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The Morning Wrap: Hundreds Gather For #NotInMyName; Byculla Prison Horrors

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29/06/2017 9:54 AM IST | Updated 29/06/2017 9:55 AM IST
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People in several cities across India and the world spoke against the recent spate of atrocities perpetrated by lunch mobs in India in protests marked #NotInMyName. A report also verified a significant rise in acts of violence related to 'cow protection', since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014.

A Khasi woman wearing her traditional dress was asked the leave the lunch area of the Delhi Golf Club as the staff felt her attire made her "look like a maid". The episode spoke volumes of our internalised bigotry as well as institutional prejudices.

Over the decades a favourite gift item for Indian leaders to give to international heads of state has been the Kashmiri shawl. Narendra Modi's recent visit to Donald Trump saw the same tradition replicated, but this time, the irony was ever so painful for this reason.

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Why is China's aggressive road-building exercise in Chumbi Valley, at a strategic tri-junction with India and Bhutan, causing ripples of tension in New Delhi? Experts weigh in with their comments.

The Central government has approved the privatisation of the national carrier Air India, as well as five of its subsidiaries, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley forming a team under him to work out the details of the sale of stakes.

The Union cabinet approved a new allowance structure for 34 lakh central government and 14 lakh defence staffers, giving their pay cheques a significant bump from next month, as part of the 7th Pay Commission.

Off The Front Page

Following the partial revival of President Donald J Trump's travel ban, the US administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations and all refugees, requiring them to have close families or business ties in the country in order to be able to travel there.

Following the death of an inmate at the Byculla prison in Mumbai, women who left the place after doing time have come up with horrific stories of beating, intimidation, torture and mental harassment.

India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched today by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. Read more.

Opinion

In The Indian Express PS Krishnan, former secretary with the government of India, says West Bengal could learn to live with the idea of a separate Gorkhaland without dividing the state into two, if a constitutional amendment is carried out.

In Mint, Sachin Menon outlines the top transition challenges to be faced by the newly imposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) by the government of India from 1 July.

PM Modi has created "a new moral economy centred on the projection of indigenous values and a complete rejection of the entitlement culture that defined the earlier Congress governments," says Swapan Dasgupta in his column in The Telegraph.

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