03/01/2017 8:33 AM IST | Updated 03/01/2017 9:13 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Modi's Lucknow Speech A Damp Squib; SC Gives A Landmark Ruling

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After one week of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) building up the "biggest" political rally ever to be held in Lucknow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the Ramabai Ambedkar grounds on Monday turned out to be a huge anti-climax, with no major announcements.

The government has clarified that paying service charge -- which usually ranges between 5% and 20% -- and is added to bills by hotels and restaurants is, in fact, optional and not mandatory even if it's included in the bill.

The war within the ruling Samajwadi Party of Uttar Pradesh on Monday moved from Lucknow to Delhi, where Mulayam Singh Yadav approached the Election Commission to stake claim over the 'cycle' symbol, hours after cancelling the January 5 party convention called by him.


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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has stipulated that only non-resident Indians (NRIs) and those abroad between November 10 and December 30 can deposit scrapped currency notes now. Earlier PM Modi had said those who failed to meet the closing date could go to specified branches of the RBI and submit their money along with a declaration form.

The Supreme Court removed the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Anurag Thakur, and BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts yesterday, saying cricket "is not a personal turf or fiefdom". Thakur uploaded a video on social media saying, "If Supreme Court judges feel that BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best."

Appealing for votes on the basis of the religion, race, caste, community or language of all stakeholders, including the voters, will invite disqualification of the candidates, the Supreme Court said in a landmark ruling yesterday in a majority verdict.

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With the Election Commission expected to announce the poll schedules for Uttar Pradesh and four other States later this week, some experts are of the view that the Samajwadi Party's 'cycle' symbol might be frozen till the issue of which faction has the right to it is decided.

There has been a sharp fall in new investment proposals since 9 November — the day the government's decision to demonetise high-value currency notes came into effect, shows data released by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. Ltd (CMIE). This was one of the worst fears investors had regarding the government's move and it seems to be coming true.

An unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of North Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said. Security forces reportedly had laid an ambush at Haritar in Sopore during the intervening night following information about movement of militants through the area.


In the unfolding fiasco between father and son, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav, ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, history seems to be repeating itself, not in one but several ways. Read Sunita Aron's analysis in the Hindustan Times to know the ways in which patterns of behaviour from the past are being replicated by the Samajwadi Party leaders.

In the light of the recent controversies over the appointment of the new army chief, Happymon Jacob analyses the divisions and discontents in the forces. An army with unhappiness among the ranks has far-reaching implications for national security. It's time the defence establishment got its act together, he writes in The Hindu.

Is there a correlation between nocturnal illumination and prosperity? Economist Ashok V Desai takes you through the possibilities in a fascinating article in The Telegraph.

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