The Morning Wrap: Controlling Delhi's Nightlife, VS Achuthanandan Removed

24/02/2015 9:05 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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INDIA - MARCH 24: Mojito, a favorite drink, at Climax, a nightclub and pub, in South Delhi, New Delhi. (Photo by Vivek Singh/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

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After failing to breach opposition ranks to secure support for a slew of controversial Bills, the Modi government on Monday decided against taking any chances. With an agitation set to begin against the land ordinance bill, to feature non-other than agent provocateur Anna Hazare and to be supported by former protégé and now chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, the government is set to consider all options from 'toning' down on the 'anti-farmer 'clauses and passing the bills through a joint session.

The corporate-espionage scandal blew up a few notches with police launching a probe into documents allegedly stolen from the defence ministry even as the crime branch arrested energy consultant Lokesh Sharma, a key player in the case, and questioned eight others. The Indian Express found that Pryas Jain, CEO, Metis Business Solutions had hosted an industry event "supported" by the ministry and sponsored by top public sector companies such as Gail and Oil India, in New Delhi last month.

The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said that Nobel laureate Mother Teresa cared for the sick and poor to glean more converts to Christianity.

The CPM removed the petulant, 92-year-old, Leader of the Opposition, VS Achuthanandan, from the state committee, of which he has been a member since the party's inception in 1964. The Indian Express reports that there wasn't a "whimper of protest within the party against this, a sign of his growing isolation."

A high-profile, Indian science project to build a large neutrino detector in the vicinity of the Western Ghats has run into controversy again with activists claiming that the massive construction would guzzle a lot of water from the fragile ecosystem as well as disrupt livelihoods. Similar protests delayed the land acquisition and forced removal of the project from its original site.

If this works, the Modi government would never ever be charged with communal polarisation and PM Modi can forever put Godhra behind him. An out-of-court settlement seems to be taking shape for the 65-year-old Ayodhya title suit as negotiators have come up with a formula that suggests that the 70 acres of disputed premises would accommodate both a mosque and Ram temple with a 100-feet high wall separating them.

A government-funded study to measure the effect of the drug metformin on Indian populations has found that prolonged use can lead to side effects including reduced mental abilities, depression, breathlessness and extreme fatigue.

Aerospace makers in Europe ought to be worried as China, the world's largest factory, plans to roll out its biggest passenger aircraft later this year and within a decade plans to take on giants Boeing and Airbus. The C919 large passenger aircraft, in 168-seat and 156-seat layouts, will roll off assembly lines this year, its manufacturer the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China said.

A consortium of researchers from the University of Oxford, Indian Statistical Institute, and Wildlife Conservation Society says that the method used for the tiger census was significantly prone to error. This, thus, could undermine the government's claim of a 30% increase in tiger population over 2011.

Off The Front Page

A self-professed devotee of AIADMK chief, Jayalalitha did a Good Friday to commemorate her turning 67 by 'crucifying himself' for six minutes and seven seconds on wooden cross.

An Air India flight to Hyderabad from Delhi, with a Union Minister and Supreme Court judge onboard, was held up for 45 minutes here after a senior Congress leader did not turn up for boarding at the scheduled time as she was allegedly busy shopping.

Political activism and social advocacy underlined Sunday's 2015 Academy Awards ceremony that saw the Oscar for the best movie go the showbiz satire Birdman, whose Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu, who also won the best director for the film, was the central figure in the night's drama.

Even as Delhi debates if it should go the Mumbai way in decontrolling its nightlife, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has written to the lieutenant governor, Delhi Police and the home ministry that such a step would lead to more rapes in the city.

Bouncers at Gurgaon's nightclubs, with their barrel chests and bulging biceps, look like cousins, because several are from one place along the Delhi-Haryana border.

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Aditi Sen pays tribute to "underdog" ghosts.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has gone on a sabbatical "for a few weeks" to reflect upon recent events and the future of the party that was completely wiped out in the Delhi Assembly elections capping a string of losses, and also contemplated sacking "several senior Congress leaders."

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Rajgopal Saikumar writes in The Hindu that what is commonly understood to be the decline of the 'public intellectual' in India is actually the wilting of the left-liberal and "revival of the liberal-right..."

Ashok Malik in The Indian Express says that Amartya Sen's public resignation from the Nalanda University is not just a story of government interfering in academia, and some of the blame must be shared by the university's governing council too.

Mihir Sharma in The Business Standard carves through Rahul Gandhi's leave application.

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