The Morning Wrap: Snapdeal Acquires Freecharge; Subramanian Swamy Floats New Hindutva Outfit

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India's opposition lawmaker Subramanian Swamy speaks to the media outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. India's top court ordered the government on Thursday to cancel 122 cellphone licenses granted to companies during an irregular sale of spectrum that has been branded one of the largest scandals in India's history. Swami filed the court complaint based on which the court canceled the licenses. (AP Photo)

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In one of the most important deals in India’s nascent mobile-commerce space, Snapdeal has, according to The Business Standard, bought mobile-transactions platform Freecharge for Rs 2500-crore.

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Off The Front Page


Court crusader and rabble rouser Subramanian Swamy has announced a new party called the Virat Hindustan Sangam (VHS), whose stated aim, according to The Times of India, is to ‘... articulate Hindutva values through youth and academic forums and find Hindutva solutions to national issues..’

The Haryana government stepped in with a Rs 1 lakh assistance-package for a gold medal-winning boxer, who was forced by poverty to work as a maid.

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The emerging ‘status’ symbol isn’t a Birkin bag but a Whatsapp status message announcing that one is “giving up” a subsidised LPG cylinder.

The star of the inaugural IPL clash between the Mumbai Indian and victors Kolkata Knight Riders turned out to be owner Shah Rukh Khan’s youngest son AbRam.

Some members of the IPL team, Kings XI Punjab, are blushing about wearing jerseys with the logo of their latest sponsor, Mankind Pharma, a prominent condom maker.

An Indian-origin woman, nicknamed the "Bombshell Bandit" and convicted of robbing four banks in three US states, has been sentenced to 66 months in prison.

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Srimoyi Bagchi, says in The Telegraph that clubbing sexual minorities such as gay, lesbian and transgender under a single ‘LGBT’ umbrella can prevent a nuanced understanding on the differences within such a category.

Indira Jaisingh, in The Indian Express, says that PM Modi’s reference to “five star activists” reflects a lack of understanding of the functioning styles the executive and the judiciary.

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