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PB’s twisty take on the top five headlines of the day.
1. Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar meet Congress leaders over GST
At least now Congress will not try to stall GST Bill, which is necessary for Development. Congress has deflected the discussion on flimsy ground on number of occasions. Congress can be seen to be supporting a bill or legislation that will create havoc with prices and inflation. Fact of matter is that consequences of GST roll out are unknown, that it will increase growth is a marketing argument with no ground reality or statistical model.
2. Hardik Patel walks out of jail, vows to continue quota stir
Other than the unfortunate comments which he probably did not mean, and the unfortunate deaths in the agitation, the young man has good capabilities if he channels his energies in the right direction.
3. France terror attack
France will observe three days of national mourning, starting on Saturday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced Friday morning. But the State of Emergency and its extension has got no meaning, determined terrorists will adopt any method both conventional and non conventional, to carry out their diabolical threats.
4. Escort car in President Pranab’s convoy falls into Darjeeling gorge, 5 injured
President Mukherjee was on his way to Bagdogra from where he was supposed to return to Delhi after a three-day trip when the accident happened around 11.30am in Sonada, about 16 kilometres from Darjeeling. The schedules of the President and the chief minister was delayed by a few minutes, but both will reach Delhi in the afternoon.
5. No plans to return to India this year: Zakir Naik
Terrorism is asymmetric war. It’s applied when adversary is very strong. But Indian media must desist mainstreaming a Salafi cleric. That is what he preaches, to protect your brotherhood against strong oppressors. It’s surprising that people find it offensive when he was nothing but evangelist, but are totally blind to politicians who call for vengeance.