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The Morning Wrap: TMC Rules Bypoll Roost; Mass 'Asanas', R R Patil Passes Away

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HEIDENAU, SAXONY, GERMANY - 2014/07/20: Young woman, wearing a red-orange body suit, is practising Hatha-Yoga outdoor, showing the pose: natarajasana, Lord Shiva's pose. (Photo by Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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

The nuclear agreement that was to be a hallmark of Sri Lankan President Sirasena's first India visit, may be a bit of damp squib as there no plans to build reactors or trade in related technology.

Bypoll results show that while BJP may have emerged as the only real opposition to the TMC in West Bengal, scams and jail terms haven't dented the 'aam aadmi' support for Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa.

Former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra and senior NCP leader, R R Patil, 58, died on Monday of multi-organ failure after having battled oral cancer for three months.

The Arvind Kejriwal government has banned demolitions in Delhi and says the move is in tune with recently extended central legislation, Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act 2014, which protects all unauthorized colonies and constructions before June 2014, till 2017.

The interminable investigation into Salman Khan's 2002 hit-and-run case has now found that the actor didn't have a driving licence at the time of the incident and Khan only got one in 2004.

A moribund Congress seems to have decided to rebuild itself, using Indian politics' tried-and-tested tactic of alleging 'high level corruption.' The Congress accused Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan as being a key participant in a scam, where admission seats and jobs were exchanged for money.

Off The Front Page

Three Indians-- two women and one man--have made it to the list of 100 applicants who will move on to the next round of an ambitious private mission that aims to send four people on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024. Of the initial 202,586 applicants, only 100 hopefuls have been selected to proceed to the next round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Process, The Netherlands-based non-profit organisation Mars One has announced.

Offering sex as bribe may now invite a jail term of up to seven years, according to a proposed amendment to India's corruption laws that will move to Parliament for discussion.

Former oil minister Veerapa Moily was refused boarding by Air India after he turned up late. This also follows beleaguered Air India's recent move to cut the pay of staffers or catering companies for delaying a flight.

This June 21--usually marked as World Music Day and now International Yoga Day--Indian diplomats and students may be caught in a headstand as part of yoga demonstration to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi send a "strong inspirational message" to the world.


Narayan Lakshman, commenting in The Hindu, on the police attack on a senior unarmed Indian in the United States, says that "...any lasting effort to bring down the level of anti-minority violence by law enforcement agencies will have to address both the historical prejudices concerning minority communities and the threshold for the use of violence against them, especially in situations where there may be a socio-cultural chasm..."

Shashi Deshpande, expresses her concern in The Indian Express, that acclaimed, reclusive author Harper Lee may be being exploited.

Deepankar Basu and Debarshi Das, in The Hindu, condemn a recent government-backed report that suggests dismantling the Food Corporation of India.

Manu Joseph writes nostalgically in The Hindustan Times of how cricket has lost the sense of patriotism it once commanded among Indians.