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The Morning Wrap: China's Warning Bell; PM Modi's 'Rakhi' Sister From Pakistan

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07/08/2017 9:43 AM IST | Updated 07/08/2017 9:44 AM IST
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The political clouds gathering over Doklam plateau, where India, China and Bhutan share a tri-junction, are getting darker by the week. While India is steadfastly opposed to war, reports in the Chinese media suggest that there may be "small-scale operations" carried out against India in the region.

It's World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) and India's record on paper seems commendable, but the reality on the ground is far from rosy. While this disjunction may sound puzzling, here's what the data hides.

As a 10-year-old little girl, 32 weeks pregnant with her alleged rapist's child, prepares to deliver the baby in Chandigarh, little does she know that her tragic circumstances have rekindled the longstanding abortion debate in the country. Why is India's abortion law failing women on so many fronts?

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In his final address as the vice-president of the nation, delivered on the occasion of the 25th convocation ceremony at the National Law School in Bengaluru, Hamid Ansari expressed his concern over the "enhanced apprehensions of insecurity amongst segments of our citizen body, particularly Dalits, Muslims and Christians".

On a condolence visit to the family of a slain RSS worker in Kerala, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley laid the blame for the current atmosphere of political violence in the state on the ruling Left Democratic Front government, headed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Being chased by two men in an SUV in the dead of the night wasn't ordeal enough for a Chandigarh woman, it seems, since some people on social media, led by the accused, have taken to slut-shaming her. Sounds incredible? Read about it here.

Off The Front Page

With the festive season kicking in with rakshabandhan, the existing confusions over paying the recently levied Goods and Services Tax are only going to get worse. Here's a glimpse of the problems shoppers are already facing.

A woman called Qamar Mohsin Sheikh from Pakistan, who now lives in India, said she has been tying 'rakhi' to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for more than 20 years, according to reports.

A combination of factors, including cash crunch following demonetisation of high-value currency announced last November, have led to commercial banks cutting down on the number of ATMs, especially the ones not in the branches, latest RBI data showed.

Opinion

If you're the sort to depend on the AI bot on your smartphone to get you through the day, don't miss this reflection by Pratik Kanjilal in The Indian Express about the rise of artificial intelligence and an attendant fear of a real robocalypse descending on humanity in the future.

What are the lessons to be drawn from the crisis of leadership at the top levels of multinational companies like Infosys and General Motors? Mint editor-in-chief R Sukumar weighs in.

The defeat of Gopal Krishna Gandhi in the vice-presidential election to M Venkaiah Naidu must be seen as an opportunity for the former to step into a more prominent political role, argues Manini Chatterjee in her column in The Telegraph.

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