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The Morning Wrap: What Made Sushma Swaraj Angry; Manmohan Singh Praises GST Bills

Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.

07/04/2017 8:16 AM IST | Updated 07/04/2017 9:33 AM IST
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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj breathed fire and brimstone on the African Envoys who complained about India's "racist" behaviour after African students were beaten up by a mob in Noida. Sandip Roy writes about the real reason that triggered this outburst — and it's not got to do with facing an ugly reality.

In his first television interview since he became chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath said there is nothing wrong about the aspiration to have a Hindu rashtra. Except that the Constitution says something quite the opposite to what the Hindutva hardliner believes.

In a possible first in the country, HarperCollins Publishers India (HCI) will be granting "pawternity leave" to employees who are adopting a pet. Starting this year, they will be entitled to a week's — or 5 working days' — paid leave if they have just adopted a cat, dog or other type of pet they fancy.

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Days after being blacklisted by several airlines, Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Ravindra Gaikwad finally expressed regret for abusing an Air India staffer and hitting him with his footwear, while refusing to leave an aircraft. The incident led to a collective boycott of the MP by several airlines.

The US launched its first direct attack on the Assad regime in Syria by launching cruise missiles on Friday. The move is said to be in retaliation to the chemical weapons that killed hundreds of ordinary citizens in Syria recently.

Reserve Bank of India governor Urjit Patel, criticised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's decision to write off a sizeable number of farmers' loans as bad economics. He urged for a national consensus on not making such electoral promises.

Off The Front Page

Former Prime Minister and Finance Minister Manmohan Singh has lent strong support to the four Goods and Services Tax Bills that were passed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Singh described the move as one with the potential to be a game changer, even though challenges were expected along the way.

Reliance Jio on Thursday said it will withdraw the three months' complimentary benefits of Jio Summer Surprise, "as soon as operationally feasible, over the next few days", after it was asked to do so by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

As the prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina arrives in India, the Teesta water sharing deal between West Bengal and its eastern neighbour remains unresolved. Hasina is likely to hold talks with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a special reception hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Raj Bhavan.

Opinion

In the light of the attack on African students, The Hindu asks three voices from the Left, Right and Centre respectively if India is a racist country. Samuel Jack, Rakesh Sinha and Sanjay Srivastava weigh in with a range of diverse arguments and counterpoints.

With the Indian Premier League entering its tenth year, an editorial in Mint argues that the success story of the franchise proves beyond a doubt that the solution to a lack of liberalisation is not nationalisation but a more aggressive move towards liberalisation.

In an article in The Indian Express actor, producer and psychiatrist Mohan Aghase writes since education in India doesn't focus on mental health issues, especially on depression which is all-pervasive, cinema should step in to fill the gap in the public discourse.

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