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The Morning Wrap: Mehbooba Mufti Claims She Can Become J&K CM In '10 Minutes'; Violence In Andhra

Leader of the opposition Mehbooba Mufti speaks to reporters outside the state legislature house in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. The legislature in Indian-controlled Kashmir erupted in chaos Wednesday and was adjourned for the day over a clemency request for a man sentenced to death in a deadly 2001 attack on India's Parliament. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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In a blistering attack on the Congress, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu accused it of doing 'tamasha' politics over the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula, and asserted that the party never bothered about Dalits during its own rule. “You were silent then and violent now. This is all 'tamasha' going on. Congress party is doing 'tamasha' politics,” Naidu said.

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Raveena Tandon gave away her youngest daughter Chhaya Tandon in Goa on 30 January to groom Shawn Mendes. Raveena, a single mother who adopted Chhyaya and Pooja in the 90s, was personally in charge of the entire event.

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The Peoples Democratic Party hinted at a trust deficit with alliance partner BJP, urging the Centre to repose trust in the people of the state to implement the Agenda of Alliance. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti claimed she could become the chief minister within "10 minutes" provided she is convinced that the “vision of peace and reconciliation of her father Mufti Sayeed would be implemented”.

Andhra Pradesh’s quota stir took a violent turn. Seeking reservation under the Backward Classes category, the Kapu community members set a train, a police station and police vehicles on fire, and blocked roads and rail traffic for several hours at Tuni, in East Godavari district.

The Delhi Police re-examined Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s driver and domestic help who were with his wife Sunanda Pushkar hours before she was found dead in a five-star hotel in the city in 2014. Sources said the special investigation team launched another round of questioning in the case last week.

The Islamic State terror group has warned Britain of an attack more severe than the Paris strikes, saying the country will receive the “lion's share” of the slaughter for its “declaration of war against Muslims”.

A city court sentenced to death three persons convicted of the 2013 gang-rape and murder of a college student from West Bengal. Three other convicts were sentenced to life imprisonment. The verdict comes more than two-and-a-half years after the incident.

Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray to win the 6th Australian Open title at Melbourne Park. The defending champion was at his ruthless best under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, mauling Murray in the baseline duels and closing out the match in two hours and 53 minutes.

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After unveiling the first Transgender Policy in the country with an aim to end societal stigma towards the transgender community, the Kerala government is now getting ready to launch 'Gender Taxi', a taxi service owned and operated by transgenders.

Within the first 10 seconds of Coldplay’s latest video, ‘Hymn for the Weekend’, there are several stereotypes of India: majestic ruins overgrown with weeds, peacocks spreading their tail-feathers and sadhus in saffron robes with ash-smeared foreheads. No wonder the band was trending on social media, and not necessarily for the right reasons.

Vaccine for the Zika virus may be years away. The US has two potential candidates for a vaccine and may begin clinical trials in people by the end of this year, but there will not be a widely available vaccine for several years, US officials said.

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Others may go blue in the face trying to justify the practice of banning women from the inner sanctum of a temple in the name of tradition, but Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur merely throws out a nonchalant diktat to all Indian womankind: Pray at home. No matter how many male bastions they storm, no matter how many glass ceilings they shatter, patriarchy continues to want to show women their place if they dare flout the Rules, writes Shuma Raha.

I’m not a historian nor an expert on Subhas Chandra Bose but I find it inexplicable, even baffling, that many, including members of his close family, refuse to believe he died in a plane crash on the 18th of August 1945. That some actually believe he spent years incarcerated in a Soviet Gulag camp or hiding in Manchuria or disguised as Gunnami Baba is simply unbelievable, writes Karan Thapar in The Hindustan Times.

The crisis over government formation has now stretched longer than expected in Jammu and Kashmir. The widening gap between the alliance partners PDP and BJP could lead to frosty relations in the coming days. Sameer Yasir points to six reasons why the PDP could be delaying government formation in the state.

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