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The Morning Wrap: Support For Demonetisation All-Time Low; Indian ISIS Fighter Dead

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29/12/2016 8:09 AM IST | Updated 29/12/2016 9:02 AM IST
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Nearly 50 days after the announcement of demonetisation, the proportion of Indians who believe that the pain has been worth it is at its lowest level yet, new data from a CVoter-Huffpost-BW opinion poll reveals. While still high, support has fallen among the poor, a growing share of whom also say that the note ban has been disastrous for them personally.

With the death of J Jayalalithaa, the leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will want to take advantage of the political vacuum. Will it be successful in making a dent in Tamil Nadu or will Jayalalithaa's successor in the party, Sasikala Natarajan, stand up on her own terms? G Pramod Kumar examines.

Journalist Swati Chaturvedi's book, I am a Troll: Inside the BJP's Secret Digital Army, is a timely and urgent study of an obnoxious and ever-growing phenomenon online. But it's also a missed opportunity for a much more substantial survey of bullying on the Internet. Read our review here.

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The Union Cabinet cleared an ordinance yesterday on the demonetisation of old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes, making their possession, transfer and distribution a punishable offence after December 30. The amount of penalty could vary from ₹5,000 to ₹50,000.

Hours after Mulayam Singh Yadav sided with his brother Shivpal Yadav once again on the ongoing family feud, the former's son, Akhilesh Yadav, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, sacked two members of the Samajwadi Party (SP) known to be loyalists of his uncle. With that, the battle lines have been once more drawn ahead of the assembly elections next year.

Security agencies have confirmed that one of the four Maharashtra men who left India in 2014 to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had been killed while fighting for the terrorist outfit in Al-Raqqah. Kalyan resident Aman Tandel, who was renamed Abu Umar Al Hindi in the ISIS-controlled territory, was reported dead by various ISIS-linked websites.

Off The Front Page

Employees of the Salboni currency printing press in West Bengal have stopped working overtime, citing health reasons, which is likely to reduce the number of notes printed daily by 6 million. After working 12-hour shifts for the past fortnight to put more cash into circulation, some began to complain of lower back pain, disturbed sleep and overall physical and mental stress.

The Centre has recommended the installation of Internet jammers in school buses to prevent access of porn material by adults in charge of children travelling in such vehicles. The government was responding to a petition filed by the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association seeking a direction to all schools to install jammers in buses carrying children.

Film legend Debbie Reynolds died this morning after she was rushed to hospital late last night. The 84-year-old actor possibly suffered a stroke, a day after the death of her movie star daughter Carrie Fisher. Debbie's son Todd confirmed the news of her death and said she wanted to be with her daughter.

Opinion

Swapan Dasgupta identifies Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an "inspired loner" in The Telegraph. "The reality that Modi is blessed with a distinctive approach has gradually seeped into the consciousness of the political punditry over the past 30 months," he writes. "Yet, despite this awareness, there is a high level of cluelessness over what exactly to expect."

An editorial in Mint takes stock of the various ways in which 2016 has "recalibrated" geopolitical relations and free market economics. Starting with Brexit and the election of Trump to the situations closer home to India, it gives an indication of things to come as well.

After another dismal year for the Congress, Rahul Gandhi has emerged from the shadows in the wake of PM Modi's announcement of demonetisation. But does his fire and brimstone rhetoric herald anything of significance or is it just a way of concealing the fact that he has no plan?

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