The Morning Wrap: Kiran Bedi Bans Use Of Sirens In VIP Cars In Puducherry; Holy Month Of Ramadan Begins

06/06/2016 9:23 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 10: BJP Delhi Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi addressing the media personnel after losing Krishana Nagar assembly seat from at her Uday Park residence on February 10, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Prime Minister Narendra Modis party BJP suffers its first major election defeat since coming to power last May as anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal wins a landslide victory in Delhi state polls. AAP won in 67 seats while BJP managed to win only in 3 seats. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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The illegal occupants of Jawahar Bagh, Mathura in Uttar Pradesh used to give arms training to their children, a senior police officer has claimed. They reportedly belong to the little-known sect Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi. About 3,000 followers of the sect had clashed with police, after they encroached on 260 acres of government land. When cops tried evicting the encroachers last week, 24 people were killed in the violence that followed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met business leaders in Qatar on Sunday, urging them to invest in India as it is a "land of opportunity". He identified agro-processing, railways and solar energy as "very promising areas" for Qatari investment.

Kerala Sports Minister EP Jayarajan recently claimed that the legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali had in his 'heydays won gold medals and made Kerala famous in the world of sports'. The 74-year-old American boxer, who passed away on Friday, was hailed as the ‘Pride Of Kerala’ by the minister who thought Ali won gold medals for the god's own country.

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The Indian government has showed interest in joint exploration of new oil and gas fields as well development of discovered assets in the energy-rich Qatar. It also invited the Gulf nation to invest in the India's exploration and production sector by bidding for under the new Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy.

Over 14,500 accidents have taken place on the 94-kilometre stretch of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway between 2002 and 2016, and has claimed around 1,400 lives, says a new report. The study on vehicular traffic and accident-prone zones on the Expressway was done by one Tanmay Pendse who lost his brother and nephew in an accident on the same road in 2012.

Puducherry's new Lt Governor Kiren Bedi has now banned use of sirens in cars of VIPs, which would also be applicable in escort and pilot vehicles of Raj Nivas. She has exempted emergency services — ambulances and fire service vehicles — from the same.

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In a bizarre incident in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, a monkey was seen fleeing from a jewellery store with a bundle of cash worth ₹10,000. The hilarious incident was also caught on camera, and the video has gone viral since.

With more and more Indians going online and digitising their search for life partners, the government has proposed guidelines for matrimonial websites to monitor fraudulent content and fake profiles of potential suitors. Along with mandating users to upload verifiable identity proof, the government also plans to actively track users' IP address.

Muslims in Malabar, Kerala will start Ramadan fasting from Monday as confirmations were made by different Qasis. Confirmations came after the Ramadan crescent was seen at Kappad beach in Kozhikode district. Traditionally, countries announce if their moon-sighting council spots the Ramadan crescent the evening before fasting begins.


Where is the heaven our poets and politicians often speak about? It’s absolute hell in Kashmir, and there is little hope, writes Sajad Padder in The Indian Express. "Weeding out corruption from the state must be the first priority. The highly-politicised civil society of Kashmir is silent on corruption. The three major political players in Kashmir — PDP, NC and the APHC — must introspect and change their political strategies for the sake of peace and prosperity in our state, instead of keeping the youth of Kashmir hostage to their political designs," he writes.

At the macro level, the puzzle is why innovations, many of which are already in play in our economies, have not yet led to a measured increase in productivity growth, asks Nouriel Roubini in Mint. "The reality is that we don’t know for sure what is driving the productivity puzzle or whether it is a temporary phenomenon... But if weak productivity growth persists — and with it subpar growth in wages and living standards — the recent populist backlash against free trade, globalisation, migration and market-oriented policies is likely to strengthen," he says.

The annual session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation offered a chance to reflect on a dilemma facing international relations: how should developing countries respond to imminent changes in the global regimes on trade, climate and other “common spaces”, writes Arun Mohan Sukumar in The Hindu. "In the annual session, India acknowledged that far from receding, international law is going to have a “deeper” impact on international relations. If India is to be a serious contributor to future regimes, policy planners must aim to build this capacity in the Indian Foreign Service. Institutions of eminence like the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the ISIL should also move beyond the study of multilateral regimes as purely legal instruments and view them through the prism of international politics," he says.

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