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    PM Modi tweeted a link to a YouTube video showing Union Minister Smriti Irani’s full speech in Parliament  on Wednesday.   He further reinforced his approval to her speech with a caption that held nothing back – satya meva jayate.   Irani should be thrilled at the public backing from her boss. She dutifully retweets everything he puts on Twitter. For a change, he was reciprocating in kind.
    Smriti or Sushma - who is Number 1 woman in BJP

    February 25, 2016, NewsCrunch

    PM Modi tweeted a link to a YouTube video showing Union Minister Smriti Irani’s full speech in Parliament  on Wednesday.

    He further stamped his approval to her speech with a caption that held nothing back – satya meva jayate.

    Smriti Irani should be thrilled at the public backing from her boss. She dutifully retweets everything he puts on Twitter. For a change, he was reciprocating in kind.

    In her Wednesday speech, Smriti defended BJP in the Rohith Vemula suicide and JNU controversies as expected. But it was the ferocity with which she did so that was the surprise. Her tone seems to echo the BJP thinking that the nationalist controversy is a vote fetcher for the party.

    Her speech would have shaken up not just the opposition, but also many of her party colleagues, specifically Sushma Swaraj, BJP’s top woman face till recently.

    Modi groomed Smriti Irani after 2014 win to cut Sushma Swaraj to size, who had opposed him for years,  notes The Telegraph.

    The 50-minute speech was a culmination of that move and Modi’s backing is affirmation that Smriti Irani not Sushma Swaraj is the top woman leader of BJP.

    The Telegraph further notes that Smriti Irani also used the opportunity to impress the sangh paivaar, with references to Hindutva themes such as Ganga, Shiva and Bharat Mata.


    Modi tweets Smriti Irani Parliament speech 


     Related 


    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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    A passionate and somewhat funny video of the Niagara falls created by an Indian tourist has gone viral.   Uploaded on February 15, it has been viewed by nearly 1.8 million people and exploding further.
    The tourist  from Indore says he can’t have enough of the Niagara falls (video below)


     

    February 25, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A passionate and somewhat funny video of the Niagara falls created by an Indian tourist has gone viral.

    Uploaded on February 15, it has been viewed by nearly 1.9 million people and exploding further.

    The man, from Indore, describes in chaste Hindi  the nitty-gritty’s  of visiting the famous waterfall – the Canadian and the US sides of the fall,  the cost of tickets, the boat ride and so on.

    He says while his wife went for shopping, he decided to stay on to enjoy the splendid view from the Canadian side. As he describes his joy, he munches home-made namkin andpulls out a towelto wipe his drenched face. 

    In the video, probably made for friends back home, he says he can’t have enough of the Niagara falls.

    In return, Internet says it cannot have enough of this Indian tourist, who made Niagara falls more famous than before.

    Video: Watch Indian tourist from Indore sharing the joy of visiting Niagara falls

    Excitement Of An Indian Tourist is Very Epic! He Killed It By ...
    Excitement Of An Indian Tourist is Very Epic! He Killed It By His Amazing Commentary of Niagara Falls!#MustWatch #NiagaraFalls #Canada #ViralGoogly
    Posted by Viral Googly on Sunday, February 14, 2016

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    Last words, a two-minute plus video, has a few nurses recounting the final moment of their patients.   The depressing part it is the nurses who get to hear the last words. The family, which most patients yearn for, is often missing.   The video produced by Indian Association Palliative Care has a message for the families: give all possible comfort top those whose time has come.
    Last Words: The depressing part it is the nurses who get to hear the last words (video below)


    February 25, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Some die waiting for their loved ones. Some go leaving behind a message for their families.

    Some just say good bye.

    Last words, a two-minute plus video, has a few nurses recounting the final moment of their patients.

    The depressing part it is the nurses who get to hear the last words. The family, which most patients yearn for, is often missing.

    The video produced by Indian Association Palliative Care has a message for the families: give all possible comfort to those whose time has come.

    Video: Nurses recount last words of Indian patients – touching video has strong message for families



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    The Great Khali was taken in an ambulance to a hospital after he was injured during a wrestling duel at Haldwani, Uttarakhand, on Wednesday.  Quoting government sources, media reports said he was out of danger.  A former WWE wrestler, Khali was fighting a foreign-origin opponent in an exhibition match.
    Khali was fighting a foreign-origin opponent in an exhibition match
    when he got hurt (video below)

    February 25, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Former WWE wrestler The Great Khali was taken in an ambulance to a hospital after he was injured during a wrestling duel at Haldwani, Uttarakhand, on Wednesday.

