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The Morning Wrap: Karan Johar Is A New Daddy; Kejriwal Promises To Turn Delhi Into London

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06/03/2017 8:27 AM IST | Updated 06/03/2017 9:39 AM IST
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Congratulations are due to film maker Karan Johar, who has become a new dad to twins! Roohi and Yash, who were born of surrogacy, in February, though the exact date of their birth is not known yet. Being a single parent anywhere is difficult, more so in India, but Johar says he knows his priorities right.

While the Aadhar scheme may have positive repercussions for the poor, helping them stand and be counted in many government welfare programmes, it can be detrimental when introduced as a compulsory feature for school children to avail themselves of the midday meal scheme. Read our analysis here.

In the latest spate of allegedly racially-motivated hate crimes in the US, a 39-year-old Sikh man was shot at in Washington this weekend. Earlier a convenience store owner in Seattle was shot dead after an attack on two Indians in a bar in Kansas City.

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India may be a as aspiring superpower headed on the path to digital glory, but it's realities are hard to ignore. The recent National Family Health Survey shows above 58% of children below the age of 5 are anaemic, leaving them exhausted, vulnerable to infections, and possibly affecting their brain.

Following on the footsteps of his counterpart, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, the CM of Delhi, has promised to elevate the city to the level of London if his Aam Aadmi Party government wins the next municipal elections, likely to be held in April.

Since the recent protests against the attack on students and faculty of Ramjas College in Delhi by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), academia has been besieged with fear, scholars say, with several seminars in the upcoming weeks being shifted around or cancelled.

Off The Front Page

New Delhi is deliberately risking confrontation with Beijing by allowing Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to visit Arunachal Pradesh in the coming weeks, Chinese state media has warned, adding for good measure that there will be "severe consequences" in bilateral ties if the visit was allowed.

In an interview with The Hindu, Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh has said the prospects of his party winning the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections with an absolute majority are very easy.

The Surrogacy Bill, which bans same-sex couples, people in live-in relationships and single individuals from renting a womb, is waiting to be passed in Parliament. It wouldn't have been possible for Karan Johar to become a single parent to twins had this bill come into effect earlier.

Opinion

In her latest column in The Telegraph, Manini Chatterjee weighs in on the ongoing elections in Uttar Pradesh. The process of social change, she writes, is seldom without its warts, nor does it take place along a linear axis through time.

Aircraft carrier INS Viraat will fade into history today, marking the close of an era. Srikant Kesnur writes in The Hindu a rousing obituary to this magnificent machine, recounting the ways in which it influenced the course of history over the years.

An editorial in the Hindustan Times points out that ISIS may be a spent force in Iraq, as admitted by some of its top leaders, but there's no reason to feel smug about its disappearance. What the world should be wary of is all that which comes in the wake of its dissipation.

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