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The Morning Wrap: US Drops The 'Mother Of All Bombs'; Selfie On Train Leaves Three Dead

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The United States of America has dropped what is being called the "Mother of all Bombs" on Afghanistan as a means to combat the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The massive GBU-43 is a non-atomic bomb, which weighs 9,797 kg. It's not clear yet the extent of the damages it may have caused.

In spite of its late passage and considering its limitations, the long-overdue HIV Bill is a step in the right direction by the government, one that may affect the lives of over two million people and those who are vulnerable to the virus, writes G Pramod Kumar.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party's stars keep rising, as the party won 5 of the 10 bypoll seats in elections held in 8 states. In Delhi, a candidate running for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lost his deposit. In Jammu & Kashmir a shocking 2% people turned out to vote in the 38 constituencies.

In response to Pakistan imposing the death sentence on Indian national Kulbhushan Yadav, held on the suspicion of being a spy, New Delhi is going slow on visa applications by visitors from the neighbouring country. Actors, artists and singers are likely to be affected first.

An investigation by IndiaSpend, hosted by Hindustan Times, reveals over 99% of the cows in India live in areas which have rules to protect the bovine species. Gujarat has the strictest regulations regarding the safeguard of the species.

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Sheila-Abdus Salaam, the first Muslim female judge in the US who was also black, turned up dead on the Hudson river in Manhattan. The police suspected a case of suicide and not any foul play in her death. The results of the autopsy conducted on her were inconclusive.

In a shocking incident, a man fell off a moving train in West Bengal trying to take a selfie, while three of his friends were killed and one injured in a bid to save him. Co-passengers on the train said the men were all noisy and had been warned of the risks of leaning far out of the door.

Police have arrested a techie in Hyderabad for live-streaming his sexual encounters with his unsuspecting wife from their bedroom on a popular pornographic website to make a quick buck on the side. The video came to his wife's attention after it was pointed out to her by a friend.


In The Indian Express, Sanjaya Baru rips into the dichotomies in the phrase 'developmental Hindutva' by calling it an oxymoron. It encompasses the twin challenges faced by the ruling government at the Centre: the need to do development work, while upholding the principles of Hindutva.

In March, Tata Nano, which was launched with much fanfare in 2009 as the one lakh rupee car that would change the lifestyle of the Indian middle class, has sold a meagre 174 units. Shally Seth Mohile asks in Mint, is it the end of the road for this family car?

The Hindu asks three voices from the Left, Right and Centre if India needs a film censorship board. Rakesh Sharma, Bimal Julka and Ira Bhaskar, with their experiences in filmmaking, working with the information and broadcasting ministry, and teaching cinema respectively, offer diverse points of view.

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