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Chhattisgarh murder FIR names DU, JNU professors among 20


Short-term shot in arm for mobile wallets, card firms

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NDTV pushes blog saying I&B Ministry blinked, Govt not amused

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Who will be hit the most initially: Small traders, vendors, labourers
Bold, solution in one stroke: Black money probe judge

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What to do today, what will happen tomorrow? Here are some answers
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The Great Cash Clean-up

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Chhattisgarh murder FIR names DU, JNU professors among 20 |


The Indian Express
Written by
Dipankar Ghose
,
Aranya Shankar
| Raipur/new Delhi |
Updated: November 9, 2016 5:19 am

Nandini Sundar.
Acting on a complaint from a tribal woman whose husband was killed by Maoists last week, police in Chhattisgarh
have registered a case of murder and other sections of the law against Delhi University professor and activist Nandini
Sundar, JNU professor Archana Prasad, CPM leader Sanjay Parate and 17 others named by the complainant.
The complainant, Vinita Baghel, alleged that a fact-finding team that included Sundar and Parate had earlier warned
her husband, Samnath Baghel, not to oppose the Maoists.
Sundar and Prasad rejected the allegation, saying the case against them was absurd and fabricated.
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Samnath Baghel was killed by Maoists on the night of November 4 in Nama village of Sukma district. He was dragged
out of his house while Vinita, who was with their four-day-old son, watched.
The FIR identifies 20 accused in the case, including 14 Maoists. It names Sundar, Prasad, Parate, Vinit Tiwari, Mangu
Kawasi and Mangalram Karma, members of the fact-finding team, as Naxal samarthak (Naxal supporters).
In her complaint to police, Vinita said that the Maoists, before killing her husband, declared he had opposed a visit by
the fact-finding team to their village in May. She also said that the Maoists warned others in the village not to work for
police.
Sukma Superintendent of Police I K Elsela told The Indian Express: We have received a complaint from the victims
wife as well as other villagers that he had been killed because he filed a complaint with the authorities against
Nandini Sundar and others.

The villagers had formed a Tangiya group against the Maoists and he (Baghel) was one of them. A case has been
registered under sections of murder, criminal conspiracy, sections of the Arms Act and rioting. Arrests will take place
after an investigation is complete. This is just a First Information Report, he said.
Police said Baghel was a leader of the Tangiya group, comprising men from the villages of Nama and Sautenar. Armed
with bows, arrows and axes (called Tangiyas), the group had taken up the responsibility of protecting their villages
from Maoists.
Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) S R P Kalluri told NDTV: We are quite convinced that a very grievous
offence has taken place We will put up all the facts and evidences before the court of law. I dont believe in parallel
investigations and media trials.
Nandini Sundar, according to us, is a suspect. Her behaviour has been suspicious right from the beginning I dont
want to go by what Nandini Sundar says She is a common suspect and she will be treated accordingly, Kalluri
said.
Sundar and Prasad hit back at the Chhattisgarh police, saying the murder case against them was a way of fixing them
for their report in May which stated that villagers in the area were victims of fake encounters and rapes by police as
well as violence and killing of informers by Maoists.
The charges are absurd. We last visited the area in May, almost six months ago. So to charge us with murder, rioting
and the Arms Act in the murder of a villager is complete misuse of the law, Sundar said.
She claimed the FIR was directly related to the CBI chargesheet indicting former SPOs turned police constables for
arson in three villages in 2011. She also said that the constables recently burnt effigies of several activists in
complete violation of police rules.
I dont know him (Baghel). But I feel sorry for his family, both for losing him and for being made pawns of the police.
Baghels wife is being used by police. I feel sorry for her. She doesnt even know us, she said.
Sundar, who was present in Delhi on November 4 when the murder took place, also wrote in a Facebook post: First
our effigies were burnt by police and now a false FIR is being filed against us. This should also show what kind of
false cases have been filed against adivasis all these years people are routinely charged in cases where they have
no involvement at all. Thats why the jails of Chhattisgarh are so over-crowded.
Archana Prasad also slammed the FIR: They are trying to hide their own illegal activities by lodging false cases
against us. Its a totally baseless charge. They have been trying to fix us for the last six months but havent found a
stitch of evidence. Why are they going after political activists? We are political party people, not Maoists. Our report
clearly states that we are holding both sides responsible for the mess. They are attacking democratic political parties
for raising voices.
Prasad too was in Delhi until the morning of November 4 before leaving for Pune and returning on November 6. They
are getting back at us for bringing atrocities to justice. We are following the law, they are not following the law. They
are fabricating cases, she said.
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Short-term shot in arm for mobile wallets, card firms | The Indian
Express
Written by Pranav Mukul | New Delhi | Updated: November 9, 2016 6:32 am

All their hesitation for card/wallet acceptance


will now disappear as they will be forced to declare all their income by depositing cash in banks.
ALONG WITH the withdrawal from circulation of existing currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, the Centres
decision to limit cash withdrawals from ATMs and banks could provide a short-term fillip for the fast-growing
electronic financial services industry of India, dominated by players such as Paytm, Oxigen, MobiKwik, FreeCharge
and other start-up companies.
With an increasing number of consumer purchases in India now happening online, the immediate impact from the cap
on cash withdrawals is likely to show up in the form of online shoppers and taxi-hailing consumers using mobile
wallets or debit cards for daily transactions.
Besides, e-commerce companies could see a move away from the cash-on-delivery payment, which was the fastest
growing segment in this space.
There are limits on cash withdrawal also for the next 50 days so millions of Indians who never adopted digital
payments are now scrambling to figure out how to use a mobile wallet or a debit card for daily life transactions. For
retailers, its no different.
All their hesitation for card/wallet acceptance will now disappear as they will be forced to declare all their income
by depositing cash in banks. Cash on delivery for e-commerce will now become a thing of the past, said Upasana
Taku, co-founder of MobiKwik.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that ATM withdrawals will be restricted to Rs 2,000 per day
per card in the first few days, and this limit would be increased to Rs 4,000 a day. Withdrawals from bank accounts
will be limited to Rs 10,000 a day and Rs 20,000 a week initially.
According to a research report by EY, a move by traditional financial services firms towards an electronic payments
system could help them serve a mass market, which otherwise may have been out of reach due to high physical
infrastructure costs.
According to the report, there were over 429.6 million people over the age of 15 who are unbanked, and present an
opportunity for financial institutions through the electronic route, which primarily depends on a cashless system.
In his Union Budget for 2015-16, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said: One way to curb the flow of black money is
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to discourage transactions in cash. Now that a majority of Indians have or can have a RuPay debit card, I therefore,
propose to introduce several measures that will incentivise or credit or debit card transactions, and disincentivise
cash transactions.
This February, Peter Sands, former chief executive of Standard Chartered Bank, had published a research paper at the
Harvard Kennedy School, which proposed taking high denomination notes out of circulation.
Sands wrote that even though the electronic payments system were rapidly growing throughout the world, cash would
remain the predominant method of making small payments in every country. As technological innovation enhances the
cost effectiveness, flexibility and ubiquity of electronic payments, with internet payment schemesthe balance of
usage will continue to shift towards using electronic payments for an increasing share of transactions, Sands wrote.
Yet, there is no need to wait for new payment innovations. High denomination notes already play a very limited role
in the legitimate economy. They account for a tiny share of transactions and are used and held by a small, wealthier
sub-segment of the population, his paper said.
Incidentally, 85 per cent of all cash in the economy was in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations as on March 2016,
according to data provided by the RBI.
This a strong step taken by the Narendra Modi government and will benefit the growth of digital payments and digital
banking in India. We (MobiKwik) are excited to be a part of this historic moment, said Bipin Preet Singh, CEO of
MobiKwik.
With this, the quantum of Indias economy moving through the digital pipes will witness massive growth. Both
Snapdeal and FreeCharge are committed to supporting all such initiatives, said Kunal Bahl, co-founder & CEO
Snapdeal, which owns payments platform FreeCharge.
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NDTV pushes blog saying I&B Ministry blinked, Govt not amused
| The Indian Express
Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi | Published:November 9, 2016 4:59 am

Venkaiah Naidu, Prannoy Roy met on Monday.


A day after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced it had put on hold its decision to take NDTV India
off air for a day on November 9 because the TV channel had made a representation in this regard, a blog post that
contradicted the ministrys version and claimed it was the government that blinked was retweeted Tuesday by NDTV
co-founder Prannoy Roy, setting the stage for a new war of words.
The blog claimed it was the ministry that approached NDTV to meet Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting
M Venkaiah Naidu for a resolution because the government was in panic mode since the entire media was standing
behind NDTV, opinion polls done, including those on right-wing websites, showed that NDTV had massive public
sympathy.
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NDTV India was to be taken off air for a day on November 9 for allegedly revealing strategically sensitive
information during the course of its coverage of anti-terror operations at the Pathankot airbase earlier this year.
On Monday, after meeting Roy and NDTV officials, Naidu, in a series of tweets, announced the decision to put the ban
order on hold: The top leadership of NDTV had sought a meeting with me. Today we met & during our meeting they
requested revocation of ban on NDTV India. NDTV leadership presented an appeal to me, which I said I will have a
look & decided, till the process, the ban will be on hold.
An order by Director (Broadcast Content) Neeti Sarkar stated: The channel has made representation in this regard,
which is under examination. Pending such examination, it is hereby ordered that operation of the said order be held in
abeyance till further orders.
But the blog by Amit Sen, with the headline Why the NDTV Ban Was Put on Hold, which gave a different account of
the run-up to the Naidu-Roy meeting and claimed the government had started sensing that it had lost the battle, was
endorsed Tuesday by NDTV editors.
Roy retweeted a tweet by Suparna Singh, NDTVs director of strategy and editor of its website that said, the inside
story on why #NDTVBanned was put on hold, with a link to the blog. Maya Mirchandani, foreign affairs editor at
NDTV while providing a link to the post, wrote, For all interested in the truth: Why the NDTV Ban Was Put On
Hold.

Press Information Bureau Director General Frank Noronha, who was present at the Monday meeting, rejected claims
made in the blog. The Minister did not invite anybody for any meeting from NDTV, Noronha told The Indian
Express. In fact, an appointment was sought by Prannoy Roy, he said.
On the blog details, Noronha said: That is absolute rubbish and sensational exaggeration. In the I&B Ministry,
officials were not pleased that senior staffers of NDTV had pushed the blog.
The blog quoted sources saying a top official was asked to contact a senior editor in NDTV and arrange a meeting
with Naidu. NDTV told the official that it was already going to the Supreme Court and was not interested in any
rapprochement. The official hinted that if NDTV said that it will be more mindful in future, the ban could be lifted.
Sources say, the official was surprised by the firm stand the NDTV editor took and informed the minister that NDTV
was not ready for a compromise, the blog said.
According to the blog, feelers were sent out again to senior NDTV editors and correspondents that the government
wants to end it. Sources say, there was much relief when the ministry received word that Roy was ready to meet
Naidu.
It went on to say it appears NDTVs firm stand at the meeting took the ministry by surprise. It had expected the
channel to be more conciliatory. Instead, Prannoy Roy is believed to have stuck to his basic stand that NDTV has not
done anything wrong, and will not make any request or appeal for the ban to be reconsidered.
The ministry, the blog said, requested NDTV to make an official representation for the ban to be put on hold. After
discussions with its lawyers, NDTV agreed to give an official letter provided a letter from the minister holding the
one day ban in abeyance, would be handed over simultaneously Finally, the government blinked.
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Who will be hit the most initially: Small traders, vendors,


labourers | The Indian Express
Written by
Deepak Patel
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 9, 2016 6:09 am

For instance, vegetable vendors at wholesale


markets, such as Delhis Azadpur Mandi, could find themselves unable to undertake major transactions on Wednesday
morning in the absence of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
THE GOVERNMENTS decision to remove existing high-denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 from
circulation could lead to serious short-term disruption, especially impacting small traders, wholesalers and those who
earn their livelihood in cash, such as vegetable vendors, kirana stores, kiosk-owners and construction workers.
For instance, vegetable vendors at wholesale markets, such as Delhis Azadpur Mandi, could find themselves unable
to undertake major transactions on Wednesday morning in the absence of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. As a cascading
impact, movement of vegetables from the mandi to the retail market could see a temporary disruption.
In most cases, these vendors borrow funds overnight from local money lenders to purchase vegetables for 2-3 days.
Typically, their borrowing needs are about Rs 1,000-2,000 and Rs 500 notes is almost a staple currency denomination.
Bandhan Bank CEO and founder C S Ghosh said the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes would cause
problems to small traders and common public. The decision to declare Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes invalid is a
welcome move. But this will cause inconvenience to small traders and public who mainly deal in cash, he was
quoted as saying by PTI.
The issue of black money has a direct relation to a variety of cash transactions in the informal economy. The demand
for currency, according to the Finance Ministrys 2012 White Paper on Black Money, is determined by a number of
factors such as income, price levels, and opportunity cost of holding currency. Factors like dependence on agriculture,
existence of a large informal sector, and insufficient banking infrastructure with large un-banked and under-banked
areas contribute to the large cash economy in India.
In the short term, everyone will get affected but I think there is a larger economic gain it is a masterstroke to root
out black money. There will be a short term disruption but people should take it in their stride. We will come to know
tomorrow as to which particular section of people would be impacted the most, said Mukesh Butani, Managing
Partner, BMR Legal.
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The White Paper clearly admits to the primary importance of cash in relation to both generation and use of black
money. There have been suggestions earlier that the government may consider amending existing laws, including the
Coinage Act 2011, The Reserve Bank of India Act 1934, FEMA, and the Indian Penal Code, or enacting an entirely
new statute aimed at regulating the possession and transportation of cash above a particular threshold limit. This may
include creating a limitation on cash holdings for private use, as well as provisions for confiscation of cash held
beyond prescribed limits.
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Bold, solution in one stroke: Black money probe judge | The Indian
Express
Written by
Ritu Sarin
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 9, 2016 4:49 am

Justice Shah told The Indian Express: I


certainly see this as a very bold and good move and I am happy that our task of taking out black money from easy
circulation, which we thought was so complicated, has been resolved with one stroke.
Endorsing the latest move to clean up the economy, Justice (retired) M B Shah, chairperson of the Special
Investigation Team (SIT) on Black Money, Tuesday night described the government step as very bold and pathbreaking.
Justice Shah told The Indian Express: I certainly see this as a very bold and good move and I am happy that our task
of taking out black money from easy circulation, which we thought was so complicated, has been resolved with one
stroke.
The SIT, constituted immediately after the Modi government came to power in 2014, has submitted several status
reports to the Supreme Court.
Justice Shah said they have been making various recommendations but none as bold as the one by the government.
We had no idea this was coming. We have noted in our reports that black money and huge cash distribution takes
place during elections in India, and that this should be curbed. We have also made suggestions that there should be a
limit of around Rs 10-Rs 15 lakh cash which people can keep at home. This may be needed for medical emergencies
since some hospitals accept only cash. But this move will eliminate all hoarded cash and I am 100 per cent happy with
the move, he said.
As a result of this path-breaking move, Justice Shah said, the government has taken a bold step to clean the election
process.
Evidently, people who have slashed away cash in their homes, offices and lockers with unfair and dishonest means
will not go to the bank and either deposit the cash or want the currency changed for smaller denominations. Black
money hoarders will not use the window given by the government. So this single step will go a long way and the SIT
can only describe it as a welcome bold step, he said.
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What to do today, what will happen tomorrow? Here are some


answers | The Indian Express
Written by
Khushboo Narayan
,
Shaji Vikraman
| Mumbai |
Published:November 9, 2016 4:42 am

People line up outside an ATM in New Delhi


on Tuesday night, soon after the Prime Ministers announcement. Source: Praveen Khanna
FROM CLEANING up the economy to squeezing funds for terror, the governments move to scrap the existing
currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 is being seen as a big-ticket reform. But how will it impact daily life, what
will happen over the next few months? The Indian Express explains.
What do you do with Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes?
The government has declared that the existing notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 will not be valid from November 8
midnight. Such notes can be exchanged at all banks and post offices from November 10 to December 30, once you
confirm your identity by producing an official ID card, such as passport or Aadhar card. Until November 11, all
government hospitals, chemists, petrol pumps, railway booking counters and airports will accept the old Rs 500 and
Rs 1,000 notes.
How will you conduct financial transactions now?
Banks will be shut on November 9 to facilitate the withdrawal of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. But you can continue
to conduct electronic transactions using credit or debit cards, and through online transfers. While some ATMs will
work on November 9, others will start working from November 10. From November 11, ATMs will start dispensing
Rs 100 notes and the new Rs 2,000 notes. However, ATM withdrawal limits have been capped at Rs 2,000 per day
per card till November 18 and Rs 4,000 from November 19. Withdrawals over the cash counter has been capped at Rs
10,000 per day per individual till November 24. The limits will be reviewed later.
What about cheques and demand drafts?
Transactions through cheques and demand drafts will not be affected. But there could be a slight delay this week, with
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banks being closed for business on Wednesday.


What should you do once banks reopen?
Banks will start counters for the exchange of old Rs 500 notes and Rs 1,000 notes. Post offices will also exchange old
notes. This will continue until December 30. The government has advised people to refrain from exchanging notes on
behalf of strangers because the exchange will be tracked by the income tax department.
Will the latest move lead to a short-term liquidity crisis?
No, according to the RBI, as the new notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 will be circulated in the market from November
10. But in the near term, it is bound to affect cash payments, especially with a cap on daily withdrawal limits and
given the cash economy in India.
Why has the government demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes?
The move is aimed at curbing funding of terrorism through counterfeit notes, mostly of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000
denominations, and curb the flow of black money in the economy.
How big is the fake currency problem?
As many as 250 out of every 10 lakh notes in circulation are fake, according to a study conducted by the Indian
Statistical Institute. At any point in time, banknotes with a face value of Rs 400 crore are said to be in circulation in
India. The study found that fake notes with a face value of Rs 70 crore are infused into the system every year, and law
enforcement agencies are able to intercept only a third of this. The study found that Rs 1,000 notes constitute about 50
per cent of the total value of counterfeit notes.
How do these fake notes find their way into India, and who profits from them?
Pakistans military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has been raking in an annual profit of
around Rs 500 crore by circulating counterfeit notes in India, according to a report prepared by the IB, R&AW,
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and CBI. The ISI has been making a profit of 30-40 per cent on the face value of
each counterfeit rupee produced in Pakistan, according to the report.
The cost of printing a Rs 1,000 counterfeit note, for instance, is Rs 39 (the RBI spends Rs 29 to print a Rs 1,000 note),
but is sold at Rs 350-Rs 400, according to the report. The total number of fake notes that came into India in 2010 from
abroad was pegged at Rs 1,600 crore, the report said. According to official sources, the move to stop Rs 500 and Rs
1,000 currency notes is a death blow to terrorist agencies and their sponsors.
Wont there still be attempts to counterfeit the new series of high value notes?
This is a constant challenge. The plan is to introduce new currency notes marked by security features that can be
detected by machines, as in the case of RFID technology.
Will the government move curb the circulation of black money?
Yes, according to official sources, as individuals and entities that have physically stocked black money or undisclosed
cash will now have to disclose their holdings to banks if they want to exchange the old notes. In the case of big
transactions, banks will inform the income tax department, which will verify the disclosures made by the taxpayer. To
some extent, the proposed demonetisation will also curb hawala transactions and domestic cash transactions that use
couriers to transport money on a daily basis. However, the percentage of black money floating in the market is
estimated to be less that five per cent of what is hoarded by Indians so the impact of the latest move may be limited.
This is the third time that high value notes have been demonetised at such a large scale. How much has it helped
in the past?
Such moves were undertaken in 1946 and in 1978 but had a limited impact. Particularly so, in 1978, when it was seen
as a political move aimed at curbing the funding activities of some political parties.
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Was there a better option available?


Perhaps, withdrawing a series of currency notes over a period of time may have been a better option as it leads to less
disruption. Many countries opt for this route, especially the UK, where notes can still be exchanged at banks long after
they are withdrawn.
Will the latest move encourage a cashless economy?
Yes. Over the last few years, electronic transactions had outstripped those through cheques, for instance, especially in
the bigger cities and towns. As the use of cash gets reduced progressively, it would mean a boost to the economy in
terms of higher revenue and transaction trails. That is now reflected in the success of new electronic payment
platforms such as e-wallets.
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The Great Cash Clean-up | The Indian Express


Written by
P Vaidyanathan Iyer
| New Delhi |
Published:November 9, 2016 4:33 am

Notes hoarded by anti-nationals will be


worthless
Making one of his boldest moves since assuming power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced that Rs
500 and Rs 1,000 notes will be withdrawn from circulation at midnight, saying this decision was taken to break the
grip of corruption and black money.
Addressing the nation on television at 8 pm, the Prime Minister said, The 500 and 1,000 rupee notes hoarded by antinational and anti-social elements will become just worthless pieces of paper. This, he said, followed his
governments efforts over the last two-and-half years that brought into the open nearly Rs 1.25 lakh crore black money
of the corrupt.
Read: Are banks equipped to replace 2,300 crore pieces of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes?
The Rs 500, almost a staple denomination in India today, and the Rs 1,000 notes that will not be legal tender from
Tuesday midnight account for over 86 per cent of the total Rs 16.42 lakh crore value of bank notes in circulation as
on March 31, 2016, according to Reserve Bank of Indias latest annual report.
Incidentally, the decision comes close on the heels of the expiry of the September 30 deadline of the black money
disclosure scheme under which income and assets worth Rs 65,250 crore were declared. The government is learnt to
have been working on this proposal over the last two months.
People can deposit their Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in their bank accounts till December 30 without any limit. They
can withdraw upto Rs 10,000 in the first few days, and Rs 20,000 a week. While all ATMs will be shut on
Wednesday, people can exchange up to Rs 4,000 from November 10 to November 24 by tendering equivalent value of
Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. This limit will be hiked from November 25 till December 30.
Read: Demonetising Rs 500, 1000 notes a very bold step to fight black money: RBI
The government has already introduced new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. Fresh Rs 1,000 notes will also be introduced
later.

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With almost 60 per cent of the economy estimated to be a cash economy, the decision is likely to be quite disruptive in
the short-term, says Pronab Sen, former chief statistician of India and Country Director for the International Growth
Centres India Central Programme. Current transactions are getting affected. This disruption will have a real
economic effect, he said.
Read: Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes demolished: Heres what to do with old notes
While the decision will adversely impact sectors which deal with unaccounted money such as real estate, stock market
and gems and jewellery, it will also hit the livelihood of neighbourhood vegetable vendors who borrow overnight
funds from moneylenders, kirana stores, small traders and even the labour class.
The Prime Minister admitted there may be temporary hardships for honest citizens, but exhorted all to seize the
moment. In a countrys history, there come moments when every person feels he too should be part of that moment,
that he too should make his contribution to the countrys progress. Now, we again have an opportunity., he said.
Read: Amit Shah says fight against blackmoney will continue
Welcoming the move, President Pranab Mukherjee called upon people not to panic and to follow the governments
guidelines for exchanging the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. But people started queueing up outside ATMs soon after the
announcement. A private banker said, banks foresee a massive logistics problem. Generally, we replenish at the
margin. Each bank has certain amount of cash. Now, we have to replace the entire stock.
Read: Congress Will support any step against black money
The utility of the move depends on how effectively the government is able to monitor the exchange of currency. It
would serve no purpose if hoarders devise smarter ways to circumvent. You cannot undermine the ingenuity of the
Indian chartered accountant, said the head of a top private mutual fund.
Experts, however, said the demonetisation decision only affects the stock, and not the flow. In other words, you have
taken care of the black money problem of the past. But what about the future, said IGCs Pronab Sen.
The decision to introduce the Rs 2,000 note also flies in the face of the argument that eliminating high denomination
notes will put the black money problem to rest. Isnt the Rs 2,000 note easier to stash, asked a journalist at a press
conference after the Prime Ministers address. It will be easier to exchange the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes with a
Rs 2,000 note, replied Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. Moreover, the Reserve Bank of India will
monitor and regulate the circulation of the higher denomination currencies, he said.
Read: Govt demonitises Rs 500, 1000 notes: Here is how India Inc reacted
Justifying the doing away of the current series of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, Das pointed out that between 2011 and
2016, the circulation of all currency notes, from the lowest to the highest denomination, grew about 40 per cent.
In the same time period, the circulation of Rs 500 denomination and Rs 1000 denomination currency notes increased
by 76 per cent and 109 per cent, respectively. The size of Indian economy during this period, however, expanded by
only 30 per cent. So, obviously there has been a disproportionately high usage of high denomination currency notes,
he said, adding there were also reports about use of this money for storing unaccounted wealth.
Even the Prime Minister said in his address that the magnitude of cash in circulation was directly linked to the level of
corruption. The poor have to bear the brunt of this. It has a direct effect on the purchasing power of the poor and the
middle class, Modi said.
RBI Governor Urjit Patel said, Notably, in recent years, fake Indian currency notes in high denominations Rs 500
and Rs 1000 notes has been increasing. The government has also observed the misuse of genuine high-denomination
notes in terror-financing and also for holding black money.
The opportune moment for withdrawal of the old series, Patel said, was when the RBI and the government were ready
with the new series of banknotes for an effective replacement. As of today, and over the past weeks and months, we
have ramped up our production and are ready to meet such a requirement in the weeks and days to come, he said.
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November 9, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Desterilisation Plan


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[Wed, 09 Nov 00:10]

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November 9, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Desterilisation Plan | The


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By:
Editorial
|
Published:November 9, 2016 12:15 am
Bihar Health Minister Bindeshwari Prasad Dubey said that efforts would be made to desterilise persons having no
children.
According to an official release, he said it was just possible that some mistake might have been committed by some
individuals in sterilising persons who had no issue during the family planning programme. These persons, Dubey said,
would be duly compensated.
PMs Defence
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asserted in the Rajya Sabha that the objective of the Constitution (42nd Amendment) Bill
is the rejuvenation of the nation and the Constitution. We are bringing into sharper focus the intentions of the
founding fathers. We are re-establishing the harmony between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary as
originally provided in the Constitution, she said. We are removing the cobwebs created by some recent attempts of
the judiciary to encroach into politics and legislative spheres. We are reasserting the sovereignty of the people and
pointing out that everything else, including the Constitution, is for the people, we are trying to end, once and for all,
some needless controversies which stood in the way of quicker progress, Mrs Gandhi added.
Trams Nationalised
The British-owned tram company in Calcutta, the management of which was taken over by the state government in
1967, has been nationalised. An ordinance was issued by the West Bengal government.
Faulty Aircraft
Chellappa. V, director of Air Safety, said that from the maintenance records of Indian Airlines, some of the major
components and assemblies of the air frame and engines of the Caravelle that crashed in Bombay on October 12 last,
had exceeded their of life. All 89 passengers and six crew members had died in the crash.
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Will he, wont he | The Indian Express


By:
Editorial
|
Published:November 9, 2016 12:10 am
To the Congress goes the credit for making itself uninteresting in interesting times. After its Monday meeting, in which
the Congress Working Committee, the partys highest decision-making body, made an appeal, touted as unanimous and
unprecedented, to Rahul Gandhi to take over as party president, the question is not: Will he do so and when? It is: So
who cares? In other words: Is anybody holding their breath for the baton to be handed from Sonia Gandhi to her son?
The Congress, we are told, has now set the stage for bringing the curtains down on the prolonged will-he-wont-he
show starring the reticent, reluctant crown prince. But heres what the party needs to know: While Rahul was trying to
make up his mind, and the Congress was riveted by his angst, the audience was streaming out of the theatre, wearied
by gazing upon an empty stage.
In the last few years, the Congress has looked comprehensively overtaken by other players and events. Its lowest ever
tally in the Lok Sabha polls 2014 is not an accident it speaks of a listless party that has stopped thinking on its feet,
or even putting up a fight. In the upcoming elections in UP, it is reduced to playing fourth lead. In Punjab, also headed
to polls early next year, where it should have been looking forward to an easy victory against a two-term unpopular
government, it is struggling not to be outflanked and outwitted by newbie, AAP. Recent elections, as in Bihar, have
underlined the Congresss crisis of viability in state after state, it has fallen below 20 per cent vote share, a point
from which, past experience shows, it is extremely difficult to recover. In others, like Madhya Pradesh or Gujarat, it
has become the permanent opposition. In its responses to the BJP-led government at the Centre, the Congress has
seemed either heavy-footed or lacking in credibility to offer an alternative. For the most part, it offers a me-too chorus
on nationalism. And due to its own past record in government, and not just during the Emergency, where it presided
over the chipping away of fundamental liberties, it lacks authenticity in its criticism of the NDA governments
cramping of the freedom of expression and the quelling of dissent.
What the Congress needs to do most urgently is to find the language to acknowledge its past mistakes, and the idea that
can help it speak to the future. For that, it needs a shakedown, preferably starting at the top. Rahul Gandhi taking over
as president only means more of the same. It also makes Congress more of a bore. Now, if the Congress were to
conduct a genuinely free election within. That would be eyecatching.
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Clear the haze | The Indian Express


By:
Editorial
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:08 am
The unhealthy haze over Delhi seems to have cleared, partially. But looks can be deceptive. Though there has been a
marked improvement in air quality in the past two days, the pollution parameters are still about five to six times over
the safe limits.
According to the Central Pollution Control Bureau (CPCB) yardstick, the quality of the citys air is still severe at
most places and very poor at some others. The so-called improvement comes as the Delhi government announced a
slew of emergency measures targeted at improving air quality. But there seems to be a pattern to the Delhi
governments response: Almost every year, as soon as winter sets in, a thick smog engulfs Delhi, residents complain of
breathing difficulties and other health problems; there is media outcry and, at times, courts step in. As soon as there is
a semblance of improvement in air quality, the government lets its guard down.
In 2014, a World Health Organisation study ranked Delhi as the most polluted city in the world. What is even more
disquieting is that 12 other Indian cities were ranked among the 20 worst performers in the world. The improvement in
Delhis air quality over the last two days has been accompanied by a deterioration of the quality of air in Agra,
Lucknow and Kanpur. These cities, like Delhi, are landlocked and have very few avenues of flushing out the polluted
air. Unfortunately, urban planning in India has rarely factored in such limitations of cities. The National Green
Tribunal, with an unintended sense of the absurd, has tried to make up for this failure: In the wake of the recent
emergency, it admonished the Delhi government for not deploying helicopters to create artificial rain to wash away the
haze.
Desperate times do call for desperate measures. But rather than calling for the deployment of flying machines to clean
Delhis air, the countrys green court would have been better advised to ask public health experts, urban planners and
policymakers to put their heads together. The current smog is the most extreme manifestation of Delhis air pollution
and that at many other places in the country. For the most part of the winter every year, and sometimes even during
summers, Delhis air quality hovers around CPCBs very poor and poor criterion. According to the WHOs
Global Burden of Health study, people in Delhi, on an average, lose six years of their lives due to the citys poor air
quality. More than six lakh Indians lose their lives due to air-pollution related diseases. These figures point to longstanding emergency and not a seasonal one as the authorities seem to believe.
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Faith in equality | The Indian Express


By:
Editorial
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:04 am
The Kerala government has done well to submit before the Supreme Court that it is for allowing women of all age
groups to enter the Sabarimala shrine. It is a reversal of the position adopted by the previous Congress-led government
which, before the assembly election in 2016, submitted an affidavit in favour of prohibition against a section of
women. The current view reverts to a 2007 affidavit, also filed by a CPM-led government, that supported the reformist
position. The court will have the final say on the matter, but it is important that the elected government weighed in on
the side of the view that sees the restriction as a discriminatory practice. Its impact is likely to extend beyond the
Sabarimala case.
The custom in Sabarimala that prohibits women of a certain age group from visiting the shrine claims its sanctity from
the conception of the deity, Lord Ayyappa, as a celibate and notions of ritual pollution. This custom is site specific and
is not followed in other Ayyappa temples. There is limited historical evidence to tell us when the custom came into
being and opinion is divided over whether the custom is central to the worship of the deity. The reformist view is the
practice is just another reflection of the patriarchy that pervades all aspects of social life, including religious
traditions and customs. The traditionalists argue that the custom is an essential part of the worship at the shrine, which
needs to be upheld over the fundamental right to equality.
It is necessary to privilege rights over customs and traditions, even in matters of faith, if a society wants to be counted
as modern and egalitarian. Customs and traditions are often social prejudices cloaked in a religious garb. They need to
be tested against modern notions of civilised conduct and those that fail the test should be abandoned. The Kerala
governments new affidavit in court acknowledges this elementary principle of governance.
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Order logical, no threat to India-England series now: BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke
[Wed, 09 Nov 03:08]

Ranji Trophy 2016: Assam bowl out Saurashtra for 81, take six points

[Wed, 09 Nov

03:03]

Rishabh Pant: Seasons smash hit breaks another record in Ranji Trophy

[Wed, 09 Nov

01:38]

Ranji Trophy 2016: Mumbai beat Railways by 10 wickets

[Wed, 09 Nov 00:21]

Ranji Trophy 2016: Haryanas Nitin Saini hit 152 in drawn match against Kerala

[Wed,

09 Nov 00:03]

Ranji Trophy 2016: Arup Das 12 wickets guide Assam to stunning win

[Tue, 08 Nov

23:43]

Two Indian-origin South African players suspended by Cricket South Africa

[Tue, 08

Nov 23:36]

Pakistans Mohammad Amir to join English county Essex in 2017

[Tue, 08 Nov 23:09]

Have to throw the kids out of the house to play sport, says MS Dhoni

[Tue, 08 Nov

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Ranji Trophy 2016: Three Odisha batsmen hit centuries in drawn match

[Tue, 08 Nov

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BCCI top brass happy after Supreme Court gives green light to Test

[Tue, 08 Nov 22:24]

Houses that dont have lights off, Note Counting On: Cricketers react to government
Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 notes [Tue, 08 Nov 22:09]
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IPL 10 players auction to be held in Bengaluru next month, says Rajeev Shukla

[Tue, 08

Nov 20:05]

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[Tue, 08

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International cricket can come back to Pakistan, says Zaheer Abbas

[Tue, 08 Nov 17:41]

India vs England, 2016: Virat Kohli has his task cut out as India captain in five-match
series [Tue, 08 Nov 15:43]
India vs England, 2016: Alastair Cook hints at giving up England captaincy after India
series [Tue, 08 Nov 15:16]
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India aim to consolidate number one ICC Test ranking against England

[Tue, 08 Nov

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Australia vs South Africa: Peter Siddle ruled out of Hobart Test

[Tue, 08 Nov 14:30]

India vs England, 2016: India favourite but England no pushovers

[Tue, 08 Nov 14:22]

South Africa vs Australia: South Africa call up Dwaine Pretorius for injured Dale
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Order logical, no threat to India-England series now: BCCI


secretary Ajay Shirke | The Indian Express
Written by
Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |
Published:November 9, 2016 3:08 am

