29/05/2015 9:08 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Modi Snags Mamata For Dhaka Trip; The Mysterious White Pigeon From Pakistan

In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, white pigeons belonging to Marin Cvitkovic fly inside a coop in the village of Ilici near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marin Cvitkovic, pigeon trainer and devoted Catholic, has been awarded an ultimate honor - his white messenger pigeons have been selected to be released by Pope Francis at his visit to Sarajevo beginning of June. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

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President Pranab Mukherjee's comments denying the Bofors scandal during a recent interview is continuing to have fallouts. Times Now news channel is withdrawing a journalist, who was to be part of the media contingent accompanying President Pranab Mukherjee, to protest what the channel saw as "informal verbal directives" to restrict its coverage of the issue.

On Thursday, Mysore welcomed its new king – a bespectacled, 22-year-old Boston graduate – in a glittering ceremony attended by royals from all over the world and Karnataka’s top political leaders, even as the family remained embroiled in a legal battle over the ownership of the estate.

Mehdi Hassan says Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on the persecution of the Rohingyas in Myanmar is inexcusable.

Researchers from the United Kingdom and India are working together to create Bio-CPV, a system of smart power supply that supplants solar with readily available bio-mass and hydrogen. This low-cost mix is expected to create uninterrupted supply, starting with a remote village near Shantiniketan in West Bengal.

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The Union agriculture ministry is probing the circumstances under which a senior government scientist purportedly tried to malign vaccines used to protect livestock from foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks that can threaten India's milk yields.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Dhaka on June 6, scaling up their new-found amity and shedding the misgivings that had prompted her to skip a similar tour with Manmohan Singh less than four years ago.

Seizing on the Modi-Manmohan meeting on Thursday, Rahul Gandhi mocked PM Modi saying that he had invited his predecessor for “tutorials” following criticism that the economy was floundering, even as Gandhi savaged the RSS for trying to "murder individuality".

Breast cancer has replaced cervical cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in India, while deaths due to lung cancer topped the list for men, according to a new international study.

In a controversial move, IIT-Madras has banned a discussion forum for students following an anonymous complaint that it tried to spread "hatred" against Prime Minister Modi by mobilizing SC/ST students to question government policies on the use of Hindi and the ban on cow slaughter.

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The entry and capture of a white pigeon, apparently from Pakistan, in the Indian border village of Pathankot in Punjab, has caused consternation among intelligence sleuths and the Punjab Police.

The BJP leadership continues to be tied in knots around the question of been bans, with the latest being BJP president Amit Shah, who gave contradictory messages in Goa on whether BJP wants a total or partial beef ban across the country.

Perhaps the once-feared Bombay gangsters are cash-strapped but Dawood Ibrahim aide and terror under-trial Mohammad Dossa confessed to an infructuous scheme where he commissioned three Mumbai models to take part in a show in Dubai, paid one of them an advance and then used his own men to rob her of the same amount.

Swapna Roy the daughter of a brick-kiln worker in West Bengal resisted her family’s attempts to drop out of school and get married. Roy then went on to score a 92% in her 10th class examinations and will now continue on to high school.


Ashok Sanjay Guha, in The Telegraph, suggests that conversions - or ghar wapsis - by inducement represents a win-win situation for everyone and far from being outlawed, they ought to be vigorously promoted.

Anupam Manur, in The Hindu, argues that government-run India Posts, should be used to run social welfare schemes that are currently saddled on India’s overburdened state banks.

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