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The Morning Wrap: Legal Hurdle In Warrant Against Vijay Mallya; Dawood Henchman Steals ₹40 Crore From Boss

12/09/2016 8:39 AM IST | Updated 12/09/2016 10:15 AM IST
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The Aam Aadmi party is fighting the 'dilliwalla' tag in Punjab--and Punjabi versus Dilliwalas has now become a defining faultline of the party. Perhaps announcing a chief ministerial candidate will resolve this crisis--or damage the party further if it choses an "outsider" to lead their campaign.

Mariyappan Thangavelu's gold medal at the Paralympics has given his fellow Indian athletes at Rio and other para-athletes back home much-needed wings. It could make sports authorities in India provide better infrastructure and support to them, and make way for more inclusive training in the country, where the para-athletes and other athletes could practice in the same venues in India.

Ordinarily, it would have been yet another casual dig on Facebook. But the tension between Tamilians and Kannadigas over sharing Cauvery river water bubbled over when a 22-year-old Tamil man mocked Kannada film stars on the social media platform. A bunch of "macho Kannadigas" decided to teach him a lesson and assaulted the man who studies in Bengaluru, making him apologise in a publicly-shared video.

Even as Congress is trying to woo Uttar Pradesh before next year's polls, the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's limitations are apparent. His 'kisan yatra' last week exposed his unwillingness to go beyond a script and inability to connect with the farmers.

Main News

A 26-year-old man from the Kashmir Valley has topped the recruitment examination for the Border Security Force, and will join as an assistant commandant.

An ongoing battle between militants and security forces in Poonch has already killed one policeman and several militants. The militants are reported to be holed up at the under construction mini secretariat building.

Less than 2% of the Indian government's funds reportedly translated into medals at the Rio Olympics. The government spent about ₹36.85 crore on the 117 athletes it sent for the Olympics this year.

The Indian Home Ministry cannot legally approve the Enforcement Directorate's non-bailable warrant against businessman Vijay Mallya under the 1995 India-UK Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), even as he faces money-laundering charges and is reported to be hiding in the UK.

Off The Front Page

A tribal girl from Madhya Pradesh will study the English language at an Oxford school in the UK. The 16-year-old was introduced to the language by Ulrike Reinhard, a German woman who runs a skatepark in the district and teachers children how to skate and speak English.

A henchman of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has reportedly stolen ₹40 crore from his boss. An intelligence intercept revealed the embarrassing detail about the brazen theft from the don by one of his own employees.

An Indian, and a former mechanic, now reportedly owns 22 flats in Dubai. The Kerala-born native is possibly one of the biggest private owners in Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest structure in the world.

Baba Ramdev's Patanjali brand will soon release its own "swadeshi" jeans.

Opinion

We need effective, non-discriminatory regulation of surrogacy, writes Kapil Sibal in The Indian Express: "By defining limiting eligibility criteria, the Central government is seeking to deny a host of perfectly suitable individuals who are well within their rights to demand access to surrogacy services."

The next United Nations secretary-general "will be the result of a compromise between the US and Russia", writes Krishnan Srinivasan in The Telegraph: "The current election reflects the tensions between Russia and the Western camp; Russia backs an East European woman, the director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, while the Americans favour the Argentine foreign minister, Susana Malcorra."

Only political and public will can help India tackle its air pollution problem, according to an editorial in Hindustan Times: "To reverse the trend of such losses due to environmental crisis, politicians and the public must understand what all that mountain of data simply means: Unsustainable economic growth is a recipe for long-term disaster."

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