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The Morning Wrap: What Sasikala's Leadership Means For AIADMK; 21 Cars Stolen In Delhi Everyday

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30/12/2016 8:13 AM IST | Updated 30/12/2016 9:20 AM IST
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J Jayalalitha (right) with Sasikala (left).

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With the death of J Jayalalithaa, her close companion VK Sasikala's elevation to the leadership of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) sends out a clear message to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam, says TS Sudhir. More significantly, the party is destined to remain leaderless in spite of the new role bestowed on Sasikala, writes G Pramod Kumar.

Ahead of the Punjab assembly elections, Manpreet Singh Badal, the Indian National Congress' candidate from Bathinda (Urban) and the architect of the Congress party's manifesto for Punjab, told HuffPost India that it was "time for the Green Revolution to move eastwards" -- referring to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Read the full interview here.

President Pranab Mukherjee said yesterday that the freedom to doubt, disagree and dispute intellectually must be protected as an essential pillar of Indian democracy."Nothing should lie outside the realm of reason, and therefore of discussion and argument. Such freedom is vital for progress in any field, especially a calling and a craft like history," he said while inaugurating the 77th session of Indian History Congress.

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The staggering ₹4 lakh crore that have flowed back into the banks may be from sources that wanted to dodge income tax (IT), the IT department suspects. An exercise is on to verify the genuineness of the deposits and tally them with tax returns. Officials believe there was no way genuine taxpayers would keep hoards of cash at home.

Upset with his father's list of candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav put out his own chosen names. A number of people featured in the CM's list do not appear in the one disclosed by Akhilesh's father, the Samajwadi Party supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav. This is a major act of defiance by the CM against the wishes of his family.

The Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) suspended Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and five other party MLAs from the primary membership of the party temporarily with immediate effect for alleged anti-party activities. The decision was executed late last night.

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Cash withdrawal limits from ATMs may be relaxed in a staggered manner after the 50-day deadline for normalcy to return since demonetisation. This is aimed at smoothening the transition as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) supplies new currency notes to replace the ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes, sources say.

Two senior officials of the Ranchi railway division were suspended and a third was showcaused today for either ignoring safety protocol in line clearance or for technical negligence involving goods trains. The swift action, which comes in the wake of two major derailments in two months, is hopefully going to set a precedence for strong penalties for such oversights.

Data released by Delhi Police has revealed some shocking statistics regarding the so-called crime capital of the country. According to the records, a woman was raped every 4 hours this year in the city and 21 cars were stolen on an average every day.

Opinion

An editorial in The Indian Express looks at the 50 days that have elapsed since demonetisation of older currency notes was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Examining the pros and the cons, the gains and the grievances, it concludes that a powerful idea as such, the move was marred by shoddy execution.

Why do the young in India and the United States are increasingly leaning towards authoritarian rule? Kanishk Tharoor analyses the findings of a recent survey in the Hindustan Times to understand the shift of allegiance among the youth in these two nations, where the political discourse is moving towards the right.

"If three-quarters of the population in an advanced economy like the United States appear to either favour cash payments or a mix of both cash and non-cash payments while making purchases, how challenging will it be for a developing country like India to transition to a so-called cashless economy?" T Ramachandran asks in The Hindu and goes on to suggest some answers.

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