The Morning Wrap: Shashi Tharoor To Move Parliament To Decriminalise Homosexuality; Bihar Widow Prohibited From Cooking Meals

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JULY 30: Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor leaves after attending the Monsoon Session at the Parliament House on July 30, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to former President APJ Abdul Kalam, while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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