    He was later airlifted from Haldwani and brought to a speciality hospital in Dehradun.

    Khali was fighting foreign wrestlers, Mike Knox and Brody Steel, when he was injured.

    He was appearing in a bout titled 'The Great Khali Returns Series', which was being held as part of the Continental Wrestling Entertainment Show.
    Born Dalip Singh Rana, the Punjab police constable became famous as The Great Khali in the WWE tournaments. After retiring, he has been running a wrestling institute at Jalandhar and also taking part in exhibition matches.

    Video: Great Khali injured in head in wrestling ring – said to be out of danger





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    After WWE exit, Great Khali re-buiding life as Dalip Singh Rana (With Khali debut viral video) 



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    Infosys has given a hefty pay hike to its CEO Vishal Sikka, bumping it from roughly Rs  47 crore ($ 7.08 million) to Rs 75 crore ($11million).    The new pay structure will be effective from January 2017.   This is the breakup of his pay package, according to The Economic Times.
    Infosys took help of a consultant to decide on Sikka’s compensation, which is now
    said to be at par with other global tech companies of the same size

    February 25, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Infosys has given a hefty pay hike to its CEO Vishal Sikka, bumping it from roughly Rs  47 crore ($ 7.08 million) to Rs 75 crore ($11million).

    The new pay structure will be effective from January 2017.

    This is the breakup of his pay package, according to The Economic Times.

    He will get an annual base pay of $1 million (Rs 6.8 crore)  and variable pay of $3 million (Rs 20 crore).

    He also becomes eligible to receive $7 million (Rs 47 crore) in stock options, which is three times more than what he was entitled to till now.

    Infosys took help of a consultant to decide on Sikka’s compensation, which is now said to be at par with other global tech companies of the same size.

    His contract has also been extended till 2021, which could make him the longest serving Infosys CEO after Narayana Murthy. 

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    Actress Amy Jackson tweeted a photo showing herself feeding a tiger cub on Wednesday.   Though she did not disclose where the photo was taken, it was probably at the famous Tiger Temple in Thailand, where tourists pay a fee to feed tiger cubs with milk bottles.   Amy was in Thailand this week and had been tweeting from the country.
    Amy  was probably not aware that the practice of feeding tiger cubs in Thailand
    is  opposed by animal rights activists.

    February 25, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Actress Amy Jackson tweeted a photo showing herself feeding a tiger cub on Wednesday.

    Though she did not disclose where the photo was taken, it was probably at the famous Tiger Temple in Thailand, where tourists pay a fee to feed tiger cubs with milk bottles.

    Amy was in Thailand this week and had been tweeting from the country.

    The actress, a vegetarian and an animal rights activist, was signed up by PETA in 2014 as its ambassador. Recently, she had opposed jallikattu in Tamil Nadu at the risk drawing the ire of the people.

    She was probably not aware that the practice of feeding tiger cubs in Thailand is controversial and opposed by animal rights activists.

    Tiger Temple in Thailand's Kanchanaburi Province, was founded in 1994 as a forest sanctuary for wild animals, including tigers.

    It charges an admission fee and its popular though infamous attraction is tiger cubs, which are handed over to tourists for bottle feeding.

    The temple has long been accused by animal rights activists of ill-treating the tigers for commercial gain and even trafficking some of its animals.

    The temple was raided by Thai soldiers last year and was subsequently cleared of allegations of animal mistreatment after an investigation by wildlife officials. It was still found possessing 38 protected birds on the temple grounds without license.

    Animal rights activists say tiger cubs are separated from their mothers and used to amuse tourists. The constant company of humans and the overfeeding are said to harm them.

    There are also questions on what happens to the cubs when they grow up. While the temple needs a large supply of cubs, there are allegedly no record of a proportionate number of adult tigers associated with it.  

    There is an accusation that adult animals tigers are sent to China, where there is a huge demand for tiger body parts.

    Related
    Amy Jackson faces intolerance; Tamil group asks Rajinikanth to drop British actress from Enthiran 2 to protest her Jallikattu tweet 




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    Astronomers have released a new map of Milky Way using the APEX telescope in Chile.  Unlike the existing maps, which are based on infrared and visible light, the new map captures submillimetre wavelengths emitted by the galaxy.  It shows the regions where stars are taking birth in the Milky Way and nicely complements other space surveys.
    The APEX telescope survey captures submillimetre wavelengths to show stars taking birth (videos below)

    February 27, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Astronomers have released a new map of Milky Way using the APEX telescope in Chile.

