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The Morning Wrap: PM Modi Responds To Amartya Sen's Criticism; India Slams Pak Terror

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

02/03/2017 8:56 AM IST | Updated 02/03/2017 9:52 AM IST
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses an election campaign rally in Allahabad, India, February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

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While campaigning at the Uttar Pradesh elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen for his critical views on demonetisation. Earlier Sen had called the government's move to demonetise high-value currency "despotic" and a "gigantic mistake".

Sessions courts in India handed down nearly twice as many death sentences in 2016 as compared to 2015, new data for 2016 compiled by the Centre on the Death Penalty at the National Law University Delhi has revealed.

Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah's marriage to Ruttie Petit, a Parsi heiress, shook the liberal establishment of his time. In a new book, journalist Sheela Reddy brings alive the controversy that broke out, leading to the gradual unravelling of their relationship.

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Main News

India has witnessed a rise in financial inclusion of women, with 53% of the female population now having bank accounts as compared to a mere 15% a decade ago, according to the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS).

"Pakistan has created terrorist outfits against India. This monster is now devouring its own creator," India said in a strong indictment of its neighbour in a statement at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

India's leading private banks — HDFC, Axis Bank and ICICI — will charge a minimum of ₹150 for cash deposits and withdrawals after four free transactions in a month. Such charges were kept in abeyance briefly after the government scrapped high-value notes in November.

Off The Front Page

Gurmehar Kaur may have become the face of the fight against the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), but she has clarified, in an interview with the Hindustan Times, that she has no intention of entering politics.

Analysts have started taking a fresh look at how the Central Statistics Office (CSO) may have "cooked" the numbers of the third quarter of 2015-16 to make the growth rate in the troubled, post-demonetisation era look rosier than it actually is.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant 'priority pathogens', a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health, most of them found in India.

Opinion

After a spate of terror attacks in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan has launched a new counter-terrorism offensive. Will it succeed where the previous operation failed? Or could it create more problems and have unintended fallouts? D Suba Chandran weighs in in The Hindu.

In The Indian Express, Shailaja Bajpai writes about the ways in which television journalists got worked up over Gurmehar Kaur's protest against the ABVP and the consequent fallout of it, leading to prominent celebrities trolling her on Twitter.

Given the political and economic complexity facing the Indian banking sector, getting out of the present situation of bad banks will not be easy, says an editorial in the Mint.

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