The Morning Wrap: Lady Constable Blocks Minister's Illegal Airport Entry; Shanbaug's Room Opened Up For All After 42 Years

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An Indian paramilitary soldier from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) keeps vigil at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport in Ahmedabad on October 24, 2014, after major airports across India have been put on alert following the warning of an attack. Intelligence reports said suicide bombers could imminently attempt to board Air India flights from Mumbai and Ahmedabad airports. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Shalini A, 17-year-Bangalore resident, works as a domestic help in nine houses, tends to her physically-challenged father and brother, who has blood cancer, and after snatching time out of this schedule scored 84.8 percent in the science stream higher secondary exams.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s faced his first social-media disaster after his comments in South Korea that Indians were ashamed of being Indian before his tenure, triggered copious fury on Twitter.

As Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal prepares to meet President Pranab Mukherjee over the tussle with Delhi Governor Najeeb Jung, two senior Supreme Court lawyers have also supported his case against Jung.

On Monday, American YouTube stars Kurt Hugo-Schneider and Sam Tsui uploaded a mash-up of Shahrukh Khan’s iconic ‘Chaiyya-Chaiyya’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop’ that has since gotten an approving nod from the ‘King Khan’ himself.

The Indian lady, who placed a matrimonial ad for her gay son, is facing criticism for being half-heartedly progressive thanks to her stated preference in the same ad for a suitor from “..the Iyer caste.”

Rahul Yadav, CEO of Housing.com, took on questions on all topics - from his resignation, to Sequoia Capital, Zomato and OlaCabs — in a freewheeling 'Ask Me Anything' session on Reddit India. Here are some excerpts of his candid, and at times hard-hitting responses. And yes, he also mentioned the quickest way to get hired at Housing. Usernames have been included with each question, wherever possible.

Main News


The Modi administration is planning widespread legal reforms to reduce the backlog of cases, slash the volume of intra-government litigation and streamline various tribunals.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is grappling with a shortage of senior executives with one of them, Archana Ramasundaram registering her presence at office every single day and not being allowed to work pending Supreme Court clearance in a case. This absence of officers at the top level has hit CBI's probe in several sensitive cases including the Rs 3600 crore AugustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, 2G scam, coalgate and several ponzi scams involving over Rs 80,000 crore.

Perhaps wanting to damp an increasingly-vocal Rahul Gandhi, the Narendra Modi government has called for a “fitting” commemoration of the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, which is observed as anti-terrorism day.

The Union tourism ministry is actively planning to revive a proposal, first made during the the NDA government’s tenure, of selling most of the loss-making Ashoka chain of hotels in seven states to private players.

Indian scientists have completed final trials of a genetically modified (GM) variety of mustard and will submit a report to the government in a month, hoping to win over stiff opposition to make it the country’s first commercial transgenic food crop.

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A bevy of astrologers have warned Andhra Pradesh chief minister, Chandrababu Naidu, that his chosen inaugural date for the ground-breaking ceremony of the state’s new capital ciy is ‘inauspicious.’

A determined, duty-bound lady constable of the Central Industrial Security Force on Tuesday stopped Union minister Ramkripal Yadav and his supporters from throwing their weight and entering Patna airport's terminal building through the exit gate.

On Tuesday, the ‘side room’ of Ward No. 4—that housed Arun Shanbaug for 42 years-- at the King Edward Memorial Hospital, was opened to the world, though briefly, after decades of being locked from the outside. A senior doctor said that the room would eventually be opened to other patients.

Opinion


Chidanand Rajghatta, in The Times of India, says that Prime Minister Modi’s hectic globe-trotting schedule may be a record by Indian standards but is comparable to that of other international leaders.

Ramachandra Guha, in The Indian Express, castigates HRD minister Smriti Irani for being a disappointment and a threat to “scholars and scholarship.”

KP Nayar, in The Telegraph, says that in dealing with South Africa, India's political leadership has often been lethargic and exhibited a weakness of resting on its laurels.

Nissim Mannathukkaren, in The Hindu, says that expecting a single, prominent PM like Modi to architect the country’s future is bound to end in failure and rather it is in the development of new social and political formations that a leader’s capability must be judged.

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