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The Morning Wrap: Manohar Parrikar Has A New Job; Dalit Student From JNU Found Hanging

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14/03/2017 8:07 AM IST | Updated 14/03/2017 9:16 AM IST
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The state assembly elections have changed the fortunes of several Indian politicians, requiring for some, like Manohar Parrikar, a change of portfolio. While the Defence Minister gave up his role to take over as Goa chief minister, CM Okram Ibobi Singh of Manipur was asked to hand in his papers by the governor.

In a shocking incident, a student from Arunachal Pradesh was beaten viciously by his intoxicated landlord in Bengaluru, forced to lick the latter's shoes and then thrown out of the house for using excessive water. The Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has condemned the attack, promising strict action.

A Delhi University student went to a concert last week only to discover, once she returned home, semen stains on the back of her jeans. Outraged, she posted on Facebook about the incident and pointed out the culprit, who was standing behind her. All hell broke loose, but Meghna Singh wasn't one to give up.

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With Manohar Parrikar off to take over as the new CM of Goa, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been given additional charge of the defence ministry. This is the second time Jaitley is holding the additional portfolio of defence ministry during the present NDA government.

Nongthombam Biren Singh was elected as the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party's legislature party in Manipur on Monday evening. A former minister in the Congress government of Okram Ibobi Singh, the 56-year-old will be the first BJP chief minister in the northeastern state if BJP forms the next government.

J. Muthukrishnan, a 27-year-old PhD student at Jawaharlal Nehru University from Tamil Nadu, allegedly committed suicide in south Delhi's Munirka Vihar on Monday evening. No suicide note was found by the police, but the Dalit scholar's last Facebook post lamented discrimination due to caste.

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Consumer behaviour researchers in India have found what could be the first empirical evidence to support a link between the consumption of spicy food and aggression. Like video games and warm weather, such dietary preferences could also be a trigger for violent behaviour, research suggests.

Vienna has emerged on top of a list of cities with the best quality of life prepared by Mercer, while Baghdad has come up last on it. The Austrian capital, known for its cafes and vibrant cultural scene, proved excellent in areas of public health, transport, education, crime rates and so on.

In spite of the recent murder of an Indian techie in Kansas City by a white American, who also injured another Indian man in the process, President Donald Trump's champion and founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition Shalabh Kumar believes Indians have nothing to fear under the new US regime.

Opinion

Looking back on the results of the UP assembly elections Neelanjan Sircar, Bhanu Joshi and Ashish Ranjan of the Centre for Policy Research say that the outcome was influenced more by deft caste consolidation than by religious polarisation, as some experts have claimed.

US President Donald Trump maybe grimly entertaining with his remarks on Twitter and attitude to the press in his country, but he does have a few interesting ideas, especially regarding tax reforms, wagers Ashok V Desai in his column in The Telegraph.

In the light of the victory of the BJP in UP, driven almost singlehandedly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushil Aaron takes stalk of the state's and India's political future in his analysis in the Hindustan Times.

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