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    As the controversy at JNU continues to develop, striking similarities are emerging with Modi’s earlier headache at Hyderabad University.  Look at the common threat between the two campuses - hasty official action, angry students, rallying opposition, high-pitch  media coverage, aggressive ABVP, anti-national rhetoric, dalit undercurrent - history seems to be repeating, back to back.    There is an also an eerie parallel between Rohit Vemula, the unfortunate student who committed suicide at Hyderabad University, and Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU students union president, who is in police custody on sedition charge.
    Eerie parallel between Rohit Vemula, who committed suicide, and Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charge.


    February 13, 2016, NewsCrunch

    As the controversy at JNU continues to develop, striking similarities are emerging with Modi’s earlier headache at HyderabadUniversity.

    Look at the common threat between the two campuses - hasty official action, angry students, rallying opposition, high-pitch  media coverage, aggressive ABVP, anti-national rhetoric, dalit undercurrent - history seems to be repeating, back to back.

    There is an also an eerie parallel between Rohit Vemula, the unfortunate student who committed suicide at Hyderabad University, and Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU students union president, who is in police custody on sedition charge.

    The Delhi Police action has been termed hasty by most legal experts. Starting 1962, Supreme Court has consistently held that incitement without overt threat of violence is not sedition.

    There are also questions on the strength of evidence against Kanhaiya Kumar, which is rooted in one eyewitness account. Kanhaiya Kumar has denied having shouted the anti-national slogans.

    The police action accelerated after ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani went public condemning 'anti-national behaviour' of JNU students.

    Rohit Vemula committed suicide after the Hyderabad University expelled him from the hostel and stopped his scholarship. It was Smriti Irani’s letter to the varsity which had prompted the tough action against him.

    Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest also moved the story from JNU students raising anti-national slogans to the hasty and dubious police action.

    Along with Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest, the police raids on the hostels, and their heavy deployment in the campus, have made students bitter and angry.

    It has also divided the student groups into ABVP, which is high on its brand of nationalist rhetoric, and the rest, who are smarting.

    ABVP and BJP leaders’  high pitch campaign targeting ‘anti-nationals’ in Hyderabad University was reined in by Modi himself. Something like that may happen in JNU as well.

    Rohit Vemula became a rallying point for opposition parties. Rahul Gandhi visited Hyderabad University and the rest followed. Arvind Kejriwal has tweeted in support of Kanhaiya Kumar. Left leaders have camped at JNU, where Rahul Gandhi also went on a visit.

    As the controversy at JNU continues to develop, striking similarities are emerging with Modi’s earlier headache at Hyderabad University.  Look at the common threat between the two campuses - hasty official action, angry students, rallying opposition, high-pitch  media coverage, aggressive ABVP, anti-national rhetoric, dalit undercurrent - history seems to be repeating, back to back.    There is an also an eerie parallel between Rohit Vemula, the unfortunate student who committed suicide at Hyderabad University, and Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU students union president, who is in police custody on sedition charge.
    Eerie parallel between Rohit Vemula, who committed suicide, and Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charge.

    There are striking personal similarities between Rohit Vemula and Kanhaiya Kumar.

    Both were doctoral students. Both hated ABVP and Hindutva politics.

    It was Rohit Vemula’s suicide note that moved many. A brilliant writer, who knew how to use words, Rohit Vemula bid a touching farewell. Kanhaiya Kumar matches that intensity with an equally powerful oratory; his speech at JNU campus made just before he was arrested has gone viral.

    He convincingly says that that he is more nationalistic than anyone from ABVP or RSS.

    There is a dalit angle to the story. Rohit Vemula worked as a dalit activist. Kanhaiya Kumar swears by Ambedkar and caste struggle in a rhetoric that can move many.

    Both came from poor families and rose on sheer talent. Rohit Vemula was the son  of a single mother who worked as a maid to raise him. Kanhaiya Kumar's mother earns Rs 4,000 as an anganwadi worker. That is still the mainstay of the family.

    JNU could create bigger trouble than Hyderabad University to Modi. The university has a history of agitation and the present situation is being compared to emergency excesses.

    Within political parties, bureaucracy, media and civil society groups, there is a  heavy sprinkling of JNUites.

    Many of them are angry.

