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The Morning Wrap: The Stink Within AAP; Airlines To Fly To 43 New Destinations

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31/03/2017 8:23 AM IST | Updated 31/03/2017 9:48 AM IST
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Trouble is brewing among the ranks of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), with Bijwasan MLA Devinder Sehrawat accusing party leader Arvind Kejriwal of being a worse dictator than Mayawati. Along with several others, he too is speaking to other parties to make a switch from AAP.

Following the devastating performance of their party in Uttar Pradesh, Congress members have raised their voices against poor leadership, lack of vision and lack of connection with the people on the ground. Its tie-up with the Samajwadi Party also didn't succeed in improving its electoral chances.

Nitish Kumar wants to be prime minister of India in 2019. Leaders of his party, the Janata Dal (United) have begun saying it publicly, short of using the PM word. However, here are five reasons why it may not be such a good idea after all.

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The Supreme Court has set 11-19 May as the deadline to conclude the hearings on triple talaq, the right to oral unilateral divorce granted to Muslim men by Islamic law, brought to it by Muslim women and activists. Either way, the court's verdict in the case would have significant social implications.

Former Gujarat minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani moved an application to a special designated court, asking for summons notices to be sent to 14 people, including BJP President Amit Shah, to be examined in the Naroda Gam massacre case linked to the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Beginning April, passengers in India may be able to fly on as many as 128 routes, connecting 70 big and small airports across the country, by paying ₹2,500 for an hour's flight. The civil aviation minister has promised 43 new destinations will be added to the existing roster of flights operated by the five airlines.

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A Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court gave its approval to the constitution of "anti-Romeo squad" by the state police to check harassment of girls and women in Uttar Pradesh. The arbitrary and draconian way in which such squads are functioning has already led to complaints from the public.

India's reaction to Amazon selling doormats with the national flag went far ahead of asking the company to take the offending products off its platform. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj threatened to rescind the visas of its employees and a new document now shows the matter was pursued much further.

With heat waves already killing at least two people in Maharashtra, an alert has been sent to hospitals to set up units for better management of patients afflicted by the rising temperatures. Heat waves were also recorded in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha, parts of Haryana, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bengal.

Opinion

Is Aadhaar a breach of privacy? The Hindu asks three voices from the Left, Right and Centre, who provide a range of reasons to argue for and against the motion. Sunil Abraham, RS Sharma and Baijayant Jay Panda had this to say on the matter.

An editorial in Mint says that while Bangladesh has cracked down on terrorism in its own soil, the West Bengal government's failure to act on cross-border terror is worsening the situation.With Sheikh Hasina scheduled to visit India soon that should set the agenda for fresh talks with the neighbour.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's claim that her mother, who studied law in India, wasn't allowed to sit on the bench as a judge because she was a woman doesn't surprise Indira Jaising. The senior advocate at the Supreme Court writes about the reality of gender discrimination in the Indian judiciary.

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