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The Morning Wrap: Gorakhpur's Shame; Japanese Encephalitis Explained

Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.

14/08/2017 9:07 AM IST | Updated 14/08/2017 9:08 AM IST
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A child is seen in the Intensive care unit in the Baba Raghav Das hospital in Gorakhpur district, India August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

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In one of the most horrific medical tragedies in recent memory, over 60 children are believed to have been dead in the last week at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, because the supply of oxygen was cut off due to non-payment of pending bills. A shameful blame game, predictably, is on.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and his Bharatiya Janata Party government have decided to ban a book called The Adivasi Will Not Dance, published two years ago by Hansda Showvendra Sekhar, because it allegedly depicts Adivasi people in an offensive light.

If you're planning the watch Toilet Ek Prem Katha over the long weekend, here's our review. Don't say we didn't warn you in advance.

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At least 46 people were killed and 10 went missing after a landslide, triggered by a cloudburst, swept away several vehicles and a busy highway stretch in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

Dr Kafeel Khan, hailed as a hero on social media for paying out of his own pocket to get oxygen cylinders to suffering children at the Gorakhpur government hospital, was removed for alleged misdemeanours from the post of the nodal officer of the encephalitis ward.

The income tax department of India has started an aggressive probe into the financial records of Indian nationals who are accused of being involved in black money transactions in the Panama papers, including celebrities like actor Amitabh Bachchan, who have denied any wrongdoings.

Off The Front Page

What is Japanese Encephalitis, the deadly disease that kills so many in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, especially in Gorakhpur. Vidya Krishnan explains the causes and prognosis of the illness in The Hindu.

A 15-year-old boy in Ajmer, Rajasthan, recounted the witch-hunting of his mother, who was stripped and paraded naked, assaulted with smouldering coals and fed human excreta, causing her death the next day.

Pakistan hoisted the largest flag in its history at the Attari-Wagah border near Lahore to mark the country's 70th Independence Day. The 400-feet high and 120 feet by 80 feet in size flag is believed to be the highest in the South Asia and the 8th highest in the world.

Opinion

Ahead of India celebrating its 70th Independence Day tomorrow, Salman Anees Soz looks at the tortured legacy of Kashmir over the last seven decades and the state of unrest it is simmering with, thanks to the latest bid by the BJP and the RSS to have its special status repealed by appealing to read down of Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.

In The Telegraph, Manini Chatterjee argues that after 70 years of the creation of Pakistan out of undivided India, the sangh parivar is vindicating the very idea that had led to its emergence.

The Chandigarh stalking case shows that one person's valiant fight against the proverbially corrupt system can pay off too, writes Soumya Bhattacharya in the Hindustan Times.

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