The Morning Wrap: Amartya Sen Says Caste System Is Anti-National; Ravindra Jadeja In Trouble Over Lion Photos

17/06/2016 9:50 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JULY 7: Bharat Ratna and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences awarded Economist Amartya Sen poses for a profile shoot on July 7, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Pradeep Gaur/Mint via Getty Images)

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The Vishwa Hindu Parishad wants the Modi government to create a separate ministry dedicated to protecting cows. The Bharatiya Govansh Rakshan Samvardhan, VHP's cow protection wing, is urging the Bhartiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre, to set a deadline for creating such a ministry. The VHP reportedly wants a total ban on cow slaughter and beef consumption and is pushing lawmakers to bring up the issue during the Monsoon session of Parliament.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary were today locked in a war of words over the latter addressing her as 'dear' on Twitter. The matter did not end there as fights on Twitter that involve celebrities never do. Both Irani's and Choudhary's followers started trolling the two leaders, digging out old tweets and pointing fingers.

In an attempt to instill a sense of hygiene in the students and their families as part of the district’s open defecation free (ODF) drive, the administration in Narmada district of Gujarat has put in place a new form of roll call. When a student's name is called out by the teacher, instead of saying 'Present Sir', the student has to respond in either with 'Sauchayala chhe' (I have a toilet at home), 'Sauchayala nathi' (I don’t have a toilet at home) or 'Sauchalaya bane chhe' (toilet at home is under construction). The month-long rigorous exercise will ensure that every home in the district has a toilet as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

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A 41-year-old British woman MP Jo Cox from the opposition Labour Party was killed on Thursday after being shot and stabbed in her constituency in northern England by a man who shouted 'Britain first', a week before the crucial referendum on UK's EU membership.

Nobel laureate Professor Amartya Sen who was addressing a special event at the London School of Economics criticised the caste division in India and called it anti-national. He also added that many Indians were also being branded as 'anti-national' for not toeing a certain line.

New report claims that according to the affidavits filed by the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, 23 out of the 67 members have cleared only school exam (at different levels) and the other three, including New Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodiya are diploma holders and not graduates.

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Team India cricket all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has landed in trouble because of his Instagram photographs clicked in the Gir National Park. Jadeja, along with wife Riva Solanki clicked pictures with lions in the background at the wildlife sanctuary, violating the rule that visitors aren't allowed to get down from the protected vehicles to click pictures with the lions. Gujarat forest department chief wildlife protector has said that appropriate action will be taken against Jadeja after evaluating the incident thoroughly.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday promised a ₹2 lakh reward to anyone who had bought tea from Prime Minister Narendra Modi or had studied with him. He was addressing a party-organised protest rally of farmers, titled 'chai ki charcha' in Tamil Nadu.

India’s financial capital, Mumbai, has been ranked as the least expensive of the top eight commercial hubs in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, on the basis cost of living. The eight key commercial hubs are Mumbai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.


The conventional explanation for the diasporic jihadist, radicalisation, may not be the complete one, writes Praveen Swami in The Indian Express. "Islamism, for Omar Mateen or others, is not a religion in a conventional sense. It exists free from traditional institutions of mosque and community, free from the historical contexts which their parents’ generations brought with them from their homelands. Inside small groups, online or physical, they give their diasporic Islam meaning — and act on it to dismantle the world around them. The ultra-violence of the Islamic State, or al Qaeda provides a language for the anger of a generation alienated from the political system, with no personal or political agency. The crisis has come at a moment when traditional political parties seem disengaged from the lives of ordinary people, especially the working class," he explains.

The thriving trade in illicitly procured temple idols was exposed yet again after officers of the Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu Police raided the premises of the Chennai-based businessman Deenadayalan on 31 May. The sheer scale of the seizure signals how big and brazen the idol-looting business is in India, says an editorial in The Hindu. "The meticulously organised nature of this shadowy business hints at the deep and vast network of idol thieves who have plied their trade across not only Tamil Nadu but numerous other Indian States and even broader territories of South and South East Asia," it says.

Weather forecasts will never be fully accurate. But they can be made with confidence, and that’s in a mathematical sense, writes Dilip D'Souza in Mint. "If the India Meteorological Department wanted to offer a narrower and more accurate range, they’d have less confidence in it; a broader and less accurate range, more confidence... That’s why that sentence is a good compromise between accuracy and confidence. It’s exactly the same as election-time opinion polls that make predictions with a 'margin of error'. That margin is the range, and the confidence is usually implied: a 4% margin of error means a 95% confidence level," he writes.

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