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The Morning Wrap: Sasikala Goes To Jail; Fake ₹2,000 Notes Coming In From Bangladesh

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16/02/2017 8:25 AM IST | Updated 16/02/2017 9:46 AM IST
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VK Sasikala's journey to the chief ministerial chair finally ended in Parappana Agrahara Central Jail, on the outskirts of Bengaluru, where she will be serving a four-year prison term. While she isn't entitled to special privileges, her impudence knows no bounds, as she's bent on controlling the party from her confinement.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and going by this listicle of what each of India's 29 states eats as the traditional first meal of the day, you will be tempted to believe in the saying. (PS: Don't blame us for making you hungry first thing in the morning!)

Next time you want to snub romance fiction writers in India, be sure you've tried a couple of Nikita Singh's recent books. With daring and disturbing themes packaged in the conventional flavours of a romantic plot, her novels are more complex than you'd expect from genre fiction.

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India's 50-year-old space research programme made history by launching 104 satellites in orbit at one go. At Sriharikota near Chennai on Wednesday morning, scientists at ISRO improved their own previous record of 20 by a leap after a six-month preparation period for this moment.

India's Army Chief General Bipin Rawat issued a stern warning against displaying the national flag of Pakistan in Jammu & Kashmir, a day after four army personnel, including a Major, were killed in two separate incidents.

Three months after the Centre's move to demonetise high-value currencies and the release of the newly-minted ₹2,000 notes, counterfeit versions of the latter are believed to be entering India via Bangladesh. The latest bid to smuggle fake notes was foiled by the Border Security Force as they intercepted a stack of counterfeit currency on 14 February.

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In its ruling against the late J Jayalilthaa, VK Sasikala and two others, the Supreme Court has clarified that public servants would not be able to claim "gifts" as legal sources of income. Even disclosing such "presents" to the income tax department won't give the former any legitimacy, the apex court further qualified.

The Supreme Court has directed the transfer of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin from a prison in Siwan to New Delhi's Tihar Jail within a week. Further, the trial against him, accused in 45 criminal cases, is to be conducted via video-conferencing to ensure that witnesses depose without fear.

A new marriage bill presented in the Lok Sabha seeks to be a limit to the number of guests who can be invited to a wedding feast as also the number of dishes to be served to them. It proposes to make those spending over ₹5 lakhs contribute towards the marriage of underprivileged girls.

Opinion

If you're one of those who thinks the Donald Trump administration in the US is going to be good for India's strategic interest, you may be in for several rude shocks. Here's a reality check from Srinath Raghavan in the Hindustan Times about the lasting damages it could inflict on India in the long term.

How should education policy in India draw its inspiration from the Constitution? Anurag Behar explains in Mint the correlation between the two, as a commitment to constitutional values demanded that education help do away with caste from society.

Demonetisation was an exercise to do away with corruption from India rather than a profound shift in its monetary policy, writes Dipankar Dasgupta in The Telegraph. While its short-term gains may be easy to point out, the effect it will have on the Indian economy will be for a much longer time and not necessarily a positive one.

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