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The Morning Wrap: India Warns Pakistan; Beef Ban Hits Buffalo Trade

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

12/04/2017 8:23 AM IST | Updated 12/04/2017 9:38 AM IST
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March 29, 2016: Pakistani journalists watch a video showing Indian national Kulbhushan Yadav, arrested on suspicion of spying, during a press conference in Islamabad.

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Is the Modi government's tough stand on Kashmir about to cost the former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav his life? New Delhi believes there could be a connection between the uprising in the Valley and the death sentence on Yadav, even as it prepares to challenge it in Pakistani courts.

The Indian government is not content with telling citizens what they could eat. It now wants to decide the portions that should be served to customers by restaurants to ensure there is no food wastage. If you think the argument is sounds, read Sandip Roy's analysis to see the holes in it.

President Pranab Mukherjee seems to think that India needs more MPs, suggesting in a recent speech that India take a fresh look at legal provisions that will allow for more seats in Parliament. But data suggests a more cautionary approach.

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In a historical ruling, the Supreme Court has ordered the closure of a mobile-phone tower after 42-year-old Harish Chand Tiwari, a domestic help, moved a case saying that harmful radiation from it for 14 years has given him cancer.

A day after a Pakistani military court handed the death sentence to Kulbhushan Yadav, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj warned Islamabad of dire consequences that may severely affect bilateral ties should it go ahead with the order.

At a recent dinner, organised by PM Narendra Modi, which should have signified unity among the allies that came together to form the NDA, discordant noises were heard. The BJP's political partners expressed their unhappiness over the ban on beef and alcohol, in spite of Modi's best effort to signal solidarity.

Off The Front Page

After defending the assault on a 69-year-old passenger to remove him from an overbooked flight, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz apologised unconditionally, adding "We take full responsibility and we will work to make it right."

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses and ban on beef has affected India's buffalo trade substantially. An investigation by Mint around slaughterhouses in and around Aligarh shows the crippling impact on the bovine economy.

In a powerful blog, Gurmehar Kaur has broken her self-imposed silence, after being trolled by the right-wing on social media for saying it was the Kargil War and not Pakistan that killed her father, who was an army personnel. "I'm not your 'Martyr's Daughter'," she writes at the end of a bold and defiant piece.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Surjit Bhalla writes PM Modi has everything to lose and nothing to gain by pursuing a socially divisive agenda, which persecutes the minority and gives power to so-called cow vigilantes to act without impunity.

In an interview, conducted before and after the abysmal turnout at the Srinagar by-elections, National Conference leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah talks to The Hindu about the ground realities of the Valley, India's relationship with Pakistan and the death of secularism.

In The Telegraph, academic Sukanta Chaudhuri maps the future for higher education in India in the light of the National Institutional Ranking Framework released recently by the ministry of human resources. What significance do these rankings have, if any?

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