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The Morning Wrap: India Ranks Lowly 106 In World Giving Index; Book A Train Ticket 30 Minutes Before Departure

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On the eve of Diwali, four veteran leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party issued a statement attributing their party's defeat in the Bihar State Election to its "emasculation," and failure to learn from the Delhi election "fiasco," earlier this year.

A day before Diwali and 48 hours after an election debacle in Bihar, the Narendra Modi government has said it would make foreign investment easier in 15 crucial sectors of the Indian economy.

Meteorologists have warned that Diwali is going to be 'critically polluted' in Delhi and children ought to stay indoors.

This year, Twitter has decided to add to the festivities of Diwali. After the 'Make In India' emoji, Twitter India has specially created an emoji to bring in Diwali this year.

Rachna Parmar details the five kinds of gifts you must avoid giving, this Diwali.

Main News

India ranked a lowly 106 in the World Giving Index, that ranks the nations of the world on their generosity. India has dipped from last year on the list, which was led by Myanmar and the United States.

US President Barack Obama called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night to greet him on Diwali and they agreed to meet in Turkey on the sidelines of the G20 Summit to be held early next week.

Rajasthan government will be conducting e-auction of major minerals, becoming the first state in the country to do so. The auction will be completed in 45-60 days from the day bidding starts.

Kerala finance minister K M Mani resigned from the Oommen Chandy government on Tuesday following mounting pressure from the Congress and other allies of the ruling UDF, a day after the Kerala High Court declined to halt a probe against him in a bribery case.

Off The Front Page

An intriguing ritual, among the Nat tribe in Uttar Pradesh, involved the marriage of a couple, who were 'betrothed,' but died 18 years ago as toddlers.

China’s leading Internet search providing firm Baidu on Monday launched an updated version of its third-party Android app store - MoboMarket 3.0 - in Hindi to cater to its growing Indian user-base.

Come November 12, you can book a railway ticket online, 30 minutes prior to the departure of a train. Railways have also made changes in its system of preparation of chart, which would now be prepared twice.


Vanita Kohli-Khandekar says that for online news-journalism to be successful in India, it still has to figure out a sustainable business model. "...Largely, for now, original content websites are just that - a nice new set of options for the Indian news audience. Their ability to create a sustainable news ecosystem is a work-in-progress."

Sandeep Dikshit explains why he will always be a patriot but never a nationalist. "I reject being a nationalist. Nationalism is slyly inserted under many names and with many legitimacies — by invoking god, quoting scriptures, those shibboleths of mortal words, sometimes intelligent, often banal, usually understood and quoted with convenience and kept away from questioning in the name of faith."

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