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As Reliance Digital retail stores deal with overwhelming demand for Reliance Industries' RJio welcome offer of free SIM, some third party telco vendors have reportedly begun charging as much as ₹500 for RJio SIMs to cash in on the demand. After a huge marketing push marking Jio's debut, Reliance has seen high demand for its Jio service and its offer or free voice and cheap data services.
Kannada superstar Vishnuvardhan, who appeared in more than 220 films over 37 years, passed away in 2009 at the age of 59 due to cardiac arrest. However, as per reports, audiences across south India as well as other parts of the country will have the pleasure of seeing him in the flesh in this week's upcoming release, Kodi Ramakrishna's Shivanagam. The trilingual features the late actor in a 10-minute cameo — one that has been created entirely using CGI.
Barun Kashyap, a creative director with a film agency who sparked controversy in August after claiming that an auto driver had bullied him for using a bag made of cowhide, has now recanted, saying that he spun a web of lies to create communal tension. Reportedly, it was Kashyap's "hatred towards the Hindus" that prompted him to lie.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are set to participate in Parivartan Yatra, the party's much-hyped election campaign, which is to start next month. Reportedly, Shah would flag off the yatra, while PM Modi would address the Parivartan Sabha in Lucknow on 24 December.
Literary circles cheered in awe on Thursday as musician Bob Dylan won the Nobel Literature Prize for creating new poetic expression within the great American song tradition. This announcement rounded off the Nobel award season for 2016. The announcement was unique this year because the award was for the first time to someone primarily seen as a musician.
Russia and India is set to sign a multi-billion dollar deal for S-400 'Triumf' long-range air defence missile systems on Saturday following talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Goa. India is interested in getting five systems of the most modern air defence system, capable of firing three types of missiles, creating a layered defence, and simultaneously engaging 36 targets. If India signs the deal, it would be the second customer of the prized missile system after China which had struck a $3 billion contract last year.
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Inspired by Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a woman from Kanpur built a toilet by selling her 'mangalsutra'. Latha Diwakar has become an inspiration in the region for taking on her husband aggressively after disclosing that she had sold her mangalsutra for ₹17,000 to complete her goal.
Caesar, a 11-year-old labrador retriever who was the last surviving 26/11 canine hero, died on Thursday. He was covered with the Tricolour and received an emotional farewell from Mumbai's police force. Caesar was the sole survivor among the dogs of the Mumbai Police who took part in bomb detection operations during the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai
In a horrific incident, a man in Bihar was abducted by five people, thrashed and had his tongue cut off out of an alleged personal vendetta. The victim is a 35-year-old electrician.
Sheer political logic dictates that Dalits look for allies who share their social, political, and material predicament, writes G Sampath in The Hindu. "Today, a confederacy of casteist forces with control over capital and the state apparatus are on one side, and a mass of socially oppressed and economically marginalised are arrayed on the other. The ruling elite, as ever, are conscious of their class interests cutting across caste lines. But the working classes, especially the Dalits and OBCs among them, stand divided into a great number of identities that are locked in mutual antagonisms, designed to ensure that their identity as a class remains buried," he says.
The law and order situation is deteriorating and development work has been badly hit due to financial constraints in Bihar, writes Sushil Kumar Modi in Mint. "When the JD(U)-BJP, coalition came to power in 2005, it was on the promise of providing law and order and development. Once in power, the coalition made efforts to ensure speedy trials of the dons, managed to rein them in and ensure improvement in law and order. But law and order concerns are once again surfacing with the current government. With chief minister Nitish Kumar under pressure from alliance partner RJD, the state government did not assign a senior advocate to fight the cases against Shahabuddin. As a result, Shahabuddin got bail in more than 35 cases in the past few years after junior law officers were assigned to handle the case," he writes
RBI rate cut suggests that it is interested in maintaining the growth momentum, writes Pulin B Nayak in The Indian Express. "Two key factors seem to have contributed to the rationale for the rate cut. First, there has been a fall in retail inflation in August to 5.05 per cent, but secondly, and more importantly, there is the expectation in the coming months of a decline in food prices owing to a reasonably good monsoon in the past Kharif season," he says.
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