The Morning Wrap: Everyone From UPA To Murdoch On Lalit Modi Hitlist; Maharashtra To Move Anti-Spitting Law

17/06/2015 8:47 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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In this Tuesday, April 20, 2010 file photo, then Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Lalit Modi arrives at the airport in Mumbai, India. The Indian Premier League's governing council Monday appointed cricket board vice president Chirayu Amin as IPL's interim chairman in place of suspended chief Lalit Modi, who is facing an inquiry over allegations of corruption. (AP Photo) ** INDIA OUT **

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The Portuguese hospital where Lalit Modi got his wife treated, had signed an agreement with the Rajasthan government to set up a cancer-research facility in Jaipur.

The newest entrant to the Sushma-Modi controversy is Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje after Modi publicized ‘documents’ that purportedly supported his immigration application to the UK.

Contrary to Sushma Swaraj’s assertions that Lalit Modi’s travel to Portugal wouldn’t affect India-UK ties, The Telegraph has seen a foreign ministry file which clearly states that any “diplomatic help” to the cricket administrator “could hurt ties.”

Either BJP is going to repeat the election strategy that failed in Delhi or it has already given up hopes of a win in Bihar, with the party saying it plans to bank on Narendra Modi’s one-year “good governance” record, and not announce a chief ministerial candidate, in the run-up to assembly elections in the state.

Lalit Modi has said that three former UPA ministers helped him stay on in the UK and media baron Rupert Murdoch had a vested, vengeful interest in the Sushma-Modi controversy.

The government is planning a new law that will make it safer to rent property out to tenants as well as allay worries among tenants of premature evictions.

Narendra Modi may have frequently panned the UPA flagship MGNREGA work-scheme but his own rural development ministry has moved a proposal to increase the number of work-days in the scheme.

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An Akali leader was shot dead in his car on Tuesday evening by an Amritsar police party in civil clothes, who mistook the leader for a gangster.

Maharashtra will soon move an ‘anti-spitting’ law that will fine, as well as impose community service, on those who are caught spitting on Mumbai’s streets.

The Goa government has framed rules that will arrest Goans found gambling in casinos, which are popular tourist draw in the state.

Criminal MP Pappu Yadav has been accused of misbehaviour by an air-hostess aboard a Jet Airways flight. Yadav apparently threatened to assault the airline crew with his sandals.

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KP Nayar says that Sushma Swaraj’s “humanitarian” gesture to Lalit Modi may have been preceded by key re-assignments in the foreign affairs ministry.

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Sudhir Chella Rajan says that a preference for mathematical puzzle-solving over finding solutions to real-world technology problems has undermined engineering education in India.

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