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QWrap: Yogi Visits the Taj Mahal; Mallika Dua Hits out at Trolls

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1. Yogi Visits Taj Amidst Controversy

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday, 26 October, visited the Taj Mahal, days after BJP leaders and ministers made provocative statements against the 17th century Mughal-era monument.

Accompanied by scores of security personnel, officials, and jostling crowds of supporters, he walked down the path leading to the famed monument of love, along with state Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

Adityanath, the first BJP chief minister of Uttar Pradesh to visit the Taj Mahal, entered from the western gate where he swept the road with senior leaders.

Donning a mask, wearing yellow gloves, and wielding a broom, Adityanath was accompanied by around 500 BJP members, including MLAs from western Uttar Pradesh, as he swept a parking area, in an apparent bid to promote the Swachh Bharat mission.

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2. ‘Don’t Trivialise This by Making It Only About Akshay’: Mallika

Mallika Dua reacts to Akshay Kumar’s comment on <i>The Great Indian Laughter Challenge</i>. <i>(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Altered by <b>The Quint</b>)</i>
Mallika Dua reacts to Akshay Kumar’s comment on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Altered by The Quint)

I’ve had the good fortune of being virtually puked on by Akshay Kumar’s hooligan-ish fans for over 24 hours. It seemed less like fans supporting their idol and more like a bunch of men scramming to protect their licences to speak to women inappropriately and get away with it. “Itna mazaak toh chalta hai”. Oh, well.

Recently, a video was leaked from within Star Plus. It shows a comic expertly mimicking the Prime Minister as part of his audition act on ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’. The contestant was lauded by the ringing of the ceremonial golden bell that lead to him being selected for the show.

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3. Degree but No Job? Welcome to Solan, Himachal’s Education Hub

Remember Aamir Khan’s character DJ from Rang De Basanti – the man who continued to hang out with people much younger than him, in spite of having graduated years before? In Himachal Pradesh’s Solan, that could be Ritesh Thakur. But Ritesh isn't doing so willingly.

Twenty-three-year-old Ritesh graduated two years ago. But, he is still without a job. He is frequently spotted mingling with boys who are three-four years his junior, outside the same tea-shop he hung out at while he was in college.

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4. Move Over Radhe Maa, Pammi Maa Is Here to Solve Your Problems

Radhe Maa. <i>(Photo Courtesy: Radhe Maa’s website)</i>
Radhe Maa. (Photo Courtesy: Radhe Maa’s website)

Radhe Maa has broken the internet with her latest interview. Inspired by the self-styled godwoman, our very own Pammi ji has now begun to preach.

She has the solution to all our troubles. From GST to pollution to mode of transportation, Pammi knows just how to fix it all.

Watch the full video here.

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Celebrating 10 Years of ‘Jab We Met’

Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s <i>Jab We Met (2007)</i> . <i>(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Jab We Met)</i>
Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met (2007) . (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Jab We Met)

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali talks about the making of his most loved film yet – Jab We Met. The film was initially going to star Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta, before Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor came into the picture. The romcom was written in just over two days with a rushed pre-production in just 21 days.

You can read the complete interview here.

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