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The Morning Wrap: Modi Suit Auction Tops 1 Crore, Divorce Bill May Be Scrapped

In this Jan.25, 2015 photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears a dark pinstriped suit with his name monogrammed in dull gold stripes during a reception to U.S. President Barack Obama in New Delhi, India. The suit which became controversial after its photographs went viral on social media was to be auctioned in his home state of Gujarat, over the next three days starting Wednesday, Feb.18, 2015 officials said. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

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

The case of the exploding Pakistani boat continued to remain intriguing after the Coast Guard officer now claimed that he was "misquoted," and India's defence minister sticking to the official version as well as declaring that he would take action against the offending officer.

A senior executive of the BJP, who led its information technology campaign in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, has quit claiming that PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were destroying the party's 'democratic tradition.'

Top industrialist and HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh's leads a chorus of businessmen who say that doing business hasn't gotten any easier even after the BJP has come to power.

Even as the government prepares for its first major Budget, data shows crop output may have hit a three-year-low on the back of poor monsoon rains though this year it's farmers rather than consumers who will bear the brunt.

In the government's strongest overture to emphasising its seriousness on communal harmony, Delhi Police chief B S Bassi has directed all SHOs and sub-divisional ACPs to visit churches, and Christian and missionary schools in their area every day and submit a daily report to him. The police are also preparing a helpline, a Facebook page and a Twitter handle as a measure of security for the Christian community in the capital.

The NDA may do a ghar vaapsi on a progressive bill, introduced by the UPA government, that aimed to make divorce easier for Hindu couples, on the grounds that it may encourage "illegitimate and live-in relationships."

In a rare decision, the Supreme Court Chief Justice has assigned the anticipatory bail plea of social activist and Narendra Modi baiter Teesta Setalvad to a new bench, even though none of the two judges on the earlier bench, which had stayed her arrest till Thursday, sought recusal from the hearing. This also comes on the day the former Gujarat Deputy Inspector General of Police, Vanzara, booked in a fake encounter case, walked free from jail to a hero's welcome and said that 'achhe din had returned.'

The swine flu outbreak this year, which has infected over 9000 and killed 624, seems to have an unprecedented geographical spread with confirmed cases now reported from Nagaland.

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The suit that launched a thousand tweets may have earned a staggering Rs 1.21 crore from a bid by textile businessman Rajesh Juneja, at an auction in Surat of various gifts and Modi memorabilia. It's unclear though if money has actually changed hands.

Kejriwal will now have to negotiate a tricky truce between the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) , which has slapped a water bill of Rs 2 crore on the ASI for water usage at the Red Fort monument.

In the aftermath of Voldemort's demise, the Death Eaters may have fled to the Malkavu temple in Pathanapuram, Tamil Nadu as The Hindu reports that the police have apprehended two men for 'black magic,' illegally entering the temple, and "trying to conduct some rituals on the sly."

The Superintendent of Police in Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district has had his house burgled for the second time in four months and has claimed a loss of valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh.

A BJP leader, who was among the 67 who lost to the Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi elections, has been booked for allegedly molesting and sexually assaulting a woman colleague.


Muzamil Jaleel in The Indian Express analyses why the glacially-developing coalition in the Jammu Kashmir between the PDP and the BJP advantages the latter.

Alok Bansal and Prodyut Bora opine in The Indian Express that the Indian military should adopt a 'matrix structure' in which operational and support roles are split, as in the United States.