England players during a practice session at


CCI in Mumbai on Friday. (Source: PTI Photo)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) welcomed the Supreme Court order, saying theres no longer any
impediment in the India-England Test series. BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke described the order as logical while
confirming that the cricket board will deal with the vendors directly as per the court ruling.
We filed the application only for the Rajkot game but the court has given us permission for the first three Tests. This
is absolutely logical, in the interest of cricket-loving public, Shirke told The Indian Express. Vizag and Mohali will
host the second and third Test from November 17 and November 26 respectively. We will directly deal with the
vendors and now that we are eligible to sign the contracts, theres no longer any uncertainty over the India-England
Test series, he added.
Why did the BCCI move court on the issue? We wrote to the Lodha Committee to appoint an auditor as per the
Supreme Court directive. Then, we informed them about the important contracts to be signed for the England series.
They didnt reply. Then, on November 3, they asked us to furnish all details related to the last two years contracts. We
did. Then again, we wrote to them, saying the Test matches are scheduled so what needs to be done? Our entire
application has been allowed by the Honble Supreme Court today, Shirke said.
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Ranji Trophy 2016: Assam bowl out Saurashtra for 81, take six
points | The Indian Express
Written by
Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |
Published:November 9, 2016 3:03 am

Arup took 5/21 in the second innings and


returned with his career-best match haul of 12/70.
The first day of this contest was washed out. Wet outfield at Eden Gardens prevented play in the first session on Day
Two as well. Still, the match was over on the fourth day with a session remaining. Saurashtra collapsed spectacularly
in their second innings as well, losing five wickets for nine runs in 5.5 overs post lunch on Tuesday. Assam had been
presented with a victory target of 64 and they got there in 15.4 overs, losing Rahul Hazarikas wicket.
They missed out on the bonus point alright, but the team management didnt mind. It was their first outright win of the
season. Thirty-one wickets fell in a little over two days at Eden and the pitch didnt have any demons.
There was help for the seamers and conditions assisted swing. The Saurashtra batsmen didnt have the stomach for a
fight. To be honest, the collective decline in Indian domestic cricket batsmanship is a matter of serious concern.
Batsmen were completely confused against spin on dustbowls last season. This term, after the Ranji Trophys neutral
venue switch, they have been finding it difficult whenever the ball is moving in the air and seaming off the deck.
Batsmen dont seem to be keen on leaving the ball these days. In four-day cricket, its very important to leave the ball
in challenging conditions, Assam coach and former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi lamented, his teams victory
notwithstanding. Its good to be positive, but you have to respect the conditions as well, he added.
Proliferation of T20 cricket could be a reason, or maybe the game has changed so much that grinding your teeth kind of
batting has become pass. Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak agreed with his Assam counterpart, while ruing his teams
batting failure. Saurashtras second innings had five ducks overall. Only three batsmen reached double figures.
Resuming on overnight 0/1, they limped to 72/5 at lunch before going into freefall. Skipper Jaydev Shah, who came out
to bat at No. 7 despite being unwell, was castled by Krishna Das in the first ball of the third over post lunch. Four
balls later he breached Chirag Janis defence. Saurashtra were suddenly 74/7 and panic set in.
The excellent Arup Das made one come back to trap Arpit Vasavada leg before in the next over and this time, unlike
the first dig, the tail didnt wag. Arup took 5/21 in the second innings and returned with his career-best match haul of
12/70. He richly deserved his Man of the Match award.
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Arups new ball partner, Krishna, had been struggling a bit this season. But as Joshi said, this performance (4/27 in
the second innings) will give him confidence.
Brief scores: Saurashtra 153 all out and 81 all out in 39.5 overs (Amitoze Singh 30; A Das 5/21, K Das 4/27) lost to
Assam 171 all out and 66/1 in 15.4 overs by 9 wickets
Points: Assam 6, Saurashtra 0
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Rishabh Pant: Seasons smash hit breaks another record in Ranji


Trophy | The Indian Express
Written by
Bharat Sundaresan
|
Updated: November 9, 2016 7:51 am

Rishabh Pant, who also struck a century in


Delhis first innings, hit 13 sixes and eight boundaries during his knock, which ended at 135 off 67 balls. (Source:
File)
Not long after the two captains shook hands to signal the end of the match, Rishabh Pant made his way to the official
scorer with a few poignant queries on his mind, and understandably so. It had been that kind of a day for the 19-yearold left-hander. Twice in one day hed walked back to the pavilion with a century to his name.
The first one was a characteristically bludgeoning knock, 117 coming off just 106 balls that included a staggering eight
sixes. The second though put its predecessor to shame. If in the first innings he had produced carnage, this was a
massacre. And by the time he was finished, Pant had smashed 13 sixes in 67 balls-that basically means he cleared the
ropes once in every five balls he faced-and finished with a score of 135 at a strike-rate of 201.49.
He had already been informed about his 21 sixes in the match again all coming in one days play was the secondmost in the history of the first-class game behind Colin Munros 23 a couple of years ago. But he now wanted to know
where his 48-ball ton stood in terms of the fastest centuries scored in the longer format.
The scorer first told me off the top of his head that the fastest for an Indian was off 42 balls. But then he immediately
went to check the records, and jubilantly came running to me and said that I had broken a 30-year record. That this was
the fastest first-class ton by an Indian batsman, Pant recalls in a chat with The Indian Express.
While at it, he also told me that I had become only the sixth Delhi batsman, the first since the late Raman Lamba in
1996, to score centuries in both innings, adds the teenage sensation whos been on a rampage of unprecedented
proportions during the Ranji Trophy this year.
This was his fourth century in seven innings, and he presently is a runaway leader in the run-scorers list this season
with 799 runs at an average of 114.14, which includes his breath-taking 308 against Maharashtra at the Wankhede
Stadium.
Whats even more staggering about his new benchmark-setting knock on Tuesday was that Delhi were following-on
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after his first innings heroics hadnt quite got them close enough to Jharkhands mighty total. And Pant reveals that
having seen and experienced the flatness of the pitch earlier in the day, he had decided to back his aggressive play and
take the opposition by the scruff.
It was quite a batting-friendly pitch, and I was given a lot of loose balls. So I just went after them and runs kept
coming. It was quite a crazy knock and was like a whirlwind but I never knew about being close to a record, he says.
Already this season Pant has shown that he keeps his talk about his game as straightforward and candid as his
approach to batting. And though he is quite pleased to now be etched into the record books forever, the confident
youngster isnt prepared to be too chuffed about it.
See bhaiya, people are calling me and talking about this innings only because its a record. Otherwise why would it
even get a mention. Regardless of how many balls it came in, it still counts only as a hundred. If anything I should have
made it a bigger score, says Pant.
Its not surprising that Pant might feel a tad gutted about not turning one of his centuries into a daddy hundred-as
Graham Gooch would call it-considering that his former India U-19 captain and best friend, Ishan Kishan, had kind of
set the bar higher by scoring 274 for Jharkhand earlier in the match. Though Pant quickly disses any form of
competition between the two.
See we are still best friends off the field. On the field its all business and there is the usual banter we indulge in
whenever either of us is batting. It helps being wicket-keepers as we constantly can be in each others ear, he says
with a laugh.
Pant also doesnt believe in tagging this having been a dream season for him despite the eye-popping numbers that
hes managed already-a strike-rate of 113.01 overall. Instead he wants to focus on the amounts he has learned with
each knock.
If you look at the others who have scored a lot of runs, their strike-rates are more in the sixties and seventies, so it
does feel special to see the rate at which I have scored. But Ive also learnt so much. Like it was patience and batting
with the tail that I learnt during my triple-ton. Today, it was all about backing my game to the hilt, he says. But the
dream you talk about is playing for India. Only then will I even use the word dream with regards to my cricket, he
quickly adds.
Life off the field still remains rather sober, and Pant admits that handling the vast number of phone calls on a recordbreaking day has been rather arduous. His plans for buying a fancy car, that hed told this paper following his lucrative
IPL contract, have been shelved and he has settled for a kaam chalau option for now.
I prefer talking to my non-cricket friends at the end of the day, ask them about college. I havent bought anything fancy
yet, anyway Im not around to take care of them, he says. Talk soon shifts to the main topic of the day, the Indian
governments sudden decision to bid adieu to prevailing Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 notes. But Pant isnt too perturbed. For
now, he looks like he has plenty of more 100s up his sleeve, on the cricket field anyway.
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Ranji Trophy 2016: Mumbai beat Railways by 10 wickets | The


Indian Express
By:
PTI Mysore Published:Nov 9, 2016, 0:21
By:
PTI
| Mysore |
Published:November 9, 2016 12:21 am

Tushar Deshpande snapped three wickets


while Shardul Thakur, Vijay Gohil and Balwinder Sandhu picked up one wicket each.
Riding on Tushar Deshpandes five-wicket haul, defending champions Mumbai registered a comfortable 10-wicket
win over Railways and grabbed six points in their Ranji Trophy Group A match.
On the fourth day, Deshpande snapped three wickets Faiz Ahmed (28), Ashish Yadav (26) and DN Bansal (3) to
go with the two wickets he had taken yesterday, while Shardul Thakur, Vijay Gohil and Balwinder Sandhu picked up
one wicket each to dismiss Railways for 208 after they resumed their second innings at an overnight total of 135-4.
With just 24 runs to chase, Mumbai openers AA Hrewadkar (18) and SS Iyer (6) completed the task in just 5 overs
without losing any wicket at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadeyar Ground here.
Earlier, resuming their second innings at 135/4, Railways lost Nitin Bhille in the 67th over by Thakur. In the 81st over,
Faiz Ahmed too was back in the hut when he was caught by Suryakumar Yadav as Railways slipped to 170-6.
Five overs later, Karn Sharma was then cleaned up by Sandhu and in the next over Ashish Yadav too departed after
being caught by Kaustubh Pawar. Amit Mishra and Deepak Bansal too was dismissed cheaply after Railways crossed
the 200-mark.
Brief Score:
Mumbai 345 & 24/0 in 5 overs (AA Herwadkar 18 not out; KV Sharma 0/6)
Railways 160 & 208 all out in 92.1 overs (SP Wakaskar 39; T Deshpande 5/35).

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Ranji Trophy 2016: Haryanas Nitin Saini hit 152 in drawn match
against Kerala | The Indian Express
By:
PTI Jaipur Published:Nov 9, 2016, 0:03
By:
PTI
| Jaipur |
Published:November 9, 2016 12:03 am

Nitin Saini shared partnerships of 145 with


Rajat Paliwal and Mohit Hooda. (Source: Express file)
Nitin Saini hit a career-best 152 not out in Haryanas second innings as their Ranji Trophy cricket match against
Kerala ended in a draw here today.
Haryana had to settle with a solitary point as they had conceded first-innings lead to Kerala at the Sawai Mansingh
Stadium.
Kerala got three points. They had responded to Haryanas first-innings 303 with 404 for 9 declared.
Haryana then ended the third day on 6 for no loss. They ended the final day on 315 for 3, with Saini sharing
partnerships of 145 for the third wicket with Rajat Paliwal (75) and Mohit Hooda (50 not out).
Brief Scores:
Haryana 303 & 315/3 in 88 overs (Nitin Saini not out, Rajat Paliwal 75)
Kerala: 404/9 dec.
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Ranji Trophy 2016: Arup Das 12 wickets guide Assam to stunning


win | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| Kolkata |
Published:November 8, 2016 11:43 pm

Arup Das returned with a match haul of 12/70


to better his 11/124 against Punjab. (Source: PTI)
Fast-medium bowler Arup Das claimed a match haul of 12 wickets as bottom-placed Assam stunned last seasons
runners-up Saurashtra by nine wickets in their Ranji Trophy group C cricket fixture at Eden Gardens today.
Arup (5/21) and his pace partner Krisha Das (4/27) both hail from Barpeta maintained a tidy line and length on a
pitch with little assistance for seamers.
Saurashtra put up yet another atrocious batting display to be bundled out for 81 in 39.5 overs in their second innings,
their lowest against Assam.
Chasing a paltry 64, Assam lost opener Rahul Hazarika (8) for teams score of 11 but Rishav Das (30 not out) and
Sibsankar Roy (24 not out) chased down the target in one hour and 19 minutes after Saurashtra lost wickets in a heap
in an extended first session.
Das returned with a match haul of 12/70 to better his 11/124 against Punjab in last seasons quarters, and the victory
tasted sweeter as it came against a team who had beaten them in the semifinals in 2015-16.
Rain had robbed four sessions after a washout on day one, and a delayed start the next day, but heavyweights
Saurashtras meek surrender losing five wickets for nine runs in a space of 35 balls in the post-lunch session
meant it hardly mattered to Assam who won with a session to spare on the final day.
Their second loss from four matches pushed Saurashtra (six points) to bottom of group B while Assam jumped to sixth
place with seven from five matches.
Terming it special, Arup said: We desperately needed a victory and Im happy to have contributed in a winning cause.
The win will give us much-needed confidence ahead of our remaining three matches.
Krishna gave the first breakthrough of the day when Sagar Jogiyani (0) edged an outswinger at second slip before
Arup joined in dismissing Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (12).
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Amitoze Singh offered some resistance and counter attacked against Abu Nechim with three boundaries as the seamer
conceded 13 runs in his first over.
But the experienced Nechim fought back to castle Amitoze who missed the line to be out for 30, something that
triggered the collapse.
In a devastating second spell of six overs, Krishna claimed three wickets for seven runs, including four maidens.
Saurashtra were 39/6 and then 69/8 as their late order batting had revived their first innings total to 153 after Assam
opted to field following the first day washout.
I dont want to make it an excuse but toss definitely played a role, Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak said.
Having said that, it was definitely not an 80-run wicket. Our batting is letting us down. We have not batted this badly
in the last two seasons.
Brief Scores:
Saurashtra 153 and 81; 39.5 overs (Arup Das 5/21, Krishna Das 4/27).
Assam 171; 62.3 overs and 66/1; 15.4 overs.
Assam won by nine wickets.
Points: Assam 6, Saurashtra 0.
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Two Indian-origin South African players suspended by Cricket


South Africa | The Indian Express
Published:November 8, 2016 11:36 pm

Shabnim Ismail and Trisha Chetty are the two


players suspended. (Source: Twitter)
Cricket South Africa has suspended two of its three Indian-origin players in the national womens squad Shabnim
Ismail and Trisha Chetty for repeat offences that breached its Rules and Code of Conduct.
Ismail and Chetty have been suspended until January 31 next year for persistent breaches of Article 1.5.2 of the Code,
namely unbecoming or detrimental conduct which could bring them, the Board or the game of cricket into disrepute.
Following disciplinary action, the two players have admitted to contravening the Code and have been suspended from
playing for the Proteas team, but will be allowed to play in their provincial sides.
Although CSA would not give details of the nature of the offences, sources said the two players had been at
loggerheads for a while now.
We strive to be a highly professional and world-class outfit, whether on or off the field. Incidents of this nature are
always disappointing and cannot be tolerated in a high performing environment, said CSA Chief Executive Haroon
Lorgat in a short statement.
We have agreed with Shabnim and Trisha that they will undertake specialised counseling during their period of
suspension and together with South African Cricketers Union, we will try to ensure that they successfully re-integrate
themselves back into the team environment, it said.
The statement said there would be no further comment on this matter as CSA respects the confidential nature of the
matter.
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Pakistans Mohammad Amir to join English county Essex in 2017 |


The Indian Express
By:
Reuters
| London |
Updated: November 8, 2016 11:19 pm

Mohammad Amir will be available for Essex


from June 19. (Source: File)
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who spent time in jail and served a five-year ban for spot-fixing, will play for
English county Essex next season, the club said on Tuesday.
Left-arm seamer Amir, who returned to the Test arena this year following his suspension, will be available for Essex
from June 19.
We are thrilled that Mohammad has decided to join us for half of the 2017 campaign, Essex head coach Chris
Silverwood told the clubs website.
He is still only young but has proved himself at international level already, so it is a real coup to get this signing
completed.
Amir, 24, was rated as one of the worlds most exciting young bowlers when he burst on to the scene as an 18-yearold before he became embroiled in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010.
He was one of three Pakistan players jailed in November 2011 having admitted that he had deliberately bowled a noball in the fourth Test against England at Lords.
Amir served three months in jail and was banned from all forms of the game until January 2015 when he was cleared
to play domestic cricket in Pakistan.
His international suspension was lifted this year and he played four Tests against England, taking 12 wickets.
Amir has taken 69 wickets in 20 Tests.
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Have to throw the kids out of the house to play sport, says MS
Dhoni | The Indian Express
By:
PTI New Delhi Published:Nov 8, 2016, 22:52
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 10:52 pm

MS Dhoni will be seen in action during


domestic one-day tournament. (Source: Express File)
India limited overs cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that Olympic medals will remain elusive for the the
country until the couch loving youth turn to outdoor sport.
We have to throw the kids out of the house to play sport. It will not only help them stay active but also help them in
their academics, said Dhoni at the announcement of the a tie up between Seven, a lifestyle brand named after him, and
Jabong.
We often say we dont win medals at Olympics. But we dont realise how many of our youth is playing outdoor sport.
A lot of the kids are hooked to electronic gadgets. So my suggestion to all the parents is throw your children out of the
house. Let them play in the heat. Let them find their own way, he said.
Dhoni flew in here from Spain, where he was part of another promotional event.
The 35-year-old, who now only plays ODIs and T20s, has a long break from international cricket with India hosting
England for a five-match Test series till December 20.
Before the limited overs series against England begins on January 15, Dhoni will be seen in action during domestic
one-day tournament.
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Ranji Trophy 2016: Three Odisha batsmen hit centuries in drawn


match | The Indian Express
By:
PTI Patiala Published:Nov 8, 2016, 22:38
By:
PTI
| Patiala |
Published:November 8, 2016 10:38 pm

Ranjit Singh and Subhranshu Senapati put


together a 233-run partnership for the third wicket. (Source: Express File)
Ranjit Singh, Subhranshu Senapati and debutant Abhishek Yadav hit a century each as their batting heroics helped
Odisha eke out a draw against Rajasthan after being asked to follow on in their Ranji Trophy cricket match.
Ranjit (116) and Senapati (137) put together a 233-run partnership for the third wicket as both batsmen reached
centuries before lunch, before both were dismissed in the space of four runs.
Odisha at that stage slipped from 318 for 2 to 334 for 5.
Yadav then struck a 157-ball 115 not out supported by Saurabh Rawat (45) as they ended on 508 for 6 at stumps at the
Dhruve Pandove Stadium here.
Rajasthan used 10 bowlers in the innings, as they settled for three points due to their first-innings lead in the Group B
match.
Odisha received a solitary point despite the fine rearguard act of their batsmen in their second innings.
Odisha were asked to follow on after they were dismissed for 172 in reply to Rajasthans first innings total of 323 all
out.
Brief Scores:
Rajasthan: 323 all out
Odisha: 172 & 508/6 dec in 156 overs (Ranjit Singh 116, Subhranshu Senapati 137, Abhishek Yadav 115 not out).
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BCCI top brass happy after Supreme Court gives green light to
Test | The Indian Express
By:
PTI New Delhi Published:Nov 8, 2016, 22:24
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 10:24 pm

Supreme Court has directed that Rs 58.6 lakh


could be disbursed for the BCCI to conduct each of the Test matches.
The BCCI top brass is relieved that the Test series between England and India is starting at Rajkot as per schedule.
BCCI is pleased and relieved with the order. We have the highest regard for the Supreme Court and we are
extremely thankful that the Honourable Apex Court understood our position and granted a favourable relief, a very
senior BCCI member in the know of things told PTI.
The BCCIs plea was that with funds being freezed till appointment of independent auditor, it was difficult to
make financial transactions necessary for organisation of a Test match.
Its a great relief that Supreme Court has given a go-ahead for the series, the official said.
The Supreme Court has directed that Rs 58.6 lakh could be disbursed for the BCCI to conduct each of the Test
matches.
The court has directed BCCI to make direct payment to the vendors while Lodha Committee will appoint a panel of
expert administrators to oversee the proceedings.
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Houses that dont have lights off, Note Counting On: Cricketers
react to government Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 notes | The Indian
Express
By:
Express Web Desk
|
Updated: November 9, 2016 12:03 am

Many have hailed the announcement as an


important measure to curb the black money menace. (Source: AP Photo)
The governments declaration that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes would be illegal from Tuesday midnight has caused a
storm. ATMs are set to be shut on November 9th. Prime Minister Narendra Modi further said that In his first televised
address to the nation, Modi said people holding notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 can deposit the same in their bank and
post office accounts from November 10 till December 30.
The move comes as a strike against the hoarding of black money. A few people are spreading corruption for their
own benefit, he said, adding that corruption and black money is (sic) something we have fought for immediately
after assuming officeThere is a time when you realise that you have bring some changes in society, and this is our
time to feel the same. It was then that he announced that the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will be deemed illegal starting
midnight.
Urging people to help the government in its fight against black money and fake currency notes, PM Modi said the
process of cash circulation is directly related to corruption in the country impacting the lower classes of society.
This was one topic that got everyone in the country talking and sportsmen are not far behind. Here are a few of their
reactions to the news on social media:
In America they will count Votes.
In India count Notes.
Tonight just notice d houses that dont have lights off,Note Counting On.#BlackMoney
Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 8 November 2016
So no Rs 500/1000 notes from tonight. Interesting to see whether it ends up attacking black money. Hopefully will
work.

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Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 8 November 2016


In one stroke of genius the issue of Black Money is tackled successfullyimagine the plight of someone storing
100Cr in cash now
Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 8 November 2016
Really great move this to ban Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes post midnight.
The timing and the secrecy, worth lauding.#NoToCorruption
Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 8 November 2016
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Ranji Trophy 2016: Rishabh Pant hits record ton for Delhi, 3
points for Services | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| Thumba |
Published:November 8, 2016 8:36 pm

Rishabh Pant grabbed eyeballs by blazing his


way into the record books with a 48-ball century. (Source: Express File)
Delhi youngster Rishabh Pant grabbed eyeballs by blazing his way into the record books with a 48-ball century the
quickest by any Indian batsman in first-class cricket even as Jharkhand secured three points from their Ranji Trophy
Group B match.
The 19-year-old Pant, who also struck a century in Delhis first innings, smashed a staggering 13 sixes and eight
boundaries during his knock, which ended at 135 off 67 balls, at the St Xaviers College Ground.
En route his century, Pant eclipsed a 28-year old record set by former Tamil Nadu opener VB Chandrasekhar, who
reached the three-figure mark in 56 balls against Rest of India during the Irani Cup match of the 1988-89 series.
Delhi were 480 for six in their second innings when the stumps were drawn on the fourth and final day.
It was Jharkhand, though, who came out of the match with three points to Delhis one, on the basis of taking the firstinnings lead.
Delhi were all out for 334 in their after innings after Jharkhand, who were sent into bat, notched up 493.
Having taken a huge first-innings lead of 159 runs, Jharkhand skipper Saurabh Tiwary asked Delhi to follow-on.
Resuming on 165/1, Delhi were served well by skipper Unmukt Chands 91 and half centuries by Milind Kumar and
Manan Sharma, but the day truly belonged to Pant.
He had hit 117 off 106 balls in the first innings, with the help of nine fours and eight sixes.
Pants tally of 21 sixes in a game is the second-most in first-class cricket, behind New Zealands Colin Munro who
blasted 23 sixes in his knock of 281 from 167 balls for Auckland against Central Districts in 2015.
The young lad from Delhi is going through a dream season having amassed 799 runs from seven innings at an
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astounding average of 133.16 and a strike-rate of 113.17.


This is his fourth hundred of the season. He had already hit 44 sixes this season from 5 games. His sequence of score
this season read 146, 308, 24, 9, 60, 117, 135.
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Supreme Court removes cloud of uncertainty over India-England


Test series | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 8:27 pm

Supreme Court said the arrangement for the


first match would continue for the subsequent Test matches till December 3. FILE
Supreme Court removed the hurdles created by state cricket associations on the holding of the India-England Test
series by allowing BCCI to incur the expense of Rs 58.66 lakh for the first match starting, warning that no part of fund
will go to the host Saurashtra Cricket Association.
The apex court also gave more teeth to the committee headed by former Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha for
monitoring the working of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by allowing it to vet hundreds of contracts
with vendors for holding of domestic, international and IPL matches in 2017.
It said the arrangement for the first match would continue for the subsequent Test matches till December 3, when it will
hear the matter already scheduled.
A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur also took strong exception to the language used against the Lodha panel
by BCCI top brass, including its Secretary Ajay Shirke in his communication with the panel.
Lodha Committee Secretary Gopal Shankar Narayan, an advocate, complained that the use of words and the statements
issued by them was akin to constant insult heaped on the panel comprising the former CJI and two retired judges of
the apex court.
The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, drew the attention of senior advocate
Kapil Sibal, appearing for the BCCI, to certain sentences from the Boards secretarys letter, saying see the kind of
language used by Shirke.
The apex court took note of the submissions made by senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who is assisting the court
as amicus curiae in the matter, that BCCI has failed to comply with the directions of the top court, which was clear
from the second report of the Lodha Committee placed before the bench.
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Rishabh Pant shouldnt try to break record every time, says V B


Chandrasekhar | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 8:06 pm

Rishabh Pant surpassed Chandrasekhars


record, hitting a 48-ball hundred against Jharkhand in a Ranji Trophy.
Former India and Tamil Nadu opener V B Chandrasekhar congratulated Rishabh Pant for breaking record for fastest
hundred by an Indian in first class cricket but also reminded in jest that the youngster should not try to repeat the act
every time he goes on to bat.
Chandrasekhar smashed Rest of India bowlers for a 56-ball-100 for Tamil Nadu in an Irani Cup game back in 1988.
That game propelled Chandrasekhar to national reckoning.
19-year-old Pant surpassed Chandrasekhars record, hitting a 48-ball hundred against Jharkhand in a Ranji Trophy
encounter at Thumba, Kerala.
19-year-old Pant surpassed Chandrasekhars record, hitting a 48-ball hundred against Jharkhand in a Ranji Trophy
encounter at Thumba, Kerala.
Congratulations to Rishab Pant. If it has taken 28 years to break the fastest 100 in first class cricket Rishab should be
well advised not to try it every time he walks in to bat, Chandrasekhar told PTI.
Chandrasekhar, known to be a flamboyant dasher during his playing days, said that he still cant believe that it has
taken 28 years to break this record in an era where IPL rules roost.
A little surprised in this day and age of T20 cricket the record stayed that long, said Chandrasekhar.
Chandrasekhar, who was a national selector a decade back, said that Pant has been much talked about in cricketing
circles about his talent and ability to play attacking cricket.
Saw Rishab bat during the IPL. He was virtually the talking point of players who will play for the country. Extremely
happy to see him make the strides. Wishing him consistency and a long career ahead, Chandrasekhar said.

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IPL 10 players auction to be held in Bengaluru next month, says


Rajeev Shukla | The Indian Express
By:
PTI New Delhi Published:Nov 8, 2016, 20:05
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 8:05 pm

The IPL governing council also discussed the


operational issues pertaining to the cash-rich league.
The Indian Premier League players auction for season 10, which will be the final edition under the existing 10-year
contract, will be held in Bengaluru next month.
The IPL franchises workshop will be organised in Dubai, decided the events Governing Council in a meeting.
IPL governing council chairman, Rajeev Shukla, also said that the 10th edition of the cricketing tournament is likely to
be held from April 5.
It was learnt that centres in Maharashtra such as Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur will be allowed to hold matches in the
10th edition of the tournament that started in 2008 amid much fanfare.
The IPL matches scheduled in Maharashtra had to be shifted out last year after outrage over use of water to maintain
stadiums even as the state reeled under severe drought.
The IPL governing council also discussed the operational issues pertaining to the cash-rich league. In the meet it was
decided that defending champions Hyderabad Sunrisers will host the opening ceremony and the final as per norms.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur, Secretary Ajay Shirke, GC chairman Rajeev Shukla, former India captain Sourav
Ganguly, Jharkhand Cricket Association chief Amitabh Choudhary and Punjab Cricket Association President MP
Pandove were present in the meeting.
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Ranji Trophy 2016: Team effort guides Himachal Pradesh to fivewicket win | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| Ranchi |
Published:November 8, 2016 7:12 pm

Bipul Sharmas 4/97 helped Himachal


Pradesh bundled out Jammu and Kashmir. (Source: File)
A collective effort helped Himachal Pradesh climb to second place in group C with a thrilling five-wicket win over
Jammu and Kashmir in their Ranji Trophy cricket fixture at JSCA International Stadium Complex.
Inspired by left-arm spinner Bipul Sharmas 4/97, Himachal Pradesh bundled out Jammu and Kashmir for 417 with an
addition of 80 to their overnight total to set a tricky target of 210 from two sessions.
Living up to the challenge under fading lights, Himachal Pradesh batsmen put up a brave front as Ankit Kalsi (47) and
Prashant Chopra (43) laid the foundation before Robin Bist (52 not out) and Sumeet Verma (21 not out) steered the
chase.
Shama also shone with the bat with a quick 19 from 23 balls.
Earlier, seamer Akshay Chauhan (2/76) gave the breakthrough by removing a set Puneet Bisht (41) with an addition of
eight to his overnight score.
But it was another left-arm spinner, Mayank Dagar, who castled Samiullah Beigh (46) to break the resistance before
Sharma cleaned up the tail with wickets on successive balls.
Jammu and Kashmir lost last three wickets on 417.
Himachal Pradesh now have 15 points, one less than leaders Haryana.
Brief Scores
Jammu and Kashmir 162 and 417; 137 overs (Samiullah Beigh 46, Puneet Bisht 41; Bipul Sharma 4/97).
Himachal Pradesh 370 and 210/5; 44.3 overs (Robin Bist 52 not out, Ankit Kalsi 47, Prashant Chopra 43; Beigh
3/56).
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Himachal Pradesh won by 5 wickets.


Points: Himachal Pradesh 6, Jammu and Kashmir 0.
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International cricket can come back to Pakistan, says Zaheer


Abbas | The Indian Express
By:
AP
| Islamabad |
Published:November 8, 2016 5:41 pm

UAE has been Pakistans home since 2009


and PCB has organized all of its international matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. FILE
Former ICC president and Test captain Zaheer Abbas believes Pakistan will eventually revive international cricket in
the country.
I do not want to predict a time frame of international teams touring Pakistan, but I do hope over the next 2-3 years we
could see them playing back in Pakistan, Abbas said Tuesday. When I used to sit on international forums as ICC
president I used to talk a lot about it (cricket in Pakistan), but people didnt want to come due to their security
concerns.
Pakistan has not hosted a major Test-playing nation since terrorists attacked a Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in March
2009. Only Zimbabwe has toured Pakistan since then but that was for a short three-match one-day series last year also
in Lahore.
Pakistan has a very strong team and it is very important member of ICC, said Abbas, who scored a century of
centuries in first class cricket. Without Pakistan cricket, the world of cricket is not complete.
The government and people also want the cricket to come back to Pakistan.
Abbas now tours various cities of Punjab province like Rawalpindi, Multan and Sialkot, where he has been assigned
by the provincial government to establish academies for schoolchildren.
When asked whether during his tenure as ICC president he made efforts to bring international cricket back to Pakistan,
Abbas said he wasnt the representative of the PCB but was representing all the 104 members of the International
Cricket Council.
The United Arab Emirates has been Pakistans home since 2009 and the PCB has organized all of its international
matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
But there have been poor crowd attendances especially in Test matches in the UAE. During Pakistans historic 400th
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Test match, which was also its first-ever day-night Test match, there were only a handful of spectators in Dubai against
the West Indies.
At the moment our main grounds are in UAE, but you must have noticed in Test cricket only handful of people
watched matches and you can realize how important it is to revive cricket back home, Abbas said. We play on the
other side of the world and host international teams for months, financially it also hurts us.
Cricket grounds (in UAE) demand so much money that I cant tell. I just pray that theres peace in Pakistan and
foreign teams themselves say that they wanted to play in Pakistan.
Despite no home Test matches, Pakistan rose to No. 1 in Test cricket briefly before slipping to No. 2 after India
defeated New Zealand recently.
And that has impressed Abbas.
Theres no international cricket in Pakistan and despite that we became No. 1 and now No. 2. It clearly shows how
much depth we have in our Test team, Abbas said.
Abbas also said the PCB could do more to bring in foreign teams. Shahryar Khan is the chairman of PCB, but he never
played first-class cricket.
I dont want to criticise the present setup, they have done lots of good things, Abbas said, but to me a sportsman of
that particular game should be the head of it.
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India vs England, 2016: Virat Kohli has his task cut out as India
captain in five-match series | The Indian Express
By:
Express Web Desk
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 7:17 pm

Virat Kohli will lead India as the top team in


the series against England for the first time. (Source: Express photo)
Before he takes field on Wednesday, Virat Kohli, for the first time, will entering a series as the captain of the number
one Test team. India have been on the top spot earlier as well. Back in 2009, MS Dhoni was the captain at that time.
From that team, Murali Vijay is the only surviving member. Gautam Gambhir is also in the squad but he was not in the
playing XI when India achieved the top ranking the second time around at the Eden Gardens last month. Kohli &
Co. beat New Zealand to emerge as the top team.
India could have been the top ranked in West Indies only but rain forced no result in the last Test and they had to wait.
Now that the mission is accomplished, it is time Kohli leads his troops to sustain it.
After the third Test against New Zealand in Indore, Kohli received the ICC mace and said that it is important to
continue winning and stay at the top. This will the task for India during this five-match Test series and the coming five
Test against Bangladesh (one) and Australia (four). And the leader will be Kohli.
He has not lost a Test at home. India have not lost at home since 2012-13. That was the loss to England. Now, they can
avenge that defeat and Kohli and improve his dismal record against the English side.
It was a delight to see him score a double century against West Indies, first Indian captain to do so overseas. And after
a series of low score, he scored another double, this time against New Zealand in Indore.
What that tells about Kohli is that he is not brought down because of captaincy. He likes to lead and lead aggressively.
A focussed head and team effort can see this Indian side reach newer heights.
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India vs England, 2016: Alastair Cook hints at giving up England


captaincy after India series | The Indian Express
Updated: November 8, 2016 7:17 pm

Alastair Cook has led England to 24 Tests


victories, including a 2-1 series win over India in 2012. (Source: Reuters)
Alastair Cook has hinted he may step down as Englands Test captain after their five-match series in India that begins
on Wednesday.
Deep down I dont know how much longer I am going to carry on. It could be two months, it could be a year, the 31year-old told the October issue of Cricketer magazine.
It makes me feel very satisfied that Ive been able to do it for a long period of time and Ive had a really good crack
at it.
Cook, who will surpass Michael Athertons England record of 54 matches as Test skipper after the first match in India,
replaced Andrew Strauss as skipper in 2012.
He has led England to 24 Tests victories, including a 2-1 series win over India on the subcontinent in 2012.
Cook, who has scored 10,688 runs at an average of just below 47 in 135 Tests, with 29 centuries, said he would keep
on playing for the foreseeable future.
I do look forward to the day when hopefully I can play a Test match as just a batter, theres no doubt about that, the
left-handed opening batsman added.
If that happens, Im going to really enjoy standing at first slip and being the bloke who makes suggestions to
whoevers in charge and not being the bloke who has to make the final decision.
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Ranji trophy 2016-17: Punjab get six points after win over Uttar
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| Hyderabad |
Published:November 8, 2016 2:41 pm

Jiwanjot Singh scored 69 runs off 82 balls to


help Punjab beat Uttar Pradesh. (Source: Express file photo)
Riding on Jiwanjot Singhs 82-ball 69-run knock, Punjab on Tuesday notched up a seven-wicket win over Uttar
Pradesh to grab six valuable points in their Ranji Trophy Group A match in Hyderabad.
Chasing 112-run victory target, Punjab resumed their second innings at 61-2 today and overnight batsman Jiwanjot
produced his 18th first-class fifty, which was studded with 10 boundaries to seal the win.
He was dismissed in the 28th over with Punjab needing just four more runs to win. Jiwanjot was supported well by
overnight batsman Uday Kaul (9 not out), who hit the winning runs with a boundary to seal the win at the Rajiv Gandhi
International Stadium.
With two wins in five matches, Punjab are currently placed third in the pool, behind Tamil Nadu.
Brief Score: Uttar Pradesh 335 & 95 Punjab 319 & 112/3 in 28.1 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 69; Sourabh Kumar 2/31).
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India aim to consolidate number one ICC Test ranking against


England | The Indian Express
By:
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| Dubai |
Published:November 8, 2016 2:31 pm

Virat Kohli is currently placed 15th in the Test


batsmen rankings. (Source: File)
Top ranked Indian cricket team will be aiming to, at least, draw the five-Test series against England, starting in Rajkot
on Wednesday, to ensure that it seals the number one Test spot at the end of the year.
The top four-ranked Test sides (India, Pakistan, Australia and England) are separated by just 10 points and as these
four sides are already or preparing to flex their muscles in the longest format of the game, changes in the upper half of
the draw are on the cards depending on how the upcoming series pans out.
However, if India manage to even draw the series against England, they would retain their top position irrespective
of the outcome of the Australia versus South Africa (ranked fifth) and the New Zealand versus Pakistan series.
In case of a draw, India, who are currently on 115 points, will finish on 113 points and will, thus, be untouchable even
if Australia bounce back to win the remaining two Tests against South Africa or Pakistan win both the Tests against
New Zealand.
A 3-2 series win will lift India to 116 points, while a 4-1 series win will put them on 119 points and they will jump to
122 points in case of a 5-0 win.
For England, a 3-2 series win will put it on 108 points, while a 4-1 series win will mean it will move ahead of
India to 110 points.
Meanwhile, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continued to hold on to the top spot in the bowlers chart, while
middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has gained a place to be at the fifth position in the batsmens list in the
latest ICC Test rankings.
Ashwin leads the field by a distance as he is the only bowler touching the 900-point mark, which, in ranking terms,
is considered as outstanding.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is the other Indian bowler to feature inside the top-10 in seventh position.
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Ashwin also heads the Test all-rounders rankings. In the batsmens list, no other Indian except Rahane,
figures inside top-10.
Cheteshwar Pujara (13th) and skipper Virat Kohli (15th) are the notable batsmen in the top 20.
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Australia vs South Africa: Peter Siddle ruled out of Hobart Test |


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Updated: November 8, 2016 2:33 pm

Peter Siddle had made a comeback after 12


months to the Australian team. (Source: Reuters)
Veteran paceman Peter Siddle has been ruled out of the second test with a back injury, meaning Australia may need to
make three changes to the lineup that lost the series-opening match by 177 runs to South Africa.
Cricket Australia said Siddle, who was coming back from eight months out recovering from back stress fractures, had
aggravated his back problems. The 31-year-old paceman bowled 26 overs in the second innings in Perth as the South
African batsmen dominated, taking 2-62.
Jackson Bird has been drafted into the squad as standby injury cover. Uncapped Joe Mennie, who was 12th man in
Perth, is another option to be called into the pace attack that is led by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
While we expect bowlers to be sore after test matches, this was slightly worse than we expected and given that he
was returning from a significant back injury, Australia team physiotherapist David Beakley said. Scans
demonstrated some low grade bone oedema around his old stress fracture that is likely to be a flare up of his previous
lower back injury.
Opener batsman Shaun Marsh broke a finger in the first test and has been ruled out of the series, while middle-order
batsman Adam Voges sustained a hamstring injury while fielding.
Joe Burns and Callum Ferguson have been added to the Australia squad as potential replacements.
South Africa lost pace spearhead Dale Steyn to a right shoulder injury during the first test, ruling him out of the series.
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India vs England, 2016: India favourite but England no pushovers


| The Indian Express
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Express Web Desk
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 7:18 pm

India are unbeaten in last 13 Tests at home.


