16/10/2017 9:31 AM IST | Updated 16/10/2017 9:44 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: The Congress Comeback; BJP Leader Threatens CPI(M) In Kerala

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Punjab's ruling Congress secured a decisive win in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat on Sunday, with Sunil Jakhar, the party's candidate, winning by a margin of over 1.93 lakh votes and polling over 4.99 lakh votes, according to officials.

When some women publicly called out on Twitter the sexist culture at a bar called High Spirits in Pune, a conspiracy of silence emerged in no time. Here's what happened.

Five men, including a disabled auto-rickshaw driver, became the latest victims to a vicious attack by self-styled "gau rakshaks" (cow protectors) in Faridabad on Friday morning. The incident took place on the heels of a murder accused in a similar case being given a government job.


Why We All Need To Sit Up And Take Notice Of Mental Health Problems In Society

Mental disorders like depression, anxiety, etc. are considered byproducts of urban living. However, they are equally common in rural India, where low awareness, mindsets and poor treatment facilities compound the problem. With 13.7% of adults suffering from mental health issues, it's plain India needs to get serious about mental health.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit his home state Gujarat on Monday to address a gathering of Bharatiya Janata Party workers and mark the culmination of the two-leg Gujarat Gaurav Yatra, which he launched from Karamsad on 1 October and from Porbandar the following day.

BJP national general secretary and former Lok Sabha MP Saroj Pandey said on Sunday that the purpose of the Jan Raksha Yatra, launched by party president Amit Shah, was to show the CPI(M) that the BJP would respond to its strong-arm tactics by "entering homes and gouging out...eyes".

Najeeb Ahmad, a biotechnology student in the post-graduate stream at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, went missing on 15 October 2016. A year on, there is no trace of the 28-year-old. The Hindustan Times travelled to Budaun, Najeeb's hometown, to know more about him.

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The Indian economy is on a solid growth track in the medium and long term due to the structural reforms undertaken by the government, and the current slowdown due to implementation of the Goods & Services tax and demonetisation is short-term, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has said.

Bengal has opted out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme, aimed at promoting interactions between people of diverse cultures from different states, stating that the officials did not find some of its provisions agreeable.

As many as 15 passenger jets of Indian airliners suffered midflight engine damage, according to the civil aviation regulator's data till August this year. The numbers are the highest for six years and put to question aviation safety in the country.


In The Indian Express, Gilles Vernier explains the difference between the BJP and the Congress in Gujarat, the way the former has attained the status of a successful regional party while the latter's strategies are still shaped in New Delhi.

In light of the Jay Shah incident, in The Telegraph, Manini Chatterjee says that the ruling party's defensive reaction to the allegations of financial irregularity against the son of its party president is telling for many reasons.

"Fancy talk of demographic dividend is empty rhetoric if we allow thousands of children to be abused, raped, trafficked and murdered," writes Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in the Hindustan Times. "If we truly want India to become a great nation, we must first make India safe for children."

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