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The Morning Wrap: Remembering Partition Day; India-China Hold Marathon Meeting

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

17/08/2017 10:07 AM IST | Updated 17/08/2017 10:08 AM IST
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Everyone in India knows the significance of 15 August 1947 but few remember the bigger upheaval that took place two days later, after the independence of the country, when India was divided into two parts. Sandip Roy revisits the forgotten legacy of Partition Day.

The Centre asked madrassas across the country to send photos of their Independence Day celebration, hurting the sentiments of the minority community, which felt it was being asked to pass a 'patriotism test'.

The dangerous 'Blue Whale' challenge is believed to have claimed two more lives in Kerala, even after the government asked portals like Google, Facebook and Yahoo to remove links related to this phenomenon.

Main News

Following a nasty scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops, who were accused of trespassing on India's territory, military officers from the two countries sat down for a marathon meeting to iron out the issues plaguing both sides.

Asked about janmashtami celebrations at police stations in his state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said he had no right to stop such festivities since he couldn't also prevent namaaz prayers on the streets.

Based on the findings of the report filed by a one-man committee, the Centre said no action was needed to take on the death of PhD scholar Rohith Vemula, who had committed suicide out of personal reasons, not due to persecution for his lower caste status.

Off The Front Page

In a major step to curb terror in the Indian subcontinent, the US designated Hizbul Mujahideen, responsible for causing terrorist attacks in Jammu & Kashmir for over three decades, a foreign terrorist organisation.

A "supervisory body" of two retired Supreme Court judges will scrutinise the closure of 241 cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom in Delhi that were being investigated by a Special Investigation Team.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cited some figures linked to demonetisation in his Independence Day speech, prompting the Opposition to ask how he can quote exact amounts if the RBI is still counting the recalled notes.

Opinion

K Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India, explains in The Indian Express why the child deaths in Gorakhpur are symptomatic of larger maladies affecting India's healthcare systems.

In The Telegraph Mehmal Sarfraz asks if it's game over for Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after being asked to stepped down by the Supreme Court for his involvement in the Panama papers.

In The Hindu, Stanley Johny argues why it is important for the US administration to be able to read the mind of Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean leader, if it is interested in defusing the latest crisis brewing between the two countries.

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