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    Mohammed Guddu was reportedly working at a construction site in Malad last Sunday
    when a rod fell from the fourth floor. (Video below)

    February 19, 2016, NewsCrunch

    In medical marvel, doctors at Mumbai Sion hospital removed a seven-feet iron rod from the head of a construction worker, Mohammed Guddu, 24.

    Dr Batuk Diyora who removed the iron rod during a five-hour surgery, said it was a miracle that Guddu survived such an injury.

    Guddu was reportedly working at a construction site in Malad last Sunday when a rod fell from the fourth floor. It pierced through the top of the head, and partially exited from the back of the head.

     He was remarkably conscious when he was brought to the hospital. Diyora and his team cut open the skull around the rod to pull it out with minimal blood loss and impact on adjoining tissues.

    Guddu is expected to stay in the hospital for two weeks and recover fully in three months.

    Ahmedabad Mirror reports that he was lucky as the iron rod had pierced what doctors call a 'safe passage' in the brain. His brain stem wasn't damaged and arteries carrying blood to the brain were also safe," he added.


    Video: Iron rod pierces construction worker's skull in Mumbai; doctors remove after five-hour-surgery 


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     BJP Sambit Patra is facing some heat for using the iconic image of American soldiers to score a debating point on a TV show.  A screen-grab of him holding up the photoshopped image of Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is going viral.  In the photoshop version, the US flag has been replaced by the Indian Tri-Colour.
    In Sambitpatra's  photoshop version, the US flag has been replaced
    by the Indian Tri-Colour.

    February 19, 2016, NewsCrunch

    BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra is facing some heat for using the photoshopped image of American soldiers to score a debating point on a TV show.

    A screen-grab of him holding up the doctored image of Raising the Flag on Iwo Jimais going viral.

    In the photoshop version, the USflag has been replaced by the Indian Tri-Colour.

    Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts six United States soldiers hoisting American flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

    The Sambit Patra photoshop incident occurred during the News Hour show on Time Now, which debated the Central Government’s direction to hoist Indian flag at central universities.

    Sambit Patra was labouring the point to draw attention to the sacrifices made by the Indian soldiers to keep the flag fluttering.

    In the same debate, Maj Gen Bakshi broke down while saying the sacrifices of the soldiers were not being acknowledged. 

    Samit Patra trolled for holding up Indian Iwo Jima picture during Times Now News Hour show










    Related

    Smriti Irani calls Times Now live show to console Maj Gen G D Bakshi who was in tears - he got upset during National Flag debate (three videos)  



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    A helicopter. which was carrying tourists, fell into water from sky at Pearl Harbour on Thursday.  According to the eyewitnesses, who took videos, the Bell 206 chopper was flying normally, but started descending. It continued to do so till it hit the water  and sank.  The incident occurred at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
    The Bell 206 chopper, which was flying normally, started descending (video below)

    February 19, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A helicopter. which was carrying tourists, fell into water from sky at PearlHarbouron Thursday.

    According to the eyewitnesses, who took videos, the Bell 206 chopper was flying normally, but started descending. It continued to do so till it hit the water  and sank.

    The incident occurred at the Pearl HarborVisitorCenter.

    There were five people on board, five tourists and a guide; they were rescued by the prompt action of the onlookers, who for a change dropped their cameras and jumped into the water.

    Video: Helicopter falls into water at PearlHarbour– onlookers stop filming and rush to rescue



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     Times Now took an unusual step of demanding a clarification from Siddharth Varadarajan of The Wire on his charge that it had aired a doctored video of Kanhaiya Kumar.   A video, which had gone viral, shows Kanhaiya shouting pro-Kashmir independence slogans. Though it was later found to be doctored, several TV channels had rushed to telecast it.   Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire wrote a piece on Thursday night, On It is Time to Stand Up and Be Counted,  defending Kanhaiya as a politically committed activist. He also slammed the partisan TV channels which had aired the doctored clip without verification, which led to Kanhaiya facing the serious sedition charge.
    Times Now put out a public note describing The Wire allegation
    as completely false 
    February 19, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Times Now took an unusual step of demanding a clarification from Siddharth Varadarajan of The Wire on his charge that it had aired a doctored video of JNUSU president  Kanhaiya Kumar.

