The Morning Wrap: Rajinikanth Casts His Vote In Chennai; Cricketer Suresh Raina Becomes A Father

16/05/2016 9:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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As polling begins in the 232 of the total 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu, DMK chief M Karunanidhi, actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith Kumar and chief electoral officer Rajesh Lakhoni are the early birds who have already cast their votes on Monday morning.

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A Delhi Police head constable Brijpal, deployed for Union Minister Uma Bharti’s security, allegedly shot himself to death at her official residence in Akbar Road in Delhi late on Sunday night. A fellow policeman saw him using his service revolver to shoot himself and raised an alarm.

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Indian batsman Suresh Raina became a father after his wife Priyanka Chaudhary gave birth to a baby girl at a private hospital in Amsterdam. The 29-year-old Gujarat Lions skipper and his wife named their daughter, Gracia, who was born on 15 May. Raina shared photos of his baby daughter on his official Twitter account.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent quality time with his mother Heeraben, when she visited him at his official residence on Race Course Road, New Delhi, for the first time since in almost two years. The nonagenarian, who lives in a village in Gujarat with her other sons, stayed in Delhi for five days, hanging out with PM Modi.

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Tamil Nadu is used to witnessing a two-way contest between the two major Dravidian parties — the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). However, a multi-cornered election is now a reality and the desire for change among the people is more than visible, writes Ramu Manivannan in Hindustan Times. "What is tragic about the politics in TN is that the people are trapped between the AIADMK and DMK with no immediate alternative in sight. They are forced to choose between the parties that are fully responsible and have an undeniable share in all that we consider as evils of politics in the state. This anger or disillusionment may also result in a hung assembly. What is wrong with a hung assembly when people are searching for an alternative? It is a step forward, not an end itself," he says.

The biopic based on Mohammad Azharuddin's life is another attempt to win back fans and find closure — but it doesn’t work, writes Sandeep Dwivedi in The Indian Express. "Azhar reminded us of what Lord Paul Condon, the ICC’s anti-corruption unit chief, said about the game in the late ’90s: “It was a crisis of credibility. Sponsors were pulling out because it was clear there had been a whole series of fixed matches in every form of the game…” The movie deepens those old wounds, aggravates contempt for “those” dubious cheats who sold their souls to shady syndicates. Back then, they pulled a fast one by reducing cricket to a pre-decided farce. Now one of them seems to be at it again. History can’t be replaced by a favourable Bollywood script. Or, maybe it can," he says.

In post-Soviet states, some of the world’s most corrupt, bureaucracy is inherited from a time when cheating the state was a national pastime, says Leonid Bershidsky in Mint. "According to the IMF, corruption costs the world $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion a year, or 2% of global economic output, mainly by undermining incentives for taxpayers to share their incomes with governments, increasing costs and undermining the quality of public spending, and stifling private investment and productivity. The losses mostly occur in the countries that can least afford them. The West cannot do much to help, either in terms of enforcement or by offering advice. It’s up to each corrupt nation to rip up its bureaucracy and chase away its architects," he says.

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