The Morning Wrap: Trial Run Of Delhi-Mumbai Talgo Train On 10 Sep; Cricket Match Postponed Due To Karva Chauth

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09/09/2016 8:16 AM IST | Updated 09/09/2016 10:06 AM IST
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Photographers take pictures of the Talgo train as it arrives at a railway station in Mumbai.

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Star Jalsha perhaps did not think that the publicity they were seeking would come in the form of a tsunami of comments — varying in different shades of sarcasm — on their Facebook page. Because the promo for their new soap, titled Mem Bou (Foreigner Wife), is a hilariously pitiful melee of messages that it sends out to an audience it assumes will be watching the show in their kindergarten classroom when the reception under their rock acts up. And as fate would have it, the Internet has found Mem Bou. The Internet loves Mem Bou so much that it's willing to even make her Meme Bou.

A man who flung acid on a 23-year-old woman's face in 2013, causing her to suffer grievous injuries and ultimately die from the burns, has been given the death penalty by a Mumbai court. Ankur Panwar, 25, was sentenced to the death by hanging on Thursday after the court found him guilty of murdering his neighbour Preeti Rathi.

Veteran dancer Tara Balgopal's plight came to light with an online petition and in response, the Delhi government decided to come to her rescue. A classical dancer who is an exponent of Indian dance forms such as Kathak, Kathakali and Bharatanatyam, Balgopal once trained the likes of Hema Malini, but was reduced to penury after her husband passed away and she lost her savings in a decade-long court battle. But while the Delhi government had decided in July this year to intervene and help her, three months later, she has yet to receive any form of help. Now Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj has promised to take personal interest in the matter.

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Karnataka will shut down today after a strike called by hundreds of farmers to protest against a Supreme Court direction to release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu is likely to hit normal life. According to reports, 36 battalions of Karnataka State Reserve Police and 30 platoons of the City Armed Reserve, along with the Rapid Action Force will be in action on the streets to stop untoward incidents.

A 14-year-old girl shot and wounded a fellow student at Alpine High School in rural West Texas on Thursday and then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No names have been released and no motive has been given for the incident in the town of about 6,000 people.

BJP chief Amit Shah's meeting with leaders of the Patidar community in Surat, Gujarat turned into chaos as supporters of Hardik Patel went on a rampage, chanting his name and vandalising the furniture.

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A cricket match between India and New Zealand scheduled for October has been postponed by a day because it was originally to take place on 'Karva Chauth' — a Hindu festival celebrated predominantly in north India where women fast for the good health of their husbands. But the Delhi and District Cricket Association reportedly wrote the the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Ajay Shirke asking for the match to be postponed for a day on the plea that there would otherwise be a drop in ticket sales for the game.

The final trial run of the Delhi-Mumbai Talgo train which is set to travel at 150 km per hour is slated to take place on 10 September. The new train will make sure that the travel time between the two cities will be reduced to less than 12 hours.

The special investigation team of Maharashtra police probing CPI leader Govind Pansare murder case, on Thursday told the court that it has during a search at the ashram of Panvel-based Sanatan Sanstha found some drugs which could affect the nervous system.


Indian cities should co-opt their technological solutions for public benefit, says an editorial in Mint. "In other words, Indian cities in desperate need of a public transportation overhaul should stop seeing companies like Uber and Ola as antagonists and start looking at ways to co-opt their technological solutions for public benefit," it says.

The recent debate about the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act demands that changes must be seen in this context, write Abhinav Kumar and Sudhanshu Sarangi in The Indian Express. "Any definition of corruption or any other crime can be misused to cause harassment and human rights violations. Merely changing or refining the language of the law will not improve investigation and prosecution of anti-corruption laws," they add.

MGNREGA is not a charitable enterprise. It is extremely hard work. And in spite of all its weaknesses, the law is still a lifeline for crores of rural families, writes Brinda Karat in The Hindu. "Held to account by the Supreme Court, the Central government is using opaque methods to change the key provisions of the employment guarantee scheme and make it targeted instead of universal," she adds.

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