The Morning Wrap: India's Foreign Service Gets First Blind Officer; Defence Minister Says Indian Army 'Diminished' For Lack of War

15/06/2015 8:58 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj finds herself in a bind after Times Now news channel exposed email trails showing she had helped Lalit Modi, the controversial former chairman of the Indian Premier League and wanted by various Indian law-enforcement agencies, procure travel documents from the UK.

Shahrukh Khan muses over his favourite co-star Kajol on Facebook.

Former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar stumbles yet again in his humiliating quest to validate his educational qualification with the cops now proving--contrary to his claims of being a science graduate-- he doesn't even know basic chemistry.

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These are among the most suspicious lines from the several emails that passed between Lalit Modi, Swaraj Kaul (Sushma Swaraj's husband), Labour MP Keith Vaz and, as described in one of the emails, "...everyone except Ban ki-Moon (UN Secretary General)".

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said that the importance of India's army appeared "diminished" because it hadn't gone to war for several years. This, however, wasn't an endorsement of war, he added.

Beno Zephine, a bank officer in Chennai, has become the first blind person to be selected for the Indian Foreign Service.

In what may slightly cheer market sentiment, the meteorological department has said that monsoon rains across the country were 5% above normal. The agency has previously said that India was likely to register deficient rains through the monsoon.

The NDA government has proposed a series of amendments to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to finely comb through financial transactions involving NGOs.

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A modern day version of Noah's Ark seems to be playing out in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi after heavy floods damaged a zoo and lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus, escaped into the streets of the rain-drenched city.

Ahead of World Yoga Day, on June 21, yoga coach Baba Ramdev and an army of devotees practice their calisthenics in a quest to "...rid the world of gas..."

For the first time in its history, the makers of the super-difficult IIT-JEE question papers have conceded errors in some of the questions and decided to award free marks.

The conspiracy mills are running overtime with suggestions that Sushma Swaraj may be being demonized as part of a conflict resolution within the BJP.


Mukul Kesavan argues that whether it is football or cricket, European teams frequently cry foul and invoke the 'spirit of the game,' when they have been outclassed or outwitted.

Neerja Chowdhury argues that Arvind Kejriwal is in a heads-he-wins-tails-the-BJP-loses situation.

Vaishna Roy says that economics and markets will play a significant role in mainstreaming LGBT aspirations.

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