(Source: PTI)
Their morale high after back-to-back triumphs over West Indies and New Zealand, World No.1 India would be oddson favourites when they take on England in what is expected to be a gruelling five-Test series starting in Rajkot on
Wednesday.
The series will be the first five-match affair on Indian soil in three decades and the opening clash will also mark the
debut of Rajkot as a Test venue.
It promises to be an engrossing contest between the world No.1 ranked India and the team that last beat them at home
four years ago.
In 2012, England came back from a game down to turn the tables on India and post a 2-1 win in a four-game rubber.
Superior spin bowling by Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, both of whom are no longer part of the squad, was a
major factor in that English triumph.
Also some excellent batting by current skipper Alastair Cook and the controversial Kevin Pietersen, who is no longer
a part of Englands scheme of things, were the highlights for England.
The current Indian team led by Virat Kohli, who was a member of the team that was vanquished four years ago and
later in England (3-1) two years ago in a best-of-five contest, would not have forgotten the hard lessons.
This time around, however, England have come into the series after a first-ever shock defeat in a Test match at the
hands of Bangladesh in Dhaka to draw the two-match rubber 1-1.
The tourists have also not played any warm-up game after landing in India a week ago. Add to that, their highest Test
wicket-taker James Anderson is not available for at least the opening skirmish as he is yet to return to complete fitness
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Both Cook and all-rounder Stuart Broad, who is to play his 100th Test, have talked about England being the clear
underdogs going into the rubber, especially against an Indian side being led in aggressive style by Kohli.
Kohli would be extremely keen to improve his not-so-impressive record with the bat against the visitors. The Indians
are understandably wary of the England team.
Coach Anil Kumble wants his team to execute plans exactly like they did when they swamped New Zealand 3-0 to
begin the home season on a rousing note.
On Monday, vice captain Ajinkya Rahane talked about the dangers of becoming complacent even against an England
side, which has a few new faces.
This would also be the first Test series in India where the Decision Review System (DRS), which the BCCI has
consistently opposed, will be used.
The hosts, with little experience of it in Tests barring the one series eight years ago in Sri Lanka, have been busy
planning their strategy on how to approach the system.
India, who have an enviable record of not being beaten in 14 home Tests since their loss to England in Kolkata in
2012, have a good batting line-up even though it has been hit by injuries to KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit
Sharma.
Kohli is once again expected to lead the way in batting along with Rahane and the likes of Murali Vijay, the recalled
Gautam Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara, the teams leading scorer against New Zealand, who will be playing at his
home town in Rajkot.
Because of the injury sustained by Rohit in the one-day series against New Zealand, either Karnataka batsman Karun
Nair or Baroda all-rounder Hardik Pandya appear set to make a Test debut.
More than anything, the focus will be on the track prepared for the game at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA)
Stadium. SCAs secretary Niranjan Shah had told reporters that the pitch will aid spin from day four.
India have the clear edge in spin department with the in-form Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja expected to
give a lot of trouble to the English batting line-up, especially on turners.
Although theres merit in India going in with all three spinners Ravinchandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit
Mishra , with the leg-spinner expected to be kept in the reserves at least for the opening tie.
Ishant Sharma will make a return after missing the New Zealand series due to illness to add meat to the pace
department.
It would be interesting to see whether hes preferred over Umesh Yadav to partner Mohammed Shami.
On paper, India have a good opportunity to avenge their last three series defeats to England.
England will sorely miss their pace spearhead Anderson who is expected to join the squad here having recovered
more or less from his shoulder injury but will not be in the playing eleven.
The visitors, however, have a top class fast bowling attack led by Stuart Broad and will have the tall Steven Finn,
Chris Woakes and all-rounder Ben Stokes to fall back on depending on the combination they choose to field in the
playing eleven.
Moeen Ali, who started as a batsman and can bowl off spin, has now become the sides frontline spinner and will
have left-armer Zafar Ansari and leggie Adil Rashid as his partners in crime although off-spinner Gareth Batty is
another option.
However, more than anything else, it would be a battle of attrition between the two sides and India would be expected
to hold their own better in home conditions.
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Squads:
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice Captain),
Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (Wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma,
Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav
England: Alastair Cook (Captain), Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler,
Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris
Woakes
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South Africa vs Australia: South Africa call up Dwaine Pretorius


for injured Dale Steyn | The Indian Express
By:
AFP Perth Published:Nov 8, 2016, 13:58
By:
AFP
| Perth |
Published:November 8, 2016 1:58 pm

Dale Steyn is set to spend at least six months


on the sidelines after breaking his shoulder. (Source: Reuters)
Uncapped all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been called into the South African Test squad for the series against
Australia as cover for injured strike bowler Dale Steyn.
Steyn is set to spend at least six months on the sidelines after breaking his shoulder while bowling during the Proteas
177-run win in the first Test in Perth, which finished yesterday.
Pretorius, who made his one-day debut earlier this year, will join the squad in Hobart for the second Test starting on
Saturday, Cricket South Africa said on its website.
Morne Morkel is seen as the leading contender to replace Steyn in the starting team for Hobart. The third and final Test
is in Adelaide.
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security: Shiv Sena | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| Mumbai |
Updated: November 8, 2016 6:58 pm

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray son


Aditya Thackeray senior leader Manohar Joshi during the Golden jubilee celebration of the party at Goregaon East.
Express photo by Kevin DSouza
Those politicising the issue of one-day ban order on NDTV India are playing with national security, the Shiv Sena on
Tuesday said even as it welcomed the I&B ministrys decision to put on hold the order against the Hindi channel. We
welcome the decision taken to put on hold the ban order on NDTV India. The only concern is that those politicising
this issue are playing with national security, it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.
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Some decisions are related to national security and thus should not be politicised. If they are, it cannot be supported.
Bad behaviour cannot be excused for freedom, the party said.
While some want the freedom to speak what they want, spit anywhere on the road, others want freedom to earn by
corrupt practices and some want the freedom to shout pro-Pakistan slogans, it said.
Such freedom will destabilise the nation, it said. The Sena said that news channels nowadays do not seem to
understand the level to which they come down to while competing to break news.
Taking a dig at the Congress, the editorial said that its leaders should not talk about freedom as during the Emergency
period it murdered all kinds of freedom. Censorship was imposed in the name of national security and many editors
were put behind bars. Many newspapers had to shut operation, it said.
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Amid a major outcry, the Information and Broadcasting ministry had on Monday decided to put on hold the
November 2 order to impose a one-day ban on NDTV India, after the broadcaster requested that the decision be
reviewed.
According to officials sources, NDTV co-chairman Prannoy Roy on Monday met I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and
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discussed the issue related to the order. The minister said the NDTV leadership presented an appeal to him, to which
he said he will have a look and then decided that the government directive will be on hold till the process is
completed.
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CPI(M) stands for Indian nationalism, not Hindu nationalism:


Sitaram Yechury | The Indian Express
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PTI New Delhi Published:Nov 8, 2016, 12:15
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 12:15 pm

Sitaram Yechury in Kolkata on Saturday.


Subham Dutta
CPI(M) stands for Indian nationalism and not Hindu nationalism, its general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on
Tuesday as he launched a veiled attack on RSS over its alleged efforts to implement Hindutva agenda in an intensified
manner.
The CPI(M) stands not for Hindu nationalism but for Indian nationalism, Yechury tweeted without naming the Sangh.
The comment from the Marxist leader follows his attack on RSS on Monday in Thiruvananthpuram, where he launched
a year-long celebrations marking centenary of Great October Revolution.
During his address, the Rajya Sabha member had accused the Modi government of intensifying efforts to implement
Hindutva agenda allegedly under the control of RSS.
The situation has gone to an extent that the RSS is now issuing certificates of patriotism. They are propagating that
Hindutva equates to Indian nationalism, he had observed.
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November 9, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Desterilisation Plan | The


Indian Express
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Editorial
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:15 am
Bihar Health Minister Bindeshwari Prasad Dubey said that efforts would be made to desterilise persons having no
children.
According to an official release, he said it was just possible that some mistake might have been committed by some
individuals in sterilising persons who had no issue during the family planning programme. These persons, Dubey said,
would be duly compensated.
PMs Defence
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asserted in the Rajya Sabha that the objective of the Constitution (42nd Amendment) Bill
is the rejuvenation of the nation and the Constitution. We are bringing into sharper focus the intentions of the
founding fathers. We are re-establishing the harmony between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary as
originally provided in the Constitution, she said. We are removing the cobwebs created by some recent attempts of
the judiciary to encroach into politics and legislative spheres. We are reasserting the sovereignty of the people and
pointing out that everything else, including the Constitution, is for the people, we are trying to end, once and for all,
some needless controversies which stood in the way of quicker progress, Mrs Gandhi added.
Trams Nationalised
The British-owned tram company in Calcutta, the management of which was taken over by the state government in
1967, has been nationalised. An ordinance was issued by the West Bengal government.
Faulty Aircraft
Chellappa. V, director of Air Safety, said that from the maintenance records of Indian Airlines, some of the major
components and assemblies of the air frame and engines of the Caravelle that crashed in Bombay on October 12 last,
had exceeded their of life. All 89 passengers and six crew members had died in the crash.
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Will he, wont he | The Indian Express


By:
Editorial
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:10 am
To the Congress goes the credit for making itself uninteresting in interesting times. After its Monday meeting, in which
the Congress Working Committee, the partys highest decision-making body, made an appeal, touted as unanimous and
unprecedented, to Rahul Gandhi to take over as party president, the question is not: Will he do so and when? It is: So
who cares? In other words: Is anybody holding their breath for the baton to be handed from Sonia Gandhi to her son?
The Congress, we are told, has now set the stage for bringing the curtains down on the prolonged will-he-wont-he
show starring the reticent, reluctant crown prince. But heres what the party needs to know: While Rahul was trying to
make up his mind, and the Congress was riveted by his angst, the audience was streaming out of the theatre, wearied
by gazing upon an empty stage.
In the last few years, the Congress has looked comprehensively overtaken by other players and events. Its lowest ever
tally in the Lok Sabha polls 2014 is not an accident it speaks of a listless party that has stopped thinking on its feet,
or even putting up a fight. In the upcoming elections in UP, it is reduced to playing fourth lead. In Punjab, also headed
to polls early next year, where it should have been looking forward to an easy victory against a two-term unpopular
government, it is struggling not to be outflanked and outwitted by newbie, AAP. Recent elections, as in Bihar, have
underlined the Congresss crisis of viability in state after state, it has fallen below 20 per cent vote share, a point
from which, past experience shows, it is extremely difficult to recover. In others, like Madhya Pradesh or Gujarat, it
has become the permanent opposition. In its responses to the BJP-led government at the Centre, the Congress has
seemed either heavy-footed or lacking in credibility to offer an alternative. For the most part, it offers a me-too chorus
on nationalism. And due to its own past record in government, and not just during the Emergency, where it presided
over the chipping away of fundamental liberties, it lacks authenticity in its criticism of the NDA governments
cramping of the freedom of expression and the quelling of dissent.
What the Congress needs to do most urgently is to find the language to acknowledge its past mistakes, and the idea that
can help it speak to the future. For that, it needs a shakedown, preferably starting at the top. Rahul Gandhi taking over
as president only means more of the same. It also makes Congress more of a bore. Now, if the Congress were to
conduct a genuinely free election within. That would be eyecatching.
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Clear the haze | The Indian Express


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Published:November 9, 2016 12:08 am
The unhealthy haze over Delhi seems to have cleared, partially. But looks can be deceptive. Though there has been a
marked improvement in air quality in the past two days, the pollution parameters are still about five to six times over
the safe limits.
According to the Central Pollution Control Bureau (CPCB) yardstick, the quality of the citys air is still severe at
most places and very poor at some others. The so-called improvement comes as the Delhi government announced a
slew of emergency measures targeted at improving air quality. But there seems to be a pattern to the Delhi
governments response: Almost every year, as soon as winter sets in, a thick smog engulfs Delhi, residents complain of
breathing difficulties and other health problems; there is media outcry and, at times, courts step in. As soon as there is
a semblance of improvement in air quality, the government lets its guard down.
In 2014, a World Health Organisation study ranked Delhi as the most polluted city in the world. What is even more
disquieting is that 12 other Indian cities were ranked among the 20 worst performers in the world. The improvement in
Delhis air quality over the last two days has been accompanied by a deterioration of the quality of air in Agra,
Lucknow and Kanpur. These cities, like Delhi, are landlocked and have very few avenues of flushing out the polluted
air. Unfortunately, urban planning in India has rarely factored in such limitations of cities. The National Green
Tribunal, with an unintended sense of the absurd, has tried to make up for this failure: In the wake of the recent
emergency, it admonished the Delhi government for not deploying helicopters to create artificial rain to wash away the
haze.
Desperate times do call for desperate measures. But rather than calling for the deployment of flying machines to clean
Delhis air, the countrys green court would have been better advised to ask public health experts, urban planners and
policymakers to put their heads together. The current smog is the most extreme manifestation of Delhis air pollution
and that at many other places in the country. For the most part of the winter every year, and sometimes even during
summers, Delhis air quality hovers around CPCBs very poor and poor criterion. According to the WHOs
Global Burden of Health study, people in Delhi, on an average, lose six years of their lives due to the citys poor air
quality. More than six lakh Indians lose their lives due to air-pollution related diseases. These figures point to longstanding emergency and not a seasonal one as the authorities seem to believe.
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The caste of Rohith Vemula | The Indian Express


Written by
Sowmya Dechamma
|
Updated: November 9, 2016 12:07 am

Rohith Vemula committed suicide on January


17.
As we entered the Gandhi Bhavan in the centre of Hyderabad on August 29 for an in-house meeting organised by Kula
Nirmulana Porata Samiti seeking justice for Rohith Vemula, we encountered an overwhelming feeling. We, from the
University of Hyderabad, were clearly outsiders amongst a sea of people arriving there from all parts of Telangana.
We, who knew Rohith as a student, as a friend, as a fellow ideologue, were mere spectators as people poured in,
mostly men, mostly Dalit, mostly daily wage labourers, forsaking their work and days earnings. If not for matters of
day-to-day survival, we were sure women would have outnumbered men in the meeting. What moved these men and
women who did not know Rohith Vemula? What made them claim a space, claim Rohith, as their own? This claiming
of Rohith as one of them was the most visible as a group sang a song describing Rohith as a star now in the skies
from shadows to the stars. Was it that this sea of people understood Rohith as Dalit, connected to them through
blood, however thin? Did they see in Rohith a figure who represented their unsuccessful aspirations for education,
freedom, equality a better life from the one in the shadows they lived and shared?
If this is one part of the story, the other part is the narrative that the state and its institutions have been reiterating since
Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya, MLC Ramachandra Rao, ABVPs Susheel Kumar and professor Appa Rao were
charged under the SC/ST Atrocities Act immediately after Rohith Vemulas death. What the state and the police have
consistently done is to question Rohiths caste. They not only sought to establish Rohiths caste through establishing his
non-existent relationship with his father, thereby conforming to an extremely casteist-patriarchal mode, but also to
completely delegitimise Radhika Vemulas struggle as a woman, who, after her separation from her husband early in
their marriage, brought up three children amongst her own people the Mala (Dalit) community.
We need to remember that neither Rohiths biological father, nor Radhika Vemulas adoptive family has ever claimed
Rohith as a Vaddera (OBC). Throughout, it is the Dalit community which has asserted that Rohith belonged to them.
The lost video of Rohith which was circulated in social media and carried to the public by electronic and print media
has Rohith himself talking of his caste. What then is the states interest in asserting otherwise?
It has to be noted how the state and its machinery conveniently sidelined government and Supreme Court orders that
a child can belong to and claim the mothers caste. The contradictions here are noteworthy: First, Rohith, being
fatherless for all practical purposes, ends up not belonging to his mother in his death. Secondly, and more importantly,
while for all purposes caste has been a matter of blood and blood alone, in this case, despite assertions from Rohiths
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mother and the whole community, it is the state that has taken up the task of redefining blood relations going against
constitutional and judicial pronouncements. What do we make of this?
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes, in its report based on documentary evidence and the reports of the
district collector of Guntur, states that Rohiths caste is Mala and for all purposes, he is an SC. Meanwhile, the oneman judicial commissions (constituted by the ministry of human resources to look into the facts and circumstances of
Rohiths death) now-leaked reports clearly point to the anxiety of the state. The reports assertion that Rohith was not
a Dalit is not only an overstepping of the terms of reference set by MHRD, but also a blatant violation of the
constitutional norms that authorise the district collector as the only official who can certify a persons caste.
This leads to a troubling observation. Thus far, the state has not negated the discrimination Rohith and Radhika Vemula
underwent. How do we account for this discrimination if not via caste?
What is puzzling to everyone who has been involved is the nature of caste and the way it operates in our times. Do we
see this just as the states attempt to avoid acting on the SC/ST Atrocities Act, which would then imply that action need
not be taken on government functionaries who are held responsible? And that both Rohith and Radhika Vemula have
fabricated their Dalitness?
A brief conversation with Thirumal, a friend and colleague, brought out an interesting argument: The Dalit movements
constant recourse to constitutional and state measures, reflective of an aspiration of a free and equal life in a modern
democracy, has led to this contradiction. The Dalit movement, for a long time now, has relied on the state and its
institutions largely juridical systems to redress caste injustice and also to aspire for a society without caste
discrimination. This reliance on the state indicates an emphasis on moving beyond the confines of framing caste within
the biological, within the confines of the village and its caste-based systems of justice. However, this has resulted in a
typical control of caste-discourse from the states side.
The states need to control is manifest in how it defines Rohith and his mother Radhika Vemulas caste, despite
contrary claims emerging from within the community. Although a counter discourse is emerging in recent Dalit
movements, including the Rohith movement and the Una movement, the states interest in controlling the discourse on
caste is apparent.
The irony of the modern state, on which Dalit movement depends too heavily, is that the state cannot but be inhabited
by caste by its absent-presence and its brahmanical ideologies. We need to remind ourselves that we have a modern
state that, instead of seeking the annihilation of caste, wishes away caste.
The writer is assistant professor, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad
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Faith in equality | The Indian Express


By:
Editorial
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:04 am
The Kerala government has done well to submit before the Supreme Court that it is for allowing women of all age
groups to enter the Sabarimala shrine. It is a reversal of the position adopted by the previous Congress-led government
which, before the assembly election in 2016, submitted an affidavit in favour of prohibition against a section of
women. The current view reverts to a 2007 affidavit, also filed by a CPM-led government, that supported the reformist
position. The court will have the final say on the matter, but it is important that the elected government weighed in on
the side of the view that sees the restriction as a discriminatory practice. Its impact is likely to extend beyond the
Sabarimala case.
The custom in Sabarimala that prohibits women of a certain age group from visiting the shrine claims its sanctity from
the conception of the deity, Lord Ayyappa, as a celibate and notions of ritual pollution. This custom is site specific and
is not followed in other Ayyappa temples. There is limited historical evidence to tell us when the custom came into
being and opinion is divided over whether the custom is central to the worship of the deity. The reformist view is the
practice is just another reflection of the patriarchy that pervades all aspects of social life, including religious
traditions and customs. The traditionalists argue that the custom is an essential part of the worship at the shrine, which
needs to be upheld over the fundamental right to equality.
It is necessary to privilege rights over customs and traditions, even in matters of faith, if a society wants to be counted
as modern and egalitarian. Customs and traditions are often social prejudices cloaked in a religious garb. They need to
be tested against modern notions of civilised conduct and those that fail the test should be abandoned. The Kerala
governments new affidavit in court acknowledges this elementary principle of governance.
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View From The Right: Respecting Rights | The Indian Express


Updated: November 9, 2016 3:29 am
The editorial in Organiser comments on the Bhopal encounter and slams those who doubted the veracity of the states
version. Some even went up to comparing the state of minorities in Pakistan and Bangladesh with that of Muslims in
Bharat, the editorial says. It underlines that the operation was carried out by policemen after one of their colleagues
was killed. It is certainly not a communal or a majority-minority issue, it notes, adding that SIMI is a banned
organisation and that the undertrials killed were activists of the same is beyond doubt. It admits that while the
argument of whether charges levelled against them of heinous crimes were proved in the court of law or not is valid,
jailbreak and killing of a guard prove their criminal tendencies. The dilemma of protecting human rights while
preventing terrorism is a haunting one for all democracies, the editorial argues, emphasising that you have to stand
for the human rights of a person who does not believe in them. In cases like that of Yakub Memon or Ajmal Kasab,
our system has shown the utmost respect for such rights of the terrorists, the editorial says.
Governments failure
An article in Organiser comments on the recent mysterious burning of schools in the Kashmir Valley by terrorists
and supported by Pakistan. It says the Jammu and Kashmir High Court ultimately stepped in to save the younger
generation and to save Kashmir from becoming Afghanistan or Syria. The court said, the article notes, the
mysterious enemies of education should be unmasked and dealt with an iron hand, and sought a comprehensive and
consolidated compliance report from the government within a week. Failure of the authorities to check burning of
schools shows that the government has virtually surrendered its authority to the separatists, it says, adding that the
politics of protecting vote-banks overweighed the need to govern and to nip trouble in the bud.
Though 27 schools have been burnt, the Kashmiri leadership has not learnt the right kind of lessons. The Centre has
asked the Mehbooba Mufti government to make efforts for reopening the schools, which have been closed for more
than 110 days due to unrest in the Valley. Six schools have been torched in Kulgam district that falls in the PDPs
stronghold of South Kashmir. Interestingly, the school dropout Burhan Wanis own district of Pulwama is the only
district in Kashmir where no educational institute has perished in fire during the turbulence, it says.
Advising Tata
An article in Panchjanya urges the Tata Group to resolve its differences. Tata is a huge brand, the article says, and
underlines that the issues within the group are not of any family shop in which the owner can remove or hire
anybody. The family of Cyrus Mistry holds nearly 18.5 per cent shares of Tata Sons. Mistry was part owner of the
company as well as a manager in it. A majority of big companies face similar challenges when the owner is in a
managerial position. There are many companies in which promoters having ownership have distanced themselves
from a managerial role, it says. Therefore, it was surprising that one of the owners, Mistry, was removed. Having
ownership of the company is no guarantee for having some say in its management, the article argues. Noting that the
board of the Tata Sons had praised Mistry in June 2016, it asks: How has the entire scene changed in just four
months? It also asks Mistry why he failed to establish communication with the top management?
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The arhar solution to pollution | The Indian Express


Written by
Arvind Subramanian
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:02 am

(Illustration: C R Sasikumar)
The inferno of environmental pollution that the nations capital and its surroundings have been witnessing has many
causes, including weather conditions (thermal inversion) that facilitate the settling of particulate matter and other
pollution, dust on the streets generated in part from construction activity, and vehicle-related emissions. Particularly
critical is the burning of paddy after the kharif harvest which happens every year.
Multiple causes will require a broad-based response but one of the permanent solutions to the pollution problem must
address paddy burning. This is where pulses come in. In the Subramanian Committee report on pulses that was
submitted last month to the ministers of finance, agriculture and consumer affairs, the possibilities created by a new
variety of arhar (pigeon pea) developed by K.V. Prabhu and his colleagues at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute
(IARI) were discussed.
This variety (Pusa Arhar16) has the potential to be grown in the paddy-growing regions of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar
Pradesh and eventually in all of India. Its yield (about 2000 kg/hectare) will be significantly greater than those of the
existing varieties and because its size will be uniform, it will be amenable to mechanical harvesting, an attractive
feature for farmers in northern India who currently use this technology for paddy.

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Most important, arhar straw, unlike paddy straw, is green and can be ploughed back into the soil. In paddy straw, the
problem is the high silica content, which does not allow for easy decomposition. In the case of arhar, the farmer, even
after combine harvesting, just needs to run a rotovator to cut the left-over straw into pieces, which can be ploughed
back and will decompose very fast. All this is difficult with left-over paddy stalks that cannot be easily salvaged or
ploughed back (it is very firm). Farmers, therefore, choose the easiest option of simply burning it.
But replacing paddy with pulses (in over half million hectares or more eventually) will have other social benefits. Our
calculations suggest that pulses will use less fertiliser, less water, and fewer emissions, and in addition will replenish
the soil with nitrogen unlike paddy which depletes the soil (see table). Together, pulses production would provide
social benefits that we estimated at Rs 13,240 per hectare. On this basis, we had suggested an MSP for pulses over the
medium term of close to Rs 9,000 per quintal so that it could become competitive with paddy. This would also
preserve the incomes of farmers.
But, of course, we had understated the social benefits of growing pulses. In the report, we had highlighted that there
would be additional benefits: Specifically, the reduced environmental pollution because less paddy would be burnt.
But we were unable to quantify these benefits for lack of data. This needs to be rectified immediately to make public
and transparent the consequences of current policies.
The broader policy lessons outlined in the pulses report have acquired new salience in the light of the pollution
problem. These lessons bear emphasis.
First, the future of sustainable agriculture must be based on encouraging agricultural science and research especially
where Indias scientists have done the hard and creative work. Agricultural research institutions must be free from
political interference, must be accorded autonomy, and must reward proven talent.
Second, making the fruits of science commercially viable will require price incentives to be re-evaluated. In the case
of pulses and paddy, a complicating factor that determines the relative incentives is risk. Because of guaranteed MSPs
in paddy, it is less risky to grow than pulses. The Subramanian Committee estimated that pulses production was about
six times riskier than paddy production. To compensate this, the required MSP for pulses would have to be about
Rs1100 per ton greater than otherwise.
Third, pricing in India must increasingly take account of externalities, positive and negative. In the case of agriculture,
that means adapting the current methodology of setting MSPs used by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and
Prices (CACP) that focuses exclusively on private costs and benefits. This tends to encourage socially wasteful
production and specialisation such as excessive paddy production in north India with all the attendant consequences to
which we are grim witnesses. As argued by Professor Ramesh Chand of Niti Aayog and recommended by the
Subramanian Committee report, MSP setting must incorporate social costs and benefits.
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The burning of rice stalks affords an opportunity to implement a major shift in policy that can reduce pollution while
also promoting indigenous research and science, incentivising pulses production, and rationalising pricing more
broadly. Converting crises into opportunities is the hallmark of good public policy.
The writer is chief economic advisor, GOI. The article is co-authored by Shoumitro Chatterjee, Sanjay Das, Gaurav
Jha, Nikhila Menon and Rohit Parmar.
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A duty of tolerance | The Indian Express


Written by
Soli J. Sorabjee
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:02 am

An unmistakable feature of any nation which


professes to be democratic is the prevalence of tolerance therein. Tolerance is not merely a goody-goody virtue. It is
vital because it promotes the receiving or acknowledging of new ideas and this helps to break the status quo mentality.
Tolerance is particularly needed in large and complex societies comprising people with varied beliefs, as in India.
This is because readiness to tolerate views other than ones own facilitates harmonious coexistence.
A liberal democracy accepts the fact that in a free country, one can have different opinions and should have equal
rights in voicing them. This is pluralism, and tolerance is its ultimate rationale.
Tolerance accords high respect for human rights, especially freedom of conscience and freedom of thought.
Disagreement with the belief and ideology of others is no reason for their suppression, because there can be more than
one path for the attainment of truth and salvation. Even if there is only one truth, it may have a hundred facets.
Intolerance stems from an invincible assumption of the infallibility and truth of ones beliefs, the dogmatic conviction
about the rightness of ones tenets and their superiority over others, and with the passage of time, this leads to forcible
imposition of ones ideology on others, often resulting in violence. At present, the virus of intolerance has acquired
global dimensions. Religious and political persecution has become rampant and curiously that too sometimes in the
name of God Almighty or some Divine Power.
An intolerant society does not brook dissent. Suppression of dissent by censorship is an indispensable instrument for
an intolerant authoritarian regime. Censorship, indeed, is its natural ally.
The necessity for tolerance has been internationally recognised. It is noteworthy that the Preamble to the Charter of the
United Nations proclaims that to achieve the goals of the Charter we need to practice tolerance and live together in
peace with one another as good neighbours. Another significant UN instrument is the Declaration of November 25,
1981 on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief which
emphasises that it is essential to promote tolerance and requires states to adopt all necessary measures for the speedy
elimination of intolerance in all its forms and manifestations. It is evident that there is an essential linkage between
tolerance, human rights, democracy and peace.
Intolerance does not always emanate from official or state action but also from certain groups or sections in society. A
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not too recent instance was the determined effort to ban the exhibition of the film Ore Oru Gramathiley by a group of
persons who regarded its theme and presentation as hostile to the policy of reservation of jobs in public employment
and seats in educational institutions in favour of Scheduled Castes and backward classes. There were threats of
attacking cinema houses where the film would be shown.
The Madras High Court in an incredible judgment revoked the certificate granted by the Board of Censors to the film
and restrained its exhibition. The Supreme Court promptly reversed the judgment in a landmark decision, S.
Rangarajan vs P. Jagjivan Ram, where Justice K. Jagannatha Shetty, speaking for the court, laid down an extremely
important principle: Freedom of expression protects not merely ideas that are accepted but those that offend, shock or
disturb the state or any sector of the
population. Such are the demands of the pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no
democratic society.
Intolerance has a chilling, inhibiting effect on freedom of thought and discussion. Remember how Galileo suffered for
his theory that the sun was the centre of the solar system and not the earth. Darwin was a victim of intolerance and was
lampooned and considered an enemy of religion for his seminal work, The Origin of Species. Nearer home we have
the example of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, whose efforts for reform, especially for the abolition of Sati, evoked fierce
opposition because of intolerance. We must not revert to those dark days because when that happens democracy is
under siege.
We must combat intolerance and its manifestations resulting in human rights violations by appropriate legal remedies.
However, the crucial point is that tolerance cannot be legislated. No law can compel a person to be tolerant.
Therefore, we must develop the capacity for tolerance by fostering an environment of tolerance, a culture of tolerance.
Stereotypes and prejudices about certain classes and communities must be eschewed. Educational institutions have a
vital role to play in this connection. The immense value of tolerance must be ingrained in the hearts and minds of the
students.
Our Supreme Courts judgment in Bijoe Emmanuel vs. State of Kerala is significant. Students belonging to the faith,
Jehovahs Witnesses, stood up when the national anthem was sung to show their respect but declined to sing along. The
students were expelled by the school authorities. Their expulsion was upheld by the high court.
The Supreme Court reversed the high court judgment. Justice Chinnappa Reddy, who headed the bench, in the course
of the judgment, observed that the students did not hold their beliefs idly or out of any unpatriotic sentiment but
because they truly and conscientiously believed that their religion forbade singing the national anthem of any country.
After a careful consideration of the issues, the Supreme Court concluded: Our tradition teaches tolerance; our
philosophy preaches tolerance; our Constitution practices tolerance. Let none dilute it.
This is a classic judicial affirmation of tolerance. Let us resolve to promote tolerance in our multi-religious, multicultural nation and thereby strengthen and enrich our pluralist democracy which is the pride of our nation.
Certain fundamental duties have been prescribed by Article 51 A of the Constitution. To my mind, the practice of
tolerance is the most fundamental duty of every citizen to curb the growing menace of intolerance.
The writer is former attorney general for India
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Brexit Under Scrutiny | The Indian Express


