15/02/2017 8:13 AM IST | Updated 15/02/2017 9:23 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Sasikala Fights Back; 2.54 Lakh Indians Die Due To Ozone Pollution

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The turmoil in Tamil Nadu peaked with the Supreme Court convicting VK Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case. While the O Panneerselvam camp reacted with jubilation to the judgement, many seemed to be ignoring the inconvenient truth about it. Be that as may, the ruling's implications for Tamil as well as pan-Indian politics will be significant.

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Just when the news came that a Mumbai theatre director was asked to play the national anthem before the start of his show, the Supreme Court clarified that no one is obliged to stand up when the anthem is played as part of a movie.


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Jail isn't going to be deterrent in her quest for power, Sasikala made it quiet clear after the SC convicted her in the DA case. Like her mentor Jayalalithaa, she too will continue running the state from behind the bars with a remote control. With MLAs defecting to Panneerselvam's camp, she sacked her rival from the AIADMK and installed her loyalist, Edappadi K Palaniswami, as the prospective chief ministerial candidate.

The Environment Ministry has severely criticised BBC for a documentary on poaching of rhinos in Kaziranga and may even blacklist the South Asia correspondent Justin Rowlatt. Killing for Conservation highlights the government's "ruthless anti-poaching" strategy apart from highlighting the problem in general.

Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar has pledged to work with her late aunt's close aide Panneerselvam in future, even as Sasikala tried to underplay the effect of her being sent to prison. "I and OPS will act as the two hands of the AIADMK," Jayakumar was quoted as saying on television.

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Here's some scary news if you still believe air pollution is an urban problem and can be controlled only with better governance. According to the State of Global Air 2017 report, India accounts for the highest number of premature deaths due to ozone pollution. As many as 2.54 lakh deaths occurred in 2015 due to exposure to ozone and its impact on chronic lung disease.

Justice Amitava Roy, the second judge on the Supreme Court Bench which delivered the verdict in the DA case, gave a three-page judgment on the plight of the honest common people, who find themselves in the minority in a society where corruption has spread its 'malignant' hold over every strata.

Infosys Ltd's board did not record the proceedings of a 12 October 2015 meeting where it discussed paying ₹17.38 crore in severance pay to former chief financial officer Rajiv Bansal, said an executive told Mint. It could be one of the reasons founder Narayana Murthy was peeved with the board.


In a recent tweet, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, "Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around." Aasheesh Sharma revisits the controversial remark in the Hindustan Times to show how this was just a mischievous attempt to twist facts.

A significant fallout of the Donald Trump presidency has been the deepening of fissures within American society. As a section of the population speaks out against inequality and racism, there is an equally strong discourse in the other half, based on insular identity politics. Read Ashutosh Varshney's take in The Indian Express.

With shockwaves hitting boardrooms of Tata Group and Infosys, Sundeep Khanna in Mint presents the bigger problem affecting the corporate scenario in India. "We obsess about what Infosys chief executive officer Vishal Sikka is doing or what Ratan Tata was saying, because we admired their companies and now feel a sense of disappointment," he writes. "Yet, for all that, they remain rare oasis in the vast desert that is India's corporate universe."

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