    A video, which had gone viral, shows Kanhaiya shouting pro-Kashmir independence slogans. Though it was later found to be doctored, several TV channels had rushed to telecast it.

    Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire wrote a piece on Thursday night, It is Time to Stand Up and Be Counted,  defending Kanhaiya as a committed activist. He also named and slammed the partisan TV channels which had aired the doctored clip without verification, and which contributed to Kanhaiya facing the serious sedition charge.

    Siddharth Varadarajan noted that Kanhaiya’s call for azadi from bhukhmari, samantvad and sanghvad had been cleverly converted into a call for Kashmir’s azadi.


    He urged the Supreme Court to set up a probe “…to root out the criminals who fabricated this “evidence” and put it into circulation.” He also condemned the erring TV  channels as a disgrace to journalism.


    Siddharth Varadarajan slipped a little in including Times Now in the list of channels that had aired the doctored rape.

    On Friday evening, Times Now put out a public note describing the allegation as completely false and demanded a prominent clarification and an apology for false reporting.

    It noted that Arnab Goswami had told a BJP panelist that the video needs to be verified.


    In response Siddharth Varadarajan, wrote:

    In an earlier version of this article, Times Now was listed as one of the channels that broadcast the doctored tape of Kanhaiya Kumar.

    The channel’s head, Arnab Goswami has clarified that a BJP spokesman, Sambit Patra, sought to play the clip on his iPad during a debate but was not allowed to as the clip was not verified, and the clip was never played on the channel.






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    After NDTV senior executive editor Ravish Kumar aired his Prime Time show on Friday, Veteran journalist Nikhil Wagle tweeted saying it was historic.  Among other things, in the 40 minute plus show, Ravish blackened the TV screen urging his viewers to close their eyes and listen to him with an open heart.  In a week, TV  anchors and lawyers, among others, going on a rampage and branding JNU students as traitors, the Prime Time was was just what doctors would have prescribed.
    TV leading India into darkness -Ravish makes his point with humility, a rare quality
    among TV anchors, as the nation knows (Video below).

    February 20, 2016, NewsCrunch

    After NDTV senior executive editor Ravish Kumar aired his Prime Time show on Friday night, Veteran journalist Nikhil Wagle tweeted saying it was historic.

    Among other things, in the 40 minute plus show, Ravish blackened the TV screen urging his viewers to close their eyes and listen to him with an open heart.

    A week, which saw, TV  anchors and lawyers, among others, going on a rampage and branding JNU students as traitors, the Prime Time was was just what doctors would have prescribed.

    Early, this week Ravish had spoken about how TV anchors were going berserk in an interview. On Friday he took off from where he had stopped.

    Ravish came on TV for a few minutes and said he was blackening the screen, but would continue to speak. He urged the audience to imagine that the lights of their drawing room were switched off and that he was speaking only to them.

    This is the gist of what he said:

    TV has fallen sick and anchors are infecting the viewers as well.

    They have forgotten that their job is to ask, not shout or incite. They are shouting maro maro pakado pakado,  targeting people,  labeling some as traitors and killing voices that dissent. And they are doing this intentionally.

    Shouting is counter productive - we don't shout like this in our families. If shouting was good, the prime minister and army chief should go on TV everyday and scream.

    The sacrifices of soldiers are being politically exploited on TV; people who may disagree with them are being called traitors.

    We have forgotten that a few months ago, at Jantar Mantar soldiers' uniforms were torn and medals were snatched. Even those soldiers had fought in the wars. (Ravish was referring to police actions on retired soldiers agitating for one rank, one pension.)

    These TV anchors have forgotten journalism ethics that tells them not to publish or show anything to incites hatred in the society.

    Ravish urges viewers to think, without bias, about what the TV channels showed on JNU. If they do not do it, he warns, India will become a mob, not a logical society.

    By telecasting doctored tapes, TV channels showed JNU students as traitors. JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was talking about freedom from poverty not from India, as has been alleged.