Written by
Chintan Chandrachud
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:00 am

UK Prime Minister Theresa May. (PTI Photo)


On November 3, as Delhi experienced dangerous air pollution due to crop burning in neighbouring states, a judgement
delivered by the High Court of Justice in London sparked a fire of its own along the corridors of Whitehall. The court
decided that Theresa Mays Conservative government lacked the power to trigger the process for the withdrawal of
the United Kingdom from the European Union (otherwise known as Brexit).
On June 23, close to 52 per cent voters cast their vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU. The procedure for leaving
the EU is addressed by Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This provides a two-year withdrawal process from the EU
once a state notifies its intention to do so. This two-year window offers an opportunity for exit negotiations between
the leaving state and the EU. In the event that no agreement is reached within this window, the exiting state walks out
empty-handed.
After the referendum, it became clear the British government was planning to trigger the withdrawal process under
Article 50 without the intervention of Parliament. This led to multiple challenges in the high court arguing that the
government could not, as a matter of domestic constitutional law, unilaterally pull the trigger under Article 50. The
high court agreed, deciding that the government could not effectively abrogate the rights available to British citizens
under EU law without securing the passage of legislation in Parliament.
This decision bears significant consequences, arguing in favour of transparency in political decision-making. The key
distinction between deliberations within government and Parliament is that while the former are plagued by secrecy,
the latter are characterised by openness. Public scrutiny of constitutional decisions, and how theyre implemented,
forms the bedrock of good governance.
The high courts judgement has been branded by the tabloid press as a subversion of the will of the people, with the
judges who delivered it described as enemies of the state. Leaving the rhetoric aside, this narrative is a gross
oversimplification. The court neither challenged, nor questioned the referendum result. In fact, it was at pains to
mention its judgement had no impact on the referendum as a political event.
The referendum posed the question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the
European Union? Voters had simply to vote for remain or leave. That a majority of voters chose to vote leave
does not give the government carte blanche to determine when and how the UK should undertake the process of exiting
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the EU the government would still be required to achieve that end through constitutionally appropriate means.
Criticism of the courts judgement is also ironic. Prominent members of the leave campaign often argued in favour of
exiting the EU on the basis that it would restore the sovereignty of Westminsters parliament. Nigel Farage of the UK
Independence Party argued in favour of exiting on the basis that it would re-establish the UK as a proud, patriotic
country that makes its own laws in the sovereign parliament. The lynchpin of the high courts judgment is that it is
parliament, rather than the government, which is the appropriate forum for triggering the withdrawal process under
Article 50. It would seem incongruous to suggest that a decision being made to restore the sovereignty of parliament
should not be made by parliament itself.
Finally, the case reinforces that courts and legislatures can be joint collaborators in protecting constitutional rights. At
stake was a large catalogue of rights protected by EU law. The courts judgment reaffirmed that the government could
not, through a single pull of the trigger, expunge these rights without parliamentary scrutiny.
The writer is an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, London
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Are banks equipped to replace 2,300 crore pieces of Rs 500 and Rs


1,000 notes? | The Indian Express
Written by
Harish Damodaran
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Updated: November 9, 2016 7:41 am

When told that the Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes with


you will be worthless overnight unless exchanged with smaller denominations, it would straightaway translate into
large queues before banks and post offices. (Source: Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modis announcement to disallow use of existing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from this
midnight caught everyone by surprise. Heres some quick numbers on the implications of this move.
According to Reserve Bank of India data, the total outstanding currency in circulation in the Indian economy as on
October 28 stood at Rs 17.77 lakh crore. We dont know how much of this comprises Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
But an indicator of what it could be can be seen from the RBIs latest Annual Report. This data shows that out of the
total Rs 16.42 lakh crore value of bank notes in circulation as on March 31, 2016, as much as Rs 14.18 lakh crore, i.e.
over 86 per cent, consisted of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. In terms of volumes, out of the total 9026.6 crore banknote
pieces, 2,203 crore or 24 per cent-plus were of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination.
PM Modi scarps Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes: Here are the highlights from his address
Simply put, the de-monetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, which is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
announced will happen from Tuesday night, would mean more than Rs 15 lakh crore worth of high-value legal tender
being withdrawn from circulation. It is likely that the bulk of this would simply be deposited by people in banks rather
than be exchanged for lower denomination notes: Outright replacement of 2,300 crore banknote pieces will be an
obvious logistical nightmare.
The people who would be really hit are the ones who have stored their ill-gotten wealth in the now useless Rs 500 and
Rs 1,000 denomination notes. It will be virtually impossible for them to exchange all this money or even deposit these
in banks, as taking wads of Rs 1,000 notes day after day is going to at some point invite questions from the taxman.
Effectively, it means rendering much of this black money in the form of stashed cash worthless, as there are limits to
either exchanging or depositing notes whose value may run to crores of rupee.
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deposited or exchanged with smaller denominations, it would either way translate into large queues before banks and
post offices. The temporary disruption to trade we are not talking here of just real estate transactions having
significant black component, but even ordinary purchases of vegetables and other essentials in markets generally
dealing with cash may not be small.
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US Presidential Elections 2016: Evolution of voting rights in


oldest democracy | The Indian Express
Written by
Kanishka Singh
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Published:November 8, 2016 8:15 pm

US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton


and Donald Trump. (Source: Reuters)
Voting for the US Presidential Elections 2016 has started and the first polls will close early on Wednesday (5:30 am
IST). The US is the oldest democracy in the world. But voting rights are still not guaranteed to every American. There
are at least 247 million eligible voters for this presidential elections. However, the evolution of voting rights in the US
is also a fascinating study. Heres a walk through history on voting rights in the US.
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1776
The US declaration of independence was signed in 1776. During that colonial and revolutionary era, voting rights
were restricted for property owners who were white, male, protestants and over 21 years of age. The state of New
Jersey in its constitution the same year guaranteed franchise to all adult inhabitants of the state given they qualify for
the minimum holding of property condition (Property during the time included real estate, slaves, land, cattle etc).
1787
The American constitution was adopted in this year but the Constitutional Congress was unable to come to a consensus
on the issue of a federal voting standard. Hence, the power to regulate voting rights was left for states and that meant
that those rights mostly remained with white male property owners.
1790
Three years later the US passed a law governing the process of naturalisation. It held that only free white men could be
naturalised as citizens of the United States and only they alone will be eligible for voting rights among immigrants.
1792
Two years later, New Hampshire became the first state in America to remove the mandatory requirement for property
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ownership to be eligible for voting rights. This extended the right to vote for most of the free white males in the state.
1807
Under the rule of President Thomas Jefferson, the US this year saw the renewal of a law in New Jersey denying
women their right to vote. From that year on, till 1920, women in America did not have the right to vote in any state.
1828
Legislation is passed enfranchising Jews. The legislation removed any religion parameters for granting voting rights.
Therefore, the state couldnt deny voting rights to white men anymore.
1848
This was an eventful year for the universal franchise movement. When the Marxist movement was picking up in
Europe, America was also witnessing a social upsurge. Anti-slavery activists united with womens rights activists in
1848. A convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York state on womens rights. A former slave and newspaper
editor named Frederick Douglass was present at the convention and delivered a speech that backed universal
franchise. After the speech, the convention adopted a resolution which supported the right to vote for women.
The same year, the American-Mexican war was brought to an end after signing the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. The
treaty guaranteed American citizenship to all Mexicans who were living in US-conquered Mexican territories.
However, voting rights were denied on the grounds of requirement to know the English language and factors like
violent intimidation.
1856
All states gave all white men the right to vote. North Carolina became the last state to remove property ownership
requirements in 1856 for voting.
1868
The 14th amendment to the US constitution was passed which cleared the definition of citizenship. It mandated that no
state can deny any rights of citizenship. The power to regulate voting rights was, meanwhile, still in the hands of the
states. The amendment made former slaves eligible for citizenship in the country. Women still didnt have the right to
vote.
1870
Although the year witnessed passage of the landmark 15th amendment in America that stated either federal or state
governments cant deny voting rights to men on the basis of race. This made the African American population eligible
to vote. However, a rider was involved. Voting taxes were imposed on African Americans, literacy tests were done as
mandatory requirements, violent intimidation was used and other measures taken to indirectly take away their right to
vote as even though the free black male community was eligible to vote, they were not educated or financially well off
to fulfil all the requirements.
1872
Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for US presidency. She ran for the top seat in 1871. Although the legality
of her nomination came into question due to the minimum age of 35 years for running for presidency (Woodhull was 34
during the time), its documented that age parameters were not followed religiously during the time. During the time,
interestingly, women could run for presidency, but they did not have the right to vote.
Also, Grand Rapids, Michigan, the place where Republican runner Donald Trump held his final election rally is an
iconic town due to the resistance of women and their attempts to cast their ballot in the Presidential elections. A
woman named Sojourner Truth reached a polling booth on presidential polling day and demanded a ballot to vote. She
was turned away but her attempt created a big buzz. On the same day, Susan Anthony, a resident of Rochester, New
York, attempted to vote at a polling booth. She was arrested and brought to trial.
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1876
This year a loophole was exposed in the 14th amendment. Native Americans were denied their right to vote as they
were natives and didnt qualify as citizens according to the definitions laid down in the 14th amendment.
1882
Chinese Exclusion Act is passed. The acts prohibits naturalisation of any individual of Chinese descent as American
citizens.
1887
The Dawes Act was passed in this year that gave citizenship rights to native Americans if they were willing to give up
their affiliations to their tribes.
1890
Newly admitted Wyoming is the first American state to legislate womens voting rights in its constitution. Also, the
native American naturalisation was made similar to the immigrant naturalisation processafter their formal application
is approved by the authorities.
1912
Womens rights movements attained massive pitches compared to the past and women marched on streets in New York
and Washington DC to demand their right to vote.
1919
Native Americans who served in the US army in the first world war are given citizenship by the US govt.
1920
During the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, this momentous year in the history of US democracy saw the passage of
the 19th amendment which guaranteed the right to vote for women in state as well as federal elections.
1922
The US Supreme Court held that the people of Japanese descent were not eligible for citizenship. The following year
it also held that Asian Indians were ineligible for citizenship.
1924-26
The Indian Citizenship Act is passed in 1924 that gives citizenship to Native Americans but many states pass policies
and legislations that obstruct them from them their right to vote. In terms of women, till this time only white women
were allowed to vote. In 1926, a group of African-American women in Birmingham, Alabama were beaten up brutally
by election officials for trying to register as voters.
1947
A Native American name Miguel Trujillo, who was also a retired Marine soldier, took the state of New Mexico to
court for not letting him exercise his voting right. After he won the case, New Mexico and Arizona, two states that
were holding out the rights to Natives, had to grant it to all Native Americans.
1952
The McCarran Walter Act was passed during this year that made all Asians eligible for citizenship and after
naturalisation, voting rights.

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1961
Curiously, the citizens of Washington D.C. dont have a Congressional representative. Also, it was only in 1961 that
the 23rd Amendment gave the Washington D.C. citizens the right to vote. Historically, population of AfricanAmericans has hovered around the 50 per cent mark in the US Capital.
1963
The civil rights movement picked up steam. Thousands of civil rights activists of the Freedom Summer movement
converged on the South to demand voting rights for African Americans to be guaranteed as civil rights. Till now,
African Americans were denied their right due to violent intimidation and restrictions like literacy tests and taxes on
voting.
1964
The 24th amendment is passed which mandated that the voting rights will not be denied if a citizen fails to pay taxes.
Voting taxes were repealed throughout the country.
1965
After as many as 189 years of independence, America passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The law took away all
discriminatory powers away from states meant to deny voting rights to individuals. It also laid down provisions to
strictly implement it across the US.
1966
Even after the passage of the law, social change was not immediately seen. Civil rights struggle continued. Activist
James Meredith was shot in between the Walk Against Feara march between Tennessee and Mississippi for
encouraging voter registration. Over 4,000 black Americans came out the next day to register as voters. Other
prominent leaders of the civil rights movements like Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael carried on with
the march as Meredith recuperated after his injury. The latter joined the formers during the culmination of the march in
Mississippi.
1971
After wide protests following the Vietnam war, the minimum voting age was reduced to 18 years. The argument given
was that if 18-year-olds were old enough to fight a war then they were old enough to vote in elections as well.
1975
Another change was brought to the Voting Rights Act. The new change read that voting material during the election
must be made in certain language apart from English so that voters who are not familiar with the English language are
also able to understand the material and cast their vote properly.
1993
The National Voter Registration Act is passed which makes voter registration facilities available at offices of the
Department of Motor Vehicles, and public assistance and disabilities agencies. The move initiated during the Bill
Clinton presidency was aimed at making the voter registration process easier and increasing the registered voter pool.
TIll this year, the people eligible to vote in the US included White men and women, Native Americans, AfricanAmericans, Asians, Citizens over 18 years of age. Citizens of American colonies were still not eligible to vote.
2000
Barely a month before the presidential election, a federal court held that the 4.1 million people living in American
colonies like Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam are citizens but are not eligible to vote. They
do not have the right to vote in presidential elections and do not have Congressional representation as well.
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2001
A massive debate started over the issue of allowing convicted felons to regain their voting rights after they complete
their prison sentence. The recommendation was made by the National Commission on Federal Election Reform. Till
this time, around 4 million American citizens could not exercise their voting right because they had a history of felony
convictions. Even now, in many states, especially the southern states, convicted felons are not allowed to vote during
their sentence or when they are out on parole. In the American social demographic, one can see that most of the
convicted felons are of colour and financially weak.
Continuing with post-civil war practices to stop black Americans from voting, the people with criminal records are
prohibited from voting in any election in these states. A total 5.85 million Americans with past criminal records are
not eligible to vote in this Tuesdays polling as well due to life ban on voting for these people in states like Kentucky,
Virginia and Iowa, Florida where disenfranchisement laws are imposed for offences that may not even draw custodial
sentences.
2002
Help America Vote Act is passed in response to the controversial 2000 election which came under allegations of
calculated exclusion of voters through life bans on voters with criminal records. The act started massive voter reforms
which included electronic voting, provisional ballots, computerised voting lists that would be centralised, access for
the disabled and mandating that first time voters must present a voter id before voting.
2009
Military and Overseas Empowerment Act is passed. It eases troops and American expats to cast their vote through
absentee ballots and allowing requests to be made via mail or email.
2013
The most recent reform took place three years ago. The American Supreme Court struck down a part of the Voter
Registration Act to ensure fair political representation of minorities. The court said that lawmakers will need to take
prior federal permission for changing any voting regulations in states that have a history of discrimination against
minority voters.
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Why crown prince Rahul is now ready for his coronation | The
Indian Express
Written by
Manoj C G
| Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 6:51 pm

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at


Congress Working Committee meeting at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI Photo)
Reluctant crown prince, he is not yet ready to shoulder responsibility these are descriptions often tossed around
to describe Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhis heir apparent who has the unenviable task of bringing the grand old party
out of the current morass.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) which now meets rarely managed to change this dominant narrative
about the Nehru-Gandhi scion yesterday, although if sources are to be believed, the majority of the CWC were not in
the know despite receiving calls from the AICC asking them to be present in the important meeting.
The CWC converted his elevation into a mere formality months ahead of key assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. The
timing is important: a drubbing in the heartland state could have once again raised questions on Rahul Gandhis
leadership abilities, not just because he was leading the campaign from the front but since many top leaders already
feel upset and sidelined in the Prashant Kishor-controlled campaign.
A K Antony, the soft-spoken family loyalist who has the blessings of Sonia Gandhi, ensured that there was no
stumbling block to his elevation. Old timers in the party say Sonias absence from the meeting and Antonys mention of
Rahuls elevation which was not on the agenda of the meeting at the very start of the meeting were clear signals
that the decision had been taken and all those present just had to play their roles according to the script.
Sources said the attempt is first to alter the perception about Rahul his street fights last week were not without
reason and then to ensure his elevation is presented as a fait accompli before the state elections. It is not that there is
any other contender for the top post but Congressmen, especially of the veteran variety, prefer the cozy comfort of the
status quo. Rahul is keenly aware of this.
In fact, sources said he mentioned in his concluding address to the CWC that he is aware that there are two views on
the timing of the elevation (now or later) in the party and he was comfortable with both. He also sought to allay the
fears of sections of what has come to be called `the old guard saying he had come to realise the value of experience in
the last 12 years.
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While Rahul is ready to wait, many in the party are not.


Sources said four general secretaries Gurudas Kamat, Ambika Soni, CP Joshi and Mohan Prakash wanted the
CWC to finalise his elevation and pass a resolution. Veteran Karan Singh and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
felt the transition should be carried out in a graceful and methodical manner and not in a hurry.
The CWC members will now go to Sonia Gandhi and urge her to appoint her son as the Congress president and she
will heed the strong sentiment of the CWC to hand over the mantle to her son. Sonia will be seen to defer to the
wishes of the CWC and crores of Congressmen, a senior leader said, not without a tinge of sarcasm.
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Would a Grand Alliance in UP help the SP and Congress? | The


Indian Express
Written by
Maulshree Seth
| Lucknow |
Published:November 8, 2016 5:18 pm

Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh with


Congress leader Digvijay Singh at the inauguration of Kalki Mahotsav 2016 in Sambhal on Monday. (PTI Photo)
Despite several rounds of meetings followed by constant denials about talks on a grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh, there
is a tacit acceptance that in the current political scenario, such an alliance would work in everyones favour be it
the ruling Samajwadi Party, the Congress, RLD, RJD or the JDU in their attempts to defeat the BJP and restrict
the automatic flow of minority votes to the BSP.
At present, those working at the ground say that more than the overall anti-incumbency factor against the government, it
is the perception among OBCs that the SP was good for only Yadavs which is hurting the ruling party the most. More
than the Yadav family feud, this perception has united non-Yadavs even in its strongholds like Mainpuri, Firozabad,
Kannauj, Etawah, as well as eastern Uttar Pradesh. And the SP is well aware of the fact.
There is a general feeling among OBCs that after gaining power, Yadavs benefited in terms of appointments, contracts,
prime postings in the police, etc. Muslims are not confident of supporting the Samajwadi Party either: a large section
among them feels that the big promises made to them have yielded few actual benefits. Also, the perception that the SP
failed to protect them during the Muzaffarnagar riots or in cases like that of the killing of Mohd Akhlaq last year, has
harmed the SP with the minorities.
While non-Yadav OBCs are now looking to the BJP, the minorities are looking to the Bahujan Samaj Party which is
leaving no stone unturned to woo them. Thus, it is not surprising that the BJP is focusing on Apna Dal leader Anupriya
Patel in eastern Uttar Pradesh and asking her to lead one of its Parivartan yatras.
This situation has affected the Congress too despite the month-long campaign of Congress Vice-President Rahul
Gandhi who promised loan waivers to farmers among other things. After several surveys, the Congress is now
seriously considering the need for an alliance and had even discussed it with its party MLAs in UP. It is with this in
mind that the Congress chose to talk of Most backward caste reservation within 27 per cent reservation for OBCs.
With a grand alliance, the Samajwadi Party hopes to dilute the antipathy of the non-Yadav communities towards it by
getting Nitish Kumar (JDU) to campaign with it, especially in those regions where Anupriya Patel has been asked to
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focus. At the same time, the party hopes the alliance will boost Muslim confidence in its ability to defeat the saffron
party and push the BSP into the background.
The alliance would also help the Congress which is already trying to make inroads into Dalit, MBCs and Upper Caste
vote banks, especially among Brahmins and Thakurs who feel they have been neglected by the BJP.
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Chhattisgarh and the Maoist issue: How the publics silence allows
the state to act against activists | The Indian Express
Written by
Ashutosh Bhardwaj
|
Published:November 8, 2016 2:35 pm

While the immediate blame rests with the BJP


government, the people of Chhattisgarh have their fair share of complicity. (Source: Google Maps)
The recent targeting of activists in Chhattisgarh might be news to many but it is a recurring phenomenon in the state.
Unable to face questions on its indifference towards tribals, the Establishment has always dubbed activists, who
painstakingly highlight the plight of tribals in Bastar, as Maoist-supporters.
For instance, several years ago, the Raipur-based journalist Prafulla Jha was jailed and termed a hardcore Naxal
when there was not a shred of evidence available against him.

While the immediate blame rests with the BJP government, the people of Chhattisgarh have their fair share of
complicity. The state has been facing the Maoist problem ever since its inception in 2000 yet no genuine civil society
movement has emerged there. Its easier for the police to burn the effigies of outsider activists when in-house
activists or media voices are absent. Quite often, in fact, people welcome the police action against such people. Jha
recalled, after spending seven years in jail, that his friends spread across the media fraternity, swiftly deserted him
after his arrest.
The Andhra Pradesh experience tells us that a vibrant civil society creates a buffer zone between the insurgents and the
Establishment, raising tough questions, forcing both sides to introspect and come to the negotiating table. However in
Chhattisgarh, barely any prominent lawyer or writer has emerged to challenge the police narrative.
There are many prominent names in the field of art and music: Raipur-based Sahitya Akademi winner Vinod Kumar
Shukla, a major name in modern Hindi literature, is a native of the state. There are others like Teejan Bai but their
voices are never heard on the Maoist insurgency. This local silence has obviously enabled the Establishment, allowing
it to act against activists despite the CBIs criticism of the states forces in its recent report in the Supreme Court.
Chief Minister Raman Singh celebrated the sixteenth year of the states formation this month, with Prime Minister
Narendra Modi as the chief guest. The recent flare up should remind the state and its citizens of the promises they had
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made to themselves when the separated from Madhya Pradesh. The separation had become imperative because Raipur,
having been continuously neglected by Bhopal, wanted to chart its own destiny. The recent incidents in Bastar have
raised questions over those promises.
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In Barack Obamas last campaign speech, a bit of self praise and


knuckle raps for Donald Trump | The Indian Express
Written by
Radhika Iyengar
|
Updated: November 8, 2016 5:10 pm

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a


campaign event for U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
On the eve of the Election Day in the United States, President Barack Obama gave his last speech in favour of Hillary
Clintons campaign in Philadelphia. However, before he began listing reasons as to why Philadelphia should vote for
Clinton, he didnt shy away from patting his own back. Obama began his speech by providing a snapshot of how
America had transformed over the last eight years under his presidency. He underlined that the country had managed to
recover from the debilitating economic crisis and that since 2008, America was globally known to have become
resilient and strong. Almost every country on earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did
eight years ago, he said.
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More importantly, he made strong, factual comparisons between Americas growth when it was respectively under
Republican and Democratic governments. According to him, in comparison to the Republican governments, it were the
Democratic presidents who had managed to alter the map of America and steer it towards progress. He implicitly
conveyed that the country stood a greater chance of having an optimistic future under the governance of the Democrats.
I did some math. A little arithmetic, he said confidently. Under the last two Republican Presidents, job growth was
basically flat, deficits went up. Over our two Democratic presidencies, jobs went up by more than 30 million, deficits
went down, millions more Americans gained health insurance. So yes, with Democrats in-charge, America is stronger.
Those are just the facts.
No sooner his speech tipped towards making a dig at Trump, holding the Republican candidate responsible for
reducing the election race to a reality show or even a parody. Obama went all out labeling Trump temperamentally
unfit to hold office and make intelligent decisions regarding global concerns. Obama cemented that by mentioning the
level of trust Trumps aides had in him.Over the weekend [Trumps] campaign took away his twitter account because
he is erratic. If his closest advisers dont trust him to tweet, why would any of us trust him with the nuclear codes?
In the speech, Obama made strong, final endorsement of Clinton, calling her the next President of the United States.
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He said that she was well-prepared and unequivocally qualified to build on the progress America had made in the
last eight years. He urged everyone to vote for her saying, You dont have to just vote against someone, you have
someone outstanding to vote for in Hillary Clinton. The President rounded off his speech on an optimistic note saying,
Tomorrow America will reject politics of resentment and blame, you will reject fear and choose hope.
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Written by
Alaka Sahani
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:19 am

Akshay Manwani
What drew you to the cinema of Nasir Husain?
As a child, I watched Husains Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) and Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) several times over.
Then there was Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) for which he wrote the dialogues. I was enamoured by this filmmaker
who had achieved so much, yet precious little had been written about his legacy. I wanted to correct that. I consciously
stayed away from writing Husains biography. I wanted to celebrate Husain as a filmmaker, as a master technician. I
wanted to contextualise his place among the many great filmmakers of Hindi cinema by examining the dominant themes
and tropes in his cinema. Any other approach would have diluted Husains significance as an auteur.
What makes him a modern filmmaker?
The Husain film universe has a very modern, cosmopolitan feel. There was a celebration of a certain Anglophone-club
culture in his films. Mobility, holidaying, setting out on a journey, all gave his films such as Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai
(1961) and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1961) a picnic-like feel. Unlike many filmmakers of his time, he didnt have a
problem with Western cultural influences. The youth in his films went to clubs, hotels and had a good time. The
characters took part in youth festivals, beauty contests and dance competitions. His hero was flamboyant, urbane,
sophisticated and unshackled from the weight of the world, which was a definite breakaway from the earlier Hindi
film hero. For instance, Shammi Kapoor in Tumsa Nehin Dekha (1957) and Rishi Kapoor in Hum Kisise Kum Naheen
(1977).
How do you think Husain managed to successfully rehash the same formula time and again?
Husain was a master at updating himself according to new trends. The formula involved a musician protagonist, the
lead pair setting out on a journey as well as the popular lost and found element all these playing out mostly in a hill
station setting. So if the musical hero that he first presented in the Shammi Kapoor-starrer Dil Deke Dekho (1959) is
very much modelled on Elvis Presley, then his musical heroes in later films like Yaadon Ki Baaraat and Hum Kisise
Kum Naheen are influenced by the Woodstock generation, the coming of disco and films like Saturday Night Fever.

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The music in his films was consistently good. Much of Husains musical sensibilities were instinctive. Both Mansoor
Khan (his son) and Aamir Khan (his nephew) repeatedly told me that he had a knack for picking the right tune. Even in
his choice of music composers whether it was OP Nayyar for Tumsa Nehin Dekha and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, or
RD Burman in later years for Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Caravan (1971), Baharon Ke Sapne (1967), Zamane Ko Dikhana
Hai (1981) he struck collaborations with the best and then managed to get the best out of these composers.
Many of Husains films have moments where a Western song is being played. It showed his love for Western music.
He adapted that love to Hindi cinema by introducing a Western-styled musician character in Dil Deke Dekho. Before
that film, musician characters in Hindi cinema were Urdu poets, ghazal singers, historical figures such as Tansen and
Baiju Bawra and therefore rooted in a certain Indian tradition.
What are the perceptible influences of Husains brand of cinema on other filmmakers?
With Husain, you had a filmmaker in whose narrative, courtship between the hero and the heroine played a very strong
part. There was a celebration of songs and the songs themselves were woven very tightly into the narrative. A lot of
mainstream commercial filmmakers today like Karan Johar, Ayan Mukerji or Imtiaz Ali use a lot of these aspects of
Husains filmmaking. Even Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) where Raj and Simran fall in love while travelling
through Europe, is a repetition of what happened in Nasir Husains films.
Which five films of his would you recommend?
Dil Deke Dekho, his second directorial venture, which sets the framework for what Husain does in his later films.
Teesri Manzil, which was written by him and directed by Vijay Anand, which merges the sensibilities of two very
good filmmakers. Baharon Ke Sapne, a film with which Husain broke the mould and made explicit his politics.
Yaadon Ki Baaraat, which is his best film just for the manner in which he integrates the Salim-Javed world with his
own. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, which was directed by his son Mansoor Khan, but for which Husain wrote such crisp,
funny and youthful dialogues at the age of 66.
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Sign of Three | The Indian Express


Written by
Pallavi Chattopadhyay
|
Published:November 9, 2016 12:10 am

Boat People by PS Jalaja


As Kochi-based artist PS Jalaja paints an overloaded boat spilling with refugees who belong to different nationalities
of the world, she highlights a pressing issue being faced by todays human race through her painting Boat People. For
Jalaja, the inspiration for her artwork lay in Vietnams boat people, a term coined for a mass exodus of refugees,
who fled Vietnam by boats and ships at the end of the Vietnam war, starting from 1978 till the early 90s, at the cost of
being drowned, captured, raped or even killed by pirates. Her series also includes images of boats filled with children
stuck in the middle of the sea, which are currently on display at Exhibit 320 gallery.
Reflecting on her latest series, Jalaja says, The same struggle for survival of ordinary people from Syria and
countries like Iraq exists currently. Im being affected by all these powerful images of human suffering. My series is a
contemplation on human displacement due to ethnic cleansing and border conflicts. New wars stem from everywhere
and people have been compelled to leave their homeland, seeking refuge in unwelcome places of unknown lands. Not
being able to land anywhere, sometimes they have to be in the boats, wandering endlessly with women and children.
Many do not survive and the saga continues as the history repeats. Her works are part of the exhibition Dissonant
Images, where artists Koralegedara Pushpakumara and Parvathi Nayar are presenting their individual solos along
with Jalaja, as they ruminate on the philosophy of our place in the world by drawing connections and relationships
through scientific, environmental, political and cultural truths and myths.
Chennai-based artist Nayar has delved into the idea of passage of time and has tried explaining it by using water as a
metaphor. Time is an abstract idea that cannot be seen and I have expressed it using water, which can be seen. I
thought it would be fun to play with water as it is constantly moving just like time, she says. She has zoomed in on the
flow of a slow tide of a vast ocean and the innumerable splitting droplets adorning a glass window, possibly
following the aftermath of a rainy day. In her triptych Nocturne: Three Movements of a Crossing, comprising handdrawn graphite drawings on linen panels, she has drawn images of water bodies on earth alongside an image sourced
from space explorations on Mars, where a water body was once found but no longer exists. The work has been
inspired by the navigational instrument called nocturnal, which was used by sailors in older days to determine time
based on the precision of stars. Seamen would look at the night sky and predict what time it was, she says.
Colombo-based Pushpakumara has developed a unique iconography through an extensive use of barbed wires, razors
and fighter jets in his wall-sized canvases. As someone who stood as witness to the violence, genocide and civil war
in his homeland between 1983 and 2009 and has been a political prisoner himself, his canvases are layered with
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razors and fighter jets, set against backdrops of red and other striking colours, to denote its bloodied past.
The exhibition is on at Exhibit 320, Lado Sarai, till November 16
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How Parineeti, Malaika and Jacqueline are setting flower power


trends worth following | The Indian Express
By:
Lifestyle Desk
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 9, 2016 12:57 am

From L to R: Malaika Arora Khan, Jacqueline


Fernandez and Parineeti Chopra rocking it with an updo.
You have to admit, there is nothing like a dash of floral accessorising to your hair that adds a very feminine touch. The
obsession with floral hair ornaments can be gauged from the popularity of Snapchats pretty floral crown filter. But
nothing beats real life, does it? And Indian women are no strangers to beautifully weaving flowers in their long
tresses. Glitters and pretty hair accessories dominated for a while, but with celebs now flaunting their lovely updos
with floral flourishes, this trend is back with a bang. In the last couple of months, we have seen it on divas like
Malaika Arora Khan, Parineeti Chopra and Jacqueline Fernandez, among others.
Heres a look at how they paired it up with their outfits.

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Dia Mirza in Anita Dongre. (Source:


Instagram/Dia Mirza)
Dia Mirza brought in the festive spirit in a bright ensemble by Anita Dongre. We think the outfit was gorgeous and
celebrity stylist Theia Tekchandaney did a good job by accessorising it with jewellery from Anita Dongre Pink City.
Her hair game was spot on with a low bun, side braids and major flower power. Her make-up was perfect too with a
dewy sheen, soft pink lips, smokey eyes and some golden shimmer. (Source: Instagram/Dia Mirza)

Malaika Arora Khan in Tarun Tahiliani.


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(Source: Instagram/Maneka Harisinghani)


Malaika Arora Khan looked stunning in a Tarun Tahiliani lehenga. She turned up the jewellery game with traditional
blings from Johri By Amaze. The pop of deep red on those lips, a pulled-back low bun with flowers that celebrates the
model-actors high cheekbones gave the whole ensemble the risque oomph it needs.

Jacqueline Fernandez in Raw Mango.


(Source: Varinder Chawla)
Jacqueline Fernandez was a vision in traditional Indian wear. The Raw Mango sari was a beauty and the actress wore
it well with jewellery from Sri Hari Diagems and an updo complete with mogra.

Parineeti Chopra in Jade by Monica &


Karishma. (Source: Instagram/Sanjana Batra)
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Parineeti Chopra was seen draped in a traditional sari from Jade by Monica & Karishma. Celebrity stylist Sanjana
Batra complemented the look with traditional temple-style jewellery and gold jhumkas. Her make-up and hair was
perfect too, as she matched the pink of her lip shade to that of her sari and went with winged eyeliner and a bindi to
define her look. A braided updo with a gajra rounded it off. We do believe this might just be the first time Chopra has
been seen in this avatar, and we love it. If she goes the traditional way more often, we at least wont be complaining!
(Source: Instagram/Sanjana Batra)

Sophie Choudry in Manish Malhotra. (Source:


Instagram/Sophie Choudry)
For veteran designer Manish Malhotras Ganesh Puja celebrations, Sophie Choudry picked a red pleated anarkali and
gold bandhini dupatta by the designer. With hair in an updo and mogra to accentuate it, she finished the look with Eina
Ahluwalia gold jhumkis. We think she looked lovely in its simplicity and that dupatta was a beauty. (Source:
Instagram/Sophie Choudry)

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Taapsee Pannu in Priyal Prakash. (Source: Varinder


Chawla)
Taapsee Pannu looked lovely in a Priyal Prakash lehenga. She finished the look with flowers in her hair and jewellery
from Tarun Tahiliani.

