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The Morning Wrap: Pregnant Women Shouldn't Stop Eating Meat, Gopal Krishna Gandhi For President?

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15/06/2017 8:24 AM IST | Updated 15/06/2017 8:25 AM IST
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There is no medical basis to the advice put out by the AYUSH ministry for pregnant women, asking them to avoid eating meat, leading doctors have said. "This is ridiculous; I would not encourage this at all," Dr Vishakha Munjal, gynaecologist at Apollo Cradle, Delhi said.

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, (HJS) a Goa based organisation that was established in 2002 for "Education of Dharma, Awakening of Dharma, Protection of Dharma, Protection of the Nation and Uniting Hindus" host over 150 Hindu organizations from India and abroad in Goa to discuss the 'Road Map to the Establishment Of The Hindu Rashtra.' National spokesperson of HJS, Ramesh Shinde said that the first step towards a 'Hindu rashtra' would be removing the word "secular" from the Preamble to the constitution.

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The discussions for the Presidential candidate is in full swing. While the BJP stalled an opposition meeting called on Wednesday to discuss the presidential candidate by seeking time with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and other opposition bigwigs to deliberate on the possibility of a consensus, Left parties are reportedly pushing for Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, former diplomat Gopal Krishna Gandhi for the country's highest post.

A Rohtak court has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against yoga guru Ramdev for his controversial "beheading" remark made in the city last year.

The wave of floods that hit Assam has claimed at least three lives so far in Guwahati. Officials say that over 13,000 people in four districts have been affected so far.

The Modi government's May 25 notification, banning sale and purchase of cows and buffaloes at animal markets for slaughter, that faced a lot of controversy, will face its test today when the Supreme Court will examine its constitutional validity.

At an event in Goa, VHP leader Sadhvi Saraswati said she will "request" the Modi government to hang people who eat beef. She also said Hindus need to take up arms to "save our women from love jihad".

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The headmaster of a primary school in Rampur district in Uttar Pradesh turned classrooms into a poultry farm during the summer vacations. After the matter was reported to the district magistrate, the headmaster was suspended and a probe has been ordered.

A couple from Mumbai, Saira Bano Mohammed Patel and Mohammed Patel Abdul Hamid, who filed their nomination papers for the presidential poll, would like to share the two top Constitutional posts between them. Their papers, however, were liable to be rejected as none had the signatures of 50 proposers and as many seconders from the list of electors, essential for a valid nomination.

Opinion

What's At Risk If Triple Talaq Is Declared Unconstitutional? Former Congress MP, Mani Shankar Aiyar, writes in this piece that if the court decides that the practice is unconstitutional, the question remains whether a Lok Sabha with the lowest number of Muslims members ever (22), constituting just 4.2% of the membership of the House, will be able to legislate on matters of Muslim "marriage and divorce"? "Will it then be left to those afflicted to move the courts to strike down any attempt at triple talaq or will the Pandora's Box be opened of a non-Muslim body legislating Muslim Personal Law?" he asks.

Swapan Dasgupta, in his editorial, writes that Narendra Modi's opponents could do with some sagacity. "There can never be a single political narrative for India. However, when either anger and frustration or triumphalist cockiness drives the agenda, major distortions are bound to creep in. Democracy demands that governments be challenged. To do so intelligently would be prudent," he writes.

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