The Morning Wrap: AAP Holds 'Janta Ka Budget' Session; Meerut Waits For Vote Of 700-Year-Old Voter

20/04/2015 8:57 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 30: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the Raising Day of Delhi Fire Service at Fire Service Management Academy, Rohini on March 30, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Subrata Biswas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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Government data shows that as many as 601 farmers, driven to desperation after crop damage due to unseasonal hailstorm and rains, have killed themselves in the last three months alone.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi--marking his return to public life--said the nation's farmers were living in fear and were convinced that the government of the day had forgotten them.

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Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechury was elected the fifth general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) after competitor S. Ramachandran Pillai's voluntarily opted out.

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Rural community-health centres across India face an 82 per cent shortage in surgeons, physicians and paediatricians -- 82.5%, 82.6% and 82.2% respectively -- and have only 23.4 per cent of the needed obstetricians and gynaecologists.

Given the clamour over the legacy of Subhash Chandra Bose, his 1935 book, "Indian Struggle" (published in 1935 in London), reveals that he believed India needed a political system that was a mix of fascism and communism.

The AAP government in Delhi held its first 'Janta ka Budget' session with the public, seeking their suggestions, as it moves to prepare its first budget for the Capital.

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Ace mountaineer Chhurim Sherpa began her third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday, with climbing gear consisting of a cricket bat and two jerseys that belonged to deceased Australian cricketer Phil Hughes.

An election leaflet in the United Kingdom, sent on behalf of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), has gone viral after an English teacher in Somerset marked many errors in its language and spelling.

Soon, Delhi's Metro trains will be run on "driverless" systems as part of the next phase of the system's expansion.

Perhaps it is a growing self-consciousness or the popularity of Aadhar, but one in four Mumbaikars has not applied for the subsidized LPG cylinder.

The electoral roll prepared by Meerut Cantonment Board (MCB), which goes to polls on May 17, says that the the oldest voter in Meerut is 747 years old. Several other voters range between 300 to 100 years.


Brijesh D Jayal, in The Telegraph, says that the government-to-government deal between India and France for Rafale jets is " a well thought out and strategized move for putting Indian aeronautics on the international stage..."

Manu Joseph, in The Hindustan Times, says that the debate around net neutrality in India is misplaced and India's millions, who are devoid of access to the Internet, would revolt if they "...fully understood what the rich are trying to deny them..."

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, in The Indian Express, says that Mumbai is culturally disintegrating and "we need strong governance and respect for the law if we are not to completely lose the great city our forefathers bequeathed us."

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