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DNA Morning Must Reads: Twin blasts kill 29 in Istanbul, I-T raid in South Delhi, VVIP chopper scam & more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Turkey: At least 29 killed, 166 wounded in twin blasts outside Istanbul soccer stadiumA car bomb followed by a suicide bombing less than a minute later killed 29 people and wounded 166 outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul on Saturday night, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. Read moreI-T dept raids law firm in South Delhi, seizes Rs 10 crore, including Rs 2.5 crore in new notesDelhi Police on Saturday raided the office of a law firm in southeast Delhi’s Greater Kailash-I area and recovered Rs 10 crore in cash, of which Rs 2.5 crore was in new banknotes released after demonetization. Read more VVIP chopper scam: Ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi drags in then PMO, says I am not running awaySP Tyagi, former Air Force chief, was sent to four days’ police custody, following his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday for allegedly receiving kickbacks in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal. Read more After Barkha Dutt, Ravish Kumar’s Twitter account hacked by Legion; says @LalitKModi leaks coming up nextHours after hacking NDTV Consulting Editor Barkha Dutt’s Twitter account, a group called ‘Legion’ hacked senior journalist Ravish Kumar’s official Twitter handle. Read moreMumbai: Law student assaulted for feeding stray dogsA 33-year-old law student was allegedly attacked on Friday night by a man and a woman from a neighbouring building who objected to her daily routine of feeding stray dogs inside her housing society. The Charkop police has registered an FIR against the two neighbours. Read more

Indian village goes back to bartering

Villagers in Brindapur, West Bengal, have gone back to bartering because of India’s cash crisis.

Women win court battle to enter Muslim shrine in India

A group of women has been allowed to enter the inner sanctum of a Muslim shrine in India for the first time since 2012.

DNA Morning Must Reads: 120 killed as Indore-Patna Express derails, ceasefire violation in J&K & more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tragedy at dawn jolts nation; 120 killed as Indore-Patna Express derails in UPAt least 120 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured, nearly half of them grievously, in the worst train accident in recent years when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed here, just a little after 3 am on Sunday due to a suspected rail fracture. Read moreJammu and Kashmir: 1 jawan killed, 3 injured as Pak violates ceasefire in RajouriOne army jawan was killed and three others were injured as Pakistani army resorted to heavy cross-border firing in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night, in third ceasefire violation since Saturday. Read moreStrong quake of magnitude 6.4 hits near Argentina, Chile borderA strong quake hit western Argentina, shaking buildings as far away as Santiago, the capital of neighbouring Chile, though there were no preliminary reports of damage to people, infrastructure or basic services. Read moreBanks replenish money chest with soiled notes, Rs 10 coinsWith a surge in demand for smaller denomination notes, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has put soiled notes—mainly of Rs 100 and lower denominations—back into the system, along with a fresh supply of Rs 10 coins. Read moreDemonetization row: Government, Opposition play wait and watch gameAs the war of nerves over demonetization casts a shadow on business in Parliament, the Government and Opposition are hoping the other side will blink first to find a way out of the Parliament logjam. Read more

How do you organise an Indian wedding without cash?

India’s cash crisis has thrown wedding planning into disarray, as the BBC’s Shalu Yadav finds out.

India currency ban: Who will take this money now?

The BBC’s Justin Rowlatt tries using banned 500 and 1,000 rupee notes on the streets of Delhi.

Street entertainment

Makeshift cinemas are providing entertainment and relaxation to some of the homeless people in Delhi, India.

