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Morning Wrap: India sends legal notice to BBC; International Space Station may host India

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Leslee Udwin (R), director of the documentary 'India's Daughter', gestures during a press conference in New Delhi on March 3, 2015. One of the men convicted of the gang-rape and murder of an Indian student that shocked the world has said he blames the victim for 'roaming around at night'. The comments are made in a documentary to be screened on International Women's Day. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

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Following up on preventing India’s television broadcasters from showing India’s Daughter, the government went on a ban rampage after forcing YouTube to block access to the controversial BBC documentary and served a legal notice to the BBC after it ignored a court's restraining order. Separately, it also issued a black-and-white ban on the already-censored American erotic romantic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive in Sri Lanka for a two-day trip on Friday in preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming SAARC tour. By way of offering a welcome drink perhaps,Sri Lanka suspended a $1.5-billion Chinese luxury real-estate project in Colombo on Thursday.

Hundreds of protesters today broke into a jail, dragged out a businessman accused of raping a college girl and beat him to death at the base of a clock tower in Nagaland.

In an interview, senior Congress Leader Jairam Ramesh admitted that the Congress “was staring into irrelevance” if it continued its losing streak.

According to The Times of India, India could be offered the opportunity to conduct research on the International Space Station (ISS), as the India-US space relationship evolves.

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A day after the Indian team management denied that Test skipper Virat Kohli had abused a journalist in Perth on Tuesday, the BCCI on Thursday censured the batsman and warned him to “avoid such behaviour” and to “maintain the dignity of the Indian team at all times.

Hindu NewYorkers appeared miffed after the city mayor announced that two Eid festivals would be on the city’s list of public holiday, but not Diwali.

An Indian-American widow will have to forfeit her 34-room mansion in New York state after she lost her appeal to overturn a 2013 conviction for harbouring an illegal immigrant from Kerala for over five years and treating her like a slave.

Continuing with its electoral largesse, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government on Thursday waived off the late-payment fee on the city’s water bills, running into a total of Rs186 crore.

Essential HuffPost

Somak Ghosal says the controversial India’s Daughter is more gimmicky than revelatory.

It's not just Hillary Clinton, but our own Narendra Modidoesn’t use an official email id either.

Isha Singh Sawhney argues that we need to watch Leslee Udwin's India's Daughter.

Arvind Passey explores the meaning of Holi in India

Shunned by their families and sidelined by society, the widows of Vrindavan and Varanasi will step out this year, shrug off the weight of tradition, and play Holi, thanks to the efforts of an NGO.


Pallav Bagla, in The Hindu, says that the Union Budget has failed to bring a smile to Indian scientists.

Subir Bhaumik, in The Telegraph, says that Modi shouldn’t ever prime for war with Pakistan but use ‘soft’ power and ‘prepare deep assets’ for effective covert strikes as an appropriate response to any 26/11-type event.

Suhas Palshikar, in The Indian Express, analyses authoritarianism and the management of factions within India’s political parties.

Arunabh Kumar, founder and CEO of The Viral Fever (TVF), discusses directing ‘actor’ Kejriwal, satire, the influence of the IITs on his work and ‘creative feudalism,’

Devangshu Datta discusses experiments speculating how life could originate on earth without biology