changes will be made on a global level, Unilever added.
The police busted a prostitution racket being run under the guise of a production house in Mumbai, where a 24-year-old model lured aspiring models with roles in movies and shot them in the nude. She would then force them into the flesh trade.
If we want a more flexible, borderless, creative world, we need systems to insure the losers from globalisation, writes Tarun Ramadorai in Mint. "In the short run, the UK will inevitably suffer a period of painful adjustment in the aftermath of Brexit. For its leaders, articulating a positive vision of globalisation is now more important than ever. There are two paths possible now, one which leads to a more parochial future, and the other to a model of an open, global and inclusive society," he writes.
Sadly, however, that is overwhelmingly not the case, with the old English rule of 'man' including 'women' and indeed, all of humankind continuing to remain in currency, writes Richa Roy in The Indian Express. "The ludicrousness of this rule is contained in the State Bank of India Act, 1955, which only has references to a 'chairman' and therefore Arundhati Bhattacharya’s business card identifies her as the chairman of the SBI... Linguistic theorists believe the use of the default common pronoun 'he' was justified by 17th and 18th century (mostly male) grammarians on the grounds that language (much like the culture it articulated) was biased in favour of the 'superior' and 'worthier' male gender... Not only does this require updating, as women are more visible and participate in public life (so that language reflects reality), but must also change in order to transform our public imagination (so that language reflects what we want the world to be)," she writes.
By committing a set of silly, schoolboyish errors the BJP — a battle-hardened outfit helmed by a man of considerable political and administrative experience — has played into the hands of Aam Admi Party which depends upon the media as its raison d'être, writes Sreemoy Talukdar for Firstpost. "As was evident during the furore over PM Modi's degree issue when the BJP fielded no less than party president Amit Shah and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to counter AAP chief's charges, the BJP seems to have decided that it will take on AAP with all the aggression at its command. There is only one problem with this strategy though. This is exactly what Kejriwal wants," he says.
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