Diwali fireworks ‘worsen Delhi pollution’

The level of pollution in Delhi has risen to nearly ten times the safe level after thousands of fireworks were let off during Diwali celebrations.

dna Morning Must Reads: Latest on surgical strikes, 3 infiltration bids foiled, successful satellite launch and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Surgical Strikes | Security czars in govt weighing options on releasing footage; discusses future strategy implicationsPrime Minister Modi’s message advising everyone to remain calm post the Cabinet meeting on Thursday was short and crisp. According to sources the PM said — not everyone needs to speak on the surgical strikes, it is the Army’s job and they should be allowed to handle it. Read in detail2. J&K: Militants attack army camp in Kupwara; Army says 3 infiltration bids foiled along the LoCSome militants on Thursday attacked an army camp in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, prompting security forces to retaliate, army said. “At around 5 AM, militants opened firing on an army camp at Langate in Kupwara district, which was retaliated by the alert jawans,” an army official said. Read more3. Rajan’s NPA schemes may get quiet burial; Patel hints at new debt resolution frameworkInflation has flown out of the Reserve Bank of India’s top agenda as Urjit Patel, its new governor, unveiled his maiden credit policy that would make both the growth-focused government and companies happy. Read more4. India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-18 launched successfully on board Ariane-5 from KourouIndia’s latest communication satellite GSAT-18 was on Thursday successfully launched by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. Read more5. Hurricane Matthew kills 26 in Caribbean; prompts Americans to flee coastHurricane Matthew twisted toward the Bahamas and Florida’s east coast on Wednesday after killing at least 26 people and damaging a majority of homes in Haiti’s south, prompting the hard-hit country to postpone a long-awaited presidential election. Read more6. Wriddhiman Saha is here to stayThough he was clutching on to his first man of the match award in Tests for two fifties in the second Test at his home ground, Eden Gardens, on Monday, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha had a sorry-looking face. Read more7. Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday plansKing Khan has big plans for his 51st birthday on November 2. Find out more

Hike Messenger: Can India’s answer to WhatsApp make money?

Can India’s Hike Messenger fulfil its potential and make money? Shilpa Kannan has a chat with the app’s founder, Kavin Mittal, to find out.

Inside India’s ‘dying’ Irani cafes

Persian-style Irani cafes have been a part of Mumbai’s culture since the 19th Century, but these institutions are steadily dying out.

dna Evening Must Reads: From latest in VVIP chopper deal to US Senate voting on gun control

VVIP chopper deal: ED searches multiple cities; freezes over Rs 86 crore sharesInitiating fresh action in the VVIP choppers deal money laundering probe case, the ED on Monday conducted searches in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad on at least 10 premises of some involved firms and froze shares worth over Rs 86 crore kept by them in foreign shores. Read more<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar toppers scam: Accused Bachha Rai booked under Arms ActA day after arms and ammunition were seized from his office, Bachha Rai, principal of Bishun Rai Intermediate college in Vaishali district which is in the eye of a storm over the 10+2 toppers scam in Bihar was booked under Arms Act. Read moreUS Senate to vote on gun control measures in response to Orlando shootingThe US Senate will make its strongest push in years to tighten gun controls on Monday, voting on four proposals a week after the Orlando shooting massacre prompted new calls to keep firearms away from people on terrorism watch lists. Read moreNo public holiday tomorrow; yoga voluntary for government employeesThere will be no public holiday and yoga will be voluntary for central government employees on Tuesday, when the country observes second International Yoga Day. “There will be no holiday and all government offices will remain open tomorrow,” a senior official in Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. He said the Centre has not made it mandatory for the employees to take part in yoga. Read moreYou will miss Dhoni a lot more in India when he retires: Dean JonesIndian limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni may be a shadow of his old self but former Australian batsman Dean Jones feels that the Jharkhand dasher will be “missed more in sub-continental conditions” once he calls time on his illustrious career. Read more

‘Briton abandoned Everest peak to save me’

A British ex-serviceman abandoned his Mount Everest climb some 500m from the summit to save a fellow mountaineer.

