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Top 10 news today: Stalin allegedly slaps passenger, AAP to spend Rs 520 cr on ads, another Air India flight delayed by BJP minister, more

Thu July 02 2015, 3:55 pm
  • Stalin, DMK, Chennai Metro

    DMK's Stalin allegedly slaps passenger on Chennai Metro
    DMK leader M K Stalin was in the midst of a controversy after a video showed him allegedly slapping a fellow passenger on board a metro train here. "I did not slap him, I only gestured him to move away from a woman whose feet was being trampled by the passenger. My hand (inadvertently) touched his face while gesturing," Stalin told PTI when asked on the issue. Video footages of Stalin allegedly slapping a passenger in a metro train yesterday went viral with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa condemning the incident. "This is strongly condemnable, such an uncivilised behaviour is unbecoming of an MLA," the AIADMK supremo said in a statement. She also charged that Stalin travelled in the train only for "vain publicity and to seek political mileage." Yesterday, besides Stalin, DMDK chief Vijayakanth too took a ride in the newly launched Chennai Metro. Both Stalin and Vijayakanth said that the project was initiated by the previous DMK regime. (Express Archive) (01/07/2015)

  • AAP, AAP radio ad, arvind kejriwal, aam aadmi party

    AAP to spend whopping Rs 520 crore on radio advertisements
    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has reportedly set aside Rs 520 crore to fund its radio advertisements over the current financial year, in which Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address the people of Delhi and share his government’s work. The ads, which will run with the tagline ‘Jo Kaha, So Kiya’, will refer to his party’s pre-poll promises and the steps taken by the government to implement them. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had ruled that only photographs of the President, the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice can be used for government advertisements which are being paid for by public funds. (Express Archive) (01/07/2015)

  • Air India flight, Kiren Rijiju

    Now, Air India flight delayed by BJP minister at Centre Kiren Rijiju
    Minister of State for Home Affairs and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kiren Rijiju, who had last week gone to Leh by a Border Security Force (BSF) helicopter to attend the Sindhu Darshan function, reportedly delayed an Air India flight and made three passengers de-board the flight. Rijiju was accompanied by Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and they were to fly to Delhi from Leh on June 24, when the reported incident took place. However, the Minister has denied all the allegations and said he was not aware that three passengers were de-boarded. According to reports, the helicopter could not take off due to bad weather and last-minute-arrangements were made to fly Rijiju and the Deputy CM by Air India flight AI 446. (Express Archive) (01/07/2015)

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Wikipedia page, BJP

    Jawaharlal Nehru Wiki page: Cong demands 'PM Modi apology
    Branding it a "cheap, undemocratic and gutter level tactic", Congress demanded a "full enquiry" and lodging of a criminal case into the reported changes made from a central government IP address on Wikipedia pages to show that Jawaharlal Nehru was of Muslim lineage. "A deliberate, sinister and malicious attempt was made... to alter the Wikipedia pages of... Jawaharlal Nehru, his father Motilal Nehru and grandfather Gangadhar by showing or attempting to show that their lineage was not 'Kaul' of Jammu and Kashmir but lineage... was Muslim," Congress said. "We demand a full enquiry and we want (the) Prime Minister and (the) IT Minister to answer as also lodging of a criminal case under relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act and the Indian Penal Code," Cong said. Congress said that what made the case "very serious" was that this attempt was made from an IP address of National Informatics Centre, the software solution provider of the Government of India. The IT minister and the PM must not only apologise to the nation but also undo the mistake and take necessary corrective measures, Cong said. (Source: Wikipedia) (01/07/2015)

  • Facebook, Pride flag, LGBT, Gay marriage

    Facebook’s ‘Pride flag’ meme fails to appeal to Pakistan
    The social media trend of superimposing a rainbow flag over Facebook profile pictures that followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to lift same sex marriage bans across the country has not gone down well in Pakistan. When an IT professional from Lahore placed a rainbow flag over his profile picture, he received a tirade of abuse from close friends, colleagues and ex-colleagues for showing support for same-sex marriages. He said that they could not accept the fact someone who was married was backing something that was defied by Islam and its culture, reported The Guardian. The online debate spurred by the ruling has seen supporters of marriage equality being accused of abandoning Islam, with many saying that bestiality will be legalised next. (Reuters) (01/07/2015)