     What truly makes the show historic is on prime time, Ravish stretches our notion of nationalism. He suggests we need better yardsticks  than waving Pakistani flag and shouting pro-Afzal slogans to label someone as a traitor.  The incident, which threatens to taint JNU, is routine in Kashmir, the entire state would be guilty of the charge of supporting Afzal Guru. BJP's alliance partner in J&K, PDP, holds Afzal Guru as a martyr not traitor, he reminds.  Lastly, Ravish makes his point with humility, a rare quality among TV anchors, as the nation knows.
    It is unprecedented for a prime time show to switch off lights and Ravish pulls it off with remarkable eloquence.

    Ravish says his colleague Manish went to Kanhaiya's home in Bihar. The family is so poor, they could not offer a cup of tea to him.   If a man, who comes from a place like that, cannot talk about freedom from poverty, who else will.

    Ravish stands up for Umar Khalid as well. He made a mistake by absconding, but that is the only difference between Kanhaiya and him, till courts settle the matter.

    After a 10 minute narration, Ravish continues with the black screen and plays sound bites of different TV anchors and politicians screaming sedition and inciting people to become lynch.

    So, what makes this show so impressive?

    First, the format. It is unprecedented for a prime time show to switch off lights   and Ravish pulls it off with remarkable eloquence. It's gripping, keeps you engaged.

    The timing and the content. Just as India threatens to slip into into jingoism and mob rule, a timely wake up call urging us to pause and think.

    What truly makes the show historic is on prime time, Ravish stretches our notion of nationalism. He suggests we need better yardsticks  than waving Pakistani flag and shouting pro-Afzal slogans to label someone as a traitor.

    The incident, which threatens to taint JNU, is routine in Kashmir, the entire state would be guilty of the charge of supporting Afzal Guru. BJP's alliance partner in J&K, PDP, holds Afzal Guru as a martyr not traitor, he reminds.

    Lastly, Ravish makes his point with humility, a rare quality among TV anchors, as the nation knows.

    Watch- Full video of NDTV anchor Ravish Kumar's historic show, which turned the YV screen dark





    Related
    Fellow journalists upset with Arnab Goswami – NDTV’s Ravish Kumar sums up their anger 



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    In a major leap towards the future of driving, Volvo has made the world's first keyless car, which can be unlocked and started with a smartphone app.    The app connects to the car through Bluetooth and can do everything a physical key does, and even better.  The digital key door unlocks as the driver approaches it and eliminates the common fumbling for the metal in the pocket.
    Volvo plans to release a limited number of commercially available cars equipped with the new
    digital key technology next year.
    February 20, 2016, NewsCrunch

    In a major leap towards the future of driving, Volvo has made the world's first keyless car, which can be unlocked and started with a smartphone app.

    The app connects to the car through Bluetooth and can do everything a physical key does, and even better.

    The digital key door unlocks as the driver approaches it and eliminates the common fumbling for the metal in the pocket.

    Very excitingly, the digital key can be securely shared with others and it is this part of the breakthrough that is likely to have a revolutionary impact.

    It may change the way the car rental industry works allowing customers to pick up and  return cars on the fly. With GPS, rental companies can guide customers to a nearby car and transfer the key to them,

    It may also change the way people own cars now. You could become part of a network of car owners, who can share cars with each other in radically new ways.

    Volvo is likely to pilot this technology this year through Sunfleet, its car sharing firm in Sweden.

    It also plans to release a limited number of commercially available cars equipped with the new digital key technology next year.

    Video: Watch world's first keyless car  from Volvo - smartphone app can open door, start engine



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    Umar Khalid, the JNU PhD student, who is facing sedition charge and is on the run, reportedly had an offer from Yale university to study for semester.   Umar Khalid, who does not have a passport, declined it.    The information has been reported by at least two papers The Telegraph and Indian Express. Two of his family members, his father and sister have also stated it.
    As the only non-believer in the family, Umar questioned everything, says his father.


    February 21, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Umar Khalid, the JNU PhD student, who is facing sedition charge and is on the run, reportedly had an offer from Yale university to study for a semester.

