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The Morning Wrap: Kashmir On The Boil; Barkha Dutt On Twitter Trolls

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

18/04/2017 8:29 AM IST | Updated 18/04/2017 9:18 AM IST
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Kashmiri students clash with Indian government forces near a college in central Srinagar's Lal Chowk on April 17, 2017.

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Kashmir is on the boil again. Hundreds are out on the streets protesting against the Indian army. At least two viral videos have emerged, one of youths heckling a CRPF jawan, the other of a man tied to a jeep used as a human shield. What do these footages tell us about the army and the situation in the state?

When it comes to the army, Indians consider everything fair game. But when a rare army personnel steps in with an opinion that runs counter to the public sentiment, he is abused and trolled viciously. Few can beat us in the game of double standards.

With more and more women entering the workforce and the entrepreneurship brigade, financial empowerment is deepening its roots. Here are the six habits of smart women investors.

Main News

There is fresh trouble in Tamil Nadu with an FIR being lodged against VK Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran for attempting to bribe Election Commission officials in a bid to get the two leaves symbol of the AIADMK party frozen for the use of his newly formed AIADMK (Amma) party.

In the ongoing investigation based on the sting operation carried out by Narada News, the Central Bureau of Investigation has homed in on 12 Trinamool Congress MPs and MLAs who were caught while taking bribes on camera. Officials say several others, not captured on tape, were also part of the scam.

On Tuesday Donald Trump will sign an executive order to make changes to existing rules of getting H1B visas in order to push through his 'Buy American, Hire American' policy. The order is expected to affect many IT professionals from India who emigrate to work in the US.

Off The Front Page

Singer Sonu Nigam's complaint on Twitter after being woken up by the azaan blaring in his neighbourhood led to a wave of empathy and outrage on social media. The relative noise levels during different festivals of various religious communities were compared and criticised by an angry audience on these sites all day.

The Centre has decided to use the less lethal plastic bullets to control the rioting crowds in Kashmir. Since the killing of militant Burhan Wani last year, scores of protestors who took on the might of the Indian army were shot at with pellets, which led to widespread injuries and blindness.

The University Grants Commission may include journals written in Indian languages in its approved list of publications where teachers are expected to publish papers after complaints that the catalogue of 38,000-plus journals released earlier this year was anti-vernacular.

Opinion

Suspending democracy and imposing the President's Rule on Kashmir, which is volatile and simmering at the moment, will undo the decades of political progress made in the state, argues Wajahat Habibullah in The Indian Express.

Writing in the ongoing series, 'Let's Talk About Trolls', in the Hindustan Times journalist Barkha Dutt, who is one of the most mercilessly attacked users on Twitter, explains that online abuse is a modern-day weapon to silence women.

In the past several months, reports of human-animal conflicts in India have surfaced regularly in the media. But seldom does the role of the public get adequately discussed while trying to understand the makings of such tragedies, writes Neha Sinha in The Hindu.

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