    Related 

    JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar's speech goes viral - We are more national than any of you in the RSS or ABVP, he says (Watch video) 





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    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi received a rapturous welcome in JNU by the students not affiliated to ABVP.  Though he spoke into a mike, the loud cheers drowned most of what he said.  Rahul Gandhi said those branding students seditious themselves were anti-national and urged students not to get bullied.
    To get to JNU, Rahul Gandhi had to brave heckling by ABVP activists (video below)

    February 14, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi received a rapturous welcome in JNU by students not affiliated to ABVP.

    Though he spoke into a mike, the loud cheers drowned most of what he said.

    Rahul Gandhi said those branding students seditious themselves were anti-national and urged students not to get bullied.

    He had gone there not only to speak but also to listen - he sat through to the speeches, next to the Left leaders.

    To get there, Rahul Gandhi had to brave heckling by ABVP activists, who waved black flags at him and tried to block his car.

    He also took immense political courage to overrule fellow Congress men, who were sitting on the fence, and come out in support of JNU students, notes The Telegraph.

    This was well appreciated by the students, who were under siege and getting branded as anti-nationals.

    The Rahul Gandhi show at JNU was also in stark contrast with his past performance, when he had gone missing during major agitations, which had rocked UPA 2.

     Video: Rahul Gandhi speech at JNU campus, drowned by continuous cheers





     Video: ABVP members wave black flags at Rahul Gandhi




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    In India, every Valentine's Day turns into a battleground between self-anointed moral policemen and those who want a day of love.   'Dal' and 'Couples', a video by ScreenPatti wades right into the middle of his battle.  It takes a few hit Bollywood numbers and rewrites lyrics to take a gentle dig at the moral policemen, simply called Dal in the video.
    A musical battle between 'Dal' and 'Couples' on the Valentine's Day (video below)

    February 14, 2016, NewsCrunch

    In India, every Valentine's Day turns into a battleground between self-anointed moral policemen and those who want a day of love.

     'Dal' and 'Couples', a video by ScreenPatti wades right into the middle of his battle.

    It takes a few hit Bollywood numbers and rewrites lyrics to take a gentle dig at the moral policemen, simply called Dal in the video.

    Here is a Dil hai chhota sa, from Roja, with a twist

    Dal hai chhota sa, chocolate churata


    Pulsar pe tripling, karke ye aata

    Censor walon se, kuch to hai naata

    Laila Majnu ko incest banata 

    Video: A musical battle between 'Dal' and 'Couples' on the Valentine's Day



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    CPI general secretary Raja's daughter Aparajita is among 20 suspect students reportedly identified by Delhi police for shouting anti-India slogans.   "The police have released a list of 20 people, including CPI general secretary D Raja's daughter, Aparajita," CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Saturday.   The spotlight trained on Aparajita after BJP MP Mahesh Giri alleged that she was present during the anti-India protest in JNU and was raising slogans.
    Aparajita was part of the Left contingent that shielded the
    Kashmir protesters from the ABVP. (video below)

    February 14, 2016, NewsCrunch

    CPI general secretary Raja's daughter Aparajita is among 20 suspect students reportedly identified by Delhi police for shouting anti-India slogans.

    "The police have released a list of 20 people, including CPI general secretary D Raja's daughter, Aparajita," CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Saturday.

    The spotlight trained on Aparajita after BJP MP Mahesh Giri alleged that she was present during the anti-India protest in JNU and was raising slogans.

    He also released a video showing her in the protest and shouting anti-ABVP not anti-India slogans.

    The Telegraph reported that Aparajita was part of the Left contingent that shielded the Kashmir protesters from the ABVP.

    Left leaders also questioned the authenticity of the video clip which purportedly shows anti- national slogans raised by a group of persons on JNU.

    "JNU has no cameras so where did the tape come from. Are they seen in the video shouting slogans," asked Yechury.

    D Raja, defended his daughter, saying questioning her patriotism was madness.
    Yechury along with D Raja and JD (U) general secretary KC Tyagi met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday to stop the harassment of students and seek release of JNU students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, a member of CPI's student wing All India Student Federation.

    Aparajita, an AISF leader, had unsuccessfully contested for the post of Delhi University Students Union president in 2010.   


