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The Morning Wrap: Absolved For Using Human Shield; Dead Man Walks Out Of Hospital

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

25/05/2017 9:15 AM IST | Updated 25/05/2017 9:33 AM IST
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Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi of the 53 Rashtriya Rifles who tied a Kashmiri man to his jeep as a human shield was given a nearly clean chit chief by the Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, who said he took the right call under the circumstances and that no major action would be taken against him.

Actor and parliamentarian Paresh Rawal's latest outburst against writer Arundhati Roy is one in a long chain of such insults she has faced. What makes her such an easy target of hate?

After singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya's Twitter account was suspended for using "inappropriate" and "insulting" language, his colleague Sonu Nigam followed him out by quitting the social media platform. Here's an elegy Nigam should have written for his aggrieved fellow artiste.

Main News

The income tax department identified more than 400 benami transactions up to May 23 and immovable properties were attached in 40 cases valued at over ₹530 crore as the authorities stepped up their fight against black money.

The unrest in western Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur continues, with one more youth being shot at in caste violence. Officers have been suspended for allowing a Mayawati rally in the region, which is believed to have made the tension between communities worse.

The villagers of Budgam, Kashmir, from where Farooq Ahmad Dar was used as a human shield by the army, have a very different version from the narrative that the errant major has given so far. Read more.

Off The Front Page

The Union Cabinet has cleared the national procurement policy that gives preference to locally made goods and services, in line with PM Narendra Modi's Make in India policy.

A man who was declared dead by a hospital in the Howrah district of West Bengal surprised his relatives by walking out with them instead of being carried away in a hearse, decked with garlands.

The presence of ministers, including the Maharashtra BJP's education minister Girish Mahajan, MLAs and cops at the wedding of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim's niece in Nashik has raised eyebrows in several quarters.

Opinion

The applause from the public as well as the army and political establishments for Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi's act of tying up a Kashmiri man as a human shield to his jeep needs to be examined, writes Praveen Swami in The Indian Express.

In the Hindustan Times, Sunita Aaron points out that growing Dalit anger against the upper castes is bad news for the saffron brigade and could cost it dearly if it is ignored.

Along with the imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the government has also released an "anti-profiteering weapon". Praveen Chakravarty explains in Mint what this provision entails and how it affects retailers and customer.

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