03/02/2017 8:07 AM IST | Updated 03/02/2017 9:40 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Will Punjab Be A Clean Sweep For AAP?; Mobile Numbers Of Women Being Sold In UP

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According to the HuffPost-CVoter Pre-Poll Survey results, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to win Punjab, while Goa will see a hung assembly after the forthcoming elections. Read our detailed analysis and vote projection here.

In spite of having a Good Samaritan Law, meant to encourage people to help victims of road accidents, Karnataka saw two horrific deaths recently due to negligence. In both instances, many people walked by after taking photographs and videos of the injured on their cell phones, without rushing them to hospitals. Read more about the law here.

Akhilesh Yadav, riding on the high of his alliance with the Congress, is hopeful of winning Uttar Pradesh yet again. But there's enough reason for him to worry too, especially if he decides to reflect on the fate of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's alliance with the party in Tamil Nadu. TS Sudhir points out what Akhilesh can learn by looking south.


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With the demonetisation of high-value currencies on 8 November 2016, the most number of deposits into bank accounts were in the order of ₹2 lakhs. Since a cap was fixed at ₹2.5 lakhs per account, many people thought it was safe to deposit sums of around ₹2.25 lakhs without raising any suspicions of either the bank authorities or the income-tax department. In some cases, the same PAN was used to make deposits into 20 or more accounts.

The government is asking professionals and businesses to pay salaries of ₹10,000 or more in cheques if they wish to claim tax benefit for such payments. The move is part of a strategy to limit the circulation of cash in the economy and restrict the proliferation of unaccounted funds.

In a shocking revelation, mobile phone numbers of women are being sold to male customers in some cell-phone recharge outlets in Uttar Pradesh for anything between ₹50-500, based on the "looks" of the women. The numbers are subsequently used by men to harass these women.

Off The Front Page

Chief Executive Officers of information technology firms in India are going to the US later this month to argue against President Donald J Trump's policy of tightening visa regulations. The CEOs will try convince Trump not to change the H1B via programme in any substantial way which may affect their ability to hire employees in the US.

Mohammad Abbas Khan, a jawan with the Indian army, spent hours trekking through heavy snow to take her mother's body back to her village in Jammu and Kashmir. Although Abbas had requested for a chopper to fly back his mother's body for burial, none was forthcoming. So he, along with a few others, decided to carry it themselves through inclement weather.

In a huge relief to former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and the latter's wife Kaveri Kalanithi, a special court in Tamil Nadu freed them of bribery and money laundering charges in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.


Vidya Ram takes a hard look at Britain's foreign policy in The Hindu to conclude that post Brexit, the British government is being forced into an alliance with the Trump administration in the US, even as protests rage across the nation.

In the Hindustan Times, Devesh Roy analyses the Union Budget 2017-18, especially its strong emphasis on the agricultural sector, to point out what it hasn't got right.

In Mint, Sidin Vadukut asks a million-dollar question: How will history judge America for electing Donald J Trump as president? Or, for that matter, does history judge anyone at all? Read him on what historians in 3000 AD will think of these turbulent times the world is passing through.

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