    Video of Aparajita protesting in JNU - released by Mahesh Giri



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    Oh has been inspired by Mahasweta Devi's Breast Stories, which tells
    dark tales of women focusing on their breasts. Screengrab courtesy IBN Live

    February 14, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Bollywood actress and producer Pooja Bhatt is working on a web-only series, which will tell 12 stories of women dealing with their orgasm issues.

    Pooja will start shooting for the web series, which have been titled Oh. Each series will feature a different actress and tell a story of female orgasm.

    The idea behind the series is not to provoke Pahlaj Nihalani or compete with Sunny Leone, but to use orgasms as gateways to capture the suppression of female sexuality.

    In an interview with Mid Day, Pooja said Indian women are told that only bad girls have sex. They are trained to suppress their own pleasure and cater to the needs of men who seek virgin brides to evade competition.

    Oh focuses on the individualistic needs of the women whose stories are narrated.

    There is a Bhojpuri actress, who has never been turned on, a prostitute, who mentors a young girl, a Mumbai producer's wife and a widow, who at 50 experiences the pleasure of sex for the first time.

    Pooja told Ahmedabad Mirror that a Bohri lady spoke to her about genital mutilation. Another woman, a mistress, said she feared the man she slept with and spoke about how he would withhold orgasm from her.

    "I want to tell all these stories,” Pooja told the Mirror.
    Oh has been inspired by Mahasweta Devi's Breast Stories, which tells dark tales of women focusing   on their breasts.




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    Minister Rajnath Singh said it had supported the "anti-national" incident at JNU.  Addressing media on Sunday afternoon, Rajnath Singh said LET chief Hafiz Saeed had tweeted supporting the incident at JNU in which a few students had shouted anti-India slogans.  @hafeezsaeedJUD was deleted minutes after he made the statement.
    Rajnath Singh probably fell for the fake Hafeez Saeed account as Delhi police also took it as real on Saturday.|
    (video below) ANI PIC


    February 14, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A fake Twitter account, Hafeez Saeed JUD, went out of existence minutes after Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it had supported the "anti-national" incident at JNU.

    Addressing media on Sunday afternoon, Rajnath Singh said LET chief Hafiz Saeed had tweeted supporting the incident at JNU in which a few students had shouted anti-India slogans.

    @hafeezsaeedJUD was deleted minutes after he made the statement.

    It had tweeted on February 10 calling upon "Pakistani brothers" to trend #SupprotJNU; it had  also described JNUites as pro-Pakistani.

    The tweet was being cited by many as evidence of JNU's complicity with Pak terrorists. It suddenly dropped into national limelight when the country's Home Minister decided to invoke it.

    Rajnath Singh probably fell for the fake account as Delhi police also took it as real on Saturday.

    It retweeted an alert, which quoted Hafiz fake tweet, and urged the student community not to get carried away by the anti-national rhetoric. Abatement to anti-national activity was offense, it cautioned.

    The tweet was also tagged to police accounts of Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore. Hyderabad and Telangana.

    If Rajnath Singh and Delhi Police had paid a little attention they could have probably realised that it was a fake.

    Started in 2014 July, @hafeezsaeedJUD barely had 2,000 plus users. As Twitter Tunnel, which archives old tweets shows, the account would sometimes send parody tweets and sometimes even use racist language.

    It had also earlier congratulated Arvind Kejriwal for calling Modi a psychopath and a coward.

    The original Hafiz Saeed account was suspended by Twitter in December 2010 for its persistent anti-India rhetoric.


    Video: Rajnath Singh says LET chief Hafiz Saeed tweeted supporting JNU incident


    Delhi Police tweeted an alert against fake Hafiz Saeed tweet  






    Related

    Twitter kicks out JuD chief Hafiz Saeed. Ends anti-India and terror tweets



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    The dinner hosted by PM Modi for Make In India delegates in Mumbai on Saturday had a surprise guest: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan  The dinner at the Turf Club had people from different walks of life besides government officials, bureaucrats and diplomats.  Though the guest list ran up to 800, the fact that Aamir Khan was included was a significant statement Modi was making especially to his party.
    After Aamir Khan made his controversial remark on intolerance,
    he had become a pariah for the establishment.

    February 14, 2016, NewsCrunch

    The dinner hosted by PM Modi for Make-In-India delegates in Mumbai on Saturday had a surprise guest: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.

