The Morning Wrap: Home Min Proposes Laws To Make Rioters Pay For Vandalism; Nitish Kumar Looks To Hire Modi's Election Campaign Designer

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, listens to a speaker during a conference of the chief ministers of various Indian states on Internal Security in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

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The rabble-rousing Subramaniam Swamy found himself in a sticky spot at a Tamil wedding after he accidentally almost tied a mangalsutra around the bride's neck as shocked guests tried to stop him.

Himesh Reshammiya has been spotted on the sets of 'The Voice', an upcoming music reality show based on the American hit in a distinct avatar, one that has reportedly been the subject of much praise as well as ridicule.

Indians invented the zero and love it, but Indian telecom operators have started the process of removing the ‘0’ and ‘91’ STD prefix for dialling a mobile number.

Industrialist Mukesh Ambani, who owns the world's costliest residential property now has an armoured car for his daily commute, registered at a record cost.

Birender Singh Chaudhary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, in an attempt to defend Modi’s eponymous suit, said that as rural development minister and farmer he too owned an expensive watch and shoes and if "farmers like him" could afford these luxuries, why couldn’t the Prime Minister? His remarks have s upset the farming community that continues to be besieged by crop loss, suicides and low profitability.

In faithful Bollywood style, Yogesh, a Delhi police constable jumped on the bonnet of a speeding car and—along with assistance from an autorickshaw driver—managed to get the car to stop.

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The home ministry on Wednesday put out the first draft of draconian laws that require rioters to pay up the market price of the property damaged and make leaders of protests liable for destruction of property.

A top al Qaeda leader crowed has described the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes as "heroic" and called the German Bakery blast in Pune a "beautiful huge bombing,” according to documents seized from Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan's Abbottabad.

The Narendra Modi government has green-signalled Mamata Banerjee's plans to bring to India family members of poet Muhammad Iqbal, who penned one of India's favourite patriotic songs and championed the creation of Pakistan.

Neuroscientists in India say they have evidence of the first reversal of the behavioural symptoms associated with an Alzheimer's disease-like illness in laboratory mice, using cells extracted from human umbilical cord blood.

Moving to give legal teeth to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Ministry of Environment and Forests will make littering, throwing waste in the open, dumping electronic waste, defacement of public places and use of banned plastic bags, a “minor offence” with fines on the spot.

The NDA government has put an ambitious project, of developing a centralised system to tap phones and also mine through text messages, social media conversations and Internet activities, on fast track.

Off The Front Page


After 13 years, former power-broker Amar Singh quits the posh government-alloted house in Central Delhi from where he managed his political jugglery. He’s more bitter though about the loss of a close friendship he once shared with the Bachhans.

Yoga guru Ramdev, known for his closeness to the government, has sprung a surprise by praising Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as “resurgent” and, on the other hand, describing Modi's ministers as "arrogant."

The claims of atheists that God and religion are exuisitely-manufactured entities got an ironic boost after the famed Siddhi Vinayak temple in Mumbai got an ISO 9001:2008 certificate for devotee management as well as its social and educational welfare schemes.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is now learnt to be keen on poaching the tech-savvy Prashant Kishore, who’s believed to be the architect of Modi's 3-d hologram as well as ‘chai pe charchaa’ campaigns.

Opinion


Nayanjot Lahiri, in The Telegraph says that the BJP’s likening of emperor Ashok to the Kushwaha caste, for electoral gains in Bihar is bereft of historical accuracy.

Bibek Debroy, in The Indian Express, says that the most significant change that is come in India is a further decentralisation of powers from Centre to state.

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