Here are the top stories of The Indian Express you must read before you begin your day.
1. JIHADISTS PAY TRIBUTE:
Two days after Kalyan youth Arif Ejaz Majeed was reported killed fighting alongside Islamist insurgents in Iraq, the Indian jihadist group Ansar ul-Tawhid has issued an online tribute to the 23-year-old engineering student, hailing his “martyrdom”.
2. CHANGE IN FAITH:
For 10 years, 29-year-old Ram Pal was a practicing Christian, but three days ago he converted and become a Hindu. The change in faith, however, has not tangibly altered his life as the struggle to make ends meet and the worry about the future of his children continue unabated.
3. FUNCTIONING REVIEW:
The Ministry of Agriculture has begun a review of the functioning of all 639 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in the country to detect — and put an end to — the “mismanagement of public money” by these institutions.
4. MODI IN JAPAN:
When they catch up this weekend in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will celebrate the deep civilisational links between the two nations before they unveil the contours of a more purposeful strategic partnership in Tokyo on Monday.
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5. INDIA IN ENGLAND:
On the batting honours board hanging in the long room of the Trent Bridge pavilion, Murali Vijay’s is the second most recent name. The last time India were here at this idyllic, picture-perfect venue — for the Test series opener in July — the opener struck a magnificent 146, which prepared the ground for the eventual draw.
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