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The Morning Wrap: PM Modi Accuses SP Of Playing Communal Politics; Mid-Air Scare For Mumbai-London Jet Airways Flight

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20/02/2017 8:31 AM IST | Updated 20/02/2017 9:35 AM IST
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While addressing an election rally in Fatehpur district on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party of playing politics over religion and caste. "If a village receives funds for a graveyard, then it should also get for cremation ground... If you provide uninterrupted power supply for Eid, then you should also do it for Holi," he said.

Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang has decided to step down to make way for a consensus candidate to succeed him. In a letter to MLAs of the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF), Zeliang said he has decided to resign to break the deadlock between the agitating groups and the government.

FAQs about menstruation will now be answered at Delhi government schools with an NGO conducting "period talks" for teenage girls. In a campaign named "Break the Bloody taboo", NGO Sacchi Saheli which started with imparting these lessons in slums will now conduct sessions in 70 government-run schools.

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One of India's most successful cricket captains MS Dhoni has been asked to step down from the role of the skipper from the Rising Pune Supergiants team, which is part of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Earlier this year, he quit as India's limited-overs captain earlier this year, taking many by surprise.

Gross non-performing assets or bad loans of state-owned banks surged 56.4% to ₹614,872 crore during the 12-month period that ended in December 2016. Bad loans have now shot up by 135% from ₹261,843 crore in the last two years, despite the Reserve Bank of India announcing a host of restructuring schemes.

The arrest of two women officials of an orphanage in Jalpaiguri has unearthed the alleged sales of babies to couples from America, Singapore, Spain and France, besides India. At least four babies for sold to people in these countries for an alleged ₹2-10 lakhs, while some weren't handed over any baby even after they had paid the money.

Off The Front Page

In a major mid-air scare, a Jet Airways aircraft from Mumbai to London with 330 passengers on board was intercepted en route by two German fighter jets near Cologne, after the airline pilots failed to respond to all the calls made by the local air traffic control to establish contact.

Infosys Ltd's former chief financial officer Rajiv Bansal had walked out of a 15 February 2015 meeting where board members of the software services company were asked to approve a proposal to buy Israeli automation technology firm Panaya Ltd, says Mint, citing a person close to Bansal.

A 24-year-old student from a northeastern state was allegedly raped by a man who offered her a ride back at south Delhi's popular Deer Park around 2.30 am on Sunday when she was returning home with a cousin after dinner at a restaurant in Hauz Khas Village.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Badri Narayan remarks on the increasing visibility of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on social media, signalling a departure from its earlier distrust of media in general. With this new strategy in focus, the party is becoming more conscious of the politics of perception, he adds.

Uttarakhand has been dominated by the two national parties so far, writes Manini Chatterjee in The Telegraph, the Congress and the BJP, both securing almost equal vote shares in all assembly elections. What the state lacks, however, is a real visionary leader.

In Mint, Srinath Raghavan looks at the ongoing assembly elections through the prism of Milan Vaishnav's analysis offered in his latest book, When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics. A study of the nexus between democratic politics and criminality, the book throws light on the complex processes which lead to the election of political leaders in India.

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