Summary

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28 die, a state burns for 1 rape convict

Army out, curfew clamped after widespread arson, violence by Dera followers
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Centre tells Haryana to provide security to judge who passed order

Within hours of the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case, the Centre Friday instructed the Haryana government to ensure security for CBI special court judge Jagdeep Singh who held the Dera Sacha Sauda chief guilty.
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For many in BJP, support to and from Dera comes back to haunt

The conviction of Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmmeet Ram Rahim Singh for rape sharges and the subsequent violence in Punjab and Haryana have left many BJP leaders in Haryana red faced.
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Army probe had found Purohit dealth in illegal weapons deals

Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit, the 2008 Malegaon blast accused who was granted bail Monday by the Supreme Court, left the Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai with an Army escort two days later.
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SC: Privacy ruling to have bearing on beef ban cases

A day after a nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that right to privacy is a fundamental right, a two-judge bench of the court observed that the privacy ruling will have a bearing on the Maharashtra beef ban case pending before it.
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Dera ripple in Delhi: Trains, buses torched

Hours after Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape charges by a CBI court in Haryana, at leastt six cases of violence and arson were reported in Dellhi and Ghaziabad.
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Stream all you want: WiFi free along Blue Line

Following the footsteps of various Metro networks across the world, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) launched free high speed Wi-Fi services at all Blue Line Metro stations Friday.
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10 districts under curfew, Army out

As any as 50 incidents of arson, violence and protests were reported across Punjab after the rape conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Friday.
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Deeply distressing condemn violence: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the violence in BJP ruled Haryana was 'deeply distressing' and appealed for peace, suggesting that the 'law and order situation' under the Manohar Lal Khattar-led administration was also being 'motivated'.
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J&K ex-minister moves SC to defend Article 35A as private party

Former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Tariq Hameed Karra approached the Supreme Court Friday to defend Article 35A as a private party.
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Triple talaq: Ishrat Jahan says facing threats from in-laws

Seeking police protection, triple talaq petitioner Ishrat Jahan has written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, alleging that she was receiving threats from her in-laws and neighbours since the day Supreme Court declared instant triple talaq as unconstitutional.
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Nasheed snubs China: 'India, Maldives ties over 2000 years

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on Friday said it was wrong for China to expect that the Maldives would take its side and said India's relations wih the island nation is 2000-3000 years old
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Study linking climate change and farmer suicide baseless

A trip of professors have termed as 'baseless' the claims of a recent study that lins climate change and agricultural suicides, saying that the claims are consequence of 'uncritical use of data, bad assumptions, flawed analysis' and 'unacceptable neglect' of the existing literature on global warming and Indian agriculture.
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This thing called Privacy

Most outstanding feature of SC ruling is its recognition of right to dissent and necessitty to practice tolerance
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Caste in New Moulds

Subbcategorisation of OBC list is welcome. But addressing grievance of backward groups will take more than that
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How we define Assam's flood problem

It is crucial to any attempts toward addressing it. It willr equire a careful consideration of the history of the state's complex encounter with floods
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Beyond good and evil

Morality runs counter to human nature. Creating consciousness has been the Indian path
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Mending Murthy-Board ties on of Nilekani's priorities

A reconstituted board of directors at Infosys, headed by its new chairman and co-founder Nandan Nilekani, on Friday labelled as unfortunate the recent war of words between co-founder NR Narayana murthy and the previous board of directors headed by R Sheshasayee and Ravi Venkatesan.
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Focus on higher education, greater skills must for raising employability

The Aayog also suggests reforms in the Right to Education Act as well as the University Grants Commission, and a comprehansive & continuous evaluation system to bring in iprovement in learning outcomes

Editorial

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A Grave Abdication

The conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of Dera Sacha Sauda and a self-styled godman will be etched in the list of cases which brought about violence in its wake. The violence, which was foretold, could have been prevented by the Khattar government. Not only violence, it also shamed many BJP, Congress, Indian National Lok Dal and Akali Dal leaders who used to flock to his feet seeking the blessings after their respective wins in the political scenario. The Dera chief earlier favored these parties in a bid of campaigning for them urging his followers to vote for them. The charge case of the godman dates back to the year 2000 when an anonymous letter making allegations of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh involving in sexual exploitations came under the scanner of the Punjab & Haryana High Court and it ordered the CBI to investigate the case. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh might have thought his tough political connections and followers would see him through the case. Little did he realize that won't be happening. Even his effort to intimidate the court by bringing in lakhs of followers in Panchkula also failed to turn the case against him. Haryana's Manohar Lal Khattar government failed big time to stop or prevent the violence like it failed last in 2016 Jat agitation time. The government's last minute response to the violence and bringing in the Army to control it only made things worse. While the Punjab & Haryana High Court blasted the government for failing to implement the right provisions of Section 144 of the CrPC, the government started a blame game and passed the whole thing off as a 'clerical error'. This surely proves one thing- Khattar's government is inept and incapable of handling situations having faced the same violence issue and not successfully controlling it for the third time in three years.

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