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The Morning Wrap: INS Viraat Sails Into The Sunset; Trump Revises Travel Ban Order

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07/03/2017 8:14 AM IST | Updated 07/03/2017 9:27 AM IST
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Indian Navy's aircraft carrier INS Viraat, the world's oldest warship in active service, retired after having done 57 years of active duty. She was formerly the Royal British Navy's HMS Hermes, commissioned in 1959. Read our interview with the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal British Navy Admiral Sir Philip Jones on what made INS Viraat so special.

We thought Kangana Ranaut's outspoken interview with Karan Johar at Koffee With Karan was done and dusted. But no, KJo still seems to be smarting from her sharp takes on Bollywood nepotism, so much so that he accused her of pulling out the 'woman card' and 'victim card' much too frequently.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wanted to turn her state capital Kolkata into London. Now Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, wants to transform the national capital after the British city. What is with our politicians' fixation with India's colonial past when there are dozens of example closer home to choose from?

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The conspiracy charge against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case could be revived, with the Supreme Court noting that the charge was dropped on a technicality and suggesting a joint trial of the accused.

US President Donald Trump has signed a revised executive order banning citizens of six countries — Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya — from travelling into his country. Like his earlier order, this one, which will come into force on March 16, also stipulates that a 90-day ban on people from these countries but does not apply to those who already have valid visas or US green cards.

The season of racially-motivated hate crimes seems to continue, with an Indian national in New Zealand being assaulted and subjected to a racist tirade on Monday. Like the Indians in the US who were attacked recently, he too told to go back to his own country during a road rage incident in Auckland.

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The Supreme Court has sought an explanation from the Central government and the Reserve Bank of India about the change of the deadline by which citizens could return their old demonetised high-value currency notes. Earlier the government had given the people time till 31 March to do so, but later revoked it.

Who knew Sobhaa De's fat-shaming could change Madhya Pradesh cop Daulatram Jogawat's life? Least of all him. After De posted his photograph on Twitter and it went viral, Jogawat was offered help to undergo a weight-reduction surgery in Mumbai. Currently recovering from it, he is expected to lose at least 100 kgs of his 180 kg body weight in the next several months.

Lamiya Aji Bashar, a Yazidi girl, was 15 when she was abducted from her village in Iraq and forced into slavery by the Islamic State in 2014. For the next two years she was tortured and abused in Syria and Iraq, until she managed to flee in 2016. Read her heart-wrenching story.

Opinion

No one knows who is winning Uttar Pradesh. Everyone knows who is winning the state. Are the UP assembly elections 2017 going to be a repeat of the Bihar polls of 2015? While there are similarities between the two, the experts have a different view on the outcome. Pranav Gupta and Rahul Verma weigh in in The Indian Express.

An editorial in Mint supports Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's recent contention at the London School of Economics that free speech is an inalienable right of citizens. But the task of the Constitution, it goes on to say, is not to grant it but to protect them from any attempt by the State to restrict it.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made a sweeping statement in his Budget speech this year that India is "a tax non-compliant society and too many people evade taxes". The reality is that only about 3% of Indians pay income tax. Praveen Chakravarty explains in The Hindu why this is not as surprising as it may seem.

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