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Lara Dutta in Sukriti & Aakriti. (Source:


Instagram/Lara Dutta)
Lara Dutta looked like a royal in an elegant kurti and lehenga combo from Sukriti & Aakriti. The actress paired it up
brilliantly with gilted earrings and a clutch from Anthropologie. Her make-up and hair was spot on too with a dramatic
smokey eye, soft-brown lips, and hair in a slick low bun with gajra.
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Akshay, Ranveer, Harshvardhan: 5 celebs who mastered No-Shave


November | The Indian Express
By:
Lifestyle Desk
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 9, 2016 1:09 am

Akshay Kumar in JJ Valaya Couture and a


beard! (Source: Instagram)
Recently, Akshay Kumar posted a photo on Instagram where the Rustom actor dressed up as a regal Sikh in JJ Valaya
Couture. With all the razzmatazz, complete with a turban and beard, this photoshoot couldnt have happened at a better
time. Confused? Because its Movember and his beard is spot-on!
Over the years, it has become an annual event that takes place during November and involves men growing their
beards and moustaches to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer. Started in 2004 by the Movember
Foundation charity, men all over the world donate to the patients who have lost their hair as part of their cancer
treatment.
If you want to join the campaign then, do it in style. Theres a lot to choose from like the Garibaldi, Verdi, Handlebar,
The Zappa, Van Dyke, Bandholz, among others. Still not convinced? Draw inspiration from these five Bollywood
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Ranveer Singh teamed his beard with a


pompadour hairstyle. (Source: Instagram/Ranveer Singh)
A couple of days back, Bollywoods livewire actor Ranveer Singh was named the Indian ambassador for Switzerland
Tourism. The Befikre actor posted a photo on Instagram in the snow-capped mountains and he can be seen flaunting his
beard with a neat pompadour hairstyle. He looked amazing!

Akshay Kumar turning up the heat here.


(Source: Instagram/JJ Valaya)
Akshay Kumar likes to mix it up. At most times he is seen minus a beard but the moustache is a regular. On occasions
when he is sporting a beard, the actor keeps it neatly trimmed. How he manages to carry off the salt and pepper look is
beyond our understanding.

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Randeep Hooda sporting a full beard.


(Source: Instagram/Randeep Hooda)
Randeep Hooda recently posted a photo on Instagram. While this was to urge people to come for a masked protest
regarding the unhealthy level of air pollution in the capital, we couldnt help but notice that he looks really good in his
full beard.

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Harshvardhan Kapoor killing it in style.(Source:


Instagram/Harshvardhan Kapoor)
Harshvardhan Kapoor looks like a royal! While most of it depends on his styling, we think like the rest of his family,
this newbie has an inherent sense of style and good looks. Just look at this flashback he posted from his Mirziya days!

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Shahid Kapoors style transformation is


commendable. (Source: Instagram/Shahid Kapoor)
Shahid Kapoor has truly mastered the art of grooming his beard to perfection. The actor who is mostly seen sporting
one, looks far better now. A far cry from his first appearance in Ishq Vishk, remember?
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Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung: Fashion biggies love


Hillary Clinton and they are #WithHer | The Indian Express
By:
Lifestyle Desk
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 10:25 pm

Republican US presidential nominee Donald


Trump shakes hands with Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of their first
presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Clinton can be seen in a Ralph Lauren suit.
(Source: Reuters)
Its established, the fashion industry bigwigs are a big fan of Hillary Clinton. Over the past few months, designers have
come out in support of the lady with campaign Merch T-shirts. Proud feminist Prabal Gurung made his support for
Clinton well-known through his social media channels and his Made for History campaign tees. He even teamed up
with Katy Perry to design a dramatic, floor-sweeping caped pantsuit with the caption Im with Madam President on
the back, for the singers performance at Clintons rally in Philadelphia. But the title for the biggest supporter from the
fraternity is still uncontested with designer Ralph Lauren going all out and designing all three of Clintons debate
pantsuits, as well as the look she wore to the Democratic National Convention.

Hillary Clinton in a navy-and-cream shawlcollar Ralph Lauren suit. (Source: AP)


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For the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, she chose an oxblood-red form-fitting
suit. However, for the next two sessions she kept it simple with mostly shades of monochrome. Our favourite is
Clinton in the navy-and-cream shawl-collar suit she wore to the second presidential debate in St Louis, Missouri.
Other designers are also coming out in her support. Recently, Donna Karan, the woman behind one of Clintons most
iconic dresses the black, cold-shoulder jersey number she wore in 1993 posted a #TBT photo on her Instagram
with the caption, . . . The first woman to wear my cold shoulder dress and now our first woman president to be.
Hillary is always a role model for women and our country dressing and addressing the issues at hand.

Hillary Clinton in an all-white suit at the


Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Source: AP)
Even pop icon Rihanna is on board. The singer and Fenty x Puma designer was recently seen in a grey T-shirt printed
with a vintage photo of Clinton. Then there was this instance when hottest supermodel of the moment Kendall Jenner
and fashion icon Anna Wintour were seen endorsing Clinton by wearing specially designed Marc Jacobs tees a
graphic blue-and-red ringer tee for her Made for History collection. Earlier this year, Kors at his Spring 17 show,
surprised guests with a live performance by his friend Rufus Wainwright, who said, Im with her! Other designers
contributing to the collection include Pamela Love, Joseph Altuzarra, Diane von Furstenberg and Jason Wu among
others.
When it comes to Calvin Klein and Vera Wang, they definitely have her back as both are long-standing supporters and
has been attending several fundraisers throughout Clintons career.
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After Priyanka Chopra, its Deepika Padukones turn to rock


thigh-high boots | The Indian Express
By:
Lifestyle Desk
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 8:16 pm

Both Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra


are style icons in their own right. (Source: Instagram)
Recently, Priyanka Chopra made an appearance on the popular American talk show Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Dressed in Fausto Puglisi, the 34-year-old actress gave out a New York street chic vibe, especially with a pair of
over-the-knee black boots. She did look like a rockstar how apt since, shes everyones sweetheart right now.

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Priyanka Chopra in Fausto Puglisi,and a pair of over-the-knee


black boots. (Source: Instagram/Cristina Ehrlich)
Contending for the same space is Deepika Padukone and she is doing it in style. The xXx: Return of Xander Cage
actress was spotted at an after-party in Rotterdam following the MTV Europe Music Awards in thigh-high boots, and
an outfit with a plunging neckline and a thigh-high slit!

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Deepika Padukone in Roberto Cavalli and


thigh-high boots. (Source: Instagram/Shaleen Nathani)
The gorgeously embellished white ensemble by Roberto Cavalli is a class apart and Padukone managed to add a
personal touch to the look with her inherent sense of style and coolness. Celebrity stylist Shaleena Nathani, whos
accompanied her on the trip, accentuated the look with a high-waisted belt by Guiseppe Zanotti. Celebrity make-up
artist and hair stylist Daniel Baur gave her a neat, pulled back low ponytail, smokey eyes and nude lips.

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Deepika Padukone at the EMAs. (Source:


Instagram/Monisha Jaisingh)
This look is not as glamorous as the one she sported during her appearance at the EMAs. Even though its been
labelled as a Bollywood blunder by an international publication, Indian designers have come out in support of the
actress for choosing a creation by Indian designer Monisha Jaisingh. The actress was seen in a sky-high slit trail skirt,
in a gorgeous swamp green, which she teamed with an embellished bodice and matching bomber jacket, a Balmain
belt, fringe earrings by Valliyan by Nitya Arora, Misho rings and a pair of sexy black heels.
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After attaining adulthood, Frances only sex museum closes | The


Indian Express
By:
Lifestyle Desk
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 7:44 pm

Artefacts at The Paris Museum of Eroticism.


(Source: Facebook/Muse de lrotisme de Paris)
The Paris Museum of Eroticism, Frances only erotic museum, closed after 18 years on November 6. The closingdown auction of its entire collection, including a forest of phalluses, a picture of a topless Mona Lisa, South
American objects based on female genitalia and drawings by a Charlie Hebdo attack victim, raised nearly Rs 3.5
crore, around three times the pre-sale estimate. The museums owners, Jo Khalifa and Alain Plumey, a former porn
star, said it was closing over increasing rents and falling tourist numbers.
The collection comprised interesting artefacts and much of the 2,000-items were from Asia including its oldest
object, an 18th-century marble plaque of the Hindu god Vishnu from an Indian tantric temple. One of the highlights of
the auction was a steel sculpture showing a woman having sex with a robot. It went for over 38,000 (Rs 28 lakh
approx.). More than 500 potential buyers attended the auction, while a similar number bid via the Internet.
Other attractions included drawings and photographs from the late 19th-century Belle poque Paris and objects taken
from Frances legal brothels, which were shut after World War II. Also, a painting by Salvador Dali, titled Young
Virgin Auto-Sodomized by the Horns of Her Own Chastity was auctioned off for 20,608.
The latest artwork in the collection were drawings by Georges Wolinski, one of the cartoonists killed during the
Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015. Wolinski, who was known for his saucy sense of humour, was a supporter of
the museum.
Although this was the only sex-themed museum in France, there are other similar museums around the world in cities
such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Reykjavik, Las Vegas and Moscow, among others.
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Machine learning can help identify suicidal behaviour | The Indian


Express
By:
IANS New York Published:Nov 8, 2016, 19:35
By:
IANS
| New York |
Published:November 8, 2016 7:35 pm
Using a persons spoken or written words, computer technology known as machine learning can help clinicians and
caregivers identify with great accuracy whether that person is suicidal or not, according to a new study. These results
provide strong evidence for using advanced technology as a decision-support tool to help clinicians and caregivers
identify and prevent suicidal behaviour, said the studys lead author John Pestian, Professor at Cincinnati Childrens
Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, US. The study, published in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior,
showed that machine learning is up to 93 per cent accurate in correctly classifying a suicidal person.
For the study, Pestian and his colleagues enrolled 379 patients in the study from emergency departments and inpatient
and outpatient centres at three sites. Those enrolled included patients who were suicidal, were diagnosed as mentally
ill and not suicidal, or neither serving as a control group. Each patient completed standardised behavioural rating
scales and participated in a semi-structured interview answering five open-ended questions to stimulate conversation,
such as Do you have hope?, Are you angry? and Does it hurt emotionally?
The researchers extracted and analysed verbal and non-verbal language from the data.They then used machine learning
algorithms to classify the patients into one of the three groups. The results showed that machine learning algorithms
can tell the differences between the groups with up to 93 per cent accuracy.
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The ISI, Pakistan and South Asia: A dark, intertwined history |


The Indian Express
Written by Vikas Datta | Published:November 8, 2016 7:24 pm

Book Name- Faith, Unity, Discipline The Inter-Service Intelligence of Pakistan


Author- Hein G. Kiessling
Publisher- Harper Collins India
Pages- 320
Price- Rs 599
Commonly known by its three-letter acronym, this organisation is held by its enemies, and even some allies,
responsible for most of the trouble and instability in South Asia, as well as in its own Pakistan. But how did the ISI
acquire this reputation, is it really part of an uncontrollable deep state, how did it know and how much of 9/11,
26/11 and Osama bin Ladens hideout? Ascertaining intelligence agencies roles in national or international events is
always difficult, due to their secretive functioning, a vested interest in portraying themselves as effective and an
inclination to maintain deniability. On the other hand, there is also the opponents propensity to view them through
the prism of own predilections or national interest, blame them reflexively for almost everything and ascribe to them
capabilities they may not even possess.
The latter is especially true of the ISI from an Indian view and even of its Pakistani critics. But offering possibly the
first-ever, full-length and fairly neutral look at Pakistans largest spy agency from its origins to the present, with
opinions and responses from the agency itself, as well as key players from the Zia ul-Haq era to the present, is German
political scientist Hein Kiessling in this book. Having forged close contacts among political, military and intelligence
elites of Pakistan, where he lived during a crucial decade (1989-2002) when it lurched from military rule to
democracy and back, became an overt nuclear power, and faced consequences of 9/11, he seeks to present an
objective history of the ISI, its origin and development, tasks and objectives, successes and failures.
Kiessling says his observations and analysis are drawn from personal experience from his Pakistan stint, fleshed
from journeys to the rest of South Asia, to China and Central Asia and contacts with the political elites there and at
least bi-annual travels to Pakistan and India since 2004 to keep up with his contacts. He holds the ISI, which became a
particular bugbear for India (replacing the foreign hand) since its support to Sikh insurgents in the early 1980s, came
into global focus following the US invasion of Afghanistan post 9/11 when the scores of journalists thronging the
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region scrutinised its earlier involvement in Afghanistan and Kashmir.It was then, he says, it picked some of the odium
associated with it. The ISI was depicted as a state within a state as an intelligence agency that was influencing and
controlling Pakistans domestic and international politics and which did not shy away from kidnapping and
liquidating individuals it considered undesirable. Kiessling holds that such assessments might have been true in
some cases, but they were also circulated by politicians and journalists in Pakistan without any substantial proof, and
then adopted unchecked and republished by their international colleagues. He also is sceptical of the perception that
ISI houses various groups pursuing their own agenda and allegedly out of control of even their own leaders.
However, he is no apologist for the spy agency, as he recounts its story from its inception by an Australian-born
British army officer and early undistinguished record in its first two decades including bungling in the 1965 war
(failing agents sent into Kashmir and losing track of an entire Indian division), and its first directive to get rid of a
troublesome opposition leader (the then chief managed to dissuade Ayub Khan). He then details how it actually gained
prominence under Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and then under Gen. Zia, the curious circumstances by which it began managing
the clandestine war against Soviets in Afghanistan (and even beyond), and subsequent notoriety, deserved and
undeserved, until the present.Along with an overview of the ISIs organisation and leaders, he deals credibly with
issues such as the question of its involvement in 9/11 and in shielding Bin Laden, while giving prominence to its
operations against India, including a planned 9/11-type attack in the 1980s.Though such dramatic revelations are not
very frequent, Kiessling, noting ISIs de facto role as an internal intelligence agency, also provides sheds new light
and insight into the trajectory of Pakistani politics from Ayub Khan to Nawaz Sharif (in his third stint). As such, it is
required and compelling read for all students of South Asia, beyond security.
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Amitav Ghosh to get Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, in Tata


Literature Live! | The Indian Express
By:
IANS
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 6:47 pm

Amitav Ghosh- Indian- American fiction


author
Acclaimed Indian-American fiction author Amitav Ghosh has been named for this years Tata Literature Live! Lifetime
Achievement Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Indian literary space, an official said on
Tuesday. The award will be presented to him at the upcoming four-day Tata Literature Live! annual awards ceremony
scheduled for November 20 in Mumbai. I am deeply honoured to be receiving this award Its a privilege to be
included in a list of such distinguished honorees, the 60-year-old Ghosh reacted. Some of the past recipients have
been Kiran Nagarkar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Khushwant Singh, V.S. Naipaul and Mahasweta Devi.
Among the most celebrated writers in India, Ghosh has a universal following and is famed for the meticulous
historical research that is woven into his writings. Honoured with Padma Shri in 2007, Ghoshs some best known
books, many of them award-winners, are Ibis Trilogy Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire,
preceded by The Circle of Reason and The Shadow Lines, which won the Sahitya Akademi Award. Other books
penned by him include The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Place, The Hungry Tide, In An Antique Land,
Dancing in Cambodia, At Large in Burma, The Imam and The Indian, and the latest The Great Derangement:
Climate Change and The Unthinkable.
Ghoshs works have been translated into more than 20 languages and he has served on the juries of various
international film festivals besides bagging the International Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal
2011. During the Tata Literature Live!, seven other awards will be presented, Book of the Year, Poet Laureate, Big
Little Books, Sultan Padamssee Award for playwriting, in fiction and non-fiction categories.Considered among the
biggest international literary fests, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest will be held here during November 17-20
at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Nariman Point, and the Prithvi Theatre, Juhu.
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Breast cancer can have symptoms other than lump: Study | The
Indian Express
By:
IANS London Published:Nov 8, 2016, 18:30
By:
IANS
| London |
Published:November 8, 2016 6:30 pm

Woman with breast cancer awareness ribbon,


promoting healthy habits. (Source: Thinkstock Images)
Nearly one-sixth of women (17 per cent) diagnosed with breast cancer go to their doctor with a symptom other than a
lump, which is the most commonly reported symptom a new research has found. Breast symptoms, other than a breast
lump that may be a sign of cancer is known as non-lump symptoms. It includes nipple abnormalities, breast pain, skin
abnormalities, ulceration, shape abnormalities and an infected or inflamed breast. Our research shows around one in
six women diagnosed with breast cancer have symptoms other than a breast lump. These women are more likely to
delay going to the doctor compared to women with breast lump alone, said Monica Koo from University College
London (UCL).
Its crucial that women are aware that a lump is not the only symptom of breast cancer. Diagnosing cancer earlier
really is key in order to increase the chances of survival, Koo suggested. In the study, researchers from UCL
examined the data of more than 2,300 women diagnosed with breast cancer in England in 2009-2010. They found that,
although most women with breast cancer sought help quickly, those with non-lump symptoms were more likely to
delay going to their doctor compared with women with a breast lump alone. Women with both a breast lump and nonlump symptoms were also more likely to delay seeking help.
This research shows that too often women are delaying going to their doctor with symptoms of breast cancer. This
could be because people are simply unaware that breast cancer can be present in many different ways, not just through
the presence of a lump, added Karen Kennedy, Director of the The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) a
UK-based research organisation. The study was presented at the 2016 National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)
Cancer conference in Liverpool, recently.
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Indian children prefer swimming pools, water slides on holiday:


Survey | The Indian Express
By:
IANS New Delhi Updated: Nov 8, 2016, 18:17
By:
IANS
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 6:17 pm
Indian children like having swimming pools or water slides in their hotel, resorts or around the area where they go on
a holiday, reveals a survey. Booking.com, an online accommodation booking website, conducted the survey Little
Adventurers, which received responses from 22,564 people aged between 5 to 15 from across the globe. Only 100
participants were Indian. According to the findings, 66 per cent Indian children like having pools in their resorts and
70 per cent children want Wi-Fi or a fast internet connection wherever they are on a holiday away from home.
While 85 per cent of the Indian respondents, aged 5-11, dig activities they cant do at home, 63 per cent of them liked
the fact that they were able to eat breakfast late and 68 per cent of them were happy to be able to eat food that they are
normally not allowed back home. Most children had a special place in their heart for bouncy beds and 51 per cent of
them liked the fact that their rooms were bigger than their own at home, the survey indicated.
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Pre- or post-term birth may affect childs academic performance |


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By:
IANS London Published:Nov 8, 2016, 18:06
By:
IANS
| London |
Published:November 8, 2016 6:06 pm
Being born either too early or too late may have a long-term effect on childrens academic performance, finds a new
study. This study detailed the relationship between gestational age at birth and school grades at age 16 across the full
range of pregnancy duration (22 to 45 completed weeks), by weight-for-gestational age, focusing on extremely preand post-term births and taking into account possible effects within and between families. Grade averages were lower
for pre- and post-term children than for term-counterparts, and were lowest in children showing evidence of poor
foetal growth, irrespective of gestational age, suggested the study published in the International Journal of
Epidemiology.
Grades of pre- and post-term children remained lower than those of term counterparts when considering spontaneous
deliveries, uncomplicated unassisted deliveries, children with normal Apgar, or without congenital anomalies.
However, induced post-term deliveries were not associated with reduced school performance. Among matched
siblings, within-family effects were weaker, particularly in the preterm sibling cohort and less so in post-term
children. Irrespective of gestational age at birth, there was an independent effect of foetal growth restriction on later
school performance which has persisted over time.
There may be shared familial traits which influence risk of birth at non-optimal gestational age and also affect the
academic performance of those born early or late. These may include modifiable risk factors such as poor maternal
diet, smoking during pregnancy, and maternal obesity. Less favourable outcomes of post-term infants with poor foetal
growth suggest that placental insufficiency may become particularly toxic to neurodevelopment the longer a pregnancy
endures, said Hein Heuvelman, researcher at the University of Manchester.
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People apply rules of their spoken language to sign language:


Study | The Indian Express
By:
ANI
| Washington D.c. |
Published:November 8, 2016 5:52 pm
In contrary to popular belief that language is not limited to speech, a recent study reveals that people also apply the
rules of their spoken language to sign language. According to Northeastern University, language is not simply about
hearing sounds or moving our mouths. When our brain is doing language, it projects abstract structure. The modality
(speech or sign) is secondary. There is a misconception in the general public that sign language is not really a
language, said researcher Iris Berent. Part of our mandate through the support of the NSF, is to reveal the complex
structure of sign language, and in doing so, disabuse the public of this notion. To come to this conclusion, Berents lab
studied words (and signs) that shared the same general structure. She found that people reacted to this structure in the
same way, irrespective of whether they were presented with speech or signs.
In the study, Berent studied words and signs with doubling, ones that show full or partial repetition. She found that
responses to these forms shift, depending on their linguistic context. When a word is presented by itself (or as a name
for just one object), people avoid doubling. For example, they rate slaflaf (with doubling) worse than slafmak (with no
doubling). But when doubling signaled a systematic change in meaning, participants now preferred it. Next, Berent
asked what happens when people see doubling in signs (signs with two identical syllables). The subjects were English
speakers who had no knowledge of a sign language. To Berents surprise, these subjects responded to signs in the same
way they responded to the words. They disliked doubling for singular objects, but they systematically preferred it if
(and only if) doubling signaled plurality. Hebrew speakers showed this preference when doubling signaled a
diminutive, in line with the structure of their language.
Its not about the stimulus, its really about the mind, and specifically about the language system, said Berent. These
results suggest that our knowledge of language is abstract and amodal. Human brains can grasp the structure of
language regardless of whether it is presented in speech or in sign. Currently there is a debate as to what role sign
language has played in language evolution, and whether the structure of sign language shares similarities with spoken
language. Berents lab shows that our brain detects some deep similarities between speech and sign language. This
allows for English speakers, for example, extending their knowledge of language to sign language. Sign language has
a structure, and even if you examine it at the phonological level, where you would expect it to be completely different
from spoken language, you can still find similarities. Whats even more remarkable is that our brain can extract some
of this structure even when we have no knowledge of sign language. We can apply some of the rules of our spoken
language phonology to signs, said Berent.
Berent says these findings show that our brains are built to deal with very different types of linguistic inputs. The
results from this paper confirm what some scientists have long thought, but hasnt truly been grasped by the general
public. Language is language no matter what format it takes. This is a significant finding for the deaf community
because sign language is their legacy. It defines their identity, and we should all recognize its value. Its also
significant to our human identity, generally, because language is what defines us as a species, he added. To help
further support these findings, Berent and her lab intend to examine how these rules apply to other languages. The
present study focused on English and Hebrew. The study has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences.
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Lack of Vitamin D may rise the risk of bladder cancer: Study | The
Indian Express
By:
PTI London Updated: Nov 8, 2016, 17:32
By:
PTI
| London |
Updated: November 8, 2016 5:32 pm

Low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing bladder cancer, new research has warned. Vitamin D,
which is produced by the body through exposure to sunshine, helps the body to control calcium and phosphate levels. It
can also be obtained from food sources such as fatty fish and egg yolks. Previous studies have linked vitamin D
deficiency with a host of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, autoimmune
conditions and cancer. In countries with low levels of sunlight, it is difficult to obtain enough vitamin D from food
alone.
Researchers from the University of Warwick and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire in UK, investigated
the link between vitamin D and bladder cancer risk. They reviewed seven studies on the topic which ranged from
having 112 to 1125 participants each. Five out of the seven studies that linked low on vitamin D levels were exposed
to an increased risk of bladder cancer. In a separate experiment, the researchers then looked at the cells that line the
bladder, known as transitional epithelial cells, and found that these cells are able to activate and respond to vitamin D,
which in turn can stimulate an immune response. According to lead author of the study, Rosemary Bland, this is
important because the immune system may have a role in cancer prevention by identifying abnormal cells before they
develop into cancer.
More clinical studies are required to test this association, but our work suggests that low levels of vitamin D in the
blood may prevent the cells within the bladder from stimulating an adequate response to abnormal cells, said Bland.
As vitamin D is cheap and safe, its potential use in cancer prevention is exciting and could potentially impact on the
lives of many people, she said.
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Syed Haider Raza, Bhupen Khakkar at Bonhams Modern and


Contemporary South Asian sale | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 5:12 pm

Photo for representational purpose.


A recently discovered artwork by modernist painter Syed Haider Raza, painted during his stay in France, will go
under the hammer at the upcoming Bonhams Modern and Contemporary South Asian sale. A 1961 masterpiece,
Paysage Nocturne by the painter who passed away in July this year, is estimated at a whopping amount of 30,00050,000 (approximately Rs 25- 41 lakh) at the art auction, to be held on November 22 in London. This is a remarkable
sale of work by artists from across South Asia. The auction is led by one of the masters of Indian modernism Syed
Haider Raza. The artists work showcases the conversation between both the East and West in the modernist period.
With 2017 designated the year of cultural exchange between the UK and India (as announced by both governments
earlier this year), it is particularly exciting to see the significance of the conversation between these countries in terms
of these major artists of the modern period, says Tahmina Ghaffar, specialist for Modern and Contemporary South
Asian art. Another Indian name leading the sale will be Bhupen Khakhar with one of his most celebrated works titled
Man in Pub, that he painted during a trip to the UK in 1979. The work is estimated at 250,000-350,000
(approximately Rs 2- 3 crores). Man in Pub comes to auction fresh from a Bhupen Khakhar retrospective at Tate
Modern. The piece is a prime example of the artists facility for presenting vulnerable intimacy with bold, colourful
flair.
The auction which will feature works from private collections from across the globe and will also have an untitled
work each by Rabindranath Tagore and modernist painter Ram Kumar. While the Nobel Laureates work is estimated
at 30,000-50,000, Kumars work is expected to fetch 80,000-120,000. F N souzas 1958 work titled, English
Countryside is estimated at 50,000-70,000. According to Ghaffar, the the market for Indian art has flourished over
the past two decades with major institutions including the Guggenheim, Tate and Pompidou, staging substantial
exhibitions of Indian artists. The market interest has grown. Since the demand for Indian art shifted toward the
modernist period last summer, we have continued to see a global interest in that area.
With the likes of the widely celebrated modernists Bhupen Khakhar and S H Raza represented, this promises to be
another exciting auction. We continue to see the market thrive and will continue to meet that trend, she says.
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Scientists say this is the most relaxing song in the world; now, bid
stress farewell | The Indian Express
By:
Lifestyle Desk
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 7:04 pm

This song has been proved to be relaxing.


Most of us know that music can be very calming, but the exact song or piece of music that will relax you will be
different for different people. After all, what touches the heart and mind is very subjective. Well, not if these scientists
have anything to say about it.
Neuroscientists in the UK claim to have identified that one song that will destress you and soothe your soul more than
any other song in the world. According to various media reports, sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi
Union came up with the song, which was played to 40 women as they completed puzzles. It was found that this piece
of music helped to calm and relax them much more effectively than songs by Enya, Coldplay and even Mozart!
Aptly called Weightless, the song was created Marconi Union in collaboration with Lyz Cooper, founder of the
British Academy of Sound Therapy, back in 2011. Weightless induced the greatest relaxation higher than any of the
other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain,
stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions, Dr David
Lewis, one of the UKs leading stress specialists, told Shortlist.
The 8-minute, 8-second song apparently results in a 65 per cent reduction in stress among listeners along with
lowering blood pressure, heart rate and breathing speed, and has been deemed 11 per cent more effective than other
similar soothing songs by, say, Adele, according to reports by Daily Mail.
Listen to Weightless here.
The song features guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes. The continuous rhythm of 60 BPM
causes brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm in a process known as entrainment. Along with
Weightless, the other titles to make it to the scientifically proven list of calming songs were:
ELECTRA by Airstream
MELLOMANIAC (CHILL OUT MIX) by DJ Shah
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WATERMARK by Enya
STRAWBERRY SWING by Coldplay
PLEASE DONT GO by Barcelona
PURE SHORES by All Saints
SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Adele
CANZONETTA SULLARIA by Mozart
WE CAN FLY by Cafe Del Mar
Did these songs relax you? Tell us the comments below.
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Antibody that neutralises Zika virus identified | The Indian


Express
By:
PTI
| Washington |
Updated: November 8, 2016 3:46 pm

Major symptom of Zika virus.


Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have identified a human antibody that may reduce Zika infection, paving way
for a vaccine against the virus which is believed to cause serious birth defects in babies. The antibody, called ZIKV117, markedly reduced infection by the Zika in a mouse model and also protected the foetus in pregnant mice infected
with the virus. Zika is believed to cause microcephaly, unusually small heads, and other congenital malformations in
children born to infected women. Similar protection studies in primates are warranted, and if the findings hold up,
ZIKV-177 could be developed as a protective antibody treatment for pregnant women at risk of Zika infection, the
researchers concluded. The findings may also aid efforts to develop an effective anti-Zika vaccine, said James Crowe
Jr, from the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in the US.
These naturally occurring human antibodies isolated from humans represent the first medical intervention that
prevents Zika infection and damage to foetuses, said Crowe. Were excited because the data suggests we may have
antibody treatments in hand that could be developed for use in pregnant women, he said. The remarkable potency
and breadth of inhibition by ZIKV-117 has great promise, as it was able to inhibit infection by strains from both Africa
and America in cell culture and in animals, including during pregnancy, said Michael S Diamond from Washington
University. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that has emerged as a global public health threat. In addition to its
association with congenital birth defects, Zika has been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological disorder
that can lead to paralysis and death.
Since a major outbreak was reported in Brazil last year, Zika infections transmitted by mosquitoes have been reported
throughout Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas. Monoclonal antibodies are made from a single clone of B
cells, a type of white blood cell, that have been fused to myeloma (cancer) cells to form fast-growing hybridomas.
This allows researchers to quickly generate large quantities of antibodies against specific viral targets. For the study,
researchers including Gopal Sapparapu isolated antibodies from the blood of people who had been previously
infected with the Zika virus in different parts of the world. The antibodies reacted to the envelope or E protein on
the surface of the virus. The researchers then generated a variety of monoclonal antibodies. In cell culture studies, they
identified one, ZIKV-117, which broadly neutralised several different strains
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In mice infected by the Zika virus, injection of the antibody markedly reduced disease and mortality, and reduced
transmission from mother to foetus. The study was published in the journal Nature.
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Genetically speaking were all chicken, banana too | The Indian


Express
Written by Arun Prashanth Subramanian | Published:November 8, 2016 10:57 am

Research shows that we share about 60% of


our DNA with the humble fruit. (File Photo)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the opposition to cow slaughter was not linked to only faith and culture,
but has economic, historical and scientific aspects. According to a report of the US Department of Agriculture,
80% of genes found in the cow are found in humans too, he said. Indeed, a 2009 report in the journal Science said
domesticated cattle share about 80% of their genes with humans however, as other studies have shown, seen in
terms of genes, were similar to several other living things as well. A few examples.
96% Chimpanzee
A 2005 study by the Chimpanzee Sequencing and Analysis Consortium, and published in Nature, found that the typical
human protein has accumulated just one unique change since chimps and humans diverged from a common ancestor
about 6 million years ago.
90% Cat
A 2007 study published in Genome Research reported that about 90% of the Abyssinian domestic cats genes are the
same as humans. Cats help in the study of human infectious diseases; feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a genetic
relative of HIV.
85% Mouse
The National Human Genome Research Institute states that rats share nearly 85% of human DNA a similarity
attributable to a shared ancestor about 80 million years ago, and the basis for use of mice in lab experiments.
84% Dog
The best friend shares 84% of its DNA with man and is, therefore, important in the study of human disease.
Researchers are especially interested in diseases like retinal disease, cataracts, retinitis pigmentosa, cancer and
epilepsy.
70% Acorn worm
It is not just land animals that humans share their DNA with. As per a study published in Nature in 2015, in terms of
genetic makeup, we are 70% similar to acorn worms a kind of slithery, underwater critter.
61% Chicken
Even the bravest human is (more than half) chicken, genetically speaking. A study published in Nature in 2004 said that
the DNA sequences diverged in ways that may explain important differences between birds and mammals.
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60% Banana
As humans are chicken, theyre bananas too, it would seem. Research shows that we share about 60% of our DNA
with the humble fruit.
26% Yeast
These single-celled organisms have many genes that are the same as those in humans, including those that enable the
breakdown of sugars.
Were all the same, almost
99.9 % No two individuals, except for identical twins, are genetically identical, but our differences are in fact only
0.1% of the entire human genome. According to the National Human Genome Research Institute, we each have
approximately 3109 base pairs of DNA, of which any two people have about 6106 different base pairs, which
translates into a difference of 0.1%. It adds that this minuscule unique DNA, plus the interaction of genetic and
environmental factors, is what leads to our different phenotypic features.
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Gmail for iOS gets updated: Includes undo send, spelling suggestions and more

[Tue, 08

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Lenovo Phab 2 Plus first look: Dual camera and AR are the highlights

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Google Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones can support magnetic flip cases


BlackBerry admits pricing of Priv was a problem in India

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Facebook agrees to suspend using WhatsApp users data in UK

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Gmail for iOS gets updated: Includes undo send, spelling


suggestions and more | The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
|
Published:November 8, 2016 8:31 pm

Gmail for iOS has gotten an update with new


features like undo send.
Google has finally updated the Gmail app for iOS to add some new features, bringing it at par with the Android app.
Gmail and Google Calendar have both gotten an update on iOS with several new features being added to both apps.
For Gmail this is the biggest revamp in the four years, with the app now sporting a fresh look, sleeker transitions.
Google is promising the app is a lot faster as well.
Some of the features in the new Gmail for iOS app are: Undo Send, which is now being extended from desktop to the
iOS version as well. Undo Send will ensure if youve made an embarrassing email mistake, you can undo it from sent
mail. Now after a mail has been sent successfully, therell be an undo option right next to it, which you can hit if you
realise youve made a mistake.
Gmail will now support instant results and spelling suggestions. If you spell words like flight, etc, incorrectly, Gmail
will fix these in search. The new interface will also support Swipe to archive or delete in order to quickly clear items
out of the inbox.
The Google Calendar on iOS also has some new features. For instance now month and week view will now be
available in landscape mode as well. It also has Spotlight Search support, so you can search for events, reminders and
goals straight in the Apple Spotlight Search. Google Calendar on iOS now also support alternate, non-Gregorian
calendar, like Lunar, Islamic, or Hindu and a user can add these to their regular view as well.
Google is rolling out the update to all iOS users, and youll have to go to the App Store and update the Gmail, Google
Calendar app to try these out.
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Lenovo Phab 2 Plus first look: Dual camera and AR are the
highlights | The Indian Express
Written by
Shruti Dhapola
|
Updated: November 8, 2016 7:39 pm

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is now officially in India


at a price of Rs 14,999. Heres our first impression.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is now officially available in India at a price of Rs 14,999. The phablet comes with a 6.4-inch
full HD display, with the promise of DLSR-style photos thanks to the dual-rear camera, and a new Augmented Reality
mode. The AR mode on the Phab 2 Plus is pretty similar to how it works on the Google Project Tango smartphone
which is the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.
Lenovos Phab 2 Plus carries the same price tag as another phablet in the market. Xiaomis Mi Max, which also comes
with 3GB RAM+ 32GB storage, although theres no dual camera being offered in this. Lenovos Phab 2 Plus is also
one of the cheapest phones in the market right now that has such a camera setup. We checked out the Lenovo Phab 2
Plus at the launch, and heres our first impression of the device.
Design, Display: This is one big phablet with a 6.44-inch screen, and is made of aluminium alloy with 2.5D curved
glass design on the front. The full HD display is pretty vivid and sharp, although lets not forget this is a huge device to
handle. Unless youre specifically looking for a phone thats so big, the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has the disadvantage of
not being very easy to use. Ive used the Mi Max in the past, and it was a much lighter phone, but the Lenovo device is
not easy to manage in one hand. But the size of the display means, you can consider it a tablet replacement.