    Umar Khalid, who does not have a passport, declined it.

    The information has been reported by at least two papers The Telegraph and Indian Express. Two of his family members, his father and sister have also stated it.

    Umar Khalid, who joined JNU in 2008, is doing his  PhD on Jharkhand tribals at Centre for Historical Studies. In the course  of his research, he had interacted with a professor at Yale university, who impressed by Umar's research, had made the offer.  

    Umar's eldest sister is a teaching assistant in Massachusetts University in comparative literature and another sister studied in St Stephen’s College. He has another sister who is 11.

    His father Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, also a PhD in Chemistry, says Umar is the only in the family without the passport, though it is not clear why he never applied for it.

    Umar and four other JNU students Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar, Anant Prakash Narayan went on the run after Delhi police arrested JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charge.

    Among them, it was Umar who became the face of the alleged ''anti-national" activities in JNU when Times Now editor  Arnab Goswami lashed at him during a News Hour show, which went viral.

    Umar's friends say he is a committed communist who has been at the forefront of the agitations on students, tribals and Dalits.

    As the only non-believer in the family, he questioned everything - whether it was praying, fasting, or women in the family covering their heads - says his father.

    Ilyasi, who was in Simi, a banned radical Muslim organisation, fears that his background may lead t further branding of Umar.

    He told The Indian Express that he was with Simi in its early days before it was banned and before even a single was filed against them.

    Related
    I have run out of patience with you – Raging Arnab Goswami silences JNU student leader Umar Khalid on News Hour debate (Video) 




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    February 21, 2016, NewsCrunch

    US finance professional and Preity Zinta's fiancee Gene Goodenough was an eyewitness in the case she had filed against industrialist Nuss Wadia.

    Preity and Nuss split after being together for five years and the parting was not amicable.

    In 2014, Preity filed a molestation and abuse case against Nuss. In the FIR She had alleged that he had molested, abused and threatened her inside Wankhede stadium in Mumbai during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.

    It was in this case Gene had been reportedly mentioned as an eye witness. He had even reportedly tried to intervene.

    Besides Goodenough, the other important witnesses named by Preity were her friends Parul Khanna, Shailesh Gupta and her make-up man Jai Kanojia.

    At the time, the media had speculated on the mystery American, who had been seen sitting next to Preity.

    Well, he turned out to be Goodenough, whom Preity had met in the US, went on to date and get engaged.

    Preity met Gene on one of her many visits to the United States where her nephew and niece are based.

    A management graduate from Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles, Gene  works as a Senior Vice President in the Product & Finance department at NLine Energy in Los Angeles. 

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    Little zara, an Indian girl in Dubai, has pressed the viral button by passing a gentle criticism on Times Now editor in chief, Arnab Goswami.  The video uploaded by her father Mazhar Farooqui on Sunday has been viewed by over 50,000 times on Facebook.
    Unlike Arnab Goswami, Ravish Kumar allows others to speak, says Zara
    (video below)

    February 22, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Little zara, an Indian girl in Dubai, has pressed the viral button by passing a gentle criticism on Times Now editor in chief, Arnab Goswami.

    The video uploaded by her father Mazhar Farooqui on Sunday has been viewed by over 50,000 times on Facebook.

    He keeps keeps scolding everyone in the studio, I don't like him at all, she says, referring to Arnab.

    Zara is, however, impressed by Ravish Kumar, who she says, asks a question and allows others to speak.

    Mazhar Farooqui, who was formerly with The  Times of India and The Hindustan Times, is a journalist with Gulf News. 


    Viral video: Little Zara disagrees with Arnab Goswami and goes viral -  she is impressed by Ravish Kumar though 



    Arnab Goswami exposed by my daughter Zara long before fake JNU video. Watch and share
    Posted by Mazhar Farooqui on Saturday, February 20, 2016

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    The critical NYT edit is bad news for Modi as it is hugely influential.

    February 22, 2016, NewsCrunch

    JNU controversy has gone  international: in a stinging editorial The New York Times has blamed the Modi government for cracking down on JNU students and stifling freedom of expression in India.

