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News18.com Daybreak | Rahul Gandhi's Elevation, Heated Gujarat Campaign and Other Stories You May Have Missed

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Updated:December 13, 2017, 12:48 PM IST
News18.com Daybreak | Rahul Gandhi's Elevation, Heated Gujarat Campaign and Other Stories You May Have Missed
File photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
In one of the most scathing political attacks that one has heard or read from him, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has accused Narendra Modi of setting a “dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of the former Prime Minister and Army Chief”. This came after PM Modi accused senior Congress leaders of holding a secret meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence, which was attended by a former Pakistani envoy and foreign minister, accusing the Congress of colluding with the neighbouring country to fix the Gujarat election.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala launched a counter-attack at Modi after the Prime Minister alleged that Pakistan was interfering in the Gujarat election to help the Congress and asked why he had made a surprise stopover in the neighbouring country nearly two years ago. “The PM made a stopover in Pakistan to attend a marriage ceremony in PM Nawaz Sharif’s family. Was he invited there?” Surjewala asked, referring to Modi’s December 2015 visit, the first by an Indian premier in over 10 years.

Hours after former PM Manmohan demanded an apology from Modi, Finance minister Arun Jaitley lashed out at him and demanded to know the context of his meeting with Pakistani diplomats. Jailtey ruled out any apology from the PM, and instead, accused Singh and other Congress leaders of violating national policy by holding a parallel dialogue with Pakistan.

In other news, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are finally married. According to reports, the two tied the knot on Monday in an intimate ceremony in Italy. In attendance were only their family members. The couple has giving us serious relationship goals for four years now. Here’s a look at the timeline of their love.

Here, a paparazzo reveals what it takes to cover an event like this. Here are the first photos of the couple.

The wedding news had ad-makers take different opinions on how this would affect the couple's individual brand images. Adman Prahlad Kakkar told News18.com that brand Virushka will get a huge boost with Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tying the knot. However, brand value analyst Harish Bijoor said that while it is great that the couple got married but their brand value will go down.

An ISIS-inspired Bangladeshi-origin man, wearing a homemade device, triggered a blast at a metro station in New York City during rush hours on Monday, injuring four persons and causing chaos in one of the busiest commuter hubs in the metropolis.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting does not want you to watch condom ads on television. In an order passed on Monday, the ministry said that condom ads can only be telecast between 10pm and 6am and not in the prime time. This raises a pertinent question— How did condoms become the enemy of sanskari India?

The Congress has named Rahul Gandhi its new president. Gandhi will collect the certificate formally declaring his ascension to the post on December 16. Here’s a look at all the Congress Presidents so far.

A senior Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and legislator organised a "kissing competition" of tribal people at Talpahari village, situated under his assembly constituency Littipara. He said he had done it to promote modernity.

In a murder plot that could give Tollywood movies and high-voltage TV serials a run for their money, a woman in Telangana killed her husband in collusion with her paramour. She then poured acid on her lover’s face to pass him off as her husband.

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When Zaira Wasim, a teenage Bollywood actor took to Instagram to complain about a man who assaulted her on board a flight from Delhi to Mumbai, she started getting trolled. Soon, the name-calling began. While some accused her of doing this for publicity, others said, “This is fake.” Every time something like that happens, the women are questioned — “What were you wearing? Where did you go? With whom?” This victim blaming of the actor explains why women don’t speak up despite harassment.

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The Triumph Bonneville Bobber might just be the best motorcycle to buy in less than Rs 10 lakh. Does it deliver on the expectations? We find out.

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