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Lenovos Phab 2 Plus has a 64-bit


MediaTeks MTK8783 octa-core processor, Mali T720 GPU.
Specifications: Lenovos Phab 2 Plus has a 64-bit MediaTeks MTK8783 octa-core processor, Mali T720 GPU. The
total RAM is 3GB coupled with 32GB internal storage. The expandable storage limit is 128GB via microSD card.
Lenovo has introduced the dual-SIM version in India with a hybrid SIM slot (Micro+Nano SIM or Nano+SD). This is
also a 4G VoLTE ready phone, which means it should work with Reliance Jio SIM cards.
Phab 2 Plus has a 4,050 mAh battery with Lenovo promising standby time of 17 days and 23 hours of talk-time. Like
other phones in the Phab series, this also comes with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 surround sound
support. The speakers are at the bottom of the device.

This one too comes with Dolby Atmos and


Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 surround sound support.
Camera: Camera is being touted as the highlight of this phablet, which is a first. Most devices which are above the 6inch screen are not really seen as geared towards camera usage. With the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus, the company is
introducing a dual camera setup on the back, and theres an Augmented Reality mode.
The Augmented Reality Mode is pretty similar to the one on the Project Tango version of the phablet. I have tried out
the Phab 2 Pro at IFA 2016, and the one in this phone is nothing different. In the Phab 2 Plus, you can go in the AR
mode as one of the settings on the camera, and youll see the option of choosing from different creatures like a kitten,
dragon, etc. These cartoon figures get super-imposed in the background, and you can take pictures or videos with them
running around. Or even play games with the virtual cat or dog depending on your mood.

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Camera is being touted as the highlight of this


phablet, which a first.
Theres also a separate mode for the dual-rear camera function. When a user goes into this mode, both cameras are
used. After the picture is taken, the camera app prompts you with two options: refocus or background swap.
I tapped on the refocus option, and in this you can basically create a bokeh-style image, or at least thats what Lenovo
claims. A user can tap on a part of the picture where they want in sharper focus, and choose how much of the
background should be blurred. Its not very accurate to be honest, and in low-light settings, I could not see much
difference.
On the software side, this is not the smoothest implementation as far as dual-rear cameras go. I would say the process
of editing out the photo to bring the object in sharper focus is not seamless, certainly not as simple on the Huawei
Honor 8 series. However, Im hoping to try this out in a more detailed review later on.
Conclusion
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is clearly aimed at the Xiaomi Mi Max. Big-screened smartphones might be not everyones first
preference, but these devices are better suited for entertainment purposes. With the Phab 2 Plus though, Lenovo wants
to make the camera as the highlight as well.
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Google Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones can support magnetic flip


cases | The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
|
Published:November 8, 2016 7:25 pm

Google Pixel phones can support magnetic


flip cases: Heres how.
It looks like the display on Googles new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can be turned on and off via magnets, which
could allow for flip cases to be used on the devices. Googles phones are designed, engineered entirely by the
company, but lets not forget that HTC is the actual manufacturer for these phones. Google has outsourced the job to
HTC and it looks like the feature from the HTC phones has made an appearance on Pixel as well.
According to 9to5Google, the reed switches which were a part of the HTC phones appear to have included in the
Pixel series also. In HTCs phone, this is used in coordination with Magnetic flip cases to turn on/off the display or to
display information such as time/weather in Dot view cases. The report adds the sensor is near the G logo on the
back of the Pixel phone.
For now, there are no flip cases designed for the Google Pixel phones, and even the official website doesnt have any
special accessories listed for the Pixel phones yet. In India the Pixel phones have been launched in most multi-brand
digital retail stores like Croma, Reliance Digital, eZone, etc. On the online side, Flipkart is the exclusive partner for
Googles smartphones.
Also read: Google Pixel XL vs iPhone 7: Which smartphone camera is better?
Well have to wait and see if special cases are launched for the Pixel phones. We have not yet tried a magnetic cover
on the Pixel XL device. Google Pixel launched in India in October with a price tag starting at Rs 57,000. For Google,
Pixel is premium series with focus on its software. Google Assistant, unlimited storage for photos on Google Photos
app, the Pixel launcher are all highlights of the new smartphone.
Pixel phones run the latest Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and come in 32GB and 128GB storage
versions. The rear camera is 12.3MP with EIS, HDR+ and theres an 8MP front camera.
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BlackBerry admits pricing of Priv was a problem in India | The


Indian Express
By:
PTI
|
Published:November 8, 2016 7:09 pm

BlackBerry Senior Vice-President, Global


Device Sales, Alex Thurber admitted that the pricing of Priv was a problem
BlackBerry is trying to make a comeback in the booming Indian smartphone market with todays launch of two new
Android-powered smartphones priced Rs 21,990 onwards.
The company, which had unveiled Android-based Priv earlier this year, did not see much uptake of the handset, given
its steep pricing of Rs 62,990. Admitting that the pricing of Priv was a problem, BlackBerry Senior Vice-President,
Global Device Sales, Alex Thurber hoped that the two new devices will help the Canadian firm expand presence
across both enterprise and consumer segments.
Asked if the pricing of DTEK60 is still on the higher side, Thurber said the Indian market is huge and there is room for
a number of different cellphone manufacturers. we now have phones that people want to buy with strong cameras,
great display, good memory and fast processor and most importantly, running Android I think people will remember
the brand with fondness and look at it. We are always looking at price, so there is a need in future, we will always
continue to adjust that, he added.
The DTEK50 has a very strong price for large-scale adoption by companies, business and the government and we
have seen lots of uptake all over (the world). The DTEK60 is a high specification phone, we are right there and
cheaper on price,he told PTI.
The DTEK50 is priced at Rs 21,990 and will be available by the end of the week. It features a 5.2-inch display, 3GB
RAM, expandable memory up to 2 TB, 13 MP rear and 8 MP front cameras and 2610 mAh battery.
The DTEK60, which will be available in December for Rs 46,990, features 5.5-inch display, 21 MP rear and 8 MP
front cameras, 4GB RAM and 3000 mAh battery. We have shifted our focus on software and we have begun to see
success there I think the brand still has very positive recall in the market and its just that we didnt have what the
consumer wanted. So, today when we are back and we have what they want, the immediate willingness to adopt the
brand again is very high, BlackBerry India Managing Director Narendra Nayak said.

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Nayak added that the company has taken into consideration the pricing of Priv into account and that with the launch of
these new phones, BlackBerry will see the brand coming back very strongly.
Once an iconic business phone, BlackBerry lost out to Googles Android and Apples iOS-based smartphones. The
company has been gradually expanding focus on its software business while launching a fewer devices to control
costs.
In September, BlackBerry had announced it would stop designing its smartphones in-house and instead focus on
software and security products. BlackBerry also announced its partnership with Optiemus to distribute and promote its
handsets in the Indian market.
Optiemus will also provide the Priv for Rs 34,990, and the BB10 OS-powered BlackBerry Leap device to enterprise
customers as well.
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Facebook agrees to suspend using WhatsApp users data in UK |


The Indian Express
By:
Reuters
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Updated: November 8, 2016 7:03 pm

Facebook has agreed to suspend data sharing


with WhatsApp after UK Privacy watchdog raised concerns.
Britains privacy watchdog said on Monday that Facebook has agreed to suspend using data from UK users of its
WhatsApp messaging app for advertisements or product-improvement purposes after the watchdog said consumers
werent properly protected. The watchdog said the social media giant faces action if it uses such data without valid
consent.
The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) had said in August that it would monitor WhatsApps new privacy
policy, after WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, said it would share user data with its parent company to better
fight spam and improve users experiences of both services. The two companies have also come under scrutiny from
the European Unions 28 data protection authorities, who last month requested that WhatsApp pause sharing users
data with its parent company until the appropriate legal protections could be assured.
Were pleased that theyve agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product
improvement purposes, the head of the ICO, Elizabeth Denham, said in a statement. If Facebook starts using the data
without valid consent, they may face enforcement action from my office.
The regulator said it had also asked Facebook and WhatsApp to sign an undertaking committing to better explaining to
customers how their data would be used and to give them ongoing control over that data. So far, the companies have
not agreed.
We think consumers deserve a greater level of information and protection, but so far Facebook hasnt agreed,
Denham said.
Also read: New privacy policy: Should you worry about WhatsApps new info-sharing with Facebook?
A Facebook spokeswoman said WhatsApp designed its privacy policy and terms update to give users a clear and
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These updates comply with applicable law, and follow the latest guidance from the UK Information Commissioners
Office. We hope to continue our detailed conversations with the ICO and other data protection officials, and we
remain open to working collaboratively to address their questions.
Denham said she did not think users had been given enough information about what Facebook would do with their data
and that WhatsApp had not obtained valid consent. Several other European privacy watchdogs, such as Spains, have
said they intend to contact Facebook about WhatsApps privacy policy change but have not yet done so.
Facebook suggested it would be inappropriate to agree on a specific solution with one regulator before receiving all
the others questions. Enforcement action could ultimately lead to fines. Such fines are small compared with the
revenues of the companies concerned. However, a new EU-wide data protection law coming into force in 2018 would
change that with fines of up to 4 percent of global turnover.
Denham said she would keep pushing the issue along with other privacy watchdogs, notably the Irish authority. It has
the most sway over Facebook, since the US companys European headquarters are in Ireland. Facebook says the data
WhatsApp collects is extremely limited and only a part of that is then shared with Facebook.
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Motorola Moto M goes official: Specifications, price and features |


The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
|
Published:November 8, 2016 6:31 pm

Motorola Moto M has been listed on the


companys China website and comes with 4GB RAM.
Motorolas Moto M smartphone has been listed on the companys China website. The pricing for the Moto M is listed
as 1999 Yuan, which is around Rs 20,000 or $295. The Motorola M was expected to launch along with the Lenovo
Vibe P2 in China, but the Moto phone has already gone live on the website. Sales for the Moto M will take place later,
and users are asked to sign up for the same.
Motorola Moto Ms press renders were leaked earlier this week by MyDrivers, Nowwhereelse, etc and the design is
exactly the same. Moto M has a metal unibody design, with antenna bands on the top and bottom of the phone. The
smartphone will come in gold and silver colour options, and dimensions of the device are 151.35 x 75.35 x 7.85 mm
and weighs 163g. The fingerprint scanner is on the back of the device, and it doesnt have the square button like the
Moto Z series.
Moto M comes with 5.5 inches full HD display Super AMOLED display at 401 ppi. It has a 64-bit MediaTek P15
octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz along with Mali T860 GPU. The Moto M phone comes with 4GB LPDDR3
RAM and 32GB storage (supports microSD card slot of up to 128GB). The smartphone comes with a waterproof
coating and is splash resistant.
The rear camera is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture and 1um pixel size, along with PDAF and dual LED flash, Auto HDR,
etc. The front camera is 8MP with 1.12um pixel size. This is a dual SIM smartphone and also has a 3.5 mm headphone
jack. Built-in battery is 3050mAh with fast charge support with type-C USB charging, and OTG support promised. It
runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.
Also read: Lenovo Vibe P2 and Motorola Moto M to launch on November 8: Report
On the connectivity side, it supports Bluetooth version 4.1 and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz band MIMO.
It also has Dolby Atmos audio boost feature. For location it has GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and A-GPS. Sensors on the
Motorola Moto M are: Fingerprint Sensor, Vibration Meter, Electronic compass, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor,
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LG G5 starts receiving Android Nougat update in South Korea |


The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
| Seoul |
Published:November 8, 2016 6:29 pm

Google first started the roll out of Android


7.0 Nougat OS for Nexus devices as well as Pixel C tablet in August
LG has started roll out of Android 7.0 Nougat OS for its G5 smartphone, starting with users in South Korea. LG, in a
press release said the upgrade will gradually begin rolling out to customers in the Americas, Asia and other markets in
the weeks to come. Getting software updates to our users faster than the competition is our way of demonstrating that
LG is committed to supporting our products and customers to ensure they have a positive ownership experience, said
Kim Hyung-jung, senior vice president and head of LG Mobiles research and development.
Google first started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat for Nexus devices as well as Pixel C tablet in August. While LG
V20 is the first smartphone to come with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, the South Korean smartphone maker is
the first among competitors to offer the Nougat update after Google devices. Android Nougat brings in a host of a new
features along with LGs own customisations, such as search capability within apps. The multi-window feature allows
for app switching by double tapping or running two apps side by side.
LG G5 was launched in India in June 2016 priced at Rs 52,990. It is the first modular smartphone by the company and
features a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS display with always-on mode. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon
820 chipset, and comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage.
Read- LG G5 review: A great flagship even without the modules
LG G5 also features a dual rear camera. While the primary rear camera lens is 16MP, the other is an 8MP one that is
used for wide-angle shots. LG has tuned its software for both the rear cameras to work independently. We reviewed
the phone and found out that it has one of the best smartphone cameras owing to its wide angle capability. It is backed
by a 2800 mAh battery that can be expanded to 4,000 mAh using a CAM Plus module.
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British appliance company Dyson headed for Indian market by


2017 | The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
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Published:November 8, 2016 5:59 pm

Some Dyson appliances are already available


on e-commerce websites like Amazon India, Flipkart and Snapdeal
British engineer and entrepreneur, Sir James Dyson has recently announced that he has applied for a business licence
to patent and sell his products for the first time in India. Dyson plans to start retail at flagship stores across Delhi and
Mumbai, while also getting in partnership with other retailers. The entrepreneur expects to set-up shop in India by
2017, and contribute Rs 12,000 crores to the India economy over the coming five years.
Dyson appliances are available in over 75 countries world wide, and the company claims that 67 million people own
their appliances. The company has 7,500 patents to its name. The company employs more than 7000 people
worldwide a third of whom are scientists and engineers.
Speaking at the India-UK TECH summit attended by the Prime Ministers of both India and the UK, Sir James Dyson
said, Dyson intends to make its patented technology available in India for the first time, and build a strong partnership
with India which goes beyond our products. India is a very practical, resourceful and inventive nation: these are
talents and attitudes that I value above all others.
The entrepreneur added that India is an exciting place for people developing technologies for the future, and that the
India economy is fast growing and vibrant.
Dyson makes a lot of user home appliances that include cord-free vacuum cleaners, robot vacuums, air purifiers, blade
less fans, lighting appliances and more. Currently the only Dyson products listed on the companys India website are
hand dryers Airblade V, Airblade dB and Airblade Tap.
Read: Xiaomi launches anti-pollution air mask with replaceable carbon filters
I am optimistic to see that the Prime Ministers of both our nations are here in Delhi today and that they are putting
science, and technology at the top of their agenda. Long may it continue. As Britain embraces the change that Brexit
brings, I hope we can once again foster a strong relationship with like-minded Commonwealth friends such as India,
Dyson said in a statement.
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Some Dyson appliances are already available on e-commerce websites like Amazon India, Flipkart and Snapdeal.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 to have dedicated button for AI assistant:


Report | The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
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Updated: November 8, 2016 5:36 pm

Samsung is planning to revamp the flagship


Galaxy S8 smartphone with a dedicated AI button.
Samsung is planning to revamp the flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone after the disastrous Note 7 recall, and could delay
the launch of the phone to April, says a report in Wall Street Journal. The Galaxy S6, S7 smartphones were launched at
the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC), which usually takes place around February. According to a Wall Street
Journal report, which quoted people familiar with the matter, Samsungs new Galaxy S8 could come with a dedicated
button for the new upcoming AI-based personal assistant.
The report in WSJ indicates Samsung is looking at a hardware revamp and prototypes of the new phone have a
button on the side edge which will used to launch this virtual assistant. However, none of this has been finalised,
points out the report.
For Samsung, there will be a lot riding on the next flagship product, especially in light of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco,
which has raised questions about the brands overall image and reliability. Samsung America recently took out full
page ads in the US print media to apologise over the Note 7 issue.
This weeks has seen several reports about Samsungs plans for a virtual assistant in the next flagship device. Samsung
recently acquired Viv Labs, which was co-founded by the same team that built Siri.
Also read: Samsung Galaxy S8s AI-based assistant will go beyond smartphones
Korean media quoted Samsung Vice President Rhee In-jong as saying, The current Galaxy smartphones need separate
applications for users, for instance, to order pizza or coffee. But, the new AI platform will enable them to order (or
do) things directly without going through separate applications.
According to Samsungs VP, developers will be able to attach and upload services to their personal assistant, which
will get smarter over time and learn more services. It will also power Samsungs IoT devices like smart refrigerators,
televisions etc, and allows users to connect their phone with other home appliances as well.

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Samsung acquired Viv in October, which has sparked interest on how the company plans to use this in the future. Viv is
an open artificial intelligence (AI) platform where third-party app developers can also build conversational assistants.
With Samsung planning to go big with its own AI platform, well have to wait and see how the company implements it
in the next Galaxy flagship.
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Xiaomi Mi Air Mask with replaceable carbon filters launched in


China | The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
|
Updated: November 8, 2016 7:59 pm

Xiaomi claims that the filters in the mask are


able to provide up to 99 per cent efficiency in PM 2.5 filtration
Xiaomi Mi Air Mask, has been launched in China which comes with a built-in, replaceable carbon filter. The Mi Air
Mask from Xiaomi is a crowdfunded project and is available for sale in China at 89 Yuan (approx Rs 870). Xiaomi
has become active in the air purification market in India recently, with the company launching the Mi Air Purifier 2 in
September.
According to GizmoChina, Xiaomis Mi air mask is a new 52-chip fresh air mask, and is actually a set of masks that
have been placed together in a compact form, making for an overall of weight of 50.5gms making it extremely light
and portable.
The mask comes with a double detachable design that features an ultra thin fan (with 3-level speed), charging
support, air volume memory (for different individuals), a knob type filter cartridge and a charging port. The Li-ion
battery in the Cloth Pear Fresh mask features an energy saving module, and can be charged in 4-8 hours.
Cloth Pear fresh air mask comes with a 3D design and features hand stitching. Xiaomi claims that the filters in the
mask are able to provide up to 99 per cent efficiency in PM 2.5 filtration. The filter itself uses a high-quality polyester
fabric.
Xiaomis entered the Indian appliance market with the launch of the Mi Air Purifier 2 late September 2016 at Rs
9,999. The air purifier claims a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) performance of 330 cubic-metre per hour. It also
claims to remove 99.7 per cent of PM 2.5 particles from the air.
Read- Delhi air pollution: Top points to note when picking the right air purifier
The air purifier and mask market has seen a big boom in Northern India (especially Delhi), when for the better part of
the following week there was copious amount of smog enshrouding the capital. E-commerce giants like Snapdeal have
said the air purification market has seen a three-fold increase in demand this year as compared to the previous year.

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Sony Xperia XZ review: A great flagship device, but competition is


tough | The Indian Express
Written by
Hansa Verma
|
Published:November 8, 2016 4:40 pm

Sony Xperia XZ costs Rs 51,990 and features


companys familiar rectangular design that weve come to associate with the Xperia phones.
Sony
Sony has been fairly active in launching its flagship devices in India. We recently saw the launch of of the latest
Xperia phones which include the Xperia X and Xperia XA Ultra. The Japanese technology giant aims to take forward
the same legacy with Xperia XZ, which comes with a triple image sensing technology and 5-axis video stabilisation.
Sony has a clear target the high end segment and the company is not making an exception with the pricing on this
one. The Xperia XZ costs Rs 51,990 and features companys familiar rectangular design that weve come to associate
with the Xperia phones.
Sony Xperia XZ
The highlight of Sony Xperia XZ is clearly its 23MP rear camera that boasts of 5-axis video stabilisation to minimises
shakes while shooting videos. The company has introduced a new Loop design for the Xperia XZ. The smartphone
gets a 5.2-inch full HD display and bears an IP65/IP68 rating, making it water/dust resistance like most other Sony
Xperia smartphones. The front camera is 13MP. I used Sony Xperia XZ for more than a week and heres how it
performed:
Specifications: 5.2-inch Full HD display | Quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor | 3GB RAM | 32GB ROM | 23 MP
rear camera | 13 MP front camera | 2,900 mAh battery
Price: Rs 51,990
Whats good?
Sony Xperia XZ is all about its camera prowess. And the 23MP rear camera is truly capable of taking some stunning
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shots in bright outdoors. The pictures look very sharp and colour reproduction is close to natural. The rear shooter is
particularly good with natural landscapes and clicks pictures with details in focus. This one comes with a manual
mode as well, that can be tweaked to get desired pictures in a particular setting.

Sony Xperia XZ is all about its camera


prowess. And the 23MP rear camera is truly capable of taking some stunning shots in bright outdoors. Sample shot
from Sony Xperia XZ (Image resized for web)

Sample shot from Sony Xperia XZ (Image


resized for web)
But I found myself clicking pictures mostly in the auto-mode that automatically adjusts to surroundings, and got some
pretty good results. Pictures taken in low-light settings were excellent as well. The photos turned out to be less grainy
as compared to a lot of other smartphone cameras that Ive tried.

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Sample shot from Sony Xperia XZ (Image

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Xperia XZ (Image resized for web)

Sample shot from Sony

The front camera on the phone is pretty good too. Selfies dont look over-exposed or blurry, even in low-light setting.
In fact, this is easily one of the better smartphone selfie cameras that reproduces close to natural colours. The 5-axis
video stabilisation technology works very well. I tried making a couple of videos from a shaky boat and while
walking, and I was quite impressed with the performance. The technology minimises shakes to a great extent.
The only issue I faced while clicking pictures was adjusting to the placement of the shutter button on Xperia XZ. It is
placed at the bottom on the right side, making it a bit difficult to access at times.

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The only issue I faced while clicking pictures


was adjusting to the placement of the shutter button on Xperia XZ.
The display in Xperia XZ is vibrant. The icons are sharp and colour reproduction is quite good. I did not have to
struggle with this phone in bright sunlight either. I quite liked the design and built of the Xperia XZ too. The Loop
design is supposed to make it easier to hold the smartphone and the grip is quite comfortable on this one. Though I
didnt find it much different from Sonys standard rectangular design, the phone looks good in the Mineral Black
colour variant that we got for review. The power button doubles up as fingerprint scanner, and the unlock mechanism
is really fast on Xperia XZ.

Sony Xperia XZ comes with Snapdragon 820


processor under the hood with 3GB RAM.
Sony Xperia XZ comes with Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood with 3GB RAM. The smartphone did not have
performance issues. Basic tasks like browsing multiple tabs, watching videos and messaging run smoothly and it can
easily handle the more heavy duty games as well. However, the device starts to get a little warm within 10 minutes of
playing a high-end graphic game on it.

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Sony Xperia XZ comes with Quick Charge


technology, which I found quite useful.
Battery in Xperia XZ will easily get you through a day on full charge if youre a moderate user. The smartphone will
be left with very little charge (close to 20 per cent) at the end of the day if you play a lot of games on this one or watch
a lot of videos. Either way, it lasts a day. The Xperia XZ comes with Quick Charge technology, which I found quite
useful.
What is not good?
Theres nothing particularly bad with the device except that it heats up a bit occasionally. Also, the battery on this one
could have been a little bigger, given it packs high-end specifications for multi-tasking and a full HD screen.
Verdict
Sony Xperia XZ is a great overall package if youre looking for a flagship. Camera in the Xperia XZ stands out the
most and it looks stylish in terms of design. However, it will have a hard time competing against other flagship
devices like Samsung S7 series and LG G5. In fact, the Apple iPhone 7 and Google Pixel start at about the same price
and Sony will find it hard to compel users that their price tag is worth it.
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Researchers develop self driving scooter for indoors and out | The
Indian Express
By:
IANS
| New York |
Published:November 8, 2016 4:09 pm

Self Driving scooter developed by


researchers at MIT, NUS
Researchers have developed a new system for self-driving scooter that can help mobility-impaired users to get down
the hall and through the lobby of an apartment building, or pick up an autonomous car on the public roads. The
autonomous mobility scooter and related software were designed by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of
Technologys Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the National University of Singapore,
and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).
Its extraordinary to me, because its a project that the team conducted in about two months, said Daniela Rus,
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.
The researchers system includes several layers of software low-level control algorithms that enable a vehicle to
respond immediately to changes in its environment, such as a pedestrian darting across its path; route-planning
algorithms; localisation algorithms that the vehicle uses to determine its location on a map; map-building algorithms
that it uses to construct the map in the first place; a scheduling algorithm that allocates fleet resources; and an online
booking system that allows users to schedule rides.
The researchers had previously used the same sensor configuration and software in trials of autonomous cars and golf
carts, so the new trial completes the demonstration of a comprehensive autonomous mobility system. Using the same
control algorithms for all types of vehicles scooters, golf carts, and city cars has several advantages. One is that
it becomes much more practical to perform reliable analyses of the systems overall performance.
If you have a uniform system where all the algorithms are the same, the complexity is much lower than if you have a
heterogeneous system where each vehicle does something different, Rus said. Thats useful for verifying that this
multilayer complexity is correct, Rus added.
Read: New super battery can be made from junkyard metal
Software uniformity also means that the scheduling algorithm has more flexibility in its allocation of system
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resources. If an autonomous golf cart is not available to take a user across a public park, a scooter could fill in; if a
city car is not available for a short trip on back roads, a golf cart might be.
The researchers described the design of the scooter system and the results of a trial in a paper they presented recently
at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Nokia D1C renders leaked, and its not a tablet | The Indian
Express
By:
Tech Desk
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Published:November 8, 2016 3:39 pm

Nokia D1C Geekbench test shows the phone


to be running on a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm processor with 3GB RAM (Source: Weibo)
Nokia is expected to make a return to the smartphone market in 2017. The company has ditched the Windows OS in
favour of Googles Android OS, which has the largest market share. One of the two expected Nokia phones to be
launched next year is the D1C, which is possibly the phone shown in the leaked renders that were spotted on Chinese
website Weibo recently.
The images shared by Weibo shows a gold device with a Nokia marking running on the center back. The back of the
phone also shows a camera sensor which is placed vertically above the flash. The render shows the phone with
volume rockers and a lock button on the right of the device and a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top. The bottom of the
device shows a charging port and possibly a cut out for the speakers. The front of the device features a rectangular
home button along with two capacitive buttons.
Not a lot is known about the Nokia D1C, but the phone has been spotted on benchmarking websites Antutu and
Geekbench. The Antutu benchmark done on the device shows the phone to be running on a Qualcomm 430 chipset,
along with an Adreno 505 GPU. The Antutu report also showed that the phone will be featuring 3GB RAM and 32GB
ROM, while runing on Android 7.0 Nougat. It also shows the phone to be sporting a 1920 x 1080 pixel screen
resolution. The benchmark result also shows the the primary camera on the device is 13MP, with an 8MP camera on
the front.
The D1C Geekbench 3 test shows that the phone has a 682 single-core score, and a 3299 multi-core score. It shows
that the phone is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm processor with 3GB RAM. A report done by
NokiaPowerUser listing a GFXBench test on the D1C has suggested that the D1C is not a phone, but a tablet.
Read: Qualcomm confirms new OnePlus device coming with Snapdragon 821
According to PhoneArena, Nokia had not be making phones as it was under a non-compete contract with Microsoft
after the company was taken over by the latter. The images shared by Weibo are not extremely convincing, and the
phone appears to be a photoshopped version of earlier Nokia Lumia devices. There have been no official
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Skullcandy launches Method Wireless earbuds at Rs 5,299 | The


Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 3:41 pm

The Method Wireless sports Bluetooth


technology and is priced at Rs 5,299.
Skullcandy announced the launch of Method Wireless earbuds which are powered by Bluetooth and gears towards
sports activities. Because music can fuel better performance and satisfaction, theres a consumer need for stable,
durable and comfortable wireless sport earbuds. Method Wireless delivers on these expectations, the company said
in a statement.
The Method Wireless comes with features such as FlexSport collar. The reduced parts on the earbuds make them
lightweight, stable and comfortable in the ear, claims the company. The DualLock technology is reported to provide
additional stability, making it a more comfortable, noise-isolating fit for longer workouts.
The wireless earbuds also comes in a womens model, and a reported battery life extending up to 8 hours. Additional
features include sweat resistance, built-in microphone and call,track and volume controls.
Our research shows that while the benefits of wireless are most obvious in the application of sport, many consumers
still use their day-today earbuds. They report insufficient fit and durability, and as a result, are missing the potential
for a better workout experience, said Amlan Bhattacharjya, founder and CEO of Brandeyes Distributors Pvt. Ltd in a
statement.
The earbuds are designed to meet demands of high intensity interval training. The sonically welded earbuds help
keep out moisture such as sweat and rain while proprietary fit technologies work together to keep the earbuds in
place, the company added.
The Method Wireless priced at Rs 5,299 is available both online and at select retailers nationwide.
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Air purifiers, masks flying off digital shelves as Delhi chokes in


smog | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
|
Updated: November 8, 2016 6:15 pm

Flipkart has said that about 50 per cent of the


air purifier demand is coming from Delhi
Customers are thronging e-commerce platforms such as Snapdeal, Flipkart and Amazon to buy air purifiers and masks
to protect themselves from the health-threatening thick cloud of smog that has been enshrouding Delhi since Diwali.
WATCH VIDEO: Heres How The Supreme Court Describe Delhis Air Pollution
While many people bought these items as a preventive measure before the festival of lights and crackers, there has
been a significant rise in sales post Diwali as well. According to Snapdeal, the category has seen an overall three-fold
increase in demand this year compared to the same time last year.
Between pre-Diwali and post-Diwali, we have already seen a seven-fold increase in the number of air purifiers and
masks sold on Snapdeal, it added. Interestingly, the city-based portal has curated a special store for the category and
is expecting a 10-fold surge in orders placed for air purifiers.
Consumers are also opting for air purifiers on the go. Unit sales of car air purifiers in the first 5 days of November
was 140 per cent more than that seen in the month of October for the devices on Snapdeal. The citys air quality has
steadily worsened over the years, a result of pollution from vehicles and industrial emissions.
Apart from atmospheric dust, burning of crop stubble in farms also contributed to the thick cover of hazardous haze
that has been shrouding the city for nearly a week. The air quality have levels of harmful PM 2.5 particles hovering at
dangerous levels, something that has been seen in cities like Beijing.
WATCH VIDEO: NGT Raps Delhi Govt Over Air Pollution: Find Out What It Said
These fine particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter are linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer
and heart disease. E-commerce giant Flipkart, too, has seen a year-on-year growth of 2.5 times in sales in terms of
units sold and 2.8X rise in revenue.
The countrys largest e-commerce player said about 50 per cent of the air purifier demand is coming from Delhi, while
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71 per cent of the the demand is from the north zone.


Read- Pollution woes: Air masks flying off shelves in Delhi-NCR
Amazon.in has also witnessed three-fold increase in unit sales of air purifiers in October this year (compared to the
previous month) and 4X increase as against last October.
About 50 per cent of our orders are coming from customers belonging to cities like Delhi, Gurgaon and Bangalore
apart from other metros. With the onset of winters and the growing smog/fog situation in cities during this time of the
year, we expect the customer demand for Air Purifiers to peak over the next three months, an Amazon.in
spokesperson said.
Sales of pollution masks have also jumped six times in the last few days on the US-based e-tailers India website with
customer demand rising 13 times over last year. The highest number of orders for pollution masks were placed by
customers on November 1 this year. The demand continues to be high from northern India with most orders coming
from Delhi, the spokesperson said.
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COAI urges PARL committee to hear out incumbents view on call


drops | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 5:09 pm

COAI stated issues fall within ambit of


bilateral agreement, best explained by licencees. (File Photo)
Ahead of Thursdays meeting on service quality and call drops, COAI today urged the Standing Committee on IT to
also hear out operators including Airtel, Idea and Vodafone for a fairer assessment of the situation. Cellular Operators
Association of India (COAI) said that many of the issues fall within the ambit of bilateral commercial agreement and
are best explained by individual licencees.
In a letter addressed to Anurag Singh Thakur, Chairman of Standing Committee on Information Technology, COAI
suggested, in order to assist the committee in this important exercise, the other members of COAI namely, Airtel,
Idea, Vodafone, Aircel and Telenor and the members of AUSPI be also called to depose before the committee and
furnish all relevant information and data for the consideration
AUSPI stands for Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India and its members include Anil Ambani
promoted Reliance Communications as well as Tata Teleservices. Noting that the cellular association as well as
Reliance Jio promoted by Mukesh Ambani have been asked to appear before the Standing Committee this week,
COAI said many of these issues lie within the ambit of bilateral commercial pacts.
Many of the issues pertaining to the subject are best explained by individual member companies, who are also
licensees, as these issues lie within the ambit of bilateral commercial agreements between members, COAI said.
The networks and technologies vary among members and hence the companies themselves are best placed to explain
the nuances involved, it added.
Hence, we wouldrequest that with the objective of obtaining a full, complete and fair understanding of the matter
under discussion, all member companies of COAI and AUSPI be called to present before the Standing Committee on
Information Technology, COAI added.
On November 10, the Parliamentary panel is scheduled to hear the views of COAI and Reliance Jio, followed by a
meeting with representatives of DoT and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on the issue of call drops. As
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such, call drops are rampant in the country with telecom operators of late making some effort to improve the situation
by installing more telecom towers.
Read: BSNL approaches Telecom Department for Spectrum
Reliance Jio, also a member of COAI, has blamed the industry body for airing views of incumbent telecom operators
on issues such as points of interconnect, and related service quality and congestion. Following a tussle between
Reliance Jio and incumbent operators on points of interconnect, the telecom regulator recently recommended a penalty
of Rs 3,050 crore on the operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea holding them responsible for congestion on
the newcomers network leading to call drops.
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Net Neutrality: TRAIs recommendation on free data likely this


week | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 1:52 pm

TRAI floated proposals in May to explore


models for providing free Internet services to consumers. (Representational image)
Telecom regulator TRAI is expected to release this week its recommendations on free data services in the wake of its
ban on free Internet platforms like Facebooks Free Basics and Airtel Zero. We expect to issue recommendation on
free data service by end of this week, TRAI Chairman RS Sharma told PTI.
TRAI floated proposals in May to explore models for providing free Internet services to consumers within the Net
neutrality framework, months after barring platforms like Facebooks Free Basics and Airtel Zero under its
differential pricing rule.
The regulator, which is exploring a toll free number like facility for accessing online platforms, received comments
from 11 telecom operators and Internet service providers, 25 companies and organisations, 14 individuals
who addressed questions raised in the paper and hundreds of one line comments from individuals on the proposal.
Internet-based companies like Hike Messenger, Times Internet, Medianama appreciated the move but with a caution
that the final regulation should not violate principle of net neutrality.
Majority of individuals who responded to TRAIs paper to frame rules for providing free Internet service
apprehended that attempt to create framework for free data may violate net neutrality principles. Sharma said that
consultation paper on net neutrality will also be issued within a fortnight.
TRAI has floated pre-consultation paper on net neutrality in May seeking to put in place an overall framework for
Internet usage in the country. There has been a conflict between telecom operators, Internet companies and consumers
interest on the issue of net neutrality.
While all the three major stakeholders telecom operators, Internet companies and consumers favour net neutrality,
they define it differently from their standpoint. TRAI has partially addressed the issue of net neutrality like differential
pricing and, through a separate consultation paper, is in process of exploring model for providing free Internet within
framework of net neutrality. TRAI has sought views on approach that Indias policy and/or regulatory approach
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should take in dealing with issues relating to net neutrality.


