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On the occasion of legendary singer Kishore Kumar's 87th birth anniversary on Thursday, HuffPost India compiled a list of quotes from one of the rare interviews given by him in 1985 to a top magazine. From confessing that he didn't like people very much, to how how he never wanted to act, he had also talked about how his third marriage to actress Yogita Bali was a 'joke'.
Mahmood Farooqui, co-director of the 2010 Hindi film Peepli Live (2010), has been sentenced to seven years in jail for raping an American researcher. Reportedly, he invited the researcher to his house and then forced himself upon her.
An entire village in Bihar's Sheikhpura district will be fined for brewing country liquor, after residents continued to defy the state government's total ban on alcohol. Three raids were conducted in the Dadhi Tola village in 10 days, located about 100 kilometres from the state capital of Patna, but the residents continued to produce country liquor as it has been their profession for the past two decades.
Using the SAARC platform to denounce 'glorification of terrorists', Home Minister Rajnath Singh rebuked Pakistan for calling slain Kashmiri terrorist Burhan Wani a 'martyr'. "One country's terrorist cannot be a freedom fighter for anyone... I also speak for the entire humanity..." he said.
The number of missing persons in the Mahad bridge collapse disaster has increased from 22 to 35. While bodies of some of the missing persons have been retrieved, there is no sign of the buses or vehicles washed away in the disaster. Now a 300 kg magnet has been lowered into the deep river to trace the buses.
Following the increasing number of atrocities against Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, an entire police post in Kanpur was suspended after a 25-year-old Dalit man was found dead in the custody. The man, who was brought in for questioning regarding a theft in the area, was found hanging from the ceiling. Now, a murder case has also been filed against one of the cops.
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Textile minister Smriti Irani on Thursday met renowned fashion designer Anita Dongre to discuss ways to promote Indian handloom. Irani has been promoting handlooms on social media since she took charge of the textile ministry.
Four women government employees have come under the eye of the authorities for not letting passengers occupy seats in the general compartment of Mumbai-Manmad Panchavati Express. They made no exception, even when one of the passengers was a cancer patient. The women, who travelled from Nashik to Mumbai regularly, reportedly bullied other passengers and stopped people from sitting near them in the Nashik-Mumbai train by keeping their belongings around them. They would insist that they were reserving the seats for their 'friends'.
Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd is set to invest ₹500 crore in Madhya Pradesh. The company, which has become one of the top competitors in the FMCG market, will be allocated about 400 acres land in Pithampur Industrial area spread over an area of 7,000 acres in Dhar district, and is expected to generate employment for about 700 people.
No matter what happens in the US on Election Day, 8 November 2016, and whatever the outcome, the Donald Trump phenomenon must be analysed from two angles: what has produced it, and what could happen if Trump (or someone similar to him) comes to power, writes Sanjay Subrahmanyam in The Hindu. "Trump's rise is despite his unorthodox positions on several issues, and it ruptures the two-party system's ability to subsume distinct ideological strands," he says.
The move to establish the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority is basically a ticket to divert forest land for industrial use, writes Sudeep Chakravarti in Mint. "Prakash Javadekar, during his tenure as minister of state for environment, forest and climate change, oversaw the diminishing of the control of communities over their own land and commons. His ministry did so over the stand of the ministry of tribal affairs, which is the nodal agency for implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. Besides establishing a protocol to clear files based on time over content, his ministry also remained mute—indeed, seemingly compliant—on matters that ditched the rights of people," he writes.
Yet again, much before athletes dress up for Rio Olympics 2016, India has managed to look disheveled, writes Sandeep Dwivedi in The Indian Express. "Once again, officials and athletes were busy debating issues that should have been addressed much before the Olympic year commences. It's been the case so often that there is a predictable pattern to this four-year ritual. You know the Olympics are round the corner when Indian sports' problem child, tennis, starts making noises, throws its usual tantrum. 'Who will play doubles this time?' is the question that makes fans cringe. It's that same excruciatingly boring soap opera with layers of intrigue," he says.
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