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The Morning Wrap: Jallikattu Protests In Tamil Nadu And Beyond; Baba Ramdev Mocks MNCs

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20/01/2017 7:39 AM IST | Updated 20/01/2017 9:45 AM IST
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The voices in favour of the bull-taming sport Jallikattu got louder on Thursday as more people joined the chorus for the government to take action on the issue. If reports are to be believed, the protests are not confined within the boundaries of Tamil Nadu anymore, but have spread to Australia, Britain and Sri Lanka.

Director Karan Johar has opened a can of worms in his memoirs by revealing a tiff with his now close friend Kareena Kapoor over the latter's demand for as much payment for a role in one of his movies as the leading male co-star. Bollywood has a history of perpetuating such unequal practices and it's not going to stop any time soon.

After a gap of almost three decades an Indian made fighter jet — the single engine Tejas — will be a part of the Republic Day's flypast on January 26. The HF-24 Marut — fighters that India made with German help — were the last Indian fighters to fly past the Rajpath. They were decommissioned in 1980s as the Russian-made MiG-21 emerged as India's mainstay fighters.

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The income tax department has expanded the list of high-value financial transactions that have to be reported by banks, companies, post offices and businesses to include cash deposits of ₹2.5 lakh or more during the demonetisation period. The floor for current account holders has been fixed at ₹12.5 lakh. Banks will also have to report all cash deposits and fixed deposits above ₹10 lakh made during the year.

After 16 years, the government is preparing to infuse extra money into the Railways for critical safety upgrades by creating a special fund — the five-year, ₹1 lakh crore Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh — granting a long-pending wish of the transporter in the wake of a recent spate of accidents.

The D-Day is finally here. As Barack Obama steps out of the chair and the White House, Washington turned into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, with police ready to step in to separate protesters from Trump supporters at any sign of unrest.

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At least 24 school children and their bus driver were killed when their vehicle collided with a lorry amid dense fog on the Aliganj-Paliyali road near Etah on Thursday morning. District Magistrate Shambhu Nath had earlier put the toll at 15 but officials confirmed more deaths.

India wrapped up the ODI series against England with a 15-run win at the Barabati Stadium. Set a target of 382, thanks to brilliant centuries by Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, England stayed in the hunt till late into their innings.

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev said multi-national companies have sleepless nights because of the Patanjali Group, which is promoted by him. "No MNC comes here to give you money, they have no love for India, they are here to earn profits. They bring ₹1 with them and take back ₹100 with them. It is because of Patanjali, all these MNCs have sleepless nights," Ramdev said at the 7th Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad meet.

Opinion

Even before he has assumed office, the President-Elect of the United States of America Donald Trump has created a reputation for being reckless with his thoughts and expressing his feelings on social media. How is his tenure at the White House going to influence the global trading system? D Ravi Kanth gives a rather grim prognosis in Mint.

Though belated, the government's decision to ratify two key International Labour Organisation conventions on child labour makes clear India's intent of zero tolerance for the exploitation of children, writes Kailash Satyarthi in The Hindu.

India's higher education system is in a mess and only a systemic overhaul can rescue it from getting any worse, writes Pranab Bardhan in The Indian Express. Looking at hard data and evidence from the ground, he makes a case for the ways in which the education system can still be salvaged in the country.

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