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The Morning Wrap: BJP's Loyal Face; Cigarettes To Cost More

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18/07/2017 9:39 AM IST | Updated 18/07/2017 9:43 AM IST
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Venkaiah Naidu is the BJP's choice for the vice-president of India against Gopal Krishna Gandhi, nominated by the Opposition. Could this loyal party man rewrite the script of the role? Radhika Ramasehshan asks.

It takes one strong woman and three entitled star kids to reveal the rot of nepotism running through India's film industry through generations. Here's how Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan proved Kangana Ranaut right at the IIFA awards recently.

The Bengal government fears that the Darjeeling agitation may turn into an underground arms movement, and there are good reasons for it to worry so, writes Swati Sengupta.

Main News

A month into the Doklam standoff with India, China has informed foreign diplomats in Beijing that the People's Liberation Army has been waiting on the plateau patiently for weeks, but will not do so in the foreseeable future.

Supporters of the militant terrorist group Islamic State have reportedly created a chapter in Kashmir to step up their presence in India, and given out instructions to conduct attacks like the one which shook Nice, in France, recently.

A national-level kabaddi player from Delhi, who is a 16-year-old minor, has accused a fellow 35-40-year-old athlete of spiking her drink and raping her on 9 July. The police have registered a case against the man.

Off The Front Page

In spite of the Supreme Court's order to open a fresh window to allow those who could not exchange their demonetised currency last year to do so now, the Centre has remained firm on its resolution that such a step will weaken the desired effect of its 'clean up black money' policy.

Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami was abused in front of his Jadavpur home in Kolkata on Saturday and told that he would be taught a lesson if he dared step out because his car had allegedly blocked the bike of a local youth.

The Goods and Services Tax Council has approved a higher cess rate on the sale of cigarettes, which are now to bear a tax rate of as high as 31%.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Wajahat Habibullah, former chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities, says that a generation of Kashmiris has grown up amid violence and bloodshed but the state can still hope to fall back on its heritage of tolerance and confluence.

In light of the recent controversy over Madhur Bhandarkar's biopic of Indira Gandhi, titled Indu Sarkar, an editorial in the Hindustan Times asks why all political parties -- in the left, right and the centre -- are so thin-skinned and intolerant of criticism.

For India, the impact of a closer friendship with the US is better judged by the challenges the superpower's diminishing global role presents, writes Suhasini Haider in The Hindu.

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