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#Express5: Uber cabs under scanner; Sushma Swaraj wants Gita made the ‘national scripture’

We recommend that you go through these five stories from The Indian Express before starting your day.

By: Express News Service | Updated: December 8, 2014 11:00:21 am


We recommend that you go through these five stories from The Indian Express before starting your day.



The Delhi government is considering cancelling Uber’s permission to operate in Delhi, and may issue a notice to inform citizens that the international cab-booking service is “unauthorised” . The controversial San Francisco-headquartered company, in one of whose vehicles a 27-year-old executive was allegedly beaten and raped on Friday night, has been struggling with regulatory and operational issues ever since it entered India a year ago.

Read more: Virtual Uber has no call centre, invisible staff; nor comply with RBI rules



Chitu Sori of Kodenar village in Kondagaon district is a farmer. On June 26, police declared that the 25-year-old had “surrendered” with several fellow villagers. This was the beginning of an unprecedented run of “surrenders” by Maoists in Chhattisgarh this year. In his records, however, Sori is merely shown to have provided occasional help to Maoists. He returned to his village after the “surrender” and continues living there. Among the residents of Atulpara village in Sukma who “surrendered” on August 19 were Barse Deva, Madkam Deva and Podiyam Deva. Like many tribals of Bastar, they had long-pending warrants against them, with police often booking villagers in bulk on any suspicion. These warrants were never executed, but this year, the three say, police proposed that if they “surrendered”, the warrants would be withdrawn.

Read more: 70% Chhattisgarh Naxal surrenders are neither ‘Naxal’ nor ‘surrenders



External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday urged that the Bhagwad Gita be declared a ‘Rashtriya Granth’, adding that only a formal announcement to this effect was pending. “The Prime Minister has already given it the stature of national granth by gifting it to US President Barack Obama,” she said. Speaking at an event on Red Front grounds to mark the “5,151st anniversary” of the Gita, organised by RSS-affiliate Global Inspiration and Enlightenment Organization of Gita (GIEOGITA), Swaraj also advised psychiatrists to read and prescribe the Gita to patients suffering from depression.

Read more: Swaraj wants Gita made ‘national scripture



I am Sanskrit: the language of the gods. But like gods, I am now more an object over which “ignorant armies clash by night”. I carry a heavy load. I am burdened with every sin. For some, I am everything that was wrong with India. I am exclusion, obscurantism, esotericism and dead knowledge. I am burdened, by others, with the weight of redemption. I am the source of all unity and insight, all knowledge and eternal light. But for both sides, I am more an icon than an object of understanding: for one, an icon for blanket indictment, for another, an icon for obscure yearnings.

Read more: I am Sanskrit



It wasn’t the first bouncer Murali Vijay had faced in his three weeks in Australia. And it won’t be the last. But this one that reared at him and he had to duck under in the nets at the Adelaide Oval, had an added sense of surprise about it. Maybe it had more to do with the identity of the person who delivered it. The bowler in question was in a sleeveless top, his biceps flexed with each stride, and his latest hairdo stood out for stringent scrutiny just like each of his previous ones – this one, for the record, is called the Jarhead. He wasn’t even an official member of the touring pace party. For many, he was not even expected to make it to Australia this summer. But here he was.

Read more: MS: Mixed signals

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