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The Morning Wrap: Big Challenges Lie Ahead Of VK Sasikala; SC Attaches Sahara Group's Aamby Valley Property

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07/02/2017 8:15 AM IST | Updated 07/02/2017 9:43 AM IST
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VK Sasikala may be moments away from becoming the chief minister of Tamil Nadu but clouds are already gathering on the horizon, with the Supreme Court expected to deliver the verdict of the disproportionate assets case in which she is a co-accused. Even if she does succeed to the office, here are five challenges she will have to grapple with at the outset, writes G Pramod Kumar.

For close to 100 days now, the National Highway in Manipur is under a crippling blockade imposed by the Naga community to protest against certain political decisions that they believe were taken against their interests by the state government. Indrani Basu drove down this road and recorded her meetings with Naga leaders and citizens. Read her detailed report here.

For all of this week, Shivam Vij will be reporting from Kasganj, a bellwether assembly seat which has never got the Uttar Pradesh election wrong since 1974. Whoever has won this seat in the last 11 elections, has seen their party go on to form the government at the state.

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In a big setback to the Sahara Group, the Supreme Court has attached the ₹40,000 crore Aamby Valley property belonging to it to recover the ₹14,779 crore in owes to investors in the company. The court also asked Sahara to furnish a list of similar entities, which are free from litigation, that can also be attached should such a need arise.

The plight of the Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar due to persecution by the State there is taking a sinister turn with Pakistan's intervention, according to sources in the Indian government. There is real fear that the Rohingyas, who are settled in Bangladesh and parts of India, may become radicalised due to Pakistan's influence, India has told Myanmar.

The logjam in the appointment of chief justices to the high courts seems to be heading to a resolution with nine names being recommended to the positions by the collegium headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.

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24 pilots employed with Air India have sought no-objection certificates from the national carrier over alleged concerns of no career progression within the company. They were all trained to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 27 of which was ordered by Air India in 2005 and of which 23 are with it now.

For the first time since the collision between two ships in Ennore leading to a devastating oil spill, an official has gone on record saying that the captain of one ship had warned the other about the possibility of such an accident.

The White House is confident that it will win the legal battle over giving entry permit to refugees from seven countries into the US, which President Donald J Trump has signed on through an executive order. In a press conference, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said the law is on the president's side and it will prevail.

Opinion

As Manipur suffers from an economic blockade due to unpopular policies by the state government, in Nagaland women are making their presence felt, demanding equal pay and 33% reservations in urban local bodies. Read Monalisa Changkija's take in The Indian Express on the status of women in Nagaland and the historical wrongs have they suffered.

In the Hindustan Times, Gopalkrishna Gandhi looks at the ways in which India has become adept at finding fault with MK Gandhi as well as appropriating his legacy for self-serving political gains. Read more.

In The Telegraph, Ruchir Joshi praises Americans for coming out in numbers on the streets early on in Donald Trump's presidency. While social media outrage mobilises people, nothing works better than the good old method of turning up in huge numbers on the streets, he argues.

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