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The Morning Wrap: Easter Day Blast Kills 65 In Lahore; Man Arrested In MP For Raping A Cow

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Pakistani women mourn the death of relatives after a bomb blast in Lahore on March 27, 2016. At least 25 people were killed and dozens injured when an explosion ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park where many minority Christians had gone to celebrate Easter Sunday in the Pakistani city Lahore, officials said. / AFP / ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former TERI director general RK Pachauri broke his silence on the sexual harassment case he is battling with a curious defence — that his email accounts were misused and manipulated by the complainant herself to frame him.

Last week, a mob carrying iron rods descended on the home of a 40-year-old dentist in West Delhi's Vikaspuri and dragged him out of his house as his horrified son and wife watched helplessly. Since the group of people who killed Dr Pankaj Narang composed of Hindus and Muslims alike, Hindutvawaadis tried to give it a communal colour again.

Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh is facing such an acute famine-like situation with widespread crop loss, scarcity of drinking water and poor nutrition, that the residents are forced to depend on roti and salt for their survival.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had everything it needed to make a great movie — superheroes — a lot of them. But something happened along the way and there were some things that went horribly wrong in the movie.

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Virat Kohli made a masterful 82 runs and guided India to a six-wicket win against Australia in their final World Twenty20 Super 10 game on Sunday. Kohli resurrected India with his unbeaten 51-ball knock from a seemingly tricky position as the hosts sprinted home in the end with five balls to spare.

65 people, including women and children, enjoying Easter holiday at a popular park, were on Sunday killed and more than 200 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province. The attack was targeted at Christians and was claimed by a Taliban faction that once declared ties with Islamic State.

After the BJP imposed the President's rule in Uttarakhand, the Congress has now decided to challenge the order in High Court on Monday. A political crisis was precipitated in the state last week when nine Congress MLAs rebelled against Chief Minister Harish Rawat and rallied with the BJP.

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A 50-year-old man was arrested for sexually abusing a cow in Madhya Pradesh. Another such incident was reported from the same town on 19 March, where the accused Sravan Vyas, was spotted in the unnatural act by three women.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is working on a directed energy weapons (DEW) on the lines of the super-galactic lasers imagined in fiction series such as The War of the Worlds or Star Wars. The 'weapon' has been tested up to a range of 800 meters at its Hyderabad-based Centre for High Energy Systems and Sciences (CHESS), and was also demonstrated to the armed forces at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory's firing range at Ramgarh (Haryana) in September 2015.

Calling your husband or wife names and taunting your partner in a marriage can be treated as mental cruelty and form a ground for divorce, the Delhi high court said in a recent verdict. Delhi High Court granted a divorce to a man because his wife kept 'abusing' him by calling him mota haathi (fat elephant) and saying that his weight was the reason he wasn't able to satisfy her sexually.


New rules proposed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to manage electronic waste must be implemented with firm political will to close the gap between growing volumes of hazardous trash and inadequate recycling infrastructure, says an editorial in The Hindu. "The success of the new rules will depend on incentivising such consumers to enter the formal recycling channel using the producer-operated buy-back scheme," says the article.

An opinion piece by Ashok Gulati in The Indian Express states that the Narendra Modi government seems to have gone into an overdrive to appease farmers, with several rallies organised that resonate the Prime Minister's dream — double the incomes of farmers by 2022. "Other paths to doubling farmer incomes include raising productivity and diversification into high-value agriculture as well as diversification of farm employment into non-farm activities... And if Modi can keep food price inflation below 5-6 per cent, and raise farmers’ nominal incomes by 12 per cent per annum, his 'dream' may just come true," he says.

The formation of a credible third front has suddenly electrified the poll atmosphere in Tamil Nadu, says an editorial in The Telegraph. "For each constituent of the PWF, long reduced to bit players, an alliance with the DMDK meant being immediately transported from the periphery to the centre of the political show. For both Vaiko of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Thol Thirumavalavan of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, it was a way of getting back at their friend-turned-foe, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which had been hoping that the Captain would come around and help the DMK-Congress alliance emerge a clear winner... A third front may indicate more choice for voters and the shrinking stature of the older Dravida parties, but it could also mean the beginning of chaotic coalition governance in Tamil Nadu, where no single party can steal the show," says the editorial.

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