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The Morning Wrap: Trump Ends Silence Over Kansas Murder; Two ABVP Activists Arrested

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

01/03/2017 8:30 AM IST | Updated 01/03/2017 10:24 AM IST
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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives iin Washington, U.S., February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool

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A week has gone by since Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead in a Kansas bar, in the US, in an alleged hate crime. But President Donald J Trump, who takes to Twitter at the slightest excuse to vent his feelings, didn't condemned the act until last night. His allies at the Republican Hindu Coalition were no less useless.

As the Uttar Pradesh elections roll on, it has emerged a number of Muslim women who were divorced by their husbands using the 'triple talaq', the unilateral divorce allowed to Muslim men under Muslim law, are going over to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp. Read this report to find out more.

Has the alleged abduction of an actress finally shaken up the misogyny of the Malayalam entertainment industry? KR Meera, celebrated Malayalam writer and journalist, weighs in, drawing on her experience of working with directors, to see if the recent changes are really a giant reformist leap or an anti-climax?

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Main News

The faculty of Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi offered its unconditional support to their student Gurmehar Kaur for her right to express her opinion on the campus violence perpetrated by the members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Earlier she was trolled on Twitter by celebrities and sportspersons.

At his first address to the Congress since he took office, President Donald Trump condemned the shooting of the Indian man in Kansas but also insisted that enforcing stringent control on immigration was the only way of keeping the US safe.

India defied all expectations on Tuesday to retain the title of the world's fastest-growing major economy, despite the pain caused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's shock crackdown on cash due to his decision to demonetise high-value currency notes last year.

Off The Front Page

Ahead of the Manipur assembly elections, the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi demanded that the contents of the Naga Accord, signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, be made public and accused the PM of "spreading hate and lies" wherever he went.

Two alleged ABVP activists, Prashant Mishra of Kirori Mal College and Vinayak Sharma of Sri Venkateswara College, have been arrested for allegedly attacking two Jawaharlal Nehru University students minutes after the protest march against the saffron student outfit concluded on Tuesday.

In a shocking turn of events, police pulled out a newly-married 24-year-old girl, Rachna Sisodia, from her funeral pyre after her family alleged she was being burned alive in the name of cremation by her husband.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Ashutosh Varshney examines the state's culpability in two recent pogroms in Indian history, the anti-Sikh violence in 1984 after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat. If in one case the state looked away due to ideological reasons, in the other, the motivations were more strategic.

Is it possible for demonetisation not to have an impact on India's growth as it being claimed? N Chandra Mohan in The Hindustan Times takes a hard look at the ground realities, as well as the existing numbers, and comes to the conclusion that such an outcome is highly implausible and unlikely.

Will the return of Nokia's flagship 3310 model take us back to a simpler time? Yuthika Bhargava grapples with this question in The Hindu, concluding that smartphones may have made our lives much easier but others still long for uncluttered feature phones.

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