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The Morning Wrap: BJP Gets A Facelift; Arun Shourie Slams The Govt

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04/10/2017 11:00 AM IST | Updated 04/10/2017 11:08 AM IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party's reputation as the party for the downtrodden will be sealed if its push for the sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes comes through, writes Shivam Vij.

Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh, who won the leadership of Canada's left-wing New Democratic Party, is a rising star in the country's political firmament. Read about him here and how he made history.

Among the patriarchal beliefs that have outlived the dark middle ages is one pertaining to women's virginity and the role that the hymen plays in it. Sonali Kokra debunks four myths that perpetuate these regressive thoughts.

Main News

Under fire over fuel prices from the Opposition, the Centre reduced the basic excise duty on petrol and diesel by ₹2 per litre effective Wednesday. This is the first time the government has reduced excise duty on fuel after raising it 11 times since November 2014.

Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of rape convicted chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Insaan, was arrested from a highway in Punjab after she went absconding for over a month.

Over a month after Kerala High Court's order annulling the marriage of Hindu girl Akhila aka Hadiya with Shafin Jahan, the Supreme Court questioned the justification behind this ruling, and the accusation of 'love jihad'.

Off The Front Page

Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government over sliding economic growth and escalating job losses, former Union minister Arun Shourie likened demonetisation with a suicide, calling the latter too "a bold step" in an interview with NDTV.

The three Jaish-e-Muhammad militants, who attacked the Border Security Force camp near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday is believed to have been in the city for around a month after infiltrating from Pakistan, according to security agencies.

India voted with the US, Saudi Arabia and China to counter a resolution condemning death penalty for consensual same-sex relations, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy, but could not block it from clearing the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council.

Opinion

In light of the recent tragedy in Mumbai, which killed scores of commuters at Elphinstone station in a stampede, Sudheendra Kulkarni presses in the need for the city to have its own empowered government to address such systemic flaws in The Indian Express.

In The Hindu, Radha Kumar says the rise of chauvinism in India is clearly indicated by the reaction of the government to the Rohingya Muslims, forced out of their homeland in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

Immersion of Durga puja idols in the Yamuna, in blatant violation of the NGT's guidelines, is choking the river, already in a state of neglect. Citizens and authorities must work together if any real change is to be brought, says an editorial in the Hindustan Times.

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