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Dented, Painted & Now In ‘Court’

President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhi­jeet, a Congress MP infamous for calling the ‘Nirbhaya’ protesters “dented and painted women”, has been nominated to the highest governing body of Aligarh Mus­lim University—the ‘Court’. Eyebrows have been raised not just beca­use the Pre­sident is ex-officio ‘visitor’ of all central universities, but also as his son, a former PSU executive, was picked from the ‘lea­rned professions and industry’ category.

Stooping To Conquer?

The jury is out on whether it was meant to help Donald Trump, embarrass him, or simply sell more copies. But the Trump camp surely didn’t mind the New York Post’s ‘The Ogle Office’ headline or the nudes of the potential FLOTUS (first lady of the US). It was the New York Post’s move to pull out Melania’s pics, shot in 1995 as a model, that caused outrage.

A Dal-Ly Rip-Off

Rs 2.5 lakh crore is what lentil traders in Maharashtra and Guj­arat raked in since last April, following lifting of rest­rictions on stocking dal. The average price of imp­orting dal from Canada, Aus­tralia, Mya­nmar and Africa is less than Rs 41 per kg, so the retail price, say experts, shou­ldn’t cross Rs 70. Instead, prices have ran­ged between Rs 130 and Rs 200 through most of this period. While the media ignored the Rahul Gandhi’s jibe at ‘Arhar Modi’ in Parliament,  the government clearly has much to explain.

A Very Personal, Political Loss

Congress circles are worried over the untimely death of chief minister Siddaramaiah’s son Rakesh. The 39-year-old died during a vacation in Antwerp due to a long-time pancreatic disorder following an accident. Besides being a personal tragedy, the untimely death has come as a major political blow as well to Siddaramaiah, who was grooming Rakesh for a political career. The young man had significantly said that while he would not contest any election before his father retires, he was reportedly preparing to contest in 2018.

A Wrong Choice Of Horse?

Flagging off the Dhamma Chetana Yatra, home minister Rajnath Singh promised a Buddha statue in UP big­ger than the Bamiyan one if the BJP wins the state. With daily monitoring by the PMO and the BJP HQ, the yatra is led by ‘monk’ Dha­mma Viriyo, 87, a former Rajya Sabha member who was jailed in Dar­jee­ling, expelled by the RJD and made to quit as secretary of Bhikku Maha­sangh following alleged financial irr­egularities. Nowa­days, the ‘monk’ asks people to support Narendra Modi and not Maya­wati, whom he once compared with a “boil on the back”. The yatra has evoked lukewarm resp­­onse so far and triggered Dalit protests at Hathras, Aligarh and Agra.

Slap Story

It’s not every day that an MP slaps anot­her at an airport. But Sashikala Pushpa, 40, said she did it to DMK MP Tiruchi Siva, 62, in New Delhi as he had “crossed all limits” in criticising Jayalalitha. But the ‘leader’ wasn’t impressed; she is said to have slapped Sashikala and made her resign from the Rajya Sabha. But, seeking the House’s protection and then expelled by the party, she managed to secure an ‘unattached MP’ tag for four years.

Capital Chill

Uttarakhand HC chief justice K.M. Joseph is said to be waiting for a tranfer to Andhra Pradesh for three months after the Supreme Court collegium cleared it. As the law ministry usually forwards such decisions to the President within 10 days, the delay could be because the bench headed by the judge had quashed imposition of President’s rule in the state.

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