The Morning Wrap: Opposition Demands Apology From Smriti Irani; Injured Dolphin Rescued In Chennai

27/02/2016 8:22 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 5: Smriti Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development during the National Teacher Awards distribution ceremony 2014 at Vigyan Bhawan on September 5, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Instituted in 1958, the National Award to Teachers are given away by the President of India on 5th September (Teacher's Day) every year to give public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools. Altogether there are 374 awards out of which 20 awards are reserved for Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic teachers. Each State/Union Territory/Organization has an earmarked quota based on the number of teachers. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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The Upper House of Parliament erupted in a chorus of accusations as agitated members demanded that Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani apologise for reading out in the House an offensive pamphlet. The fiery BJP leader maintained she was simply submitting facts during a debate on the contentious JNU issue.

The Indian government may soon put forward a new draft legislation to replace the contentious section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which the Supreme Court struck down last year, deeming it unconstitutional and against freedom of speech.

Setting up a business in Mumbai just got easier. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said it had reduced the number of permissions required to start 38 different businesses, including restaurants, beer bars and permit rooms.

ABVP students of Lucknow University disrupted classes, held protests, burnt a professor's effigy on the campus. His mistake? He had shared the article “Umar Khalid, my son”, from The Indian Express on his Facebook page.

India will not vacate the Siachen glaciers as Pakistan cannot be trusted and it may occupy the strategic location once it is vacated, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said. “I know we have to pay the price and I salute our armed forces personnel, but we have to maintain this position,” he said.

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The Economic Survey followed the Piketty curve and suggested taxing the well-off. Tax small savings, raise LPG price, slap more tax on gold purchase and increase fares on travel by air and air-conditioned railway coaches — these are among the suggestions in the Economic Survey.

Mother of Rohith Vemula, the Dalit student who committed suicide at Hyderabad University last month, has accused Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani of spreading “blatant lies” in Parliament about the events surrounding her son’s death.

An India-Pakistan clash is a pressure cooker. The heat builds up and there is no escape but to play it out and hope to emerge victorious. India will face their traditional rivals in the Asia Cup today after a gap of nearly a year, and both sides know defeat is never an option.

A day after a media report quoted Chidambaram expressing doubts over Afzal Guru’s role in the 2001 Parliament attack, the Kashmiri separatist’s wife slammed the Congress leader saying he should have issued such statements earlier when her husband’s execution could have been stopped.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled that Pervez Musharraf should be tried for treason for subverting the Constitution in 2007. This came a day after the former president went to court to seek permission to go abroad for medical treatment.

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This week, two cadaver hearts flown from Aurangabad to Chennai saved the lives of a 16-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl. This is perhaps the longest distance that a cadaver heart has been transported in India.

An injured spinner dolphin that was found near the Chennai shore, unable to swim back into the sea, was towed back into the deep in a timely and joint rescue effort. Its wounds were also attended to.

Raimati Ghiuria, a young tribal woman, had not only proved to be a leader in conserving local traditional varieties of rice and millet seeds in her own land but had also showed the way to the farming communities of Odisha's Koraput district.

Enraged over her husband's ambition to work in the US, a woman in Agra allegedly killed their two children and then drank phenyl before jumping off the first floor in a failed attempt at suicide.

The body of a 28-year-old married woman was taken off the funeral pyre, moments before it was to be lit, after her parents noticed injury marks on her neck in UP’s Baheri tehsil. The police was called and the body was sent for post mortem.


Price subsidies have been a very important part of the Indian government’s plan of trying to bring down poverty in the country. This entails selling commodities like rice, wheat and kerosene, at a price significantly lower than the market price through the public distribution system. But the question is, do these subsidies work? In HuffPost India, Vivek Kaul makes a compelling case for India to move to cash transfer of subsidies.

BJP’s contradictions on Kashmir are mounting. “On the one hand, the Modi government will engage (rightly so) those whose politics has for decades demanded ‘Azaadi’ from India (Hurriyat literally means liberty/freedom); on the other hand, it will jail students who organised a university event where similar slogans were raised — and going by the evidence so far — certainly not by Kanhaiya Kumar, the first young man to be imprisoned,” writes Barkha Dutt in the Hindustan Times.

The Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom’ resonates in the turbulent times in India. “Take two slogans. One says, “we are no longer just a vote, a number, or a thing. We are young, the future is ours.” The other goes, “why does the government not judge its own crimes?” It may seem as though both these statements belong to the crisis that has been unfolding over the past fortnight in India,” writes Dipti Kharude in The Hindu.

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