The Morning Wrap: Ex Isro Head Radhakrishnan Quizzed By CBI; Muslim Family Throws Birthday Bash For Family Cow

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman K. Radhakrishnan addresses the media about the Mars orbiter mission at the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. India’s Mars orbiter mission is scheduled to be launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) from this center on Nov. 5. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)

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Rohit Ticku advocates a controversial hypothesis that the aftermath of riots actually increases the BJP's vote share in elections.

On Dusshera and after nearly a week of brinkmanship with the BJP, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday emphasized that his party would not quit the BJP-led government. He however took the government on, both at the state and at the Centre, on a range of issues from price rise to Dalit murders to its 'failures' to deliver on the Hindutva agenda.

Indian bowlers set-up a 35-run win over the South Africans to level the series 2-2 after being powered by a sorely-needed century by Virat Kohli.

Comedian Gaurav Ghera's 'Shopkeeper' series on Facebook and YouTube has collected quite a fan following, the latest addition being- retired cricketer Virender Sehwag.

In what could invite allegations of the state interfering in matters of religion, Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party government has "superseded" the Delhi Wakf Board, and transferred all its powers and duties to the city's revenue secretary.

Suprateek Chatterjee says that the biggest let down of Shahid-Kapoor Alia-Bhatt starrer Shaandaar is the script.

Main News


Nawaz Sharif in his meeting with President Barack Obama said that Pakistan was committed to take "effective action against United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and its affiliates, as per its international commitments and obligations."

A day before the executive board of the Sahitya Akademi holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis caused following the protest by the writers, some board members Thursday said the writers should not have returned their awards.

Former Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan was examined by the CBI in connection with the agency's probe into alleged irregularities in an agreement between private multimedia company Devas and Antrix, the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organization. There are also reports that Radhakrishnan may have been conflicted in his role as Isro chairman and chairman of Antrix.

National carrier Air India (AI) is hoping to post its first operating profit in 2015-16 since the merger of AI and erstwhile Indian Airlines in 2007. Officials said a combination of factors including falling oil prices, better financial management and the improved performance of the Boeing 787 are responsible.

In a relief for Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra, the woman who had filed a police complaint against him for alleged physical assault has decided to withdraw the case.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday issued directions under the gold monetisation scheme (GMS) to all scheduled commercial banks, excluding regional rural banks, to accept gold deposits for short and long terms, and provide interest on the gold deposited.

A single-degree rise in average temperature over India could reduce the country's per capita growth by about 1 per cent, environmental scientists said today after a global study of the economic fallout of climate change was published.

Off The Front Page


A Muslim family in Uttar Pradesh celebrated the first birthday of their cow--complete with vanilla cake and a 100-member guest list--even as incidents of lynching and violence break across the country.

Deaf-mute Geeta maybe gearing up to return to India but Edhi Foundation is unsure of the kind of future that awaits her in the country.

An article about depression, that was to be published in IIT Madras' campus magazine, was taken down under instructions from the faculty. The prestigious college has seen two suicides this month.

Opinion


Narayanan Madhavan says that India has a lot to teach the West about multi-culturalism. "We can quibble on the degree of diversity and the pragmatic difficulties in politically supporting multi-cultural initiatives, but it is clear from the President's speech that India's ideas have informed the modern world's political correctness--with all its warts and virtues."

Hussain Haqqani isn't enthused with the ongoing US-Pakistan talks in Washington. "American readiness to offer aid has bred dependence and hubris. The U.S. has ended up as an enabler of Pakistan’s dysfunction by reinforcing the belief of its elite that it is too important to fail or be neglected."

Ashutosh Varshney tries to make sense of the techno-savvy PM Modi and as leader of a party caught in accusations of communal polarisation. " Can modernity and atavism be simultaneously embraced? Which will give in first? This question could well begin to haunt Indian politics now. When Modi came to power, an entire ecosystem was empowered, including the cultural right. When you do that, the outcome remains uncertain."

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