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SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
JULY 22, 2022
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’ONE PIZZA A MONTH’
STORY OF AN
ethnic for The Gray
Indian actor Dhanush (centre)
posing with American director-
producer brothers Joseph and
Anthony Russo at the Mumbai
screening of Netflix’s upcoming
action thriller The Gray Man.
The Tamil star plays a pivotal
role in the Hollywood movie,
which also stars Chris Evans,
Ryan Gosling and Ana de Ar-
mas in the lead.
The Russo Brothers’ directo-
rial has the world’s attention
and Dhanush took the opportu-
nity to introduce the veshti, a
type of sarong worn by men in
The actor stole the limelight
when he stepped out onto the
red carpet in the traditional
South Indian outfit.
Ola Electric to set up US$500m
battery research centre
Softbank Group-backed Ola Electric
will invest US$500 million to set up a
battery innovation centre in Bengaluru.
The facility will house advanced
labs and high-tech equipment for
battery innovation and is part of
India’s push towards becoming a global
electric vehicle hub, said Mr Bhavish
Aggarwal, founder and chief executive
of Ola Electric.
The company will hire senior
engineers and research scientists at the
facility, potentially one of the world’s
biggest battery research centres.
13 killed after bus falls into river in
At least 13 people died when the bus
they were travelling in fell into a river
in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district on
Monday. Their bodies were recovered
from the river Narmada as rescue
“The total number of passengers on
the bus hasn’t been established. The
bus, belonging to Maharashtra, started
its journey from Indore city in the
morning,” said a local police officer.
Second monkeypox case detected
India’s second monkeypox case was
detected in Kerala on Monday. The
31-year-old male is said to be a native
of Kannur district and is undergoing
treatment at a government medical
“He arrived from Dubai on July 13
and those in close contact with him
have been put under observation,” said
a health department officer.
The country’s first monkeypox case
was detected in Kerala on July 14. The
infected person was a traveller from
the UAE who had reached the state on
Two girls stripped to lend uniforms
for class photo
Two girls were reportedly stripped
naked by their teachers in a govern-
ment school in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh,
so that their uniforms could be lent to
other students for a class photograph.
As a result, the girls, aged eight and
nine, remained naked for around an
The incident happened on July 11.
But a police report was made only on
Monday. The two teachers involved in
the case have since been arrested.
US woman arrested for faking her
An American woman was arrested in
Delhi after being accused of faking her
Chloe McLaughlin, 27, had run out
of cash while travelling through South
Asia and allegedly wrote “ransom
notes” to convince her parents to send
money. The attempt backfired after her
parents reached out to the American
Embassy and Indian Police.
Investigators traced her location
from the IP address tagged to the
ransom emails she sent.
They found her staying with a
31-year-old man, Okoroafor Chibuike
Okoro, from Nigeria. The two had met
Haryana DSP investigating illegal
mining mowed down in Nuh
A deputy superintendent of police
investigating illegal stone-mining was
killed on Tuesday when a truck he
signalled to stop in Haryana’s Nuh
district drove into him, officials said.
Tauru DSP Surender Singh had
signalled for the dumper-truck to stop
for him to check documents in the
Pachgaon area, but the driver sped on,
running over him.
Police later said a man allegedly
involved in the killing was arrested.
RJD chief’s son claims torture by
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s oldest
son Tej Pratap Yadav on Tuesday
alleged that his wife and in-laws were
torturing him and demanding crores of
rupees as compensation for divorce.
“They have also abused my mother
and father. My father is having several
diseases and currently recuperating in
hospital,” Tej Pratap said on Facebook
“I was facing the plight for the last
four years due to the ongoing divorce
Police officers injured in school
At least 20 police officers were injured
on Sunday in Tamil Nadu while trying
to prevent a mob from burning buses
parked in the grounds of a school after
a female student committed suicide,
local media reported.
Protesters forcibly entered the
school campus in Kallakurichi district
and set school buses and police
vehicles on fire as they demanded
justice over the student’s death.
The teenager was found dead in the
hostel of the private school on July 13.
She apparently left a suicide note
naming two teachers, saying they had
tortured her and some other students
by forcing them to study all the time.
Traders and shopkeepers to
protest against tax hikes
Indian traders and shopkeepers will
hold a nationwide protest next week
against a hike in taxes on a range of
products and services, including food
grains and household items, that went
into effect on Monday, a top official of
a leading traders’ group said.
“The 5 per cent tax on a range of
food products – which had been tax-
free – and hike in rates on other
household items have increased the
inflation burden on the public and
traders,” said Pravin Khandelwal, presi-
dent of the Confederation of All India
Traders, which represents more than
10 million small shopkeepers and
He said the group’s members would
launch a nationwide series of protest
meetings on July 26, starting in
Bhopal, a stronghold of the ruling
Bharatiya Janata Party.
Over 390,000 Indians gave up
citizenship in past three years
More than 390,000 Indians have
renounced their citizenship in the past
three years, the government told
Parliament on Tuesday, with the
United States emerging as the top
choice among 103 countries where the
More than 163,000 Indians
relinquished their citizenship in 2021
alone, according to the data tabled by
the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
More than 78,000 of them took up US
Others went to Singapore (7,046),
Sweden (3,754), Bahrain (170) and
Iran (21). One took up citizenship of
African cheetahs to be spotted
soon in India
India and Namibia signed a deal on
Wednesday to bring cheetahs into the
South Asian country, with the first
batch of eight wild cats set to arrive
next month, officials said.
