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The Morning Wrap: Dawood Aide Warns Of 'Consequences' To Yakub Hanging; Uber To Invest $1 Billion In India

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While Yakub Memon's hanging today polarised the nation, Congress Party leader Shashi Tharoor sparked controversy by lambasting the death penalty as a pointless and retributive practice.

The government said it is "overwhelmingly" sure that the Gurdaspur terrorist attacks had a Pakistan connection.

Thousands thronged the coastal town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday for one last glimpse of former President A P J Abdul Kalam.

India, already bursting at the seams with over a billion people, will overtake China earlier than expected to become the world's most populous country.

An artist's tribute to Kalam triggered a ton of Facebook outrage.

Pranav Gandhi says that though the courts have cleared Sreesanth, he continues to deserve to be punished.

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Dawood Ibrahim's aide, Chota Shakeel, has warned that there would be "consequences" to Yakub Memon's hanging.

General Motors, which has had a troubled past in India, announced a $1 billion-investment in India and 10 new cars in the next five years.

The Taliban's Supreme Counicl has picked Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as successor to Mullah Omar, whose death was finally confirmed by the militant organisation this week.

Yakub Memon's funeral was quiet but well-attended.

Caste calculations aside, Nitish Yadav is banking on the votes of women, as a distinct constituency, to sail home in the Bihar elections.

Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit the Film and Television Institute of India to express solidarity with the striking students.

Uber will invest $1 billion in India.

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As part of desperate efforts to save Yakub Memon, his lawyer Anand Grover, argued at 3 am on Thursday that his client was "schizophrenic."

Yakub Memon was buried at the 7.5-acre Bada Qabristan in Mumbai's Marine Lines, one of the largest Muslim cemeteries in India and the final resting place for Bollywood luminaries such as Suraiya, Nargis Dutt and Mehboob Khan.

Three Chechen girls allegedly swindled over $3,000 off ISIS recruiters, by conning them into giving money, on the pretext that the girls would use it to travel to Syria.

The Nagpur jail authorities offered Yakub Memon a birthday cake, hours before he was to be hanged.


Vinod Sharma queries whether the the Yakub Memon hanging episode may have adversely affected the ability of India's intelligence agencies to nurture informants.

Swapan Dasgupta says that "...Kalam represented an Indian dream that had very little in common with those who felt that Memon's death sentence should be commuted."

Chinmayi Arun says that the Attorney General's views in court on the privacy rights available to Indians, is worrying.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta says that the hanging of Memon shows up India's executive as unable to portray moderation as a strength and institutions as impartial.

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