    Unlike the existing maps, which are based on infrared and visible light, the new map captures submillimetre wavelengths emitted by the galaxy.

    It shows the regions where stars are taking birth in the Milky Way and nicely complements other space surveys.

    The new map offers a breathtaking view of the Milky Way as visible from the southern hemisphere and is the sharpest such image every produced.

    CNN video: Stunning Milky Way map produced from APEX telescope capturing submillimetre wavelengths




    Stunning new image of our galaxy
    Whoa. Astronomers just released a stunning new map of the Milky Way that shows where stars are born http://cnn.it/1oHQUZK
    Posted by CNN on Wednesday, February 24, 2016




    Different views of the Milky Way – visible light, infrared, submillimetre wavelengths





    ATLASGAL Survey of Milky Way Completed
    A spectacular new image of the Milky Way has been released to mark the completion of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (#ATLASGAL). The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves. This is the sharpest such map yet made, and complements those from recent space-based surveys. The pioneering 12-metre APEX telescope allows astronomers to study the cold Universe: gas and dust only a few tens of degrees above absolute zero.APEX, the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment telescope, is located at 5100 metres above sea level on the Chajnantor Plateau in Chile’s Atacama region. The ATLASGAL survey took advantage of the unique characteristics of the telescope to provide a detailed view of the distribution of cold dense gas along the plane of the Milky Way galaxy. The new image includes most of the regions of star formation in the southern Milky Way....Read the Full Release here: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1606/Video Credit: ESO/APEX/ATLASGAL consortium/NASA/GLIMPSE consortium/ESA/Planck/VVV Survey/D. Minniti/S. GuisardAcknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo, Martin Kornmesser. Music: Johan B. Monell (www.johanmonell.com)
    Posted by The European Extremely Large Telescope on Thursday, February 25, 2016

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    Vineet  Jain, the boss of India’s largest media empire, The Times Group, tweeted on Friday saying the government was misusing sedition law.  He noted that the sedition law had been used by the British to jail Gandhi and demanded that it should be repealed.
    Vineet Jain steps into raging political controversy – Twitter pic

    February 26, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Vineet  Jain, the boss of India’s largest media empire, The Times Group, tweeted on Friday saying the government was misusing sedition law.

    He noted that the sedition law had been used by the British to jail Gandhi and demanded that it should be repealed.

    The Modi government has invoked sedition law against JNU students, who have been charged with shouting anti-national slogans.

    In a series of tweets, Vineet  Jain noted that asking for free Kashmir state was not sedition. He, however, added that incitement to violence was punishable but did not deserve life sentence.

    Though Vineet Jain tweets frequently, it is perhaps the first time he has stepped into a raging political controversy.

    The Times owners are known their lack of interest in politics and do not usually dictate a party line for their media outlets to take.

    His stand on sedition is similar to the approach of the flagship daily of the group, The Times of India. But Times Now, a news channel from the same group,  has taken a diametrically opposite stand  on the controversy.

    Times boss Vineet Jain tweets on sedition 




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    The pro-Dalit bilingual Hindi-English monthly, Forward Press, is reportedly shutting down.   The noted magazine had been raided by Delhi police last October for printing a Mahishasura illustration that allegedly offended Hindu elements and led to clashes in JNU.   The magazine has covered Mahishasura extensively depicting him as an icon of oppressed classes referring to the popular traditions across the country where he is looked up to than demonised.
    Forward Press would publish its last issue in June this year.


    February 26, 2016, NewsCrunch

    The pro-Dalit bilingual Hindi-English monthly, Forward Press, is reportedly shutting down.

    The noted magazine had been raided by Delhipolice last October for printing a Mahishasura illustration that allegedly offended Hindu elements and led to clashes in JNU.

    The magazine has covered Mahishasura extensively depicting him as an icon of oppressed classes referring to the popular traditions across the country where he is looked up to than demonised.  


    Its editor, Pramod Ranjan, told The Telegraph that Forward Press would publish its last issue in June this year.

    "…We have continued to face physical attacks, phone threats and online intimidation. With the BJP at the helm, life has become more difficult for us," he said explaining why he was shutting down Forward Press.


