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Mrs Drishti Bablani (centre) and her group of volunteers with the rice packs they donated to nine charitable institutions.
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
JULY 29, 2022
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Chief Justice criticises new media
as ‘biased and ill-informed’
Kangaroo courts on TV debates and
social media are taking the country
backwards, Chief Justice of India N.V.
Ramana said on Saturday in a searing
criticism of the media as he called
their behaviour “biased, ill-informed
“New media tools have enormous
amplifying ability but appear to be
incapable of distinguishing between
the right and the wrong, the good and
the bad and the real and the fake,” he
“Ill-informed and agenda-driven
debates on issues involving justice
delivery are proving to be detrimental
to the health of democracy.”
Amnesty UK routes $8.8m to India
arm for ‘anti-national’ work
The Enforcement Directorate (ED)
claimed that Amnesty International
UK routed more than Rs51 crore ($8.8
million) to Amnesty India to “fund
anti-national activities in the guise of
export of services”.
The ED made the charge against the
non-government organisation in its
prosecution complaint at a special
court in New Delhi.
Patient airlifted from US to
Chennai in 26-hour-flight
An Indian woman who needed an
emergency surgery was airlifted from
the United States to India last week in
one of the longest aeromedical
evacuations in recent years.
The flight lasted 26 hours and
stopped once in Iceland and twice in
Turkey before reaching Chennai,
where the 67-year-old will undergo
surgery at the Apollo Hospital.
Meghalaya BJP leader, accused of
running brothel, arrested
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s
Meghalaya vice-president Bernard N.
Marak, who is accused of operating a
brothel at his farmhouse, was arrested
in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.
He had been on the run after six
young girls were rescued and 73
people arrested from his farmhouse in
Tura, Meghalaya, during a raid on
Union minister Irani sends legal
notice to three Congress leaders
Union Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday
sent a legal notice to three Congress
leaders – Pawan Khera, Jairam Ramesh
and Netta D’ Souza – and their party
for accusing her 18-year-old daughter
of running an “illegal bar” in Goa.
She sought a written unconditional
apology and withdrawal of allegations.
SpiceJet fleet size to be halved for
Budget carrier SpiceJet said
Wednesday it would not cancel any
flights after a run of safety incidents
that prompted regulators to reportedly
order its fleet size be cut in half.
The Director General of Civil
Aviation (DGCA) this month asked the
airline to explain why it reported more
than six safety incidents since May.
SpiceJet will now be under
“enhanced surveillance” by the DGCA
after inspections on the carrier’s
operations prompted the regulator to
cut the airline’s approved fleet
numbers by 50 per cent for eight
weeks, local media reported.
Firecracker explosion in Bihar
businessman’s house kills six
Six people died on Sunday in a
firecracker explosion at the house of
businessman Shabir Hussain in Khudai
Bagh village in Bihar’s Saran district.
The explosion caused a portion of
the house to blow up while the
remaining part caught fire.
According to the police, a major
part of the house collapsed, trapping
eight people under the debris. They
were later rescued and admitted to the
ICMR invites vaccine-makers to
make monkeypox shots
The Central government research body
Indian Council of Medical Research
said on Wednesday that it isolated the
monkeypox virus and was inviting
vaccine-makers to consider making
shots after the country reported four
cases of infection.
It also called for development of
diagnostic kits to help in detection of
Droupadi not new President’s
Ms Droupadi Murmu on Monday was
sworn in as India’s 15th President. She
is the first tribal and the second
woman to be elected to the highest
Soon after taking the oath, she
revealed that her first name Droupadi
– based on a character from the epic
Mahabharata – is not her original
Her Santhali name is Puti. It was
changed to Droupadi by a school
teacher “for good”.
Akshay Kumar becomes ‘highest
Actor Akshay Kumar, one of the
top-paid stars in Bollywood,
apparently has been honoured by the
Income Tax department as the
“highest taxpayer” in the country.
An honorary certificate for Akshay
from the Income Tax department has
been making its rounds online.
The actor has been one of India’s
highest taxpayers over the last five
years, reported India Today.
Truck owner arrested in police
officer murder case
Police in Nuh, Haryana, arrested three
more people, including the owner of
the dumper truck that mowed down a
police officer last week.
The police officer was checking
illegal mining in the district when the
incident happened. Police have in total
arrested nine people, including the
dumper’s driver and cleaner.
42 dead in Gujarat after drinking
At least 42 people have died and
nearly 100 others have been
hospitalised in Gujarat after drinking
toxic alcohol, police said on Thursday.
Dozens became ill earlier this week
after drinking methanol – a poisonous
form of alcohol sometimes used as an
antifreeze – sold in several villages
across the state. Police said 31 people
died in Botad district and 11 people in
nearby Ahmedabad district.
HCL boss Roshni Nadar remains
India’s richest woman
HCL Technologies chairman Roshni
Nadar Malhotra has retained her
position as the richest woman in India,
with a 54 per cent jump in her net
worth to Rs84,330 crore in 2021.
Ms Falguni Nayar, who quit her
investment banking career to start the
beauty focused brand Nykaa around a
decade ago, has emerged the richest
self-made woman with a net worth of
Rs 57,520 crore, according to the
Kotak Private Banking-Hurun list
published on Wednesday.
Biocon’s Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
saw a 21 per cent drop in her fortune
and moved down one rung to become
the third-richest woman in the country.
with her wealth amounting to
Ghazal singer Pankaj Ud-
has rehearsing for the Khaz-
ana Festival of Ghazals,
along with playback singer
Runa Rizvi (left) and classi-
cal music singer Rahul
Deshpande on Wednesday.
The annual Khazana Fes-
tival of Ghazals, founded
by Udhas, will honour mu-
sic legend Lata Mangeshkar
this year. The music event
will take place at a hotel in
Mumbai today and tomor-
row after a two-year hiatus.
The organisers said Lata,
who died in February,
helped popularise ghazal
Formed 20 years ago,
the festival aims at giving a
platform to budding ghazal
artists to showcase their
Proceeds from the con-
cert go towards the treat-
ment of thalassemic chil-
dren and cancer patients.
Ghazal festival to pay tribute to Lata Mangeshkar
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