1. UIDAI Contradicts Itself as It Calls RS Sharma’s Dare ‘Uncalled For’
Days after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chief RS Sharma challenged people to cause him harm using his Aadhaar number, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has called such a dare “uncalled for” and said that it “should be refrained (from) as these are not in accordance with the law”.
The UIDAI is absolutely correct in stating that displaying your Aadhaar number on a public platform is an unwise decision. But that’s not all. In their cleanup act on Twitter, which included a thread with 9 tweets, the UIDAI has contradicted its own position so far on this issue.
Read the full story here.
2. Assam NRC: Mamata Govt Did Not Verify 1 Lakh Docs, Says Official
An NRC co-ordinator accused the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal of not verifying more than one lakh papers that was sent to them, reported News 18.
The NRC Coordinator reportedly told the Supreme Court on 31 July that people will know the reasons for their non-inclusion in the draft on 7 August.
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3. India vs England 1st Test: Kohli Makes Bold Changes in Playing XI
With the first Test underway in Birmingham, India will look to win their first Test series in England since 2007. Not many surprises were in store as far as India’s playing XI for the first Test were concerned.
On the eve of the Edgbaston Test, the biggest suspense was who between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul will take the remaining opening slot. Murali Vijay was the one who was assured of a place at the top of the batting order, courtesy his decent outing in South Africa, a century against debutants Afghanistan and a defiant 53 against County side Essex in the practice match.
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4. Kamal Haasan On Why Unlike MGR, He Can’t Be Actor and Politician
Just a week before the release of his new film Vishwaroopam 2, Tamil star (and now politician) Kamal Haasan flew into Mumbai to publicise his upcoming action drama. I had a brief chat with the actor on a breezy Tuesday at the city’s erstwhile hotspot but now decadent Sun n Sand Hotel in Juhu. All of Kamal Haasan’s schedule seemed to have gone slightly awry as he juggled his responsibilities as an actor and filmmaker with those of a busy politician.
Here’s what the national award winning and immensely talented artiste had to say about his balancing act as an actor and politician and lots more.
(Watch the full interview here.)
5. Watch: 22 Things Muslims Are Tired of Hearing Ft. Taapsee Pannu
Did you know about 9/11? Do you have four wives? Do you always eat non-veg? You guys don’t even drink water during your fast right? Do you support triple talaq? There are two eids in a year right?
Have you ever said these things to a Muslim? I’m sure you have and just like every other Non-Muslim, you may be interested in understanding and discovering new facets about the religion. As a Muslim I would love to help you out but would you please steer clear of the stereotypes? There is a list of things which every Muslim is tired of hearing and this video just recounts a few of them.
A very common example would be only expecting Biryani at a Muslim friend’s party. Biryani kaha hai? Acha toh Biryani lao? Can you imagine going to a Muslim’s house for a meal and all they serve you is vegetarian food? Despite Biryani being a dish to die for, it’s clearly something Muslims are tired of being solely associated with.
(Watch the full video here.)