QBullet: The Modi-Sharif Bond; ISRO’s Date with Space and More
The Quint brings you the top stories from India
1. ‘CM Chouhan Withheld Information on Vyapam’
The Hindu reports that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has withheld information on the Vyapam scam from the Vidhan Sabha on various occasions. The replies he gave during Question Hour in the House, date back to his previous tenure as Chief Minister.
2. Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif Unroll Map, Announce Journey
The Indian Express reports that in a bid to revive the stalled bilateral dialogue process between India and Pakistan, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif on Friday signalled their willingness to find ways to expedite the trial of the Mumbai terror attacks case and “agreed to cooperate” on eliminating terrorism from South Asia.
3. ISRO Successfully Launches PSLV-C28 Carrying 5 UK Satellites
The Times of India reports that the Indian Space Research Organization’s commercial launch capability reached a new high on Friday night when it successfully launched five satellites for the UK.
4. BJP Pips Nitish at Post in Bihar Semi-Final Polls
The Pioneer reports that the BJP-led NDA on Friday bagged half of the 24 seats in the Bihar Legislative Council polls held on July 7, trumping the RJD-JD(U)-Congress combine that won 10 of them. The election was billed as the semi-final before the State goes for Assembly polls later this year.
5. AAP Rally’s ‘Martyr’ Gajendra was Drunk the Day he Died
Hindustan Times reports that Gajendra Singh, the farmer from Rajasthan who committed suicide at an AAP rally at Jantar Mantar, was drunk at the time he hanged himself from a tree, his viscera report has established.
6. CBSE Issues Bizarre Exam Dress Code to Curb Cheating
Given that the cheating racket across the country has assumed the contours of organized crime, a nervous CBSE is taking no chances. Bizarre as it may sound, the CBSE has issued a wardrobe checklist that would trump airline security or cordon sanitaire in VIP zones. The Times of India reports.
7. Contraceptive Choices for Women will Address Population Problems
Hindustan Times writes that on World Population Day today, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare should be congratulated for committing to enlarge the scope of contraceptive choices to rejuvenate the family planning programme in the country. This move fulfils the long awaited need for expanding the basket of choice in the public healthcare system.
8. A New Bretton Woods
The Indian Express discusses that China’s ability to set up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, overriding the objections of the US, and the BRICS bank, which aims to start lending next year, are just two signs of how some earlier multilateral agency charters do not properly represent current global power equations.
9. Needed, a New Strategy
When Sitaram Yechury, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary, shared a platform with Somnath Chatterjee at an event this week in Kolkata marking Jyoti Basu’s birth anniversary, the symbolism was hardly lost on anyone. The Hindu discusses.
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