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Aiyar tenders apology for remarks on Modi, Centre extends deadline for Aadhaar linking, and other top stories of the day

Aiyar faces retort from PM, rebuke from Rahul over 'neech aadmi' remark

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on December 7 called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “neech aadmi [vile man]” and one who does “dirty politics.” “He (Mr. Modi) is a neech kism ka aadmi [a vile man] who has no sabhyata[civility],” Mr. Aiyar said, attacking Mr. Modi after the latter accused the Congress of seeking votes in the name of B.R. Ambedkar but trying to erase his contribution in building India. Later, Mr. Aiyar tendered an apology.

NGT holds Sri Sri’s Art of Living responsible for damage to Yamuna floodplains

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday held Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living responsible for the damage to the Yamuna floodplains caused by the holding of the World Culture Festival in 2016. However, it did not levy any additional penalty on the organisation. A Bench, headed by panel chairperson Swatanter Kumar, said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) should carry out the restoration work of the floodplains after the Art of Living deposited the remaining fine amount.

India clarifies on UAV crash as China protests ‘violation of airspace’

An Indian Army UAV that crashed into the Chinese side of the border was on a regular training mission and lost contact with ground control due to technical problem, the Ministry of Defence said in New Delhi in a statement. It also claimed that “as per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV”.

Heavy rain likely in 10 Odisha districts from December 8

More than 10 districts of Odisha are likely to be lashed by heavy rain, coupled with squally winds, from December 8 due to a depression over the Bay of Bengal. The depression over southeast Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood moved northwards at a speed of about 35 kmph during the six hours and lay centred about 870 km southeast of Gopalpur at 11.30 a.m. IST on Thursday, the meteorological centre in Bhubaneswar said.

Aadhaar linking deadline to be extended to March 31, 2018

Attorney General of India K.K. Venugopal on Thursday 7 submitted before the Supreme Court that the government intends to issue a notification on December 8, extending the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with services from December 31 to March 31, 2018.

Watch: The importance of London Mayor's call for British apology over Jallianwala Bagh massacre

The British government should apologise for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Wednesday, calling it a tragedy one “must never forget”. But what is the significance of such a gesture? The Hindu's London Correspondent Vidya Ram explains.

The Hindu Explains: What is DNA fingerprinting and how is it done?

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in Thiruvananthapuram is carrying out DNA fingerprint examination to identify the bodies of fishermen found from the sea after the Ockhi storm. What exactly is DNA fingerprinting? And does it look like crime scene investigations in TV shows?

A woman does not mortgage herself to a man with marriage: CJI

A woman does not mortgage herself to a man by marrying him and she retains her identity, including her religious identity, even after she exercises her right to marry outside her community under the Special Marriage Act, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra orally observed while heading a five-judge Constitution Bench on Thursday.

Video shows killing and burning of migrant labourer in Rajsamand

The half-burnt body of a person from West Bengal was found near a hotel on the outskirts of Rajsamand in Rajasthan on Wednesday and a video showing, purportedly, him being attacked with an axe and set ablaze has gone viral on the social media. The motive of the murder remains unclear.

Voting trends show a clear rural-urban divide for Cong., BJP in Gujarat

In the run-up to polls, reports in Gujarat indicate a rural-urban divide in the support bases of the BJP and the Congress. Much of the visible opposition to the BJP in the last three years was led by movements such as the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti and the Dalit Asmita Yatra, rather than the Congress. The protests were concentrated in the rural and semi-urban areas, reflecting rural distress, seeing its expression in the form of identity movements.


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