31/01/2017 8:58 AM IST | Updated 31/01/2017 9:29 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Donald Trump Pushes America To A Brink; Hafeez Saeed Under House Arrest

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Just over a week of taking office President Donald J Trump has pushed the United States of America to the brink of a constitutional crisis. Following a surge of protests against his Muslim ban from the public as well as the legal fraternity, American diplomats across the world drafted a "dissent memo" to oppose his move.

In the Congress and the Samajwadi Party's newfound alliance in the wake of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, chances are Rahul Gandhi might end up sabotaging Akhilesh Yadav's prospects of return to power. Given the lack of chemistry between the two leaders and Gandhi's attempt to play "the Big Brother and run away with the credit", the electoral fortunes of the ruling government in the state don't look too bright.

In an interview with HuffPost India, Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh expressed his apprehension of Punjab going back to the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s, fuelled by the incursion of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) into the state. Referring to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's stay at ex-Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) militant Gurinder Singh's house, he expressed concerns about the future of politics in the state.

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Under pressure from Donald Trump's administration, Pakistan authorities have put Mumbai attack mastermind Hafeez Saeed, who is a co-founder of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and four others under detention. Saeed is to remain under house arrest under an anti-terrorism law.

An investigation carried out by The Indian Express has revealed that the Akhilesh Yadav government tried to bury at least 19 cases against politicians in Uttar Pradesh over the years. The range of offences include kidnapping, rioting, fraud, extortion and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, who came from the days of the Barack Obama administration, for asking the Justice Department to not comply with his executive order on immigration. She has been replaced by Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to act as attorney general until Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the Senate.

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Similarities have been noted between the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, introduced by the Narendra Modi government last year and currently under the review of a parliamentary committee, and Donald Trump's anti-immigration order. The former seeks to give non-Hindu people who have fled to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh without valid travel documents or are living in the country on expired papers, Indian citizenship through naturalisation.

Rasila Raju OP, the Infosys employee who was murdered at her office in Pune, was working alone on the ninth-floor of the building on a weekend, when the accused watchman, Bhaben Saikia, approached her on the excuse of fixing a computer cable and attacked her. Raju had earlier warned Saikia for making her feel uncomfortable and threatened serious consequences if he didn't mend his ways.

Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh has backed the protests against the depiction of the fictional Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie Padmavati. Singh claimed that such liberties were being taken because the character in question is Hindu and that no filmmaker would dare make a movie about the life of Prophet Muhammad in a similar manner.


The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty that provides for measures to return children wrongfully taken away from their homes or detained. The Minister for Women and Children Maneka Gandhi refused to sign the treaty for good reasons, but the government is reconsidering it. Legal expert Indira Jaising explains why it would be disastrous for India to sign this treaty.

An editorial in Mint explains the economics of illegal immigration, pointing out that while it may add to the growth of a nation substantially, it can also affect the job prospects of low-skilled workers who are already legally resident in the countries.

Meera Nangia explains in The Hindu that the Reserve Bank of India's continuing cap on cash withdrawal from banks and ATMs is aimed at avoiding the scary possibility of a bank run.

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