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The Morning Wrap: 12 BJP MPs Push The Wrong Button During A Vote; PM Modi Gives An Exclusive Interview To Time Magazine

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a function to mark the national Panchayati Raj or village civil council day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, April 24, 2015. Modi on Friday urged Panchayat members to work with a five-year vision with concrete development plans to bring about positive changes in their village and also emphasized on the need for education, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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Oops! 12 BJP MPs pushed the wrong button during the most important vote of the year. Finance minister Arun Jaitley later claimed that there had been an electronic malfunction, because of which the vote count was incorrect.

Rahul Gandhi is finally on social media. Heralded for being a youth icon, the 44-year old Gandhi scion joined social networking site Twitter last week, and started tweeting yesterday.

In an exclusive interview with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, TIME magazine's cover story this month explores 'Why Modi matters'.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet has decided to extend the budget session of the Lok Sabha by three days until May 13 to try passing the bills that can lead to faster reforms and higher investment.

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A 15-year-old athlete has died while three others have been hospitalised following a suicide pact between them. All four were undergoing training at Water Sports Centre of Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Alappuzha, Kerala. In a suicide note jointly signed by them, they have alleged harassment by seniors which caused them to take the extreme step.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday called on Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who was convicted by a sessions court in the 2002 hit-and-run case and is on interim relief till Friday, at his residence in suburban Bandra. However, the ruling BJP disapproved of the gesture, saying a politician paying visit to a person convicted by a court of law is not a "good precedent".

Will luck smile on Salman Khan on today when the Bombay high court hears his case for freedom? The court had on Wednesday granted him interim bail for 48 hours after a sessions court in Mumbai held the superstar guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced him to five year rigorous imprisonment in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

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Legendary Argentina footballer Diego Maradona has got baptised in the West Asian river Jordan on the same place where Jesus Christ is believed to have been baptised.

Rahul Gandhi targeted the Prime Minister again on Thursday, accusing him of revenge politics in Amethi rather than keeping his promise of change. The Amethi MP demanded an explanation why permission to a food park in his constituency was cancelled.

12 people were charred to death and four others injured in an explosion in an illegal fire cracker factory at Pingla in West Midnapore district late Wednesday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered a CID probe into the explosion.

Indian industry is barking up the wrong tree in criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for its woes, instead it should focus on setting its house in order, says KV Kamath, chairman, ICICI Bank.


Sudheendra Kulkarni in The Indian Express writes about why Prime Minister Narendra Modi should ignore Arun Shourie’s advice as he sets out for Beijing. How India perceives China, and how we think China perceives India, is of the utmost importance. Shourie is wrong on both counts, writes Kulkarni, alluding to China as an “adversary who rains evil” on India.

Dhiraj Nayyar in The Hindu writes about how everyone loves a political dogfight. He therefore concludes that it is no surprise that Rahul Gandhi’s holding-no-punches comeback to frontline politics has attracted much attention. A constant battle between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the presumptive leader of the leading opposition party will quite obviously be a feature of politics, at least until 2019, he argues.

Though the Supreme Court did well in sparing Rahul Gandhi the harassment of appearing before an outstation court in a defamation case, nobody can miss the irony of the Congress vice-president challenging the constitutionality of the related criminal provisions, writes an editorial in today's Times of India.

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