    The dinner at the Turf Club had people from different walks of life besides government officials, bureaucrats and diplomats.

    Though the guest list ran up to 800, the fact that Aamir Khan was included was a significant statement Modi was making especially to his party.

    The actor also accepted the invite graciously and attended the dinner.

    DNA reports that besides Aamir Khan, Kangana Raut was also among the Bollywood celebs, who had been invited.

    After Aamir Khan made his controversial remark on intolerance,  he became a pariah for the establishment. He had said that due to rising intolerance, his wife Kiran had thought of moving out of the country to raise their son Azad.

    A backlash quickly followed and he was removed as brand ambassador for Incredible India. The storm was so severe e-commerce firm Snap Deal pulled out his advertisements and decided not to renew him as its brand ambassador.

    Taking dig at Aamir Khan became a favourite past-time for BJP supporters.

    Two weeks ago, Union Minister Venkiah Naidu said that he was personally hurt by Aamir Khan's remarks.

    But Modi's invite to Aamir Khan, if true, is a strong signal for his party men to stop invoking the controversy.

    Modi has stepped in the past as well to rein in his party men. After the  Hyderabad University student Rohit Vemula committed suicide, Hyderabad BJP members and even senior party leaders had attacked him as an anti national.

    They backed off only after Modi mourned Rohit Vemula's death as a loss to the country.
     

    Related
    Watch full Aamir Khan press conference on intolerance - I have been misunderstood, no apologies (Two part video) 




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    A major fire burnt down the the stage of a cultural show organised to celebrate the Make in India week at the historic Girgaum Chowpatty, Marine Drive, in south Mumbai on Sunday evening.  A galaxy of dignitaries politics, business, bureaucracy and Bollwyood were present at the site of accident.
    It took nearly for over a dozen fire engines, which rushed to the spot, to
    control the burning stage at Make In India (Videos below)

    Februaty 15, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A major fire burnt down the the stage of a cultural show organised to celebrate the Make in India week at the Girgaum Chowpatty beach, Marine Drive, in Mumbai on Sunday evening.

    A galaxy of dignitaries from politics, business, bureaucracy and Bollywood were present at the site of accident.

    The fire started at 8:17 pm from below the wooden stage when a Lavni dance performance was on.

    It took nearly an hour for over a dozen fire engines, which rushed to the spot, to control it.

    The fire would not affect the Make in India schedule as the other events are held at the MMRDA Grounds at the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Make in India week on Saturday.

    Video: Moment the Make In India stage catches fire during Lavani dance in Mumbai.






    Video: Make In India stage collapses as the fire rages - completely destroyed




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    A provocative column in The Telegraph by Mukul Kesavan makes a a controversial comparison: JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar to Krishna and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to wicked uncle Kansa,  The BJP's response to radical student activism in Hyderabad University or JNU is like the fearful, vengeful reaction of Krishna's wicked uncle, Kansa.
    Mukul Kesavan also says what we have seen in Hyderabad University and JNU is
    a textbook demonstration of the sangh parivar working as a joint family.

    February 15, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A provocative column in The Telegraph by Mukul Kesavan makes a a controversial comparison: JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar to Krishna and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to wicked uncle Kansa,

    The BJP's response to radical student activism in Hyderabad University or JNU is like the fearful, vengeful reaction of Krishna's wicked uncle, Kansa.

    The Krishna story shows us two ways of dealing with rebellious youth: with love as showed by his foster mother Yashoda or the futile use of brute force by his uncle Kansa.

    If Kanhaiya Kumar is Krishna, his mother Meena Devi, an anganwadi worker, who struggled to give her son an education is Yashoda.

    Kansa tries to have Krishna killed by getting him trampled by elephants or boiled in oil, but fails.

    Mukul Kesavan notes there are many in BJP auditioning for the role of Kansa.

    In this case, Rajnath Singh is ahead of others. The Indian Home Minister joined RSS at the age of 13 and served as the president of the BJP's youth wing. He is more comfortable with well-drilled, khaki-uniformed young of the sangh's shakhas than JNU's treacherous, anti-national rabble,

    Mukul Kesavan also says what we have seen in Hyderabad University and JNU is a textbook demonstration of the sangh parivar working as a joint family.

