02 May 2016 National Happenings

Seven Days

The states of the nation: news, headlines, gossip, rumours, things we learnt
Seven Days
Not Fine On Film

The Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) has refused to certify Kamal Swaroop’s two-hour documentary Battle of Banaras for public viewing. The tribunal found the film on Narendra Modi’s 2014 faceoff with Arvind Kejriwal to be too inflammatory. The appeal to the high court would likely ask why the campaigns that passed muster with the Election Commission and swayed millions are unacceptable on film two years on?

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More Roman Than The Romans

Sushma Swaraj was covered from head to toe while calling on the Iranian President. Twitter was soon abuzz with pics of women sans the ‘dress code’ meeting Iranian and Saudi leaders. It brought back memories of the Supreme Court upholding a CBSE ban on hijabs during exams and a Christian nun being told to shed her head scarf at a medical entrance test.

Aren’t You Feeling Nostalgic, CM?

They say hell has no fury like a woman scorned and chief minister Tarun Gogoi is learning it the hard way. He may have denied allegations of an affair that were made first in 2006, but singer Alaka Pandey resurfaced this week to demand that Gogoi, who turned 80 this month, should acknowledge the relationship she allegedly had with him from 2004 to 2006. Or else, she threatened, she would approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

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Circus Macabre

Post-disaster VIP visits have long been more a problem than a solution. So, while the CM was all praise for Nar­endra Modi’s dash to Kollam after 116 people perished in a fireworks mishap, saying it was all for the good, it fell on police chief T.P. Senkumar to point out the obvious: the PM’s visit (and Rahul Gandhi’s) wasn’t necessary but PMO ignored his view. Director of health services R. Ramesh also joined in, saying he had been barred from his hospital duties due to VIP-security reasons. Indeed, doctors and nurses were prevented from attending to patients and from moving from one block to ano­ther. The ICUs and burn wards are sterilised spaces as the patients are susceptible to infections, but the melee must have increased that risk.

The President Can Be Wrong

It’s not every day that the Centre and even the President find themselves on the mat before a high court. But Chief Justice K.M. Joseph and Justice V.K. Bisht were terse in calling out the Centre on striking at democracy’s roots by imposing Presid­ent’s rule even before a floor test. The Union cabinet, the judges said, could not have known on March 26 what the ass­embly would do the next day. Even the Pre­sident can be wrong, they stated, rej­ecting the plea that the court cannot rev­iew the President’s order.  This case could well set a benchmark in judicial probity.

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Horse Tales Of Shakti-Men

When Shaktiman, the police horse, died on April 20, over a month after visuals of it being thrashed at a BJP protest and dragging a mangled limb had moved TV audiences across the country, Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi said, “Shaktiman was a police officer on duty and the person who put him through so much pain and ultimately killed him should be arrested for killing a police officer.”

Briefed By The ‘Best’

At a three-day ‘retreat’ in Bho­pal for Supreme Court judges, many eyebrows were raised at National Sec­urity Advisor Ajit Doval’s talk in which he urged the judges to treat cases with ‘national security’ implications as a ‘non-partisan issue’. Wonder if the judges would want to be sensitised by human rights activists too. Will the CJI oblige?


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  • Mumbai
    Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde taking a selfie during tour of drought-hit Latur and saying it’s okay to supply water to breweries
  • Bangalore
    Traffic police in Devanahalli pooling in money to help accident survivors instead of waiting for their relatives to arrive and pay the hospitals
  • Amritsar
    Ex-PM Manmohan Singh heading a chair at alma mater Panjab University, where he was also a teacher
  • Kochi
    Amal Augustine, 21, making $700 from the sale of the internet address maxchanzuckerberg.com, named after the daughter of Facebook’s founder
  • Delhi
    Narendra Modi’s yoga teac­her seeking a lease of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium for 24 days, longer than the Olympic or Asian Games, for a yagna
  • London
    ‘The Spectator’ offering 1,000 pounds to the author of the most offensive poem about Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan after he sued a German comedian
  • Chennai
    The world’s largest living lizards—Komodo dragons that can grow up to 10 feet and weight 80 kilos—arrive at the city’s crocodile park
VII Things We Learnt Last Week
  • BJP chief Amit Shah pays Rs 3,875 per month for his eight-room bungalow on Akbar Road in Lutyens’ Delhi
  • The next iPhone’s case will be made of all glass
  • A news reporter’s job is the worst in the world besides pest control and taxi-driving
  • Rs 505 crore of the Rs 940 crore donated to the BJP last year came from “unknown sources”
  • Modern humans gave Neanderthals herpes, tuberculosis and tapeworms
  • Mahatma Gandhi became Prophet Moham­med’s admi­rer after reading Carlyle’s On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History
  • The Jungle Book featuring the adventures of Mow­gli with Baloo and Bagheera has ama­ssed a whopping Rs 113.70 crore in 12 days of its release

Compiled by Uttam Sengupta and Alka Gupta



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