The Morning Wrap: 6 Arrested In Brussels Attacks Probe; Uttarakhand Police Celebrates Holi With Shaktiman

25/03/2016 9:21 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

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Delhi government is paving the way for the bars and restaurant in the national capital to stay open for business 24x7. The proposal for the 2015-2016 excise policy, which is still subject to cabinet approval, is aimed at boosting tourism and the restaurant business.

Mukund Padmanabhan will succeed Malini Parthasarathy as the editor-in-chief of The Hindu, becoming only the second editor from outside the founding family of the 127-year-old daily. The decision was made at a board meeting of the Chennai-headquartered publication.

Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, convicted in the US for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, told a court that terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) wanted to eliminate Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray, but the person who was assigned the job to kill the late Shiv Sena chief was arrested.

In an essay titled, Why I Am An Atheist Indian revolutionary socialist Bhagat Singh stated the reasons as to why he rejected the existence of 'an Omnipresent, all powerful, all knowing God'. "Society must fight against this belief in God as it fought against idol worship and other narrow conceptions of religion. In this way man will try to stand on his feet," reads the essay which was originally written in Gurmukhi (Punjabi) and converted to Urdu/Persian script by Maqsood Saqib.

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Indian priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who was allegedly kidnapped by ISIS, is now in danger for his life as alarming reports suggest that he may be crucified on Good Friday.

Belgian police arrested six people in their probe of Tuesday’s Islamic State suicide bombings in Brussels, while authorities in France said they thwarted a militant plot there “that was at an advanced stage.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter on the occasion of Holi. Kejriwal, usually at odds with the PM, thanked him on Twitter and wished Happy Holi, adding that he hoped for better Centre-Delhi co-operation in the future.

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Uttarakhand police played holi with Shaktiman, the police horse that suffered multiple injuries after it was allegedly attacked by BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi. The police as well as several politicians were seen smearing colour on the horse whose leg was amputated as a result of his injuries, and clicked selfies with him.

As a direct result of the pulse-racing match between India and Bangladesh, Redditers found a new thing to obsess over — captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's hands. The issue came to discussion because he chose to play the last over in the match without gloves. While some contemplated what his hands would look like, others were skeptical about their 'look and feel'.

A 40-year-old dentist was allegedly beaten to death with sticks and iron rods in west Delhi in a case of road rage around midnight on Thursday. The mob which attacked him, included at least four juveniles, police said.


Jet Airways stewardess Nidhi Chaphekar’s picture from the Brussels attacks was everywhere from newspapers across the world, to a Twitter hashtag #PrayFor Nidhi, writes Sandip Roy for HuffPost India. "She is only being used as an illustration. She is, for most of the media running her image, an unknown terrified, blood-stained woman and her frazzled state is precisely the message the media is trying to convey. She is only as important as her dishabille," he wrote.

The two-phase polls in Assam which will take place in April are important because it is the only one among the clutch of States going to the polls where the BJP — a marginal player in West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu — has a realistic chance of grabbing power, says an editorial in The Hindu. "The achievements or otherwise of 15 years of uninterrupted Congress rule in a State that brings up the rear on most human development indices find marginal mention. What is centre-staged is the insider-outsider binary, with the BJP-led alliance projecting itself as a grouping of ‘sons of the soil’ pitted against an evasive Congress, and an AIUDF that seeks to protect the interests of 'illegal Bangladeshis'," says the editorial.

The JNU episode, though unfortunate, has given rise to a debate on what constitutes a nation, writes MG Vaidya in The Indian Express. "Who are the people who take pride in uttering a slogan like “Bharat Mata ki Jai” or “Vande Mataram”? Who are the people that stretch their history to Rama, Krishna, Chanakya, Vikramaditya, Rana Pratap and Shivaji? And who are the people that share a certain value system? ...A nation is a spiritual principle, the result of the intricate workings of history; a spiritual family and not a group determined by the configuration of the earth," Vaidya writes.

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