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The Morning Wrap: Jayalalithaa's Cardiac Arrest Puts Tamil Nadu Into A Tizzy; New ₹20 and ₹50 Notes Coming Soon

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05/12/2016 8:35 AM IST | Updated 05/12/2016 9:43 AM IST
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Supporters of J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu and chief of the AIADMK party. REUTERS/Babu

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The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa, suffered a cardiac arrest last evening, sending her back to the critical care unit of the Apollo Hospital, where she was admitted on 22 September after complaining of fever and dehydration. The news came a shock to millions of her supporters, who have been told by her party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), about her recovery hours before.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI( announced it will soon issue ₹20 and ₹50 denomination banknotes bearing the signature of the governor, Urjit Patel. The new notes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005 will also have the year '2016' printed on the reverse side.

Mahesh Shah, the Ahmedabad-based businessman, who had disappeared after declaring his unaccounted income of over ₹13,000 crore, told the Income Tax officials on Sunday that the money belonged to the politicians, bureaucrats and builders, and he was simply a front for the unaccounted money.

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With Jayalalithaa back in the hospital, supporters are trooping in for their beloved Amma. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been deployed on high alert. Wishes from across the political spectrum have started pouring in; on Twitter too fans are offering prayers. Around 1,000 personnel were on duty outside the hospital around midnight, with police resorting to a mild lathicharge to control the crowd.

New Zealand's popular Prime Minister John Key made a stunning announcement by resigning after eight years as leader. Key was widely expected to contest his fourth general election next year. But he said he wanted to ensure he doesn't make the mistake that some world leaders have done and instead wanted to leave while he was on top of his game.

Pakistan faced the flak on Sunday at the opening of the Heart of Asia ministerial conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for strong collective action to defeat terrorist networks. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also attacked Islamabad for providing sanctuary to terrorists. In his defence, Sartaz Aziz, the foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister, described the security situation in Afghanistan as "complex". He added it was "simplistic to blame only one country".

Off The Front Page

Census data show southern states, especially Tamil Nadu and Kerala, have the highest increase in migrant population. With 45.36 crore migrants in India, every third citizen of the country is a migrant. Of these 69% are women, a majority of whom have cited marriage or having migrated with their husbands, as the reason for their translocation.

Police in Delhi are puzzling over the discovery of three chopped and mutilated bodies of a man and two women in the south and south-eastern districts. Investigators suspect the victims — between 30 and 40 years of age — were murdered somewhere else but their bodies were dumped elsewhere. The murder weapon for each of the three cases is yet to be recovered. There is no certainty as well if these deaths are related.

Aditi Laddha from Madhya Pradesh made news in 2013 by scoring a high rank in male-dominated public examinations and getting into IIT-Bombay. A new feather had been added to her cap with Uber hiring her for its US office. She is the only girl from the institute to land a US job, probably among the other IITs too.

Opinion

Is Nikki Haley a "rising star or a passing comet", asks WPS Sidhu in Mint. Since President-Elect Donald Trump elected her to his cabinet, the first female governor of South Carolina has been in the news. In spite of the steady acclaim, a section of the public has also questioned the wisdom of her appointment, given the lack of her experience with foreign policy. But the position offers as much of a challenge as an opportunity.

Since the ruling government announced the plan to demonetise high-value currency notes, the Opposition has been crying foul. But do their protests really have substance or are these parties scoring a self-goal by going hoarse over the move which a majority of Indians seem to support in spite of the hardships imposed by it?

How does the war cry switch to digital payments in India compare against existing cash-heavy economy? What would be its long-term effects? Does using cash cost money? If so, how does India fare in comparison with the rest of the world? Bhaskar Chakravorti answers these question in an analysis in The Indian Express.

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