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The Morning Wrap: BJP Claims To Be World's Largest Party; Manjhi & Nitish In Fresh Battle Over Residence

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters wave a party flag and hold a placard with a portrait of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi during an election rally in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Delhi will go to the polls on Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to win the World Cup for the fifth time and send their retiring captain Michael Clarke out as a winner.

After widespread cheating in Bihar's secondary school board examinations hit the headlines, over 1000 impersonators have been arrested in the state during the screening of documents for constable recruitment exam in the past 13 days.

The message is clear, period. A group of students at Kolkata's Jadavpur University are writing feminist slogans on sanitary napkins and putting them up all over the campus to protest India's patriarchy and rape culture. The messages, scribbled with black and red sharpies on sanitary pads, are also meant to break society's taboo on speaking about menstruation.

Gurgaon girl Aditi Arya was crowned Femina Miss India 2015 at the 52nd edition of the beauty pageant here at Yash Raj Studio.

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The BJP has said it now has 8.8 crore members and claimed to be "the world's largest political party" and thus ahead of the Communist Party of China with 8.6 crore subscribers.

A day after removing founder members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from its national executive, the Aam Aadmi reconstituted its Lok Pal and made senior leader Admiral Ramdas also redundant, thereby strengthening Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's grip on the organisation.

Just two states, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, account for nearly 40 per cent of education loans disbursed in the country, indicating the massive skew in allocations.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said his government will try its "level best" to bring in a countrywide-ban on slaughter of cows by evolving a consensus, "Cow slaughter cannot be accepted in this country. We will make all-out efforts to ban slaughter of cows...," he told a gathering of Jain spiritual leaders.

The Catholic Church in Kerala will pay Rs 12 lakh to help a nun "settle herself in life'' after she alleged that she was tortured and expelled from her convent for resisting the advances of a priest.

Kashmir appeared to be on the brink of another flood as water levels fed by pounding rain surged menacingly in streams, lakes and the Jhelum, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds in an ominous reminder of last year's deluge. The meteorological department however expects the rains to abate soon.

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Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has entered into a Mexican standoff with CM Nitish Kumar, by refusing to vacate the official CM residence. His argument is that Nitish too hasn't vacated his house, which should now belong to Manjhi as 'ex CM.'

Days after the Maharashtra government announced Rs. 100 crore in the State budget to install a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the Arabian Sea, the Republican Party of India (RPI) has sought a similar monument to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, also in the sea.

Jaipur may be the city of the ultra-rich, global party hopper looking for a slice of Indian exotica but a survey has prepared a GIS map, spotting and counting 5,000 piles of poop left by open defecators on the shores of the city's famed Pichola and Fatehsagar lakes.

After a successful robbery, a burglar in Tamil Nadu decided to try his luck at another house. He barged in but succumbed to a power nap and woke up to alarmed householders, who called in the cops.

Indian Leftists have been "Jihad-friendly" said a new Indian Council of Historical Research member on Sunday in a stinging attack on Left-leaning historians who were at the forefront of history writing since the 1970s.

In a blatant violation of patient confidentiality, Mohammad Faizal, who had a massive tumour excised six months ago, discovered pictures of his innards uploaded by the concerned surgeon on Facebook.


Rohit Dhankar, in The Hindu, takes on the Haryana state government's move to introduce the Gita in the school curriculum saying that it seems aimed less at understanding ancient Hindu philosophy than being an excuse for perpetuating hidebound practices.

Mukul Kesavan, commenting on the state of affairs in the AAP in The Telegraph says that the internal crisis has shown the second echelon of leadership to be Kejriwal's "clients."

Ashok Gulati, in The Indian Express, makes the case that to save Indian agriculture, subsidies ought to be given as cash transfers.

Mihir Sharma argues in The Business Standard that the lack of visibility on economic reforms is simply Modi's refusal to conduct it.

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