From RSS ditching khaki shorts for brown trousers to Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi, thanking Indian fans for their love and support, here a is a quick rundown of the day’s top stories. Click ‘full story’ links for more.
Times they are a changing: RSS ditches khaki shorts for brown trousers
The discussions went on for hours but in the end, the 90-year-old Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) decided to “move with the times”, replacing the trademark baggy khaki shorts with brown trousers to woo younger members.
General secretary of the RSS, Bhaiyyaji Joshi, said there was no particular reason for picking brown but the RSS changed the uniform as it was not “a rigid” organisation and believed in moving with the times.
I’m an Indian to the core, don’t make me the villain: Vijay Mallya
Vijay Mallya wants to return to India but fears the time isn’t right as his words may be twisted in spite of his “best intensions” following his Rs 9,000 crore loan default, the liquor baron told .
In an email interview with the newspaper Sunday Guardian, the tycoon said he left India due to a “personal visit with a friend” and appeared to shift the blame of the massive loan default to the banks.
“There was a lookout notice issued against me last year. But I didn’t “escape”. Why am I being portrayed as a criminal now?” he said.
Six missing trekkers in Himachal rescued, 2 others safe in a cave
Six of the eight trekkers who had gone missing four days ago amid bad weather in the snow-clad mountains of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district were rescued on Sunday. The two others are safe inside a cave, officials said.
An aerial recce by the local administration near the Chandarkhani Pass located the seven engineering students and their instructor, following which six of them were airlifted.
‘Mother Teresa to be formally declared a saint in September’
Mother Teresa will be canonised on September 4, with the Vatican set to confirm details of the grand sainthood ceremony for the founder of the Missionaries of Charity and four others on March 15, sources said on Sunday.
A consistory, or formal meeting of Pope Francis with cardinals and church officials who promote sainthood causes, is expected to be held on Tuesday morning to finalise the sainthood ceremony, the sources in the Vatican said.
The event at the Vatican will be followed by a thanksgiving celebration in Kolkata on October 2.
Never got so much love in Pak, says Afridi on arrival in India
After an overwhelming reception in India after their arrival for the World Twenty20 Championship, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Sunday said he has never felt any security threat in the country.
The Pakistani team touched down in Kolkata on Saturday night after their government have a clearance to travel, a decision that was delayed by several days over security concerns.
“I’ve not enjoyed playing anywhere as much as I have in India. I am in the last stage of my career and I can say that the love I have got in India is something that I will always remember. We have not got this much love even from Pakistan,” Afridi said.
Vijender dedicates his fourth professional triumph to Pathankot martyrs
Boxing star Vijender Singh has dedicated his fourth successive professional triumph to the Indian Armed Forces personnel who were martyred in the Pathankot terror attack.
The 30-year-old from Haryana state knocked out Hungary’s Alexander Horvath in under three rounds last night, in what was to be a six-round contest.
“I dedicate this win to the martyrs of Indian Armed Forces during Jammu and Pathankot attacks,” Vijender said, after the bout.
Nothing like anything: The rise of Micromax and its struggle today
A year ago, Micromax vaulted past Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to become India’s leading smartphone brand. Today, its market share has nearly halved, several top executives have resigned, and the company is looking for growth outside India.
In Micromax’s slide to second place is a tale of the promise and peril of India’s booming but hyper-competitive smartphone industry.