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QWrap: Kovind is India’s 14th President; Shastri Has ‘Matured’

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1. Ram Nath Kovind Becomes 14th President of India

NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind defeated Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar to officially become the 14th President of India. He will be sworn in on 25 July.

In an electoral college of 4,986 voters with a vote value of 10,98,903, Kovind got 2,930 votes carrying a value of 7,00,244, while the former Lok Sabha Speaker secured 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314.

While Kovind got 65.65 percent of the total valid vote value, Meira Kumar got 34.35 percent.

Kovind got the votes of 522 Members of Parliament, while Kumar bagged the votes of 225 MPs in the presidential election.

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2. ‘Immensely Matured’ Ravi Shastri Remix: Press Conference Edition

It took Ravi Shastri all of two weeks and a whole lot of drama to become “immensely matured”, and in his first press conference as India’s head coach on Wednesday, he made sure to spell it out.

Shastri, who had been the Indian team’s director from August 2014 to March 2016, was named as the Virat Kohli-led squad’s coach till the 2019 World Cup.

Here’s what happened when we added a little remix to Ravi Shastri’s sassy, confident and totally thug-like answer at Wednesday’s press conference before India headed out for their tour to Sri Lanka.

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3. 28 Dead After Bus Falls Into Gorge Near Shimla, PM Expresses Grief

At least 28 people have died and nine others have been injured after a bus rolled into a 700-metre deep gorge in the Rampur area of Shimla on the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway in Himachal Pradesh. The accident site is about 140 km from the state capital.

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4. Saif Throws Big, Random Words in Defence of His Nepotism Comment

A new day, a new actor speaks his mind. After the whole “Nepotism Rocks” stint at the IIFA awards held in New York, Saif Ali Khan is now trying to speak his way out of it, or rather, misspeak his way out of it.

Since making fun of Kangana Ranaut is the new way into the ‘cool club’, Saif too has joined in. But it seems like he’ll soon be the English Kamal R Khan. Speaking in an exclusive to Elle, the actor seems to have picked a few words he may not have understood.

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Kangana Is Made of Harder Stuff

Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut, who is shooting for Manikarnika — The Queen Of Jhansi in Hyderabad, was severely injured on Wednesday evening. The actor was shooting for an intense sword-fighting sequence with co-star Nihar Pandya, when the latter's sword hit and deeply cut her forehead. She was rushed to the ICU and got 15 stitches on her forehead.

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5. Ladies, Let’s Talk About Our Ridiculously Expensive Waxing Routine

Not making a baal ki khaal of it – but for the amount of money we, as women, spend on waxing per year, we could enjoy a nice, beachy trip to Thailand. Instead of vacaying and sipping martinis in Bangkok, we are left, instead, arguing with our parlour wali aunty on how we can do without their fancy (read: utterly useless) chocolate wax!

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