The Morning Wrap: Modi Hometown Now A Tourist Destination; TN Temple Auctions Off 'Magic' Lemons

07/04/2015 8:41 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi (C) holds up a copy of the book 'Vadnagar- Virasat no Tasviri Vaibhav', authored by Principal Photographer of India Today Shailesh Raval (R) and India Today's Special Correspondent Uday Mahurkar (L), during a launch in Ahmedabad on October 4, 2009. Vadnagar, with its rich heritage and historical importance, is regarded as a cultural capital of the region. AFP PHOTO/ Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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In a major setback to the Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines, the Supreme Court on Monday directed it to pay the government outstanding tax dues of Rs 372 crore collected from the airline’s employees.

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A visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthplace Vadnagar and a stop at the railway station where he used to sell tea are now part of a tour package offered by Gujarat Government’s tourism agency.

A questionnaire-based study on World Health Day has found that compared to government employees, nearly 42.5 per cent of India’s private-sector workers suffer from depression or general anxiety disorder.

A Tamil Nadu temple, as part of a ritual, auctioned off nine ‘magic’ lemons for a whopping Rs 61,000. The lemons are to help childless couples conceive.

In what has added turbulence to the fractious political order in Bihar, activists affiliated to Lalu Prasad's RJD allegedly carried out a ‘purification ceremony’ on a statue of socialist leader Lohia, soon after it was garlanded by Dalit leader and the former chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi.

Assam Congress legislator Rumi Nath has landed in trouble for helping car-jacker Anil Chauhan get parking passes to the state’s Assembly premises.

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Brijesh Dayal, in The Telegraph, says that former army chief General VK Singh must put in more effort to discard his army past and embrace his ministerial persona.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, in The Indian Express, says that we seem to have inconsistent responses to the recent massacre in Kenya and Charlie Hebdo. This is because our outrage “...often comes out of collective narcissism more than identification with victims...”

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