The Morning Wrap: Smriti Irani To Spend Raksha Bandhan At Siachen; Haryana's 'Real' Gau Rakshaks To Get ID Cards

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11/08/2016 8:28 AM IST | Updated 11/08/2016 9:39 AM IST
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Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani is set to go to the Siachen Base camp to meet the soldiers on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on 18 August. Seven other women ministers from the Narendra Modi government will also be visiting soldiers in situated at other places on that day.

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A Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday over suspicion of being involved in a theft in the neighbourhood. Reportedly, the 22-year-old Dalit youth was mercilessly thrashed by a mob and beaten till his death.

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To differentiate between the 'real' gau rakshaks and the 'anti-social' ones, Haryana has decided to issue identity cards to cow protectors following police inputs about fake cow vigilantes extorting money from truckers. The move comes four days after PM Narendra Modi said that an overwhelming majority of gau rakshaks are anti-socials who have proclaimed themselves protectors of cows to cover up their misdeeds.

Archers Laishram Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari, and boxer Manoj Kumar were rays of hope for India at the Rio Olympics 2016, with medal hopeful Jitu Rai, judoka Avtar Singh and weightlifter Satish Shivalingam crashing out of their respective disciplines.

On Tuesday, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi announced the #BBBPDaughtersWeek initiative, where parents would post photos on social media with their daughters and/or granddaughters along with the aforementioned hashtag. While the campaign is a fun initiative, the deep-rooted patriarchal roots in the Indian society would take some time to change.


A BJP government whose leaders sing cows' virtues spurs the vigilantes, who believe they can act with impunity, writes Salil Tripathi in Mint. "If Modi were serious about the attacks, he would have reacted promptly. But think of his timing: his statement comes nearly four weeks after the appalling incident in Una. For a prime minister who appears to spend a disproportionate amount of time on Twitter (where he follows an unusual cast of characters), and who never fails to wish foreign leaders on their birthdays, this delay is, to put it mildly and politely, inexplicable," he says.

Irom Sharmila Chanu had her first taste of solid food in 16 years — breaking the fast with a dab of honey. She shook with tears, but a day later said eating the normal way again had caused her no discomfort, and that she was feeling 'completely healthy', writes Kaunain Sheriff M in The Indian Express. "According to experts of gastroenterology and nutrition, a liquid diet is "physiological" — and has no negative side effects as long as it fulfills the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) — the estimated amount of a nutrient (or calories) per day considered necessary for the maintenance of good health. Which means that if a woman leading a sedentary lifestyle consumes a diet equivalent to 1,800 calories, it does not really matter whether she is consuming solid food or liquid," he explains.

In his second stint as Prime Minister of Nepal, Prachanda's chief task is to restore political, economic and social stability at home and undo the damage his predecessor inflicted on relations with neighbours, writes Rakesh Sood in The Hindu. "On the foreign policy front, Mr. Prachanda needs to repair the damage done by his predecessor Mr. Oli to relations with India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already congratulated him on his appointment and invited him for a bilateral visit. The last time Mr. Prachanda visited India as Prime Minister was in September 2008 but the goodwill generated was short-lived as he began to blame Indian interference to cover up for his shortcomings. He has another opportunity now to make his second nine-month tenure truly productive and recover his lost political legacy," he says.

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