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Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a CBI special court for the rape and sexual exploitation of two women disciples at his secretive cult, which has been accused, among other things, of murder and mass castration.
India and China have agreed to "disengage" in the Doklam area of Sikkim where the armies of both nations have been in a standoff since the middle of June, amid sharply escalating tensions.
Nepotism and sexism are manifested in Bollywood culture not only through the chosen cast but also other insidious means, such as the billing given to them in the credits. Read Bhaskar Chawla's blog to know more about this practice.
In yet another railway accident, in the continuing series of mishaps that has plagued Indian Railways in the recent weeks, four coaches of the Mumbai-bound Duronto Express were derailed near Asangaon in Mumbai. No casualties have been reported so far.
Weeks after several children died of encephalitis-related complications at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, the Centre is looking to introduce a new drug, traditionally used to heal acne, to deal with the seasonal outbreaks of acute encephalitis.
Two Indian students are in a critical condition after they nearly drowned in Lake Bryan in the US state of Texas, which is battling "catastrophic" flooding and torrential rains after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc, claiming at least five lives.
Off The Front Page
Jailed for 20 years after being convicted of raping his women disciples, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan of the Dera Sacha Sauda had a spectacular rise in the business of religion, thanks to his deft manipulation of the political ladder in Punjab. Read about his career here.
A 70-year-old Gujjar man was attacked by self-styled cow protectors for walking behind a youth who had a cow with him in Jammu. It seems the vigilantes may have thought the bovine to belong to him.
The woman raped by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of the Dera Sacha Sauda was vindicated after a 15-year wait for justice. Read her story of resilience and courage, how she resolved not to give up in spite of the potential threats along the way.
"The failure of the Manohar Lal Khattar government to contain the violence that rocked Haryana on August 25, in the aftermath of a court pronouncing Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape, once again tells us of what happens when the modern state withers away," writes M Rajivlochan in The Indian Express.
An editorial in the Hindustan Times points out that the time is ripe to focus on the other crimes committed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan, who was convicted of raping two of his disciples, his associates at the Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana.
An editorial in The Hindu says that diplomacy has finally paid off to resolve the Doklam stand-off between India and China, but the two countries must now try to mend their relationship and repair ties.
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