The Morning Wrap: Farmers To Sell Produce On E-Market Platform, Maharashtra Outlaws Social Boycott

14/04/2016 9:12 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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A farmer picks ripe red chillies which will be sold as fairtrade chillies.

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There is no earth-shattering reason why Gurgaon district should not be renamed Gurugram, but what is more intriguing is why renaming Gurgaon to Gurugram was even a poll promise of the Mahohar Lal Khattar government, writes Sandip Roy.

Shivam Vij writes about a Delhi-based transsexual, who wants her name and gender changed in official documents, but her case is testing the boundaries of legal procedure.

Manoj Pandey, owner of the missing bull Badshah, has announced a reward of Rs. 50,000 for anyone with credible information about his pet. "Badshah is not merely an animal for us, but like a family member having access to our kitchen and bedroom," said Pandey, a resident of Sarnath.

Good news. Shaktiman, the police horse from Uttarakhand, is now able to stand on his own.

Three IIT students have made the perfect spoof of matrimonial ads - the kinds that require tall, thin, and light-skinned girls who make round chapatis.

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On the 125th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian constitution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is launching an e-market platform for farmers to sell their produce online.

Maharashtra is the first state to pass a law against social boycott, which seeks to crack down on extra-judicial bodies such as caste and community panchayats.

In view of the acute drought situation in the state, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the BCCI to shift IPL matches out of Maharashtra. The court said IPL matches cannot be held in the state after April 30.

Poor quality of materials is one of the key reasons behind the collapse of the Vivekananda Road flyover in Kolkata, according to a preliminary report by two professors from IIT Kharagpur.

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has rejected the demand of shifting the National Institute of Technology out of Srinagar, but she has agreed to facilitate external evaluation of the final exam.

Women cannot be denied entry into Sabarimala temple in Kerala based on traditions which violate principles of the Constitution, said the Supreme Court. "In Hindu religion, there is no denomination of a Hindu male or female. A Hindu is a Hindu," said the three-judge bench.

A Kashmiri schoolgirl, who was allegedly molested by an Indian Army soldier, has told the police that it was actually a local who molested her. In a video released by the Indian Army, the girl is seen recounting the episode.

Farzana, the wife of NIA officer Mohammed Tanzil Ahmed who was shot dead by assailants in Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday.

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Dalits can't draw water from a well in Bechar village in Mehsana, Gujarat. "This rule was made by our forefathers that lower caste people should not be allowed to touch the well as the water would get polluted," said Geeta Bharwad, who belongs to dominant OBC community.

The name Gurugram has been used for years by local members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. "What is new in it? The area was named Gurugram and we have been using this name. In Sangh shakhas and meetings, we introduce ourselves as being from Gurugram," Anil Kashyap, the Gurgaon district RSS chief, told the Hindustan Times.

In the footsteps of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to implement measures to protect inter-caste couples, who are hunted down and killed by their own relatives in the name of family honour.


Several democracies aspire to the famous principles of the French Revolution (liberty, equality and fraternity) writes Ram Madhav, but India hasn't come far enough in its quest for fraternity. "One single biggest challenge to fraternity today is the hierarchical caste system," Madhav writes in The Indian Express. "Fraternity can’t be achieved through rules and laws in the Constitution. It requires a persistent education of the people through public and private initiatives."

On the 125th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, D. Raja writes that his ideas of nationalism was different from the BJP's "coercive and recurrent" brand. "This elevated notion of nationality cannot be generated and achieved by mere sloganeering based on a violent masculinist approach," Raja writes The Hindu.

The Kollam temple disaster that claimed the lives of 111 people was not a tragedy, but a crime for which responsibility should be fixed, writes Rajeev Chandrasekhar in The Times of India. Simply banning fireworks is a "lazy approach" that ducks "the whole issue of responsibility of government in enforcing laws and safety guidelines," he writes.

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