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The Morning Wrap: Naidu Says Modi Is 'God's Gift To India'; Inventor Of Pune's Famous Bakarwadi Dies

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and his cabinet colleagues arrives to address the media during the first day of the Budget Session at Parliament on February 23, 2016 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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From Indian cricketers like Virat Kohli to Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt, celebrities condemned the attack on police horse Shaktiman, which left the animal with an amputated leg. The horse, which serves the Uttarakhand police force, was grievously injured during a BJP protest in Uttarakhand.

The cheering crowd at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata had the time of their lives as India beat Pakistan convincingly — as did Twitter, with lots of hilarious tweets. Indian fans had too much fun trolling fans from across the border. But even here, Chetan Bhagat waded in and managed to get burned by a Pakistani fan.

Bodies of two Muslim cattle traders were found hanging from a tree in the Balumath forests, near Ranchi. The traders were herding buffaloes on their way to a local market when they were allegedly bashed up by 'unknown assailants', says police report.

A photo from the women's India Vs Pakistan World T20 match has been going viral, by giving the both nations a reason to celebrate. A photo that transcends petty rivalries, borders, extremism, and divisive politics shows Pakistani bowler Anam Amin tying Indian batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur's shoelace during the match on Saturday.

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While moving a political resolution on the last day of the national executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Union parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu described PM Narendra Modi as "god’s gift to India" and "a messiah of the poor".

Authorities in drought-hit town of Latur in Maharashtra, have issued directions under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, prohibiting the gathering of more than five persons in areas around 20 water storage tanks until May 31 to avoid any possible violence over water.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal accused Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi of defaming Punjab by branding its youth as 'drug addicts'. He also called Gandhi the ‘biggest enemy’ of the state.

The Bombay High Court has ruled that an obscene act, which is carried out in a private place and does not bother anyone else, is not a crime. Earlier this month, Justice Naresh Patil and Justice AM Badar said that India Penal Code Section 294 is only meant for obscene acts in public places.

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Creator of the Pune's famous snack bakarwadi Raghunathrao Bhaskarrao Chitale passed away after a brief illness on Sunday in Pune. Since its invention, the bakarwadi, a delicious crispy roll with a spicy stuffing and hint of sweet and tangy flavour, has become one of the staple snacks of Maharashtra's 'cultural capital'.

Malayalam actress Jyothi Krishna, who was sick and tired of looking at her face photoshopped on naked women's bodies, hit back with a Facebook post attacking the practice and declaring that those who shared the photos had failed to embarrass her.

A horrid CCTV footage taken outside Green Park metro station in Delhi shows a man stabbing three stray dogs and murdering a puppy in under 18 minutes. Now, an NGO has announced a reward of ₹1 lakh for anyone who helps in identifying the accused.


After Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s passing away, the distrust has grown between Delhi and the People's Democratic Party, writes AS Dulat in The Hindu. "As of now, a long spell of Governor’s Rule seems most likely; not the ideal situation but one that Kashmiris with no axe to grind may be quite happy with. The overriding sentiment would, however, still favour a political government of whatever hue as the least worst option," says Dulat.

Countercultural narratives of myths and deities must be allowed to flourish, writes Badri Narayan in The Indian Express. "Communities that have stood against Brahmanical Hinduism should be allowed their rightful share of space and expression in the Indian nation. The state should not crush countercultural interpretations of faith and history because that would destroy the idea of India imagined by its founding fathers," he says.

India is no country for women - old or young, and neither is Bollywood, writes Shobhaa De in Mumbai Mirror. "Just look at the reactions to the Kangana Ranaut- Hrithik Roshan imbroglio... The big boys have ganged up against her - as men generally do. Some are running for cover, wondering what sort of revelations she may unleash in future which involve them, and others are taking the moral high ground by expressing disgust that a woman could go to 'this extent'," she writes.

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