01/09/2017 8:49 AM IST | Updated 01/09/2017 8:51 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Decline And Fall Of Growth; Cow Sanctuaries On Forest Land?

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A major decline in manufacturing and the lingering effects of demonetisation sharply pulled down India's economic growth rate in the first quarter of the current fiscal ended June to 5.7 per cent, as compared to 7.9 per cent in the same period a year ago, official data showed on Thursday.

Manvi Chaudhury, 18-year-old daughter of a farmer and homemaker in western Uttar Pradesh, is the first person in her village to go abroad to a premier American university to study. How did she achieve this feat, growing up in trying circumstances and with limited opportunities? Indrani Basu finds out.

According to the latest data from the Reserve Bank of India, demonetisation of high-value currency notes, carried out at much human expense last year, has resulted in the return of 99% of the banned cash back to the central bank. Here are the two big things the move achieved and two it didn't.

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At least five Central ministers quit on Thursday as part of a larger restructuring of the Union Cabinet, which is expected to take place by Sunday and will see some significant changes, including merging of portfolios and giving shuffling a few existing ones.

At least 24 people were killed and 19 injured after a six-storey building collapsed at 8:30 AM on Thursday in the Bhendi Bazar area in south Mumbai. The incident took place two days after the city received 315 mm of rainfall, the highest since 2005.

The government received more than 4,000 recommendations for a 2017 Padma award to Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, five of them from the spiritual leader himself, who was convicted of rape and sentenced to 20 years in prison by a CBI court.

Off The Front Page

According to a report in The Indian Express, Union Minister of State (Home) Hansraj G Ahir has proposed that 1,000 hectares of forest land be allotted to set up cow sanctuaries in every district of the 16 states where cow slaughter is banned.

Mumbai's leading gastroenterologist Dr Deepak Amarapurkar's body was found near Worli on Thursday morning after he went missing for over 36 hours. Stranded in the heavy rain that brought the city to a standstill, he tried to walk back home through the water but died when he fell into an open manhole.

India has 23 million child brides and criminalising the "consummation of the marriages" as rape would not be appropriate, the Centre has told the Supreme Court, opposing a petition that wants 18 to be the age of consent for all girls.


In The Indian Express, Ila Patnaik argues that the objectives of the government's demonetisation exercise could have been better served if a cost-benefit analysis had been undertaken before initiating the move that inflicted untold suffering on millions.

The Hindu asks three public intellectuals from the Left, Right and Centre if Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises sexual minorities in India, should be reviewed, especially since a Supreme Court bench upheld the sanctity of the right to privacy. You'll be surprised by the responses.

Was Hemant Karkare, the Maharashtra police officer who was "martyred" during the 26/11 terror attack, a consummate liar and a pawn in the hands of the political establishment? journalist Rajdeep Sardesai asks in the Hindustan Times.

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