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The Morning Wrap: Aadhaar Bill Passed In Lok Sabha; Sonia Gandhi Makes An Embarrassing Slip

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President of India's Congress Party Sonia Gandhi gestures as she arrives for a media briefing inside All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in New Delhi on December 19, 2015, after a court appearance by her and Rahul Gandhi. An Indian court granted bail to opposition leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi minutes after they arrived at a Delhi court, over allegations they illegally acquired a newspaper's assets. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP / Chandan Khanna (Photo credit should read CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

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This is what Javed Akhtar is missing when he attacks Hyderabad’s Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who said he was not mandated by the Constitution to say “Bharat Mata ki jai”.

Indians and Pakistanis are swapping cricket team colours on Facebook profile pictures for peace, ahead of the India-Pakistan T20 World Cup cricket match.

Meet Sandeep Desai, the 65-year-old man who 'begged' on trains every day to build English-medium schools for the poor.

Delhi Police has registered a case and interrogated journalist Pushp Sharma about a story that he published recently, saying the government had said in a Right to Information response that it was against policy to hire Muslims as trainers for International Yoga Day events.

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All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Waris Pathan was yesterday suspended from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for refusing to raise slogans of 'Bharat mata ki jai', even as his party said the move will set a wrong precedence for democracy.

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the original legislation that aims at better targeting of subsidies through the Aadhaar unique identity number within hours of the Upper Housing returning it with amendments.

Delhi Police has told court that JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya led the mob that raised anti-national slogans. The police was opposing the duo's bail plea on Wednesday.

US President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice on Wednesday. In close competition was Sri Srinivasan, a colleague of Garland's on the D.C. Circuit who could've been the nation's first Asian-American and Hindu justice.

Off The Front Page

Call it a Freudian slip or an embarrassing mix-up, but Congress party President Sonia Gandhi found herself in such a situation when she wrongly said "UPA did no work" instead of "NDA" while addressing a rally.

Watch this vintage Vijay Mallya interview from 1998 that shows how the 'King of Good Times' really lived up to his name once, playing hard and winning often, long before he owed crores of rupees to his debtors.

BJP's national president Amit Shah has reportedly told those who want a party ticket for the UP national polls that they should have at least 25,000 followers on Twitter or the same number of "likes" on Facebook.


The NDA government will not permit anti-national programmes in universities, writes M Venkaiah Naidu in The Times of India: "While anybody is free to find fault with the government, it is highly deplorable and unbecoming on the part of these parties to try and seek political advantage in the garb of free speech and university autonomy when the country’s unity and integrity are being threatened."

Please withhold your assent to the Punjab Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal Land Bill, writes Ashok Khemka in an open letter to state Governor Solanki in The Indian Express: "Assent to the bill would clearly defeat the presidential reference and render it totally redundant."

"Donald Trump, like Narendra Modi, is important because his success is a symptom of widespread bigotry," writes Mukul Kesavan in The Telegraph. "He embarrasses conservative commentators and the Republican establishment because his success makes this darkness visible. Instead of dog-whistling or talking about 'states rights' or the 'southern strategy', euphemisms for the low tactics designed to consolidate the votes of disaffected white voters, Trump has chosen to be openly bigoted and he has been rewarded for it."

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