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The Morning Wrap: India And US Shouldn't Meet; Triple Talaq Verdict

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22/08/2017 9:57 AM IST | Updated 22/08/2017 10:05 AM IST
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Activists of Joint Movement Committee during a protest against triple talaq at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Last year was the deadliest year for the railways in the 17 years, as derailments, in particular, drove the numbers up. With Saturday's derailment, the toll for 2017-18 is already at least 34 persons, with at least 11 people have died at unmanned level crossings earlier in the year.

As often witnessed, India Inc hesitates to push back against Modi the way American CEOs stand up against Trump in the US. And why is that? As Sandip Roy explains-- this is a country where a bad review of a film like 'Toilet' can bring out the troll army, a business leader putting forth a critique of the Prime Minister will certainly be courting trouble. Naturally, it's better to be a silent lamb here than a sacrificial lamb.

Alakhpura, a non-descript village in Haryana, where the sex ratio is among the worst in the country, is a hub of Indian women's football. In this village of 2000 people, there is a women footballer in nearly every home. This is how they, together, are changing the story of their village.

Main News

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court will give its ruling on a clutch of petitions which have challenged the practice of triple talaq as "unlawful and unconstitutional".

US President Donald Trump has finally unveiled his strategy to win a war which has stretched over 16 years. "We cannot be silent about Pakistan's safe heaven for terror groups," he announced. Trump said that he wants to further develop a strategic partnership with India to achieve country's goals in Afghanistan, saying American troops "will fight to win" and "from now on victory will have a clear definition."

Tamil Nadu has become the headlines yet again. On Monday, the two main factions of the AIADMK effected their much-awaited merger after the ruling camp averted a last-minute hitch by announcing a process to remove the jailed V.K. Sasikala Natarajan as party general secretary. O Panneerselvam was sworn in as deputy chief minister and will also be the party "convener" while chief minister himself E.K. Palanisamy would be joint convener.

Off The Front Page

Fast food chain McDonald's said on Monday it planned to shut all 169 of its restaurants in India's northern and eastern regions, escalating a dispute with its local partner and potentially putting thousands of workers out of jobs.

Siddharth Mehrotra, a graphic designer, who turned into a 'super chor' used to break into houses of politicians, bureaucrats, senior officials and businessmen by night and pose as a wealthy man by day flaunting his Tissot watch, dressed in stylish tuxedos and travelling by a Chevrolet Cruze. His dream run ended after he was nabbed by the police on Monday.

A 55-year-old Brahmin man, along with his son, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly killing his minor daughter who reportedly had an affair with a Dalit in Bahedi area of Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh. Police is suspecting it to be a case of honour killing.

Opinion

Why is our rail safety so appalling? While the railway minister Suresh Prabhu has addressed what had remained a crying need, by holding the top rail bureaucracy accountable there's still a long way to go. As Hindustan Times notes in its editorial, the threat of a possible repeat of the Muzaffarnagar kind of mishaps will continue to hang unless there's an overall focus on safety.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, in an editorial for Indian Express, explains why the two 70 year-olds-- India and the US-- should not meet. "...Imagine a visit from Donald Trump, maybe even a speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Imagine crowds bussed in from Yogi Adityanath's UP — borrowing a page from the Polish playbook — and ceremonial sabre-rattling dances with tridents instead of Arab swords, with due credit for the idea to the Saudis, despite the fact that the tridents would probably be pointed at their fellow Muslims."

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