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The Morning Wrap: Petrol Prices Hiked, Indian Teacher Sets Yoga Record

A man fills diesel in a car at a fuel station in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. India freed diesel prices from government control Sunday while raising natural gas tariffs in the biggest-yet reform by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, as it aims to boost the country's economy and overhaul its energy sector.(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

The Morning Wrap is HuffPost India's selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers

Rebounding after a string of international defeats, India decisively beat Pakistan by 76 runs to underline its seriousness about defending the World Cup.

The six-month party of declining petrol and diesel prices ended after both were hiked marginally. These follow international crude becoming costlier by $10 and were it to become a trend, should also bring out the worry lines of inflation to the Indian government after data reveals weak industrial output this quarter.

HSBC's Indian banking unit is at the heart of fresh revelations around tax evasion, days after a global expose showed tax dodging through accounts in the British major's Swiss banking unit. Apparently alleged representatives of HSBC India, which has employees based in America, assured customers that details of their accounts would not be reported to tax officials.

To counter influence from China as well as improve strained relations, India will sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka during President Maithripala Sirisena's four-day-visit to India, his first ever foreign visit since assuming presidency.

The Hindu reports a major succession plan likely at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh after Dattatreya Hosabale, a leader close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is tipped to head the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the highest body for policy formulation and decision-making. This is only a rung below RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat and the elevation makes him a close contender for Bhagwat's position in the future.

India's history is steadily nibbling at prime real estate in London. After former Infosys-head NR Narayanamurthy offered to part-fund an upcoming Gandhi statue in London's Parliament Square, the Maharashtra government will spend Rs 30 crore to buy a London bungalow where B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, stayed for two years in the early 1920s during doctoral research at the London School of Economics.

Off The Front Page

An artiste, who is in jail for alleged links with Maoists, has been putting in 10 hours of study every day in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai to clear the exam to be eligible for PhD studies at Savitribai Phule Pune University. He got permission from the court and will be brought to Pune under police cover to take an online entrance test.

An Air India's flight between Delhi and Chicago had to turn back merely three hours after takeoff after its pilot radioed that the flight was "burning too much fuel," and wouldn't be able to complete the trip.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) felled a ramp illegally constructed by actor Shahrukh Khan on a public road outside his bungalow. Worse, Khan may have to pay for the demolition of the ramp that he made to park his vanity van.

The Telegraph reports that the Prime Minister's Office, with its newfound insistence on microscopically vetting every government ad carrying the PM's picture, has considerably slowed the pace of dissemination of public-service campaigns as well as introduced errors in some of them.

A bus conductor in Chennai had the chutzpah to not only steal a purse from a woman at the bank, but also deposit most of the money in it into his own account at the same branch. Closed-circuit-TV footage, unfortunately, proved to be his undoing.

A 29-year-old Indian yoga teacher in Hong Kong on Sunday set a Guinness World Record for performing Yoga continuously for 40 hours non-stop, demonstrating more than 1,500 'asanas'.


Lawrence Liang, commenting in The Indian Express on a re-release of the iconic blockbuster Sholay in India and Pakistan, says that the movie ought to be shown in its uncensored avatar. The version that is well-known and loved has a climax that was actually re-shot to conform with the mood of the Emergency.

Praveen Swami in The Indian Express writes about the gruesome prevalence of public torture which, unfortunately, is widely prevalent.

The Economic Times probes the rise and influence of Rajat Sharma, chairman and chief editor of India TV.