04/07/2017 9:42 AM IST | Updated 04/07/2017 9:43 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Modi's 'Historic' Visit To Israel; Suppression Of India’s Tolerant Tradition

Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.

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Can data tell us whether lynchings have gone up under Modi? The NCRB data shows that that number of communal riots declined from 1,227 incidents in 2014 to 789 such incidents in 2015, along with an overall decline in the total number of riots over the few years before that. But are analyses based on news reports worthwhile? Well, newspapers are unlikely to be as unreliable as government statistics.

Well-known Dalit activists Ram Kumar and SR Darapuri were among 31 people arrested in Lucknow by the Uttar Pradesh police, and later given bail, for allegedly planning a protest rally against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. And it was all about shampoo and soap.

The process of buying a health insurance policy has become easy thanks to digital technology which allows you to compare and choose from different plans. However, to get good value for your money and avoid incurring extra costs later, you must keep these points in mind.

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Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historical visit to Israel, officials from the Israeli foreign ministry have said that their country supports India on terrorism emanating from Pakistan. On Wednesday night, Modi will address 4,000 Israeli Jews of Indian origin - the community's total strength stands between 80,000 and 100,000, said Sofer. India will also announce a cultural centre in Israel during Modi's visit.

The Supreme Court allowed a woman who is in her 26th week of pregnancy to undergo medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) after a medical board concluded that the foetus was suffering from severe cardiac ailments and could pose a risk to the mother's life.

Microsoft is planning thousands of layoffs, according to reports. This is because the tech giant is refocusing its sales force on making the software colossus a pivotal part of businesses relying on cloud computing, according to media reports.

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Three senior IPS officers in Bihar have been issued show-cause notices for allegedly playing games and surfing the Internet during a seminar on drug trafficking addressed by chief minister Nitish Kumar last week.

Studies conducted by the National Commission for Minorities, and other joint studies conducted by Parzor and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, have identified several reasons for the decline in the Parsi population. A new scheme called the 'Jiyo Parsi' has come together to stop the declining population of the Parsi community. Last month, the Jiyo Parsi scheme celebrated the birth of its 101st baby in Mumbai.


An NDTV op-ed piece notes how Nitish Kumar joining the NDA will further boost Narendra Modi's image. The piece notes how Nitish cannot hope to rule Bihar with his 16.8 per cent vote share and the partnership with Lalu Yadav will have to end. The BJP is Nitish's best bet given his political proclivities.

Amartya Sen writes for Indian Expressabout faith and even though it can be a good thing at times, in general, it can discourage the willingness to listen to others. It can even cause cruelty and carnage. "Does India's tolerance of heterodoxy still hold? As we look around today's India, the signs of tolerance seem to have faded fast."