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The Morning Wrap: Whose Nationalism Is It Anyway?; Andhra Wages Hi-Tech War On Mosquitoes

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03/03/2017 8:11 AM IST | Updated 03/03/2017 9:24 AM IST
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On a day when President Pranab Mukherjee said there is no room for "intolerant Indians" in the country, a younger colleague of his pulled up an old video of a jawan calling people "deshdrohi" to make a point about the desired spirit of nationalism among citizens.

US President Donald Trump took a week to condemn the murder of an Indian techie in a bar in Kansas city in an alleged racially-motivated hate crime. No less troublingly, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi maintained a stony silence over the incident.

With her tirade against PM Modi's move to demonetise high-value currency getting drowned in the brouhaha over the Uttar Pradesh elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has found a new cause to rally the support of the middle class. Swati Sengupta reports from Kolkata.

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The National Family Health Survey report says Kerala's infant mortality rate, calculated on the basis of the number of children who die before the age of 1 for every 1,000 born, is 6, making its performance as good as the US and the average in the developed countries.

Malda district in West Bengal has become a hub for fake notes in the wake of the government's move last year to demonetise high-value currency and introduce new ₹2,000 and ₹500 notes. These notes, printed on stamp paper from Bangladesh, have glaring security issues, but are hard to detect by ordinary citizens.

After intervention from the World Bank, India has agreed to attend the next meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission in Lahore this month. India's assent signals a significant shift in its position regarding discussing the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan.

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Andhra Pradesh plans to launch a full-fledged hi-tech war on mosquitoes to arrest the spread of vector-borne diseases, which often prove to be life-threatening. The state has sent a proposal to the Centre seeking approval for funds to implement a Smart Mosquito Density Proposal System.

In order to prevent fake voting in the Uttar Pradesh elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked the Election Commission to have women police officers in polling centres to check the real identity of any person coming to cast the ballot in a burqa.

After the slowdown of the inflow of funds and the exit of high-profile executives from Indian unicorns, working with these companies is no longer as lucrative an option as it used to be. Not too long ago, there was a surge in the interest to join the new economy, but their recent reversals now tell a different story.

Opinion

Are college and university campuses in India currently under siege? The Hindu puts this question to three thinkers from the Left, Right and Centre — Apoorvanand, Aswini Mohapatra and Rajiv Gupta — and, as is expected, they present a range of interesting arguments and counter-arguments.

Drawing on the thesis of a recent book by former solider, currently journalist, Sushant Singh, Sidin Vadukut reflects in Mint on India's armed forces' reluctance to declassify their records, and the effect such a policy has on the understanding of the history of the nation.

In the aftermath of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad's attack on the students and faculty of Ramjas College and young Gurmehar Kaur's harassment, Pratap Bhanu Mehta reads the writing on the wall in his column in The Indian Express. With the rise of the Right, he says, Central universities will be plagued by the kind of politics that destroyed many state universities.

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