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The Morning Wrap: Violence Erupts At Delhi's Ramjas College; A Home Away From Earth?

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23/02/2017 7:59 AM IST | Updated 23/02/2017 9:14 AM IST
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Sampat Pal, leader of the Gulabi Gang, put Uttar Pradesh's Bundelkhand on the global map. Apart from being widely written about, a Bollywood movie has been made about her too, with Madhuri Dixit playing her. We followed Pal on her campaign trail, running in the assembly polls in the state on a Congress ticket.

Even as China continues to frustrate India's attempts to put Pakistan based Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the international list of terrorists, Indian and Chinese military officials have been in talks to set up additional meeting points for troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

On 3 December last year, 23-year-old Kulwinder Kaur was dancing at a marriage hall in Bhatinda, Punjab, when she suddenly fell dead to gunshots fired at her. Two men, Sanjay Goel and Lucky Goel, were accused of shooting her. What provoked these men and made it possible for them to take this extreme step?

Main News

Chaos erupted at Ramjas College on the North Campus of Delhi University as student groups clashed among themselves. A peaceful protest, backed by the Left, against the activities of the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), turned violent, injuring several, and security forces had to be called in.

In continuing attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, three army men, including two officers, and a woman were killed in an attack by militants in the Shopian area of south Kashmir, police sources said. An army patrol party in Mulu Chitragam area came under fire, injuring 6 personnel of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles.

There may still be hope for those looking to escape this world. Scientists have spotted seven Earth-sized planets, with mass similar to Earth, orbiting a dwarf star the size of Jupiter, only 39 light years from the Sun. The planets' temperature is low enough to make possible the presence of water on their surface.

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Fake notes aren't an uncommon menace, but a mischievous counterfeiter is rarer. A call-centre executive who had gone to a State Bank of India ATM in Delhi's Sangam Vihar, found himself with ₹500 and ₹2,000 notes issued by Children Bank of India. Someone out there clearly has a wicked sense of humour.

As hundreds of youth gathered at the state capital of Hyderabad to protest against his government's failure to curb unemployment, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao spent a busy day 600 km away, at the Tirupati Temple, offering ornaments worth ₹5.5 crore to thank the deity for the new state.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to city-dwellers in India, but nearly a third of Indian cities have breached annual pollution limits mandated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) between 2011 and 2015, according to figures from the Union Environment Ministry-affiliated organisation.

Opinion

In the Hindustan Times, Harwinder Baweja writes an open letter to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah. During his campaign for the UP polls, Shah promised to tackle hooliganism in colleges with an iron hand. Now is the time to bring it down on the ABVP, which is attacking students in Delhi colleges.

Unlike the members of the national team, the players selected in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have to justify their talent as well as their market value, Sandip G writes in The Indian Express. IPL is driven by pragmatic decision-making rather than high emotions that go with the decision to select or reject a player.

In The Hindu, RK Raghavan analyses the recent mayhem caused by the Islamic State with a series of terror attacks, most prominently on a celebrated Sufi shrine in Pakistan. While there have been some reports of young members leaving the group, its activities remain undaunted and as destructive as ever.

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