    The celebration of Mahishasura divas has become a contentious issue between left-wing and right-wing student groups in JNU.

    The Hindu reported that in October 2014 left-leaning students distributed pamphlets that was opposed by the right-wing students, who said the leaflets had “objectionable pictures” and text about the Goddess Durga.

    It was the text from these pamphlets, Union HRD Minister had tried to read aloud in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, to show that JNU students were indulging in anti-Hindu activities.

    A section of JNU students had also put up a poster featuring a painting of Mahishasura by artist Lal Ratnakar, which had been published in the October 2011 issue of Forward Press. It was this poster that reportedly became controversial leading to police raids on Forward Press for offending Hindu sentiments.

    Four staffers of magazine Forward Presshad been detained by the police on charges of hurting religious sentiments, according to The Hindu.



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    BSP leader Mayawati, who had been totally taken down by Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday, got a chance to get back at her on Friday.  Both the leaders had clashed in Rajya Sabha over the suicide of Hyderabad university dalit student Rohith Vemula.
    Smriti Irani had vowed to cut off her head and place it on
    Mayawati’s feet (video below)
    February 26, 2016, NewsCrunch

    BSP leader Mayawati, who had been totally taken down by Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday, got a chance to get back at her on Friday.

    Both the leaders had clashed in Rajya Sabha over the suicide of Hyderabad university dalit student Rohith Vemula.

    Mayawati had asked Smriti Irani if any dalit had been included in the committee that had been set up to probe into Vemula’s death.

    A din followed as Smriti Irani avoided a direct answer. Amidst the ruckus she was heard saying she would cut off her head and place it on Mayawati’s feet, if the BSP leader was not happy with her response.

    The words were said with drama and in full volume.

    Mayawati, who spoke again on Friday in Rajya Sabha, said she was not happy with Smriti Irani’s response and reminded her about her vow.

    Video: Mayawati says not happy with Smriti Irani’s response – asks, so will she offer her head now


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    Shashikant Kalgude was overpowered by onlookers who intervened to help woman cop (CCTV footage below)

    February 26, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Shashikant Kalgude, an alleged member of Shiv Sena landed in jail and got disowned by his party, after he was caught on camera hitting a woman cop.

    Kalgude was stopped by a woman traffic cop at Thane on Thursday when she spotted him driving his SUV while using his mobile.

    He lost his cool and assaulted her; a nearby CCTV caught him slapping her twice after a scuffle.

    Kalgude was overpowered by onlookers who intervened to help the cop. He was taken to a police station where he was arrested.

    Shiv Sena scion Aaditya Thackeray was quick t react; he tweeted saying the man was not a member anymore. Office bearer or not, the party would never support such acts, he added.

    He also complained that media was dragging in the party’s name unnecessarily.


    Video: Watch alleged Shiv Sena member Shashikant Kalgude assaulting woman traffic constable in Thane 


    Aaditya Thackeray tweets on Thane woman traffic constable assault incident 




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    A grainy image shows the couple kissing; while you can see Iulia Vantur clearly, it is
    unmistakably Salman Khan as seen from behind.

    February 26, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Bollywood star Salman Khan has been caught on camera kissing his Romanian girlfriend Iulia Vantur in Dubai.

    A grainy image shows the couple kissing; while you can see Iulia Vantur clearly, it is unmistakably Salman Khan as seen from behind.

    A few months ago Iulia Vantur was photographed wearing an engagement ring, reportedly from Salman Khan. The couple have now become inseparable and seen together at most events.

    Salman Khan may have been linked with the most beautiful of the Indian actresses. But he had ever been caught kissing on or off screen till this image emerged.

    Though various media outlets have splashed the photo of Salman Khan caught kissing Iulia Vantur, it is no clear where the photo originated from.


    Related
    Engaged: Salman Khan’s girlfriend Iulia Vantur caught on camera wearing engagement ring (See video) 











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    A video which shows CPI MP D Raja gesticulating at Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in Rajya Sabha has gone viral.  Many are sharing the video with the comment that the Communist leader was signalling Kurien to adjourn when Union Minister Smriti Irani was speaking in the House.
    Raja's  gestures are open for interpretation and you can also hear a voice urging Kurien to adjourn the House. (Video below)
    February 27, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A video, which shows CPI MP D Raja gesticulating at Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in Rajya Sabha, has gone viral.

