The Morning Wrap: Modi Visits Brussels; Student Commits Suicide Over Teacher's Scoldings

31/03/2016 9:45 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Former TERI director general RK Pachauri broke his silence on the sexual harassment case he is battling in a series of interviews to British newspaper The Guardian. But apart from claiming that his 'email account was hacked', he forgot to throw light on several important aspects of the case. Here's the complete list of things The Guardian neglected to address in its piece on Pachauri.

After the Easter Sunday bombings news in Lahore, a heartwarming story from Karachi has been going viral online. A young man met with positive and encouraging responses from his fellow travellers as he took the public transport, all colour-smeared, after playing Holi with his friends.

Actress Bipasha Basu and actor Karan Singh Grover, who are one of Bollywood's most talked-about couples (even though they've never acknowledged their relationship publicly) are taking the plunge. According to sources, the wedding will take place at the end of April and will be a small, intimate affair.

We revisited beautiful, yet forlorn photographs of Diana, the Princess of Wales, when she visited India's famous monument Taj Mahal in 1992. The trip, and her solitary photographs had made front page news worldwide and was widely interpreted as a symbol of the irreparable state of her marriage to Prince Charles.

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Gujarati diamantaires in Antwerp and many from Surat flew to Brussels to meet and greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his scheduled official visit post the terrorist attack at Brussels airport. Over 100 diamond barons have organised a grand function of the Indian community for PM Modi.

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of women’s right to worship, saying there is no law that prevents women from entering a place of worship, and if men are allowed entry, women should be allowed too.

Indrani Mukerjea, who has been booked for her daughter Sheena Bora’s murder, has sent a legal notice to the Marlow housing society in Worli, Mumbai, claiming that though the flat was gifted to her daughter Vidhie, she has interest in the property and that the flat cannot be sold without her consent.

A 16-year-old Class IX student committed suicide at his residence, in Bengaluru after he was allegedly reprimanded by the school for his poor performance in studies.

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Nearly 30 years after the hijack of Pan Am Flight 73 at Karachi airport, six of the plane's crew have spoken to the media for the first time. The horrifying incident on which the critically-acclaimed film Neerja was based, saw the death of 22 people.

Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was planning to propose Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s name as the next President of India. The revelation was made by Singh in a television interview.

Ahead of the crucial India-West Indies World T20 semifinals, Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin had a little fun with each other when they tried teaching each other their mother tongue. Singh struggled with Tamil, while Ashwin tried his hand at Punjabi.

Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday morning. The news was shared on Instagram by her husband Aayush Sharma.


Behind the haze of the Deonar fire in Mumbai is the story of how agrarian distress and ‘development’ programmes have forced people into an unliveable habitat, says S Parasuraman in his column in The Hindu. "The high mounds of trash in which children and stray dogs loiter around, and around which the air smells of burnt plastic and putrefying garbage makes Deonar most certainly unfit for human habitation... Forty years ago, when Mumbai embarked on several redevelopment programmes, spatial transformations, ‘beautification’ and ‘cleansing’ drives to become the economic capital of India, it seemed to close its eyes to communities which are at the very bottom of its class, caste and gender pyramid," he says.

Uttarakhand shows how BJP promises of cooperative federalism, ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ sit uneasily together, says KK Kailash in his column in The Indian Express. Small states with less than 100 legislative assembly members have been unstable and have had a more frequent change of leadership compared to larger states. The lower thresholds to beat the anti-defection law incentivise party switches and this may explain the instability. Second, the strong-Centre model of federalism combined with the weak financial position of many smaller states also encourages them to shift positions. These two factors make smaller states particularly vulnerable not only to party switches but also to the machinations of the ruling party at the Centre," he writes.

The Indian team have become too reliant on Virat Kohli's run-scoring heroics in the World Twenty20, writes Virender Sehwag in Sport360. "He is the one player who has been scoring the big runs at crucial moments for India for quite some time and it looks like he will become one of the greatest batsmen soon... But we need to also accept the fact that our opening pair is not giving the start that we want. Even Suresh Raina is not coming up with the runs and that is not an ideal situation. It’s the semi-final and the entire batting line-up needs to stand up and pull its weight... The West Indies are such a strong batting line-up, I think it will be best to field first and try to restrict them to around 180 and then go after the target. Form and record aside, at the end of the day it’s all about mastering the conditions on the day and soaking in all the pressure," he writes.

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