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The Morning Wrap: Narsingh Yadav Banned For 4 Years; Vatican Picks Mumbai Designer's Logo For Mother Teresa Event

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19/08/2016 8:49 AM IST | Updated 19/08/2016 9:57 AM IST
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Images of a Syrian boy covered in ash and blood are shedding new light on the country's ongoing civil war. 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh was injured in an airstrike that hit Aleppo, northern Syria, on Wednesday. In a video posted on YouTube, a young man carries the child from the night-shrouded rubble and places him in a chair inside a brightly lit ambulance. The boy looks confused, scared, and restless in the aftermath of his rescue. His silence is a chilling contrast to the cacophony of voices coming from outside.

'Orkut' founder Orkut Büyükkökten spoke to HuffPost India about the launch of his new social network platform called 'Hello', that revolves around people's interests. A person can choose five interests and will join those 'personas' and his timeline would be the mix of things he's interested in the most.

India unveiled its newest effort to boost transparency and raise pressure on companies and state governments to meet an ambitious target of lighting every household in the country by 2019. The latest in a series of smartphone apps, called Tarang, or Transmission App for Realtime Monitoring and Growth, lists details on existing and planned transmission projects. It also highlights obstacles to federal and state government transmission projects and seeks to hold states accountable for delays in projects.

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport changed its decision on Thursday and upheld world anti-doping body's appeal against the clean chit given to wrestler Narsingh Yadav in a doping case. Rejecting the argument that Singh was a 'victim of sabotage', the CAS has also slapped a four-year ban on the Indian wrestler, who was all set to participate in the Rio Olympics 2016 today.

The police have arrested eight people in connection with the alleged kidnapping and sale of a 12-year-old girl from Delhi in 2006. The girl, who was kidnapped, raped, married off twice and sold over 12 times, had recently found her way back home in July this year.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Dalbir Singh accused Minister of State General VK Singh of levelling "false, baseless and imaginary" allegations against him when the latter was heading the Army. Dalbir Singh has not only revealed the power struggle within the Indian Army but also made serious allegations are made against a member of the council of ministers from the Narendra Modi government.

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Candidates bearing famous names such as Mahatma Gandhi and Amitabh Bachchan have applied for assistant teachers' jobs in Lucknow's government schools. According to education department officials, around 15 applications with such names have surfaced. When no candidates showed up for actual interviews, the officials realised that they were fake application forms filled online just to mess up the merit list and trouble officials.

Vatican has chosen Mumbai-based graphic designer, Karen Vaswani's logo for international use on the occasion of Mother Teresa's canonisation on 4 September. The logo is a gold and blue illustration of Mother Teresa, looking at a child that she's holding in her arms.

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan took a dig at author Shobhaa De after shuttler PV Sindhu qualified for women's badminton singles final. Bachchan said that Sindhu wasn't coming home empty handed and that he'd be proud to click a selfie with her. De had earlier mocked the Indian Olympians at Rio and had said that they only go there for 'selfies'.

Opinion

Indian sport needs a pyramid with a very large base, writes Harsha Bhogle in The Indian Express. "We have well-meaning people but they are scattered like raisins are in a cake. It makes for a good story but that doesn't produce medals. And so my fear is that we will continue to have sporadic success, like the amazing Dipa Karmakar and the gritty Sakshi Malik, but till the ministry gets out of sport and outsources it to people who are empowered to produce scale, we must make do with this," he says.

Instead of bettering living standards and improving public health, liquor bans in India have only led to a spurt in the consumption of illicit brews, says an editorial in The Hindu. "Of late, political parties have resorted to the prohibition card, sensing the growing support for such a move among large sections of women, especially in the lower income groups, who have had to deal with financial neglect and physical abuse by drunken family members. However, the States starved of revenue from the liquor business have been hesitant to invest adequately in prohibition enforcement. The end result is that bootleggers and illicit brewers just replace liquor shops," it says.

Dalit empowerment via the market in the form of its Stand Up India initiative, launched earlier this year—a scheme for encouraging greenfield enterprises by SC/ST and female entrepreneurs by facilitating bank loans, is a good initiative by the Modi government, but old prejudices still pose a problem, says an editorial in Mint.

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