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Don’t look down on TikTok. The ‘timepass’ app now has COVID-19 experts and Bollywood celebs

Many look down on TikTok as the app for India’s unemployed youth but it has evolved to become a unique space for all.
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UP journalist Pawan Jaiswal gets clean chit in ‘salt-roti’ midday meal video case

The UP govt had suspended two teachers and a case was registered against Hindi journalist Pawan Jaiswal and the representative of Hinauta village for allegedly maligning the image of the state.
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Siddaramaiah slaps supporter at Mysuru airport, video goes viral

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and the supporter sought to play it down with the latter describing the former as a father figure and saying he slapped him out of affection.
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‘Chandrayaan moonwalk’ not his first, Bengaluru man is known for fixing potholes with art

Astronauts, mermaids, even a weeping peacock — Baadal Nanjundaswamy has been using art to talk about what's going on in India.
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India’s student gymnasts in viral video have a fan in Olympic star Nadia Comaneci

Two unidentified school students have taken the internet by storm with their gymnastic feat on the road.
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Rajasthan cop accepts ‘bribe’ from fiancée in pre-wedding video, lands in trouble

The video, reportedly meant to be a romantic take on sub-inspector Dhanpat Singh and his fiancée, has triggered an investigation.
Pranav Singh Champion | ANI Photo

BJP expels Uttarakhand MLA whose video of dancing with guns went viral

Uttarakhand MLA Pranav Singh Champion was among the Congress MLAs who had rebelled against Harish Rawat and then joined the BJP in 2016.
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Crying Rajasthani woman in video wasn’t raped, she was mourning husband’s killing

The viral video claims that rape cases have witnessed a huge spike in Rajasthan ever since the Congress came to power.
Megha Sharma claims she was harassed by a group of men | Screengrab from the video

Mumbai model’s wish for a midnight cigarette ends with her stripping in front of cops

Megha Sharma called the police after being allegedly harassed by a guard, and was forced to strip because she was being ‘dragged’ to the police station.
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‘No credit until Rahul Gandhi becomes PM’ – morphed image goes viral on social media

Actual picture shows Rahul visiting a Bikaner shop where a poster on its glass door mentions names of the sweets, and not what the morphed image shows.

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File photo | Dr Li Wenliang, who died of the novel coronavirus | Wikimedia Commons

China’s blunders in Wuhan should settle the debate about democracy and economic progress

The virus exploded from Wuhan to the world because the Chinese form of government abhors transparency. What they need is democracy — and India should learn this lesson.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.


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Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.