    The ABVP complains to a BJP patron who facilitates tough official action.

    In Hyderabad, this scheme was thwarted by Rohith Vemula's tragic suicide; this happy family has now gone fishing again, looking this time for live catch.

    Mukul Kesavan also notes that the right has always used patriotism as a bludgeon to break dissenting voices.

    Read: The wicked uncle again - Rajnath Singh versus Kanhaiya Kumar. By Mukul Kesavan in The Telegraph 

    Related

    Striking echo of Rohit Vemula in Kanhaiya Kumar case - a bigger headache for Modi in the making 

    JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar's speech goes viral - We are more national than any of you in the RSS or ABVP, he says (Watch video) 




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    The sequel of Bollywood star Neha Dhupia's 2004 movie, Julie, is out, but with the bareback of Laxmi Rai, an actress from South.  Julie became quite infamous as it focused more on showcasing Neha Dhupia's's bare skin than on the plot.
    Julie 2's Laxmi Rai, a known face in South Indian films, was briefly linked
    with Dhoni before he married.


    February 15, 2016, NewsCrunch

    The sequel of Bollywood star Neha Dhupia's 2004 movie, Julie, is out, but with the bareback of Laxmi Rai, an actress from South.

    Julie became quite infamous as it focused more on showcasing Neha Dhupia's's bare skin than on the plot.

    Neha Dhupia played a hapless woman who becomes a call girl and falls in love with a millionaire. Julie raised the mercury but failed to melt the box office.

    Laxmi Rai, a known face in South Indian films, was briefly linked with Dhoni before he married.

    Julie is directed by Deepak Shivdasani, the brain behind the original, and  is scheduled for an August 2016 release.



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    Captain of Jammu and Kashmir’s Para-Cricket team Amir Hussain Lone has no hands but yet plays inspiring cricket.  The lad from Wagam Bijbehara in Anantnag has toured the country playing cricket and is being seen as a national prospect in para games.   Watching Amir Hussain Lone play is to witness the indomitable spirit of human effort.
    Kashmir’s para-cricket captain Amir Hussain beat incredible odds
    to play cricket (video below) Pic courtesy Kashmir Life
    February 15, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Captain of Jammu and Kashmir’s Para-Cricket team Amir Hussain Lone has no hands but yet plays inspiring cricket.

    The lad from Wagam Bijbehara in Anantnag has toured the country playing cricket and is being seen as a national prospect in para games.

    Watching Amir Hussain Lone play is to witness the indomitable spirit of human effort.

    He grabs the ball with his toes and throws it at the batsmen. He is also good with the bat, which he sandwiches between the neck and the shoulder.

    Kashmir Life has documented Amir Hussain Lone’s difficult but inspiring journey to the top of J&K para-cricket team.

    He lost both of his hands at the age of seven in an accident at a saw mill where his father worked. He was so badly mauled by the blades, the workers did not dare to touch him as he lay bleeding.

    The Army had to be called him to shift him to a hospital, where his arms were amputated.

    He spent three years in Srinagarhospitals, an ordeal which also forced his father to sell his land and raise debt to pay for his medical expenses.

    After recovering, education was the next big challenge thanks to insensitive teachers. He dropped out, taught himself to write with his legs and returned.

    He passed 10th and 12th standard in flying colours  and joined a degreeCollegeat Bijbehara.


    He also took up sports, which among other things, included swimming and cricket.

    He came to limelight while playing at Bijbehara and soon made his way to J&K National Para cricket team.



    Video: Watch J&K’s para-cricket captain Amir Hussain Lone in action 




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    Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma and his supporters were caught on camera beating up a man outside Patiala Court on Monday.  ANI identified the man as a Communist Party of India (CPI) activist, Ameeque Jamai.    The BJP MLA and his supporters continued to thrash Jamai till a police constable rushed to recue him.
    OP Sharma defended his action saying the man was caught shouting 'Pakistan Zindabad' (Video below) Pic courtesy - ANI

    February 15, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma and his supporters were caught on camera beating up a man outside Patiala Courton Monday.

    ANI identified the man as a Communist Party of India (CPI) activist, Ameeque Jamai.  


    The BJP MLA and his supporters continued to thrash Jamai till a police constable rushed to rescue him.

