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The Morning Wrap: Nitish Kumar's Ulterior Motives; Govt Mulling Over A Cow Ministry

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01/08/2017 10:02 AM IST | Updated 01/08/2017 10:15 AM IST
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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar feels there's no one strong enough to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections, so he was justified in shifting his allegiances to the BJP. But there was another reason for him to make this move: caste.

In a gesture that sent out a strong message to ultra-nationalists, 114 veterans from the Indian Army wrote an open letter addressed to the prime minister, chief ministers of the states and lieutenant-generals of the Union territories, condemning the spate of hate crimes and communally charged incidents in recent times.

A Mumbai boy jumped to his death, allegedly to complete the dreaded 'Blue Whale Challenge', which began in Russia a few years back and has led to the loss of many lives since then.

Main News

The government at the Centre came up with a slew of defences when charged in Lok Sabha over its lack of action over the recent spate of lynchings for alleged crimes of beef-eating or cow slaughter. Here's what it had to say to the Opposition.

The State Bank of India has cut the savings bank deposit rate to its lowest level in six years for most savers because demonetisation has saddled it with an avalanche of cash. It is also expecting a reduction in lending rates in the next two days.

Three top Indian IT firms -- TCS, Infosys and Wipro -- have seen a drastic cut in their workforce at the end of the June quarter in which more than 1800 employees altogether from these companies were let go of.

Off The Front Page

In one of the rockiest week to have hit the White House since Donald Trump took office early this year, the president fired Anthony Scaramucci, the chief of staff he had appointed barely ten days ago, over charges of an obscene tirade.

Abu Dujana, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander operating in Kashmir, is believed to have been killed on Tuesday in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district, TV reports said.

In a move that will probably surprise no one, the Narendra Modi government is considering the idea of forming a ministry for cows, BJP president Amit Shah said on Monday.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Farzana Sheikh argues that the use of Islamic injunctions to dismiss Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office by the Supreme Court of the country could set a bad precedent and undermine democracy.

In the recent controversies over Tejas Express, launched with much fanfare by the Indian Railways, point to two facts. Not only is there a gap between expectation and reality, the Railways are also flouting safety norms while running their services. An editorial in the Hindustan Times says it as it is.

The proposed amendments to the Whistle Blowers Act may defeat the very purpose of the legislation, Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri argue in The Hindu.

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