The Morning Wrap: Drone Strike On Pak Taliban Chief; President Advocates Need For Tolerance

26/01/2016 10:02 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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In this image made from video broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, undated footage of Mullah Fazlullah is shown on a projector in Pakistan. Fazlullah, the ruthless commander behind the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai as well as a series of bombings and beheadings, was chosen Thursday as the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, nearly a week after a U.S. drone strike killed the previous chief. (AP Photo via AP Video)

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India and France deepened their strategic partnership, concluding deals worth an estimated $15 billion over two days. The deals span sectors including aviation, urban development and railways. French firms will invest $10 billion in India over the next five years.

A day after the Cabinet recommended imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, President Pranab Mukherjee sought clarifications on it from Home Minister Rajnath Singh while the Congress challenged the Centre’s move in the Supreme Court and sought the President’s intervention.

Unconfirmed reports stated that a drone strike was conducted on Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah's house in Afghanistan in which he was killed. However, there have been several reports in the past of Fazlullah being killed, all of which have turned out to be false.

President Pranab Mukherjee advocated the need for dialogues between India and Pakistan but qualified his remarks with a caution that peace cannot be discussed under a shower of bullets.

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The terror suspects linked to the Islamic State, arrested in a countrywide raid over the past few days, had planned to target Goa a few months ago, but Intelligence agencies did not arrest them then as they had not acquired the capability to carry out any terrorist act, said a senior official.

Opinion


All those who are mute spectators of the processes under way to restore supremacist Brahmanic rule are responsible for the death Rohith Vemula, writes Anand Teltumbde in The Indian Express. The BJP’s aggressive drive to saffronise institutions, particularly higher education institutions, portends that many more Rohiths will follow in the coming years, he says.

The Government’s Start-up India, Stand Up India plan is strong in spirit, but its success will depend on how well it is implemented over time, writes Preeti Balwani in The Pioneer. In order to gauge the effectiveness of this plan, we need to assess the needs and concerns of start-ups and evaluate if the plan will deliver on those requirements.

A Vinod Kumar writes about the Pathankot blame game and what really ails our security apparatus. Despite many efforts for "sweeping reforms", the national security establishment, like many arms of the State, continues to thrive on mediocrity and complacency, which, in turn, points to a corrupted national ethos and systemic decay that has the potential to subvert the country's progress and governance initiatives.

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