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The Morning Wrap: Delhi Man Jailed For 14 Years On False Charges; Record Turnout In Mumbai Polls

Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.

22/02/2017 8:11 AM IST | Updated 22/02/2017 9:20 AM IST
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What is it like to spend 14 years in jail on false charges? And even after being released, to continue to live in mortal fear of the police? Read the heart-wrenching story of 37-year-old Mohammad Amir Khan, who was accused of masterminding the Delhi blasts in 1996-97.

The latest edition of the annual Jashn-e-Rekhta festival, which celebrates the Urdu language, has run into controversy with a noted poet from Pakistan not being invited to read her work there. Canadian writer of Pakistani origin Tarek Fatah was also heckled by a group of attendees and had to leave the venue.

The latest plague of chain status updates of Facebook, shared with a message for others to copy-paste and follow suit, are nothing but a form of emotional blackmail, writes Sandip Roy. From cancer to depression, the messages are posted in solidarity with a wide-ranging causes, but are, in the end, a waste of time.

Main News

PM Narendra Modi has urged the US to assume a "reflective, balanced and far-sighted" perspective on the movement of skilled professionals, who have contributed substantially to the US economy, indicating India's discomfort with the Trump administration's intention of curbing H-1B visas.

Mumbaikars turned out in record numbers to cast their votes in the BMC elections yesterday. The polling percentage of 55.28% is the highest the city has seen in the last 25 years. From posh South Bombay to the suburbs like Borivli, people displayed a rare enthusiasm to assert their franchise.

In an interview with The Hindu, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav said his Samajwadi Party's alliance with the Congress sends out a message of progressive leadership to the people of the state. With the elections rolling on in UP, Yadav seems to be in an upbeat mood, putting behind him the family fracas.

Off The Front Page

Millions of people living in the US illegally could be targeted for deportation, including people who were simply arrested for traffic violations, under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies that were announced by the Trump administration.

Partho De, the resident of Kolkata who was discovered living with his sister's skeleton for six months, died in the exact same way his father did. His charred body was found in his bathroom by his carer. De, who was diagnosed with mental illness, was believed to be on the path to recovery in the last few months.

Chief Justice of India JS Khehar passed an order on a letter addressed to him by the wife of the former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Kalikho Pul, demanding the registration of an FIR and investigation into a note attributed to her husband, who allegedly committed suicide on 9 August last year.

Opinion

Pratap Bhanu Mehta takes a hard look at the acquittals in the Delhi blast case in The Indian Express. While outlining the miscarriage of justice, he writes, "This is not the space to discuss institutional reforms that can address the crisis of the justice system. But it is worth asking why there is so little political discussion of these matters."

Why is it that technologies, such as Uber and Ola cabs, which are so successful managing movement within the city are not being deployed for the journeys between them? Rahul Matthan asks this question in Mint to discuss the possibility of a better nationwide public transport system.

Is Anthropocene man's self-attestation that he is the master of the universe? Jacob Koshy asks in The Hindu. Far from validating the hubris of the humankind, the name actually signifies the devastation we have wreaked upon the earth, he goes on to say.

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