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Injured civilian dies, no fresh violence in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar : One more person, injured earlier in shooting by security forces, died in a hospital here on Wednesday, taking the toll to 45 in the ongoing unrest that has gripped the Kashmir Valley since the July 8 killing of a top militant commander.

Separatist leaders have extended the shutdown call till Monday and called for a march to Anantnag.

Jharkhand government told to pay Rs 1 lakh for minor tribal's custodial death

Ranchi : The Jharkhand High Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation within 24 hours to the family of a minor tribal boy allegedly killed in police custody, a lawyer said.

Taking suo motu notice of the matter, the high court also issued notice to the state and sought a reply within six weeks on Rupesh Swansy's death.

The minor was picked up by Ranchi Police from a shop at Bundu, around 50 km from Ranchi, on suspicion of being a Maoist supporter earlier this month.

4,794 cases of drunken driving detected in Odisha

Bhubaneswar : As many as 4,794 cases of drunken driving have been detected in Odisha by May-end this year and driving licences of 3,276 persons suspended in this connection, an official said on Wednesday.

Holding a review meeting here, Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan directed intensification of the drive to check drunken driving and make the initiative more result-oriented.

He directed the concerned departments to step up mobile checking units, highway patrolling and make the actions visible on the roads.

Brutal force will not solve Kashmir problem: Mohammed Salim

New Delhi : The use of "brutal, disproportionate force" is not going to solve the Kashmir problem, Communist Party of India-Marxist parliamentarian Mohammed Salim said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Salim also asked the central government to call an all-party meeting over the present situation in Kashmir.

Participating in a discussion on the Kashmir situation, Salim stressed on the need to address the Kashmiri people's grievances and "put balm over dejected hearts" to win their confidence.

BJP leader's remark on Mayawati shameful: Kejriwal

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday condemned BJP leader Dayashankar Singh's abusive remark against Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and termed it "shameful".

Kejriwal also said atrocities against Dalits across the nation have increased under the Modi government.

"This (BJP leader's remark) is shameful. BJP's abuses and threats against women continue unabated both online and offline," Kejriwal tweeted.

BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit Vice President Dayashankar Singh had allegedly made a derogatory remark against the BSP chief.

Kashmir newspapers to resume from Thursday

Srinagar : Kashmir newspapers are expected to hit the stands on Thursday after the government assured editors and publishers that their work won't be hindered by the heightened security in the Kashmir Valley in the wake of unrest that has left over 40 people dead and hundreds injured.

The government had put curbs on the media on Saturday and lifted the ban on Tuesday, saying the decision taken at some "local" level was a mistake.

CM meets Dalits; sporadic protests, partial shutdown in Gujarat

Ahmedabad : Different regions of Gujarat observed sporadic protests and partial shutdowns on Wednesday to air anger over atrocities on Dalits as Chief Minister Anandiben Patel visited the village of four Dalit youth beaten up in Una town on July 11 for skinning a dead cow.

No untoward incidents nor attempts at suicide by Dalits were reported from the state during the 'Gujarat bandh', the call for which was given by various Dalit organisations.

Congress leaders, workers protesting price rise detained

New Delhi : Hundreds of Congress activists were detained here on Wednesday when they tried to break the barricades to march to Parliament protesting against price rise, police said.

"Nearly 200 people have been detained and taken to the Parliament Street police station," an official told IANS.

Senior Congress leaders, including Raj Babbar and Randeep Surjewala, also took part in the protest at Jantar Mantar.

How quotas help disadvantaged-caste students get higher education

By Charu Bahri

As many as 26 per cent male and 35 per cent female students from India’s most disadvantaged castes and tribes in 245 engineering colleges would not be there without reservations, according to a new study that says affirmative action policy in higher education works largely as intended.

Congress will raise Gujarat incidents in Parliament: Sonia

New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday condemned the "atrocities" against Dalits and minorities in the country and said her party will raise in Parliament the issue of a Dalit committing suicide in Gujarat's Una town.

Addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting here, Sonia Gandhi said: "The Modi government has snatched away the rights of Adivasis, Dalits and traditional forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act and is systematically weakening and subverting environment rights."