The Morning Wrap: 3 ABVP Office Bearers At JNU Quit; Man Gambles Wife Away For Rs50,000

18/02/2016 9:45 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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“The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health. For too long we have been embarrassed to admit when our children need emotional or psychiatric help, worried that the stigma associated with these problems would be detrimental to their futures,” writes The Duchess of Cambridge in this HuffPost entry, as she launches a series called Young Minds Matter.

In a surprise twist to the charged atmosphere surrounding the JNU sedition case, three office bearers of BJP's student wing ABVP quit, saying, "we can't be mouthpiece of such a government”. Meanwhile, there was complete mayhem at the Patiala House Court in Delhi after a group of lawyers, roughed up Kanhaiya Kumar and journalists covering his sedition hearing, even as police reinforcements and water cannons were rushed to the premises.

Champion swimmer Bharat Kumar, who brought glory to India by winning gold medals at international athletic events, now washes cars for a living. "I don't have an arm and I don't need one. All I need is some support. I promise to bring medals in the 2017 Asian Games, provided I get the desired support,” he said.

Even at the age of seven, Rida Zehra, a blind Muslim girl, can recite the Bhagwad Gita by heart. But what really touches the heart is her faith, unshaken by religious boundaries. “I like praying to God, whether it is by reading Gita or Quran. It doesn’t matter which God I pray [to]; after all I will never be able to see him even if he is there in front of me,” she said.

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Twenty-eight people were killed and dozens wounded in Turkey’s capital Ankara when a car laden with explosives detonated next to military buses near the armed forces’ headquarters, parliament and other government buildings.

The CBI claimed to have identified 2,200 corrupt senior government officials in 2015 and initiated enquiries against them. The agency said there was a 94 per cent jump in crackdown against corruption in the country from 2014.

India and Nepal hope to begin repairing ties as Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli makes his first official visit to India on Friday. But as Mr.Oli lands in Delhi on the six-day visit, the two sides are unlikely to dwell too much on the past few months of strain.

The inhuman and illegal practice of Thalaikoothal – a form of geronticide or involuntary euthanasia where the elderly are forced to undergo the procedure against their will – continues to be practised in Tamil Nadu, a study conducted reveals.

In a move to make Sabarimala more environment-friendly, the Kerala high court banned the sale of any material, including water, in plastic bottles at any place connected to the famous hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa.

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After Lord Ram, it is his most ardent devotee’s turn to face the law. A lower court in Bihar issued a summons against Hanuman, asking the monkey-god to appear before it in connection with a road-side temple in which he is the deity. The court’s summons was pasted on the idol.

K Prithika Yashini's long journey has come to a happy ending. The 25-year-old transgender person, whose application was initially rejected by the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board over her gender choice, has finally received the appointment order as sub-inspector of police.

Asma, 28, did not have the slightest idea that her husband Umer Ali had gambled her away for Rs 50,000 and that the three men waiting for her in Moradabad had actually "won" her. Luckily for her, she found something amiss in the behaviour of the three men and quickly raised an alarm, eventually taking refuge in a police station nearby.

The Doon Schools are walking the talk with their own mechanism for ecofriendly waste disposal. They have set up an effluent treatment plant in the school, in which waste water from boarding houses and dining halls gets treated before being used in the fields for gardening purposes.

The forest department in Gujarat is now set to develop special breeding centres to revive the dwindling Indian wolf population. The drastic drop in population of Indian wolves from 1,374 in 2000 to around 250 recently has become a cause for concern.


The pardon by the Indian state appears highly unwarranted. David Headley is significantly silent about the ‘Karachi Project’ and has covered his tracks effectively. It is thus possible that at a not-too-distant date he would be back in business, directly or by proxy, writes MK Narayanan in The Hindu.

“The number of registered cases of anti-Dalit atrocities, notoriously under-reported, jumped by 17.1 per cent in 2013 (compared to 2012) according to the NCRB. The increase was even more dramatic between 2013 and 2014 — 19.4 per cent. The word “atrocities” needs to be fleshed out here, otherwise it will become another bureaucratic, abstract euphemism,” writes Christophe Jaffrelot in The Indian Express.

Changing Calcutta to Kolkata, Madras to Chennai and Bangalore to Bengaluru has been accomplished - and accepted - with minimum fuss. No one even bothers if Pune is referred to as ‘Poona’ in anything except postal addresses and official documents. But, I believe, the controversy over ‘Bombay’ will continue to rage until the Thackerays embrace ‘Thakre’ full and square, writes Sujata Anandan in the Hindustan Times.

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