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24 Oct 2016

What made news last week?

What made news last week?

Major political upheavals happened in the Indian political scenario; the feud within the Samajwadi Party has just widened, while Varun Gandhi landed in a soup over leaked national security secrets.

In the entertainment sphere, Pierce Brosnan and Pan Bahar are still at loggerheads, while Karan Johar and Raj Thackeray agree to disagree on nationalism.

Let's not forget that India won the Kabaddi World Cup.

In context

What made news last week?

Politics

Varun Gandhi accused of leaking defence secrets

BJP MP, Varun Gandhi, allegedly leaked defence secrets to an arms dealer, Abhishek Verma.

These stunning accusations were made by a US-based lawyer and whistle-blower, Edmonds Allen, in two letters written to Prime Minister Modi.

This controversy came to the fore when contents of Allen's letters were revealed by Swaraj Abhiyan leaders, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, at a press conference on 20th Oct.

22 Oct 2016

Odisha health minister resigns to protect his tarnished image

Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Odisha's health and family welfare minister resigned on moral grounds giving in to pressure over the SUM Hospital fire.

Nayak had been under the scanner after the high death toll of children at government-run Sishu Bhavan in Cuttack in November 2015.

The ongoing Japanese encephalitis outbreak which killed 60 children further dented his image.

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India lifts the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup

Sports

India lifts the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup

After 15 days of thrilling action, the final of 2016 Kabaddi World Cup was held in Ahmedabad between the two best teams of the tournament - India and Iran.

In an exciting match, India defeated Iran 38-29 to clinch the title.

India were trailing 13-18 till half-time, but registered a fabulous comeback.

This is India's third straight World cup win in a row.

Business

AT&T acquires media giant Time Warner for $86 billion

American telecom company AT&T has acquired media behemoth Time Warner for nearly $86 billion.

AT&T agreed to shell out $107.50 per share, split equally between cash and stock.

The acquisition is estimated to close by late next year.

The company said that AT&T's chief executive Randall Stephenson would be heading the merged company, while Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes would be interim CEO during transition.

Akhilesh sacks Shivpal, 3 others for links to Amar Singh

23 Oct 2016

Akhilesh sacks Shivpal, 3 others for links to Amar Singh

At a legislature meeting called at the Chief Minister's residence, Akhilesh Yadav sacked his uncle Shivpal Yadav from his cabinet post along with three other ministers he was close to.

Narad Rai, Om Prakash and Shadab Fatima were also fired.

Akhilesh vowed to expel all party members close to Amar Singh.

Meanwhile, another SP member close to Akhilesh was fired for "anti-party" activities.

World

Typhoon Haima shuts down Hong Kong

After battering the Philippines and causing massive damage, Super Typhoon Haima, hit Hong Kong a few hours ago.

Haima is one of the strongest storms to slam Hong Kong this year; nearly 200 trees were down across the city and 740 flights have either been delayed or cancelled.

Businesses, financial market and schools had already been shut and all forms of transport were affected.

23 Oct 2016

Pan Bahar says Brosnan knew what he was promoting

Pan Bahar has stated that the terms of the contract they signed with Pierce Brosnan was clear in mentioning the kind of product Brosnan was promoting.

The company stated that Brosnan was fully aware of what he was promoting and that the controversy was a result of a misunderstanding.

However, the company is yet to make the contract public.

India

MNS makes gains over Pak artists row

As tensions escalated over the release of Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, with the MNS threatening to ransack theatres, CM Fadnavis had to step in to ensure a smooth release.

The move by the state machinery has signalled that the MNS is still a strong political force in Maharashtra.

Political opponents have slammed the BJP for mediating between the MNS and Karan Johar.

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