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17/02/2017 8:17 AM IST | Updated 17/02/2017 9:34 AM IST
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Nearly 100 people were killed and dozens injured when an Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up inside the crowded shrine of revered Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan town, some 200 kms northeast of Karachi, in a string of deadly blasts this week in Pakistan.

A bill, introduced by private members of the Parliament, seeking a cap on "wasteful expenditure" in Indian weddings has extremely low chances of being actually passed by the Lok Sabha to become law, historical data shows. Read here.

42-year-old Bangalore-based IT consultant John Seemon owns 450,000 pieces of Lego. One of the most prominent members of the Adult Fans of Lego network in India, he lives, breathes, thinks and dreams in Lego. Read here the incredible story of his collection and how it is kept safe.

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After a week of dramatic twists and turns, Edapaddi Palaniswami, a loyalist of AIADMK chief VK Sasikala, was sworn in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu by the governor C Vidyasagar Rao. He will, however, have to seek and win the trust vote in the state assembly in 15 days to consolidate his position.

While AIADMK MLAs trooped out in numbers to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new chief minister, O Panneerselvam was left with his handful of loyalists. The caretaker CM, who revolted against Sasikala, believed the MLAs would switch over to his side with her conviction in the Disproportionate Assets case. But Sasikala had other plans.

The new ₹2,000 banknotes carry the signature of current Reserve Bank of India chief Urjit Patel, but the process to print these bills had begun when his predecessor Raghuram Rajan was still in office, a Hindustan Times investigation has revealed.

Off The Front Page

In a rare interview with The Hindu, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi spoke about his party's alliance with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh. The two of them, Gandhi said, offer a younger and more hopeful alternative to the other political options available to the people there.

Sidharth, a 21-year-old computer science student, has been offered a staggering ₹1.25 crore package for a job with Uber. The student of Delhi Technological University, who is an alumnus of Delhi Public School in Vasant Kunj, will be moving to San Francisco to work there. He plans to travel widely with the money from his job.

States have been offered a provision to tweak the criteria for division of taxpayers after "consultation with [the] Centre" in respect of cross empowerment under the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST), a report in The Indian Express says.

Opinion

Will the newly appointed chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Edapaddi Palaniswami, be his own man? asks an editorial in the Hindustan Times. If he's able to pass the test of majority on the floor of the assembly, he will continue as the eighth chief minister of the state, but the de facto control over the machinery may still remain with VK Sasikala, his mentor.

In The Hindu, three minds from the Left, Right and the Centre present their views on the subject of state funding of elections. Yogendra Yadav, Manish Tiwari and SY Quraishi weigh in with the possible positives and negatives behind such an idea in three well-argued brief opinions.

An editorial in Mint argues that rewriting the history of India to reflect the true realities of the past is a worthy cause, but it should not become an exercise for the ruling party to impose its intellectual agendas to replace those of the Left, which had so long had an upper-hand over Indian historiography.

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