15/05/2015 9:11 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: ISIS Killed 39 Indians In Iraq Last June; China TV Broadcasts India Map Sans Arunachal & Kashmir

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Asma Javed, who’d made headlines in 2011 as the first woman to run for president at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) elections, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her apartment in the Civil Lines area of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, according to an NDTV report.

An advertisement featuring Ranveer Singh beating up a rubber shark to impress a girl has infuriated NGO People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, India. On receiving the organisation’s strongly-worded protest, Rupa Frontline, the commissioner of the ad, has said it will carry a disclaimer soon.

Katrina Kaif made a stunning debut for the 68th Cannes Film Festival in a black Oscar de la Renta gown and new red hairdo, as part of L'oreal's Indian contingent at the festival.

How productive was the just concluded Parliament Session? HuffPost finds that though some good work got done by no measure was it—as Venkaiah Nadu boasted—the “busiest” ever.

Modi may have gone to China to discuss some serious business but Twitter had a laugh on the first day of his visit.

Kolkata Knight Riders co-owners, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta, have been served Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons for allegedly violating FEMA norms

Shilpi Tewari details 10 reasons why Shashi Tharoor is wrong about Smriti Irani.

Sarah Farooqi says the Government's child labour law amendments are good but don't go far enough.

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Harjit Masih, a resident of Gurdaspur in Punjab, has claimed to be the only survivor of a cold-blooded shootout of 40 Indian hostages by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq in June last year. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, however denied his claims and said she had “eight sources” who said that the other 39 were alive.

India and Afghanistan suspect that New Delhi's ambassador may have been the target of terrorists who killed 14 people, including four Indians, as they waited to listen to a Hindustani classical concert in Kabul last evening.

The Supreme Court ban on photos of chief ministers, ministers and governors in government-sponsored ads has irked several, regional political parties.

The Supreme Court has given fresh life to the investigation against Ranjit Sinha, former director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, by asking the Central Vigilance Commission to conduct a thorough probe.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued a letter to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block websites of taxi operators Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola Cabs, following a request from the Delhi government.

Off The Front Page

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis’ enthusiastic attempt to rear a cow and its calf in his official South Mumbai residence seems to have flagged. Fadnavis, away in China with Modi, is learnt to have sent the animals back to their home in Latur as they were unable to adjust to the life in the Maximum City.

Amidst all the bonhomie and dark glasses, China’s state-run television broadcaster CCTV aired a map of India that excluded Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

In the aftermath of the Delhi police’s brick-wielding controversy, its traffic-police constabulary plans to wear cameras on their uniform that will automatically turn itself on and record conversations with potential traffic violators.

An upcoming Hindu fringe-group, which calls itself the Shiv Sena Hindustan, has honourably joined the loony brigade after it defaced road signs in Delhi named for Muslim personalities such as Emperor Akbar and Firozshah.

A Catholic priest’s sermon to a group of boys in Tamil Nadu, on the perils of wasting electricity, in some mysterious way provoked them into grievously assaulting him.


Jean Dreze, The Hindu, says that the improved public distribution system in Bihar shows that even India’s worst-governed States are capable of reforming their PDS.

Madhu Kishwar, in The Indian Express, says that only a minority of foreign funded NGOs are actually engaged in development work.

Alok Rai, in The Indian Express says that the Salman Khan verdict shows that “…at a more general level, ours is a country in which crime and punishment, the ineluctable foundation of a system of justice, has come unstuck…”

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