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The Morning Wrap: Home Ministry To Bar Information On Muslim Police Officers; Snapdeal To Launch Ad Platform

Indian policemen set up a barricade on a road in Mumbai on July 30, 2015. India executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon for conspiring in the nation's deadliest attack, a series of blasts that killed hundreds in Mumbai more than two decades ago. Memon was hanged at Nagpur jail in the western state of Maharashtra on his 53rd birthday after India's president and Supreme Court rejected 11th-hour appeals for clemency. AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Goa, one of India's popular tourism destinations for New Year celebrations, has now been dropped off the list of travel destinations considered 'safe' by Russia.

Air pollution in Delhi is now, hazardously and literally, off the charts.

Arun Jaitley gave a blistering address, likening the period of India's Emergency to that of Nazi Germany. As a rejoinder, and widely lauded by the opposition benches, CPI(M)'s general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, hurled the Hitler and Third Reich references back at the BJP by quoting from RSS-luminary MS Golwalkar, who in his book, We Or Our Nationhood Defined, expressed his admiration for how Germany 'managed' the Jews.

An influential Sunni Muslim leader in Kerala, Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musalyar, has decried reservations for women in elections arguing that "they (women) were only fit to deliver children," and that "Gender equality is something which is never going to be a reality. It is against Islam, humanity and intellectually wrong."

Ravina Raj Kohli says that an arranged marriage is an effective, practical arrangement. Love be damned.

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For the first time in 16 years, the Union Home Ministry has decided to stop making public, information about Muslims serving in the police force.

In a bid to get Congress on board for one of the biggest tax reform moves, the Centre may back more than one GST rate "targeted mainly at luxury and sin goods" amid indications that it could drop the proposal allowing manufacturing states to levy up to 1% additional tax.

Russian Information Centre head in Goa, Ekaterina Belyakova, on Sunday, stated that Russia has not removed India or Goa from the list of safe destinations. It was only that the authorities 'did not discuss Goa or India in the safe destination list'.

Paris prepares to host the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change conference beginning on Monday, raising expectations that the participation of nearly 150 Presidents, Prime Ministers and heads of state in a leadership event will bring about a good agreement.

The Bangalore Literature Festival scheduled next week, has run into rough weather with its founder director, Vikram Sampath, stepping down days after three Kannada writers refused to participate in the event because of his remarks on writers returning their awards.

Online marketplace, run by Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, will soon roll out its own advertising platform to add another potentially-key revenue stream and reduce its dependence on Google Inc. and Facebook Inc.

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A Lord Shani temple in Ahmadnagar district of Maharashtra performed a ‘purification puja’ on Sunday after a young woman offered worship to the idol placed on a platform from where women are traditionally barred.

In Jharkhand, railway commuters will chance upon a nameless station that is caught between the pride of residents and the railways' inability to build a station at the right place, because of the terrain.

Sign language will be recognised as a separate language in Madhya Pradesh and 10 industrial training institutes will be set up at divisional headquarters to give vocational training to the hearing and speech impaired in the next one year.


Faisal Devji says that India isn't on the radar of the Isis. "This longing to join the all-white club of terrorism's leading enemies can even be seen as a perversion of the older desire that India take her place among the great powers."

Arvind Subramanian says that developed-country calls to phase out coal in India are unworkable and the solution is 'green' coal. "The time is ripe to create a global green and clean coal coalition. That, rather than unconscionable calls to phase out India’s cheapest form of energy, would best serve the cause of fighting climate change."

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