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A day after British forensic agency Jason Payne-James said in its findings that Jiah Khan's suicide was staged, prime accused in the case, actor Sooraj Pancholi, who was dating the actress at the time leading to her death, has said that he, too, deserves a fair trial so that he can move on with his life. The actor, who was launched by Salman Khan last year in Nikhil Advani's Hero, also accused the media for 'targeting' him and stalling the progress of his Bollywood career.
A woman in Chhattisgarh, whose eight-month-old foetus had died, reportedly became a victim of doctors' apathy after several hospitals refused to operate on her without advance payment of fees. She died on Monday night after infection spread in her body.
The portrayal of women chased and harassed by spurned lovers in south Indian films has made stalking a "cool, romantic thing to do" activists are insisting, urging the film industry to stop glorifying a crime that has resulted in violent deaths. In the last few months, Tamil Nadu has reported half a dozen cases of women being murdered in their homes, classrooms and in public spaces for rejecting men who have stalked them.
Karnataka Chief minister Siddaramaiah has announced a one-day legislature session on Friday to seek the opinion of elected representatives on the Supreme Court's order to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu. The defiant CM has thus deferred the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu till 23 September. According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Union Water Resources minister Uma Bharati to convene a meeting of all Cauvery basin states.
ISRO is set to launch SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit on 26 September. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 37th flight, (PSLV-C35) will launch the satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This is the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits.
Despite a Srinagar court ordering the release of human rights activist Khurram Parvez on Tuesday, the Jammu-Kashmir government has slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) on him and decided to shift him to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu. The PSA, considered 'draconian' by activists, gives the government the power to detain anyone who "acts against the maintenance of public order". The law allows police to arrest a person for a period of six months without a trial.
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A 25-year-old Delhi man allegedly committed suicide after he was humiliated by the kin of a girl, with whom he was in a relationship. The victim, Yagya Sharan Dutt, hanged himself to death because he was reportedly 'depressed' over the humiliation he faced at the hands of his lover's family. After the girl's parents found out about their relationship, they were then taken to the police station. The girl's father allegedly insulted Dutt and made him touch the girl's feet and accept her as his sister.
In a gruesome incident, a four-day-old decomposed foetus was found on Wednesday at the district government hospital in Ghaziabad after it was dragged by a dog. The foetus was in a decomposed condition and it was dragged to the hospital by the dog from a nearby dustbin.
Former Indian women's hockey captain Ritu Rani retired from international hockey after being deeply hurt following her axing from the Rio Olympics-bound squad. Rani, who was controversially dropped from the team for the Rio Olympics citing 'attitude' issues, however was included in the 29 probables for the National camp which began in Bhopal on Sunday.
The economic crisis in the North is linked to the political malaise in the country; the political vision for substantive reconstruction is missing, writes Ahilan Kadirgamar in The Hindu. "Almost two years after the inspiring democratic change of regime, Sri Lanka has descended to politics as usual. The need of the hour is a movement for social justice combining calls to address the grievances of minorities with demands for decent economic life for the citizenry at large. It is such inter-ethnic movements that can also address the social and economic travails of the war-torn people," he writes.
An agrarian crisis has undercut the economic power of the middle castes, who have generally been unable to take advantage of globalisation, says an editorial in Mint. "Cities across Maharashtra have witnessed massive protest rallies by the dominant Maratha caste over the past few weeks... The current Maratha leadership — as well as their peers in other states — has also been given notice. They have captured most of the gains from the good years. The sugar barons have used ordinary Marathas as a vote bank — remember that this caste group is also deeply stratified in terms of income. So, this could be a revolt not just against other castes but also the traditional political leadership," it says.
A decade after the 'Prakash Singh' judgement, the 2006, verdict aimed at propelling police reform, the results are yet to be seen, writes Maja Daruwala in The Indian Express. "On the ground, states have chosen four approaches: Actively resist the court's order; lie doggo and do nothing; do something but do it wrong and finally, get out from under the Supreme Court's orders by passing laws which not only do not conform to the court's orders but actually give statutory sanction to bad practices," he says.
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