From Trinamool leaders being accused of corruption to Javed Miandad slamming Afridi for ‘pandering to India’, here a is a quick rundown of the day’s top stories. Click ‘full story’ links for more.
TMC feels the sting: Leaders accused of graft, Mamata targeted
Senior Trinamool Congress parliamentarians and leaders were allegedly caught accepting bribes in a purported media sting operation released on Monday, igniting a wave of condemnation from political opponents a fortnight before the West Bengal assembly polls.
In the video, senior Trinamool leaders such as Lok Sabha MP Saugata Roy, Sultan Ahmed, Bengal ministers such as Subrata Mukherjee (rural development and panchayati raj) and Kolkata mayor Shovan Chatterjee are purportedly shown taking cash in return for promising to lobby for a fictitious firm.
TN: Dalit victim’s father-in-law surrenders, denies role in attack
Investigation into a case of suspected honour killing in Tamil Nadu gathered pace on Monday following the surrender of the father-in-law of a Dalit man, who was murdered allegedly by his upper-caste in-laws in Tirupur district.
A gang of unidentified men armed with hatchets and sickles rode into Udumalaipettai town in Tirupur district and hacked 22-year-old Shankar to death in broad daylight. He died en route to hospital.
Congress’ Azad says he didn’t compare RSS with IS, targets BJP
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Monday he did not compare the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with the West Asian terror group Islamic State (IS).
Azad has said his party would fight the IS the way it would fight the RSS, the ruling BJP’s ideological parent. His remarks set off sharp reactions, with the BJP and the RSS threatening to sue Azad.
Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, flagged a CD of his speech in the House, reading out the controversial part.
‘Shame on you’: Shocked Miandad slams Afridi’s India love
Former cricket captain Javed Miandad has slammed Shahid Afridi, who says that Pakistani players are loved more by Indians fans than those in their country.
“These cricketers should be ashamed of themselves for saying such a thing. Shame on you!” Miandad said on Aaj TV channel.
Child deaths help JuD make inroads into Hindu-majority Pakistan region
A Hindu-majority region of Pakistan’s Sindh province has witnessed the death of 143 children from causes such as malnutrition in little more than four months, and the government’s apathy has allowed groups such as the JuD to make inroads in the area.
Tharparkar district of Sindh, which borders India’s Rajasthan state, is considered one of Pakistan’s most backward areas. It is also home to thousands of divided families whose members live on both sides of the border.
In February, health officials of the Sindh government confirmed the death of 143 children aged up to five years in Tharparkar because of malnutrition and other causes since October.
Social networks pull up their socks for the T20 World Cup
There was a time when most of the information we amassed about cricket came from the commentators of matches whose voices were broadcasted over the airwaves across the nation. Fans, players, students and bookies would hurdle around a television and transistor to witness titans clash for the Cricket World Cup.
However, with the conversations over the sport trickling over to new mediums, the coverage on and interaction with cricket has become more vibrant. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, access to the next GIF of an unbelievable catch or a funny tweet from one player to teh other is only a few clicks away.