  • Asif Ali Zardari, Asif Ali Zardari news, Pakistan

    Pakistan: Asif Ali Zardari’s ‘alleged’ wife dodges marriage rumours
    Dr Tanveer Zamani dodged rumours of her marriage to Pakistan’s former President Asif Ali Zardari, saying that it would ‘hamper her dignity’ to respond to such a hoax. During an interview on a private TV channel, Zamani neither admitted nor rejected the report but said that she will not talk about someone’s personal life and will not say anything that could affect Zardari’s reputation adversely. There have been speculations and rumours that she married the former Pakistani president and they bore a child named Sajawal Bhutto. However, on being asked about Sajawal, Zamani said that she did not even know who he was. (Express photo) (01/07/2015)

  • Maggi, Maggi noodles, maggi noodles UK

    Maggi noodles produced in India and elsewhere are safe to consume, British authorities said after conducting tests on all samples of the product. While only the masala flavour of the noodles was imported into the UK from India, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) had decided to test all samples of the product to check for levels of lead after a controversy in India. "The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi Noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product is well within EU permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers," FSA said in statement. "As well as tests carried out by local authorities, the FSA has also asked Nestle to provide it with test results from its own samples. All showed levels of lead to be well within EU permissible levels," the statement added. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia) (01/07/2015)

  • CBSE, DU, Delhi University

    Non-CBSE board students protest against DU admission guideline
    New Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) Students from non-CBSE boards staged protest against Delhi University's admission guideline to deduct 10 per cent marks from the best of four subjects of candidates from boards with different marking pattern. Alleging a bias towards candidates from state boards, the students staged a protest at varsity's North campus and demanded the penalty clause be withdrawn. According to the university guidelines, all the discipline subjects must have at least 70 per cent component of theory in the qualifying exam for the purpose of being treated as academic/elective subject. Students who have passed from boards, which do not have the 70:30 ratio of practical and theory, will attract a penalty of 10 per cent. "The students of state boards like UP Board, Bihar Board, Haryana Board and others usually score less marks, when compared to their CBSE counterparts, deducting their marks will further more reduce their chances of admission," an aspirant said. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna) (01/07/2015)

  • FTII, Gajendra Chauhan, BJP

    Yudhishtira don't teach us dharma: FTII students tell Chauhan
    Students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) took out a protest march through the city streets today, demanding cancellation of the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan by the BJP-led government as chairman of the FTII governing council. With reference to Chauhan's role as Yudhishtira in TV serial Mahabharata, the students raised slogans like "Yudhishtira do not teach us dharma" and said that FTII's institutional autonomy should be preserved without political interference in its affairs. Displaying placards highlighting their slogans and demands, about 150 students walked from the FTII gate to the Balgandharva Theatre square where the march converted into a meeting addressed by local Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Ajit Abhyankar as well as former Bombay High Court Judge B G Kolse Patil among others who supported the students and protesters. The FTII Students' Association (FSA) has alleged that Chauhan lacked "credentials, stature and vision" to head the institute. (Express Photo by Arul Horizon) (01/07/2015)

  • Sharad Yadav

    Politicians with fake degrees 'dangerous' for democracy: Sharad Yadav
    JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav attacked politicians accused of having made false claims about their educational degrees, saying such public figures will be "dangerous and fatal" for democracy. The people, who obtained fake degrees and show off their command over Hindi and English languages, have entered politics. The standard of politics is reducing day by day. "This will prove to be dangerous and fatal for our democracy," Yadav said in a statement. After AAP leader Jintendra Singh Tomar was arrested on charges of possessing fake degrees, allegations were made against some leaders for making false claims about their educational qualifications. A court has taken cognizance of a petition accusing Union Minister Smriti Irani of misrepresenting her academic credentials. Yadav wondered what message the young generation will take from these "so called politicians who start their career with false and lying" claims. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia) (01/07/2015)

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