The Morning Wrap: Foreign Company To Manage 2 Indian Airports; Chennai Hindu Couple Names Newborn After Muslim Saviour

09/12/2015 8:49 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

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The last place from where you expect a state government to raise funds is jails and a widow home. But that is precisely what the Punjab government has done in the past two months to tide over its severe financial crisis.

A Hindu couple in Chennai has named its newborn after a Muslim who came to their rescue during the flood. Yunus, the MBA graduate, rescued the pregnant woman from neck-deep waters and moved her to a hospital. And now, he has promised to take care of his namesake's educational expenses.

Nearly 70,000 clerics from across the world came together and passed a fatwa against terrorist organizations, including IS, Taliban and al-Qaida.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lead a yoga session for top cops at the All-India Conference of Directors General/Inspectors General of Police in Gujarat later this month.

Entry to the 'Beatles Ashram' in Rishikesh has been thrown open for tourists, and the Uttarakhand government wants musicians from across the world to come meditate there, as the Beatles once did.


"At a time when India is making rapid economic strides and regaining its rightful place in the comity of nations after a decade of decadence, the political detractors of the BJP-led NDA, unable to countenance the growing appreciation of its policies and programmes, have launched a campaign to defame and discredit the government," writes urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu in The Indian Express.

While fundamental rights are "crucial to the survival of a vibrant democracy", writes P J Kurien, citizens should have "a high sense of duty". He argues that Constitution-makers didn’t think it necessary to list out the duties of citizens because they couldn’t have perceived a society that ignores them.

India’s relations with Kathmandu have soured to a degree that could not have been imagined when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nepal and addressed its warmly receptive parliament, according to an editorial in The Economic Times. It is not in Nepal’s or India’s interest nor in that of any political party for relations between the two countries to deteriorate any further.

Chennai wasn’t ready for rain because of mindless development, writes M Ramachandran in Hindustan Times: "Lowlands have been taken over for construction, and storm water drains have been choked, leading to the blockage of water exits. It has been reported that some 300 water bodies of the city have disappeared."

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