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The Morning Wrap: Crime Branch To Probe Ramjas Incident; Indian Man Murdered In The US

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24/02/2017 8:24 AM IST | Updated 24/02/2017 9:52 AM IST
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After a daylong protests against the atrocities of the members of ABVP at Ramjas College by students from institutions across Delhi, the police have assured a thorough probe into the incident. The case will be taken over by the crime branch in order to ensure impartiality, Special commissioner of police SBK Singh said.

In the ongoing political mud-slinging at the Uttar Pradesh polls, PM Narendra Modi said he was amused that Akhilesh Yadav was afraid of the "donkeys of Gujarat". Earlier Modi's close aide and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah took offensiveness to another level with his "Kasab" remark.

The controversy stirred by columnist Shobhaa De by fat-shaming a Mumbai police inspector backfired badly when the person targeted by her revealed that a medical condition has led to his gaining weight. "If madam wants, she can pay for my treatment," he said. "Who doesn't want to be thin?"

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In a spectacular show of success, BJP swept 8 out of 10 municipal corporations in Maharashtra in the recent polls. The result has dented the unchallenged sway of Shiv Sena over Mumbai for over quarter of a century, even though the Sena managed to hold on to its Marathi vote bank.

US prosecutors charged a 51-year-old man with murder and attempted murder after he allegedly started shooting in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing an Indian and injuring two others, in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated.

In a first for the entire country, Kerala will soon have a sex offenders' register and a comprehensive relief fund for sex crime survivors. The register with the names will be made available in the public domain that will hopefully act as a deterrent against such incidents.

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Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul's widow made sensational allegations against Chief Justice of India JS Khehar in the Supreme Court on Thursday, before withdrawing her letter seeking a CBI probe into her husband's 60-page suicide note which allegedly accused judges and politicians of corruption.

What does Airtel's decision to acquire Telenor mean for the company and its immediate rival, Reliance Jio? Apart from a larger user base, the biggest gain for Airtel from this deal would be a much larger spectrum, which, in turn, help strengthen its network.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has lodged complaints against three firms accused of attempting unauthorised authentication and impersonation by using stored Aadhar biometric data. Axis Bank, Mumbai-based Suvidhaa Infoserve and Bengaluru-based eMudhra are the companies under scanner.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Debraj Mookerjee, associate professor of English at Ramjas College, writes about the turmoil that has besieged the institution in the last few days. Inviting student leader Umar Khalid to speak at a seminar doesn't necessarily mean the college subscribed to his views, he explains, it only indicates the college's willingness to protect his right to express them.

In the Hindustan Times, Karan Thapar slams the "twitterisation of governance", by which he refers to the increasing propensity among politicians to use Twitter to discuss policies. While their actions may have some benefits, they also undermine press freedom and the media's right to ask questions, he argues.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the erstwhile Planning Commission, takes a hard look at the rolling out of the Goods and Services Tax (GTS) in Mint. While the unfolding of the GST has been so far so good, it's not been good enough, he writes, looking at the pros and cons of the measure.

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