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The Morning Wrap: Why Budgam In Kashmir Is Burning; EC Challenges Hackers To Rig EVMs

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

13/04/2017 8:08 AM IST | Updated 13/04/2017 9:20 AM IST
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Kashmir is on the boil again, but the Narendra Modi government doesn't seem to have ideas different from the previous dispensation to deal with it. Why is the Centre not moving away from the Congress's attitude to the Valley? Shivam Vij asks.

The National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) that was earlier blocked by states like Gujarat, West Bengal and Odisha, is being revived, top officials of Ministry Home Affairs (MHA) has told HuffPost India. The NCTC was mooted in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, but several states shot it down fearing misuse of power.

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The government made a forceful attempt to dilute the Supreme Court judgment making registration of FIRs in case of encounter deaths by the armed forces mandatory, including in areas under the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

Usually calm and uneventful, Budgam village in Jammu & Kashmir has turned into a tinderbox recently. A 17-year-old boy's death brought out the collective anger, despair and frustration with the political system, pushing the community to the edge. A report from the ground.

To those who claim electronic voting machines (EVMs) are susceptible to being tampered with, the election commission has thrown open a challenge to try hack them in the first week of May. The move comes after opposition parties complained of rigging during the recent assembly elections.

Off The Front Page

China is smarting in the aftermath of the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, blaming India for going back on its commitment on the Tibet issue. China has claimed the Dalai Lama's statements during his trip have exceeded religious concerns and are politically provocative.

A special court, hearing the Naroda Gam massacre case dating to the 2002 Gujarat riots, has permitted Maya Kodnani, former BJP minister who is an accused in the case, to examine 14 persons as her defence witnesses. Among the 14 persons is BJP president Amit Shah.

US President Donald Trump gave the order to strike Syria with dozens of cruise missiles, which ended up killing hundreds, "during dessert" with visiting Chinese leader Xi Jinping, he said in an interview aired on Wednesday.

Opinion

The similarities between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and its political rivals are becoming glaringly obvious in the last few months. In The Indian Express, Christophe Jaffrelot draws our attention to the many convergences between the two.

In Mint, Alok Sheel writes a potted history of time and civilisation's journey through it, looking forward to the moment where it will all end and how. The prognosis is the sun will run out of its fuel in the far future, but those who have already gone to extraterrestrial settlements by them will not be affected.

With the decriminalisation of suicide by Indian law, the moment has come to revisit the earlier debates on assisted suicide or euthanasia, writes Manish Nandy in The Telegraph, referring to the Aruna Shanbaug case that created a furore a few years ago.

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