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Mika Arrested: Bollywood singer Mika Singh has been detained in Dubai for allegedly sending objectionable pictures to a 17-year-old Brazilian girl. The girl, reports say, has accused Singh of sexual misconduct. Singh was in Dubai for a concert. His team has confirmed the news. As per ANI, a member of his team said that he has been detained in United Arab Emirates (UAE) after a girl complained against him for sending obscene messages. He was later taken to Abu Dhabi where the questioning in the case is underway.

File photo of singer Mika Singh. File photo of singer Mika Singh.

Poll Road: Oozing confidence, MPCC president Kamal Nath on Thursday affirmed that the Congress will be forming the next government in the state as he got calls from those who conduct exit polls saying the same. An exit poll is a survey in which people who have just voted in an election are asked which candidate they voted for. Upon the completion of the EC ban, the exit polls would start going public from Friday evening.
Honour-Bound: Expressing displeasure at a PIL that wants an inquiry into alleged “external influences” over his predecessor, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, on Thursday, said that credibility of the institution is best maintained by those who man it and not by the newspaper reports. A lawyer, associated with the fresh PIL, had showed up before the CJI to press for early hearing of the matter. He said the petition cites media reports while buttressing for a probe into a statement purportedly made by Justice Kurian Joseph days after his retirement last week.

Game Changer: In what could prove to be a landmark move, the citizens may soon get an option to withdraw their Aadhaar number, including biometrics and the data from the servers of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The government is in the last stages of finalising a proposal to amend the Aadhaar Act, following Supreme Court’s order to uphold it but with conditions, said a report in The Hindu. This development comes after the Supreme Court’s September ruling that upheld the validity of Aadhaar, however, with certain riders. In a nutshell, the ruling said that while Aadhaar is constitutionally valid, it is not mandatory for all services.

Terror Alert: Firozabad and Bathinda regions were put on high alert on Thursday morning after Kashmiri terrorist Zakir Musa was spotted in Punjab, nearly three weeks after the Amritsar grenade attack. The militant was spotted wearing a Sikh turban.
ast in Respect: The recent state funeral of former US President George HW Bush saw other previous holders of that high office, American statesmen, politicians, diplomats and dignitaries, unfettered by partisanship and ideology, come together simply to celebrate the extraordinary life and career of an even more extraordinary man. It was truly a somber, respectful ceremony, until the 45th President of the United States came and completely crassed up the joint. Among his many faux-pas during the funeral, both Trump and his wife Melania did not join in the Apostle’s Creed, recited by everyone else present in the cathedral.

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Last in Respect: The recent state funeral of former US President George HW Bush saw other previous holders of that high office, American statesmen, politicians, diplomats and dignitaries, unfettered by partisanship and ideology, come together simply to celebrate the extraordinary life and career of an even more extraordinary man. It was truly a somber, respectful ceremony, until the 45th President of the United States came and completely crassed up the joint. Among his many faux-pas during the funeral, both Trump and his wife Melania did not join in the Apostle’s Creed, recited by everyone else present in the cathedral.

Slam Piece: A day after The Cut’s journalist Mariah Smith accused Priyanka Chopra of being “global scam artist” in a now-removed article, one of Britain’s most controversial TV broadcasters Piers Morgan has slammed Meghan Markle for “acting her way to the top” in a furious rant. Morgan alleged that Markle immediately “ghosted” him after meeting “more important” people. Morgan described his “not-so-great” experience with the former Suits actress during Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain show, while discussing recent reports about alleged rift between Kate Middleton and Markle.

Addicted to play: PUBG has emerged as one of the most popular games in India but some young gamers have taken their obsession too far. Ever since the multiplayer game released on smartphones, PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) has become a rage in the gaming community. There’s a cafe themed around the viral game in Jaipur. Even the members of the Indian cricket team are hooked on to it. Such is the craze around the game that some schools in Bengaluru have begun to warn parents about the ill-effects of playing the game for hours at a stretch after cases of addiction were reported to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences.

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A Rajinikanth season doesn’t come every year. Like a delayed monsoon, sometimes it comes once in two years. But every time it arrives, it does so with the accompaniment of thunder and lightning and the country, mostly the southern part has to sit up and take notice. Here the man arrives not as a natural man but as a manufactured man, full with all the technology that was used to dress him up this time. As if he was a car with a robotic engine and the highest horse power. Actually, Rajinikanth is just that. Binoo K John explores what makes the superstar tick.

A still from Rajinikanth-starer film 2.0
A still from Rajinikanth-starer film 2.0

On Reel
Five years on Rishika Sadam finds that students who were at the forefront of the agitation for Telangana are disillusioned by what the KCR government has delivered. The Osmania University that was the nerve center of the agitation is the setting for this report.

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