VIDEO: ‘We have overcome hesitations of history’

Narendra Modi has given a speech to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Top 5 stories from across India: From UP man cycling for ‘corruption free India’ to couple working on solution to drought

Mumbai’s Rafee Nagar to get its first college for girls soonRafee Nagar in Govandi does not boast of having several good educational institutions. In fact, a majority of the area consists of slums where residents are not overly keen on sending their children for further education once they complete basic academic courses. However, to the relief of youngsters, especially girls, Rafee Nagar may soon have its own government-aided degree college, in the next few months. Read more<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nashik: A big fat family, this one!In an era of ‘small families’, this family in Mundhegaon near Ghoti, 33 km from Nashik has as many as 92 members living under one roof. The Gatir family has three generations living together with nine siblings and their respective families. Together, the nine siblings have 37 offsprings – 18 sons and 19 daughters and the third generations has another 16 boys and 16 girls. Read moreMumbai: For 7 days this pipeline in Govandi has been sending out jets of water. Why is BMC snoozing?Women from nearby slums crouch to gather as much water as possible in their plastic pots at Govandi’s Tata Nagar. The pipeline that runs over a nullah has been damaged for over a week now and has been sending jets of water into the nullah. Despite the acute water crisis in Maharashtra, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has done nothing to stop the criminal wastage. Read moreCouple works to find long-term solutions in Maharashtra’s drought-hit BeedVile Parle resident Veena Bhagwat understands that sending water to drought-hit villages and offering monetary help is just a short term solution. That is why the co-founder and trustee of Manglabai Bhagwat Foundation has her eyes set on finding long-term solution to the crisis. Along with Samasta Mahajan and Deendayal Research Institute (DRI), the Manglabai Bhagwat Foundation has been helping villages in Maharashtra’s Beed district since October 2015. Read moreThis 36-year-old to cycle across the country for a ‘corruption free India’Meet this 36-year-old Sudarshan Prasad Vishwakarma who hails from Sant Kabir Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh and is on a two-year mission to roam all the states of India and spread the message of “Corruption Free India”. Today, at around 10 am, he arrived at Santacruz in Mumbai, completing one year of his mission and riding through 11 states (275 districts). He has cycled around 41,205 km since May 18, 2015. Read more

dna Morning Must Reads: Cyclone Roanu; Indian fighters in IS video; Rishi Kapoor on Congress; and more

1) Islamic State flaunts Indian fighters in new video; vows to take revenge of Babri, Godhra and KashmirThis is the first time the IS group has released a propaganda video confirming presence of Indian fighters among its troops of foreign fighters from at least 86 countries. Read More2) RBI should be allowed to take its own decision: Raghuram RajanRBI has been enjoying full autonomy and support of the government so far and it should be allowed to take its own decision, Governor Raghuram Rajan has told the central bank’s staff. Read More<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>3) Cyclone Roanu brings plentiful rain on east coast, no relief from heat in northA day after the Met department sounded off an alert regarding cyclonic storm Roanu, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and several parts of West Bengal received very to heavy rainfall and witnessed strong winds. Read More 4) I will fight till the end: Sushil Kumar India’s double Olympic medallist, who has already knocked on the doors of the Delhi HC seeking a trial in the 74kg category, is hoping for a favourable order on May 27, the next date of hearing.​ Read More5) Rishi Kapoor: I am not against the Congress at all I am being asked why I didn’t speak up during the UPA government… Arrrey, it didn’t occur to me then. Is that a crime?Nahin kaha toh nahin kaha.Every city every yojana has Rajiv Gandhi and his family’s name in it. Kitna yaad dialowge? Read More

VIDEO: Cattle slaughter ban hits Indian farmers

India is the world’s biggest exporter of beef but a ban on cow slaughter in many states has severely affected the lives of cattle farmers.

dna morning Must Reads: From fifth phase of West Bengal Elections to Gujarat Lions’ win over Rising Pune Supergiants

