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The Morning Wrap: Budget 2016 Focuses On Agriculture; Leo Wins An Oscar

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After four previous losses, Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home an Oscar, scoring Best Actor for The Revenant. Here are the Oscars 2016 highlights, winners and top moments.

The Delhi Police found itself in an embarrassing situation when the High Court, at the hearing of Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea, asked if it really knew the meaning of sedition. The police admitted there was no tangible evidence on Kumar shouting anti-national slogans other than the video footage sourced from television channels.

Days after allegations of rape and molestation by Jat quota agitators near Haryana's Murthal, a woman came forward and registered a case of gangrape against seven people, including her brother-in-law, in connection with the incident.

Shoma Chaudhury, editor of digital news platformCatch News, has reportedly been asked to quit. Catch News is owned by Rajasthan Patrika. Chaudhury was previously the managing editor of Tehelka magazine.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury are among nine persons who have been booked on sedition charges in connection with the JNU row, the police said.

In separate letters to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, a student from JNU, and SC/ST faculty members from the University of Hyderabad, objected to her describing Rohith Vemula as a "child", in the Parliament.

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Finance minister Arun Jaitley painted a rare rural mural in his budget speech, signalling where priorities lay for the Modi government — the farm and social sectors, with added focus on women and small businesses.

Check out the key highlights of the Union Budget 2016-17. And here’s how it will impact your wallet.

The Class 12 board examinations of the CBSE start today. As many as 10,67,900 students across the country will write the exams, which will end on April 22. Teachers and experts say students should not treat these exams as a make or break situation and remain stress-free.

A Delhi court allowed the custodial interrogation of two JNU students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, arrested in a sedition case, by one more day.

In Ludhiana, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s car was attacked by protesters allegedly belonging to the Akali Dal who pelted stones on it, breaking the windshield, but the AAP leader escaped unhurt.

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In an attempt to curb public urination in the city, the Hyderabad traffic police has come up with the best passive-aggressive solution ever. It has decided to ‘felicitate’ the offenders by putting garlands around their necks.

A 95-year-old former Nazi SS paramedic at the Auschwitz death camp, accused of being an accomplice to the murder of thousands, is to stand trial in Germany, one in a series of such recent cases.

Punjabi teen was Canada’s ‘PM for a day’. Once back home, PJ (Prabjote) Lakhanpal pinched himself to see if it was true. ''It was amazing to go to Parliament Hill in Ottawa.. I never expected all this even in my wildest dreams,” he said.

Before you walk your dog in Chennai, get a licence. A majority of dog owners haven’t realised that the city corporation has for ages made it mandatory to have a licence for pet dogs.


The budget ticks the boxes on fiscal, revenue and primary deficit parameters. It has also done better on the revenue deficit target and effective revenue deficit target, says V Anantha Nageswaran in Mint. “In the final analysis, it is a thoughtful, prudent and careful budget. But it is hard to avoid the impression that it has been more careful than it needed to be, especially in the critical areas of bank recapitalization and corporate tax reforms.”

This week there are three films I want to watch: Aligarh, Carol and Spotlight. The first two explore loving, consensual adult relationships that happen to be of the same-sex variety. Spotlight, however, is different; it explores unpleasant sex between adults and non-consenting children and the only similarity it has with the other two is the same-sex aspect, writes Radhika Vaz in The Times of India.

There is no doubt that vaccine research and development would again become the centrepiece of the efforts to contain the spread of Zika. India must seize this opportunity to impress upon the various stakeholders the critical role of vaccination as a comprehensive preventive healthcare strategy that may be needed more and more in the years to come, writes NK Ganguly in the Hindustan Times.

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