The Morning Wrap: Death Toll In Kashmir Reaches 30; Zaheer Khan Likely To Join As India's New Bowling Coach

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12/07/2016 9:07 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Ten CRPF men were injured when militants threw a hand grenade at their post at Nowahata in old city area of Srinagar. The curfew-bound Valley was full of frenzied mobs continuing their arson and stone-pelting at government installations and security forces. Reportedly, the death toll in the last three days of street clashes has risen to 30.

An Israeli rights group called the Shurat Hadin is suing Facebook for $1 billion on behalf of families of victims of Palestinian attacks. The group has claimed that Facebook "violates" the US Anti-Terrorism Act by allowing militant groups such as Hamas a platform for spreading violence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to India on Tuesday after his four-nation Africa tour which focussed on enhancing ties with the continent. PM Modi came back from Kenya, which was the last leg of his visit that also covered Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.

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Salman Khan's latest film Sultan, which hit the screens on 6 July, has earned over ₹180.36 crore at the box office. The film did a business of ₹38.21 crore on its first Sunday at the box office in India. Clearly, Khan's controversial statement about "feeling like a raped woman" does not seem to have affected his fan base.

Weeks after Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad promised to have Ganga jal delivered to people's doorsteps through the postal system, the scheme took off with a splash. The service was launched in Patna on Sunday with much fanfare, and the sample 800 bottles vanished within minutes of hitting the shelves.

The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) may soon appoint another veteran cricketer, after coach Anil Kumble, as a support staff of the leg spinner. According to reports, former pacer Zaheer Khan is likely to join Kumble as the bowling coach of the national team.


Such is the nature of knockout tournament football that it is not the team with the most gifted personnel or the finest style of play that necessarily triumphs in the end, says an editorial in The Hindu. "Often the trophy is lifted by the side that knows best how to survive. Portugal did not play the prettiest football at Euro 2016 nor did it possess the most talented group of players, but its resolve and organisation were second to none," it says.

A plan to clean and rejuvinate the Ganga requires better groundwork at the core stage, says an editorial in Mint. "The official statistics show that the sewage treatment plants (STPs) are currently running at a deficiency of 55%. According to a Centre for Science and Environment briefing paper, it may be as high as 80%. The problem of STPs is three-fold: underestimation, shortage and underutilisation due to lack of a well-connected underground sewage system. A plan to clean the Ganga should thus require better groundwork at the core stage of assessing the scope of the problem," it says.

"In its new phase, the azadi struggle in Kashmir is leaderless, and has a strong death wish, writes Nirupama Subramanian in The Indian Express. "What this approach has done is to bring out kids as young as 8 or 12-years old, to whom defiance of the Indian state is now as natural as playing cricket. Each death, of a militant or protestor, has become a celebration of this defiance, triggering more protests, adding more grievances, increasing the alienation. In death, Burhan has caused more turmoil in two days than in his six years as a militant. In April, Burhan's father, Muzaffar Ahmad Wani, a school teacher, had told The Indian Express: "Kashmir is on fire. If India wants to douse it, they need to use water, not oil". That, really, is the lesson from Kashmir's weekend of fury," she says.

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