LIVE | West Bengal Elections 2016 Phase 5: Polling in 53 seats, Mamata Banerjee among top TMC leaders in frayAhead of the polls, a 90,000 strong contingent of central and state police forces was deployed and prohibitory orders under 144 CrPc be in force in all the poll-bound constituencies. Read more<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan won’t get subsidy for F-16s, will have to pay 2.5 times of the discounted costThe United States has asked Pakistan to shell out the full price – US$700 million – if wants to purchase eight F-16 fighter aircrafts. This is two-and-a-half times the earlier cost. Read MoreIPL 2016: Formidable Gujarat Lions’ batting line-up nullify Smith’s ton to clinch thrilling win versus PuneSteven Smith’s brilliant century went in vain as Gujarat Lions rode on a blazing opening stand between Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum to beat Rising Pune Supergiants by three wickets in a thrilling last ball finish in their IPL match in Pune on Friday. Read more Does AgustaWestland still owe money to India for three choppers?2013 CAG report pointed to critical lapses in the deal. Read more hereMy role in ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ was difficult and disturbing: Nawazuddin SiddiquiNawazuddin Siddiqui talks about playing a serial killer in his next and the effect it had on him. Read More

dna Morning Must Reads: From CBI role in murder cover-up of RTI activist Satish Shetty to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick

‘RAW spy’ arrested: Pakistan slaps terror, sabotage charges on Kulbhushan JadhavEven as India is still awaiting the consular access to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan government has gone ahead with filing an FIR against him charging him with terrorism and sabotage. Read More <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Exposed: CBI role in murder cover-up of RTI activist Satish Shetty; Investigating officer blames agency director Anil Sinhadna, Zee Business are in possession of recorded conversation between investigating officer (IO) and brother of RTI activist Satish Shetty. IO blames former director Ranjit Sinha and the agency’s top brass. Read morePanama govt raids offices of Mossack Fonseca to search for evidencePanama’s attorney general raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm to search for any evidence of illegal activities, authorities said in a statement. Read MoreChampions League: Hat-trick hero Ronaldo keeps faith of Madrid fans by conjuring epic comeback win against WolfsburgCristiano Ronaldo’s fifth Champions League hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to a 3-0 comeback victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday that clinched a place in the semi-finals for a sixth successive season. Read moreFrom Madonna to Michael Jackson, here’s how Shah Rukh Khan dealt with his ‘fan’ momentShah Rukh Khan on stardom, fandom and the struggle, not to reach numbers or a certain demographic, but to not disappoint the people who love him. Read more

Top 5 stories from across India: From Maharashtra’s water crisis to #JusticeforNupur

1. Religious head of Syria felicitates mufti from Mumbai for issuing fatwa against ISISThe religious head of Syria recently felicitated a mufti from Malvani, Malad, who took up the cause of fighting terrorism by issuing a fatwa against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in September 2015. According to Mufti Manzar Hasan Khan Ashrafi Misbahi, ISIS has been misinterpreting the Quran and stood against the very definition of Islam. Mufti was felicitated in the last week of March 2016. Read more <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Thane start-up addresses Maharashtra’s water crisis, offers car wash in just 3 litresAs the state is staring at a crippling water crisis, new innovative ways are coming up to manage this resource. When it comes to car wash, usually a lot of water is wasted. To address this problem, a start-up in Thane promises to clean your car using just three litres. Five youth have come forward to do their bit with ‘Clean Wash Care,’ and so far they have been doing a good job of water management. Read more3. Non-local students protest at NIT Srinagar to raise their demands with MHRDThe students, in their letter to the MHRD, have demanded that J&K police, which lathi-charged students, be removed from the campus and central forces be deployed for the security of the students. Read more4. Situation tense in Chandni Chowk after authorities demolish a piao at Gurudwara Sis GanjThe North MCD, in its anti-encroachment drive, demolished the piao at Gurudwara Sis Ganj. The sevaks from the Gurudwaras started an agitation and quickly constructed it again in retaliation. Read more 5. Over a thousand people demand ‘Justice for Nupur’ on social mediaAn elderly couple, who fled with their nine-year-old granddaughter, has raised the ire of friends and family of 32-year-old Nupur who allegedly committed suicide in Noida’s Sector-14 on March 26. The campaign to seek #JusticeforNupur has intensified on social media and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s office has assured that he will look into the case. Read more

VIDEO: Army leads India flyover rescue effort

Rescuers are continuing to search for survivors after a flyover which was being constructed, collapsed in Kolkata.

