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The Morning Wrap: VK Sasikala's D-Day Arrives; Patna Boy Wins Grammy

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14/02/2017 9:04 AM IST | Updated 14/02/2017 10:09 AM IST
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Today is the D-Day, or rather the DA-Day, for VK Sasikala, as her role in the infamous disproportionate assets (DA) case will be decided in the Supreme Court. If convicted, her chances of becoming the chief minister of Tamil Nadu will be scuppered, but there's a fair chance she may emerge from it with her name cleared due to lack of evidence. Read G Pramod Kumar's analysis here.

In spite of his fire and brimstone rhetoric against the BJP's political rivals in Uttar Pradesh, Amit Shah hasn't lashed at Mayawati's BSP. Shivam Vij argues that such a strategy is deliberate and aimed to confuse the voters. Read his commentary here.

In a security breach, a man wielding a toy gun entered the house of DMK chief M Karunanidhi's wife Rajathi Ammal in Chennai on Monday and demanded money before being nabbed by police. If you need proof that we live in strange times, here's a story to read.

Main News

While the decision on the DA case and her chances of becoming CM are being decided, Sasikala has clocked up an astronomical hotel bill by putting up her MLAs at fancy resorts across Chennai to prevent them from joining her rival O Panneerselvam's camp. Guess how much the expenses must have come to?

Tabla artist Sandeep Das, a Patna boy, won the Grammy for a World Music album with Yo-Yo Ma for The Silk Road Ensemble, in Los Angeles last night. The album, a fusion of world music and Indian classical, is called Sing Me Home. Read here all about Das and his remarkable journey.

After a rocky few days during which Infosys founder Narayan Murthy, CEO Vishal Sikka and chairman R Seshasayee were embroiled in a conflict, it is believed that the crisis between them is finally over. While the company claims a truce is in the making, analysts are not too convinced. Here's a lowdown.

Off The Front Page

The BJP's candidate from Mussoorie for the Uttarakhand elections has come under flak as he went out to canvas for votes, for he is none other than the infamous Gopal Joshi. Accused of beating Shaktiman, the horse that was part of the Uttarkhand Mounted Police, and breaking its legs, which led to its death a few weeks later, Joshi is the subject of widespread public censure.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has fixed the ceiling price of drug eluting stents (DES) and bioresorbable stents at ₹30,000 and that of bare metal stents at ₹7,500. The prices will be effective from notification on February 14.

Over 100 AIADMK legislators, who are held in a resort by Sasikala to prevent them from joining her rival O Panneerselvam's camp are traumatised, reported one of them, who managed to the premises in a disguise. Read more about what happened inside the resort and Sasikala's interaction with the inmates.

Opinion

Donald Trump's victory in the American elections has not only caused a massive erosion of social capital but also paved the way for an enduring damage to industrial capital as well, writes Tabish Khair in The Hindu.

Ashok V Desai revisits the economic and legal legacies of the East India Company in his column in The Telegraph. Based on research presented in Law and the Economy in Colonial India, a new book by scholars Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy, he goes on to comment on the state of both in contemporary India.

Looking critically at the Union Budget 2017-18, Deepak Nayyar concludes in Mint that while the priorities of the budget are all reasonably well-placed, it's macroeconomic emphases have not been exactly right.

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