    The editorial uses harsh language and leaves nothing to imagination.

    India is on the throes of a violent clash between advocates of freedom of speech and the Hindu right under Narendra Modi, it notes.

    The clash is so serious it risks sabotaging both economic progress and India’s democracy.

    The NYT edit also approvingly quotes academic Pratap Bhanu Mehta saying Modi government “have threatened democracy; that is the most anti-national of all acts.”

    The edit also recaps in good detail the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar for sedition, the entry of police into JNU campus, the attack on journalists and students in which the police refused to intervene and the subsequent march by journalists...

    "This confrontation raises serious concerns about Mr. Modi’s governance...," says the edit.

    The critical NYT edit is bad news for Modi as it is hugely influential. It sets the tone for International media and makes the controversy a priority for the US government.

    It builds an impression that India has become politically volatile, and undermines Modi's effort to woo foreign investment.

    NYT had similarly attacked Modi earlier as well when the churches had come under attack. It had also opposed what it described as the targeting as social activist Teesta Stalvad, in another edit.


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    Historian Ramachandra Guha has sparked off a controversy by tweeting that the colours of the Indian flag rejects the Hindu supremacy advocated by RSS.   The father of the nation, Gandhi, wanted the colours to represent different communities - Saffron for Hindus, Green for Muslims and White for other communities.   It was because of this colour code, RSS took time to acknowledge the Indian flag, Guha suggests.
    Constitution Assembly adopted Nehru's resolution, but was slightly ambivalent on the  meaning  of the colours in  the  Indian national flag   


    February 23, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Historian Ramachandra Guha has sparked off a controversy by tweeting that the colours of the Indian flag rejects the Hindu supremacy advocated by RSS.

    The father of the nation, Gandhi, wanted the colours to represent different communities - Saffron for Hindus, Green for Muslims and White for other communities.

    It was because of this colour code, RSS took time to acknowledge the Indian flag, Guha suggests.

    The story is a little more complicated than this.

    In early 1920s, Gandhi got  a flag designed by Pingali Venkayya, with a charka in the middle. The three colours of the flag were red to represent Hindus and Sikhs, Green to represent Muslims and White  to represent others. White was on top, followed by Green and Red.

    While Gandhi thought equal communal representation would make the flag a unifying factor, many including Nehru were not comfortable with the communal baggage the flag came with.

    Sikhs were also not happy getting clubbed with Hindus and wanted a separate colour of their own.

    Over the next decade, the flag underwent a few changes. Red gave way to ochre and finally to saffron.

    In 1931, the Congress Committee chose the version of the flag with saffron on top, white in the middle and green at the bottom, with a charkha in between, as the official flag of the party.

    The colours of the Indian flag became an interesting topic of debate in the Constitution Assembly.

    On the 22nd of July, 1947, Nehru  moved a resolution to adopt the flag with a change - replacing the charka with the Ashoka Chakra.

    He was emphatic in rejecting that the colours represented any particular community and blamed that notion on a misunderstanding.

    As Nehru said in his Constitution Assembly speech:

    Some people, having misunderstood its significance, have thought of it in communal terms and believe that some part of it represents this community or that. But I may say that when this Flag was devised there was no communal significance attached to it.
    Though Nehru's resolution was successfully adopted many members such as Mohomed Sheriff, H. J. Khandekar and Saiyid Mohammad Saadulla made references to the religious significance the colours.

    There were also members such as Frank R. Anthony, who agreed with Nehru in distancing the Tri-colour from communities.

    The best speech of the day came from S Radhakrishnan, who sought to explain what the colours stood for.

    The white colour showed the path of truth; the Orange the spirit of renunciation and the Green the progress.

    Ashoka's wheel represented the wheel of Dharma, which perpetually moves overcoming our resistance to change.

    While Radhakrishnan did not tie colours to communities, he did take note of the religious underpinnings of he White and Saffron colours in his speech.

    His speech was very well received and the meanings imparted by him to the three colours became the official stand of the Indian republic.

