19/02/2016 8:57 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Central Unis Must Fly The National Flag; Widow Pawns Sons To Cremate Husband

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India. Jammu & Kashmir state, up in the extreme north of the country. Indian flag flying over Kargil War memorial, built by the Indian Army, in Drass, (3230 m), in the foothills of the Tololing Hill. The memorial, located about 5 km from the city centre across the Tiger Hill, commemorates the martyrs of the Kargil War. The names of the soldiers who lost their lives in the War are inscribed on the Memorial Wall and can be read by visitors. A giant national flag, weighing 15 kg was hoisted at the Kargil war memorial to commemorate the 13th anniversary of India's victory in the war. The town shot into prominence in the summer of 1999 following Pakistani army incursions into Jammu and Kashmir. The ensuing Kargil War saw Drass being shelled by the Pakistani army and the war ended with the Indian Army recapturing the areas surrounding the town. Drass is also famous for being the second coldest inhabited place in the world, and winter temperatures are sometimes known to plummet to less than minus 40 degrees.

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As we saw at Patiala House yesterday, the men in black were back on rampage, pummelling reporters, raining blows on JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar and then boasting about it, writes Sandip Roy. We now have a new definition of lawyer in the Indian English Dictionary, forged right inside a court complex. Lawyer (n): One who takes the law into his own hands.

In an attempt to evoke students' patriotic spirit, the BJP-led government has made it mandatory for each central university in the country to fly an Indian flag on a 207-feet high mast. The government claimed that the proposal came from the vice-chancellors.

Transgender activist and founder of Delhi-based LGBT NGO Mitr Trust, Rudrani Chettri Chauhan revealed the names and pictures of the first three models that successfully cleared auditioning rounds for India’s first transgender modelling agency.

“Unscheduled flight VTJSG just landed in Srinagar after normal operation hours. Something is cooking with the PDP-BJP government formation,” Tweeted the former J&K CM, Omar Abdullah. And that’s how he blew the cover of a top secret political meeting in Srinagar.

He might have bid adieu to cricket, but Sachin Tendulkar continues to make records with the his autobiography 'Playing It My Way' entering the Limca Book of Records for being the best-selling adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories.

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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa announced free bus travel for senior citizens in Chennai. The free travel, with a cap of 10 journeys in a month, is the latest in the series of freebies implemented by the AIADMK regime.

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Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump cannot claim to be a Christian, Pope Francis said, after the billionaire vowed to build a border wall to keep out immigrants. “Vote, don’t vote, I won’t meddle. But I simply say, if he says these things, this man is not a Christian,” he said.

Within 24 hours, the issue of government formation in Arunachal Pradesh saw a complete reversal with the Supreme Court vacating its “status quo” order, paving the way for a new Government in the State.

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A final-year engineering student in Gujarat has made a record of sorts. The whiz-kid has got three patents published in his name. Nandan Shah has invented three devices — a folding keyboard, a smart-locking device and a mass storage device.

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A Facebook post from Uttarakhand helped raise Rs 50,000 within a few hours towards the treatment of Anil Arya, 6, who suffers from Retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that rapidly develops from the immature cells of the retina.

Lance Naik Hanumantappa Koppad, who died in a Delhi hospital three days after he was rescued from under 35 feet of snow in the Siachen glacier, has inspired the Canine Research and Information Centre in Karnataka to donate six Mudhol hounds to the Army.

In a heart-wrenching tale of poverty from a mineral-rich region of Odisha, a widow was forced to pawn her two minor sons for money to perform the last rites of her husband in Champua.


“In the 1990s, the country’s polity was divided by secular versus pseudo secular faultlines; now, another divide, and frankly far more insidious, is sought to be created between ‘national’ and ‘anti-national’ forces. When I was first accused of being ‘anti-national’ on social media, I was angry. Now, a few years later, the current coarse political discourse, where desh bhakti certificates are being liberally distributed, tempts me to scream: garv se kaho hum desh-drohi hain (proud to be ‘anti-national’). Let me tell you why,” writes Rajdeep Sardesai in the Hindustan Times.

The revocation of President’s Rule in any State ought to be welcomed, as it paves the way for the installation of a popular government. The latest Supreme Court order allowing the Union government to withdraw the proclamation bringing Arunachal Pradesh under Central rule may end the prevailing uncertainty and help avoid a constitutional vacuum, but it may not prevent more legal tangles, says The Hinduin this editorial.

With Assembly election round the corner in West Bengal, the Congress and the Left are likely to forge an alliance to offer tough competition to the Trinamool Congress. And if they succeed, the tie-up will be extended to the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. It is indeed a gamble whether a Left Front-Congress alliance will deliver the desired result, writes Kalyani Shankar in The Pioneer.

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