Firstpost Editor's Picks: Budget 2019, Malaal movie review, West Indies' ICC World Cup run; today's must-read stories
The Union Budget 2019 was certainly not a non-event, as it carried several interesting proposals that are incremental in nature, consistent with Narendra Modi's government's reform agenda.
If growth is the yardstick, on a scale of 10, this Budget would have scored six. That said, this Budget was certainly not a non-event, as it carried several interesting proposals that are incremental in nature, consistent with Narendra Modi's government's reform agenda. The broader character of the Budget was that of a socialist one, but with a reformist touch. Sitharaman devoted significant time to explain the schemes for the poor.
Malaal is a remake of the Tamil hit 7G Rainbow Colony (2004). K Selvaraghavan, the writer-director of the original, has been duly credited here for the story. Director Mangesh Hadawale and Bhansali himself share the honours for the adapted Hindi screenplay. Bhansali has also given this film its music, which is one of its few positives but that too not to an earth-shattering degree.
Assam’s Dhubri district was in the news when a video of a woman being stripped and tonsured by a mob for filing a police complaint against the marriage of her minor son went viral. A report on child marriages by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights put the rate of such marriages in Assam at 16.7 percent, higher than the national average of 11.9 percent. Another media report pointed out that Assam had registered a 10-fold rise in child marriages in three years, and that the number of such marriages in 2017-18 was 317, while the figure was 32 in 2015-16 and 96 in 2016-17.
Apartments and offices across the country are discovering how wonderful a resource their own sewage is. If every bulk user (schools/apartments/hotels/offices) reused their treated sewage, they could cut their water purchases by more than a third. Payback times vary based on current water price paid and recycling technology used — but falls between months to a couple of years.
West Indies ended their Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign with a win against Afghanistan — and a World Cup goodbye from Chris Gayle — at Leeds on Thursday, but their chances of making the knockout stage of the tournament were over much earlier. When the men in maroon bullied and bashed Pakistan at Nottingham on the last day of May, there was hope that West Indies could be the surprise team of the tournament, but all that came crashing over five weeks of futile cricket that was one-dimensional exposing the weaknesses in the squad.
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Highlights, Bangladesh vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 2 at Dhaka, Full cricket score: Hosts trail by 304 runs
Follow live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary from 2nd Test match between Bangladesh and West Indies on our blog
West Indies were dismissed for 409 in their first innings after resuming on 223-5. Gabriel (2-31) helped to reduce Bangladesh to 105-4 — still 304 runs behind — at stumps on the second day.
Sri Lanka to go ahead with West Indies tour in spite of COVID-19 positive tests of Lahiru Thirimanne, coach Mickey Arthur
Sri Lanka Cricket had been negotiating to delay the series since 52-year-old coach Arthur and 31-year-old Thirimanne tested positive. The series which was originally due to start on Saturday.