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The Morning Wrap: Akhilesh Yadav Gets The Much-Coveted Cycle; GST To Roll Out From 1 July

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The curtain fell on a major act of the Yadav family feud on Monday, with the Election Commission deciding that the Samajwadi Party's 'cycle' symbol would go to the Akhilesh Yadav-led faction of the party, handing a blow to his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav. With the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls less than a month away, the EC's decision is a major boost for Akhilesh.

Mark Zuckerberg is wealthier than the poorest 40% of Indians, and Mukesh Ambani is worth more than the poorest 30% of Indians, a new report by Oxfam says. While Oxfam might be misstating some facts on global inequality, the data on Indian inequality really is that bad.

The IMF cut India's growth rate for the current fiscal year to 6.6% from its previous estimate of 7.6% due to the "temporary negative consumption shock" of demonetisation, days after the World Bank also decelerated India's growth estimates.


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The goods and services tax is set to be rolled out from 1 July after the centre and the states struck a consensus on the contentious issue of sharing of administrative powers. The way is now clear for the Union government to table the associated bills in the second half of the upcoming budget session of Parliament commencing from 31 January.

In the first list of candidates that the BJP declared Monday for 149 seats for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, candidates from backward castes got a significant share, as the party picked 56 candidates from the OBC category including Jats, Gujjars, Lodh and other non-Yadav groups.

16-year-old Zaira Wasim, the Kashmiri star who acted in Amir Khan's blockbuster Dangal, created a debate with a cryptic post that she called an "open confession/apology" after she met chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. She was allegedly provoked to put up this statement after being trolled online for visiting the CM.

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India's highest paid consumer product CEO is not a man known to grace magazine covers. However, he is visually familiar to a vast swathe of the population. The 94-year-old Dharampal Gulati is the sprightly old man with a turban promoting masala brand MDH on television commercials and on every packs. Read all about him here.

The Reserve Bank of India raised the daily cash withdrawal limits from automated teller machines to ₹10,000 from the existing ₹4,500, with immediate effect. However, the weekly cash withdrawal limit remains unchanged at ₹24,000.

The Supreme Court today indicated it would balance the interests of HIV-affected children or children of such parents with those of healthy children before laying down any guidelines for educational institutions to ensure that no child is discriminated against.


Pratap Bhanu Mehta takes a look back on the career of the outgoing President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, in The Indian Express. Part of Obama's greatness was to appear above politics, he writes, but this attitude also proved inimical to him at crucial times.

The truth may ultimately prevail about demonetisation, but the government might be able to maintain the loyalty of a large part of the public for a long time, says Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen in an interview with The Hindu.

In the light of the recent instance of mass molestation on New Year's Eve in Bengaluru, Shilpa Phadke argues for women's rights to loiter on Indian streets and have fun as much as men. "In saying #IWillGoOut or when we #MeetToSleep or post updates with #WhyLoiter or hang out as #GirlsAtDhabas, women are refusing to be cowed into retreating from the public, choosing resistance over conformity and eschewing fear by claiming the right to fun," she says in Mint. "These claims are neither frivolous nor fleeting—they are fundamental to full citizenship."

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