The Morning Wrap: Chhota Rajan May Be Brought To India Today; BJP Loses Panchayat Polls In Varanasi

03/11/2015 8:54 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian national Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje, 55, known in India as Chhota Rajan, is brought out from a holding cell at the Bali police headquarters in Denpasar on Bali island on November 2, 2015. An alleged Indian crime boss wanted in his home country for up to 20 murders has been arrested in Indonesia after two decades on the run, police said October 26. Nikalje had been evading police in several countries for years, with Interpol flagging him as a wanted man back in 1995. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Rating agency Moody's Investors Service revised its outlook on India's banking system to "stable" from "negative" on Monday. This comes after a separate report by another of its divisions warned PM Modi that he ought to keep his party members “in check or risk losing domestic and global credibility.”

Nazreen Fazal says that as a 'hijab-wearing, beef-eating, five-times-praying, Malayalam/Tamil/Hindi/English-speaking Muslim woman,' she refuses to kowtow to strictures that paint Muslims as outsiders.

Looks like only Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Narendra Modi, is fit to be the cultural centre of India.

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Mumbai underworld don Chhota Rajan may be brought to India today or tomorrow, and will likely be questioned in New Delhi, according to reports. In fact, Rajan will be quizzed by Delhi Police instead of their Mumbai counterparts, reported The Times of India.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is the latest to join a growing line-up of public personalities who have recently spoken out against "growing intolerance" in India. "There is growing intolerance," the actor told India Today. "It is stupid."

The Bharatiya Janata Party suffered a significant blow at the Uttar Pradesh panchayat polls, losing dismally in Varanasi, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency.

The killing of an Indian teenager in Nepal during police firing has triggered a bitter fight between the two countries, adding to the recent chain of events that has already soured their relationship.

The Supreme Court of India will today hear suggestions on improving the selection criteria for judges. The apex court had struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act (NJAC) last month, allowing the collegium system of appointment of judges to continue.

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A mosque in Kerala celebrates an 18th century Hindu martyr who was buried there about 290 years ago. Special prayers are offered at his grave, and his descendants are invited too, reported TOI.

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Peter Ronald deSouza has likened the "Bharatiya Janata Party-Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (BJP-RSS) regime" to the British colonial mode of governance: "Its methodology is the same. First, they attack the class of intellectuals, writers, filmmakers, scientists, as persons who are “anti-national” and “anti-Hindu”... attack the reputation of individuals... (then) drum up nationalist fervour to portray the protest as diminishing the nation in the eyes of the world."

Shailesh Gandhi analysed data from 2009 to 2013 to find that if all positions for judges are filled in India, the judicial system would be able to clear all cases in the country within a reasonable time. "[T]he number of sanctioned judges is adequate and if all the sanctioned judges were appointed mounting pendency would be history."

India's tax policy needs a complete reform, with changes in its legal drafting and organisational structures, according to Ajay Shah. "Legal risk associated with taxation and arbitrary actions of the tax authorities have created a climate of fear," he said in his column for The Indian Express. "Reforms must be more ambitious, and the policy work needs to be adequately resourced."

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