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The Morning Wrap: Supreme Court Strikes Down Draconian Law; Sri Lanka Moves Bill To Curb President's Powers

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 19: Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh during Budget Session of Parliament on March 19, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Opposition forced deferment of consideration of the contentious Mines and Minerals Bill in Rajya Sabha till tomorrow, arguing that mineral-bearing states had not been consulted. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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Shreya Singhal, a young lawyer, has helped undo what the UPA, the NDA and Mamata Banerjee had done to free speech as the Supreme Court struck down the infamous section 66A that political parties were using to harass their critics.

Pulled up by party higher-ups for his ambiguous tweets, Minister of state for external affairs VK Singh sought to clarify that he had not offered to quit in the wake of a controversy over his tweets defining 'duty' and 'disgust' that he posted after attending the Pakistan Day reception in the Capital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief ministers of several states and organisations such as Bengaluru Police will be available on a new platform called Twitter Samvad, that will offer curated Tweets from the accounts of the government and the leaders to mobile-phone users across the country as text messages.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says a helicopter has managed to land near where a passenger plane carrying 150 people crashed in the Alps, but found no survivors.

In perhaps the most important constitutional reform in its history, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday presented the draft of a key constitutional amendment — which seeks to prune presidential powers — to the Sri Lankan Parliament. The draft Bill envisages converting the current presidential form of government to a presidential-parliamentary system and proposes a two-term limit for the President.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fly to Singapore for a day on March 29 to attend the state funeral of the city-state’s founder Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away early Monday.

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Kangana Ranaut won the National Award for her portrayal of a middle-class Delhi girl in Vikas Bahl's 'Queen,’ which also won Best Hindi Film.

India's maiden Mars Orbiter mission has been extended for another six months on Tuesday to further explore the Red Planet and its atmosphere.

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Delhi airport will no longer allow first-class and business-class passengers, on either international or domestic routes, to form a separate queue to go through security checks. This goes against the grain of international practices, where these passengers, who pay many times more than economy-class passengers, enjoy additional perks.

WhatsApp has reunited a lost son with his family after 16 years, while an attempt to click a selfie with a snake cost a man his life. This is part of a bizarre compilation of recent Indian cases on the perils and pleasures of new-age messaging services.

Eerily reminiscent of Kingfisher Airlines’ turbulence, an employee of the beleaguered Sahara India Pariwar on Tuesday committed suicide by jumping from the ninth floor of the office building in Aliganj area of Lucknow as he had not got salary for last four months.

In Uttar Pradesh, where a school student was arrested recently for posting alleged “objectionable” comments on Facebook against SP leader and minister Azam Khan, Section 66A has been invoked in at least 399 cases in the last two years.

Union minister Maneka Gandhi has asked her ministerial colleagues to opt for a "natural disinfectant'' made from extracts of cow urine instead of the "chemically bad'' one in government offices.


Ruchi Gupta in, The Hindu, suggests that AAP in Delhi ought to use its electoral clout in Delhi to start a local level mobilisation, than go on dharnas, to realise an independent police force for the state.

Ipshita Chakravarty, in The Indian Express, says that anxieties about outsiders in Nagaland have coalesced around the figure of the “illegal Bangladeshi immigrant”, a phrase often contracted to the clipped, impersonal acronym, “IBI”.

TK Arun notes, in The Economic Times, that petty politics all over the world, from United States to India, stands in the way of genuine reform.

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