The Morning Wrap: Weather Experts Say El Niño Has Ended; ASI Gets Taj Mahal Photo Wrong

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Roadside eatery hawkers use a plastic sheet to cover themselves from a rain shower in front of India Gate in New Delhi, India, June 23, 2015. Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) say the northern states will receive heavier monsoon rains this week but that current weather patterns still point to total rains of just 88 percent of the long-term average, as predicted in early June, due to an El Nino weather pattern. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

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After a video of a 85-year-old woman being thrashed by her 60-year-old daughter went viral on social media, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) visited Gurcharan Kaur at her residence in south east Delhi's Kalkaji area to find no food in the house except stale kneaded flour and fungus-ridden slices of bread.

IPS officer Merin Joseph lashed out at a vernacular daily newspaper for objectifying women by compiling a list of "most beautiful" IAS and IPS officers in India, following which the article was pulled down by the media house.

A BJP MLA, best known for his claim that 3,000 condoms and 500 abortion injections were used in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) everyday, has now said that “rapes” in the university are a daily occurrence.

Beat this: an Indian man broke the world record by hugging 79 humans in just a minute. The Guinness Book Of World Records describes him as the most "affectionate record breaker".

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A Bajrang Dal leader has been arrested in Ayodhya for holding a weapons training camp. He has been charged with hurting religious sentiments of Muslims and spreading communal hatred.

The El Niño, which is believed to be the primary reason for poor rainfall in the past two years, has finally ended, according to the Australia Bureau of Meteorology.

The Indian government went into damage-control mode on Wednesday after African diplomats said they would discourage students from African nations to visit India because of “stereotypes and racial prejudice against Africans in India”.

The Congress yesterday launched a misguided missile against actor and cultural icon Amitabh Bachchan, questioning the government's decision of inviting him to host a show in the national capital on 28 May to highlight the Narendra Modi government's achievements in the last two years in power. Bachchan clarified, saying he was only doing small segment on the government's Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme for women's empowerment.

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A 75-year-old farmer died of 'joy' in Rajasthan after the spelling of his name was finally corrected in the land records. He had struggled for 55 years to get the misspelling of his name rectified on land records, as he was unable to benefit from any farmer schemes due to the error.

If you click on the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) website link for the Taj Mahal, it shows you images of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican instead, according to reports. Even the websites for UP Tourism and the Agra administration have incorrect historical information on the Taj Mahal.

A 'rain temple' in Uttar Pradesh can apparently predict good or bad monsoon — or at least that's what the locals there believe. The size of the water droplets on the century-old temple's ceiling is said to indicate how the rainy season will be.

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Two years since it came to power, the contradictions in the Modi government are still muddying its identity, writes Pratap Bhanu Mehta in The Indian Express: "This is a government where swagger often overshadows truth... Its backward-looking instincts keep pulling down its forward-looking mission."

A new TRAI consultation paper puts net neutrality under threat, again, writes Nikhil Pahwa in The Times of India: "It’s important to remember that the issue is not with giving free access, but of limiting that free access to a selection of sites who are willing to pay or partner: a collusion which the department of telecom committee had warned against last year."

The BJP did not understand the cultural ethos of West Bengal, writes Swapan Dasgupta in The Telegraph: "The public faces of the BJP in West Bengal tended to be imports from northern India who invariably spoke in Hindi and made little attempt to understand the distinctive cultural inclinations of the people they were dealing with. This failing has cost the BJP dearly."

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