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The Morning Wrap: Akhilesh Yadav's Barb At PM Modi; TN Cricketer Gets ₹3-Crore Deal For IPL

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21/02/2017 8:01 AM IST | Updated 21/02/2017 9:11 AM IST
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At an election rally in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli, Samajwadi Party chief and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asked Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, who has been the brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism for a long time, to stop promoting the 'donkeys of Gujarat', taking a dig at PM Modi, who was the state's former chief minister.

Barely three weeks after serial bomb blasts in Delhi killed 67 people and injured over 200 in October 2005, Mohammed Rafiq Shah was picked up by a joint team of officers from the Delhi Police Special Cell and the Kashmir Police's Special Task Force. For 11 years, he suffered a gruesome ordeal, before being released recently.

In the latest episode of Koffee With Karan, Bollywood actor Kangana Ranawat shook on Karan Johar on his own turf and demolished every industry icon and convention one could name from a mile. Read here how this explosive interview unfolded.

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In a historic statement, the Pakistan government acknowledged for the first time that Hafiz Saeed, who is accused in the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, is a threat to the country. Defence Minister Khwaja Asif said as much about the man, who was recently held under an anti-terrorism law and put in house arrest, for the sake of "national interest".

In its attempt to impart life lessons to the 26 crore adolescents living in the country, the health ministry has employed 1.65 lakh peer educators called Saathiya and have them design resource documents to help young people understand their bodies better. From same-sex attraction to consent in sex, the issues dealt with are considered taboo in many middle-class families in India.

The Centre will oppose a Private Member's Bill, moved in the Rajya Sabha recently by independent member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar, seeking to declare countries like Pakistan "terror states". Such a bill, if passed, will do lasting damage to the trade and diplomatic relationship between India and its neighbouring countries.

Off The Front Page

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the National Archives of India to place the index of records available to them on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on their official website, along with the procedure to gain access to these.

25-year-old left-arm pacer T Natarajan has been snapped up by Kings XI Punjab at the latest Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions for a staggering ₹3 crores. The cricketer, whose father is a daily wage worker in the power loom sector, while his mother runs a roadside snacks shop in Salem, hopes his family's condition will improve with this deal.

53-year-old N. Chandrasekaran, who will be taking over as the first chairman of the $103 billion Tata group today, is the first to do so with no family links to the Tatas, though he has spent all his working life at one Tata company, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS). He takes over at a time when the company is in a legal battle with his predecessor, Cyrus Mistry, who was sacked unceremoniously last year.

Opinion

Among government agencies in India, the success story of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is rare, an editorial in Mint points out. Apart from its recent record-breaking feat of successfully sending 104 satellites in orbit, it has delivered with a consistency that few other comparable agencies have.

Disparities in income have been strengthening, not weakening, over time, writes Arvind Subramanian, G Gayathri and Navneeraj Sharma in The Hindu. The less developed States are falling behind the richer ones instead of catching up, according to the available data.

Writer and historian William Dalrymple revisits the blast at the Sehwan Sharif shrine by an ISIS member in an article in The Indian Express. The conflict, he points out, arises between two understandings of Islam, but the music of Sufi Islam should not stop.

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