16/03/2017 8:06 AM IST | Updated 16/03/2017 9:02 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Waiting For Arun Jaitley's Nod; Baba Ramdev's Business Plans In China

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With Manohar Parrikar shifting to Goa as the chief minister of the state, the responsibility of the defence ministry is on Arun Jaitley and a major decision hinges on him now. New 'strategic partners' may have to wait longer for his nod of approval before they can engage in the manufacture of weapons locally.

Ajay Kumar Lallu is one of the seven Congress politicians who won a seat in Uttar Pradesh this assembly elections. Not only is he exceptional for being re-elected from his constituency, he's also striking for his habit of winning on next to nothing funding.

With reference to the controversy caused by actor Shahid Kapoor's wife Mira Rajput, it's worth re-thinking the challenges faced by working women, who also have to look after their families. Read Rohini Chatterji's account of her childhood with her mother, who held on to a demanding job but never neglected her.

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A day after meeting the chief executive officer and top administrators of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCCI), former Indian cricket board chief Shashank Manohar resigned as independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Although he quit for "personal reasons", the move may be sparked by the board's opposition to the reforms he proposed to the game.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is looking for six men who have gone off the radar after their names were noted in connection with receiving and sending funds on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) to establish its presence in Tamil Nadu.

Following the Congress's humiliating defeat in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly elections, at least two Union ministers belonging to the party have spoken out against the culture of sycophancy and coterie that needs to be curbed within it, especially around Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

Off The Front Page

Following the recent attack on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his crew for allegedly misrepresenting historical reality in their latest film Padmavati, fresh controversy has erupted over the movie. A group of masked attackers reportedly torched the base camp of the shoot near Kolhapur and beat up its crew.

A photograph of a 9-year-old Kashmiri boy profusely weeping at the funeral of a teenager, who was killed in Pulwama in south Kashmir, has attained an iconic status among observers of politics in the valley. A Class III student, Burhan Fayaz says he's still sad over the killing of Aylan Kurdi.

After giving multinational businesses a run for their money in India, yoga guru Baba Ramdev is planning to take the fight to overseas markets, eyeing to conquer the near East region, especially China, with the products of his Patanjali Ayurved Ltd.


In The Indian Express, political scientist Ashutosh Varshney compares Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the former PM Indira Gandhi. Both became larger-than-life figures during their political reign, thanks to their extraordinary skills of coercion. But will he move beyond her legacy of dominance and learn to rule by persuasion?

Both Mayawati and Arvind Kejriwal have found a convenient scapegoat for their shocking defeats in the recently concluded Assembly polls: the alleged malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs). But such allegations really point the finger at the election workers who tirelessly toil to ensure that the polls are carried out fairly and freely.

An editorial in Mint identifies the biggest problem with the Congress Party at the moment as not having the time to recover from its loss of face and internal maladies. Having delayed the process of recovery for far too long, it is hard for the Grand Old Party to now pick itself up and move ahead.

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