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The Morning Wrap: Death Trap In The Indian Railways; Airfares To Go Up By 10-15%

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

02/10/2017 9:48 AM IST | Updated 02/10/2017 9:49 AM IST
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Surveys undertaken by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, over the years, have pointed out that the railways are grossly unprepared for eventualities like the one that hit Mumbai on 29 September. Here's what the CAG reports have to say.

Recently, filmmaker, writer and translator Mahmood Farooqui was acquitted of raping a US national by the Delhi High Court. However, his legal journey is far from over, argues advocate Rakesh Shukla, as the case can go up on appeal to the Supreme Court.

Dusshera celebrations ended up being anti-climactic this year as tribal groups in Madhya Pradesh opposed the practice of burning effigies of Ravana. Read the full report.

Main News

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said there was scope for reducing tax slabs under the Goods and Services Tax, once revenue starts flowing in and the country bounces back to a state of relative economic well-being.

The National Investigation Agency has framed a case against the Hurriyat, accused of terror funding, according to reports. Five accused and witnesses recording statements under Section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code, which is admissible evidence in a court of law.

Airlines are looking at 10-15% hike in airfares due to sharp increase in aviation turbine fuel prices every month since August.

Off The Front Page

A 21-year-old Dalit man was beaten to death allegedly by eight men belonging to the upper-caste Patel community, for attending a garba event, in Gujarat's Anand district in the early hours of Saturday. The accused were arrested.

The recent arrest of eight Sheikhs and a Qazi for trafficking and child marriages show a network of brokers and racketeers deceiving poor parents into selling their daughters to rich Arabs in the name of marriage in Hyderabad.

Two women accused of poisoning the estranged half-brother of North Korea's ruler Kim Jong-il pleaded not guilty as their trial began on Monday in Malaysia's High Court, nearly eight months after the brazen airport assassination.

Opinion

Neha Yadav, a 23-year-old MSc student at the Banaras Hindu University, writes in The Indian Express about the demands of the women students of the institution.

"We must focus on sustainable results for children; especially aspects such as improved hygiene practices, using toilets and washing hands with soap," writes Yasmin Ali Haque in the Hindustan Times, on the day of MK Gandhi's birth anniversary.

The problems of social media cannot be fixed by extending the character count on Twitter, writes PJ George in The Hindu, because more space to express oneself doesn't necessarily mean more nuanced argument.

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