    Speaking to media persons Sharma defended his action saying the man was caught shouting 'Pakistan Zindabad', reports ANI.  


    Sharma had reportedly come to the court complex in connection with the hearing in the defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

    Though Jamai was present in the court premises in support of  JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who was produced  before the court, it is not clear, who led to the confrontation.
    Sharma, a controversial MLA from Delhi, was suspended from the winter session of the Assembly after he called AAP MLA Alka Lamba a baazaaru aurat.

    In another incident last year, AAP had alleged that Sharma was behind an attack Alka Lamba had suffered during an anti-drug drive.

    BJP had rejected the charge against its MLA.

    ANI Video: Watch Delhi BJP MLA O P Sharma and supporters beating up CPI worker outside Patialacourt 


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    JUD chief Hafiz Saeed released a video on YouTube on Monday stating that his pro-JNU protest tweet was a fake.    The tweet was even cited by Indian Home Minister on Sunday to suggest that the “anti-national students” of JNU were receiving support from Hafiz Saeed, who is a wanted terrorist in India.  But the handle Hafiz Saeed, from which the controversial tweet was posted, turned out to be fake. The tweet had described JNU students as pro-Pakistan and urged support for their protests.
    JUD chief accuses Rajnath Singh of misleading his own people (video below)

    February 15, 2016, NewsCrunch

    JUD chief Hafiz Saeed released a video on YouTube on Monday stating that his pro-JNU protest tweet was a fake.

    The tweet was even cited by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday to suggest that the protesting JNU students were receiving support from Hafiz Saeed, a wanted terrorist in India.

    But the handle Hafiz Saeed, from which the controversial tweet was posted, turned out to be fake. The tweet had described JNU students as pro-Pakistan and urged support for their protests.

    In the three-minute long video, Hafiz Saeed said he felt strange reading reports that he had endorsed the protests at India’s JawarlalNehruUniversity.

    He was utterly surprised when the Indian Home Minister referred to the tweet posted in his name, he added.

    He dismissed the tweet as fake and the charge that he was backing protests in India as totally baseless.

    He accused Rajnath Singh of misleading his own people.


    Hafiz Saeed went on to refer to his pet cause - the Kashmirdispute - and said  Kashmiris were perfectly capable of protesting on their own.

    Video: Hafiz Saeed releases video saying is pro-JNU protest tweet is fake





    Related

    Face palm: Fake Hafiz Saeed Twitter account deleted after Rajnath Singh said it supported JNU students (With video) 






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    Angry users are unfairly blaming Facebook for their
    romantic breakups and divorces
    February 15, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Thanks to threats from irate Facebook users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stepped up his security.

    Sixteen bodyguards are protecting Zuckerberg and his family round-the-clock  working in shifts at his San Francisco and Palo Altohomes.

    Page Six, which broke the news said there have been threats from “unstable users” of Facebook, which has a user base of over a billion.

    Threats seem to have increased as Facebook updates are also being increasingly cited as evidence in divorce proceedings.

    Page Six said Facebook had become a leading reason for romantic breakups and divorces, which was making many angry users unfairly blame the site.


    Zuckerberg’s neighbours are upset about his security men, who are accused of  illegally parking on the street blocking their movement.


    See also
    Mark Zuckerberg possibly visited Hanuman Mandir at Kainchi after Steve Jobs’ suggestion (with video) 




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    The rumour that went viral on Monday quoting Ratan Tata saying his companies will not hire JNU students has been officially struck down.  Tata Group of Companies tweeted from their official Twitter handle @TataCompanies saying Ratan Tata had not made any such statement.
    The Hindi-English  rumour on JNU students attributed to ratan Tata  spread fast on social media

    February 16, 2016, NewsCrunch

    The rumour that went viral on Monday quoting Ratan Tata saying his companies will not hire JNU students has been officially struck down.

    Tata Group of Companies tweeted from their official Twitter handle @TataCompanies saying Ratan Tata had not made any such statement.

    According to the rumour, Ratan Tata allegedly made the statement during a speech delivered in Mumbai at a Make In India event.

    An upset Ratan Tata called JNU students anti-nationals and said they need not apply for jobs in his companies, the rumour reported.

