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Dalit youth dies, cop killed as violence engulfs Gujarat's Saurashtra

Rajkot : A policeman was killed in mob violence and a Dalit committed suicide on Tuesday as protests against last week's thrashing of four youth in Una town snowballed across Saurashtra region of Gujarat on Tuesday.

The Dalit who died during the day was among the five persons from the community who tried to take their own lives in separate incidents in Gujarat.

Rajya Sabha passes bill on child labour

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, which prohibits employment of children below 14 years in all occupations except in family business, with the provision for imprisonment of up to two years for any violation.

The Bill, which provides for enhanced punishment for violators, was passed by a voice vote.

It defines children between 14-18 years as adolescents and says that children should not be employed in any hazardous occupations.

Army regrets killings as woman dies in Kashmir

By Sarwar Kashani

Srinagar : A woman injured in firing a day ago died in a hospital here on Tuesday as the Indian Army expressed "regrets" and ordered an inquiry into the shooting, a first in the recent cycle of violence that has left over 40 people dead in the restive Kashmir Valley.

Neelofar succumbed to her injuries in SKIMS hospital, doctors said. She was injured in a south Kashmir village on Monday evening when soldiers opened fire after a "mob turned violent resorting to heavy stone pelting and attempted to snatch weapons from" them.

RSS, BJP hit out at Congress on defamation case against Rahul

New Delhi : The BJP and the RSS on Tuesday hit out at the Congress after the Supreme Court hinted that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will have to face trial in a defamation case for his remark on Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.

The BJP said the court proceedings on Tuesday were a "slap on the Congress face".

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) publicity head Manmohan Vaidya said: "The Congress has been consistently trying to spread lies and baseless allegations against the RSS. Today's Supreme Court proceedings have exposed the Congress."

सरेआम हो रहा है कश्मीर में लोकतंत्र का खून

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

मीडिया का काम दबे-कुचलों की आवाज़ बनना है, लेकिन जब मीडिया खुद ही दबा दिया जाता है तो लोकतंत्र के लिए इससे ‘काला दिन’ और क्या हो सकता है? मीडिया को दबाने का काम कश्मीर में सरेआम हो रहा है. जम्मू-कश्मीर की हुकूमत केन्द्र सरकार के इशारों पर आम कश्मीरियों के दुख-दर्द को समझने के बजाय उस दुख-दर्द को बढ़ाने वाली हर आवाज़ को दफ्न कर देने पर आमादा है.

Kashmir newspapers not to print over government 'propaganda'

Srinagar : No newspaper will come out here on Wednesday after Srinagar-based editors and publishers on Tuesday decided not to go to print in protest against the government's "propaganda blitzkrieg that there was no ban" on the media in the restive Kashmir Valley.

The government had imposed the ban on Saturday after police raided newspaper printing presses and their offices, seizing printing material and copies of already printed papers.

After Maoist attack, Centre assures Bihar of all help

New Delhi : The central government on Tuesday assured Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of all necessary help to tackle the Maoist threats in the state.

The assurance was given by Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a brief telephonic talk with Nitish Kumar, an official source said here.

The assurance came in the wake of the killing of 10 CRPF commandos by the Maoists in Bihar's Aurangabad district on late Monday night.

Singh also expressed condolences to the bereaved families, the source said.

Why Multi-sectoral development programme for minorities moves at a snail’s pace

By Amjad Suri and Mohammed Imteyaz Ahmed for

Gujarat unrest: 5 more Dalits attempt suicide in Saurashtra

Rajkot : Five more Dalit persons allegedly tried to commit suicide in two separate incidents in Gujarat as widespread protests against last week's thrashing of four boys of the community in Una town continued for the second day in Saurashtra region.

Within 24 hours of seven youngsters attempting suicide, three persons consumed some poisonous substance in Bantva of Junagadh district. Authorities said Dilip Jesingbhai Parmar, Rasik Virabhai Vinjhuda and Dinesh Rajabhai Vegda were immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital in Junagadh.

We will prove Godse's connection with RSS in court: Congress

New Delhi : The Congress on Tuesday asserted that it will prove in court the connection Mahatma Gandhi's assassin had with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), saying "history can neither be changed nor rewritten".

"If it comes to trial then we are ready to give evidence to the court, as history cannot be changed, cannot be rewritten, and cannot be denied just because it does not suit the current government," Congress spokeswoman Priyanka Chaturvedi told IANS over the phone.