The Morning Wrap: Statements About 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' Not Authorised By Centre; Android Auto Now Available In India

06/04/2016 9:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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A huge number of leaked documents incriminating several prominent personalities in India as well as abroad has been dominating news for the past couple of days. Hundreds of journalists went through 11 million documents from the secret files of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm headquartered in tax haven Panama, to reveal some of names of the people who have set up offshore entities in tax havens around the world. But don't worry if you haven't had the time to grasp it all, for this Reddit user has dissected the news in such a way that even a five-year-old can understand.

In a monstrous episode of brutality, three Dalit teenagers were stripped naked, tied to a tree, and beaten because they allegedly stole the motorcycle of a upper caste man in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. A video released by a news channel shows the naked teenagers sitting on the ground, quivering with fear, while men take turns to beat them.

TV actress Rakhi Sawant, known for her on-screen and off-screen antics, held a press conference in Mumbai mourning the alleged suicide of television actress Pratyusha Banerjee and claimed that it was the ceiling fan's fault that her colleague was dead. She also suggested that India get rid of the ceiling fans and replace them with air conditioners or table fans.

Four foreigners who had come to visit India were beaten up by a bunch of drunk goons in Ajmer, Rajasthan. According to reports, the group allegedly beat one of the tourists with a stone and tore one of the women's clothes.

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Four students were injured on Tuesday as a group of protesters was lathi-charged at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar, where unrest has been growing the past few days. The protesters were outstation students who said they wanted to go back home in light of the violent clashes that broke out with local students on Friday after India lost the World Twenty20 semifinals.

Breaking its silence on statements regarding the slogan 'Bharat mata ki jai' made by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and RSS leader Bhaiyyaji Joshi, parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu clarified that the views were not authorised by the Centre.

Pakistan media reports that the Pathankot terror attack was 'stage-managed' by India, are seen here as 'double-speak' by Pakistan's security establishment. Defence experts condemned the Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and called it funny, given that after providing all possible evidence, Islamabad could come up with such statements.

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Soon after the Search app update and Android April security update, Google on Wednesday announced that Android Auto was now available in 18 new countries including India. There are speculations that the new rollout in India with country-specific features will see be adopted by Indian vehicle manufacturers for in-dash infotainment systems in cars.

Scientists at Bengaluru’s National Research Development Forum (NDRF) are developing an aerostat or a hot air balloon/ craft, to help farmers scare away pests and birds. The small craft measuring three or four metres in length, will be deployed about 100 meters from the ground and fitted with acoustic devices and lasers to scare away birds.

Pakistani film producers and distributors filed a petition in the Lahore High Court on Tuesday, seeking a ban Indian movies in the country. Their argument was that the films have a 'bad impact' on Pakistan’s youth. It also added that Bollywood films deprived Pakistani cinema of a level playing field.

Opinion


In 2016, happiness is no more within our reach. Our metros are held together by the weak glue of Facebook ties, in which we feel safe and fake, writes Nalini Singh in her column in The Indian Express. "We all long for intimacy, and there is no human being who is not threatened by its loss. But in India today, our intimacies and relationships are getting swallowed. There’s something inevitable about this when we begin to aspire to Life As Reality TV in which we are chasing fame and money 24×7. Alone," she writes.

India needs a balanced West Asia policy. By skewing it towards the Saudis in pursuit of short-term goals, New Delhi runs the risk of antagonising Tehran, writes Stanly Johny in The Hindu. "There is believed to be friction between Islamabad and Riyadh over the former warming up to Tehran and their growing energy cooperation. Pakistan also refused to join Saudi Arabia’s war coalition that has been bombing Yemen for the past one year in the name of fighting the Iran-backed Shia rebels... So India will have to factor these developments in its overall West Asia approach. The best way to do it is to restore the balance in its West Asia policy," he writes.

Citing someone's suicide as an example to urge others to look around themselves for signs of distress is one thing, and issuing value judgments on victims of suicide is entirely another, writes Piyasree Dasgupta in HuffPost India. Without directly referring to the recent alleged suicide of television actress Pratyusha Banerjee, Malini had said that one must not succumb to pressure and that the world admires 'a fighter and not a loser'. "We need to understand that preaching on mental illness, minus empathy, cannot be a part of anyone's social media project to look accomplished and smarter-than-the-average. If you cannot empathise, please spare everyone the knowledge of what life looks like from atop the moral high horse," wrote Dasgupta.

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