04/12/2015 8:09 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: For Adoption, Indians Prefer Girls Over Boys; Delhi Assembly Gives Itself A 400% Salary Hike

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Slumdog Millionaire child actor Rubina Ali Qureshi (2 L) plays with other children in the Behrampada slums in Mumbai on April 21, 2009. The father of 'Slumdog Millionaire' child actress Rubina Ali has denied trying to sell his daughter, after a British newspaper claimed he was willing to put her up for adoption at a price. AFP PHOTO/Sajjad HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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The famed Indian preference for boys, it appears, is turned on its head when it comes to adoption. Data suggests that Indian parents, deprived of a child by nature, usually opt for adopting a girl.

Cooking with firewood is passe in Vyachakurahalli village in Karnataka, as all households here have Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG). The Union petroleum ministry has officially declared it as India's first smokeless village, owing to its conversion from conventional fuel to LPG.

A Pakistani-origin couple, who are parents of a six-month old daughter, carried out the massacre that killed 14 and injured 17 at a Christmas party in California. Police shot dead the duo at the end of a manhunt, just hours after the carnage.

Cricket fans may have to wait a while longer for India and Pakistan to resume their famed rivalry. The NDA government is believed to have signalled to the BCCI that it is not in favour of playing with the neighbour as of now, even in a neutral venue like Sri Lanka.

The Delhi Assembly Thursday approved a 400 per cent pay hike for MLAs and ministers, by passing the Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Government of NCT of Delhi (Salaries, Allowances, Pension) Amendment Bill 2015.

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Harbans Mukhia sets into perspective, the notion of the term 'modern,' and argues that it probably needs revision. "It is getting increasingly hard to argue for modernity as a temporally and territorially limited category in origin, as the gift of Europe to humanity during the 18th to 20th centuries with industry, electoral democracy, capitalism, individualism, secularism, etc as its hallmarks."

CS Venkiteswaran says that International Film Festival of India (IFFI) hasn't done a good job of promoting Indian cinema internationally. "On the one hand is the panic of a Goliath-like IFFI establishment vis-a-vis the Davids of the FTII, showing how effective a popular struggle is. On the other is the disarray within the “parallel” streams of cinema in India and the gradual erosion of the raison d’être of the festival, taken over by commercial interests."

Christophe Jafferlot explains the reasons for the BJP beginning to lose local elections in Gujarat. "Because of the growing alienation of rural and semi-rural (important in a state known for its “rurbanisation” process) voters after two years of bad crops and the prospect of an agricultural crisis, and also because of the growing frustrations of those aspiring to 'neo middle-class' status."

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