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The Morning Wrap: Minister Blames Food Regulator For 'Environment Of Fear'; Telecom Ministry Body Says Whatsapp And Facebook Need Monitoring

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2014 file photo shows WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on a smartphone in New York. One sign of the growing confidence in the US economy was an increase in corporate deals. One of the most high-profile was Facebook’s $22 billion acquisition of the mobile-messaging application WhatsApp. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)

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While it was bad enough that Vasundhara Raje recommended Lalit Modi for British citizenship, reports say that she even nominated him for a Padma award in 2007.

Twitter erupted against Hema Malini, who was involved in a car accident that killed a child, after she appeared to callously blame the child’s father for rash driving.

The crushing commute on the Mumbai local trains might not get more comfortable, but now all you need is an app -- rather than queue up -- to squeeze in.

The Supreme Court has asked why India’s leading political parties shouldn’t be compelled to be more accountable.

The Delhi High Court has said that Uber appears to be unfairly discriminated against viz-a-viz other app-based taxi aggregators.

Main News

Among the key discrepancies in the Vyapam investigations is that none of those, alleged to have committed suicide, have left a suicide note.

Alluding to the ban on Maggi, Food Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that FSSAI, India’s food regulator, had created an “environment of fear.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Beijing's support to Pakistan in United Nations over Lakhvi's release was unacceptable.

The tumble in Chinese stocks also depressed India’s Sensex by 483 points.

A committee set up by the telecom department has recommended that apps be monitored to safeguard threats to national security.

Bogged down by bad loans, the Modi government is contemplating breaking forex reserves to fund infrastructure projects.

Off The Front Page

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, an expert in judo and karate, told Modi that he found yoga too daunting.

An enthusiastic tourism ministry, keen to establish that Modi’s foreign tours brought more tourists to India, claimed a 49% jump in tourists from Uzbekistan over last year. Modi visited the country only two days ago.

Information technology (IT) czar Azim Premji has given away almost half of his stakeholding in Wipro, India’s third largest exporter of software services, to philanthrophy.


Amrita Shah notes the striking parallels between Narendra Modi and Rajiv Gandhi.

Praveen Swami traces ISIS’ appeal among the several disenfranchised, to its promise of an alternative world.

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