03/03/2016 9:24 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Kanhaiya Kumar Gets Bail; Cricketer Martin Crowe Passes Away

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Indian students and activists shout slogans and protest against the arrest of an Indian student for sedition in New Delhi on March 2, 2016. An Indian court has granted bail to a student leader who was arrested on a controversial sedition charge last month, sparking major protests and a nationwide debate over free speech. Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on February 12 over a rally at Delhi's prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where anti-India slogans were chanted. He has been in judicial custody in the capital's Tihar jail since February 17. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Metaphors abound in the Delhi High Court judgement that gave bail to JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar – metaphors that seek to emphasise the value of nationalism. Justice Pratibha Rani begins her judgement granting bail by quoting from the famous patriotic song ‘Mere desh ki dharti’.

Raking up everything from farmer woes to the suicide of Rohith Vemula, Congress Party VP Rahul Gandhi launched a full-blown attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the highlight of his speech in Lok Sabha was the litany of jibes he unleashed, carefully treading the line between funny and offensive.

IMPACT magazine from the exchange4media Group has arranged a panel to recognise the remarkable achievements of women in Indian media, advertising and marketing. The panel includes only men, and the social media isn't too happy about it.

The rickshaw-puller who was caught having sex with deceased Aligarh Muslim University professor Shrinivas Ramachandra Siras is now scared for his life after the release of Hansal Mehta's Aligarh, according to a report by The Hindu.

Tamil Nadu's state-owned cable TV and internet service provider Arasu Corporation has launched a fibre-based broadband service starting at Rs299 per month for a line with 2Mbps speed and a 2GB data limit.

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JNU erupted in joy and raised slogans of ‘azaadi (freedom) and ‘lal salam’(Red salute) as soon as the news of students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s six-month conditional bail in a sedition case reached them.

New Zealand’s greatest batsman Martin Crowe died at the age of 53 after a long battle with cancer, his family said. “Diagnosed in September 2014 with terminal double-hit lymphoma, he passed away peacefully… in Auckland surrounded by family,” they said in a statement.

In the fourth attack since 2007, terrorists, including suicide bombers, struck the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, killing nine persons and causing damage to the chancery. The External Affairs Ministry said all Indians in the mission were safe and six terrorists, who carried out the attack, were dead.

Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike since November 2000, demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was arrested yet again after she had resumed her fast on February 29.

The Tamil Nadu government wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking its opinion on releasing seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The letter stated that while the state has already decided to release the seven convicts, it is necessary to seek the Centre’s opinion.

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At a time when the US was scouring the Af-Pak region in its search for Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda chief feared an Iranian dentist could have planted a tracking device in his wife’s tooth.

A SpiceJet aircraft with 211 on board lost one of its tyres during take-off but managed to land safely in Kolkata. Confirming the incident, a SpiceJet spokesman said: "One of the rear tyres fell off or burst while our aircraft was taking off from Bengaluru. The pilot landed the aircraft safely at the destination and all passengers have disembarked safely."

A four-month-old miracle baby from Solapur, Maharashtra, survived more than 20 heart attacks over two months before undergoing a life-saving cardiac surgery. The infant had a condition that affects one in three lakh children.

Lack of funds resulted in the shutting down of the last ‘vulture restaurant in Punjab, setting back attempts to conserve the endangered species whose population is constantly on the decline, mainly because of feeding on carcasses of animals injected with diclofenac.


From Ishrat to Kanhaiya, we are getting distracted by the wrong questions. It is human nature to focus on the personality rather than the underlying principle. That is why in a rape case we gravitate towards what the victim was wearing, was she at a night club, did she have a drink…That is why even something as horrendous as the Dadri lynching quickly became about whether it was indeed beef or mutton…But the question should never have been about beef or mutton. The basic principle that was butchered in Dadri was no one deserved to die because of the meat stored in his refrigerator, writes Sandip Roy in HuffPost India.

Ishrat Jahan, the 19-year-old Mumbra student, was shot dead in Gujarat in 2004 but continues to be killed and branded a terrorist in a game of political football that refuses to end. In the current din over whether Jahan was a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, the NDA and the UPA are again taking aim at each other and trying to score goals, writes Harinder Baweja in the Hindustan Times.

By eroding the autonomy of private, unaided schools, on the spurious charge of profiteering, the Delhi regime is doing its students a disservice, writes TR Gupta in The Pioneer. “It is possible to check malpractices (if any) of private schools and yet create an environment of harmony and goodwill, so that the potential of private managements can be put to maximum use.”

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