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AAP files sedition complaint against Manohar Parrikar, GVL Narsimharao

The Aam Aadmi Party on 7 October filed a "sedition" complaint against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimharao for their comments on the armed forces.

In a letter to the IP Estate Police Station, AAP's Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey alleged their comments are not only "contemptuous", but a deliberate attempt to bring disaffection towards the armed forces.

On 1 October, at an event in Dehradun, Parrikar had made a reference to the Ramayana in which Hanuman crossed an ocean in a single stride after he was reminded of his extraordinary powers by Jamwant.

"Indian troops were like Hanuman who did not quite know their prowess before the surgical strikes," Parrikar had said.

AAP releases third list of candidates for Punjab elections

The Aam Aadmi Party on Friday announced 29 names in its third list of candidates for the Punjab assembly polls next year.

With this the total number of candidates AAP announced for the Punjab Assembly polls reached 61. The party had announced names of 32 candidates in two previous lists.

In Friday's list there are four journalists, three doctors, a progressive farmer and two matriculates.

AAP Punjab spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira will contest from Bholath, Asian games gold medalist wrestler and former Punjab Police SP Kartar Singh from Tarn Taran, ex-Congress MP Charanjit Singh Channi from Nawanshahar and Punjab Dialogue Chairman and former journalist Kanwar Sandhu from Kharar.

AAP Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi said the party will try to announce at least 100 names by the month-end.

With Jayalalithaa still in hospital, Tamil Nadu may look for interim CM

AIADMK authorities are discussing to put a stand-in leadership in place to take control of the government as the state chief minister J Jayalalithaa is admitted in hospital since last two weeks.

Jayalalithaa, 68, was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai for fever and dehydration on 22 September. Subsequently, Apollo Hospitals said she was cured of fever and needed to be in the hospital for observation.

There are two options that are being considered by the officials. The functionaries may decide to hand over Jayalalithaa's portfolios to other senior ministers or to select an interim chief minister.

Jayalalithaa will continue to be the chief minister, if her portfolios are given to some other ministers.

According to media reports, senior cabinet ministers Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam are the choices for alternate CM.

First lawsuit served via Twitter!

A Kuwaiti cleric just achieved the dubious distinction of being the first person t be served a lawsuit via Twitter. The cleric, Hajjaj bin Fahd al-Ajmi, has been accused by both the US as well as the UN of financing jihadists in Syria. A US judge allowed an attorney who was seeking compensation from al-Ajmi on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Assyrians with property in Iraq and Syria. Since al-Ajmi has been hard to reach but maintains an active Twitter account, the judge, Laurel Beeler, allowed for the lawsuit to be served via Twitter.

Top Indian economist backs basic income

Even as the world is set for the largest ever universal basic income (UBI) experiment in Kenya, India's topmost economist has backed the idea of UBI. Speaking to students in Bhubaneshwar, Arvind Subramaniam, the chief economic advisor to the Indian government, said that UBI would play a major part in the next Economic Survey. The Economic Survey is an annual document that advises the government on the economy's health as well as ideas for the future.

2 years in, Swacch Bharat far from its goal

Swacch Bharat, the NDA's programme to make India clean turned two last week. However, the programme, is lagging far behind its intended targets. The programmes main aim, ending open defecation in the country is way behind its target. Of 4,041 cities, only 141 have been declared open defecation free, while only one-sixth of the 608,000 villages targeted have achieved the same. The number of toilets the scheme had promised is also well off track. Only 9% of the urban target, and 30% of the community toilet targets have been met.

Desmond Tutu throws weight behind assisted suicide

While the Catholic church continues to actively oppose assisted suicide, Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has thrown his weight firmly behind the cause. Tutu, who rose to prominence fighting apartheid in South Africa, has seen his health fade recently, needing to be hospitalised several times. "With my life closer to its end than its beginning, I wish to help give people dignity in dying," Tutu said in a piece that appeared in the Washington Post.