The Morning Wrap: Maternity Leave For Women In Private Firms To Increase From 12 To 26 Weeks

29/12/2015 9:09 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Three months after a Muslim man was lynched by a mob alleging that he had slaughtered a calf and stored its meat in his house, an official report from the Uttar Pradesh government has found the meat in question to be mutton.

This holiday season, online retailers including Amazon and Ebay say that cow dung patties are in huge demand. Orders come mostly from people living in the city. "It reminds them of the old days," said Radhika Agarwal of ShopClues.

The content editor of the Congress Party mouthpiece was fired after the publication of articles which criticised former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's policy in Kashmir, and called Sonia Gandhi's father a "fascist soldier."

The Delhi government has tied up with Twitter to provide real time information on public transport during the 15 days in which the odd-even cars scheme is enforced in the capital to combat air pollution.

In a bizarre episode, a businessman had his ear nipped while getting a haircut at an upscale salon in Mumbai. After undergoing surgery, he posted an image of his ear on the official page of Jean-Claude Biguine salon. His wife claimed that staffers at the salon tried to cover up the injury instead of helping.

Why we need to stop blaming Muslims and Islam for terrorism: a month ago, a comment from a friend of mine left me stunned: something is wrong with that religion man, where are the moderate Muslims? Why aren't they speaking out?

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Tax payers with annual income of more than Rs10 lakh will not get subsidised cooking gas from next month. At present, all households are entitled to get 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rate of Rs419.26, while the market price is Rs608.

The union government is set to increase the maternity leave for women employed in private firms from the existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks. The Women and Child Development Ministry will push for extending the leave to eight months, or 32 weeks, for women employed in both private and government sectors.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley wants a 'controversy-free' Censor Board: "I do believe that the time has come to have a look at the role of the certification board, as I prefer to call it. The certification board needs to be controversy-freeI have some views on it and I am already discussing with some experts as to what the future role of this body should be."

At least 112 distressed farmers, rattled by mounting debts and withering crop, ended their lives in Marathwada region, this month. This brought the toll to 1,109 this year. Compared to last year, this year’s suicide toll is double. "I am debt-ridden…how do I get rid of the debt?" Indal Chavan, an impoverished farmer, would murmur.

A Special Investigation Team will probe the death of four one-month-old tiger cubs in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district. While the reason for the death is said to be severe malnourishment, the authorities are searching for the missing tigress. Krishna Tiwari, a conservation activist from Mumbai, said such incidents put a dent on state’s image which is currently doing very well in terms of protecting tigers.

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To combat noise pollution in Patna, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has banned the use of sirens by VVIP and VIP escort vehicles. Exemptions include vehicles of the governor, chief justice, ambulance and fire tenders.

A mason in Madhya Pradesh gets PM’s praise — for something he never said: In his radio programme on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Dilip Singh Malviya, a 71-year-old mason from Bhojpura village, for offering his services for free to villagers who built a toilet at home. “I never said don’t give me wages, I only said pay me when you get the money. I have a family to support," said Singh.

Welcome Eiffel Tower to Twitter: “Welcome @LaTourEiffel,” tweeted the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s wonders, built in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Road dust, burning of biomass and municipal solid waste, and industrial stacks contribute a far greater share of the city's air pollution, according to a study by the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur.

Opinion


Let me reiterate that the Akhand Bharat doctrine is a cultural and people-centric idea. I was not even remotely suggesting that we should redraw the boundaries of our countries. But I do notice great eagerness and urge among the people in all the three countries for greater engagement and interaction. In fact, more than me, it is the seculars and mombattiwallas who have been highlighting this urge by talking about open borders and organising candle-light demonstrations at the Wagah border, writes Ram Madhav in The Indian Express.

Now we have a government whose seniormost ministers are not aware of a visit by the PM to Pakistan. This is not a trivial issue. India-Pakistan relations concern the whole country and cannot be treated as the personal property of any individual. We now have a peculiar situation: No one knows — and let’s hope this excludes the PM — what changed in the last couple of months for Modi to execute this sharp U-turn, writes Randeep S. Surjewala in The Indian Express.

The idea of India among the vast majority of succeeding generations and growing numbers of PIOs and NRIs remains superficial and out of tune with the ground realities in India and, in contrast to their mental imagery, subconsciously embedded. The state of tolerance in India, is one such imagery amongst the diaspora.... In the coming era, erosion of tolerance in India is going to be accelerated by growing challenges of access to water, food and opportunities for sustainable livelihood, writes Ashok Sekhar Ganguly in The Telegraph.

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