    But the ambivalence continues. 

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    A man, Dashrath Suryavanshi, managed to get the attention of the District Magistrate at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, by dancing in front of his desk in office.   Suryavanshi was upset that his son had been denied admission under Right to Education. After all his effort to get his son into a school failed, he resorted to the unusual protest.
    Dashrath Suryavanshi dancing in front of Mansaur
    District Magistrate Swatantra Kumar Singh
    February 24, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A man, Dashrath Suryavanshi, managed to get the attention of the District Magistrate at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, by dancing in front of his desk in office.

    Suryavanshi was upset that his son had been denied admission under Right to Education. After all his effort to get his son into a school failed, he resorted to the unusual protest.

    According to Zee News, Suryavanshi said he could not afford to pay the Rs 27,000 FEE, a private school was asking as admission fees and went to the district officials for help.

    He seems to have met with an apathetic response there till he danced before the collector, Swatantra Kumar Singh, ho has now assured that the RTE law would be followed in his son's case. 


    Video; Watch man dancing in front of Mandsaur District Magistrate to get son admitted to school udner RTE  


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    Iconic tennis player Martina Navratilova waded into the anti-national row in India asserting that what happened in JNU was not sedition and battling trolls who tried to take on her.  It started when Martina tweeted a link to an opinion piece by The New York Times writer  Nilanjana S Roy, "What passes for sedition in India".  Agreeing with the article, which took a critical stand on the right wing action on JNU and Rohith Vemula, Martina commented that ultra nationalism could easily turn into violence at worst, bullying at best.
    Martina Navratilova takes on Indian trolls  on
    anti-national controversy 

    February 24, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Iconic tennis player Martina Navratilova waded into the anti-national row in India asserting that what happened in JNU was not sedition and battling trolls who tried to take on her.

    It started when Martina tweeted a link to an opinion piece by The New York Times writer  Nilanjana S Roy, "What passes for sedition in India".

    Agreeing with the article, which took a critical stand on the right wing action on JNU and Rohith Vemula, Martina commented that ultra nationalism could easily turn into violence at worst, bullying at best.

    As her tweet went viral, it did not go down well with the Indian nationalists who said anti-nationals deserved to be bullied and asked her to stop dishing out unsolicited advise.

    But Martina was unapologetic, stuck to her points in a series of tweets and said, dissent was not sedition.

    She tweeted saying: "Once again - it is not anti-Indian to disagree with a particular party. You just proved the point of that article...."

    Following the controversy, she tweeted yet another link to a NYT edit which had condemned the JNU incident. The edit had quoted noted academic Pratap Bhanu Mehta saying, Modi government “have threatened democracy; that is the most anti-national of all acts.”

    Martina expressed surprise at Mehta's strong statement and wondered if he knew what he was talking about.
    Martina frequently tweets her views on gay rights, environment and political extremism.


    Martina Navratilova tweets on JNu controversy - battles Twitter trolls (9 tweets) 











    Related

    JNU blows up: NYT editorial says Modi government is cracking down on dissent and harming democracy 



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    Pak TV actress Qandeel Baloch has launched an unprovoked assault on Indian PM Modi in a video posted on her Facebook page.  She calls Modi a chai wallah, referring to his famous humble background and asks him how the tea business is doing.  Moving seductively on her bed and dressed in a blue dress, Qandeel Baloch delivers a short message to Modi.  She says Pakistanis love peace and asks Modi be afraid of them. Why? Because, if Pakistanis lose it everybody, not just Modi, will be in trouble, she explains
    Moving seductively on her bed, Qandeel Baloch delivers a short message to Modi (video below)

    February 24, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Pak TV actress Qandeel Baloch has launched an unprovoked assault on Indian PM Modi in a video posted on her Facebook page.

    She calls Modi a chai wallah, referring to his famous humble background and asks him how the tea business is doing.

    Moving seductively on her bed and dressed in a blue dress, Qandeel Baloch delivers a short message to Modi.

    She says Pakistanis love peace and asks Modi be afraid of them. Why? Because, if Pakistanis lose it everybody, not just Modi, will be in trouble, she explains

    Qandeel Baloch also calls Modi Darling along the way but does not explain why she is angry wkith him.

