The Morning Wrap: Centre Says Geeta's DNA Doesn't Match Family's; Modi's Wise Words Available As CDs For Babus

20/11/2015 8:19 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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INDORE, INDIA - NOVEMBER 6: Geeta, the deaf and mute girl, who returned to India from Pakistan recently expressing her happiness while interacting with media persons at Indore Deaf and Bilingual Academy on November 6, 2015 in Indore, India. Geeta, who lived in Pakistan for about 15 years after accidentally landing in the country as a child, is currently lodged at an institution for the hearing- and speech-impaired here. (Photo by Shankar Mourya/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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