The Morning Wrap: Leopard Sneaks Into Bengaluru School; Kamal Haasan Speaks At Harvard

08/02/2016 8:47 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

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David Coleman Headley would depose before a special Mumbai court and reveal the sequence of events and planning behind the 26/11 terror attacks, said senior Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. Headley's maps and videos helped 10 Pakistani fidayeens land by sea on Mumbai's shores and launch one of the most audacious attacks on the financial capital.

North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite. But its neighbours and the US denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test.

You won't believe what America's most trusted source for election news is. As per a survey, most Americans prefer cable news to social media and websites when learning about the election.

Ahead of Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali's concert in Lucknow, Shiv Sena's UP Chief Anil Singh was put under house arrest but the latter asserted that protests against the singer will be carried out in the city. Ghulam Ali arrived in Lucknow to perform on the culminating day of the Lucknow Mahotsava.

India has no reported cases of the dreaded Zika virus infection. But it is the first country in the world to have ready for testing not one but two vaccines against the virus that is causing nightmares in the Americas.

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Investigators have raised serious doubts about the number of terrorists involved in last month’s deadly attack on Punjab’s Pathankot air force station. The NSG which led the counter-terror operation maintains it killed six militants. The NIA which is probing the case suspects only four attackers may have been involved.

Authorities captured a young leopard that mauled half a dozen people after sneaking into a suburban Bengaluru school, typifying the growing instances of man-animal conflict on the outskirts of the rapidly expanding city.

The health ministry is set to move a Cabinet note proposing changes to the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act, 1956 that will allow a single common medical entrance test for both UG and PG medical courses in all colleges across the country.

The Indian Air Force has some new weapons in its armoury. They are innocuous looking tablets called 'Go/No-Go' pills. And they are said to pack quite a punch. IAF fighter pilots are now increasingly using these "authorised" pills to boost alertness levels and cognitive powers during round-the-clock combat exercises.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar ruled out any troop withdrawal from the Siachen glacier after the last week’s avalanche claimed the lives of 10 soldiers. The decision is based on security concerns, he said.

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Nathu Bharat Singh’s rags-to-riches story seems to come straight out of a fairytale. In 2012, this right arm, fast-pace bowler’s father borrowed Rs 10,000 to send his son to one of Jaipur's premier cricketing academies. At the IPL auctions yesterday, Mumbai Indians' Rs 3.2 crore bid sealed the deal for Singh.

Solemnizing nikaah will no longer be a male bastion in Rajasthan, which got its first women Qazis in Jahan Ara and Afroz Begum, both 40. The Jaipur-based duo, who completed the two-year training in Mumbai, got their certificates.

Chennai continues to get support from various places to deal with the aftermath of the floods. This time from children. Putting aside their pocket money, schoolchildren from Hosur have made artefacts, which they are now putting up for sale at an art show, to raise funds to help a government school in Poonamallee.

Three months after The Indian Express reported about a separate anganwadi for Dalit children in Gujarat’s Patan district, the state government took corrective steps. Nine children from anganwadi No. 159, which had only Dalit children, were moved to No. 160, while 19 children from the Thakore, Patel and Rawal communities in No. 160 were sent to No. 159.

Kamal Haasan spoke at the annual India Conference of Harvard University in Boston. Recalling that the rise of Hitler in Germany and the imposition of Emergency in India came through normal democratic process, Haasan said "constant vigil" was required to safeguard freedom of speech in a democracy.


“Last week, the international community focussed on the state of safety of journalists… The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) released its 25th report on journalists and media staff killed since 1990. The report lists the killing of 2,297 media professionals due to violence in journalism. This number includes 112 journalists who were killed in 2015 alone,” writes AS Panneerselvan in The Hindu. “The killing of journalists creates an atmosphere of fear, intimidation and an eerie silence.”

We have turned our backs to the intense food and drinking water distress across states, writes Harsh Mander in The Indian Express. “Farmers and landless workers in 11 states in the country are crushed by drought, often for three years in a row, but if you scan newspapers or television screens, debates in Parliament and meetings in state secretariats, it would appear to be a figment of somebody’s imagination.”

“French President Francois Hollande is charming and chatty. His conversation is informal, informed and interesting. His presence is inviting and not the least bit intimidating. In short, he is an extremely nice and likeable man,” discovers Karan Thapar. You get to know a man only when you meet him, he says.

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