16/01/2017 9:25 AM IST | Updated 16/01/2017 9:31 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat Warns Jawans; Delhi Man Says He Molested 500 Minors

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India's Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said jawans who take to social media to express their complaints could be punished as their act lowers the morale of those guarding the frontiers of the country. Every jawan has been provided with "the proper forum to resolve his issue and maintain a balance", he said. "If you are not satisfied with the action, then you can contact me directly," he added.

Ending the suspense, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu joined the Congress after meeting Rahul Gandhi and the party said it would be "immensely strengthened" in poll-bound Punjab with his presence. 53-year-old Sidhu is likely to contest from Amritsar East Assembly seat, party leaders said.

At least six people were killed and 15 others suffered grievous injuries during a stampede that took place in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas area. The stampede took place near Gangasagar on jetty number 5 of Kachuberia area where the devotees had gathered to take a holy dip at the Ganga River during Makar Sankranti festival.

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Since the revelation of Amazon selling Indian national flag doormats on its Canadian portal, Union minister Sushma Swaraj publicly reprimanded the company and forced it to withdraw the product. On Sunday it was the turn of Shaktikanta Das, economic affairs secretary, to issue a fresh threat. "Amazon, better behave," he tweeted, "Desist from being flippant about Indian symbols & icons. Indifference will be at your own peril."

In a bid to curb possible harassment of taxpayers during investigations into bank deposits since the note ban, the government is looking to lay down norms for tax officers, including a threshold below which any scrutiny will not ordinarily be initiated.

A guest-house owned by the family of Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh is being investigated in what the officials fear could be a wide-spread sex racket involving several influential people. The police have confirmed that a 14-year-old, who filed an FIR on December 16, said she was taken to Marvelene's Inn, located in the posh Shillong locality of Rilbong, several times to "serve clients".

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The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released today.

A 38-year-old tailor arrested for attempting to molest two minor girls in the city has told police that he had sexually abused around 500 kids almost unchecked over a 12-year period. Sunil Rastogi claimed to have attempted assault on more than 2,500 minors during this period and was jailed for six months in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, for an offence in 2006.

Samajwadi Party's internal wrangling over its symbol, the bicycle, has fuelled speculation about what could be the possible logo of the factions led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh in the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. From mortar and pestle to wool and needles to dumbbells, the choices are many and as eclectic.


In The Telegraph, Mukul Kesavan examines the debate over the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi replacing that of MK Gandhi with the charkha on the Khadi calendars. "It's worth noticing that there is a double-appropriation afoot," he writes. "Modi isn't just standing in for Gandhi, the Nehru jacket reminds us that he is also the BJP's sartorial answer to Jawaharlal."

In view of the changing roles at e-commerce platform Flipkart, especially the appointment of a new CEO, R Sukumar analyses the difference between founders and CEOs of companies in the Hindustan Times. "Asking founders to move out isn't always an easy decision even for venture capital firms," he writes. "Founders have a level of passion (and energy), and an eye for detail that are difficult, but not impossible, to find in others."

To blame Donald Trump's victory on Julian Assange or, for that matter, on Russia, not only amounts to a refusal by the Democrats to take responsibility for Hillary Clinton's defeat but is also an insult to the US electorate, writes G Sampath in The Hindu.

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