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Things you need to know about Tamil Nadu’s bull taming sport Jallikattu

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A bull being tamed in Jallikattu held in Palamedu, Tamil Nadu. (Picture Source: Wikimedia Commons)

In May 2014, the Supreme Court of India banned the Jallikattu sport following a decade old battle by animal activists and organisations like Federation of India Animal Protection Agencies (FIAPO) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The Government of India then passed an order reversing the ban. However, the Supreme Court upheld the ban on January 14, 2016. While there were protests in 2016 as well, the protests have grown to magnanimous proportions this year.

The Jallikattu ordinance draft prepared by Tamil Nadu has already got a nod from the Central Government. The ordinance calls for an exception of bulls in the Prevention of Cruelty to animals act. The Central Government before this had also requested the apex court to delay its judgment on Jallikattu citing huge unrest? in Tamil Nadu.

Whether Jallikattu will take place or not this year only time will tell but it has certainly brought many common and high profile people together for the peaceful protest. Here’s all you need to know about Tamil Nadu’s bull taming sport Jallikattu!

What is Jallikattu?

? Jallikattu is a sport which takes place on Mattu Pongal – the third day of the four-day long harvest festival Pongal.

? The word ‘mattu’ means bull in Tamil, and the third day of the harvest festival is dedicated to cattle which plays a crucial role in farming. Bulls are given more importance than cows as they are used by farmers on the farmlands to plough the field, pull the goods cart and inseminate cows resulting in an offspring, in production of milk and preserving species.

? The tradition is believed to be 2,500 years old and is believed to have first taken place between 400 to 100 BC.

? During Jallikattu, temple bulls from different villages are readied for the sport and brought in together at a common place.

All these bulls are then let go one by one into a ground wherein participants have to tame it by getting a hold of the bull’s hump and bring it to a stop by riding it for as long as possible.

? The one which could not be tamed are considered stronger and are used for breeding cows. The one that could be tamed are tagged as weaker and are just used got domestic purposes by farmers.

? Jallikattu is a tradition which gives a chance to the farmers to display their strong bulls, their affection towards the cattle and is a chance for them to find out the most potent bull to breed with their cows.

Who are supporting it?

The peaceful protest has got support from many Tamilians and several celebrities. In fact, a massive protest was organised at Marina Beach recently wherein several youngsters took part. Celebrities who have come in support of the protest and Jallikattu include musical genius A R Rehman, chess champion Vishwanathan Anand, cricketer R Ashwin, actors Mahesh Babu, Vijay, Suriya, among many others.

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.



The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

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