@Evening: Why So Much Focus On MCD Elections?

by Nishtha Anushree - Dec 7, 2022 08:31 PM +05:30 IST

1. 📰 Catch up

@Evening: Why So Much Focus On MCD Elections?
  • Jagdeep Dhankhar came down heavily on the Supreme Court for striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill.

  • EAM Dr S Jaishankar said in parliament that India will "not tolerate" unilateral attempts to alter LAC.

  • AAP won 134 seats, BJP 104 and Congress 9 in MCD elections.

  • Latin catholic church announced 'temporary' halt to protests against Vizhinjam port after talks with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

  • 5G service has been rolled out in 50 cities and towns across the country, Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw informed.

2. 🔦 MCD elections in spotlight

Tweet screenshot
Tweet screenshot

'Tyranny of distance' was highlighted by many netizens as mainstream media covered MCD elections throughout the day.

  • Hardik Rojgar pointed towards low coverage of "floods in North East, violence in Bengal or stories from the South."

  • Pratyasha Rath pointed at "Delhi media bias" and called the "minute by minute coverage 'The Benevolence of Proximity'".

Other municipal elections: Many netizens said that even BMC elections don't get this amount of coverage, even when the BMC budget is comparable to the Delhi state government's budget.

  • The issue of Bengaluru BBMP not having an elected council since 2020 but the media not covering it was raised by Vikram Sampath among others.

  • The Karnataka government had sought more time from the High Court over its order to conduct BBMP elections by 31 December.

3. 📘 The Song of the Cell

Siddhartha Mukherjee's latest
Siddhartha Mukherjee's latest

The book combines seamlessly the history of cell science, that of medicine from the mid-19th century to the latest cutting-edge explorations.

  • It also explores how medical science gives hope to patients who are fighting for their lives and physicians who are fighting for their patients.

  • Mukherjee combines the actual treatments made to the patients with the narrative of the discoveries that led to the treatments.

Who should read this: If you are an artist then you should study this book to get an experience of science that will enhance your art.

  • If you are a student of science then you should read this book to get inspiration to do good science – both as your Sadhana—quest for truthand Seva—service towards all humanity.

  • If you are simply interested in reading good books then make sure you read this – you will never again see any living organism as just another living organism.

4. 🪑 Akshay Kumar as Shivaji

Photo of the day
Photo of the day

Akshay Kumar announced yesterday that he began shooting for Marathi movie Vedat Marathe Veer Daudle Saat.

  • The movie is based on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj where Kumar is playing the role of Shivaji himself.

  • His first look image was shared by another Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn, to which Kumar replied, "Thank you bhai."

The controversy: Netizens reacted to it sharing doubts over how a "commercial actor" like Kumar will be able to do justice to the character of Shivaji.

  • They also pointed towards Kumar's earlier movie Samrat Prithviraj where he played the role of Prithviraj Chauhan but the movie was a flop.

  • Swarajya wrote why Kumar offering chadar at the grave of Chishti and venerating Prithviraj Chauhan cannot go hand-in-hand.

5. ⚔️ Armed Forces Flag Day

Armed forces flag being pinned on COAS General Manoj Pande
Armed forces flag being pinned on COAS General Manoj Pande

Armed Forces Flag Day is celebrated on 7 December since 1949 to remember the bravery, courage and sacrifice of our armed forces.

  • Saluting the valour and the sacrifices of the armed forces, PM Narendra Modi said thatthey are at the forefront of protecting our nation and contributing to a stronger India.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Modi appealed to everyone to contribute in the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund for the welfare of India’s breavehearts.

Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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