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The Morning Wrap: App To Check Fake Alcohol, Downsizing Of 'Nirbhaya' Centres

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The Coast Guard officer, who contradicted the government's version of the explosion on board a Pakistani vessel, has been removed as Chief of Staff in the Northwest region and attached to the zonal headquarters.

The Madhya Pradesh police today registered a first-information-report against governor Ram Naresh Yadav in connection with a high-profile exam-and-recruitment scam, leaving him with few options other than resigning or being sacked.

India's mobile phone market has seen its first ever contraction. For the October-December 2014 quarter, domestic mobile phone sales stood at 64.3 million units -- a drop of five per cent annually and 11 per cent from the July-September quarter.

In a bid to improve its abysmal track record on gender-equality, the Haryana Government has decided to extend the benefit of certain schemes applicable to two-girl children in a family to the third as well.

Once bandied as the most decisive move by the government to seriously address women's safety, the Narendra Modi government has downsized its first large-scale initiative for women, by trimming the proposed 660 Nirbhaya Centres - one each in the 640 districts and another 20 in the six metros--to just 36.

A drug originally designed for blood pressure in an Indian lab, that never became popular, is set to re-emerge as a potential, blockbuster trauma pill by a US company that has tweaked it, patented it and will now sell it as its own internationally including India.

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Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the master of street protests, will now take the Budget-planning exercise to the streets from next month. For the 2015-16 fiscal, feedback from 5-10 assembly constituencies in Delhi will be selected for the "experiment plan" and be used to shape budget allocations in the respective areas.

As a consequence of the unfolding corporate espionage scam, workers in key government ministries now face unprecedented scrutiny and among other things files will no longer be entrusted to Grade IV staff to carry and the babus themselves are expected to ferry them.

The Delhi Government has developed an app that allows customers to instantly check the authenticity of the alcohol being bought. At the same time this is also expected to help the excise department monitor sale of illicit and spurious liquor.

A police station in Mumbai, too poor to afford its own lock-ups, handcuffs suspects to a chair--with policemen taking turns to keep a watch--before transferring them to larger stations with a bigger lock-up.

A man lost his life while attempting to steal a buffalo at Nagla Mani village in Etmadpur, roughly 25km from Agra. Police said the buffalo went wild once it reached the fields.

With both the speaker Ganpat Vasava and MoS Health Shankar Chaudhary down with swine flu, it is the flu that is playing the role of principal opposition in the Gujarat state assembly.

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Rajendra Pachauri, the 75-year-old chairman of the United Nation's climate change panel, who is being investigated in a sexual harassment case, stepped down from his position on Tuesday. According to a statement from Dr. Pachauri's spokesperson, he resigned from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) effective Tuesday.

Microsoft's Bing prediction engine has correctly predicted the 2015 top Oscar winning awards that include best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, and the results for supporting actor and actress.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, which has recommended a record rise of 10 percent in states' share of central taxes. This is on expected lines, because Modi has supported more involvement of states in decision-making, rather than the traditional top-down approach of the federal government. NITI Aayog was also set up primarily for the same reason.


Divya Gandhi, in The Hindu, interviews Eric Lander on the future of human genetic research and how India isn't doing as much as it should.

Jean Dreze in The Hindu argues that making socio-economic and caste data more accessible would go a long way in improving the public distribution system.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta says in The Indian Express that "..Politicians are vulnerable when they are unable to distinguish what is due to circumstances and what is due to them. Instead of seeing how objective reality impinges on them, they begin to think reality is an extension of their will..."

Syed Zubair Naqvi, Kapil Patidar & Arvind Subramanian explain in The Business Standard why the 14th Finance Commission is a watershed.