18/08/2017 9:18 AM IST | Updated 18/08/2017 9:19 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Terror In Barcelona; 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Gives Birth

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

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Forensic police officers search for clues near the area where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

The Morning Wrap is HuffPost India's selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers. Subscribe here to receive it in your inbox each weekday morning.

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A van rammed into pedestrians on a popular tourist street in Barcelona Thursday afternoon, killing 13 and injuring more than 100. The police are suspecting it to be a terror attack.

The BJP-led government is unlikely to exempt trans people from the ambit of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, in spite of strong recommendations from the parliamentary standing committee to do so for them to have full civil rights as citizens.

After a flood of complaints, the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council has allegedly asked Sony to move Pehredaar Piya Ki to the 10 PM slot and run it with a scroll saying it does not promote child marriage. But does that make any difference to the principle of it?

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Days after the Election Commission used its special powers to reject votes cast by two rebel Congress MLAs in the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, Election Commissioner OP Rawat spoke out against the "creeping new normal of political morality".

Extreme weather events are costing India $9-10 billion annually and climate change is projected to impact agricultural productivity with increasing severity from 2020 to the end of the century.

A 10-year-old rape victim, whose plea for abortion was declined by successive courts including the Supreme Court, gave birth to a girl in a government hospital in Chandigarh this morning.

Off The Front Page

The BJP received the lion's share — ₹705.81 crore — of ₹956.77 crore that corporate houses donated to five national parties between 2012-13 and 2015-16, a report by a Delhi-based non-profit for poll reforms said on Thursday.

Japan said no country should use unilateral forces to alter the status of Doklam, in the India-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction where the standoff between India and China entered it second month.

Fourteen railway staff members, including seven house-keeping staff and seven coach attendants of August Kranti Rajdhani Express, have been grounded after the robbery of ₹10 lakh on board.


In The Indian Express, Pamela Philipose takes stock of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's powerful oratory in his Independence Day speech but also points out that the PM needs to reflect why India has turned into a more fearful place to live in under his watch.

The NIA probe into 'love jihad' in Kerala is another blow to individual autonomy, writes Faizan Mustafa in the Hindustan Times, especially in a country where patriarchy plays havoc over lives of individuals who choose to marry without the consent of their elders.

An editorial in Mint urges the government to be careful while taking action against listed companies because a hasty move could affect the investors' confidence.

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