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Netflix boycott trends before Aamir Khan's son's debut

The Gujarat High Court has prohibited Netflix from releasing the film _Maharaj_, which marks the acting debut of Aamir Khan's son Junaid Khan, due to allegations of hurting religious sentiments. Hashtags like "Ban Netflix" and "Ban Maharaj" have surfaced on social media platforms, with users claiming the film contains anti-Hindu elements. VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi has expressed discontent, stating that disrespect towards Sanatan Dharma will not be tolerated. The film, directed by Siddharth Malhotra and supported by Yash Raj Films, is set in pre-independent India and centers around the Maharaj Libel Case of 1862. Netflix India has described _Maharaj_ as a portrayal of journalist and social reformer Karsandas Mulji, known for advocating women's rights and social change. The controversy has sparked a debate on social media, with calls for a boycott of the film and Netflix. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 10 am

Amazon India workers vow to complete tasks before bathroom breaks

Amazon India is facing criticism for harsh working conditions and strict productivity demands at its warehouses in Haryana's Manesar. Workers have alleged that they are required to pledge not to take breaks, including for water or toilet visits, until specific targets are met, despite the scorching temperatures reaching up to 50°C. Female workers are particularly affected by the lack of adequate facilities. Amazon has responded by stating that they prioritize the safety and well-being of their employees, providing cooling measures and rest opportunities. This issue is not isolated to India, as similar allegations have been reported internationally, including in the US where a worker was fired for posting a video on TikTok and three female marketing managers have filed a lawsuit accusing Amazon of sex discrimination and retaliation. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 9 am

Physics Wallah CEO seeks NEET row probe in Supreme Court

Alakh Pandey, the CEO of Physics Wallah, has taken his concerns about alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 examination to the Supreme Court, seeking a thorough investigation into the matter. The exam, administered by the NTA, is vital for aspiring medical students. Pandey's petition highlights the controversial awarding of grace marks to over 1,500 candidates, prompting calls for an expert panel to scrutinize the process. The NEET-UG 2024 results, released earlier than expected, revealed an unprecedented number of perfect scores, sparking suspicions of foul play. Despite Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan's reassurances of no evidence of a paper leak, protests and legal challenges have erupted. The government has promised a retest for affected students, but questions linger about the NTA's handling of the situation prior to the Supreme Court's intervention. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 9 am

Telecom regulator responds to charges for multiple SIM cards

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has debunked claims that customers will be charged for having multiple SIM cards or numbering resources, labeling them as false and baseless. The Department of Telecommunications sought TRAI's recommendations on the revised National Numbering Plan to manage numbering resources effectively. TRAI's Consultation Paper on the revision aims to evaluate factors impacting the allocation and utilization of resources. The regulator emphasized its support for minimal regulatory intervention and market self-regulation. TRAI condemned misinformation surrounding the consultation paper and urged stakeholders to refer to the official press release and consultation paper on its website for accurate information. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 9 am

Netflix film 'Maharaj' controversy involving Aamir Khan's son Junaid

The Gujarat High Court has temporarily halted the release of the Netflix film 'Maharaj', starring Aamir Khan's son Junaid Khan, directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Aditya Chopra under YRF Entertainment, following a petition from members of the Vaishnavite Pustimargi sect. The film is based on the historic Maharaj libel case of 1862, which challenged religious authority and highlighted the role of journalism in social reform. The court's decision to stay the release was made to address concerns about potential discord and misrepresentation of religious beliefs. The controversy has sparked debates on social media, with hashtags like 'BoycottNetflix' trending, highlighting the ongoing tensions between freedom of expression and respect for religious beliefs in Indian society. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 8 am

RSS Leader's Flip-Flop Sparks Controversy After BJP Comment

The RSS leader Indresh Kumar has backtracked on his controversial comments regarding the BJP's performance in the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, stating that those who opposed Lord Ram have been defeated while those who aimed to restore Lord Ram's glory are in power. Mr Kumar had previously caused a stir by suggesting that the BJP's limited success in securing 240 seats was due to arrogance. The RSS has denied any tensions with the BJP, emphasizing that remarks made by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat were not aimed at the ruling party. Opposition leaders have seized on the situation to criticize the BJP, but the RSS has dismissed these claims as mere political tactics. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 8 am

Mamaearth CEO learns valuable tip from Jeff Bezos

Mamaearth's co-founder Ghazal Alagh shared an 'amazing tip' she learned from Jeff Bezos, revealing that Mamaearth aims to be one of the market's most consumer-conscious companies. Alagh explained on LinkedIn that during strategic meetings at Honasa Consumer Ltd., they keep an empty chair to represent consumers, a technique she adopted from Bezos. The post received mixed reactions online, with some praising the customer-centric approach while others questioned the effectiveness of an imaginary consumer presence. Alagh's husband and Mamaearth co-founder, Varun Alagh, defended the method, comparing it to the belief in God's presence guiding moral decisions. Despite some skepticism, the Alaghs believe that envisioning consumers in meetings leads to better decision-making. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 7 am

Yediyurappa's Son Speaks Out on Father's Sex Assault Case

Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yediyurappa, faces a POCSO case following allegations of sexual assault against him by the mother of a 17-year-old girl. The Karnataka High Court has granted him interim bail and directed him to appear before the Criminal Investigation Department on June 17. Yediyurappa's son, B Y Vijayendra, expressed confidence in the judiciary, stating that the truth will prevail. Despite a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Yediyurappa, he remains committed to cooperating with the investigation and has denied the accusations. The case has sparked political controversy, with Yediyurappa's supporters claiming that he is a victim of political conspiracies. The court's decision to grant him bail has been seen as a validation of his respect for the law. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 7 am

PM Modi departs Italy after G7 Summit attendance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left Italy after attending the G7 summit and engaging in bilateral meetings with world leaders such as British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Pope Francis. During the summit, PM Modi emphasized the need to end the monopoly in technology, particularly in artificial intelligence, to create a more inclusive society. He also highlighted India's national strategy on artificial intelligence. The Indian leader met with several prominent figures on the sidelines of the summit, including US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This visit marked PM Modi's first official bilateral meeting with an international leader since starting his third term as Prime Minister. Italy had also invited leaders from 11 developing countries to participate in the G7 Summit. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 6 am

WHO Recognizes 3rd Indian Institute for Traditional Medicine Research

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated the National Institute of Indian Medical Heritage (NIIMH) in Hyderabad as a WHO Collaborating Centre for traditional medicine research, under the Ministry of Ayush. This recognition, granted for four years, marks NIIMH as the third WHO Collaborating Centre for traditional medicine in India, joining the ranks of the Institute for Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar, and the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi. Professor Vaidya Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General of CCRAS, NIIMH, and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre, expressed pride in the institute's efforts in traditional medicine and historical research. Established in 1956, NIIMH has spearheaded digital initiatives in Ayush, including the AMAR Portal, showcasing 16,000 Ayush manuscripts. The NAMASTE Portal collects morbidity statistics from 168 hospitals, while the Ayush Research Portal indexes over 42,000 research articles. sources

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Jun 15 2024, 5 am

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