The Morning Wrap: Hackers Deface JNU Library Website; SRK Collects Degree 28 Years After Graduation

17/02/2016 8:47 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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The Sheena Bora murder case took yet another sensational turn when the CBI charged her stepfather Peter Mukerjea of “murder, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence”. His wife Indrani Mukerjea is the prime suspect in the case.

In the latest in the turmoil within JNU, a hacker group called Black Dragon defaced the university library’s official website and threatened to killed anti-nationals. The same group had claimed credit for hacking the Pakistan People’s Party website in 2014.

As the affordable smartphone market in India continues to grow by leaps and bounds, a company called Ringing Bells is all set to launch a new smartphone that is rumoured to cost around ₹500. The company is part of the 'Make In India' initiative started by PM Narendra Modi.

The Supreme Court sought suggestions of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee within “judicial dynamics” to put a ban on jokes on Sikhs. The apex court has given six-week time to the petitioner to give its suggestions.

BJP wrested the Muzaffarnagar seat from the ruling Samajwadi Party, which also lost the Deoband seat to the Congress in two of the three by-elections in UP. The bypoll results are being viewed as crucial in the countdown to the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh next year.

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A day after lawyers attacked journalists and students while a Delhi BJP MLA assaulted a CPI member at the Patiala House Courts complex in Delhi, the Supreme Court listed for urgent hearing of a petition on the violence at the courts complex. The petition filed by an alumnus of JNU, who was hurt in the violence on Monday, sought action against the people involved in it.

The Indian Railways, which has been called the common man’s transport, has decided to go the roadways’ and airlines’ way to encash the demand for more trains accommodation by increasing fares during peak travel seasons.

Faced with an increased risk of seasonal drought and subsequent suicide by thousands of farmers every year, the Maharashtra government has roped in actor Aamir Khan for its flagship scheme to make the state drought-free by 2019.

The 30-year-old “psychopath” mastermind behind the abduction of Snapdeal staffer Dipti Sarna was involved in 30 heinous crime cases, including murder, across Haryana. Devendra Kumar committed his first crime in 2001 when he beat up a constable in his village in Sonipat and snatched his bike.

Even while senior Congress leaders called on President Pranab Mukherjee and told him that any move to swear in dissident Kalikho Pul as the Arunachal Chief Minister would be unconstitutional, it was learnt that the Union Cabinet was set to recommend revocation of President’s Rule in the state.

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Ishita Katyal, a 10-year-old Pune writer and middle-schooler, debuted as the opening speaker at TED 2016, a nerdy conference of some of the world's smartest people. Alpha-geeks from Google and Tesla, Apple and Uber, besides Al Gore and Bill Gates, are attending the annual brainiacs gig.

An Indian-origin couple, married for nearly 81 years, were awarded for being New Zealand’s longest-married couple by a Christian group. Jeram Ravji and Ganga Ravji, who live in Auckland, have taken part in India’s freedom struggle. They will turn 100 in May and June, respectively.

William Shakespeare may have had an illegitimate son for whom the legendary bard penned a sonnet, a new book has claimed. Sonnet 126, addressed to "my lovely boy", was written for the infant William Davenant, who grew up to be Poet Laureate.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan finally took time out of his busy life to collect his graduation degree, 28 years after passing out from Hansraj College in New Delhi. “This is a very special moment for me. I am back in my college, which I left in 1988. I am missing only one thing — my children are not with me today, as I wanted to show them every corner of my college,” he said at the event.

Bhopal twins Abhishek and Anuj Khare have made it to Limca Book of Records in the category of twin authors to be published in Hindi. With this record, they have become possibly the only such twin brothers in the country to be published Hindi authors as well.


To achieve what the Centre has set out to do under the Swachh Bharat Mission, public support is crucial. The government can build toilets, put up waste-to-energy plants and clean up roads. But no amount of State intervention can work unless the citizens realise that it is meant for their benefit, and join forces. For Clean India, citizens must be ready to get their hands dirty, says the Hindustan Times in an editorial.

The overuse of the yellow and red cards might iron out a passionate, intense sport into something bland and flavourless. Coaches, captains, umpires and rule-makers have put in place sensible rules already. When the Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardians of the game’s laws, publishes its next edition of the laws in 2017, it should be persuaded to keep yellow and red out of the first-class game, writes Suresh Menon in The Hindu.

Sedition in India is not unconstitutional, it remains an offence only if the words, spoken or written, are accompanied by disorder and violence and/ or incitement to disorder and violence, writes Fali S Nariman in The Indian Express. “Citizens in India are free to criticise their governments at the Centre or in the states — which they do quite frequently, and boldly and fearlessly as well; as they must, because that is what a participatory democracy is all about.”

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