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Behind VK Singh's Fascination For Roads

Five things you need to know on May 18, 2016

Behind VK Singh's Fascination For Roads
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It was 104 years ago on this day that the first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne was released. And speaking of films and clips and let’s just also factor in doctored videos while we are at it. Forensic scientists have been hard-at-work in Gandhinagar, declaring that the four controversial videos taken on that ill-fated night of February 9 on the JNU campus are indeed “genuine”. There has been no comment however on the ‘doctored’ videos put out by some TV (news) channels in the aftermath of the incident. Interesting!

  1. Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd) VK Singh, famed for his “healthy” relationship with the media, wants Akbar Road in Delhi to be renamed as Maharana Pratap Road. Social media is having a ball with that one. Imagine – we’re talking about somebody who was till recently the army chief of a nuclear power.
  2. And the social wires are also pretty taken in by Minister of Woman and Child Welfare Maneka Gandhi who has been in the news for a lot of comments on a variety of issues yesterday. Her most noteworthy one was that online trolling of women should be considered as violence. Then there was this and this.
  3. If you haven’t been mooing with the news, the Punjab government had announced Rs 10 levy on an IMFL bottle and that of Rs 5 on a bottle of beer last week. The levy is called cow cess and it reportedly has a large population of the 3 lakh ex-Punjabi-serviceman community miffed.
  4. Speaking of people being rubbed the wrong way, we wonder how Azam Khan and co are feeling after Amar Singh was nominated by the Samajwadi Party to the Upper House yesterday.
  5. And finally coming to headlines from the back pages which no one gives a damn about since-its-not-cricket. Reliance’s Indian Super League (ISL) is set to become the premier football competition in the land at the cost of the I-League. And legacy clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal may not feature in the top league next season according to an AIFF order.

The legacy clubs are said to be pretty pissed off by the order and seemingly so are the people of Shahpur, a town close to 70 km from Mumbai. Its residents have organized a demonstration and threatened to cut off the 2,960 million litres of water that Maharashtra’s capital takes from its four dams as they struggle with water scarcity.

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