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The Morning Wrap: IS Spokesperson Abu Mohamed Al-Adnani Killed; MLA's Wife Crashes ₹5.5 Crore Car Into Auto-Rickshaw

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31/08/2016 8:41 AM IST | Updated 31/08/2016 10:13 AM IST
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A Facebook user recently uploaded a picture of a flyer displayed in the bathroom stall of Lemon Tree Hotel, Bengaluru. The flyer, which carried the logo of the hotel, sought to 'humour' its customers with a joke' that almost condones rape. The joke, which was about consent in sex and violence, went promptly viral. The Lemon Tree Hotel, Bengaluru insisted that it was a part of the 'fun element' of their brand.

A quarter of the total crimes in Indian cities last year took place in the country's capital, New Delhi. This is more than the next six cities put together. According to figures released on Tuesday by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 1,73,947 crimes were reported in Delhi in 2015, which is 25.7% of the total crimes in India's largest cities. The country has 53 'mega cities'--that is, cities with a population of over 10,00,000.

Darr 2.0, an upcoming online mini-series produced by Y-Films and directed by Vikas Chandra is being touted as a 'reboot' of Yash Chopra's Darr: A Violent Love Story (1993). The trailer reintroduces all the main characters — Kiran (Juhi Chawla), Sunil (Sunny Deol), and Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) — in a modern setting that deals with the issues of cyber-stalking and online privacy.

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The BJP-led Maharashtra government on Tuesday cancelled 94 tenders awarded in 14 controversial irrigation projects which are being probed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Konkan, Vidarbha and Nashik regions. Reportedly, the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and it was agreed upon that all the contracts should be reassigned through "transparent orders" to new contractors.

The Islamic State group recently announced that its spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani was killed while monitoring military operations in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The announcement came as a US defence official said an IS "senior leader" was targeted in a US-led coalition air strike on Monday in Aleppo province.

Even as the slapping of sedition charges against university students, a human rights organisation, and a former lawmaker for her comments on Pakistan, has sparked public outrage and triggered debate about intolerance in the country, the latest crime data shows that cases of sedition actually fell from 2014 to 2015. New reports show that total of 30 sedition cases were registered in 2015, which is 17 less than what were registered in 2014, according to the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau.

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Wife of a BJP MLA in Maharashtra rammed her newly-gifted saffron Lamborghini into an auto rickshaw within seconds of taking her car out for the first time. Mira-Bhayander, Thane MLA Narendra Mehta had surprised his wife Suman Mehta on her birthday by gifting her the ₹5.5 crore luxury car. Suman reportedly lost control of the car and rammed into the rickshaw. No one was hurt but the rickshaw's headlight and outer shell were damaged. The driver didn't press charges as Narendra Mehta compensated for the damages.

A woman sub-inspector in Karnataka reportedly resigned due to alleged harassment. Revathi, sub-inspector of Bhaktal police station, resigned on Sunday alleging that her superiors had harassed her. She quit some days after she was suspended for alleged dereliction of duty. She is the second officer in the last few weeks to have alleged harassment in Karnataka Police.

Supreme Court struck down Maharashtra state government's 'weird and obnoxious' conditions about not serving alcohol in dance bars and installing CCTV cameras in the customer's area. Acting on a protest petition filed by bar owners association SC decided to intervene and issued notice to the government seeking its explanation for imposing these rules.

Opinion

If Indian companies want to avoid blowouts such as Welspun, they need to look at investments in quality processes as an integral part of their brand-building exercise, writes Sundeep Khanna in Mint. A September 2015 report, titled Make in India: How Manufacturing in India Can Become Globally Competitive, by management consultant AT Kearney recommends: In the medium term, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) should invest in building quality into their designs, so that it is easier for lower-skilled suppliers to ensure quality. This can be further improved by investing in fixtures and poka-yoke (mistake-proofing) for suppliers to reduce quality issues. However, the best results will come from a long-term approach, focused on suppliers and supply relationships. These relationships should have built-in incentives and mandates for lean improvements that will result in quality and cost improvements across the entire value chain," he writes.

If a relationship is to be anything more than a temporary marriage of convenience, the 'Muslim community' must be broken by caste just as its Hindu version has been, writes Faisal Devji in The Hindu. "Let me be clear that what I am advocating is not the standard separation of religion and politics, or the secular and the communal, which tend to be shifting and in any case polemical categories rather than sociological ones. My argument rather is that the "Muslim community" is an anti-political entity by definition, and not simply due to its poor leadership, hierarchical organisation and lack of unity, as many within it imagine. For a demographic majority religious unity may become politically salient but is not crucial to its dominance, however for a minority emphasising such a unity can be damaging. Indeed, it is the absence of a diverse Muslim politics that has, at least in part, allowed for the occasional emergence of Islamist militancy in India, so the issue is not one of depoliticising Islam but re-politicising Muslims. And it is because the conventional if indirect way of doing so, through clientage, enjoys diminishing returns, that the Dalit example has proven so attractive," he says.

Maneka Gandhi's reservations on paternity leave are based on gender stereotypes, writes Amrita Nandy in The Indian Express. "While the minister's stress on evidence is well-founded and so is her concern about men's role in childcare, should she be waiting for a change in the norm before drawing up a policy? Perhaps a substantive paternity leave will foster possibilities for a turnaround," she writes.

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