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The Morning Wrap: The Pros And Cons Of Twitter Governance; Tata Sons Gets A New Chairman

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13/01/2017 8:03 AM IST | Updated 13/01/2017 9:13 AM IST
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Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is one of the most active Indian politicians on Twitter. But what does her intervention on the social media platform say about the nature of governance today? In the light of her threat to Amazon to revoke all visas for its employees unless the company didn't withdrew the Indian flag doormats, Sandip Roy shows up the disconcerting reality of Twitter governance.

Indian Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Thursday flew a solo sortie of the MiG-21 Type 96 — the oldest and most accident-prone aircraft with the Indian Air Force — from the Uttarlai Base in Rajasthan. This is the first time in many years that an Air Chief has flown a solo sortie of MiG-21 and was meant to reassure his colleagues who fear this aircraft nicknamed "Flying Coffin".

National carrier Air India has started reserving seats for women in every domestic flight, without any extra charges, according to reports. While there are seats specifically allotted for women in trains and metro coaches, this is the first time the facility will be extended to include an airline.

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Cash supply to ATMs is expected to normalise by month-end and the Reserve Bank of India, which was monitoring the situation, could ease withdrawal restrictions, sources said. ATMs were getting around ₹9,000 crore a day against ₹2-3,000 crore in the early days of demonetisation, sources in banking sector said.

Two months after sacking chairman Cyrus Mistry and recalling Ratan Tata as interim chairman, Tata Sons chose Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the 53-year-old MD and CEO of India's largest technology company TCS, as the first non-Parsi and first professional executive to head the country's largest conglomerate. Here's a brief introduction to the man of the hour.

Central police forces deployed in areas affected by Left Wing Extremism have been for long demanding a special allowance, considering their high-risk duties, but in vain. The government, however, has convened a meeting on the various allowances for jawans after two videos on the living conditions of para-military personnel went viral on social media in quick succession.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday shot down a plea for delivering its judgment on bull-taming sport Jallikattu before the harvest festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu on Saturday. This was followed by protests across Tamil Nadu, with some organisers saying they will organise the sport despite the apex court ruling.

The Election Commission will hear today the feuding claims to the Samajwadi Party symbol 'cycle', even as the supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, show no sign of burying the hatchet.

A minor from Hyderabad, who was forced to marry a 35-year-old man last year, was served a legal notice for not leading a "marital life" with him and discharging "the duties of a housewife." The girl received the notice from lawyer D Narender Rao, representing her husband Palsam Srikanth Goud a few days ago. Having no resources to fight a legal battle, she wrote to State Child Rights Association on Wednesday seeking help.

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The Supreme Court's ruling on the compulsory playing of the national anthem in Indian cinemas has given hyper-nationalists an excuse to misuse the law, an editorial in the Hindustan Times says. "The ruling was made on the assumption that this would instil greater pride in the anthem" but it has turned into a living nightmare for many.

As we struggle to make sense of Donald Trump and the rising tide of right-wing nationalism in Europe, it is important to revisit the rise of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, writes Praveen Swami in The Indian Express.

In Mint Deepak Nayyar suggests ways of making public-funded elections a reality in Indian politics. Of the several points he makes, discontinuing the MPLAD and MLALAD schemes is the most compelling. The money saved in the process should be used for public funding of elections, he argues.

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