29/07/2016 9:01 AM IST | Updated 29/07/2016 11:00 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Mamata Banerjee Gives 30 Letters To PM; Transgender Identity Not To Be Classified As Mental Disorder

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Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni was recently named as a prime accused in a multi-crore drug racket linked to drug baron Vicky Goswami. But drugs-related criminal charges aside, Kulkarni, who is currently living in Nairobi, is all about spirituality and penance now. Kulkarni also said that even though she is no longer in a relationship with alleged gangster Goswami anymore, she still loves him. In the same way that we love our pet dogs.

You spend your entire childhood wanting to grow up and when you finally do, you regret every bit of it. Adulthood is synonymous with responsibilities, pressure, depression, and a really long wait to retirement. While office life can be a drag, HuffPost India has collected the tweets of a bunch of people who are turning their everyday misery into hilarious jokes.

Writer Mahasweta Devi, best known for works such as Hajar Churashir Ma (Mother of 1084) and Rudali (which was made into a well-known movie by Kalpana Lajmi), among others, died on Thursday. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj paid tribute to her on Twitter. However, Swaraj, in her second tweet (which has now been deleted) got confused between Mahasweta Devi and another writer — late Ashapurna Devi. Twitter noticed immediately and corrected the minister.

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The disciplinary panel of the National Anti-Doping Agency's (NADA) hearing on dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been concluded and will pronounce its verdict over the weekend. Following the conclusion of the two-day hearing, NADA's lawyer said that Yadav had not been able to provide substantial evidence to justify his claims of conspiracy behind his positive dope test.

Democrat Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever to accept a major US party's presidential nomination. Clinton appeared almost overcome with emotion as she entered the arena to loud cheers and embraced her daughter, Chelsea, who introduced her as the next President of the United States.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi about 30 letters during their meeting in Delhi on Wednesday. Reportedly, the letters detailed the different ways in which the state government felt shortchanged by the Centre's 'unilateral undermining of federalism'.

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Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, has slapped a ₹500 crore defamation case against journalist Arnab Goswami. Naik has claimed that Goswami has been running a 'hate campaign' and 'media trial' against him.

Superstar Rajinikanth who is currently revelling in the success of his film Kabali, posed for a picture with his son-in-law Dhanush for his birthday. The 'Kolaveri di' singer, who is married to Rajinikanth's daughter Aishwarya, posted the photo on his Twitter page with the caption, "Blessings...blessed [sic]".

Transgender identity should no longer be classified as a mental disorder in a World Health Organisation list of diseases, said a recent study presented in Mexico. Violence and social rejection are the cause of mental distress and impairment among transgender people, not their gender identity, the study said.


Creative destruction leads to new technology cycles and benefits us all, says an editorial in Mint. "Last week, Japan's Funai Electric announced the inevitable — it was producing the last batch of the video cassette recorders (VCRs) using the video home system (VHS). With the announcement, the digital era — with its CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and torrents — drove the last nail on the coffin of analogue technology... The significance of the VCR being phased out is thus not restricted to the entertainment industry. It points to a larger picture: to stay relevant, both machines and humans must upgrade and update. Innovation is an integral part of productivity and growth," it says.

Irom Sharmila's decision to call off her fast is as powerful as her 16-year struggle. We need to understand what she's telling us, writes Shiv Visvanathan in The Hindu. "While concluding the fast, she made two statements of hope. She decided to stand for elections and she decided to get married to her Goan-British boyfriend, Desmond Coutinho. It is the double-edged power of her announcement that needs to be celebrated. Ms. Sharmila's statement is the very embodiment of normalcy, of the everydayness that she fought for 16 years," he writes.

The concept of private members' bill is central to a deliberative democracy, writes SN Sahu in The Indian Express. "Introduction of more private members' bills augurs well for our democracy. These are healthy indicators of constructive and deliberative legislative behaviour which are categorical imperatives for parliamentary democracy," he says.

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