The Morning Wrap: LeT Planned To Attack Indian Scientists; Nation Prays For Rescued Siachen Soldier

10/02/2016 9:03 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
FILE - This Feb. 1, 2005 file photo shows an aerial view of the Siachen Glacier, which traverses the Himalayan region dividing India and Pakistan, about 750 kilometers (469 miles) northwest of Jammu, India. An avalanche hit the Siachen Glacier in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir early Wednesday,Feb.3, 2016 trapping 10 Indian army soldiers in the snow. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)

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Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was rescued alive from under 25 feet of snow at the Siachen Glacier, now lies in a coma, and has been placed on ventilator support at the Army hospital in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke security protocol to pay the soldier from Karnataka a special visit.

The 29-year-old researcher, who filed a sexual harassment complaint last year against then director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) RK Pachauri, has written an open letter reacting to the news that the organisation had elevated him to the position of vice chairman. “Shamelessness abounds!” she wrote.

An eighth standard student at a residential school in West Bengal's Murshidabad district died after he was allegedly beaten up by teachers for venturing out of the school premises, according to a report. Two teachers were arrested, said the police.

Testifying before a Mumbai court, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley said LeT had planned to attack Indian defence scientists at the Taj Mahal Hotel and that he was asked by Pakistan's ISI to recruit Indian armymen to spy for them.

Read how a Chennai auto driver saved the life of a passenger who suffered a cardiac arrest. K Ravichandran, 48, was driving along Mount Road, when his passenger suffered a cardiac arrest. He not only rushed him to the hospital but also pledged his auto to meet the cost of the man’s treatment.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was disappointed with TRAI's decision to prohibit tariff plans with differential pricing, but he won't give up on India yet. “I am disappointed by the telecom regulatory authority decision. Our aim to start was to connect the whole world to Internet. The new regulations will hamper the progress of the programs like Free Basics,” he said in a Facebook post.

An Army captain posted in Jammu and Kashmir went missing while travelling by train from Katihar to New Delhi. His relatives have registered a case of suspected abduction with the Railway police. While his luggage was found intact in the train coach he was travelling in, Captain Sikhardeep (24) was nowhere to be found and his mobile was switched off, the police said.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, actor Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli have ended their relationship. This news comes close on the heels of reports that Kohli recently unfollowed Sharma on Twitter and Instagram, aside from posting a picture with the caption 'Heartbroken', before deleting and re-uploading it.

Challenging a male bastion, two women who were first to complete a course for Qazis among 30 students in Jaipur are facing a backlash from Muslim religious organisations who say they cannot “judge men”. The women are being trained by Darul Uloom Niswaan, a centre for Islamic learning and theology started by the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan.

The Centre has decided to raise train passenger and freight charges to bail the Railways out of a crippling financial crisis but the timing of the announcement is yet to be finalised, the Hindustan Times reported.

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An Indian American Sikh man barred from boarding his flight home from Mexico City for refusing to remove his turban has turned his plight into a cause. Waris Ahluwalia has posed a three-point demand to the airline. He wants Aeromexico to issue a public apology, give an undertaking to provide Sikh awareness training to staff and train them on how to screen passengers with religious headgear.

The Chhattisgarh police arrested a trespasser for rampaging through a senior bureaucrat’s lawn, later releasing the culprit on bail. The miscreant, a serial offender, also happens to be a goat. Its owner, Abdul Hassan, had to pay for the goat’s crimes and was arrested and booked under charges that carry a two-to-seven year prison term and a fine.

Bollywood star Govinda offered an unconditional apology and Rs 5 lakh as compensation to a fan he slapped seven years ago. However, the Supreme Court insisted the actor must personally apologise to the complainant who wanted to prosecute him for criminal intimidation and assault that may land him in jail for two years.

It was love that blew Gurgaon gangster’s cover. A day after Sandeep Gadoli was shot dead inside a hotel in Andheri by a Gurgaon crime branch team, sources involved in the operation said the trail to Gadoli had suddenly opened up before them because he had sent an aide to Gurgaon to take his girlfriend to Mumbai.


Ever since a new cricket format and a new business model – the IPL – in the name of sport has been created in India, the accepted rationale of how sport functions is being challenged each passing year. Among the many questions being debated is the relationship of talent with the wages earned, writes Pradeep Magazine in the Hindustan Times. “In this bizarre game, where players are bought and sold in an auction, is there any cricketing logic that governs these decisions? Are the IPL and its business model not going to create fissures among the players themselves?”

Trai has clearly indicated that the public interest is served by its network neutrality regulations. As appreciation flows in from abroad for Trai becoming a world leader in network neutrality regulations, moderation is important, given the certainty of a legal challenge. It’s hoped that any court determining a challenge weighs the considerations that have shaped this regulation, writes Apar Gupta in The Indian Express.

For terror outfits, success lies in ensuring that all dialogue between India and Pakistan remains suspended. If the neighbours want to stretch their moment of anti-terrorist cooperation to something meaningful, they must act without losing any time. The forces ranged against such cooperation — as demonstrated by what was attempted after Mumbai 26/11— are formidable, writes Amit Barua in The Hindu.

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