Q@9: Bihar Poll Dilemma, iPhone 6s Rip-Off And More

Missed the day’s headlines? Here’s a wrap of The Quint’s top stories of the day.

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Amit Shah with Jitan Ram Manjhi (extreme left) and Ram Vilas Paswan. (Photo: PTI)

1. Bihar Mobile: Why No One Can Call the State’s Bipolar Contest

“He (local Congressman) won’t make me sit on the floor when I approach him,” says Raju, our taxi driver in Patna.

This RJD-JDU-BJP man’s contradiction explains why no one in Bihar is convinced with the pre-poll surveys that predict a narrow margin of victory for the BJP.


2. The Great Indian Apple iPhone 6s Rip-Off

The October 16 launch for the iPhone 6s was special for both Apple and desi smartphone geeks. Apple finally realised that India is the third largest and the fastest growing smartphone market in the world and launched the iPhone 6s earlier than expected. Tiny problem – you’ll have to sell your kidney to buy the phones.

3. J&K MLA’s Face Blackened Over Beef Party; 2 Attackers Detained

A handful of activists allegedly belonging to a right-wing organisation blackened the face of independent MLA of J&K Assembly Sheikh Abdul Rashid using paint, ink and mobil oil protesting his hosting a beef party in Srinagar earlier this month.


4. QSatire: How Charitable Is Dr Shah Rukh Khan?

Receiving awards is not new for Shah Rukh Khan. This time, Dr SRK has been honoured for his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor.

The Quint lists out SRK’s philanthropic and humanitarian works.

5. From Vegetarianism to Human Blood: The Diverse Pujas of India

It’s Durga Puja and it’s Navratra, a time to celebrate the slayings of Mahishasur and Ravan. In a country as large and diverse as ours, there are various and even opposing, ways of celebrating this holy time.


6. Bigg Boss Day 8: Life After Ankit and the Tricky ‘Nilami’ Task

Who was the most upset about Ankit Gera’s eviction? Well, his ex-girlfriend Roopal Tyagi, of course. But if I remember correctly, didn’t she nominate him for eviction? Then why the emotional outburst when he bid the Bigg Boss house goodbye? Waah bhai waah!

7. In Pictures: Wasim Akram, Zaheer at Sanjay Kapoor’s Birthday Bash

Sanjay Kapoor celebrated his 51st birthday last Saturday in pure Bollywood style. Apart from the regular Bollywood invitees, guess who else embraced the birthday bash? None other than Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram along with former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar and Indian paceman Zaheer Khan.


8. Going, Going, Gone: Original Prints of Bollywood Classics Vanish

It’s the age of downloads from the internet, miscellaneous search engines and YouTube. DVD rental libraries are shutting shop and the National Film Archive in Pune appears to be in limbo.

9. After Whitefly Attack in Punjab, Cotton Farmers Sniff Conspiracy

They are like flakes of dandruff on the underside of leaves. What they lack in size they make up with numbers and an ability to quickly multiply. They pack such menace that they have brought Punjab’s cotton farmers down on their knees ─ and last week ─ on to railway tracks.

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