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The Morning Wrap: Modi To Reshuffle Council Of Ministers; Singer Abhijeet Trolls Journalist

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: (AFP OUT) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers remarks to the news media after holding a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and their respective foreign policy teams at the United Nations headquarters September 28, 2015 in New York City. Modi and Obama are in New York City to attend the 70th anniversary general assembly meetings. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Indrani Mukerjea's former driver Shyamvar Rai, one of the key accused in her daughter Sheena Bora's murder, revealed some gory details of the murder in his confessional statement. After murdering Sheena, Indrani allegedly sat on the corpse's face, hurling sarcastic comments.

Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Mehrauli (South) in Delhi, Naresh Yadav was named in an FIR related to a recent case of alleged ‘desecration’ of the Quran. The act had offended many, and had led to arson in the Punjab's Muslim-majority town of Malerkotla on 24 June.

97 per cent of young and affluent Indians prefer to snack on almonds, fruits and other dry fruits when they are happy, a recent survey by market research company Ipsos revealed. Among cities, Bengaluru (99 per cent), Chandigarh (99 per cent) and Coimbatore (99 per cent) prefer almonds for snacks when happy, the survey showed.

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Over 120 people were killed and 200 wounded in two bombings overnight in Baghdad, most of them in a busy shopping area as residents celebrated Ramadan. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to reshuffle his council of ministers at a ceremony which will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. With the elections in Uttar Pradesh due in March 2017, the reshuffle is expected be done with that goal in mind.

Test captain Virat Kohli along ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a long meeting with chief coach Anil Kumble and 'A' team coach Rahul Dravid to chalk out a roadmap for Indian cricket for the next season. The meeting was also attended by chief national selector Sandeep Patil, GM (Cricket Operations) MV Sridhar, NCA batting coach WV Raman and spin bowling coach Narendra Hirwani along with physiotherapist Andrew Leipus.

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Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, known his support for right-wing extremist politics, got into a Twitter spat with journalist Swati Chaturvedi. He said that he had used foul language because 'that's how he speaks Hindi' and was glad that his tweets had gone viral. He even said that he wasn't going to apologise for the incident.

When a Facebook user shared an 'inspiring' story of his Uber cab driver in Bengaluru, a IIT Kanpur pass out, who moved back from the US to India to start his own entrepreneurial ventures, many users 'liked' it, while others saw a major fault with it. The driver, who owns about 50 cabs and a couple of strawberry farms in Mysore had taken his customer to his destination via a route that was over 40 kilometres longer. The man who had shared the post originally, agreed that the road may be confusing, but one must not mistake the 'message' of the post.

Monsoon rains have already covered most of India except some parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan, while the remaining region is likely to be covered this week. The monsoon arrived in India on 8 June, a week late, but is set to cover the entire country on time. Usually monsoon covers entire India by mid-July.


Education needs to be delinked from ideology and the job market, writes Dev Lahiri in The Indian Express. "Along with honesty go many other attributes that make a country truly 'evolved'. Simple things like observing civic niceties with regard to traffic rules, public property, environment, respecting diversity, empathy and gender sensitivity must become part of the DNA of school education and not just a boring lesson in a civics book," he says.

India needs a uniform civil code because constitutional law should override religious law in a secular republic, says an editorial in Mint. "Many practices governed by religious tradition are at odds with the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Indian Constitution. Even those who argued in the Constituent Assembly for continuing with different civil codes were not arguing on matters of principle, but of political expediency. They hoped that India would move to a common civil code within a decade or so," it says.

The World Bank’s agreement with the India-led International Solar Alliance to help it mobilise a trillion dollars in investments by 2030 and its billion-dollar programme to support Indian initiatives for expanded solar generation are significant steps in the global transition to a clean energy pathway, says an editorial in The Hindu. "The emphasis here must also be on improving transmission lines: the World Bank programme promises to provide the necessary linkage to solar-rich States. Making power grids intelligent to analyse and give priority to use the output of renewables, accurately forecast the weather to plan next day generation, and viability mechanisms for conventional coal-based plants are other aspects that need attention. Innovation in battery technology is a potential gold mine for the solar alliance and for India to exploit," it says.

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