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The Morning Wrap: Why International Women's Day Is Celebrated; The Rise Of Dimple Yadav

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08/03/2017 9:02 AM IST | Updated 08/03/2017 9:17 AM IST
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It's International Women's Day and if you don't know why it's celebrated and must continue to be observed, here's an explainer. Like any other occasion with a special significance, it is vulnerable to getting coopted by brands, though the struggles faced by millions of women across the world are as real as it gets.

In the unpredictable workings of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, one small party in the eastern part of the state may hold the key to the fortunes of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As its leader explained, it is "a silence and important alliance".

The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's medical report has been made public in order to dispel the conspiracy around the real reason behind her death. But do the findings in it quell all questions or raise new ones? G Pramod Kumar explains.

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A low-intensity blast in a train in Madhya Pradesh is suspected to be the work of a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), making it the first such terror incident by the outfit in India. At least 10 were injured on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train at Jabri railway station and the suspect was killed in an operation in Lucknow.

A district court in Gadricholi sentenced the wheelchair-bound Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and four others under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the IPC for aiding and abetting Naxal activities.

In an extensive interview with The Hindu, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India Shashi Kant Sharma speaks about a range of issues, from demonetisation of high-value currencies and its effect on the Indian economy to cricket to the role of the United Nations.

Off The Front Page

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was too "afraid" to speak out against the murder of Indians and Indian-origin people in the US, attacking the PM's image as a strong and decisive leader. Recently, three such people were injured or killed in incidents of hate crime.

The run-up to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections has given the Indian electorate a taste of the strengths and weaknesses of the different campaigners, but none has managed to impress as much as Dimple Yadav, wife of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. From a rather slippery start in politics, she has come a long way.

On International Women's Day, women across the world will resist the pay gay between the genders in workplaces. According to statistics, women don't stand a chance to get equal with men with respect to their salaries in the next 150 odd years, with men earning 67% more, as a global survey showed.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Gilles Verniers and SY Quraishi point out the million ironies of Indian democracy. As a detailed examination of the numbers show, while women outvote men in many states across the country, their representation in Parliament and the assemblies still leaves much to be desired.

The censorship board in India has never been out of trouble. The denial of a release certificate to Lipstick Under My Burkha, for being too "lady-oriented", is the latest fiasco created by its archaic functioning. But is censorship of films really the task of the censor board chief? Anuradha Raman explains in The Hindu.

An editorial in the Hindustan Times comes down heavily on Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi's "hormonal outbursts" comment, made about boys and girls and Indian hostels. For a minister with a sway over public opinion, it is a remark that is not only peculiar but also singularly regressive.

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