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Political activist shot dead in J-K
SRINAGAR: Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir sparred over the affiliation of senior political activist Gulam Nabi Patel, who was killed by militants in Pulwama district on Wednesday. Critically injured in a militant attack at Rajpora Chowk of Pulwama, along with two of his security guards, Patel later succumbed in the hospital. Ironically, as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condoled Patel
 
 
Elderly man held for raping six-year-old girl in Delhi
NEW DELHI: An elderly man was arrested on charge of sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl living in his neighbourhood in west Delhi, police said on Wednesday. Police said accused Amarjeet, 60, committed the crime on Monday after luring away the girl while she was playing outside her residence in Mangolpuri. The crime came to light when the girl’s mother took her to a doctor after she complained of abdominal pain. Amarjeet was
   
Court jails Asaram for life over teen rape
JODHPUR: An Indian guru with millions of followers was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for raping a teenage devotee on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirits, his lawyer said. Asaram Bapu, one of India’s most charismatic and controversial “godmen”, was given the maximum sentence at a closed jailhouse hearing in Rajasthan state, where hundreds of police were on high alert for any backlash from his disciples.
 
 
Painstaking probe helped CBI arrest rape-accused
NEW DELHI: Painstaking scientific investigations virtually starting from the scratch, including use of advanced DNA mapping and technical surveillance, and spread over nearly nine months in complete secrecy helped the CBI finally crack the sensational Kotkhai rape-murder case. Narcoanalysis and polygraphy and technical data also helped the agency come to the conclusion that those accused by Himachal Pradesh Police in the rape
   
Two more Maoists’ bodies found in Maharashtra
GADCHIROLI: The bodies of two more Maoists, including a woman, were found in the Indravati River near Kasnasur in this Maharashtra district, four days after Sunday’s security forces operation, taking the count of the killed ultras to 39, an official said here on Wednesday. Besides, the search teams have fished out body parts of some Maoists, which were apparently left over by crocodiles and other creatures in the river, and
 
 
Snake rescued from Delhi Assembly premises
NEW DELHI: A five-foot-long snake was rescued on Wednesday from the Delhi Assembly complex here by an animal welfare NGO. The snake, which was identified as a non-venomous Royal Snake, was found taking refuge in an air cooler installed in the library block on the premises, following which it was rescued by Wildlife SOS. The team said several snakes had been rescued from the Vidhan Sabha complex in the past, though this was the
   
Kerala rights panel refutes political bias slur
TRIVANDRUM: Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has rejected Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s accusation of political bias and vowed to continue its job. Angered by its proactive interventions, Vijayan had on Tuesday accused the quasi-judicial body of crossing its mandate and asked to do its job. “Such statements come from ignorance of the law and the way the panel should function,” KSHRC acting chairman P. Mohana Das
 
 
Two judges urge Chief Justice to call full court
NEW DELHI: Chief Justice Dipak Mishra’s troubles are far from over. A day after Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu rejected a Congress-led move to censure him, Mishra on Wednesday faced a demand from two senior judges of the Supreme Court, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur, for a “full court” to discuss the future of the judiciary. The letter, written by Justices Gogoi and Lokur, was sent to Mishra on Sunday, but he hasn’t responded.
   
Karunanidhi receives estranged elder son Alagiri
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu opposition DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday received at his residence in Gopalapuram in the city his estranged elder son MK Alagiri. The visit as usual assumed political significance even as younger son MK Stalin was rising and half-sister MK Kanimozhi was throwing her weight behind him. The family indeed remained split though Alagiri, expelled four years ago, was no more a challenger to the party’s leader
 
 
Most hate speeches by BJP lawmakers: ADR study
NEW DELHI: The BJP has the largest number of lawmakers in the country with declared cases of hate speech against them, as per an Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) study released on Wednesday. Of the total of 58 current MPs and MLAs with declared cases of hate speech against themselves, 27 are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said the ADR report. The study was carried out by ADR and National Election Watch (NEW) by
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