09/03/2017 8:47 AM IST | Updated 09/03/2017 10:04 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: What Akhilesh Yadav Expects Of The UP Polls; NIA Acquits Swami Aseemanand

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Days before the results of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections come out, we bring you an exclusive tete-a-tete with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. What are his hopes and expectations from these polls? Shivam Vij reports from a helicopter ride with him.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who filed court injunctions against two articles published about him and his business interests on the media platform The Wire, speaks to HuffPost India about what he calls a conspiracy against him cultivated by the Congress Party in cahoots with a section of the media.

Just 30% of Indian women told an ILO-Gallup survey that they would prefer to work in a paid job, as compared to 41% who said that they preferred to stay at home. This was one of the lowest shares of women expressing the desire for paid work in the world.


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A special court of the National Investigation Agency has convicted three people in the 2007 Ajmer blasts, acquitting seven others, including Swami Aseemanand in what is arguably a significant case of "Hindutva terror".

More details are emerging on the suspected ISIS member behind the blast on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger. In the mean time, the father of Saifullah, killed in a 13-hour standoff with security forces in Lucknow, has refused to accept the body of his son who, he said, was a "traitor".

A Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen leader from Bangladesh, wanted in connection with the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Dhaka's Gulshan, was arrested from a central Kolkata. Mohammad Idris, wanted in the 1 July café attack in which 20 were killed, was hiding in the Burrabazar area.

Off The Front Page

The on-field battle between India and Australia, where the skippers made mutual allegations, moved from the turf to the boardroom as both Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India issued statements backing their respective teams and their captains.

The Centre has dismissed a statement by American Christian NGO Compassion International that it is being forced to shut down its operations in India next week because of "ideological" reasons, while the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh that was also accused by the NGO distanced itself from the issue.

Tata Motors Ltd and Volkswagen AG (VW) signed an in-principle agreement on Wednesday to explore the possibility of working together to develop a new range of products to be shared by Tata, VW and the German automaker's unit Skoda Auto AS.


Surjit Bhalla weighs in in The Indian Express about the outcome of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. While many expect it to go the way Bihar went in 2015, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielding losses, a different set of data suggest it could turn out to be the other way round too, leaving the BJP victorious.

With five suicides recorded in two months, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) must focus on counselling its members and helping them cope with the mounting stress associated with their jobs, says an editorial in the Hindustan Times.

In Mint, Rohit Prasad applies the Nobel-Prize winning economist Kenneth Arrow's Impossibility Theorem to Uttar Pradesh polls. Guess what the election result then looks like?

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