Read: ICANN will closely work with India, president Goran Marby
The debate on net neutrality picked up in India when telecom operator Bharti Airtel in December 2014 decided to
charge extra for making Internet calls. However, the company rolled back its plan after huge public protest. It then
launched Airtel Zero platform which provided fee access to websites under it while websites were required pay for
being on it.
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Intex launches two new multimedia speakers starting at Rs 5,700 |


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By:
Tech Desk
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 1:46 pm

Intex IT 6020 SUFB is priced at Rs 5,700 and


will be available through the companys distribution networks
Intex has announced the launch of two new channel 5.1 and 2.1 speakers the IT 6020 SUFB and IT 9500 SUFB
respectively. Intex claims that both speakers come with features that makes them stand out from other speakers
currently available in the market.
Features on the speakers include a built in FM radio, USB/SD card reader and AUX support. In addition, the
speakers come with a LED display and a fully functional remote control.
The output power on the IT-6020 SUFB series is reported to be- 40W+15Wx15, and 30W+30W on the IT-9500 SUFB.
The FM receiver on both the speakers operate between 88MHZ-108MHZ, frequency range. The IT-9500 SUFB is
slightly heavier at 13.6KG than the IT-6020 SUFB which weighs in at 12.5Kg.
With the launch of these speakers, Intex now has 28 models in 2.1 series, 11 models in 5.1 series. It also has 15
models of speakers in the 4.1 series; making for a total of 70+ speaker models.
As a pioneer in sound and audio industry, Intex has been positioned at the top of the multimedia speaker offerings.
With the launch of these two products, we are introducing our customers to its feature-rich specifications and design.
We are sure that products, such as these, will create a never-like experience, delivering a high-end performance said
Nidhi Markanday, Director and Business Head- Consumer Durables and IT Peripherals, Intex Technologies.
Read: Portronics Sublime III, bluetooth speakers.
The speakers are priced at Rs 5,700 and Rs 8,200 respectively, and will be available through the companys
distribution networks across India.

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Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus to get Jet White colour variant: Report |


The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
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Published:November 8, 2016 1:23 pm

Apple replaced its Space Grey colour with a


new matte-black colour with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus this year, and added a new jet-black version as well (Image Source:
Macotakara)
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus might have been launched last month, but a recent report suggests that a new colour variant
Jet White, might be on the cards. Apple introduced the glossy Jet Black colour with the iPhone 7 lineup and has
received positive response from consumers. According to a 9to5Mac report, which has quote a Japanese blog saying
that the Cupertino giant might add a new glossy white colour to its 2016 flagships.
Apple replaced its Space Grey colour with a new matte-black colour with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus this year. The company
also introduced a new jet-black colour for its latest flagships, limited to only the top two (128GB and 256GB)
variants of both devices. While the anodized aluminium matte-black variant is as durable as previous colours, the jetblack design has been noted to be a finger print magnet while also being prone to easy scratching.
Apple has been successively adding new colours to its lineup since for quite some time. The iPhone 5s saw the
addition of a gold colour variant, while the iPhone 6s got a new rose gold version. With the iPhone 7 however, the
company has added two new colour (possibly three) variants.
Even while the new iPhone 7 Plus features a dual rear-camera setup that makes it look apart from the iPhone 6 Plus
and 6s Plus, the iPhone 7 has little to distinguish it apart from Apples previous two flagships. Is the additional of so
many new colour variants with the iPhone 7 an attempt to make them look apart and drive sales? It is also possible that
following production delays, Apple deferred the launch of the jet-white colour to sometime later.
Read- Apple will not bring an iPhone SE upgrade in 2017: Report
This might just be a rumour, as there is no precedence of Apple launching a new colour variant after the launch of a
phone. If however the colour is coming, the company is sure to make an official announcement about it first.
A recent report by KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple is expecting a drop is demand for the
iPhone 7 which can be the reason for the introduction of a new colour variant. Kuo added that the Cupertino tech
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giant will not be launching a successor to the iPhone SE in 2017 to boost sales of its flagship phones.

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NASA set to launch six small satellites to measure hurricanes | The


Indian Express
By:
IANS
|
Published:November 8, 2016 12:37 pm

NASA is increasingly using small satellites to


tackle important science problems across our mission portfolio (Image for representation; Source- NASA)
Beginning this month, NASA will launch a suite of six small satellite missions that will debut new methods to measure
hurricanes, Earths energy budget, aerosols, and weather. These small satellites range in size from a loaf of bread to a
small washing machine and weigh from a few to 181.4 kg, NASA said in a statement on Monday.
Their small size keeps development and launch costs down as they often hitch a ride to space as a secondary
payload on another missions rocket providing an economical avenue for testing new technologies and conducting
science.
NASA is increasingly using small satellites to tackle important science problems across our mission portfolio, said
Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASAs Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
They also give us the opportunity to test new technological innovations in space and broaden the involvement of
students and researchers to get hands-on experience with space systems, Zurbuchen noted.
Small-satellite technology has led to innovations in how scientists approach Earth observations from space.
Scheduled to launch this month, RAVAN, the Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes, is a CubeSat
that will demonstrate new technology for detecting slight changes in Earths energy budget at the top of the atmosphere
essential measurements for understanding greenhouse gas effects on climate, NASA said.
In spring 2017, two CubeSats are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station for a detailed look at clouds.
Data from the satellites will help improve scientists ability to study and understand clouds and their role in climate
and weather.
In early 2017, MiRaTA the Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration mission is scheduled to launch into
space with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Joint Polar Satellite System-1.
MiRaTAs miniature sensors will collect data on temperature, water vapor and cloud ice that can be used in weather
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forecasting and storm tracking.


NASAs early investment in these new Earth-observing technologies has matured to produce two robust science
missions.
Read: Brazilian astronomers discover 2 new planets
CYGNSS the Cyclone, Global Navigation Satellite System will be NASAs first Earth science small satellite
constellation. Set to be launched in December this year, the mission will collect data to improve hurricane intensity
forecasts.
TROPICS the Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of
Smallsats will use radiometer instruments based on the MiRaTA CubeSat that will make frequent measurements of
temperature and water vapour profiles throughout the life cycle of individual storms, NASA said.
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Qualcomm confirms new OnePlus device coming with Snapdragon


821 | The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
|
Updated: November 8, 2016 12:12 pm

OnePlus 3 was launched at Rs 27,999 as an


Amazon exclusive in India mid-2016
Qualcomm has all but officially confirmed that the one OnePlus 3T smartphone will be launching soon and that the
phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC. Qualcomms tweet read as, Something new from @OnePlus is
on the way and its powered by our #Snapdragon 821 processor. Stay tuned. In comparison, the OnePlus 3 is
running on a Snapdragon 820 SoC.
The existence of the OnePlus 3T was also confirmed by noted tipster Evan Blass, who said that the OnePlus 3T will
be priced $80 higher than the first generation OnePlus 3. This entails that the OnePlus 3 could be priced at $479
(approx Rs 32,000). The phone is expected to be a slight upgrade over the OnePlus 3 and might be heading for a
launch this month.
Other the new SoC, the OnePlus 3T is rumoured to be running Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box. The phone is
also expected to feature Sonys IMX398 sensor 16MP camera sensor.
OnePlus 3 was launched at Rs 27,999 as an Amazon exclusive in India mid-2016. The phone is powered by a quadcore Snapdragon 820 processor that has been coupled with an Adreno 530 GPU. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB
of onboard storage.
Something new from @OnePlus is on the wayand its powered by our #Snapdragon 821 processor. Stay tuned.
pic.twitter.com/3jOyZFRQ5t
Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) November 7, 2016
A recent report has also shed light on the OnePlus 4, which is expected to come in 2017. The device is expected to be
running on a Snapdragon 830 SoC clocked at 3GHz, and will be coming with an Adreno 620 GPU. The phone is also
rumoured to come with a 25 per cent larger battery compared to the OnePlus 3 at 4000 mAh.
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Google Play Store gets Netbanking payment option in India | The


Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
|
Updated: November 8, 2016 12:02 pm

The addition of Netbanking will make it


easier for users to buy apps, books, movies and songs from Google Play Store.
Google Play Store has rolled out Netbanking as a payment method in India. The option was first spotted by Android
Police, which out screenshot of the same. Prior to this addition, Indian users could only pay with debit/credit cards or
Play Store gift cards, the site said. According to reports, Google has tied-up with close to 30 banks for Netbanking
payment facility in India. The addition of Netbanking will make it easier for users to buy apps, books, movies and
songs from Google Play Store.
Users who found the new payment method particularily useful, tweted about the same. .@GooglePlay supports
netbanking of many Indian banks, including @TheOfficialSBI. Payment made easier, said one of the Twitter users
who goes by the name @AkhileshTekade. Great news is google playstore in india now supports netbanking in
payment method for many banks [email protected] [email protected],said another user Kishan V.
According to an earlier report in Reuters, Google is sharpening Google Play store recommendations with artificial
intelligence. The report also said the company is looking to expand support for various payment platforms, among
other initiatives. Plus, the Play Store will be expanding to new platforms, including wearable devices, virtual reality
headsets and Googles Chromebook laptops. What we are excited about is giving developers that single entry point
for more and more of the computing ecosystem, said Sameer Samat, Vice President Product Management at Google.
Google Play Store allows Idea users to pay for apps, games and books on Google Play directly through their postpaid
and prepaid accounts. The in-build operator billing feature also extends to in-app purchases.
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YouTube rolls out support for HDR videos | The Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
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Published:November 8, 2016 11:05 am

Starting today, users can watch HDR videos


on YouTube on supported devices.
YouTube now supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos. HDR videos have higher contrast, revealing precise,
detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever, said Steven Robertson, Software Engineer and
Sanjeev Verma, Product Manager in a blogpost. Starting today, users can watch HDR videos on YouTube on supported
devices. These include HDR TVs with the new Chromecast Ultra, and all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs.
YouTube says it is working with partners to enable streaming of the HDR version. And for devices that dont support
HDR, these videos will play in standard dynamic range. As more HDR devices become available, YouTube will
work with partners to enable streaming of the HDR version, said Robertson and Verma.
YouTube has partnered with creators like MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob + Katie Schwarz, and Abandon Visuals to bring
HDR videos for its platform. Creators on YouTube can upload videos in HDR format starting today. YouTube says it
has worked with various teams to make uploading of HDR videos as easy as SDR. YouTube currently supports HD,
4K video, live streaming, 3D, 360-degree video, and spatial audio formats.
According to a report in AP, YouTube has proven to be one of the best bets that Google has ever made since it bought
the video site for $1.76 billion a decade ago. In a third-quarter report, Googles corporate parent, Alphabet Inc, said it
earned $5.1 billion, or $7.25 per share, a 27 per cent increase from the same time last year. Meanwhile, YouTubes
audience has surpassed 1 billion, with 80 per cent of the viewers outside the US.
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Lenovo Phab 2 Plus launched at Rs 14,999: Key specifications and


features | The Indian Express
Written by
Shruti Dhapola
|
Updated: November 8, 2016 2:03 pm

Lenovo Phab 2 Plus smartphone has been


launched in India and comes with a dual rear camera, which has an AR mode.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has been launched in India at Rs 14,999. Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is the successor of the original Phab
Plus device that comes with an AR (Augmented Reality) mode in its camera app. Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is exclusive to
Amazon in India and will go on sale today after 1 pm.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has a 6.40-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The phablet is made of
aluminium alloy and features 2.5D curved glass design on the front. The Phab 2 Plus is powered by MediaTeks
MTK8783 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage expandable to 128GB via microSD card.
However, the highlight of the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is the dual rear camera set up where the company has added two
13MP cameras on the back. The rear cameras have Futjistu Milbeaut Image Signal Processor, which the company
claims allows better low-light shots, DSLR-style effects. The pixel size 1.4um and it has F/2.0. The camera has a
manual mode for those who want to tinker with the settings, and a separate dual rear camera mode where the user has
an option of changing focus and swapping background, etc.
The AR mode in Phab 2 Plus camera allows users to take photos and create videos with superimposed effects such as
virtual backgrounds or cartoons. The front camera is 8MP. The effects offered are similar to the ones on the Google
Project Tango-enabled smartphone from Lenovo which is the Phab 2 Pro version.
The device is backed by a 4,050 mAh battery. This is a dual-SIM device with support for Nano SIM, Micro-SIM and
microSD card. The slot is a hybrid one. Lenovo says the new phone will support 4G VoLTE in India as well.
Lenovos Phab 2 Plus is equipped with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 surround sound support. Sensors
on the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus include G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, L-Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope Hall Sensor.
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Huawei shipments jump 70 per cent in Europe: Canalys | The


Indian Express
By:
Tech Desk
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Published:November 8, 2016 9:47 am

Huawei has already shipped just over 26


million smart phones in EMEA this year.
Huawei has broken out in a sprint growing its smart phone shipments by 70 per cent annually in EMEA. Q3 is also the
first time Huawei has shipped over 10 million units in the region in a single quarter. This put the Chinese smartphone
major at number three with 14 per cent of smart phone shipments, behind Apples 15 per cent and Samsung at 37 per
cent, said a new report by research firm Canalys.
Huawei is becoming much smarter in Europe. It has now evolved to become a major smart phone brand and
innovator in its own right, said Ben Stanton, Research Analyst at Canalys. He said Huaweis focus this year has been
on premium design and branding, with a series of celebrity endorsement deals, as well as product partnerships with
the likes of Leica and Porsche Design. It is clearly trying to break away from its past, and create a brand to rival
Apple and Samsung. Earlier it used to focus on price-to-performance ratio, a good disruptive strategy at the time.
Huawei has already shipped just over 26 million smart phones in EMEA this year, exceeding its total from full-year
2015, with the lucrative holiday season still to come, Canalys said. The company is also key player in developing
markets in the Middle East and Africa, where its low-end devices are helping to increase smart phone penetration. It
is also making significant inroads into the high-volume Indian market.

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Huawei is clearly trying to break away from


its past, and create a brand to rival Apple and Samsung.
However, its 33 per cent sequential growth in Europe is thanks to its focus on improving industrial design has been an
important factor behind its success, and helped it to displace the likes of Sony, LG and HTC, Canalys said. Huaweis
mid-range and premium devices like the P9 have allowed it consolidate this position.
However, Stanton said Huawei still has issues with specification overlap between different product lines, though it is
certainly in a strong position to keep growing. It launched the Mate 9 at the perfect time to exploit Samsungs Note7
fiasco. As the Note5, along with other competing products, such as the LG V20 and Xiaomi Mi Note 2, never launched
in Europe, Huawei now finds itself with no major competition in the 5.5-inch plus segment. It will be hard to entice
European consumers to upgrade to super-large screens en masse. But if the appetite exists, Huawei has a real
opportunity to become the pre-eminent vendor in that category.
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Stunt Chase | The Indian Express


Written by
Dipti Nagpaul
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Published:November 9, 2016 12:28 am

Allan Amin (left) with Varun Dhawan


He does not deny that part of the fun in working as a stunt artiste lies in the adrenaline rush induced by the risk one
takes. But beyond that, Allan Amin looks at it as just another job. The window cleaner does not take up the job for
the heady rush that being tied up in a harness 100 feet above the ground may give. Similarly, to most stunt artistes, its
just another job that someone has to do. And because some of us have some natural skill at it, we take it up as a
career, says the popular action director of films such as Dhoom 2.
The risks involved in the job of a stunt artiste and the safety measures or the lack of it provided to them in India
have come under a scanner after two Kannada actors lost their lives while performing a high-octane stunt in
Bengaluru.
But Amin says that accidents happen and they are a job hazard in his profession. No one can be blamed for this. It is
an accident, says the actor, who himself suffered an injury earlier this year while performing a stunt in Dubai with
Varun Dhawan for Dishoom. Amin was rushed to the hospital where he got nine stitches on his forehead. I have made
Amitabh Bachchan jump 300 feet into a waterfall for Aks. Hrithik Roshan had a similar stunt in Mission Kashmir. The
artiste who performed a bike jump of over 200 feet in Shamitabh for Dhanush won an award for it. For one stunt gone
wrong, there are hundreds that go right, he points out.
With nearly 25 years of experience behind him, Amin says that much has changed over time in the Indian film industry,
in terms of the stunt artistes worth as well as the safety equipment available. Earlier, we would tie an artiste with
banana leaves, considered less flammable, when there was a stunt involving fire to be performed. Now there are fire
suits. Similarly, there are water suits, which ensure that the artiste floats up to the surface of the water body as soon as
he has jumped into the water. A talented stunt artist, Amin says, can earn up to Rs 70,000 for a risky stunt the
kind the Kannada actors were performing.
While facilities such as water, fire suits and harnesses are available to ensure the artistes safety, the Movie Stunt
Artists Association of Bollywood does not have any standard practices. This implies that if any action director does
not provide the correct safety equipment to his team, he wont be penalised for it. The action director, who has
repeatedly worked with Roshan, admits that after the safety measures have improved, a lot of stars want to perform
their own stunts. Its much safer today, for them as well as for us, he says.

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Shiv Sainik Jitendra Janwale lodges complaint against hoardings


of Ishq Junoon, calls it vulgar | The Indian Express
Written by
Sonup Sahadevan
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 10:26 pm

According to shiv Sena, the posters of Ishq


Junoon are vulgur and outrageous.
Ishq Junoon billed as Bollywoods first threesome movie has irked the sentiments of Shiv Sainik Jitendra Janawale
who has now lodged a police complaint against the posters of the movie. Terming these posters vulgar and outrageous,
Jitendra in his complaint has demanded action against the hoarding owners and the movies director Sanjay Sharma.
Talking to indianexpress.com, Jitendra said, These posters which are exhibited in public are in really bad taste. They
are vulgar and outrageous. It sends out a bad message to the youth of this country. Young school going kids and ladies
are offended seeing these posters. It will have a bad impression upon the minds of kids who will in turn ask their
parents what the poster is all about. Sexual crimes are on a rise and such posters will only worsen things. We have
lodged a complaint in Juhu police station against the hoarding owners and director.
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Jitendra also clarified that he has no problems with the release of the film and wont stall the same. If the movie has
been certified by the CBFC, they can release it in theaters. Our protest is against the obscene posters that they have put
up in public places which shouldnt happen. Its sending out a wrong message to the future generation.
Meanwhile, the films director Sanjay Sharma had this to say when contacted for a comment. My film Ishq Junoon is
based on a new and bold theme that has not been explored by others and that is what is being conveyed to the targeted
audience through the posters of my film. And what one sees in the posters are the integral part of my film which has
been duly approved by the censor authorities of this country. I dont think people should resort to such unlawful moral
policing to attain political mileage out of this. This is what I feel about the entire episode that has erupted against the
poster of my film.
The film is slated to hit theaters on November 11.

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Meet the man behind Shah Rukh Khans success and he is not
Yash Chopra, watch video | The Indian Express
Written by
A. Kameshwari
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 7:37 pm

Shah Rukh Khan will next appear in Gauri


Shindes Dear Zindagi.
Over the years, credit of Shah Rukh Khans success has been given to Yash Chopra, who made him the king of
romance, but somebody from the industry says that is not the truth. According to writer and filmmaker Samar Khan, the
success of Shah Rukh Khan is because of Lt.Col. R.K. Kapoor, the director who introduced SRK and gave him the first
break of his career with television series, Fauji.
Samar Khan is going to launch a book on the Bollywood journey of Shah Rukh Khan. During a Twitter interaction with
Shah Rukh fans, he credited Kapoor to be the most impactful personality of King Khans career, among the directors.

Fauji, directed by Lt.Col. R.K Kapoor, was


television debut of Shah Rukh Khan.
He said, The director who discovered Shah Rukh and gave SRK to the industry was Col. Kapoor. According to me,
there would be no Shah Rukh Khan without him. Hats off to him. He is also a part of my book.
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Samar has known the actor for the last 20 years. He had met the actor on the sets of English Babu Desi Mem, which
also starred Sonali Bendre. It took him four years to put the book together with co-author Sonali Kokra. The book will
include interviews with all the director Shah Rukh has ever worked with, it also includes an interview of Aditya
Chopra, who gave SRK his pathbreaking film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. The book, which will be launched on
November 8, has been titled SRK: 25 Years of A Life.
.@mickymisra pic.twitter.com/gH3vcBywnz
samar khan (@samarmumbaikhan) November 8, 2016
.@SanadhSa #25yearsofsrk pic.twitter.com/bhg2IuAu2d
samar khan (@samarmumbaikhan) November 8, 2016
When asked if the book will have any interviews of the actors wife Gauri Khan or his children Suhana or Aryan,
Samar said that since the book is more about his professional journey, the book will not have any references to his
personal life.
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There are ample of books written on SRK but as we say the more the merrier, people still want to read about him and
his journey as he has been an inspiration in many ways. Well, for now, Shah Rukh is busy promoting his upcoming
film, Dear Zindagi. The film also stars Alia Bhatt. Other than that, SRK will also be seen in Raees and Imtiaz Alis
The Ring.
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Koffee With Karan 5: Twinkle Khanna feels it is dangerous to sip


coffee with Karan Johar | The Indian Express
Written by
A. Kameshwari
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 6:56 pm

Koffee With Karan 5: Twinkle Khanna and


Akshay Kumar to appear on Karan Johars talk show.
When Twinkle Khanna makes an appearance it is either candid or blunt or nothing at all. Karan Johars most awaited
talk show, Koffee With Karan, which had its premiere episode on November 6 with his two favourites from the
industry Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt, is now heading for its second episode with Twinkle Khanna and Akshay
Kumar. This is for the first time that the couple will appear together on the television and this episode also marks
the debut of Tina (as the industry famously calls her) on TV. This is one of the kind because of the statements that
Twinkle will pass on for Karan and as well as her actor-husband.
Her comment on her husbands crotch and inches has already left all of us quite excited with anticipation of what
will happen if this woman is left to talk for an entire episode.
Also read | Koffee With Karan 5: Twinkle Khannas NSFW comments leave Akshay Kumar blushing,
watch video
While we already believe that it will be so difficult for Akshay to sail through the episode successfully, it is Twinkle
who feels having coffee with the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director can be dangerous. Hard to believe? Well, we can relate
to your feelings. But this is what Mrs. Funny Bones said through a tweet on her official twitter account.
Dangerous to drink Koffee with @karanjohar he always asks me this very question on every public platform! But
I put him on the spot too:) http://t.co/6ZamtxLaUX
Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) November 8, 2016
Am not have as dangerous as you!!!! I was more scared of you than any of my other guests!!!!
http://t.co/4nnztcAyge
Karan Johar (@karanjohar) November 8, 2016
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The actor tweeted, Dangerous to drink Koffee with Karan Johar he always asks me this very question on every public
platform! But I put him on the spot too. And giving a fitting response to his childhood friend, KJo said, Am not half
as dangerous as you! I was more scared of you than any of my other guests!So, if you are waiting to unveil everything
that she has spoken on the show, you have to wait and watch. Koffee with Karan will air on Star World and Star World
HD.
So, if you are waiting to indulge into everything that she has spoken on the show, you have to wait and watch. Koffee
with Karan airs on Star World.
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Filmmakers should be put behind bars: John Abraham on two


Kannada actors death | The Indian Express
By:
IANS
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 6:51 pm

John Abraham will appear in Force 2 with


Sonakshi Sinha.
John Abraham, who often performs daredevil stunts in films, says the action standards in the country are not up to the
mark. His comment came on Tuesday, a day after two actors drowned in a water reservoir after leaping off a
helicopter while shooting a crucial climax scene for a Kannada film near Bengaluru. The news is devastating, John
said. I am absolutely devastated with the fact that those two Kannada actors lost their lives. I saw the clip. It is
absolutely ridiculous and the films producer should be put behind bars for this, John said.
The incident involved popular actor Duniya Vijay, who swam to safety and even had a life jacket, and two others
identified as Anil and Uday who drowned after jumping off the helicopter. John agrees that injuries happen despite
complete safety and security, but it is a department which needs attention in the Indian film industry.
It is sad this has happened and coincidentally, in my case, with all the precautions, I still hurt my knee. Ive always
gone about town saying that the action standards in the country are not up to the mark and you cannot blame the action
director (for it), added the 43-year-old actor and producer who had gone through a knee surgery during the shoot of
his forthcoming film Force 2.
Also read | Mastigudi makers booked for culpable homicide, Kannada actors bodies yet to be found
John rued how no stress is paid on action and safety gear. Is it the cost factor that keeps producers away from
ensuring 100 per cent safety for the crew? Partly true. I think we need to take care and we need to make sure that all
safety measures are in place because there in no false sense of bravado in getting hurt. Its finally our life that is on the
line. So you have got be very smart and safe about it, he said.
Also read | Bollywoods stunt directors react to Kannada actors death: Safety comes first for us
Having said that, the Dishoom star, considers action an important part of his life and career. For people like me,
action is a very important part of our lives and it impacts our careers directly. So, we have to be very sure that we are
safe. That is very important for us, he added. The actor has been a part of Bollywood for over a decade and has
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performed action scenes in movies like Dhoom, Kaal, Force, Race 2, and Rocky Handsome.
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He credits it all to stunt men, who he feels, are the most ignored people in showbiz. Im totally in support of stunt
men getting recognition and their due. I think they are the most ignored people. My solidarity is with them. Even when I
am doing an action film, I have always gone and checked the stunt man and seen if he is well padded or protected
before he does his stunt, because for me, they are responsible for where I am, said John. They make me who I am
and if I dont look after or take care of them, I dont deserve to be here.
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Aamir Khan, his Dangal daughters are a long way off from dusty
wrestling ring in this glam photo, see pic | The Indian Express
Written by
Arushi Jain
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 6:38 pm

Aamir Khan along with his Dangal daughters


pose in style for a magazine cover page.
Aamir Khan, who never fails to amaze us with his perfectionist looks, has yet again made the fashionistas turn their
heads with a new photo shoot. Matching him step-for-glam-step are his Dangal daughters, Sanya Malhotra and Fatima
Sana Sheikh.
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The versatile actor along with his onscreen daughters is adorning the cover page of Feminas anniversary edition. And,
believe us when we say that the trio has stunned us with their looks. Sanya and Fatima, who play Aamirs daughters
Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari in Dangal, are looking smoking hot in the cover picture of the magazine. The two
ladies have definitely stolen the show from Aamir Khan with their poses.
In the cover page of the magazine, Aamir who does everything to get under the skin of the character he plays looks
lean and broad in his suit. We have only seen Sanya and Fatima in the dusty wrestling ring till now and their glammed
up versions have left us speechless. Also, do not miss out the dumbells on the floor.
.@aamir_khan Khan & his #Dangal co-stars Fatima Sana Shaikh & Sanya Malhotra grace the cover of Feminas
Anniversary issue. On stands soon! pic.twitter.com/rGToZf9ySI
Femina (@FeminaIndia) November 7, 2016
Earlier, Aamir Khan made it to the headlines in the showbiz world a few days back when he promised to attend the
wedding ceremony of Geeta Phogat, the lead subject of his upcoming movie, Dangal.
Dangal is a sports biopic which narrates the story of Mahavir Singh Phogut (played by Aamir Khan), a father who
empowered his daughters by teaching them wrestling. Helmed by Nitesh Tiwari, the movie is slated to release on
December 23 this year.
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Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to have no romantic


sequence in Padmavati? | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 6:01 pm

There is no romantic song or scene between


them in the narrative of the film or even as a dream sequence.
There is a huge buzz surrounding Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukones forthcoming Padmavati but the duo will not
share any romantic scene in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed epic.
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In the period-drama, actor Shahid Kapoor plays Raja Ratan Singh, Rajput ruler and husband of queen Padmavati
(Deepika), while Ranveer will be seen as Alauddin Khilji, the medieval-era Delhi sultan, who falls in love with
Padmavati.
There were reports that the Bajirao Mastani co-stars will be seen romancing each other in a dream sequence.
According to sources, since the Befikre actor and Deepika are not romantically paired opposite each other in the
film, so there is no question of a romantic sequence.
Ranveer and Deepika are not romantically paired opposite each other in the film. There is no romantic song or scene
between them in the narrative of the film or even as a dream sequence.
Also read | Why Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor stripped in Befikres Ude Dil Befikre, watch video
In fact, there is no interaction between Alauddin Khilji and Padmavati. This is written history and history cannot be
tampered with, sources said.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, as a filmmaker, has always been sensitive towards peoples sentiments and has treated the
subject with utmost respect, they added. The film will soon go on floors and is set for a 2017 release. Padmavati is
Viacom18 Motion Pictures third collaboration with Bhansali Productions after the back to back success of Mary
Kom and Gabbar is Back.
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Kirron Khers father passes away, Anupam Kher pays respect |


The Indian Express
By:
Express Web Desk
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 5:11 pm

Kirron Khers father Thakur Singh passed


away today in the morning and her actor husband Anupam Kher took to Twitter to share the news.
Actress-politician Kirron Khers father Thakur Singh has died. The 61-year-old actresses father passed away today in
the morning and her actor husband Anupam Kher took to Twitter to share the news. Col Thakur Singh, Kirron Jis
father departed for a better world this morning. He was one of d kindest persons I have ever met. Will miss him, Kher
tweeted.
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In mid May, Anupam had shared that he is always happy to meet his wife and actress-politician Kirron Khers 102year-old father. It is always wonderful to meet and hug Kirron Khers 102 years old father Col. Thakar Singh. He
makes us happy, Anupam had then shared images on Twitter.
Kirrons family still lives in Chandigarh, from where she is also the Member of Parliament for BJP. Kiran Kher made
her film debut in 1983 in the Punjabi feature film Aasra Pyar Da, a non-descript production which sank without a
trace. After this, she took a hiatus from films. Between 1983 and 1996, she appeared in exactly one film, Pestonjee
(1987), wherein she acted in a bit role alongside her second husband Anupam Kher.
Check Anupam Khers where he shared the news:
Col. Thakur Singh, Kirron Jis father departed for a better world this mor. He was one of d kindest persons I have
ever met. Will miss him. pic.twitter.com/DdehEYzoLo
Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) November 8, 2016
Her comeback film was by Shyam Benegal, Sardari Begum (1996). In 2002, Kirron appeared in Devdas (2002),
alongside Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai, and was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting
Actress Award. This actress is seen in many other films, doing powerful supporting roles.
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Why Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor stripped in Befikres Ude Dil


Befikre, watch video | The Indian Express
Written by
A. Kameshwari
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 4:18 pm

Befikre: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor shot a


few scenes in bare minimums in chilly Paris.
Befikre is not only known for being the directorial comeback of Aditya Chopra but also for its innumerable kisses and,
well, bold actors. The film, which looks like an Indian adaptation of No Strings Attached, has been making news every
now and then. It is back on trending with the behind-the-scenes of its song Ude Dil Befikre. The video shows how
the director has taken the truth-and-dare game to a different level altogether.
Vaibhavi Merchant, the choreographer of the song, reveals how Aditya wanted to scale up the level of craziness. She
said he titled this song as dare song in which both the actors would nominate each other for several dares. However,
that was not it for even the choreographers had a tough task at hand to complete the song in scheduled time. In one of
the sequence, we see Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, the leads of the film, roaming around in freezing Paris in their
bare minimums. Ranveer, talking about the sequence, said Aditya made sure that even if the duo feels cold, it is not
obvious on the screen.
From the freezing temperature to filming crazy dare sequences, unravel the fun behind the making of
#UdeDilBefikre http://t.co/P2KdmUar6s
Yash Raj Films (@yrf) November 7, 2016
Also read | Aditya Chopra has spoken a different language in Befikre: Vishal Dadlani
The other sequence required the actors to strip, talking about which Vaani said she is very thankful to Vaibhavi for
choreographing the sequence or she would not have been able to be natural. The song, according to the music
composer duo Vishal-Shekhar, is dedicated to all those who believe in loving without fear. They also talked about
how Benny Dayal added the Arabic touch to the song, which makes it extremely groovy.
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While the video captures everyone from behind the camera, Aditya Chopra is still missing in action. Ude Dil Befikres
behind-the-scene video will definitely make you want to explore these out-of-the-box dares to make your game a little
more fun.
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Vidya Balan to host an episode of Savdhaan India | The Indian


Express
By:
IANS
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 3:46 pm

Vidya Balan promotes her next Kahaani 2 :


Durga Rani Singh on television show Savdhaan India.
Actress Vidya Balan, who will be seen hosting a special episode of TV show Savdhaan India, says it is time to stand
up against crime without fear and battle it without any inhibitions.
The actress, known for her power-packed performances on the silver screen, will be hosting an episode of the Life
OK show with tagline Darr ke nahi, datt ke.
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Savdhaan India is the most popular show and a brand in itself which holds true to the objective of spreading
awareness about crime in the country. My association with the show is special as I think it is a relevant concept with a
message that is the call of the hour, darr ke nahi datt ke, Vidya said in a statement.
On the film front, the actress is busy promoting suspense thriller Kahaani 2 : Durga Rani Singh. She also expressed her
wish of Hillary Clinton becoming the next president of the United States.
Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh also features Arjun Rampal. It is scheduled to release on
December 2.
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Shivaay box office: Ajay Devgn film bests Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in
second week | The Indian Express
By:
Express We Desk
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 3:17 pm

Shivaay box office collection: Ajay Devgnstarrer has managed to lead Karan Johars film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in the second week. It is also the fourth highest
second-week earner of the year.
Ajay Devgn-starrer has managed to lead Karan Johars film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in the second week. While Ae Dil
Hai Mushkil has collected Rs 16.96 cr, Shivaay has collected Rs 17.09 crores, according to Bollywood Hungama.
Shivaays second-weekend collection is also the fourth highest of 2016 after Salman Khan-starrer Sultan and Akshay
Kumar-starrer Airlift and Rustom. Sultan leads the list with Rs 34.07 cr, followed by Airlift and Rustom earning Rs
19.26 cr and 17.12 cr respectively. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil retains the fifth spot with Rs 16.96 cr.

