11/10/2017 10:17 AM IST | Updated 11/10/2017 10:29 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Defending The Firecracker Ban; Sense Dawns On Rahul Gandhi

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With the Supreme Court banning the sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali this year in Delhi-NCR, there's a perception that the move is meant to attack religious customs of Hindus. Sandip Roy argues that is not so. Looking at the injunction from a rights perspective, Shivam Vij says right to clean air is part of the right to life, enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

The Uttar Pradesh government proposed to build a grand statue of Lord Ram on the banks of River Sarayu in the state, while whitewashing the Taj Mahal from a brochure for the tourism ministry. What does such a strategy indicate but an attempt at playing divisive politics?

If there is one reason why misogyny persists in India's public space, it is Bollywood, and the endorsement it gives to stalking and unseemly behaviour towards women on screen. Piyasree Dasgupta sits through a Varun Dhawan starrer that's minted Rs 100 crores at the Box Office and finds this fear to be true.

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The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister will meet for the first time today to chalk out a road map for accelerating economic growth and generating employment across India. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor to Ministry of Finance, is expected to present the state of the economy, presided over by Bibek Debroy, member of Niti Aayog.

More than six years after sanctioning passive euthanasia as a legitimate option to end lives of people in a permanent vegetative state, the Supreme Court decided to examine the more complex concept of "living will" where removal of life support is authorised in case of an irreversible coma.

The Gujarat high court, in its judgement on the 2002 Godhra carnage, upheld the conspiracy theory, but said the crime of the 11 convicts whose death sentence was commuted to rigorous life imprisonment was neither terrorism nor an act of waging war against the state.

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"A humiliating defeat in 2014 has drilled sense into us and we have learnt from that defeat," Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi admitted while on a campaign tour in Gujarat ahead of the 2019 general elections.

India's economic momentum has been affected by the disruptions from the withdrawal of banknotes in November last year and the uncertainties around the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the World Bank says in its latest report.

A 21-year-old man in Delhi was arrested for duping an e-commerce company of Rs 52 lakhs by ordering expensive mobile phones and later getting refunds by claiming he received an empty box, police said on Tuesday.


The site of protests in Delhi may shift from the Jantar Mantar to the Ramlila Maidan, but is anyone paying heed to the voices raised in these places? Historian Narayani Gupta raises a pertinent question in The Indian Express.

As farmers seek monetary help and openly flout the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on burning of paddy straw, a direct confrontation with the government is on the making, warns Devinder Sharma in the Hindustan Times.

Soumya Swaminathan, newly appointed deputy director-general for programmes at the World Health Organisation, speaks about the growing importance of global health diplomacy in India in an interview with The Hindu.

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