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The Morning Wrap: Sasikala On The Offensive; Indian Techie Shot Dead In The US

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13/02/2017 8:15 AM IST | Updated 13/02/2017 9:37 AM IST
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A letter written to Tamil Nadu governor Vidyasagar Rao threatening him to quickly decide on the issue of making AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala the new state chief minister is reported to be fake. A series of tweets from the official handle of the party alleged the letter was never written by Sasikala.

In an unprecedented move, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be sending 104 satellites into space in a single mission. The ambitious projected charted out in the budget, India will also make a maiden visit to Venus and will re-visit Mars.

In an exclusive interview with HuffPost India, Harish Rawat, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, has spoken out about the highs and lows of his tenure in office. He accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of political gimmickry and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of spending exorbitant sums of money to swings the votes.

Main News

Within two months of being introduced to the market, counterfeit versions of the new ₹2,000 notes have emerged in the market. According to a report in The Indian Express, based on official sources, these fake currencies were being pushed out in the porous Indo-Bangladesh border.

Pakistani lawmakers have threatened to boycott their US counterparts after one Pakistani legislator was denied entry into the country to attend a International Parliamentary Union, sponsored by the United Nations, in New York.

Tech giant Infosys is headed into a war of factions as founder NR Narayana Murthy finds himself against the joint might of Chief Executive Office Vishal Sikka and Chairman R Seshasayee. Murthy has been critical of Seshasayee, who will be joined by Sikka and other employees at a press conference in a show of solidarity.

Off The Front Page

Accused of "abducting" legislators of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to a resort near Chennai, party General Secretary VK Sasikala denied the charge to the press. Gathering the MLAs at a press conference, she told the media they were all by her side according to their free will.

An Indian techie was allegedly shot dead by a robber trying to steal his car and money near the garage of his apartment in Milpitas, California. Vamsi Chander Reddy Mamidala, a resident of Warangal district of Telangana, had studied MS in Computer Sciences at a private college and was looking for a permanent job.

A cab-driver hit a four-year-old boy outside his home in Delhi's Mukherjee Nagar area, then drove around for five hours with his body, trying to convince his mother not to report the incident to the police and that all the hospitals have turned them away. While Rohit died in the car, the driver, Rahul, was arrested later.

Opinion

In the battle between VK Sasikala and O Panneerselvam, the governor has set a bad precedent, exceeding the remit of his office, by delaying the test of votes at the legislature in favour of the Supreme Court's judgment on the disproportionate assets case, writes Manini Chatterjee in The Telegraph.

Is Uttar Pradesh's Muslim vote bank a myth or a reality, asks Shashi Shekar in the Hindustan Times. Based on his travels through the states, he offers some possible answers to this million-dollar question.

Union minister Uma Bharti's comments on torturing perpetrators of rape are not only disturbing, coming from a person in a position of power, but could also have serious repercussions, says an editorial in The Indian Express.

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