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The Morning Wrap: Behind The Scenes At Akhnoor; Vidya Balan Pulls Out Of Biopic

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12/01/2017 8:12 AM IST | Updated 12/01/2017 8:59 AM IST
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The group of Pakistan-based terrorists who attacked the General Engineering Reserve Camp (GREF) at Battal in Aknoor Sector in Jammu and Kashmir on early 9 January, killing at least 3 workmen, were never challenged by security forces, initial investigations have revealed. Read our exclusive report here.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has hinted that he was considering contesting in the upcoming state Assembly elections from the Bundelkhand region. Here's why his decision could be a game changer for UP politics as well as for his personal fortunes.

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has threatened to never issue Indian visas to Amazon officials again — unless they remove all products that "insult" the Indian national flag. Existing visas for Amazon officials will be rescinded if this is not done forthwith, she added. Amazon removed the offending product after Swaraj's stern warning.

Main News

The Supreme Court rejected the demand for a probe into bribes allegedly paid to politicians mentioned in the so-called Birla-Sahara diaries. The court said it would be dangerous for democracy to order a probe on the basis of loose sheets inadmissible as evidence.

Two people, including the husband of a Trinamool Congress councillor of Kharagpur in West Bengal, were killed when a gang of around five people opened fire at a Trinamool Congress Party office on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking at a party conclave, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said the media were not doing their job for fear of reprisal. Politicians usually avoid making such sweeping statements, but not Gandhi. In spite of the Congress's own dark Emergency-era politics, Gandhi didn't think it prudent to hold back his views on the present.

Off The Front Page

Actor Vidya Balan has pulled out of a biopic on the controversial poet Kamala Das. This decision, the film's director Kamaluddin Muhammed said, could be linked to his own troubles with the Hindu brigade. Das had embraced Islam towards the end of her life and changed her name to Kamala Surayya. Local media reports say several Hindu outfits, including the Shiv Sena, are opposed to Balan playing the controversial figure.

Two family investment firms of Cyrus Mistry have approached the National Company Law Tribunal, seeking to restrain Tata Sons Ltd from going ahead with a meeting of shareholders to eject him as a director from its board.

US President-elect Donald Trump came down on the country's intelligence agencies for allegedly leaking uncorroborated information about his ties with Russia and on the media for reporting what he called was "fake news".

Opinion

The move to demonetise high-value currency notes has heralded a fundamental shift for the BJP, writes Swapan Dasgupta in The Telegraph. While the so-called calamitous effects of the government's decision may have been overstated, the policy change will have short- and medium-term effects on the political future of the country, he argues.

The menace of sexual violence against women cannot be tackled effectively until men step into the fray as equal stakeholders, writes Ammu Joseph in Mint. "The effort to deal with the problem of sexual violence has to extend beyond the expression of feelings and opinions in the media, including social media, and even participation in protest demonstrations," she argues, "although it would certainly help if more men invested time and energy in such visible action on the ground."

An editorial in the Hindustan Times argues that the corporatisation of the State-run broadcasting media, the Doordarshan and the All India Radio, is a good thing. Sinking into a morass of nepotism and ineptitude, the two could be rejuvenated if a stringent system of accountability was imposed by a corporate structure.

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