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Dalit woman suspected of braid cutting lynched in Agra

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Agra, Aug 2: An elderly Dalit woman, termed an evil witch involved in cutting the hair of women, was beaten to death near here on Wednesday morning, police said.

Family members told police that the old woman had gone to the field to relieve herself, but lost her way and entered the Baghaels Mutnai village under Dauki police station, 25 km from the city, where she was surrounded by a group of men who accused her of coming to cut the hair of some young girls.

Her son Manoj told the police that his mother had identified herself and kept pleading to be let off, but a group refused to free her and kept beating her.

As news spread, people from her mohalla ran to rescue her, but she died on way to the hospital.

A senior police official said she was mentally unstable and incoherent, while her grey hair and scary looks seem to have prejudiced the locals.

Two persons named in the FIR have disappeared from the village.

Last two weeks, there have been scores of claims of hair cutting in Agra, Mathura, Bharatpur, and Palwal area, fuelled by social media.

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42,000 Bihar Board answer sheets recovered from scrap dealer

According to the police, shopkeeper Pappu Gupta said that a peon Chotu Singh of a government-run school had sold the answer sheets for Rs 8,500 to him last week.

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Patna, June 23 (IANS) A Special Investigation Team of the Bihar Police on Saturday recovered 42,000 missing copies of answer sheets of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Class 10th exam from a scrap dealer’s shop and arrested two persons in the connection.

Acting on specific information, the SIT raided the shop at Hajiyapur in Gopalganj district and recovered all copies of answer sheets that went missing last week. The team arrested the scrap dealer and his helper for purchasing them, police said.

According to the police, shopkeeper Pappu Gupta said that a peon Chotu Singh of a government-run school had sold the answer sheets for Rs 8,500 to him last week.

Following the reports in local Hindi dailies last week that 42,000 copies of answer sheets had gone missing from SS Balika Inter School in Gopalganj, an FIR was filed and school Principal was detained and interrogated by the police.

The Patna High Court has taken cognizance of reports and asked the state government to come up with an explanation within a month.

Around 17.7 lakh students have appeared for the BSEB 2018 10th class exam.

In 2017, just half of the students (50.12 per cent) had managed to clear the 10th class exam.

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Kashmir Editors Guild condemns BJP leader’s ‘threat’ remarks

The KEG said Lal Singh had invoked Shujaat Bukhari’s murder at a time when police in Srinagar was investigating the case and that his statement indicated that he holds some information about the murder which must be investigated.

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Srinagar, June 23 (IANS) Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) on Saturday condemned the statement of former Minister and BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh who, a day ago, said Kashmiri journalists must be aware of their conduct after the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

“Invoking the brutal assassination of senior editor Shujaat Bukhari, Singh has suggested to the Kashmir media to draw a line and to decide if they have to work the way he (Bukhari) was working. Singh has moved way ahead and issued a direct threat to the media in Kashmir,” the KEG said in a statement.

The editors’ body further said: “Lal Singh has accused the Kashmir media of creating a wrong atmosphere.”

The KEG said Lal Singh had invoked Shujaat Bukhari’s murder at a time when police in Srinagar was investigating the case and that his statement indicated that he holds some information about the murder which must be investigated.

Lal Singh, who resigned from the cabinet in April following his participation in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in January in support of those accused of rape and murder of a young girl in Kathua, made the remarks in a presser on Friday.

The Guild said they reserved the right to lodge a police case against the lawmaker who had earlier named a number of reporters for his “fall from grace in wake of the Kathua probe”.

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Monsoon likely to enter Bihar next week

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Patna, June 23: The much-awaited monsoon is likely to enter Bihar by next week, ushering in good news for millions who have been reeling under a heatwave like condition, an official on Saturday said.

According to the Met Department official here, monsoon is set to hit Bihar in the next two to three days. It has already been delayed by nearly two weeks.

It hits the state between June 10 and 12. But no monsoon till the third week of June has triggered fears of deficit rainfall, which could result in a drought-like situation.

There has been a heatwave in Bihar since last week. “Only rains could bring relief from the scorching heat. There will be rains soon and temperature will come down by two to four degrees,” the official added.

Temperature has been hovering above 40 degrees Celsius since the last ten days in Patna and Gaya districts.

Farmers were hoping for a normal monsoon-like in 2017 which had helped them increase their paddy output. But the delayed arrival of it is set to hit paddy sowing.

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