Q@9: Birthday boy Rahul, Nursery Admissions, and More

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi turns 45. (Photo: PTI)

1. Rahul the Birthday boy Lights Congress Candles

Rahul Gandhi turns 45 today amid a surge of revivalist enthusiasm in the party he is all set to lead, the Indian National Congress.

There was so much negativism about Rahul Gandhi, assiduously spread by the present ruling party, that when he stood up in the Lok Sabha and spoke with confidence on the agrarian crisis, with command of facts at his fingertips, with wit and quick repartee, his own performance portrayed him in a very different light from the caricature. The narrative about RG is changing — because he himself, not any spinmeister, is leading the change.

2. Kolkata House of Horror: Focus Now On Partha’s Delusional Mind

Partha had several laptops, desktops, five music systems and cell phones but technology is a poor substitute for human comfort and real voices. This reclusive family has paid a huge price as its members struggled to fight the demons within.

3. “Can Lesbianism Be Cured?”: Out of the Closet In a Mumbai Local

If you’ve travelled by a Mumbai local, you’ll know what I mean. You pass through so many nameless faces, but each of them have a story to tell.

Noted LGBT activist Harish Iyer recently posted an incident on his Facebook page which gives us an interesting insight into one such untold tale among the Humans of Mumbai.

4. Manipur’s Farcical Local Polls Drive Inter-Group Wedge Deeper

Voters stand in a queue outside a polling station at Ukhrul in Manipur. (Photo: Reuters) 
Voters stand in a queue outside a polling station at Ukhrul in Manipur. (Photo: Reuters) 

Across the world, a ‘free and fair’ election is the gold standard for any true democracy, in which voters freely vote for the candidates they want, and the winners get to keep their jobs for a full term. Not so in Manipur. Here, they’ve a different name for it: “Free and fear” elections.

5. Beyond 99 per cent; DeQoding the St Stephen’s Cut-offs

News headlines have recently been dominated with news of the 99% cut-off for an Honours degree in English literature at St. Stephen’s College. But applicants out there shouldn’t get too disappointed. There is more to the story than just the 99 per cent.

6. Xiaomi Mi 4 Gets a Price Cut, Now Available for Rs 14,999

The chinese tech company Xiaomi announced a price cut to their flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 4, 16 GB version. The Mi 4, 16 GB model will now be available for Rs 14,999. That’s Rs 5,000 less than the original price of Rs 19,999.

7. Video: Nestle to Destroy 27,000 Tonnes of Maggi Noodles

Nestle has decided to destroy over 27,420 tonnes of Maggie noodles, which is equivalent to 400 million packets. The company plans to destroy the stock in nearly 40 days, with the help of about 2,500 trucks.

8. Watch Tennis Ace Rohan Bopanna’s First-Ever ‘Velfie’ Interview!

Rohan Bopanna’s career has hit a second wind in his 35th year.

The doubles specialist bagged a fourth ATP doubles title on Sunday, already making this his most successful season on tour. What’s more, the Stuttgart title, that came with new partner Florin Mergea ensured he goes into this month’s Wimbledon with new found confidence.

9. How do you Deal with Depression in Your 20s?

So, what do you do if you’re a 20-something — like Deepika herself — and suffer from depression? What avenues are open to you and how do you deal with it? The Quint understands, and offers you suggestions that might just ease your pain...

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