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The Morning Wrap: Dress Sense A Gift From God, Says Modi; IAS Officer Found Dead

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and the Sri Lankan chief minister of the northern province C. V. Vigneswaran (L) arrive for a ceremony to hand over Indian-funded houses to Tamils displaced or made destitute by fighting in Jaffna, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Colombo on March 14, 2015. Narendra Modi landed in Jaffna on March 14, becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northern Tamil heartland. AFP PHOTO / Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Facebook revealed that India tops the list of countries demanding restriction on content, with 5,832 pieces of content restricted.

The government is planning to use an unprecedented tactic and have two Budget sessions, to gain more time and keep the land acquisition ordinance alive.

A Business Standard report shows that there’s little difference between the first eight months of the NDA and UPA-1 governments in executing highway projects.

Students and residents blocked the convoy of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she visited the Convent of Joseph and Mary High School in Kolkata. The public anger was because not a single arrest had been made in the case of the raped nun, but the combative Mamata sought to blame the BJP for the commotion.

Hundreds of Congress workers clashed with the police on Monday during a protest against the NDA government’s Land Acquisition Bill. The clash broke out after the workers attempted to break the barricades and march towards Parliament from Jantar Mantar.

Investigators say a 37-year-old dental student from India was shot to death at her San Francisco Bay Area apartment hours after attending services at a Sikh temple. The body of Randhir Kaur was discovered on March 8 by her cousin after UC San Francisco (UCSF) officials became concerned about her well-being.

In a probable attempt to mute communal overtones over the row over the desecration of an under-construction church in Hisar, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today told the Assembly that the building was reportedly built in an illegal colony.

An IAS officer DK Ravi, Additional Commissioner of Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), was found dead in his apartment near Koramangala on Monday evening under mysterious circumstances. Mr. Ravi, a 2009 batch IAS officer, was in the news recently for leading raids on well-known realty firms for tax evasion. The case seems eerily similar to the assassination of Indian Oil Corporation employee Shanmugham Manjunath.

Internal strife may have adversely impacted the Aam Aadmi Party's coffers with online donations petering down to a few thousands from lakhs a day, in the last three weeks. The party has got only about Rs 74,000 in the last five days with barely Rs 13,199 being contributed by eight donors on Monday. This is in sharp contrast to online contributions after the poll results when the party mopped up as much as Rs 36 lakh a day.

The Supreme Court today hinted that President's rule could be used to reign in states that continued flouting the apex court’s order, which prohibits Aadhaar cards from being made mandatory to access services or social benefits.

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Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today accused the Congress and its allies of making "an issue out of a non-issue" about Delhi policemen visiting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's residence.

Purba Ray says that Modi’s Make in India pitch has succeeded to the extent that India is the largest manufacturer of 'outrage and intolerance' (O&I).

AAP today suspended its former MLA Rajesh Garg for anti-party activities, following his charges that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was trying to poach six Congress MLAs to form government last year. Sources said, Garg was a "serial offender", which led the party to take the decision.

A millionaire in the US, suspected of multiple murders over two decades, was arrested after he appeared to have confessed in documentary. Robert Durst has already been the subject of Hollywood film All Good Things, a fictionalized account of the killings and how he’d managed to evade conviction all these years.

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The maker of the documentary on Delhi gangrape, Leslee Udwin said Avanindra Pandey, the friend of the rape victim, had demanded money for giving an interview. Pandey had criticized Udwin for making an ‘inauthentic’ documentary.

In a forthcoming book by a British author on the emergence of Modi, the author quotes him as saying that divine grace had willed he become PM and he looked good in the clothes he chose as he was “God gifted.”

Ratan Tata and his team faced "humiliation" when they went to sell the group's fledgling car business to Ford in 1999, but bounced back to buy the iconic Jaguar Land Rover the next decade, said a senior Tata Motors employee. However a report from China says that the JLR is selling cars with faulty gearboxes to local customers.

The Uttar Pradesh government has asked teachers not to befriend their students on social media such as Facebook and WhatsApp to curb harassment of students and promote healthy “guru-shishya parampara” (teacher-student tradition). The new guidelines have been issued by the Department of Secondary Education and sent to all schools, including those affiliated to CBSE and ICSE Boards.

A Kerala MP today demanded that sugar be served separately with tea and coffee in all long-distance trains in a concession to taste buds, passenger health and the country's economy. Except for the 40-odd Rajdhani and Shatabdi Expresses, long-distance trains now serve pre-mixed tea and coffee in the coaches.

The local administration in West Bengal’s Malda district cancelled a women’s football match last week following complaints from Muslim clerics that the women were dressed inappropriately and that publicly playing football went against Sharia law.


Udhav Naig, says in The Hindu, that though the West’s foreign policy interventions in the Muslim world needs to be criticized, it would be a mistake to underestimate the power of religious ideology in inspiring people to fight for a utopia.

Manu Joseph, in The Hindustan Times, muses about what 36-year-old writer-surgeon Paul Kalanithi’s death by lung cancer, means for our human urge to lead a full life.

Shaji Vikraman, in The Indian Express, rues that even after 25 years of liberalisation, and the sizeable churn with the entry of new players and the growth of new industries, “success is still a function of groups arbitraging on privileged information, influencing policymaking or ‘managing’ the politico-bureaucratic environment.”