    The Hindi-English bilingual rumour spread fast on social media and was hailed by many as an example for other companies to follow to teach the anti-national JNU students a good lesson.

    It also figured prominently in the hashtag #CleanupJNU that trended on Twitter on Monday.

    Ratan Tata's rumour on not giving jobs to JNU students hailed by many 









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    The Telegraph’s page one visuals on JNU have made a splash – thrice in as many days  (tweets below)

    February 16, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Kolkata's favourite daily The Telegraphis leading the critical coverage of the exploding controversy in JNU.

    JNU, which stands accused of anti-national behaviour by the ruling BJP, enjoys immense support in the media as many of its left-leaning alumni work in  responsible positions in the industry.

    Several publications have covered the controversy prominently and critically, though none with more severity than The Telegraph.

    Its page one colourful visuals have made a splash – thrice in as many days.

    The day the police entered the JNU campus to pick up president Kanhaiya Kumar, The Telegraph made a frontal attack on Union HRD minister Smriti Irani.

    It showed her in a khaki uniform and headlinedthe story Kyunki mantriji kabhi student nahi thi a dig at her lack of academic credentials.

    The Telegraph’s page one visuals on JNU have made a splash – thrice in as many days (tweets below)
    The next day featured Smriti Irani’s boss Modi kicking off Make In India week.  It noted that four rights had been Made In India under Modi – Right to assault and abuse others, to call JNU students prostitutes, to suppress dissent and to wish Afghan President on his birthday, months in advance as Modi had done.

    The issue which hit the stand this morning had a single word headline – Patriot, with the letters r i o t spelt in red colour.

    The story was on Delhi BJP MLA O P Sharma, who had beaten up a CPI leader alleging he had shouted pro-Pakistani slogans.
    The Telegraph’s page one visuals on JNU have made a splash – thrice in as many days (tweets below)

    Mixed reaction to The Telegraph’scoverage of JNU controversy









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    The stills show the stars, who play a young married couple in the film, enjoying intimate moments including a good deal of kissing.   As the kissing photos started circulating, Kareena Kapoor told journalists that husband Saif Ali Khan had no problems with her choosing the roles she wanted to.
    Arjun Kapoor is a good kisser, Saif has no problem, says Kareena Kapoor (photos below)


    February 16, 2016, NewsCrunch

    The scorching Ki and Ka stills featuring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor have shot up mercury by a few notches.


    The stills show the stars, who play a young married couple in the film, enjoying intimate moments including a good deal of kissing.


    As the kissing photos started circulating, Kareena Kapoor told journalists that husband Saif Ali Khan had no problems with her choosing the roles she wanted to.


    She further denied that she had been following a no-kiss policy after marriage and also noted that Arjun Kapoor that was a good kisser.


    Ki and Ka, a romantic comedy-drama is directed, and produced by R. Balki.


    It tells the story of a young, married couple struggling with gender roles placed upon them by the society.


    Arjun Kapoor is a good kisser, Saif has no problem, says Kareena Kapoor (photos below)

    Arjun Kapoor is a good kisser, Saif has no problem, says Kareena Kapoor (photos below)





    Arjun Kapoor is a good kisser, Saif has no problem, says Kareena Kapoor (photos below)

    Arjun Kapoor is a good kisser, Saif has no problem, says Kareena Kapoor (photos below)


    Arjun Kapoor is a good kisser, Saif has no problem, says Kareena Kapoor (photos below)



    Arjun Kapoor is a good kisser, Saif has no problem, says Kareena Kapoor (photos below)

    Arjun Kapoor is a good kisser, Saif has no problem, says Kareena Kapoor (photos below)




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    Not many knew about O P Sharma, a long-time associate of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, outside Delhi till Monday.  The BJP MLA from Vishwas Nagar from was known for singlehandedly taking on AAP. Among other things, he had been suspended from the winter session of Delhi Assembly on the charge of abusing AAP MLA Alka Lamba.
    When Jaitley became the president of Delhi University Students Union in 1974, O P Sharma
    was an executive council member.

    February 16, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Not many knew about O P Sharma, a long-time associate of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, outside Delhitill Monday.

    The BJP MLA from Vishwas Nagar was known for singlehandedly taking on AAP. Among other things, he had been suspended from the winter session of Delhi Assembly on the charge of abusing AAP MLA Alka Lamba.

