11/03/2016 9:04 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Mallya Says He's Not Absconding; Matrimonial Sites Used For Cyber Crimes

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The Morning Wrap is HuffPost India's selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.Essential HuffPostA nine-year-old Dalit boy from MP, who was allegedly denied access by some of his teachers to a hand pump, drowned in a well on Tuesday when he tried to quench his thirst by drinking from it.

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, or rather Yuvraj Shri Manvendra Singhji Raghubir Singhji Sahib, the crown prince of one of India's oldest royal families recently starred in a video and shared his experiences of being a gay, formerly-married prince.

Documentary filmmaker Paromita Vohra's new video titled The Amorous Adventures of Shakku and Megha in the Valley of Consent takes a new look at mixed signals in the Indian sexual context in a hilarious, lavani-inspired manner. Check out the video here.

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Businessman Vijay Mallya, who owes nearly a billion dollars to banks, tweeted early on Friday morning that he did not 'flee India and neither was he an absconder'. Reacting to reports that he has left the country despite a warning or look-out notice issued to airports to prevent him from travelling abroad, Mallya claimed that he is an international businessman, and hence travels frequently.

The education department in Bihar plans to employ children to put psychological pressure on their parents to commit to abstinence. The Government will insist that the parents 'give in writing' to their children that they would not drink, helping Bihar's transition to a sober state from 1 April, 2016.

Amid a raging row at JNU, it has now emerged that its students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charges, was fined by the varsity administration last year for allegedly 'misbehaving' with a girl student and 'threatening' her.

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015 which aims to protect the interests of buyers and bring more transparency in the sector, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

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A Guwahati-based fan of the US President Barack Obama applied to change her surname to 'Obama' on 3 March 2016. The woman devotee reportedly used to pray to a portrait of Obama, and light incense sticks in his honour.

A nine-year-old boy from Pune went mysteriously missing on Tuesday evening, but was bizarrely found in a dry plastic water tank adjacent to a Pune Municipal Corporation-run (PMC) school in the same area. Authorities suspect the boy had been fed bhaang on the occasion of Mahashivratri, due to which he lost his senses and fell in.

In the case of surge in cyber crimes, Bengaluru this year has seen the most crimes committed through online matrimonial websites. The victims, mostly women in the age group between 35-50 are being cheated and scammed out of lakhs of rupees by scamsters who entice them with offers of marriage.


MP Sanjay Paswan in an opinion piece in The Indian Express says that in the light of the recent events at JNU, he still remembers the celebration of the brutal killings of 76 CRPF jawans in Dantewada. "As a Dalit political activist, I see an evil design behind the propagation of the idea of an alliance between Dalits and Muslims against the idea of one nation," he writes. He describes the two categories as 'victims' (Dalits) and 'victors' (Muslims).

How is it that a religious objection to freeing India’s LGBT community can pass muster in a democracy, asks Pulapre Balakrishnan in his column in The Hindu. "There is a self-contradiction involved in religious bodies objecting to the admission of a curative petition against Section 377. Religious organisations function freely because the Constitution protects the citizen’s right to both freedom of expression and free speech... By denying sexual choice to the LGBT community the Apostolic Churches Alliance and the Muslim Personal Law Board undermine the source of their own freedom, the Constitution," he writes.

An editorial in The Tribune takes a dig at the Modi government after the fiasco of shifting the India-Pakistan T-20 cricket match from the Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh to West Bengal. Calling it a 'public relations setback', the editorial says that "India's image is the collateral damage in such confrontations".

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