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The Morning Wrap: Mamata Banerjee's Aadhaar Rebellion; US Making Renewal Of H1-B Tougher

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

26/10/2017 9:43 AM IST | Updated 26/10/2017 10:08 AM IST
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In response to the Opposition parties' decision to observe November 8 -- the day demonetisation was implemented last year -- as the 'Black Day', the government has decided to celebrate the same as 'anti-Black Money Day'. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that on November 8 this year, all BJP leaders, including union and state ministers, will spend the day attending and organising various programmes which will promote Centre's actions on black money and corruption related issues in the country.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has appealed to the medical regulators of the country to amend the code of conduct so that doctors are not made to participate in hangings. Usually, a doctor is present at the site where the state carries out an execution to check for signs of life etc. The IMA, following a 2012 World Medical Association resolution said that being a part of executions goes against the grain of a a doctor's job as a healer.

In Maharashtra, 100 farmers who had applied for loan waivers turned out to have the same Aadhaar number. Officials told reporters that now they'll have to check the details of these people manually, which will take a long time and delay the process of waiver.

Main News

The Supreme Court has asked the government to clarify by Monday that they will not resort to coercion regarding the linking of Aadhaar number to various services till a constitution bench makes a decision on the scheme's legitimacy, The Telegraph reported.

The Donald Trump government has made the process of renewing non-immigrant visas like H1-B and L1 more difficult with a new directive that says that the applicant has to bear the burden of proof even when he/she is applying for an extension. A majority of Indian IT professionals working in the US use these visas, reports The Times of India.

Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that Army operations will continue in Jammu and Kashmir, even though the Centre has appointed an interlocutor, reports The Hindu.

Off The Front Page

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will not be coerced to link her Aadhaar number to any services. Saying that this was an assault on privacy, he dared service providers to snap her phone connections etc if they deemed fit.

In order to accommodate an increased number of domestic flights on new routes, the aviation ministry has requested airlines to schedule more flights in the 'red eye' hours i.e prior to 5am.

In an exclusive investigation, The Indian Express followed the trail of nine coal trains that run through Goa everyday, leaving a trail of pollution and destruction behind. You can read the report here.

Opinion

On HuffPost India, Sandip Roy writes how with his rechristening of GST as 'Gabbar Singh Tax', Rahul Gandhi is taking a leaf out of Narendra Modi's political playbook which is crowded with a lot of acronyms.

On The Indian Express, Aditi Bhowmick explains how employing for female teachers and having more women role models can help draw and keep more girls in school in India.

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