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The Morning Wrap: Bengaluru Police Begin Investigation Into Mass Molestation; Violence Erupts In Kolkata

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04/01/2017 8:37 AM IST | Updated 04/01/2017 10:07 AM IST
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Indian police personnel holding 'lathi' sticks try to manage crowds during New Year's Eve celebrations in Bangalore on January 1, 2017.

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On New Year's Eve, Bengaluru proved it is no better than Delhi, or any other city when it comes to safety of women. Photographer Chaitali Wasnick, one of the many who were harassed that night, took to Facebook to describe her ordeal. A few men took to social media too to defend their kind by using #NotAllMen. But its only "a stupid distraction and a ploy to maintain the status quo by keeping the discourse stuck in a juvenile, battle-of-the-sexes rut," argues Sonali Kokra.

Indian defence exports will touch $2 billion — six times the current export of defence equipments — by 2019, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said at the Defence Research and Development Organization on Tuesday. India exported ₹1,100 crore worth of defence equipment in 2013-14, ₹1,582 crore in 2014-15. In 2016, Indian defence equipment exports stood at ₹2,060 crore.

As if demonetisation wasn't bad enough, an undated video clip has surfaced to make matters worse. In it, Bhojpuri superstar-turned-politician, Manoj Tiwari, who was recently appointed president of the Bharatiya Janata Party unit in Delhi, is seen mocking people compelled to stand in long queues at ATMs following the Modi government's decision to scrap the ₹500 and ₹1000 notes.

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Violence erupted on Tuesday between Trinamool Congress and BJP members in Kolkata after the former besieged the state BJP headquarters. A street fight broke out after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested TMC leader in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandopadhyay, in connection with the ₹17,000-crore Rose Valley Ponzi scam, which was exposed in 2013.

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A day after the Bangalore Mirror reported mass molestation of women in the city's busy MG Road and Brigade Road during New Year celebrations, Bengaluru Police commissioner Praveen Sood said a first information report (FIR) was filed in the case and "actual investigation" will now follow.

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The standoff between Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav continues, even as both factions of the Samajwadi Party have laid claim on the party symbol of a bicycle. While there were speculations of a possible truce between father and son, the talks made little headway, with the Akhilesh camp asserting that there would be no compromise on "core issues".

A list of corporate loan defaulters will soon be made public as the Supreme Court directed the Centre on Tuesday to provide a compendium of corporate entities, who owe ₹500 crore or more to banks, in four weeks.

Three luxury hotels in Calcutta have found themselves in the crosshairs of a Supreme Court order to ban liquor sales along national and state highways from April. Unless a solution is found before the deadline, Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott and ITC Sonar will not be able to serve liquor as the properties are situated along Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, which is part of two state highways.

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Pratap Bhanu Mehta takes on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Representation of People Act regarding the mixing of religion, caste, creed and language in political mobilisation. While the intent of the law is noble, its execution will not only be difficult but riddled with doubt.

In Mint, Guru Aiyar argues that India's Act East policy will gain leverage only if the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is withdrawn from the state of Manipur. "The most important question that the policymaker should ask is—what do the people want?" he writes. "Aren't they sick and tired of the AFSPA and the endless cycle of violence that has taken charge of their lives?"

An editorial in the Hindustan Times points out how technology can be used by the states lagging behind in their targets in the education sector. "There is no dearth of initiatives in India that are working in content creation, teacher training and classroom learning and using technology to reach students in far flung areas," it says, so such a goal doesn't seem impossible to get to.

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