11 July 2016 National Happenings

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The states of the nation: news, headlines, gossip, rumours, things we learnt
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Medicine Men, Beware!

The hunt for the mythical ‘Sanj­eevani booti’ will initially cost Rs 25 crore, says the Uttarakhand Ayush minister. With help from the Centre, Rs 150 crore could be pumped into the Himala­yan search. It is said the herb can revive the dead. It has worked once so far—it revived Rama’s bro­ther Lakshmana in the Rama­yana. The question is, whether an outlay for bringing in Hanuman and moving mountains will render the fiscal deficit comatose.

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NIA Couldn’t Get Her Out Of Jail

The prosecutor was allegedly asked to go soft. The NIA went on to drop all cha­rges, questioning damning depositions and letting witnesses turn hostile—quite the opp­osite of how similar cases of Muslim ­suspects are probed. But she is 2009 Mal­e­gaon blasts accused Sadhvi Pragya. The court, though, ruled there was a prima facie case and rejected Sadhvi’s bail plea.

Worry Not, For There’s Class ‘D’

The practice of police constables and army jawans doing domestic chores as orderlies has often been questio­ned in the past. The sight of policemen cooking, chopping vegetables, baby-­sitting, gardening, walking dogs and washing clothes is commonplace at the homes of police officers. Following  the recent threat of a strike by policemen, Karnataka has announced an end to the colonial practice, but the officers need not be disappoin­ted. The state will create class ‘D’ posts to replace the orderlies.

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A Case Of Poor Memory?

She wrote all she had to say about the medieval saint-poet  in just three words: “Tulsidas ji, pranam.” She said she no longer remembered what she had prepared for the Class 12 exams she topped as three months had gone by. Wonder what made the school examination board panel taking the ‘re-test’ so sure that she had done something wrong, and what made the police arrest her. She initially refused to cover her face, though, making a police constable recall, “Her confidence struck us the most.”

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The Law Violates My Rights

Chef Ritu Dalmia, restaurateur Aman Nath, dancer Navtej Singh Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra and businesswoman Ayesha Kapur feel their “contributions to India” haven’t brought them “the most basic...of fundamental rights”. On June 30, an SC bench refused to hear their plea against the Raj-era Section 377. Now, CJI T.S. Thakur will decide if it will be clubbed with the other petitions filed after the court upheld the law in 2013. Instead of seeking protection as sexual minorities, they are asserting that Article 21 gets violated if any citizen fears her consensual relationships “may invite coercive state action” due to a “busybody, rival, political party or any third party...motivated only by malice/prejudice”. 

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The Chaiwallah Has Retired

Senior citizens from 10 states collected Rs 7 each, a day’s old age pension contributed by the Centre, and sent Rs 1,063 to the Prime Minister’s Office  with a ­covering letter pointing out politely that Rs 7 no longer gets them even a cup of tea. They duly received an acknowledgment saying that the prime minister deeply appreciated their generous ­donation to the PM’s relief fund. The message was clearly lost on the babus.

The Clean Caste Of Godliness

“Wanted cleaners; upper castes, including Brahmins, Patels, Pathans, Parsis and Muslims, will be given first preference.” Did the Ahmedabad NGO that put up this notice imagine RSS bhakts would see red and ransack its office? It paid the price for ‘caste-free’ thinking with an apology for hurting ‘religious sentiments’.

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    BCCI deciding to scrap the national T20 championship, which preceded the Ind­­ian Premier League and was named after S. Mushtaq Ali
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VII Things We Learnt Last Week

  • Britain’s PM hopeful Boris Johnson’s mother-in-law Dip Singh was Sikh
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  • The length of the railway platform in UP’s Gorakhpur is 1,366.33 metres
  • “Google Stone” is the weight employees of the search-engine company gain by eating in their cafeterias
  • Two planes were needed to transport the world’s largest carpet (60,546 sq ft) to the Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi
  • According to the Russians, Netflix is a CIA plot
  • Misbah-ul-Haq played 19 matches for Khan Research Labs, founded by the father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb, A.Q. Khan

Compiled by Uttam Sengupta, Satyadeep and Alka Gupta



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