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The Morning Wrap: How To Tame A Rogue 'Baba'; 61 Children Die In Gorakhpur In Last 3 Days

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30/08/2017 9:55 AM IST | Updated 30/08/2017 9:55 AM IST
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There is only one way to stop spiritual gurus like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan from running rogue with their empire of billions, built on criminal enterprises, argues G Pramod Kumar.

The Aam Aadmi Party's victory in the Bawana by-poll is being exaggerated as a comeback for the party, as proof of success of the AAP's new strategy of lying low and focusing on governance in Delhi, writes Shivam Vij.

In just 10 days, three major accidents have rocked the Indian Railways, causing death and injuries but most of all denting consumer confidence. So why does Union railways minister Suresh Prabhu get to keep his job after such a dismal performance?

Main News

A spell of massive rainfall brought Mumbai to a standstill on Tuesday, killing at least five people across the city. Although train services have resumed, more showers are expected today, with citizens being asked to stay on alert.

In Gorakhpur's infamous BRD Medical College, which made the headlines recently when scores of children suffering from encephalitis died there allegedly due to lack of oxygen, at least 61 children have died again in the last three days.

Hurricane Harvey, passing through the south of the US, continues to be on a rampage in Texas, where at least 20 people are dead due to the storm. Authorities are trying to ascertain the exact number of those missing.

Off The Front Page

After weeks of behind-the-scene negotiations and shrill rhetoric from Beijing, India and China on Monday resolved the Doklam standoff, the longest border impasse between the two countries in two decades. But where has that left Bhutan in the equation?

The Centre argued for not criminalising marital rape, stating that Section 375 of the IPC, which deals with rape, makes an exception for such instances within marriages and holds that "sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape".

The Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal and prominent hill-based parties today broke the ice after a 78-day standoff, showed sensitivity towards each other's compulsions and set the scene for a fresh round of talks in a fortnight.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Upendra Baxi hails the recent right to privacy ruling by a nine-member bench of the Supreme Court as an example of a "constitutional renaissance".

How does so-called godmen like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan and his ilk have such a pervasive control over the imagination of the Indian public? Nilofer Kaul explains in the Hindustan Times.

The recent decline in maternal and infant mortality rates in India is a positive example of public health intervention, writes Rajiv Tandon in the third instalment of a series on public health in Mint.

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