The Morning Wrap: Key Statements From Malegaon Blasts Case Missing; Shani Shingnapur Temple Now Bans Men Too

07/04/2016 9:08 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Indian devotees gather at The Shani Shingnapur Temple in Ahmednagar, some 200kms east of Mumbai on April 2, 2016. Angry villagers blocked a group of women activists from entering the inner sanctum of a temple in western India, despite a court order mandating Hindu women's right to worship / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Two persons have been detained in connection with the murder of a National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer last week in Uttar Pradesh. Mohammed Tanzil Ahmed, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, was shot at from close range by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle near Sahaspur town on Saturday.

In a major setback to the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, seven statements of witnesses - all recorded in the presence of a magistrate and admissible as evidence - have gone missing from the Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court. Following the statement of Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian's statement in June 2015 that NIA officers were putting pressure on her to go soft in the case, the disappearance of the crucial court documents looks fishy and may give rise to speculations against the suspected parties.

Over 110 passengers aboard an Air India aircraft were forced to sit on the plane for two-and-a-half hours on Wednesday after its commander insisted for a particular woman co-pilot to operate the flight. The incident happened at Air India's flight to Male from Chennai via Thirunanthapuram.

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A desperate bid to uphold their 'tradition' the Shani Shingnapur temple trust announced that even men will not be allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum, breaking a 400-yearold Gudi Padwa (Ugadi) custom that had over 1,500 men bathing the holy stone by climbing into the sanctum with pots of gangajal.

C Devi, a 33-year-old transgender person, is set to take on AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in the RK Nagar constituency in Chennai. She is the first transgender person in Tamil Nadu to contest in the assembly elections. She will be contesting on behalf of the Tamil party Naam Tamilar Katchi.

The daughter-in-law of Bahujan Samaj Party Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Kashyap, was found dead with a bullet injury to her head at her Ghaziabad residence on Wednesday morning. The 27-year-old victim’s family has alleged that it is a “premeditated murder due to demands of dowry”.

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That forging Gram Sabha resolutions clears the path to lucrative mining is one of the fictions are twisted up to seem like the legal requirement of villagers’ participation and consent, writes Chitrangada Choudhury in The Hindu. "Over 12,000 villages across Odisha conserve their community forests, says a 2013 Odisha Jungle Manch study. But in years of travelling through mineral-rich areas, I cannot recall an example of an Adivasi community telling me they are better off because of the way the company took over their forest and land for mining. But there have been countless accounts of villagers being beaten up, swindled, having bulldozers pulverise their homes, sacred sites, food and livelihood sources, being incarcerated, and even killed in police firings," she writes.

What happens in the lives of television and film stars when the lights turn off, asks Shailaja Bajpai in her column in The Indian Express. "That Pratyusha masked the real face of her life is evident... However, does that give licence to delve into her personal life looking for dirt? ...See her photos at hospital, her face peeping out under the white sheet with actress Dolly Bindra apparently by her side," she writes.

The imagination is probably a better teacher than the gadgets, writes Devi Kar in The Telegraph. " In our zeal to be innovative and contemporary are we neglecting our 'fundamentals' and failing to provide a sound educational foundation... Sadly, in India we have a tendency to ignore our strengths and discard the meaningful practices of the past. But if we wish to impart fundamentals to our children and reinforce them thereafter, it is necessary to wean very young children away from electronic gadgets. Great learning happens when little children play in the garden, paint and draw, make things with their hands, listen to and tell stories and quarrel and make up with their friends," she writes.

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