The Morning Wrap: Brussels Attacks Kills 34; New Zealand Enters Semi Finals By Beating Pakistan

23/03/2016 9:45 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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People comfort each other after being evacuated from Brussels airport, after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday March 22, 2016. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing at least 13 people and injuring many more. Belgium raised its terror alert to its highest level, diverting arriving planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were. Airports across Europe tightened security. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

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90-year-old Noel De Souza who grew up in Secunderabad and studied in Pune's Wadia College, has been a part of Hollywood for more than six decades, making him the oldest person of Indian origin working in the industry today.

Timely help from noted actress Rekha facilitated the Congress party retain its old electoral 'war room' in Lutyens Delhi, which it was at the danger of losing after the Narendra Modi government wanted to evict the bungalow's present resident and Telangana MP Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu. BJP insisted that Rapolu was not entitled to that particular accommodation.

After the appalling news that a woman allegedly killed eight puppies of a stray dog by dashing them against boulders in Bengaluru has ignited a debate about revisiting and revising the animal rights laws in India.

Noting the difference between the font sizes for the names of Dr BR Ambedkar and Narendra Modi on the foundation stone unveiled by the Prime Minister himself, social media had a gala time on Tuesday. A students' group of The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras called the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC), tweeted out the photo first.

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Belgium was struck by the worst attack in its history on Tuesday as terrorist explosions ripped through the main airport and a train station in the capital, leaving over 34 dead and more than 200 injured.

Prabhat Singh, a journalist based in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, has been booked under the IT act and sent to judicial remand in Jagdalpur for allegedly sharing 'explicit material' on WhatsApp and Facebook. Singh’s arrest comes on the heels of the arrest of other local journalists Santosh Yadav and Samaru Nag, who’ve been held since July last year.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah rejected the Opposition's demand for withdrawing the order on establishing the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), stating there was “no ulterior motive” to protect the corrupt or to weaken the Karnataka Lokayukta.

New Zealand cruised into the semifinals of the ICC World Twenty20 series with a comfortable 22-run win over Pakistan on Tuesday. NZ opener Martin Guptill set the tone by scoring 80 runs in 48 balls, continuing their dream run in the mega event.

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A Delhi girl who had been missing for the last eight years was found when the police typed her name in their database on computer and hit 'enter'. The girl's family, who had been running around police stations finally found that their daughter had been moved from shelters and homes since they last saw her; and that her records were documented in the police database.

A 44-year-old woman from an affluent family, caught for travelling without a ticket, chose to go to jail for seven days instead of paying a fine of ₹260, saying the authorities should first arrest and recover the loan dues from liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

Twenty parents of students studying at St. Joseph's High School in Mumbai have gone on an indefinite hunger strike to protest the fee hike and other indiscriminate charges levied by the school.

Opinion


Positioning a half-baked student activist mouthing clichéd socialist rhetoric as a challenger to PM Modi and the Sangh Parivar amounts to ballooning in cloud cuckoo land, says Madhu Purnima Kishwar in her column in The Indian Express."The Sangh Parivar’s politics and the Modi government’s performance have many serious flaws. However, Kanhaiya’s pathological hostility is purely ideological rather than a product of serious engagement with issues or keen observation of facts expected of a PhD scholar. Clearly his mentors at JNU have turned Kanhaiya into a well-indoctrinated, robotic political activist, not a serious scholar or even an astute political observer," she writes.

Within a fortnight of the recently announced Union Budget, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, earmarking ₹8,000 crore for it, with the aim of providing five crore subsidised LPG connections to women of poor households (Below Poverty Line) in the next three years, writes Abhishek Jain in The Hindu. "Thus, the scheme is well-targeted to address the crucial impediment of a high upfront cost, which has limited the transition towards LPG use in poorer households," he writes.

In a reminiscing column in The Hindu, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, professor of history and politics at Ashoka University talks about how 85 years ago this day, on 23 March, 1931, Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel were on a train from Delhi to Karachi. "Congress' annual sessions used to be memorable but the Karachi Congress was to be more than memorable — it was going to be momentous," he writes. "But now, can India, on the eve of elections to several States, expect from Congress a testament as foundational to its future as a Democratic Republic as its 1931 Bhagat Singh-inspired Resolution was for the attainment of Swaraj," he asks.

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