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The Morning Wrap: Ahead Of Parliament, Congress Bracing To Contest BJP Over GST; SC Sentences Dead Man To Prison

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JULY 24: BJP MPs hold placards during a protest near Mahatma Gandhi statue against Congress Party not allowing Parliament to function during the monsoon session on July 24, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Both houses of parliament were disrupted again on Friday, washing out the first week of the monsoon session without transacting any major business. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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Sikh-Canadian writer and journalist Veerender Jubbal has been going through social media hell for the past few days, ever since someone photoshopped a selfie on his Twitter feed it to make him look like an Islamic state bomber, involved with Friday's attack in Paris.

Bhartiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has accused Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi of being a British citizen, and demanded that he be stripped of his Indian citizenship and Lok Sabha membership.

Sandip Roy explains his reasons for not tri-colourizing his Facebook page to the colours of France.

Prajakta Hebbar says that the Pinga song sequence in Bajirao Mastani appears contrived.

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After the BJP's drubbing in Bihar, the party is experimenting in local polls in Gandhinagar by fielding an unprecedented number of Muslim candidates.

After instant noodles, Baba Ramdev's Patanjali is set to take on Adidas and Nike, with a customized line of yoga wear.

The winter session of Parliament is round the corner and the Congress is warming up to counter the ruling BJP on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

The Hindu has studied interrogation reports by ex- Islamic State operative, Areeb Majeed from Mumbai, who spent five months with the IS. From his testimony it emerges that the IS is operating more like a modern nation state than a medieval unruly entity.

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The Supreme Court on Monday found that it had sentenced a man to seven years imprisonment, finding him guilty of rape charges, nearly three years after he had died.

A man was found guilty of 'mortgaging' his wife and later on killing the person to whom he had lent her to.

Mulayam Singh's strategy to wipe off the gloom of his Samajwadi Party's defeat in the Bihar election, is to organize a grand concert featuring AR Rahman.

Schoolchildren across the country will have to recite the preamble of the Constitution and listen to a talk on its making, as part of the Narendra Modi government's plan to celebrate Constitution Day on November 26.


Radha Kumar discusses the emergence of selfie militancy in Kashmir. "What is the meaning of this selfie militancy? Is it that these young men prefer to wage their battles through social media rather than armed conflict, in which the gun is a decorative prop rather than a weapon of war? Or is it that militant youth do not fear the security forces because they know they will be sheltered and protected by the local population?"

Nicolas Henin, a former IS hostage, says "The completion of a terrorist act does not depend on the perpetrator, it depends on the victim. The success of 9/11 was not the collapse of the Twin Towers, but the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. And surprisingly, Iraq then became the birthplace of the Isis."

Ajith Balakrishnan harks back to the early '90s when entrepreneurs were betting on 'interactive TV ' to be the 'next big thing.' "It is easy to look back at such forecasts about the evolution of an industry and smile indulgently, but you can do that only if you are an academic scholar. What if you are an entrepreneur in that industry and must bet on one of the outcomes? What factors dictate which as an industry will evolve? Which of the many technologies and consumer offerings will emerge as winners?"

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