    But on Monday, O P Sharma was allegedly seen on TV thrashing a CPI leader Ameeque Jamai. He had initially defended himself saying Jamai had shouted Pakistani Zindabad. On Tuesday, he said he himself was beaten up and also argued that the man in the video was not him.

    For all his high-pitch battles, O P Sharma is just a second time MLA. He won for the first time in 2013 to debut in the aborted Delhi Assembly and won again in 2014.

    But his claim to fame in Delhi was as Jaitley’s Man Friday.

    O P Sharma had gone to the Patiala Court on Monday in connection with the defamation case failed by Jaitley against Arvind Kejriwal, which had also come up for haring.

    As The Indian Express points out the friendship between the two goes back to decades.

    When Jaitley became the president of Delhi University Students Union in 1974,  O P Sharma was an executive council member.

    As Jaitley rose rapidly through the BJP ranks, O P Sharma was content playing a supporting role till he first made his mark as an AAP baiter in Delhi last year.

    Son of a driver of Municipal Corporation of Delhi, O P Sharma worked as an inspector in the house tax department of the same body.

    He quit to take care of sweets shops owned by his family. While politics happened late, O P Sharma prospered in business and as Express notes he owns showrooms of leading sports brands in Delhi.


    Related
    Video: Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma beats up CPI worker outside Patiala court, who had come in support of JNU leader Kanhaiya Kumar 




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    Bollywood studio Fox Star has put Pan Am air hostess Neerja Bhanot’s last flight announcement on YouTube.   Fox Star is releasing its ambitious biopic on Neerja, with Sonam Kapoor playing the title role. The audio tape is part of activity to promote the movie.
    Neerja Bhanot carries a slick Indian accent and speaks
    with a personal touch (audio below)
    February 16, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Bollywood studio Fox Star has put Pan Am air hostess Neerja Bhanot’s last flight announcement on YouTube.

    Fox Star is releasing its ambitious biopic on Neerja, with Sonam Kapoor playing the title role. The audio tape is part of activity to promote the movie.

    The audio recording of Neerja Bhanot’s last flight announcement was made at the beginning of the ill fated Pan Am Flight 73, which was headed to New York via Karachi and Frankfurt on 5 September 1986.

    As the most senior cabin crew member, Neerja Bhanot, can be heard welcoming passengers aboard and giving flight details such as travel time and the altitude at which the plane would fly.

    She carries a slick Indian accent and speaks with a personal touch which manages to convey her warm personality despite the poor audio quality.

    The plane got hijacked in Karachiwhen it was on the tarmac. The three American cockpit pilots evacuated the aircraft following standard protocol that effectively left Bhanot in  charge.

    The terrorists of Abu Nidal Organization instructed Neerja Bhanot to collect the passports of all the passengers so that they could identify and shoot the Americans.

    Neerja Bhanot and other attendants under her charge managed to conceal passports of the 41 Americans on board.

    When the hijackers opened fire, she opened the emergency door and helped a number of passengers escape. Neerja Bhanot was shot dead when she was shielding three children.


    Audio: Fox Star puts audio tape of Neerja Bhanot’s last flight announcement on YouTube



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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton barked like a dog during a campaign speech in Nevada.  She was trying to draw attention to the tall and often misleading claims made by Republicans.  She recalled an old radio ad in rural Arkansas, which asked for a dog trained to bark whenever a candidate lied.
    To drive her point home, Hillary lets out a couple of shrill woofs making the audience laugh (video below)

    February 16, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton barked like a dog during a campaign speech in Nevada.

    She was trying to draw attention to the tall and often misleading claims made by Republicans.

    She recalled an old radio ad in rural Arkansas, which asked for a dog trained to bark whenever a candidate lied.

    A dog like that would be useful, Hillary said, in making the Republicans speak responsibly.

    " We need to get that dog …follow them around and every time they say these things like, 'Oh, the Great Recession was caused by too much regulation,' arh, arh, arh, arh," she said.

    To drive her point home, Hillary let out a couple of shrill woofs making the audience laugh.


    Hillary faces a tough challenge from rival Bernie Sanders to secure the Democratic nomination.


    Video: Hillary Clinton barks like a dog to attack Republican rivals



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