The Morning Wrap: Parliament's Monsoon Session Begins Today; Chennai Start-Ups Book Movie Halls For 'Kabali'

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18/07/2016 8:08 AM IST | Updated 18/07/2016 12:07 PM IST

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The Muslim community in Kashmir is actively involved in the 45-day Amarnath yatra as the Hindus. Thousands of Muslims join the yatra each year, offering their services which range from doing odd jobs, renting out their ponies, or working as palanquin-bearers. The Hindu pilgrimage resumed on Saturday from Jammu amidst tight security after remaining suspended for two days for the second time in one week due to violent protests in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Tamil actor Siddharth, who's perhaps best-known in Bollywood for his role in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Rang De Basanti (2006) slammed the way the Indian cinema has 'glorified' stalking. Responding to an article, Siddharth tweeted that the Indian films have been 'selling a terrible dream' that any man can get the woman he wants 'by just wanting her enough'. He also called out the sexism regarding the delusional act saying that when a woman stalks a man in Indian films she's a 'vamp', but that when a man does it, he is a hero.

For the first time since 1990, the Kashmir government cracked down on the media. On Saturday, the Kashmir government banned newspaper publication in the state for three days in order to bring 'peace' in the valley rocked by violence. As the J&K government sought to enforce a complete information blackout, the police raided newspaper printing facilities and seized copies of newspapers 'in view of apprehensions of serious trouble in the Kashmir valley in next three days'.

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Three officers were killed and another three were injured in Baton Rouge, US on Sunday, as they responded to a shooting in the city. The incident took place less than two weeks after a local man was shot to death by police in a case that drew national attention.

Reaching out to the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought its cooperation in the passage of GST bill. The Centre, however, is bound to encounter critique on issues including Centre's role in removing elected governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Kashmir violence, communal tension in Kairana, and NSG. The monsoon session of the Parliament will begin today.

Three Indian sites — Chandigarh's Capitol Complex, Sikkim's National Park, which is home to the world's third-highest peak Mount Khangchendzonga, and the ruins of Nalanda University in Bihar — have made it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Regarding a fight over cattle grazing in the neighbour's paddy field, a woman's fingers were chopped off and her son was beaten up in Baisnabnagar, West Bengal. Seven people reportedly provoked the man into taking such a drastic action against the woman, say media reports.

Slamming the media about making 'such a big deal' about her recently-confirmed pregnancy, Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan said that her pregnancy 'wasn't a national casualty'. She also criticised the media speculations against her alleged pregnancy leaves and its effect on her films.

Chennai-based start-ups have already started booking entire cinema halls for their staff so they can enjoy their favourite star Rajinikanth's eagerly-anticipated film Kabali first day, first show. After an initial delay in announcing the film's release date, Pa Ranjith's Kabali is set to hit the theatres on 22 July.


Institutional autonomy cannot mean the freedom to operate independently of the government. Rather, it is the freedom to deliver on mandates defined by the government and with consultation, writes TT Ram Mohan in The Hindu. "When technocrats arrogate to themselves the right to decide on matters that fall within their ambit all by themselves, it is not autonomy, it is usurpation. Former RBI Governor YV Reddy is said to have once quipped, 'The Reserve Bank is totally free within the limits set by the government.' That could well serve as a motto for all autonomous institutions," he says.

The highly disappointing first-quarter earnings of Infosys Ltd have raised questions about claims of a turnaround under way at the company, writes Prabal Basu Roy in Mint. "Though Vishal Sikka put up a brave front, it is doubtful if the fruits of all his initiatives with respect to this crucial aspect will be evident in the current financial year," he says.

The Swathi murder case in Chennai must trigger a move to enact strong witness protection laws and schemes, write Muthupandi Ganesan and Manuraj Shanmughasundaram in The Indian Express. "Being a witness in the police investigation and judicial process in India, even in sensational cases, requires a person to have a strong sense of civic duty as well as stamina to withstand the consequent social and economic impact. For instance, a witness can't recover the loss of income from attending court proceedings, which often get adjourned without notice or explanation. There is also stigma attached to being associated with criminal cases in any capacity. In some cases, public witnesses are subject to coercion or inducements to help the accused. It is, thus, incumbent upon the government to create an environment which will allow bystanders to help victims of crime and depose freely in courts," they explain.

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