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The Morning Wrap: Mehbooba Mufti Set To Be J&K's First Woman CM; Cop Takes Pet For Patrolling Instead Of Sniffer Dog

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 5: (Editor's Note: This is an exclusive shoot of Hindustan Times) Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, President of the Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party, speaks during a session at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on December 5, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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Mehbooba Mufti, who is the ruling PDP president, is set to be the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, succeeding her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who passed away on Thursday. Party MLAs unanimously elected her as their leader yesterday, and wrote to Governor N N Vohra in this regard.

In the aftermath of the deadly attack on the Pathankot Air Force Base, carried out by terrorists who came from Pakistan, the Modi government is adopting a cautious strategy to its interaction with Islamabad, and a wait-and-watch approach

to the upcoming Foreign Secretary-level talks.

Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh, whose vehicle was hijacked by terrorists to enter the Pathankot air base, might be subjected to a polygraph test by the National Investigation Agency. According to senior officials, there are inconsistencies in his statement.

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Six vital organs harvested from a five-year-old girl from Tamil Nadu has saved the lives of several people. The child died after she met with an accident last week, and her father said he was "proud" that his daughter would "will live long through these recipients".

A group of young seers and saints are launching a Facebook page for the protection of cows in the fast-approaching Magh Mela. They want to target Hindus between the ages of 18-35 years studying in universities, IITs, IIMs, and other technical institute and teach them the "importance of cows as well as scientific significance of cow-dung and urine in human life".

When the local police chief of a Moradabad police station in UP couldn't find a sniffer dog to check the luggage of passengers at railway stations and bus depots, he did the next best thing — he went home, unshackled his pet and took the bewildered canine to snoop on equally bewildered people.

A woman managed to win local civic polls in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh after her husband convinced her to contest in the elections in the name of his deceased first wife.


UPA couldn’t constitute the National Counter Terrorism Centre, but NDA must lose no time in doing so, writes P Chidambaram in The Indian Express: "The best message of reassurance to a shaken and sceptical nation and the best warning to our enemies that we take terrorism as a serious threat will be to notify forthwith the National Counter Terrorism Centre."

Calm heads should prevail in the wake of Bengal’s Malda riots, according to an editorial in The Times of India: "With the situation in Kaliachak in Bengal’s Malda district remaining tense in the wake of recent mob violence, it’s advisable that all political parties refrain from trying to score political points."

To tempt capital, West Bengal must alter its politics, writes Rudrangshu Mukherjee in The Telegraph: "Even without going into dry-as-dust statistics, the impression is unavoidable that West Bengal is starved of investments... Investors will demonstrate their faith in West Bengal not because of the misleading figures presented to them but when they are convinced that the nature of politics and governance have perceptibly changed in West Bengal."

Punjab is once again emerging as a hotbed of terror, writes Jaiveer Shergill in Hindustan Times: "Despite that two high-intensity terrorist attacks — first Gurdaspur, and now Pathankot — have taken place within a span of six months and this should be a matter of serious concern for both the Government of India and the state of Punjab."

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