VIDEO: Flyover ‘collapsed on makeshift homes’

A number of people have diedand others have been injured and trapped after a flyover under construction collapsed in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta), officials say.

VIDEO: Excitement ahead of India Pakistan game

As India and Pakistan prepare to play in their Twenty20 match on Saturday, passions are high.

VIDEO: Time lapse of Delhi’s mega cultural festival

The weekend’s World Cultural Festival in Delhi draws more than 3.5 million people in what organisers call the world’s largest cultural gathering.

VIDEO: Delhi prepares for controversial festival

Delhi is preparing for a three-day cultural festival on the floodplains of the city’s main river despite opposition from environmentalists.

VIDEO: Battling against air pollution in Delhi

School Reporters at the Gandhi Memorial Public School in Delhi investigate the effects of an increase in air pollution in their city.

VIDEO: ‘The giant toad ate the sun’: Solar eclipse myths from Asia

Millions of people across Indonesia and the Pacific have witnessed a total solar eclipse. Here are some of the myths about the phenomenon in Asia.

VIDEO: The Chinese threat to Indian embroidery

The traditional Indian craft of chikankari is struggling to get export orders.

dna Must Reads: From blast in Turkey to Freedom 251 launch fiasco and more

Here is a round-up of the top news of the day.1. Turkey: Explosion in Ankara kills 5, injures 10An explosion was heard in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Wednesday. The explosion killed 5 people and injured 10, Ankara’s Governor told CNN Turk.The explosion occurred near military buildings in central Ankara, the private broadcaster reported. Dogan news agency reported that the explosion was an attack on a shuttle carrying military personnel. Read more<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. The Freedom 251 launch fiasco: What the hell is going on?There’s been much hubbub on the net off-late, surrounding the launch of the cheapest smartphone in India, and indeed the world, the Freedom 251. Launched today by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar at an event in New Delhi, the new smartphone from recently formed Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd was touted to absolutely wreck the industry on release. And that’s when more details started trickling in. Read more3. Sania Mirza non-committal about mixed doubles partner for Rio OlympicsIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza on Wednesday said it is too early to take a call on who she would partner in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympic Games. Read more4. Most wanted man spotted again: ISIS chief Baghdadi image ‘surfaces’ after 18 monthsFresh footage of ISIS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has surfaced, apparently showing the reclusive terror leader making a rare public appearance and talking to children at a mosque in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. Read more 5. Maharashtra HSC exam: Here is a checklist with helpline numbers for studentsWith just a day to go for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) board examination, Mumbai divisional board released helpline numbers and some do’s and don’ts for students before appearing for the examination starting tomorrow. Read more

VIDEO: Why is make-up a hard sell in India?

The BBC’s Yogita Limaye speaks to Vivek Bali, Sephora’s India chief executive.

VIDEO: Bollywood singer performs mid-flight

An Indian airline has suspended five crew members who let a Bollywood star sing over its public address system.

VIDEO: Whales washed ashore on Tamil Nadu beach

At least 45 whales have died in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu after more than 100 of the animals were stranded on the shore at Tuticorin.

VIDEO: Indian boy’s record-breaking cricket match

A 15-year-old Indian schoolboy has become the first batsman in the history of the game to score more than 1,000 runs in an organised match.

VIDEO: Search for gunmen at Indian base

Heavy security remains in place as the gun battle between Indian troops and militants at an air force base in Pathankot near the Pakistani border continues.

VIDEO: India military base on high alert

Fresh gunfire and an explosion have been heard at an Indian air force base at Pathankot near the Pakistani border.

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