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Yogi Adityanath, five-time BJP MP from Gorakhpur, took oath on Sunday as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. In his first message, he asked asked all his ministers to provide details of their income, moveable and immoveable assets within 15 days. Meanwhile, the Hindutva hardliner began his innings with a promise not to discriminate against any section of the people of the country's largest state. The 46-member Yogi ministry, including the two deputy CMs, consists of 23 "forward" castes, 14 OBCs and five Dalits. It has one Muslim and one Sikh member each.
A hotel in Jaipur was sealed after there were rumours that they were serving beef. The hotel's owner and one of his staff members have been arrested for alleged improper disposal of meat remains. "Someone spread a rumour that Hotel Hayat Rabbani in Sindhi Camp area in Jaipur was preparing and disposing beef remains. However, the rumours were baseless and the actual matter is that locals were unhappy over the 'non-vegetarian' remains which the hotel threw openly; cows were consuming these remains which angered the locals," Jaipur (West) Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashok Kumar Gupta told Indian Express.
An Indian-origin man was arrested on charges of murdering a one-year-old boy and attacking his twin sister in north London's Finsbury Park area. The girl, who is reportedly criticial, is undergoing treatment at an east London hospital. The accused, 33-year-old Bidhya Sagar Das, lived in the same area where the incident took place.
The four men who hacked a 31-year-old atheist to death near Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu were reportedly angered by a WhatsApp group he had started. The WhatsApp group had about 400 Muslims members, mostly inspired by rationalist Periyar ideology. According to Indian Express report, Farook was murdered after he posted a photo on the group, in which one of his children was seen holding a placard with the handwritten slogan "Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai (No God, No God, No God)"
The Jat protesters have called off their plan to lay siege to Parliament, following a truce reached after a marathon meeting between community leaders and the Haryana government on Sunday. "Centre and state will soon begin the process of giving reservation, following the Delhi High court order," chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said in a press conference.
An economic blockade in Manipur led by the United Naga Council, which had crippled the state's supply lines for over 130 days, has been lifted - a day ahead of Chief Minister Biren Singh's crucial floor test to prove his majority in the Manipur assembly today.
Professional car racer Ashwin Sundar and his wife Nivedithaa were charred to death after their BMW rammed into a roadside tree in Chennai on Saturday morning. The 27-year-old national racing champion was driving the car when the accident occurred on the city's Santhome High Road.
In UP, many voters resolutely defied labels and the rules of identity politics, writes Betwa Sharma in this piece. "If there's a lesson to be learnt from the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, it is this: do not, for a moment, underestimate the Indian electorate's capacity to turn every prediction on its head. If it was difficult to predict a "wave," it was because the electorate was indeed hard to read."
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Amitabh Bachchan wrote an emotional post on Twitter after his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's father Krishnaraj Rai passed away on Saturday evening. He tweeted, "Death has but one end .. and words cannot define it ..!!" Rai who died in Mumbai's Lilavati hospital reportedly had a lymphoma. In a blog post, the 74-year-old actor writes, "That call you wait anxiously knowing that it will come, and come it does to end all other calls .."
A vertical garden has been installed by an NGO in Bengaluru. The garden, which is fully organic, has 3,500 sapling from 12 different species. "Vertical gardens are the answer to the problem. If you travel from Silk Board and go till Attibele, you can literally count the number of trees on the stretch on your fingers," one of the NGO members said.
While returning from Australia to Mumbai on Thursday night after a show, comedian Kapil Sharma hit co-star Sunil Grover on the flight. A ToI reportstates that the incident took place when Sunil was seated on his seat and Kapil suddenly walked up to him and abused him. The entire team of The Kapil Sharma Show's was in Australia for a tour.
Jyoti Malhotra, in an opinion piece for NDTV, writes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his first mistake by helping appoint Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. "By installing a man as polarizing and malignant as the five-time MP and head of the Gorakhnath Peeth, Modi has told us that the gloves are off. That, just like Adityanath himself promised, the installation of a Hindu Rashtra has begun," she writes.
Irom Sharmila's defeat was foretold, writes Pradip Phanjoubam in this Indian Express article. "Few people would doubt Sharmila's contribution to the cause of Manipur and its people. They, however, were also never in doubt about her ability to be a good politician. The 90 votes she received were probably a form of NOTA, given not as an affirmation of Sharmila's capabilities, but because the voters did not believe the promises made by the other parties," he writes.
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