    The video is raising chuckles among Pakistanis, who are used to the publicity-grabbing antics of Qandeel Baloch. She had in the past proposed to Imran Khan on video.

    Qandeel Baloch also has famous rivalry with fellow Maheera, who is starring opposite Shahrukh Khan in Raees.




    Watch video: Pak actress Qandeel Baloch calls Modi chai wallah and darling - asks him to be afraid of Pakistanis




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    A senior Uttar Pradesh police officer D K Chowdhury may be in trouble for slapping an old man in Lucknow on Tuesday.   DIG DK Chowdhury went on a patrol and reportedly got into a small verbal argument with an elderly man. The cameras caught him losing his temper and giving a hard slap to the old man, who appeared to be a vendor.    The incident occurred at Bhoothnath Market near Indira Nagar.   But a video of the slap went viral and drew the attention of DK Chowdhury’s senior officials, who took serious note of it.
    A screengrab of DK Chowdhury, IPS, confronting an elderly person in Lucknow
     (slap video below)

    February 24, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A senior Uttar Pradesh police officer, D K Chowdhury, may be in trouble for slapping an old man in Lucknow on Tuesday.

    DIG DK Chowdhury went on a patrol and reportedly got into a small verbal argument with an elderly street vendor. The cameras caught him losing his temper and giving a hard slap to the old man.

    The incident occurred at Bhoothnath Market near Indira Nagar.

    But a video of the slap went viral and drew the attention of DK Chowdhury’s senior officials, who took serious note of it.

    PTI reports that the Director General of Police Javeed Ahmad has sought an explanation from the DIG on his action.

    The incident is similar to another case of police brutality on a senior citizen, who was working as a typist, in Lucknow. A sub inspector had been caught on camera in September last year smashing up the type writer of the 65-year-old Krishna Kumar, again in Lucknow.

    A photo of the assault had gone viral drawing widespread condemnation forcing the higher officers to react.

    Video: Watch DIG Lucknow DK Chowdhury slapping old man on camera 


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    On the first day of the Budget session of Rajya Sabha, the highlight of the debate was the angry exchange between BSP boss Mayawati and Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.  The topic of contention was Hyderabad university student Rohith Vemula’s suicide.  Smriti Irani got a little dramatic and asked Mayawati not to play politics over a dead child’s body. She even offered to cut off her head and lay it on Mayawati’s feet.
    …After Mayawati insisted for a Dalit member in the panel probing
    Vemula's death (Video below)
    February 24, 2016, NewsCrunch

    On the first day of the Budget session in Rajya Sabha, the highlight of the debate was the angry exchange between BSP boss Mayawati and Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

    The topic of contention was Hyderabaduniversity student Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

    Smriti Irani got a little dramatic and asked Mayawati not to play politics over a dead child’s body. She even offered to cut off her head and lay it on Mayawati’s feet.

    The provocation was Mayawati’s insistence that the panel  probing Vemula's death should have a Dalit member. She asked if the government would accede to her demand or not.

    Smriti’s specific response was lost in the din; but what came out clearly was her saying she would cut off her head and lay it on Mayawati’s feet – if the BSP boss was not happy with her response.

    The angry Smriti Irani, the uncharacteristically subdued  Mayawati  and the Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, who was looking lost, were the top TV moments of the day.  


    Video: Watch Smriti Irani offering to cut off her head and lay it on Mayawati’s feet





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    A woman’s leg got stuck at a cowcatcher in a hospital in Kota, Rajasthan.  The sharp edged metal pieces of the cowcatcher, rather a cow stopper, were placed so widely part, her leg just sunk in at the J.K. Lon Hospital.
    Similar incidents have occurred in the past as well (video below)
    February 24, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A woman’s leg got stuck at a cowcatcher in a hospital in Kota, Rajasthan.

    The sharp edged metal pieces of the cowcatcher, rather a cow stopper, were placed so widely part, her leg just sunk in at the J.K.LonHospital.

