10/03/2017 8:10 AM IST | Updated 10/03/2017 9:47 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: The Trouble With Exit Polls; Kochi Protests Against The Shiv Sena

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After weeks of anticipation and a day short of knowing the outcome, here are the predictions of the HuffPost-CVoter Survey, based on the exit polls data: BJP will be the leading party in Uttar Pradesh, which is headed for a hung assembly; AAP will win Punjab; BJP will come close in Goa and Manipur; while the fate of Uttarakhand hangs in the balance.

Comparing the various exit poll results, no firm consensus about the 2017 assembly elections can be arrived at, except for the fact that the days of the ruling party in Punjab are finally over. Here's what five surveys have to say about the pre-election opinion polls.

The trailer of Sonakshi Sinha's new movie Noor is set to hit the screens in April this year. While the trailer is endearing and highlights the comic appeal of the plot, it derives from a bestselling novel by Pakistani journalist Saba Imtiaz, Karachi, You're Killing Me! Here's an interview with Imtiaz about the books and the movie.


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Board exams put a lot of pressure on students. What's more, teenagers are often unable to express their feelings to their parents because of fear. As part of Mirinda's new campaign, teen celebrities are using social media to inspire students and their parents to 'release the pressure'.

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With hours before the results of the assembly elections are to be announced, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav said that it was the moral responsibility of all the secular parties to come together in a post-world arrangement to stem the march of the saffron outfits.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is proud of the father of Saifullah who disowned his son for being accused of his involvement with the terror outfit ISIS and masterminding a low-intensity blast on a passenger train in Madhya Pradesh. Saifullah was killed in Lucknow in a confrontation with the police earlier this week.

Women working in the Indian organised sector will now be entitled to paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks. A new bill to announce this move, which has been greeted with a wide approval, will benefit about 1.8 million women in the workforce.

Off The Front Page

In a gesture that will bring relief to many, three international publishers — Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis — moved court to withdraw a five-year-long lawsuit against photocopying of textbooks for use as study material in Delhi University.

South Korea's Constitutional Court formally ended the rule of impeached President Park Geun-hye, after millions of citizens took to the streets last year calling for her resignation over an explosive political scandal involving her and her confidante.

Peaceful protests were held on the Kochi waterfront against Shiv Sena activists, who recently chased away couples and even caned some of them. The party, however, dissociated itself from such actions, saying it hadn't sanctioned those at all.


The Hindu asks three leading voices from the Left, Right and Centre about their views on the escalating violence in Kerala. Their contentions range from accusing the RSS of polarising a traditionally Left-leaning society to blaming the CPI(M) of not wanting peace and stability in the state.

While class inequalities in India rival those in the UK, every IPL auction for players seems to throw up a cricketer who succeeds in making his way out of poverty, writes Dipankar De Sarker in Mint. Does this have something to do with the Marxists' enduring love for the game?

In The Indian Express, Christophe Jaffrelot points out that the crisis faced by the Jats of Haryana , the dominant caste in the state, is reflected in the crises faced by a majority of India: unemployment and lack of sustainable income.

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