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The Morning Wrap: LeT's Abu Dujana Spotted At Separatists' Rally; Rajjat Barjatya Passes Away

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01/08/2016 8:23 AM IST | Updated 01/08/2016 10:45 AM IST
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Masked Kashmiri protestors shout pro-Pakistan and pro-freedom slogans during a protest in Srinagar on July 31, 2016.

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The upheaval in public lives last week due to incessant rain and flood-like situation in Gurgaon is only a foretaste of what is going to befall Delhi. The same fate awaits all other regions surrounding Delhi in the broader National Capital Region, if the government refuses to draw appropriate lessons from the deluge that short-circuited the virtual dreams of those who had bought the chimera of the Millennium City.

At least 15 suspects have been detained in connection with the brutal gang-rape incident of a woman and her daughter in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district. The incident took place when a 35-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter were allegedly gang-raped by a group of robbers in the area.

Indian authorities have been trying to rescue thousands of people stranded in flooded villages after a week of heavy rain killed at least 52 people and uprooted tens of thousands of others from their homes in the states of Assam and Bihar. Home Minister Rajnath Singh flew over the worst-hit areas on Saturday and said the floods were 'very serious.'

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About 25,000 member of Dalit community in Gujarat rallied in protest to send out a message that the community won't accept any form of atrocity by upper castes. They pledged to boycott some of their traditional tasks — including the disposal of dead animals and manual cleaning of sewers. A 24-year-old man who had consumed pesticide to protest the flogging of four Dalits youths by a cow vigilante group, died in the hospital.

At a separatists rally in Pulwama, Kashmir on Sunday, Pakistani flags were waved and pro-militant slogans were shouted. The rally was organised to pay tribute to the militants and civilians recently killed in the Kashmir valley. According to reports, Lashkar-e-Toiba's Kashmir chief Abu Dujana and other militants were also spotted at the gathering.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that to increase the athletes' focus and performance at the Rio Olympics 2016, they will be provided with Indian food of their choice in Brazil, if they wished so. He has also announced a higher allowance for each athlete during the trip.

Off The Front Page

Rajshri Media's MD and CEO Rajjat Barjatya passed away on Friday in Mumbai. He was filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya's cousin. Actor Salman Khan, who made his debut with Rajshri Productions' Maine Pyar Kiya, seemed visibly shaken and was seen crying at the wake. Rajshri Productions was founded by Sooraj and Rajjat's grandfather Tarachand Barjatya.

In a first, husbands of two women have been booked under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994 for trying to determine the sex of their unborn children. The 'doctors' who didn't even have any medical degree were also booked for trying to conduct the sex determination test on two women in a car parked on a highway.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar clarified that his comment regarding 'unpatriotic' people who speak against the nation was not aimed at any particular person. Parrikar had referred to actor Aamir Khan on Sunday, saying that those who speak ill of India need to be taught a lesson.

Opinion

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child manages to hold our undivided attention despite introducing new characters that are not as intriguing as the old, writes Swati Daftuar for The Hindu. "What are we going back to, though? Is Cursed Child a spin-off, a stand-alone book, or a bona fide sequel? We know that while it's based on an original story by Rowling, it has other names in the mix. The story itself is a collaboration between Rowling, English screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne, and director John Tiffany. Considering that we are used to Rowling playing a solo hand so far, this obviously changes things a little bit, and immediately sets Cursed Child apart from the rest of the books in the series," she says.

In the present mood, one can go to the TV debate, even critique Prime Minister Narendra Modi but not gau mata. If one does that, they may come out with their skin peeled, writes Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd in The Indian Express. "The skin for skin approach is dreadful. But the gau rakshaks believe that gau mata democracy is like that only. It is our culture and heritage, they say. Indian democracy itself is conceptualised by gau mata, they say. If Ambedkar were alive and were to oppose these laws of cow protection, he too would have been declared 'anti-gau mata' and therefore, 'anti-Bharat mata'," says the article.

The problem of integrating immigrants in Europe has been ignored for long, says an editorial in Mint. "But the problem of integration is new to only those who had chosen to ignore it so far. Christopher Caldwell's 2009 bookReflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West had pointed out many issues with mass immigration in Europe. The multicultural project that European elites had embarked on encouraged the flow of immigrants. But integrating the immigrants was too intrusive a task for this liberal universalist project. The gulf between the natives and the immigrants, most of whom had very conservative—often illiberal—religious worldviews, inevitably only widened," it says.

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