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The Morning Wrap: Suspect 'Confesses' In Hema Upadhyay Murder; Odisha MLA Caught Watching Porn In Assembly

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INDIA - AUGUST 30: Hema Upadhyay, Artist at her Studio in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India ( for IT Woman Magazine ) (Photo by Mandar Deodhar/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

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The Subarnarekha River roars out of the Chota Nagpur plateau in eastern India, emptying 245 miles downstream into the Bay of Bengal, making it a vital source of life and, lately, of death.

The bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will not be a drain on the government finances. Japan has offered a loan more than Rs 79,000 crore to be repaid over 50 years at an interest rate of 0.1% per year [Yes you read that right!]. The government of India can clearly afford this.

An Australian newspaper's cartoon that shows skinny, turban-wearing Indians eating solar panels has invited widespread criticism for being "unequivocally racist". Australian MP Tim Watts called the cartoon "pathetic" and an "embarrassment".

A protest by some Congress workers took a fiery turn on Monday when they accidentally set themselves on fire while trying to burn Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effigy in Shimla.

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The Centre on Monday asked Delhi High Court to extend the observation home stay of the juvenile convict in 16 December, 2012 gangrape case who is scheduled to be released on Sunday, saying several mandatory aspects were missing from the post-release rehabilitation plan which needed to be considered before setting him free.

Hema Upadhyay, an internationally acclaimed installation artist, was murdered after she refused to pay up Rs 5 lakh that she owed a warehouse owner and his aides, one of the suspects in the case has told police.

At the request of the Enforcement Directorate, the Interpol has issued Red Corner Notices against two Italian nationals- Carlo Gerosa and Guido Ralph Haschke—who were allegedly the middlemen in the Rs 3600 crore AugustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.

As continuous disruptions in the Rajya Sabha resulted in several adjournments on Monday, finance minister Arun Jaitley warned that the Parliament's winter session would become a "washout". "The reasons for washout keep changing by the hour," said Jaitley, exasperated.

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Sex sneaked into the Odisha Assembly as senior Congress MLA Naba Kishore Das was on Monday caught watching porn clips on his smart phone during the Question Hour in an incident reminiscent of what happened in the Karnataka legislature three years ago.

The Supreme Court on Monday said it could not force anyone to do yoga, declining a request by an 85-year-old advocate petitioner seeking early hearing of his PIL on making yoga compulsory in schools.

The Akhilesh Yadav government has accepted the Supreme Court's suggestion to install electric crematoriums near the Taj Mahal and has decided to waive off cremation charges from 1 January as an incentive to wean people away from using wood pyres.

The woman from Uttar Pradesh, who last week refused to marry a man who failed to count beyond nine and answer mathematical questions, has now married a man who's a high school graduate.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lent New Delhi the same helping hand that China and Southeast Asia leveraged to take off, writes Dhruva Jaishankar in The Times of India: "If there is one takeaway from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s just concluded visit to India, it is that Japan is willing to make the same big bet on India that it once did on China and Southeast Asia."

There is little to cheer about the Paris deal, as it is against developing nations, writes Darryl D’Monte in Hindustan Times: "When developing countries look at the fine print, however, most of their sense of achievement will evaporate. The deal is deficient in virtually all respects, except for the genuflection towards equity and differentiation between countries, which was one of the red lines that India was able to enforce."

Benedict Anderson, who died earlier this week, aged 79, was the last of the great polymath social scientists, writes Ramachandra Guha in The Telegraph: "Anderson was a superb stylist, who carried his vast learning extremely lightly. Despite his distinction, he had an absolute lack of self-importance, and a lovely dry wit, characteristics on display in the letters and emails we exchanged over the years."

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