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The Morning Wrap: The New President's Message; ₹200 Notes Coming Soon

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26/07/2017 10:15 AM IST | Updated 26/07/2017 10:30 AM IST
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In his inaugural speech as the new President of India, Ram Nath Kovind celebrated the diversity of the nation and the harmony with which people have coexisted here for ages. Read the full text of his speech here.

In the HuffPost blog, Shyam Krishnakumar and Abiram Devanathan argue that for the idea of Kashmiriyat to have any meaning, the Amarnath yatra should go on and not be allowed to fall into the hands of extremist elements.

A blueprint report by the Indian Railways shows that more Indians are opting for air travel over train. Going by the trend, the number of people opting to fly will overtake those who take the train by 2019-20. Here's why no one should be surprised by this development.

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Two days before National Security Advisor Ajit Doval leaves for Beijing for a BRICS meeting, China and India are both stepping up on their aggressive rhetoric over Doklam. While both nations have kept the respective diplomatic channels open, none promised any territorial concessions.

Dismal figures are emerging in the context of employment rates in India. With the exception of Gujarat, which has been able to place 30% applicants, most Indian states have clocked a success rate of 0.57% for job-seekers, which is about 3 in 500 people.

The Reserve Bank of India will stop printing ₹2,000 notes and start focusing on the production of the new ₹200 notes, which are likely to come into circulation from the next month, reports say.

Off The Front Page

With the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), sweet-makers are finding it ever harder to classify their products under the appropriate tax bracket as each ingredient incurs a different rate under the new laws.

On this day in 1999, the Indian Army recaptured all the posts occupied by the Pakistan army in Kargil after a brave battle. Here's all you need to know about Kargil Diwas and why it is celebrated across the country.

At least 17 people are feared dead after a Mumbai building, to which structural changes were made by one owner, a Shiv Sena leader, collapsed. Police and rescue workers say the toll could go up.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Pratik Kanjilal pays tribute to scientist Yash Pal, who passed away at the age of 90. More than a science educator, he should be remembered as a science communicator, he argues with good reason.

Taking up the example of Hindi imposition on Bengaluru Metro, Aasheesh Sharma writes in Hindustan Times that our policy-makers should find better work to engage themselves with rather than trying to spread the virtues of Hindi hegemony or chauvinism.

With reference to the recent outburst of communal violence in Basirhat, in Bengal, Jawhar Sircar says in The Telegraph that the state is sitting on a powder keg, vulnerable to bigger and more frequent explosions in the future.

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