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The Morning Wrap: Centre Says Geeta's DNA Doesn't Match Family's; Modi's Wise Words Available As CDs For Babus

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INDORE, INDIA - NOVEMBER 6: Geeta, the deaf and mute girl, who returned to India from Pakistan recently expressing her happiness while interacting with media persons at Indore Deaf and Bilingual Academy on November 6, 2015 in Indore, India. Geeta, who lived in Pakistan for about 15 years after accidentally landing in the country as a child, is currently lodged at an institution for the hearing- and speech-impaired here. (Photo by Shankar Mourya/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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The government on Thursday said the DNA sample of speech and hearing-impaired Geeta — an Indian national who returned from Pakistan recently after inadvertently crossing the border more than a decade ago — did not match with the Mahato family from Bihar, even as many other families have come forward to claim her as their daughter.

A 31-year-old man with hearing and speech impairment, who had been conferred with the President’s Education Award, was shot dead in northeast Delhi.

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An online Railways test for recruitment of disabled candidates on Thursday was held on the second and third floor of a building with no lifts or ramps, making it an ironic, ordeal for applicants to reach the venue.

A Japanese team had arrived in Narendra Modi's constituency on Tuesday hoping to see some project reports on how to achieve the Prime Minister's plan of developing Varanasi on the lines of Kyoto, a key tourist hotspot. The only thing the experts apparently got to see was garbage on the streets before leaving empty-handed.

The Narendra Modi government is taking the Prime Minister's efforts to engage directly with the civil servants a step further. It has prepared a set of two compact discs containing extracts of one of Modi's much-discussed speeches to bureaucrats that it plans to gift to every civil servant including Indian Administrative Service officers in the country, as a ready reckoner of sorts on good governance.


MJ Akbar takes Mani Shankar Aiyar to task for soliciting 'help from Pakistan.' "What right do Aiyar and Khurshid have to talk about talks when all their talking for 10 years did not take the two countries an inch forward? Or is simulation and pretence all that they and the Congress have as substitute for policy? "

Janaki Nair says that few have done as much to immortalize Tipu Sultan, as much as the British. "Srirangapatna was soon turned into what I have called a “topography of conquest”, a new place of pilgrimage for British soldiers and tourists. From the 1870s on, those quartered at Bangalore were enjoined to revisit the sites of his fall and death, and vicariously participate in that glorious moment when the tide turned in favour of the British."

Swapan Dasgupta opines that Modi's visit to the United Kingdom symbolizes the dawn of a new kind of relationship. "India is changing, Britain has changed and British Indians are on the cusp of an economic take off (which is not the case with the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities). It will be a little while before new realities overwhelm set perceptions. Modi's visit is a step in making the adjustments happen."

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