QBullet: Kalam Unites All Parties At Death, Unique IAF Op & More

Here’s a look at the news and views across the papers this morning.

Updated31 Jul 2015, 01:56 AM IST
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1. When Kalam Got All Parties On One Stage

Delegates from all parties including BJP, Congress, AIADMK, Telugu Desam and PMK shared the stage on Thursday to pay homage to the ‘People’s President’, in Rameshwaram.

In life and in death, APJ Abdul Kalam remained a figure who transcended political and social divisions.

Read the full report here.

2. IAF Flies Organs From Pune to Delhi For Transplant

The Indian Air Force used one of its special aircraft, the Embraer, for transporting a kidney and a liver from Pune to Delhi.

The organs took one hour and 30 minutes to reach Delhi, while the normal travel time in any passenger aircraft is more than two hours. – Col PP Rao said to The Times of India

Read the full report here.

3. Rat Grounds Air India’s Milan Flight

QBullet: Kalam Unites All Parties At Death, Unique IAF Op & More

National carrier Air India has received 13 complaints from its customers in the last seven months, according to a report. This time a rat has cut short an inter-continental flight after passengers spotted the rodent four hours into the trip.

Since an aircraft on which a rat has been spotted has to land at the earliest, the airline decided to return to Delhi. But being filled up for the long flight to Italy, the flight had to first jettison a large amount of fuel to be light enough for a safe landing.

Read the full report here.

4. India, Pakistan NSAs on Course For Talks in August

The government is busy firming up the agenda for talks between the Indian and Pakistani national security advisers that are likely to be held on August 23 and 24 after this week’s deadly attack in Punjab.

Read the full report here.

5. Last Words and Wishes of Yakub Memon

About an hour before he was hanged, Yakub Memon had asked Nagpur prison head whether he could meet his daughter Zubeida, who turns 21 today. However, it was not possible since she was not around.

Zubeida was just five days old when CBI arrested Yakub and his wife Raheen near the old Delhi railway station on August 5, 1994.

Read the full report here.

6. She Cries Every Day, Says Father, Now Relieved

The 14-year-old rape victim’s father said “she would keep crying and I could not console her”. The victim could not attend school for nearly a month, after she and her parents discovered that she was pregnant.

I couldn’t console her as in our family a father and daughter don’t talk about such issues. When I saw her situation, I felt like committing suicide.
— The girl’s father told Indian Express

Read the full story here.

7. Yakub’s Ghost

Indian democracy will suffer from the shadow of the debate generated by Yakub Memon’s death sentence. The debate exposed barely concealed faultlines. It is a warning about the brittleness of the social fabric, which may be one accident away from cracking. It revealed just how much of our identities as citizens is constituted by sediments of resentment, suspicion and frustration. It is almost as if anger is all there is left to our moral agency.

Read the full opinion piece by Pratap Bhanu Mehta here.

8. A Probe That Lost Its Way

The Delhi Police deserve credit for unearthing corruption in cricket, not once but twice in the last 15 years. In 2000, they stumbled upon sensational tapes indicating a deep bookie-player nexus; and in 2013 they detected spot-fixing during that year’s Indian Premier League tournament.

Read the full opinion piece here.

9. The Right Choice

The Supreme Court has done well to allow a 14-year-old rape victim, a minor, to abort her 24-week-old foetus, provided a panel of medical experts certifies that her mental and physical health will be safeguarded.

Read DNA’s full edit piece here.

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Published: 31 Jul 2015, 01:29 AM IST
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