The Morning Wrap: PM Modi's Cash in Hand; Mohan Bhagwat Wants Laws Reformed

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The cash in hand held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi went up during the year in which he implemented demonetisation. Ironically, one of the aims of the entire move, as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, was to have less cash in the economy.

Hundreds of people staged a demonstration outside the Ryan International School in Gurgaon, demanding a CBI probe into the murder of a seven-year-old school boy and set a liquor shop near the school on fire. The parents of the child blamed the school management for the death of the child.

What did Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Twitter timeline look like, when thousands were outraging, on the days following the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh at her home in Bengaluru? Read this piece to find out more.

The demand for work under the rural job scheme has risen this financial year, with economists and social activists attributing it to the economic slowdown and the spectre of a drought in south India, reports The Telegraph.

More than 100 officers of the Indian Army moved Supreme Court, claiming discrimination in being promoted for their work, posing a challenge to the newly appointed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Earlier this year the SC had resolved one such set of complaints by service corps officers.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat pitched for reforms in India's laws, as he stressed the need to develop a legal system that is based on the "ethos of Bharatiya society", since, according to him, the Constitution was framed with such considerations in mind.

Rafael Nadal beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson on Sunday to win his third US Open title — the 16th Grand Slam of his career. Here's how he traced his path to victory.

Kerala Hindu Aikyavedi leader KP Sasikala, notorious for her inflammatory speeches, threatened secular writers on Sunday saying the fate of murdered Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh also awaits them.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who have crossed over to Bangladesh from Myanmar forced by the army, are wandering hungry and homeless, as the refugee camps spill over with people facing food shortages.

In The Indian Express, social scientist Badri Narayan says the Bahujan Samaj Party, under Mayawati, will have to reinvent itself to combat the combined Hindutva forces of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS.

The Hindu asks three leading intellectuals from the Left, Right and the Centre to discuss if demonetisation is a proven failure, now that the Reserve Bank of India has released data that shows that 99% of the high-value currency that was banned has come back into the system.

"At the core of Gauri Lankesh's fearless journalism and spirited activism lay a profound humanity, a rare ability to nurture and to give." Manini Chatterjee pays tribute to the journalist and editor who was gunned to death at her home in Bengaluru recently, allegedly for her contrarian and anti-establishment views.

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