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The Morning Wrap: Sania Mirza Is No 1 Women's Doubles Champ; Sena Says Withdraw Muslim Voting Rights

Sania Mirza, of India, returns to Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during a doubles final match at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, April 12, 2015. Mirza and Martina Hingis won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

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Despite all the excitement around the potential of India’s e-commerce market, it isn’t even among the world’s top 30.

Mariyam Asif Siddiqui, the 12-year-old Muslim girl who won a competition testing mastery of the verses from the Bhagvad Gita, is being feted by the governments of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

Congress leader Abishek Manu Singhvi’s disparaging tweets about Sunny Leone were widely condemned online.

A scramble for the large Indian market means that on an average three phones are launched every day in the country.

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Sania Mirza created history on Sunday by becoming the top-ranked woman’s doubles player.

The Shiv Sena, a partner in Maharashtra's BJP-led government, has sought the withdrawal of Muslims' voting rights through an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna.

Putting to rest months of speculation and rumours, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday announced that she would be contesting the U.S. presidential polls of 2016.

Suspense builds up on the question of who is likely to succeed Prakash Karat as the top boss of the tattered Communist Party of India (Marxist), next week.

In a nod to evolving social churn, the Supreme Court has ruled that an unmarried couple, living together as husband and wife, would be presumed to be legally married and the woman eligible to inherit her deceased partner.

Off The Front Page

Former Army chief and union minister V K Singh attributed his recent bad blood with the media to an "insidious campaign" being run against him by "the arms lobby."

Members of the Dravidar Kazhagam party, which had planned a “beef banquet” and public abjuring of the "Mangalsutra” to protest certain Hindu beliefs and rituals, were apprehended and booked by the Chennai police on the grounds of promoting communal disharmony.

Mamata Banerjee has put money mavens and Wall Street whiz-kids to shame by claiming that returns from the sale of her paintings escalated 200-350 per cent within a mere 48 hours.

The government has put restrictions on the movement of state governors saying they have to stay in their respective states for at least 292 days in a year and not leave station without the President’s permission.

The home ministry has said that international NGO Greenpeace is trying to hurt India’s tea industry through international propaganda that the leaves of the beverage, when grown in India, contain hazardous pesticides.


Shiv Vishwanathan, in The Hindu, says that many of India’s minority religious communities have a confidence that the majorities lack.

Manu Joseph, says in The Hindustan Times, the government spends an inordinate amount of energy and time hounding activist organisations in India.

Gulzar Natarajan, in The Indian Express, argues against the proposal to induct experts into India’s bureaucracy as “potentially deepen(ing) the fissures in the bureaucracy and weaken(ing) governance as well as public service delivery.”

Sagarika Ghose says in The Times of India that, for all its faults, India’s “huge, diverse, chaotic, clamorous and largely uncontrollable media still provides a rough check (and not a blank cheque) on the system..”

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