    Many are sharing the video with the comment that the Communist leader was signalling Kurien to adjourn when Union Minister Smriti Irani was speaking in the House.

    The clip shows ruckus in Rajya Sabha on Thursday with both BJP and opposition MPs shouting at each other. The din drowns Smriti Irani's speech.

    It was in the midst of this  Raja was seen on camera gesticulating at the Chair. His gestures are open for interpretation and you can also hear a voice urging Kurien to adjourn the House.

    But it is not clear who said it.


    Video: CPI leader D Raja's gesture to Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien during Smriti Irani speech 


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    Media has egg on its face - the man in photo  kissing Iuliana Vantur is not Salman Khan but her her ex boyfriend Marius Moga.  Marius Moga, a Grammy nominated Romanian musician dated Iulia Vantur.   A photo claiming to be of Salman Khan and Iuliana Vantur kissing in Dubai had gone viral on Friday. From the biggies to smallies, several publications, including NewsCrunch, used it without verification.
    It's an old photo of ex-boy friend Marius Moga, not Salman Khan kissing Iuliana Vantur

    February 27, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Media has egg on its face - the man in photo  kissing Iuliana Vantur is not Salman Khan but her her ex boyfriend Marius Moga.

    Marius Moga, a Grammy nominated Romanian musician dated Iulia Vantur.

    A photo claiming to be of Salman Khan and Iuliana Vantur kissing in Dubai had gone viral on Friday. From the biggies to smallies, several publications, including NewsCrunch, used it without verification.

    Business of Cinema reports that Marius Moga-Iuliana Vantur kissing photo was taken in 2010 when they were together. Unlike Salman Khan, who studiously avoids any show of public affection, Marius Mogaand Iuliana Vantur were quit demonstrative before the cameras.

    An intimate photo of Marius Moga and Iuliana Vantur




      Related
    Salman Khan caught kissing Iulia Vantur in Dubai – Bollywood star never kissed on camera before 



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    JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar told a team of lawyers sent by the Supreme Court that police failed to catch the man who attacked him at the Patiala Court.  As he was brought to the court, Kanhaiya Kumar said, he was punched, kicked and thrown to the ground by a group of men dressed as lawyers.
    The video of Kanhaiya Kumar’s testimony, which was filmed by the Supreme Court team of lawyers,
    was accessed by the media (Video below)
    February 27, 2016, NewsCrunch

    JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar told a team of lawyers sent by the Supreme Court that police failed to catch the man who attacked him at the Patiala Court.

    As he was brought to the court, Kanhaiya Kumar said, he was punched, kicked and thrown to the ground by a group of men dressed as lawyers.

    Inside the court room, he pointed at an attacker who was sitting with other visitors. The policemen went over to him and asked for his identity. He countered them and asked for their I-cards instead. The police did nothing to him, says Kanhaiya Kumar.

    The video of his testimony, which was filmed by the Supreme Court team of lawyers, was accessed by IBN Live. In the four-minute long clip, a sombre looking Kanhaiya Kumar describes in detail how the men in black were waiting to pounce upon him and how he and the cops escorting him were thrashed.

    He speaks about being described as an "anti-national" by a section of the media. "I am citizen of this country, a PhD student, I study in JNU - and they are calling me a traitor," he said.


    The JNU student union leader was arrested for sedition after a campus event in which "anti-national" slogans were raised.

    He was attacked by when he was brought to Patialacourt, which also saw journalists and JNU teachers being assaulted. The Supreme Court had rushed a team of senior lawyers to the court to file a spot report.

    Video: Watch Kanhaiya Kumar telling Supreme Court team how he was beaten up at Patiala Court




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    Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor has filed a dowry harassment case against her estranged husband Sunjay Kapur and her mother-in-law Rani Surinder Kapur.  Karisma filed complaint with the Khar police, who recorded her statement and registered an FIR.
    Karisma and Sanjay are fighting a bitter divorce battle at the Bandra family court.
    February 27, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor has filed a dowry harassment case against her estranged husband Sunjay Kapur and her mother-in-law Rani Surinder Kapur.


    Karisma filed complaint with the Khar police early this week, who recorded her statement.


    Mid Day reports that the Khar police have registered an FIR (no 98/16) under the dowry section — 498 (A).


    Karisma and Sanjay are fighting a bitter divorce battle at the Bandra family court. Though they had initially opted for separation by mutual consent, they fell out over the financial terms of the settlement.

