QWrap: Cracks in Congress-JD(S) Alliance; Manisha Koirala on Sanju

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1. Siddaramaiah Trains Guns on Budget, But Target is Loan Waiver

Dressed in a bright pink t-shirt and a lungi, former CM Siddaramaiah spoke candidly to the three Congress MLAs who had come to visit him at the natural therapy centre in Dakshina Kannada district, last week.

The JD(S) should remember that the Congress brought them to power, said the former Karnataka chief minister, adding that JD(S) should retain the budget he had presented ahead of the elections.

This candid conversation was captured in a video.

While the veteran Congressman might be taking a shot at the budget, he was aiming for the farmer loan waiver, say many within the party.

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2. Watch: Model Gilu Joseph on the Breastfeeding Photo Controversy

Gilu Joseph found herself in the middle of a controversy in March 2018, when she posed as a breastfeeding mother for the cover of Mathrubhumi’s bi-weekly Grihalakshmi, with the text on the magazine cover stating, “Mothers tell Kerala: please stop staring, we need to breastfeed.”

Not one, but TWO citizens filed petitions against Grihalakshmi and Gilu Joseph, claiming that the cover photo was “obscene” and violated the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act as well as the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act.

The Kerala High Court dismissed the petitions in June 2018, stating, “As beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so does obscenity, perhaps.”

Gilu spoke to The Quint about her decision to appear on Grihalakshmi’s cover for their ‘Breastfeeding Freely’ campaign, her family life, and her career.

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3. I Could Feel Nargis Dutt’s Pain: Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala, who is playing Sanjay Dutt's mother and late actor Nargis Dutt in Sanju, talks about how well she could relate to the character, as Nargis was suffering from cancer and Manisha is a cancer survivor herself. She said, "I could feel her pain, her anguish."

When Rajkumar Hirani went to her with the script, Manisha was not convinced. She was not confident if she could do it as she was going through a health crisis herself. But today she is very happy that she played the role.

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4. FIFA WC: Twitter Goes ‘Messi-ah’ After Argentina Beats Nigeria

Argentina and Lionel Messi progressed to the last 16 of the World Cup by the skin of their teeth on Tuesday, 26 June, after an 86th minute strike from defender Marcos Rojo gave them a 2-1 win over Nigeria, eliminating the African side.

Soon after the match, Messi took to Facebook to thank his well-wishers and supporters. He wrote, “This shirt comes before everything else.”

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5. Amid Heavy Security, Amarnath Yatra Flagged Off From Jammu

Amid multi-tier security cover, the first batch of pilgrims for the annual Amarnath Yatra left from Jammu's Bhagwati Nagar base camp on Wednesday, 27 June.

Assuring that all security arrangements are in place, IG CRPF, Jammu Sector, Abhay Vir Chauhan said, “We're using latest technology and vehicles. The manpower has been increased as compared to last year. There's no specific threat as such, but we're ready for any kind of attack.”

A day before the Yatra was flagged off, an audio clip, purportedly released by the Hizbul Mujahideen, had surfaced, assuring Amarnath pilgrims they have nothing to fear as long as they visit Kashmir only to fulfil their religious duties, reported PTI.

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