18/10/2016 8:21 AM IST | Updated 18/10/2016 9:40 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Country Over Artistes For Mukesh Ambani; Priyanka Chopra Apologises For Magazine Cover

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Earlier on Monday, a report had said that most users of free Wi-Fi at the Patna railway station use it to visit porn sites. A RailTel spokesperson has now denied it, calling the story 'completely false.' The report had said, that Patna, which recently got free Wi-Fi at its railway station, tops the chart when it comes to data usage. However, a RailTel spokesperson said that there's no way to know what sites users browse.

More than 60 years after its release, Pakistan's restored black-and-white film Jago Hua Savera (1958) was all set to be screened at the upcoming 18th Mumbai Film Festival, but has already fallen into a controversy with a police complaint being registered to halt its exhibition.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar sort of give credit to "RSS teaching" for the decision to launch cross-LoC surgical strikes. He made this comment when he slammed those seeking proof for the Indian Army's anti-terror operation in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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Echoing the opinion of several Indians about banning Pakistani artistes, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Monday said nation should come first and not arts and culture.

Indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant, which was commissioned into service in August, became the third submarine in India's nuclear squad. Reportedly, in a bid to maintain secrecy, it is not being referred to as INS Arihant by the Navy.

A court in Bhopal granted bail to Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in a defamation case filed against her by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday. Judicial Magistrate Ajay Singh Thakur granted her bail on a security of ₹10,000 in the 13-year-old case.

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In a move to radicalise the workings of school administrations under the Delhi Government, a plan is being chalked out in which teachers, students and parents can now have a more interactive relationship with the use of technology. By early next year, the teachers will prepare the attendance of students in their class on their tab. And it is not only attendance, the tab will have special feature of bulk SMS which will send daily report of attendance of the child to their parents whether the child has come to the school or not.

A headless nude body of a teenager, allegedly offered as a 'sacrifice', was found in West Bengal's most literate district Purba Medinipur. The presence of elaborate tantric-style markings on the body have given rise to speculations of human sacrifice and sent alarm bells ringing in the area. The body was sent for post-mortem in Midnapore town in Paschim Medinipur.

Days after Priyanka Chopra's magazine cover created controversy because of the word 'immigrant' written on it, she has apologised for the same, saying the message was misconstrued.


The recent arrests of several people in Tamil Nadu on charges of spreading rumours about the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa are a cause for serious concern, says an editorial in The Hindu. "While the State police might have its reasons to worry about threats to public order in the wake of wild rumours circulating on social media, arresting so many people reflects a heavy-handedness and a failure to distinguish between unfounded speculation and motivated trouble-mongering," it says.

Words like 'permission' and 'encroachment' are important terms in Karnataka's lexicon when countering resistance, writes Rihan Najib in Mint. "Bengaluru's citizens formed a human chain on Sunday to protest the construction of a steel flyover. The proposed flyover would ease traffic congestion, but at the cost of cutting down 800 trees and damaging many heritage buildings in the city. The word in vogue on Sunday was beda, which is Kannada for 'don't want'," he writes.

Islamic scholars and women's organisations have held that the practice has no religious or Quranic sanction and yet the AIMPLB is opposing any attempt at reform as an interference in religious matters, writes M Venkaiah Naidu in The Indian Express. "Advocates of triple talaq are using specious arguments to perpetuate the anachronistic practice unconcerned by the havoc it is causing in the lives of its victims, even as some of them knocked at the doors of the judiciary for relief. In the name of plurality or diversity, how could Indian Muslim women be denied equal status and dignity available to them under the Constitution," he says.

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