    In the legal fight, which has increasingly become acrimonious, Sanjay has accused Karisma of  marrying him for money and denying access to children.

    Both have sought the custody of their two children.


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    A playful antic turned tragic for Mumbai local commuter Pravin Druv, 20, who hit a signal post and fell off the speeding train.  Just before that he had been caught on CCTV hanging outside the door and mischievously hitting a man walking on the platform.
    Just before the accident, Pravin Druv, had been caught on CCTV
    hanging outside the door (video below)
    February 27, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A playful antic turned tragic for Mumbai local commuter Pravin Druv, 20, who hit a signal post and fell off the speeding train.

    Just before that he had been caught on CCTV hanging outside the door and mischievously hitting a man walking on the platform.

    The stunt proved costly as he continued to stand at the door dangerously, till he hit a signal post and fell off. He did not survive his injuries.

    Pravin Druv, a college student, had boarded a train at Goregaon station on Friday.

    Video: Mumbai local footboard traveller hits passing commuter on Railway platform (CCTV footage)


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    Angry protesters intercepted Swamy’s cavalcade in Kanpur (video below)

    February 27, 2016, NewsCrunch

    Irate Congress workers threw eggs and tomatoes BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s car in Kanpuron Saturday.


    They were reportedly upset that Swamy had made offensive remarks on India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru at a seminar on global terrorism at a local college.

    They managed to intercept the car at Narwana Chowk and throw eggs, tomatoes, ink and garbage at it.


    Police stepped in and used mild force to disperse the protesters.


    Video: Watch Congress workers pelting tomatoes and eggs at Subramanian Swamy’s car



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    A Vice video report has drawn global attention to the waste management practice of the pharmaceutical companies in Hyderabad, which may be creating a superbug resistant to antibiotics.    The pharmaceutical industry in Hyderabad has put India on the world drugs map by emerging as a key exporter of generic drugs. Ironically, the same industry may have become the breeding ground of superbug and threatening local and global health.
    Superbugs: The Dark Side of India’s Drug Boom (Vice video below)

    February 27, 2016, NewsCrunch

    A Vice video report has drawn global attention to the waste management practice of the pharmaceutical companies in Hyderabad, which may be creating a superbug resistant to antibiotics.

    The pharmaceutical industry in Hyderabad has put Indiaon the world drugs map by emerging as a key exporter of generic drugs. Ironically, the same industry may have become the breeding ground of superbug and threatening local and global health.

    The Vice report shows that villagers along the Musi river near Hyderabad complain of sickness, which baffle doctors as there seems to be no drug to treat them.

    These villages could be victims of the waste allegedly dumped into the water by Pharma companies, which may be containing high doses of antibiotics.

    Superbugs: The Dark Side of India’s Drug Boom (Vice video below)
    Prof Joakim Larsson of Sweden’s University of Gothenburg, who has studied the issue, explains what he has found out:

    There is more antibiotics in the water here than in the blood of patients

    That is making the bacteria here acquire newer forms of resistance


    They in turn may transfer resistance to human pathogens


    In effect, creating and disseminating a super bug

    The local pharma companies say their waste management meets the central and state statutory norms. But as Vice video report points out the statutory norms themselves may be inadequate.

    The report filed by Vice journalist Neha Shastry has been viewed over 100,000 times in the last five days.

    Vice video: Superbugs - The Dark Side of India’s Drug Boom



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    Sainath was in JNU to express solidarity with the students; he spoke on the nuances in Hinfutva politiics (video below) 

    February 28, 2016, NewsCrunch

    How different are the various branches of sangh parivar -RSS, BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and so on - from each other?

    Some say very - these are independent organisations,  each with own agenda and organisation. Some say they are all the same - brothers in arms working for the same Hindutva cause.

    P Sainath, journalist and critic of sangh parivaar, shared an interesting perspective on this in JNU last week.

    BJP is RSS on politics, ABVP is RSS on steroids, Bajrang Dal is ABVP on crack, he said.

    Sainath was in JNU to express solidarity with the students, who have been accused of raising anti-national slogans.  He had been invited to speak earlier at Hyderabad University following Dalit student Rohith Vemula's suicide.

     Video: ABVP on steroids, Bajrang Dal on crack - P Sainath explains sangh parivaar under RSS in JNU




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    Sainath compares Smriti Irani to Rohith Vemula, says she is worst education minister ever – video goes viral 



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