Other names in the list include Pink, Housefull 3, M S Dhoni The Untold Story, Neerja and Kapoor and Sons. Pink and
Housefull 3 collected Rs 15.21 cr and 15.2 cr respectively.
Shivaay is expected to rule the box office as there are no other Hindi releases next weekend other than Rock On 2.
Ajay Devgn film did well in single screen theatres, while ADHM remains popular among multiplex-goers. Both films
have had neck-to-neck competition.
Also Read: Shivaay box office collection day 10: Ajay Devgn film continues to do good business
Shivaay had a big clash with Karan Johars Ae Dil hai Mushkil during the Diwali weekend. While the KJo film caught
eyeballs for its glossy look and big star cast including Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,
Shivaay relied heavily upon its storyline and visual effects.
Shivaay, which is the story about a mountaineer and his relationship with his daughter, continues to do decent business
at the theatres.
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Farhan Akhtar has found Rock On 3 vocalist, find out who it is.
Watch video | The Indian Express
Written by
A. Kameshwari
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 3:24 pm

Rock On 2: Farhan Akhtar Shraddha


Kapoor starrer rock musical film to release on November 11.
Farhan Akhtar is prepping up for the release of his upcoming rock musical, Rock On 2, but seems like he already has
some plans for the next part. Yes, unlike the sequel to 2008 film, which took eight long years to finally come on screen,
you can expect the third edition of Rock On 3 sooner as the actor of the film has found an apt cast, who will also be
singing in the film. On November 8, Farhan took to his Twitter account to announce the vocalist of the third edition of
Rock On and it is none other than the evergreen Anil Kapoor.
Anil Kapoor had shared a short video in which the actor can be seen cycling on the streets of Mumbai. Whats
different? Well, the video is a Dubsmash of Rock On 2 title song Rock On Revisited. Of course, it is the actors
attempt to promote his friends film; the two had shared the screen in 2014 release Dil Dhadakne Do. Coincidently,
Anil posted the video after Ranveer Singhs Dubsmash on Picchle Saat Dino from Rock On original version. So, was
Anil competing with him? Ranveer played Anils son in Zoya Akhtar film.
Watch video: Anil Kapoor promotes Farhan Akhtars Rock On 2
Working out to my favourite song of all time! #RockOn2 .. 3 days to go!! @FarOutAkhtar @ShraddhaKapoor
@Purab_Kohli @ritesh_sid @rampalarjun pic.twitter.com/MES6VImbln
Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) November 8, 2016
Looks like we found our Rock On 3 vocalist.. the young and energetic Mr. K love you @AnilKapoor ..
http://t.co/cZ2x761KwE
Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) November 8, 2016

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On the work front, Farhans film Rock On 2 will release on November 11 while the 59-year-old actor is prepping up
for the shoot of Mubaraka, along with his nephew Arjun Kapoor. This will be the first time that the duo will be sharing
the screen space with each other. If reports are to be believed, Arjun Kapoor will be playing a double role in the film.
Mubaraka, which is directed by Anees Bazmi, also stars Ileana Dcruz and is scheduled to release next year.
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Shraddha Kapoor says a politically incorrect term and Farhan


Akhtar corrects her | The Indian Express
By:
Express Web Desk
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 2:41 pm

Rock On 2: Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor


for the first time share the screen space.
Rock On 2 promotions are in a hyper mode and you cant go on social media without hearing a song from the film or
seeing the lead actors holding forth on the upcoming release.
One such interaction had Shraddha Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar holding a Facebook Live for the film in association with
Spotboye and 9XM. The actors were accepting questions from fans and during the interaction, they were asked which
is the most chichora song they have heard. In a video sent to indianexpress.com by a reader, Shraddha looked
flummoxed by the term.
Chichora means like a ghati gaana? she asks the host. Co-star Farhan was quick to correct her. I dont think that it
is a very nice thing to say. Shraddha, who is not very clear about the term, asks if that is so. She corrects herself and
they tag such songs as mastiwale, naughty, cute songs.
Also read | Prachi Desai trashes reports of being miffed with Rock On 2 makers
The term ghati is considered derogatory and even Bombay High Court had chided a man who had used the word during
a drunken brawl. In defence of Shraddha Kapoor, we would say she was not sure about the meaning of the term and
was quick to correct herself when the mistake was pointed out to her.
Watch| Farhan Akhtar Had To Correct Shraddha Kapoor
Rock On 2 is all set to release on November 11 and stars Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli and Shashank Arora. While
Farhan, Arjun and Purab will reprise their roles in the sequel, Shraddha and Shashank are the new entrants to the band
Magik. The film has been directed by Shujaat Saudagar.
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Excited about my next starring Kajol: Anand Gandhi | The Indian


Express
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 2:36 pm

Filmmaker Anand Gandhi says he cannot wait


for his plays big screen adaptation, starring Kajol, to go on floors.
Filmmaker Anand Gandhi says he cannot wait for his plays big screen adaptation, starring Kajol, to go on floors. The
Ship of Thesus maker, who has directed many popular plays, has also co-written the screenplay for the film, which
will be produced by Ajay Devgn.
It has been great collaborating with Ajay on the movie. I am glad that a play I did many years ago has now been
chosen to be made into a movie. I am excited about the fact that it will feature Kajol, Gandhi told PTI. The producer
is, meanwhile, looking forward to the release of his documentary An Insignifanct Man, which chronicles the birth of
Aam Aadmi Party and the rise of its leader Arvind Kejriwal.
The movie, which marks the directorail debut of Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, has earned acclaim at various
festivals across the globe including Toronto International Film Festival and Mumbai International Film Fest.
It is the result of a brave vision of Khushboo and Vinay. I came in much later. They are far-sighted people as they saw
much before anyone of us that AAP would become too big and hence decided to film the whole movement. Everyone
believed that the movement wont go too far, Gandhi said.
The producer said the fact that AAP members never interfered with the filming of the documentary helped the movie
take an unbiased stand. Gandhi said they would like Kejriwal, who is now the Chief Minister of Delhi, to watch the
film.
I want to show him the film. In fact, I want all political parties to watch the documentary. It should start a discussion,
thats what I want.
Talking about the response to the film at 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival, the filmmaker said, It is
always special when your home audience receives the movie well. So many people have liked the movie and we cant
wait for its theatrical release.

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My relationship with my family has evolved: Alia Bhatt | The


Indian Express
By:
IANS
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 1:58 pm

Instead of living alone, Alia Bhatt is living


with her sister now.
Actress Alia Bhatt has shifted to a new house with her sister, and says her relationship with her family members
especially parents has only evolved over the years.
Alia told IANS, I am not living all alone. I am living with my sister. I feel my relationship with my family has
evolved. Every relationship evolves with time. We are going through a phase where we are like friends like my
mother, my father.
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We are busy living our own lives, but we find a great amount of comfort with each other. Earlier, we were not
interacting in that way. Now it has kind of changed, its become different, she added.
Daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress-director Soni Razdan, Alia has carved her own niche in Bollywood
at a young age.
After proving her versatility with films like Highway, 2 States and Udta Punjab, she is now looking forward to yet
another fresh performance in Dear Zindagi, which sees her sharing the frame with superstar Shah Rukh Khan. It is
directed by Gauri Shinde.
Gauri is a strong woman and very focused. She knows exactly what she wants. I dont see any difference between a
man director and a women director. She is a very unique director. She talks about simple things in a simple way and
they have such a profound effect on you, the 23-year-old said.
Dear Zindagi is a slice-of-life film with Alia playing the protagonist an aspiring filmmaker, who is on the lookout for
a lot of unanswered questions. The film also features Ali Zafar, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kapoor and Angad Bedi.
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The film marks the second directorial of Shinde, who had last helmed English Vinglish.
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I would be upset if I dont win award for Udta Punjab: Alia Bhatt |
The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| Mumbai |
Updated: November 8, 2016 1:51 pm

Alia Bhatt is all praise for the Sonam


Kapoor-starrer Neerja but says she would be upset if she does not win an award for her widely acclaimed
performance in Udta Punjab.
Alia Bhatt is all praise for the Sonam Kapoor-starrer Neerja but says she would be upset if she does not win an award
for her widely acclaimed performance in Udta Punjab.
During a recent episode of Koffee with Karan, when show host Karan Johar asked the actress if her Udta Punjab act
was the performance of the year and if she felt her acting was better than Sonam Kapoors in Neerja, Alia said,
Honestly, I think that Sonam was very good in Neerja.
When further asked whether she would be upset if she does not bag the best actress award, the actress said, I will be
upset. Not upset, but I would be like why not?.
In the Abhishek-Chaubey directed Udta Punjab, Alia played the role of a migrant labourer. The film revolved around
the insurgence of substance abuse among the young people in Punjab, through the stories of a rock star, a migrant
labourer, a doctor and a policeman.
Sonam essayed the role of Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant who was shot and killed while saving hundreds of
passengers on board Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked by terrorists in September 1986.
Meanwhile, the new teaser of Dear Zindagi starring Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt showcases relationship patterns in
Kairas life. She falls in love easily, breaks up and when that happens, everything about a romantic relationship makes
her angry. The video, which begins with Alia humming a song and Shah Rukh Khans bad singing, signals towards her
new crush. However, by the end of the video we see her questioning the romance king that why these romantic
relationships are so irritating.
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Soha Ali Khan feels star kids get opportunity easily, but they need
to prove themselves | The Indian Express
By:
IANS
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 1:23 pm

Soha Ali Khan talks about nepotism in


Bollywood.
Her mother Sharmila Tagore is an iconic Bollywood actress of her times and brother Saif Ali Khan has been in the
film world for over two decades. Soha Ali Khan says the going gets tough for star kids in filmdom as it is very
difficult to compete with a superstar parent.
Asked if the journey in Bollywood becomes easier for those who come from film families, Soha told IANS, The short
answer is no, because everyone is ready to compare you. Most people want to bring you down. So you will never be
able to do well in those comparisons. Its very difficult to compete with a parent who has been a superstar.
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But the 37-year-old actress says, in one way, it is easier for star children as they at least get an opportunity.
It is all about getting an opportunity, but then you prove yourself, added Soha, who has been noticed for her work in
films like Rang De Basanti, Khoya Khoya Chand, Tum Mile, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns and 31st October.
She says even though she comes from a film family, she did not get a solo actor launch.
Im a star kid and my mother is a superstar and my brother is a superstar, but I hope now people have understood its
not like I got this amazing solo heroine launch. And it has not been easy. It has been a struggle and I have seen lots of
failure, added the actress, for whom movies like Dil Kabaddi, Tera Kya Hoga Johnny and Mr Joe B. Carvalho didnt
fetch great results.
Asked if she is keen to do a project with her mother and brother, Soha said, Its not for me to plan. A writer and
director or producers have to come up with something that makes sense.
Soha has earlier featured with her mother Sharmila in an English language film Life Goes On and has even featured
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along with Saif in various TV commercials. She found them fun to do.
I know it will be fun working with them in a film, but it has to be a sensible script. And again, I want a good role in
the film, she added.
In her career, Soha the daughter of Sharmila and legendary cricketer and former India captain Mansoor Ali Khan
Tiger Pataudi has worked in Hindi, Bengali and English-language films. She feels that cinema, which was
supposed to be an art, has become 100 percent business.
Since the 1970s, we have been making commercial cinema and non-commercial cinema. There were big budget films
and smaller films that I have also been a part of, where making a lot of money was not the primary objective. Cinema
is supposed to be an art. But I feel that it has unfortunately become 100 per cent business, she said.
Also read: I confront, accept reality how bitter it may be, says Soha Ali Khan
Soha said there was a time when box office figures didnt matter to her. But that is not the case anymore. Now I feel
the atmosphere has become such that you can only work in feature films if you are commercially viable and you would
only be cast if you are commercially viable. So now, box office success does matter to me, she added.
Her 12-year journey in Bollywood, since her debut with Dil Maange More, has flown by, she reflected.
I cant believe that 12 years have gone by so quickly. I cant believe I am as old as I am. The journey has been great
fun. I really loved it.
You shouldnt compare yourself and your achievements with someone elses success. Its about what makes you
content and I am really content.
At the end of the day, she also admits that she is not the most ambitious person. I dont want to be constantly
working. I dont want to be in a rat race. I just want to do enough work to be financially independent and enjoy the
kind of work I do, said the actress, who is married to actor Kunal Khemu.
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Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover expecting their first child?


Heres her answer | The Indian Express
Written by
Kriti Sonali
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 1:21 pm

Recently, there were rumours that Bipasha


Basu and Karan Singh Grover are expecting their first child. Bipasha has answered all the rumours.
Bipasha Basu is pregnant? Well, rumour mills were abuzz with the speculation that newlyweds Bipasha Basu and
Karan Singh Grover are expecting their first child. While the couple kept quiet, we were left wondering about the
news.
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According to a report on SpotboyE, the couple has been visiting a gynae-obstetrician and had made many rounds of the
doctors clinic over the past month. But.. But.. But.. Bips has put an end to all these reports with a statement to
MissMalini.com.
The actress rubbished the rumours and said that she wished people showed more respect towards her and Karans
personal lives. Going by the reports, Bipasha said, I wish people would respectfully leave these major life decisions
to us. Absolutely untrue rumors.
Well, with this Bipasha-Karan clarification, fans needs to wait for a lil more for a good news from the couples end
and put their excitement to rest for now.
The very-much-in-love couple, Karan and Bipasha tied the knot on April 30 this year in a private wedding ceremony.
But the couple later had a big reception party that was attended by Bollywood celebrities. We ofter spot Karan and
Bips vacationing together too.
Bips and Karan, who know how much their fans love them, are open about all they do in their life and often post
updates on social media.
Thus, for now, go through couples recent updates shared on Instagram.
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Oh, they look too hot together.


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Akshay Kumar visits BSF camp, tells jawans they are real heroes.
Watch video | The Indian Express
By:
Express Web Desk
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 1:00 pm

Akshay Kumar addresses jawan at BSF Base


Camp in Jammu.

Akshay Kumar visited the BSF base camp in Jammu on Tuesday to pay tribute to soldiers who have lost their lives in
ceasefire violations and encounter. Addressing the army men at the venue, the actor got emotional and called them the
real heroes. He said, Fortunate that I got the opportunity to come and meet you. I have always said Im a reel hero,
you are the real hero.
Earlier, the actor whose father was also an army man had donated Rs 9 lakh to the family of a martyred BSF
jawan. The jawan succumbed after being targeted by Pakistani snipers in Jammu and Kashmir. This donation came
days after his earlier donation of Rs 80 lakh to the army. Speaking about his action, he had said then, They are
decorated with lot of medals and that is good. But I looked at their faces. The samman was required for them but they
need money too. You have to be practical. I thought how about giving them money and that is when I decided to give 5
lakhs to each family.
Fortunate that I got opportunity to come and meet you. I have always said Im reel hero,you are real hero:
Akshay Kumar at BSF base camp pic.twitter.com/CoPLNdZLXJ
ANI (@ANI_news) November 8, 2016
There are so many ppl in our country who want to help our armed forces, why not make an app for it?- Akshay
Kumar at BSF base camp in Jammu pic.twitter.com/gykWuPgcYZ
ANI (@ANI_news) November 8, 2016
#WATCH: Akshay Kumar pays tribute to soldiers (who lost their lives in ceasefire violations/encounter) at BSF
base camp in Jammu pic.twitter.com/IxGoxCFHrD
ANI (@ANI_news) November 8, 2016
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During Rustom promotions, Akshay had expressed his wish to serve the nation but since destiny had some other plans,
he became an actor. However, the actor had mentioned that he is fulfilling his dreams through the silver screen. On the
work front, the action star of Bollywood is busy filming Toilet Ek Prem Katha with Bhumi Pednekar. He has wrapped
up the shoot of Jolly LLB 2 with Huma Qureshi. His film Rustom had become one of the highest-grossing films of
2016.
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Akshay is also choosing films with patriotic themes. After playing a soldier in Holiday, a special agent in baby and a
naval officer in Rustom, he will be seen playing a hockey player who will lead India to Olympic glory in Gold.
With inputs of ANI.
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Hoping and praying Hillary Clinton becomes the next President of


USA: Vidya Balan | The Indian Express
Written by
Sonup Sahadevan
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 12:37 pm

I really think it is time, we had a women


president in America which is one of the strongest economies in the world: Vidya Balan.
The Hillary Clinton wave has swept Bollywood. After Salman Khan expressed his desire to see Hillary as the next
President of America, another powerhouse Bollywood actor who has come out in her support is Vidya Balan.
Talking to the press on the sets of a television show where she was present to promote her next Kahani 2, a smiling
Vidya said, I am hoping and praying that Hillary Clinton becomes the next President of the United States. I follow her.
Every day I watch television to see her debates. And I really think it is time, we had a women president in America
which is one of the strongest economies in the world.

Earlier in September too, Vidya had tweeted how she was forgoing her sleep for Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is
the Only reason i would forgo my sleep. Up to watch the U.S.Presidential debate, wrote Vidya on her Twitter profile.
Before Vidya, Salman Khan and Kabir Bedi expressed their support for Clinton through their respective tweets.
Salman wrote on Twitter, Hope you win. May god give you the strength to follow the constitution and human values.
All the best. #HillaryClintonforpresident.
Hope you win. May god give you the strength to follow the constitution and human values. All the
best.#HillaryClintonforpresident pic.twitter.com/lelPESTHEK
Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) November 5, 2016
Veteran Indian actor Kabir Bedi too tweeted his support by writing, Wishing @HillaryClinton all success in
#USElections2016! A woman President of #US would be a truly historic landmark. #ImWithHer #USElection.
Hillary has already garnered enough support from Hollywood stars including biggies like Leonardo DiCaprio,
Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Jeffrey Katzenenberg, Katy Perry, Waka Flocka, Ariana Grande, America
Ferrera and many others.
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The US Presidential elections are slated to happen today and Hillary who is the Democratic Party nominee is up
against billionaire businessman and Republican candidate Donald Trump.
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Bollywoods stunt directors react to Kannada actors death: Safety


comes first for us | The Indian Express
Written by
Sonup Sahadevan
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 12:09 pm

Bollywoods stunt directors react to Kannada


actors death.
A helicopter action chase sequence went horribly wrong after two actors reportedly lost their lives after failing to
emerge from the waters of a lake they jumped into from the chopper while filming the climax of Kannada movie,
Masthi Gudi. The incident puts the spotlight the great risks encountered by stuntmen even in todays times while
performing a high-octane action in films. We spoke to a few action directors to know if safety comes first in
Bollywood.
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Shyam Kaushal, stunt director:


Its a very tragic incident. Its difficult to say what went wrong there without knowing the facts of the case. While
jumping into water, one has to be careful about landing in such a way that the impact on your body is minimal. If you
dont land properly and the water impacts you at the wrong angle, you can get disoriented. Thats dangerous because
you will then not be able to rise to the surface immediately and swim to safety. In this case, one needs to see if the
error was technical or human that caused this tragedy. It pains to see stuntmen losing their lives. In Bollywood, safety
comes first for us. Every safety precaution is taken care of before performing any risky stunts. From ambulance to
doctors, we have everything on sets to take care of any mishaps that could occur.
Also read | Kannada actors die during stunt: Rishi Kapoor, Upendra, Sudeepa, Darshan express shock
Aejaz Gulab, stunt director:
Safety is of prime importance to us before performing any stunts. While jumping into water from a height we take into
consideration many factors like the level of the water, the current, the flow, the spot where we will be landing and the
safety equipment we will be wearing. If youre jumping directly into the water, then we make sure our stuntmen are
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wearing safety vests, floating equipment, pads on chest and thighs to protect them from the hard impact. We have
ambulance and speedboats on standby. No stunt is absolutely safe as there is always an element of risk involved.
Thats why all kinds of precautions need to be taken. In this case, I dont know if it was due to the lack of precautions
or something else that cause the tragedy. No actor takes any risk while performing stunts. Its the stuntmen who puts
themselves at great risks and that is why it becomes important to take full measures to ensure their safety.
Geeta Tandon, stuntwoman:
There are two things that are important while performing a stunt- safety and luck. From what Ive seen in the video, it
looks like there was no boat nearby to come and pick them after the jump. While jumping into water from a helicopter
or a height, first and foremost you need to have is a boat nearby so that after the jump you are pulled to safety. It is only
then that your next shot is filmed. If not a boat, there should have been a rope thrown in from the helicopter for them to
hold on to till they are pulled to safety. If neither, at least a life jacket should have been worn to keep them afloat. From
what I have seen, it looks like a case of gross negligence. I also hear that they were not expert swimmers. Why use
amateurs for such stunts? I have been in the industry for 10 years now and I have done a lot of for high-risk stunts but
safety is always taken care of. I dont know on whose mistake it was in this case. Were the producers trying to cut
costs by not having safety measures in place? And how can the artistes themselves take it so lightly when they know
there is a huge element of risk involved and safety is not up to the mark.
Also read | We are not good swimmers: Kannada actors said minutes before they drowned, watch video
Director speaks:
Abhinay Deo, whose upcoming film Force 2 has some death-defying stunts, says, Its tragic news and my condolences
to the families of the stuntmen. As a director, the safety of all those present on my sets while filming an action
sequence is my prime concern. We do have ambulances, doctors on call while shooting such scenes. Despite the best
efforts sometimes accidents can happen. John Abraham was injured while performing an action sequence in Force 2.
Accidents can occur but we never disregard the safety of actors or stuntmen.
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Even Salman Khan is looking for good stories, Swara Bhaskar on


formula films in Bollywood | The Indian Express
By:
PTI
| New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2016 11:27 am

Swara Bhaskar: The era of formula films is


over. The presence of big stars in a movie no longer guarantees you a hit.
Swara Bhaskar believes formula films have lost their charm as even a Salman Khan movie needs a good story to do
well at the box-office. Be it Bajrangi Bhaijaan or Sultan, Salman is also looking for good stories first. The era of
formula films is over. The presence of big stars in a movie no longer guarantees you a hit, said Bhaskar, who worked
with Salman in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

The clear distinction between art and parallel cinema that was there in the 70s or 80s is a thing of past now, said
Bhaskar while speaking at the ongoing Indian Languages Festival (ILF) Samanvay. The actress, best known for her
performances in films like Raanjhanaa and Nil Battey Sannata, however, believes most of the big production houses
are still playing safe.
The fact is that still the major chunk of good cinema is being produced by independent producers, she said, adding
that small films, despite the good content, sometimes fail to do well as they dont have a proper platform. Listen
Amaya was a nice sweet movie. It got really good reviews too by film critics. But just because it was an independent
producers movie. I failed to get the release of our liking.
However, with Nil Battey Sannata just because I had access to Anand L Rai and he agreed to come onboard, the
movie had a great run at the box-office. Obviously, primarily its the movie and the content but support from big
production houses can do a world of good, said Bhaskar.
The Tanu weds Manu star also credits social media for providing a helping hand to small-budget movies not
having enough resources to promote their movie. Social media provides a platform for people to give their own
ratings to the movie. Word-of-mouth does the trick and small budget movies benefit from it, she pointed out.
When asked whether gender disparity exists in Bollywood; the actress replied,Its very much there when you talk
about the pay gap. What if I tell you a male actor working for same days as me in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was paid
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thrice the amount than what I was paid. I was shocked and still am, she said.
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Anubhav Sinha plans to reunite with Sanjay Dutt | The Indian


Express
By:
IANS Mumbai Published:Nov 8, 2016, 10:49
By:
IANS
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 10:49 am

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha, who has earlier


directed Sanjay Dutt in Dus and Tathastu, hopes to reunite with the actor for a project.
Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha, who has earlier directed Sanjay Dutt in Dus and Tathastu, hopes to reunite with the actor
for a project. Sinha told IANS, I met Sanju (Sanjay) and we spoke about films. Even when he came back (from jail),
he had called me and we had a chat. He was like, Lets make films when I come back. I am very fond of him and he
is very fond of me.

There is a story I have in mind which I will write and thats something I will make with him.
Sanjay walked out a free man from the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune on February 25 after serving a 42-month prison
term in a March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The actor was sentenced to undergo five years rigorous
imprisonment for illegal possession of arms.
Sinha last directed Sanjay Dutt in the 2006 released film Tathastu. He says Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay are his
favourite stars.
Sanju and Shah Rukh are two of my most favourite people and actors. Every time I start writing something, I have to
think of Sanju and Shah Rukh. Then halfway through, I realize that sometime its not big enough and not good enough,
so it has not happened. They are two of my favourite stars, the Ra.One director added.
Sinha is currently busy promoting his film Tum Bin 2, which he has written and directed. Tum Bin 2 is the second
instalment of Tum Bin, and is jointly produced by Sinha and Bhushan Kumar of T-Series music label.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchans new photoshoot has made us forget Ae


Dil Hai Mushkil, see pics | The Indian Express
By:
Express Web Desk
| New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 9:44 am

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks like a


princess in the new pics and we cant stop looking at her.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, you are killing us. We are yet to get over your sizzling looks in Karan Johars Ae Dil Hai
Mushkil and now you have bowled us another googly. But well, as your fans, we cant complain.
The actor is on the cover of Harpers Bazaar and she is as always slaying. Looking like a princess, the actor
who turned 42 this month graces the cover of the magazine.
The actor is basking in the glory that the character of Saba in Karan Johars directorial brought her. It was the first
time we saw Aishwarya glammed up ever since she made her comeback. Earlier, we saw her in Jazbaa and Sarbjit.
Check out Aishwarya Rai Bachchans new avatar
#AishwaryaRaiBachchan in @ManishMalhotra for the cover of our Beauty Special November issue!
pic.twitter.com/qeGctbNcGS
HarpersBazaar India (@BazaarIndia) November 2, 2016
And heres another gorgeous pic of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan from the same shoot
Earlier, we got to hear what Abhishek Bachchan had to say about ADHM. He was quizzed about Aishwaryas film
while walking the ramp with sister Shweta Nanda for Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.
Post the show, when the 40-year old actor was asked if Aishwarya ever gives him fashion tips, he replied She chose
my outfit today. Aishwarya and Aaradhya collectively give me fashion tips, reports Filmfare.
Watch: Audience review of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
The doting hubby was also asked about how proud he feels for his wife who has blown everyone away with Ae Dil
Hai Mushkil to which he replied, Immensely. Unfortunately, I havent seen the film yet because I have been travelling
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with my football team. But I will be seeing it in the coming week.


Ive seen snatches here and there. I kept seeing it under production and she would also show me everything. I think
shes looking stunning. And I am very happy for Karan and the entire team and I wish them all the best, he added.
In case you need us to remind just how fantastic Aishwarya looked in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, here are some images from
the film and its promotion.

Aishwarya, as we said, you are killing us.


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How Akshay Kumar pulled off a dangerous helicopter stunt in


Ashaant, watch video | The Indian Express
Written by
Sonup Sahadevan
| Mumbai |
Published:November 8, 2016 9:37 am

Akshay Kumar performed a high-risk stunt in


one of his earlier movies named Ashaant released in the early 90s.
Helicopter stunts are usually one of the most dangerous ones to pull off in films. One wrong move and you could end
up losing your life as it happened in the tragic case of two Kannada actors who reportedly drowned after jumping into
a dam from a helicopter. In Bollywood, if there is one man who has showcase sheer daredevilry on helicopters and
planes, its Akshay Kumar. Akshay has done it all from playing with fire to being on top of planes while they are in
flight. In one of his earlier movies named Ashaant released in the early 90s, Akshay performed a high-risk stunt that of
hanging from a chopper while it raced amidst cars and buses.
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Recollecting the stunt, Puneet Issar who was the main villain opposite Akshay told indianexpress.com, We had a
helicopter scene in the film where I jump on to a helicopter. I was fighting on ground with Akshay when the helicopter
comes in and I try to escape. The chopper was about six to seven feet high in the air and I had to jump on to the rope,
climb it and then enter the chopper. Akshay was to follow suit and the scene was such that the chopper would take off
with me inside and Akshay hanging from the rope. We both did the stunts ourselves. Akshay was wearing safety
harness while hanging but still it was a very risky affair. As per the scene, I as the villain had to use the helicopter to
try and crash Akshay into running cars and buses. Akshay actually used his feet to run on top of the moving cars and
buses while hanging from the chopper. Had his feet broken any of the glass panes of the bus and his leg got stuck, it
would have been dangerous. We were lucky that nothing happened.
Puneet shudders while thinking about the stunt today. We were young and strong. There was an adrenalin rush. Today I
would think twice before attempting something like that.
Watch Akshay Kumar performing chopper stunt in Ashaant.
While expressing his condolences at the tragic outcome of the Kannada movie stunt, Puneet himself recalled a stunt
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from his own career that almost ended the life of one of Indias biggest cinematic legends, Amitabh Bachchan. Said
Puneet, In Coolie, I had to punch Amitabh Bachchan and he was supposed to fall behind. We did many rehearsals and
it all went right till then. But during the shoot, he fell behind and banged a board and came forward and unfortunately
my punch hit him.
Recollecting another mishap from the movie Krrish, Puneet narrated, One of the cables with which Hrithik was
suspended broke but luckily another cable was still intact because of which he didnt get injured. Had both cables
snapped, it could have been worse.
Stressing on the need to have good safety measures in place, Puneet said, Every precaution has to be taken care of
while doing a stunt. In case of jumping into a river, one has to be a good swimmer and also have the ability to hold
breath for a long time underwater. There also has to be an ambulance and boats as standby measures to save lives
incase something goes wrong.
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Chhattisgarh murder FIR names DU, JNU professors among 20


Short-term shot in arm for mobile wallets, card firms
NDTV pushes blog saying I&B Ministry blinked, Govt not amused
Who will be hit the most initially: Small traders, vendors, labourers
Bold, solution in one stroke: Black money probe judge
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Order logical, no threat to India-England series now: BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke
Ranji Trophy 2016: Assam bowl out Saurashtra for 81, take six points
Rishabh Pant: Seasons smash hit breaks another record in Ranji Trophy
Ranji Trophy 2016: Mumbai beat Railways by 10 wickets
Ranji Trophy 2016: Haryanas Nitin Saini hit 152 in drawn match against Kerala
Ranji Trophy 2016: Arup Das 12 wickets guide Assam to stunning win
Two Indian-origin South African players suspended by Cricket South Africa
Pakistans Mohammad Amir to join English county Essex in 2017
Have to throw the kids out of the house to play sport, says MS Dhoni
Ranji Trophy 2016: Three Odisha batsmen hit centuries in drawn match
BCCI top brass happy after Supreme Court gives green light to Test
Houses that dont have lights off, Note Counting On: Cricketers react to government Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 notes
Ranji Trophy 2016: Rishabh Pant hits record ton for Delhi, 3 points for Services
Supreme Court removes cloud of uncertainty over India-England Test series
Rishabh Pant shouldnt try to break record every time, says V B Chandrasekhar
IPL 10 players auction to be held in Bengaluru next month, says Rajeev Shukla
Ranji Trophy 2016: Team effort guides Himachal Pradesh to five-wicket win
International cricket can come back to Pakistan, says Zaheer Abbas
India vs England, 2016: Virat Kohli has his task cut out as India captain in five-match series
India vs England, 2016: Alastair Cook hints at giving up England captaincy after India series
Ranji trophy 2016-17: Punjab get six points after win over Uttar Pradesh
India aim to consolidate number one ICC Test ranking against England
Australia vs South Africa: Peter Siddle ruled out of Hobart Test
India vs England, 2016: India favourite but England no pushovers
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The caste of Rohith Vemula
Faith in equality
View From The Right: Respecting Rights
The arhar solution to pollution
A duty of tolerance
Brexit Under Scrutiny
Are banks equipped to replace 2,300 crore pieces of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes?
US Presidential Elections 2016: Evolution of voting rights in oldest democracy
Why crown prince Rahul is now ready for his coronation
Would a Grand Alliance in UP help the SP and Congress?
Chhattisgarh and the Maoist issue: How the publics silence allows the state to act against activists
In Barack Obamas last campaign speech, a bit of self praise and knuckle raps for Donald Trump

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His hero was flamboyant and urbane, a break from the past
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How Parineeti, Malaika and Jacqueline are setting flower power trends worth following
Akshay, Ranveer, Harshvardhan: 5 celebs who mastered No-Shave November
Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung: Fashion biggies love Hillary Clinton and they are #WithHer
After Priyanka Chopra, its Deepika Padukones turn to rock thigh-high boots
After attaining adulthood, Frances only sex museum closes
Machine learning can help identify suicidal behaviour
The ISI, Pakistan and South Asia: A dark, intertwined history
Amitav Ghosh to get Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, in Tata Literature Live!
Breast cancer can have symptoms other than lump: Study
Indian children prefer swimming pools, water slides on holiday: Survey
Pre- or post-term birth may affect childs academic performance
People apply rules of their spoken language to sign language: Study
Lack of Vitamin D may rise the risk of bladder cancer: Study
Syed Haider Raza, Bhupen Khakkar at Bonhams Modern and Contemporary South Asian sale
Scientists say this is the most relaxing song in the world; now, bid stress farewell
Antibody that neutralises Zika virus identified
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Gmail for iOS gets updated: Includes undo send, spelling suggestions and more
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus first look: Dual camera and AR are the highlights
Google Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones can support magnetic flip cases
BlackBerry admits pricing of Priv was a problem in India
Facebook agrees to suspend using WhatsApp users data in UK
Motorola Moto M goes official: Specifications, price and features
LG G5 starts receiving Android Nougat update in South Korea
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Xiaomi Mi Air Mask with replaceable carbon filters launched in China
Sony Xperia XZ review: A great flagship device, but competition is tough
Researchers develop self driving scooter for indoors and out
Nokia D1C renders leaked, and its not a tablet
Skullcandy launches Method Wireless earbuds at Rs 5,299
Air purifiers, masks flying off digital shelves as Delhi chokes in smog
COAI urges PARL committee to hear out incumbents view on call drops
Net Neutrality: TRAIs recommendation on free data likely this week
Intex launches two new multimedia speakers starting at Rs 5,700
Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus to get Jet White colour variant: Report
NASA set to launch six small satellites to measure hurricanes
Qualcomm confirms new OnePlus device coming with Snapdragon 821
Google Play Store gets Netbanking payment option in India
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Lenovo Phab 2 Plus launched at Rs 14,999: Key specifications and features
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Shiv Sainik Jitendra Janwale lodges complaint against hoardings of Ishq Junoon, calls it vulgar
Meet the man behind Shah Rukh Khans success and he is not Yash Chopra, watch video
Koffee With Karan 5: Twinkle Khanna feels it is dangerous to sip coffee with Karan Johar
Filmmakers should be put behind bars: John Abraham on two Kannada actors death
Aamir Khan, his Dangal daughters are a long way off from dusty wrestling ring in this glam photo, see pic
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to have no romantic sequence in Padmavati?
Kirron Khers father passes away, Anupam Kher pays respect
Why Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor stripped in Befikres Ude Dil Befikre, watch video
Vidya Balan to host an episode of Savdhaan India
Shivaay box office: Ajay Devgn film bests Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in second week
Farhan Akhtar has found Rock On 3 vocalist, find out who it is. Watch video
Shraddha Kapoor says a politically incorrect term and Farhan Akhtar corrects her
Excited about my next starring Kajol: Anand Gandhi
My relationship with my family has evolved: Alia Bhatt
I would be upset if I dont win award for Udta Punjab: Alia Bhatt
Soha Ali Khan feels star kids get opportunity easily, but they need to prove themselves
Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover expecting their first child? Heres her answer
Akshay Kumar visits BSF camp, tells jawans they are real heroes. Watch video
Hoping and praying Hillary Clinton becomes the next President of USA: Vidya Balan
Bollywoods stunt directors react to Kannada actors death: Safety comes first for us
Even Salman Khan is looking for good stories, Swara Bhaskar on formula films in Bollywood
Anubhav Sinha plans to reunite with Sanjay Dutt
Aishwarya Rai Bachchans new photoshoot has made us forget Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, see pics
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