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Amit Shah visits Dalit woman's family in Kerala, BJP forms panel

New Delhi : BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday set up a three-member committee to look into incidents of atrocities against Dalit women in election-bound Kerala, and also visited Perumbavoor to meet the family members of a 30-year-old Dalit woman who was raped and brutally murdered.

Shah also attacked Congress government in Kerala over the law and order situation.

Growing Intolerance in a Tolerant Society

Ram Puniyani

Towards the end of 2015 many a writers and accomplished eminent citizens returned their national honors; protesting against the growing atmosphere of intolerance. The list was long and this acted as a process where some introspection took place in the society. Still the ruling dispensation and its associates in the Hindu right wing politics, the RSS combine, began criticizing those who returned their awards, accusing them of being politically motivated. They were also criticized for doing so to influence the forthcoming state assembly elections in Bihar.

Well-off EBCs should not get quota benefit: Bihar commission chief

Patna : Bihar State Commission for Extremely Backward Castes (EBCs) chairman Ratan Kumar Mandal on Thursday said that the rich and well-off among the EBCs should not avail of the benefits of reservation in government jobs.

"The rich and well-off among the EBCs should not avail of the reservation benefit. Only the poorest of the poor and economically backward people should get reservation in jobs," Mandal said.

Before rape, Goa MLA 'bought' minor girl for Rs.50 lakh

Panaji : Goa's former education minister and an unattached legislator Atanasio Monserrate, who was arrested by the state police Crime Branch on Thursday for raping a minor girl, had "purchased" the girl for Rs.50 lakh from her aunt and an accomplice prior to the crime, police said on Thursday.

The summary of the first information report (FIR), recorded on the basis of the contents of the girl's complaint and which was released to the media on Thursday evening, states that Monserrate "purchased" the girl from her aunt and an accomplice in March and raped her subsequently.

Kerala police closing in on murderer of Jisha

Perumbavoor (Kerala) : Even as the rape and murder of a Dalit law student continued to rock the poll-bound state of Kerala, police on Thursday claimed that they are zeroing in on the culprits and the investigation is in its last stage.

Police believe that 27-year-old Jisha, whose mutilated body was found by her mother on April 28, was sexually assaluted as there were injury marks on her private parts.

Case against BJP MP in UP; says framed

Lucknow : A case was registered against BJP's Lok Sabha member Sachidanand Hari Sakshi, better known as Sakshi Maharaj, in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday on charges of trying to incite party workers and intimidating police, an official said.

The MP from Unnao had, in a speech two days ago at a party worker's house in Fardpur village in Mainpuri, allegedly said that if Bharatiya Janata Party workers were harassed, police will have to face bullets.

The case against the BJP leader was filed at Bicchwa police station in Mainpuri district.

Gujarat opposes Hardik's bail plea, says behaviour seditious

Ahmedabad : The Gujarat government on Thursday opposed the bail application of quota agitation leader Hardik Patel in the Gujarat High Court, saying his "conduct and behaviour" were seditious.

Opposing the bail plea of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader, public prosecutor Mitesh Amin told the court of Justice A.J. Desai that he could not finish his arguments in a day.

The court said it will again hear the matter after its summer vacation ends on June 9, but did not give the exact date.

When Special Cell is busy catching ‘terrorists’, why bother about two Muslims acquitted of terror charges?

By Staff Reporter

Cattle trading behind 21 communal riots since 2015

New Delhi : Emphasising that cattle trading was not prohibited in India, the Narendra Modi government on Thursday said that 21 incidents of cow and beef transportation resulted in communal riots during the year of 2015 and 2016.

In a statement in response to the calling attention notice in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that such incidents were recorded from states like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.

Muslim cleric denies supporting IS, asks Cameron to apologise

London : A South London Muslim cleric on Thursday demanded an apology from David Cameron after the prime minister last month accused him of supporting Islamic State because he attacked Labour’s London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan.

Muslim community leader Suliman Gani has firmly denied that he supports the IS terrorist group. He said the allegations were particularly surprising since he was a Conservative voter and had even been invited by a Tory candidate to attend a forum encouraging Muslims to become councillors, RT online reported.