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The Morning Wrap: Arun Jaitley To Present Budget 2016; 'Aligarh' Banned In Aligarh

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 21: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrives at Parliament from the Patiala Court after filling defamation cases against AAP leaders on December 21, 2015 in New Delhi, India. As pressure mounted on it for early passage of the Juvenile Justice Bill, the government today listed the crucial legislation in Rajya Sabha for passage tomorrow and blamed Congress for blocking it in the past due to its obstructionist politics even when it was listed on 15 occasions. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley faces a tough task of balancing the needs of farm sector as well as the industry when he presents his third Budget today, seeking to garner resources to boost public spending for higher growth amid global headwinds.

Hansal Mehta's Aligarh, starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao, is not playing in theatres in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. While this 'ban' is not official, a Times of India report says the city's mayor Shakuntala Bharti has "mounted a protest against its screening". Read this to know why.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art Of Living foundation has been fined Rs 120 crore for damaging the endangered ecology of Yamuna. According to a report, a panel found that the World Culture Festival that the foundation is slated to organise will cause grievous harm to the Yamuna flood plains.

“I have an exam tomorrow,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, referring to the presentation of the Union Budget in Parliament as he gave a pep talk to motivate students appearing for board exams for which he even roped icons such as Sachin Tendulkar and Vishwanathan Anand.

India recovered from three early jolts, inflicted by a devastating spell from Mohammed Amir, before notching up a five-wicket victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 tournament.

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Here are the live updates on the ongoing 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock. Also, check out Priyanka Chopra on the red carpet, full of confidence and grace in a Zuhair Murad couture dress. The actor said she felt “like a princess on chariot” as she walked the “giant” red carpet.

A political party was launched in the name of former President APJ Abdul Kalam in Tamil Nadu. After paying tributes at Kalam's samadhi, V Ponraj, who was scientific adviser to Kalam, announced the name of the party as Abdul Kalam Vision India Party’ and hoisted its flag.

In a shocking incident, a 35-year-old man allegedly killed 14 of his family members and then committed suicide in Thane. The police suspect property dispute to be the reason for the murders.

The Union Budget may be given a dash of green with many environment-friendly measures to reduce the carbon footprint. The budget is likely to provide incentives to encourage local manufacture and R&D of electric vehicle components, including lithium-iron batteries.

Amid a debate over the JNU incident, Congress leader and former law minister Ashwani Kumar speaks about the need for India to reassess its legal systems, processes of justice and rightful limits of freedom.

In a domestic violence plea filed by actor Karisma Kapoor against her estranged industrialist husband Sunjay Kapur, she has narrated an incident where he left his ill infant son with her to play polo with Prince William.

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Sataparna Mukherjee, a Class 12 student from a village near Kolkata, has been selected by Nasa for its prestigious Goddard Internship Programme. She is among five scholars chosen from across the world for this programme.

After living in a climate of fear for a fortnight because of the Jat agitation in Haryana, Singer Gajendra Phogat released a song titled Jalta Haryana, which is now going viral.

A man who had given his car for repairing at an automobile showroom here has been booked on the charges of cheating after he drove away with the car without paying the bill of Rs 4 lakh on the pretext of taking a test ride.

A man in Ajmer asked his wife to imitate actors of a porn movie he was watching on his cell phone and when she refused, he beat her up so badly that she ended up in a hospital.

The district administration in Gurgaon has decided to take action against those found wasting water by washing vehicles or watering gardens, in the light of the water crisis in the city. A warning released said, "FIR will be lodged against anybody found washing cars or watering gardens."


As Haryana is showing, without concerted action, India could face a backlash from the growing numbers of disgruntled, unemployed or unemployable youth that will emerge as has already been witnessed in many other parts of India. So India, too, must grow rich before it grows old. For that to happen, increased investments in education and health must be central to its public policy, write Siddharth Chatterjee and Unni Karunakara in the Hindustan Times.

Send Delhi’s nationalist lawyers to the Kashmir front to do some real soldiering, writes Julio Ribeiro in The Indian Express. “If shouting slogans against the injustices of the caste system or against the perceived inequalities suffered by the poor in our land is interpreted as being anti-national, I am afraid that many, many more students, activists and others crying out for justice are going to be branded in a similar manner. That is totally unacceptable.”

Huge amounts of money have been spent in repetitive water quality surveys, even though the results are already well-documented. Also, the Government has often entrusted pseudo-environmentalists, who have zero knowledge of hydraulics and the science of water-flow, or non-environmental engineers and technologists, with decision-making in matters related to the cleaning of the river. Consequently, there has been little improvement in the health of the Ganga, writes Devendra S Bhargava in The Pioneer.

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