    After she struggled to get her leg out without any success for over an hour, an electric cutter had to be brought in to cut the metal and get her leg out.

    Dainik Bhaskar reports that similar incidents have occurred in the past as well.  


    Video: Woman’s leg stuck in cow catcher at J K Lon Hospital in Kota



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    A highlight of union minister Smriti Irani's emotional speech in Parliament on Wednesday was her challenge to opposition to ask about her caste.  As she said,  "My name is Smriti Irani. I challenge you to ask me my caste."
    My name is Smriti Irani. I challenge you to ask me my caste
    February 25, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A highlight of union minister Smriti Irani's emotional speech in Parliament on Wednesday was her challenge to opposition to ask about her caste.

    As she said,  "My name is Smriti Irani. I challenge you to ask me my caste."

    This was her way of countering the charge that Hyderabad student Rohith Vemula committed suicide as he was persecuted for being a dalit.

    So, what about Smriti Irani's caste? She was born in Delhi to a Punjabi father, Ajay Kumar Malhotra, and a Bengali mother, Shibani Bagchi.

    Malhotras are Punjabi Khatris, an upper caste, who considers themselves to be of pure Vedic descent. Before Mughals came they competed with other castes for Kshatriya status  and were found in military roles.

    Under Mughals, Khatris transformed into a merchant community.  Smriti's father was running a courier business in Delhi.

    Her mother seems to be a Kulin Brahmin from Bengal and in Indian society children usually are identified by the caste of their father, whose name they also usually inherit.

    In 2001, Smriti married Zubin Irani, a Parsi, which is a minority community in India.

    Legally speaking, in India a person's caste does not change after marriage. 

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    Video: Watch Smriti Irani offering to cut off her head and lay it on Mayawati’s feet - rage in Rajya Saba 


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    Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt made a dramatic exit from the Yerawada prison on Thursday after serving nearly 42 months of his five-year sentence.  A video shows a smiling Sanjay emerging out of the jail gate. Clad in blue shirt and jeans, he turns back to touch ground and salute the tri-colour flying on the imposing Yerawada prison building.  Carrying a khaki bag and a green coloured file he gets into a waiting car and drives away. From the Pune airport, he flew to Mumbai in a chartered flight.
    Sanjay Dutt turned back to touch ground and salute the tri-colour flying on the Yerawada prison (video below)

    February 25, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt made a dramatic exit from Yerawada prison on Thursday after serving nearly 42 months of his five-year sentence.

    A video shows a smiling Sanjay emerging out of the jail gate. Clad in blue shirt and jeans, he turns back to touch ground and salute the tri-colour flying on the imposing Yerawada prison building.

    Carrying a khaki bag and a green coloured file he got into a waiting car and drove away. From the Pune airport, he flew to Mumbai in a chartered flight.  


    Sanjay Dutt was arrested in 1993 for possession of an AK-56 rifle, which was a part of arms and explosives used in the Mumbai serial blasts.  


    He served part of his five-year sentence during trial and the remainder 42 months at the Yerawada prison. His frequent paroles and furlough drew criticism as selective favours granted to a celebrity.

    Maharashtra government, however, refuted the allegations, saying his remission of 144 days and parole leaves were in accordance with jail manual.


    Video: Watch Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt saluting Yerawada prison after release



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    Twitter users have welcomed the new Gif button, which promises to animate their tweets in a jiffy.  The button, announced last week, is not yet available in India – but that has not stopped it from trending in the country.
    Whenever it is rolled out in India, you will get a new Add GIF icon between the picture and poll buttons.

    February 25, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Twitter users have welcomed the new Gif button, which promises to animate their tweets in a jiffy.

    The button, announced last week, is not yet available in India– but that has not stopped it from trending in the country.

    Whenever it is rolled out here, you will get a new Add GIF icon between the picture and poll buttons.


    Clicking on it will pop up a new screen with a search bar at the top and a load of categories below - including temptations like 'Eyeroll' and 'Facepalm'. Users can type in the keywords and get a gif of their choice and attach it.

    As Gifs begin to trend, here are some great gifs to make you pass time.
















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