India has been working to relocate
the animals since 2020, when the
Supreme Court announced that
African cheetahs could be introduced
in a “carefully chosen location” on an
India in the past had Asiatic
cheetahs, but the species was declared
extinct within the country by 1952.
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An Indian couple recently went viral
for their unique wedding contract
which included promises to exercise
regularly and restrict junk food intake.
The couple from Guwahati in As-
sam – Mintu Rai, 25, and Shanti
Prasad, 24 – signed a placard created
by their friends at their wedding last
month, the BBC reported. It included
a list of dos and don’ts.
First on the list was “only one pizza
a month”. The groom made the bride
promise that because she was obsessed
“I am very fond of pizzas. On
dates, I would always say, ‘Let’s go eat
pizza,” Ms Shanti told BBC.
“He would ask; ‘How much pizza
do you want to eat? Let’s get some-
Other promises on the list would be
considered archaic today – wear a sari
every day and no late night parties
without each other.
The groom had to promise to take
the bride shopping every 15 days and
cook her breakfast on Sundays.
The couple are surprised at how
popular their wedding story became.
“We were busy with our wedding
celebrations, so we realised only three,
four days later that the video had gone
viral,” the bride told BBC.
The groom added: “We didn’t think
it would go far. It was a surprise, a
really lovely one. I feel amused when
people ask me about the video.”
Since it was uploaded on Instagram
on June 22, a day after the wedding,
the 16-second video of the bride and
the groom signing the placard has been
viewed 45 million times.
The couple met five years ago at a
commerce class and found themselves
in the same WhatsApp chat group.
One day, when Ms Shanti asked for
help after missing a lesson, Mr Mintu
readily obliged. They started chatting
and became friends.
Over time, romance blossomed and
in February 2018, the couple went out
on their first date.
“We bunked the last class and went
to a nearby pizza place. I knew I had
to take her for pizza because she
always talked about it,” said Mr Mintu,
who owns an electrical goods store in
On subsequent dates, Ms Shanti
would say, “Let’s go eat pizza.” But
after a while, Mr Mintu, who “also
likes pizzas but can’t eat them every
day”, started to complain and they
would go for something else.
The couple told BBC that they have
never fought over food – “at least not
so far”, said Mr Mintu.
But Ms Shanti said, “He would
complain to friends, saying how irri-
tated he was that he had to eat pizza
every time. This became a running
joke among all our friends.”
“Her love for pizza is second only
to her love for Mintu. I think she
thinks about pizza in her free time and
even in her sleep,” said Mr Raghav
Thakur, the couple’s friend who came
up with the idea of the contract.
“Since we met in college in 2017,
we have spent so much time together
and become very close. We have seen
their romance bloom and we wanted
to do something unique, something
memorable for them when they got
“So, we brainstormed in our group
and came up with eight points that we
thought would work for them. Since
she’s a pizza freak, we put it right at
The contract took shape only in the
week before the wedding.
“We had no idea that our friends
were planning this for us. But they
really know us well,” said Ms Shanti.
But do the couple plan to stick to
the vows that made them popular?
Probably not, the groom said.
“She takes it as a joke. I don’t think
she’s really serious about cutting down
on her pizza consumption,” he added.
Ms Shanti, who is working at a
coaching centre, said: “Our family was
very happy with the agreement.”
The contract is not legally binding.
The newlyweds say they plan to frame
it up and display it in their home.
Indo-Asian News Service
Mr Mintu Rai and Ms Shanti Prasad signing the contract created by their friends.
Alt News founder out on bail
India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday
ordered the release on bail of a
prominent journalist arrested last
month over what police said was a
“highly provocative” 2018 tweet
aimed at straining ties between major-
ity Hindus and minority Muslims.
Mr Mohammed Zubair, a co-
founder of fact-checking website Alt
News and vocal critic of Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, was arrested
after an anonymous Twitter user
lodged a complaint over the four-year-
While granting Mr Zubair bail, the
judges stated that “power of arrests
must be pursued sparingly”. The court
also stated that while investigations
can continue, there was no justification
for keeping Mr Zubair in custody.
“It’s a set principle of law that
power of arrests must be pursued
sparingly. In present case no justifica-
tion to keep him in continued deten-
tion and subject him to an endless
round of proceedings in various
courts,” the Supreme Court said.
The judges also rejected the Uttar
Pradesh government’s request that Mr
Zubair be “stopped from putting out
tweets”. “If he does something that
violates the law, then he is answerable
to law. But how can we take anticipa-
tory action against a citizen when he is
raising his voice?” said Justice DY
Mr Zubair’s lawyer had earlier said
the case bordered on the absurd,
because Mr Zubair, a Muslim, had
used satire from a Hindi-language
movie in his 2018 tweet and there was
no evidence that he had hurt religious
sentiments of Hindus.
Mr Zubair and his colleagues ac-
cused the Central government of using
the police to silence the voice of
journalists and other critics.
Earlier this year, Mr Zubair had
drawn attention to an incendiary re-
mark about Prophet Mohammad made
on TV by a spokesperson for Mr
Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP). Mr Zubair’s lawyer said the
government was using the 2018 case
to punish him after this year’s tweet
went viral. The BJP suspended the
spokesman for the anti-Islam remarks
and expelled another official to defuse
Couple sign ‘one pizza a month’ contract
July 22, 2022
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