QWrap: GDP Drops, Guha Resigns from BCCI & Yes, Peacocks Have Sex

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‘Wonder Woman’ Review: Gal Gadot Mesmerises In Lively Origin Story

In 2003, Patty Jenkins directed the harrowing indie Monster, which featured a formidable, award-winning performance by Charlize Theron as real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos. It was a film of remarkable restraint and sensitivity, one that walked a delicate tightrope between humanising a brutal murderer and, yet, remained unflinching in its condemnation of her actions.

She may seem a strange choice to helm, as only her second film in 14 years, a big-budget DC Comics spectacle, an instalment in a cinematic universe that is far from being described accurately as ‘restrained’ or ‘sensitive’. However, a viewing of Wonder Woman, a rousing action-adventure with plenty of heart and feminine charm, should silence even the most skeptical fanboy.

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Yes Peacocks Have Sex – Sorry to Break It to You, Justice Sharma

Former Rajasthan High Court judge Mahesh Sharma, on 31 May, sparked controversy with his suggestion to make the cow the national animal. He also sparked an internet meltdown with his claim that the peacock is the most sanskari of all birds.

Science, however, disagrees with Justice Sharma’s claims.

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Ramachandra Guha Resigns as BCCI Admin Citing Personal Reasons

Historian Ramachandra Guha, appointed by the Supreme Court as one of the four administrators of BCCI, informed the court on 1 June that he had resigned from the post because of ‘personal reasons’.

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GDP Slows To 6.1% – Turns Out Note Ban Did Have a Negative Impact

On 8 November, the government decided to withdraw nearly 86 percent of the economy’s currency in circulation by declaring that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes would no longer be legal tender.

The shortage of currency, in an economy that has always been considered cash dependent, prompted analysts to say that growth would be severely impacted. While the extent of the expected impact varied, most expected at least a one percentage point knock-down in the growth rate.

Analysts and economists, however, were forced to eat humble pie when, in February, the government’s statistical arm put out data suggesting that growth during the December ended quarter remained at a respectable 7 percent, with full year growth pegged at 7.1 percent.

Three months later, analysts have an opportunity, armed with data, to get their own back.

The national income data released on Wednesday tells us two things about the economy. The first is that economic momentum had started to slacken even before demonetisation. The second is that demonetisation made this worse.

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Five Pak Soldiers Killed, 6 Injured in Indian Retaliatory Firing

Five soldiers of the Pakistani army were killed and six were injured in retaliatory fire assaults by the Indian Army on Thursday in Bhimber and Battal sectors of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, ANI reported quoting sources.

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