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The Morning Wrap: Easy Targets Of Hate; Supreme Court Raps 'Gau Rakshaks'

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

07/09/2017 9:15 AM IST | Updated 07/09/2017 9:16 AM IST
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An Indian protester holds a placard in a rally condemning the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, in Mumbai on September 6, 2017.

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The vast majority of Indian media persons killed on the job in the last 25 years were Indian language journalists, as was Gauri Lankesh, the fiery woman journalist shot dead in her house in Bengaluru on Tuesday night.

The Congress in Karnataka, as also at the national level, has a real chance to prove its political mettle by pushing on with the investigation into journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder. But will the party have the will to do so? Sandip Roy asks.

Almost a year after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan finished his tenure, the economist has revealed that he never backed demonetisation and had made his stance clear on this orally to the government. He came clean in his latest book, I Do What I Do.

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For the first, Pakistan has admitted that internationally proscribed terrorist outfits like the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba are operating on its soil. Foreign minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif admitted this fact to Geo TV in response to a declaration made at the latest BRICS summit.

In the first stage of disengagement, Indian and Chinese troops on Doklam plateau have moved away from each other by 150 metres each, even as they remain stationed on the site. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to ease the tension between the nations during his recent visit to China.

Journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was murdered at her place on Tuesday evening, was laid to rest with full state honours in Bengaluru. Thousands of people poured in to pay their respects to the 55-year-old editor and outspoken critic of Hindu right-wing elements.

Off The Front Page

The Supreme Court directed the Centre and states on Wednesday to take strict action to curb self-styled cow vigilantes who have been attacking, killing and terrorising people for the suspected offence of being cruel to the animal.

The use of mobile phones while driving claimed 2,138 lives last year while faulty speed-breakers, potholes and under-construction roads accounted for 26 deaths on the roads every day, according to data released by the transport ministry.

PM Modi fast-tracked on Wednesday India-led development initiatives in Myanmar and offered projects in the restive Rakhine province, where a guerrilla fight between Rohingya rebels and the government's forces has triggered a refugee crisis. He didn't mention the humanitarian crisis or the persecution though.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Mrinal Pande pays tribute to slain journalist Gauri Lankesh, who moved away from English-language journalism, chose the life of a single woman and shied away from conventional choices to live life in her own terms.

Although a Chinese military intervention in North Korea is unlikely, it's Beijing's best opportunity to achieve greater strategic parity with the US in the region, writes Bill Emmott in the Hindustan Times.

The initiative to give people access to wireless Internet in public places is a laudable one but also fraught with several loopholes, Preeti Mudliar warns in The Hindu.

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