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Kidnapped, raped, arrested 4 times, dead: Tale of a Dalit woman

A 20-year-old Dalit woman died of injuries after being arrested for the fourth time on 29 April after she alleged that Gurdeep, son of Uttar Pradesh BSP leader Mahendra Katiyar, kidnapped and raped her on 1 December, 2014.

According to her father, when she went to register a complaint against Gurdeep at Kamalgunj police station, the police refused to do so. Four hours later, Gurdeep lodged a complaint against her, alleging that she had stolen two cellphones, a pistol and a wallet from him. The woman was arrested an hour later and sent to prison, says the Hindustan Times.

ABVP declares war on 'anti-national' Jadavpur University

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad organised a protest rally on Monday against Jadavpur University students who, last Friday, had protested the alleged molestation of some women on campus by ABVP activists.

"The Leftists, students, teachers and a section of nonteaching staff have turned the university into a den of anti-national activities," said Subir Halder, West Bengal secretary of ABVP.

"We will not allow these antinational activities here. We will chop off their legs if they dare to venture out of the university campus," Halder said, according to The Telegraph.

Pune police arrest 3 men who assaulted a woman for wearing a short dress

Three of five men who assaulted a young woman in Pune on 1 May for wearing a short dress have been arrested. The police are seeking the two other men.

On 1 May, while returning home accompanied by two male friends, the 22-year-old advertising executive was harassed at a traffic light by five men in the car next to hers. The men shouted abuses at her, surrounded the car, dragged her out by her hair and beat her up.

The woman alleged that the police refused to file an FIR or accept a formal complaint for a week, according to NDTV.

Umar, Anirban move high court challenging their rustication

JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya who were rusticated for participating in a commemorative event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, moved Delhi High Court on Monday challenging their punishment.

Students at JNU have been on a hunger strike for 12 days now, against the punishments handed out by the university authorities after an internal panel investigated the event.

Also on Monday, JNU vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar set up another committee to negotiate with the striking students, according to The Telegraph.

ISI backed LeT, but 26/11 was a shock: New book by former Pak diplomat

A new book by former diplomat from Pakistan Husain Haqqani about India-Pakistan relations shows that the ISI was behind the Lashkar-e-Taiba which carried out the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, but the operation was a surprise to them.

In the book titled India Vs Pakistan: Why Can't We Just Be Friends? Haqqani recounts how Ahmed Shuja Pasha, chief of Pakistan's ISI, told him in Washington: "Bandey hamare thay, operation hamara nahi tha (The people were ours, but the operation wasn't)."

In his book, Haqqani points out some of India and Pakistan's worst beliefs about each other since Partition, reports The Telegraph.

Mercury makes rare journey across Sun

Sky watchers across the globe enjoyed an opportunity to see Mercury transit the Sun on May 9. Mercury's sojourn between Earth and our star lasted for about seven hours.

Mercury will not make another transit until 2019 and then 2032.

The event is impossible - and dangerous - to view with the naked eye or binoculars, but astronomy groups worldwide offered the chance view through filtered telescopes, the BBC has reported.

Live views from space and ground telescopes were also available online.

They showed Mercury as a tiny black circle, smaller but darker than many sunspots, slowly traversing the Sun's giant yellow disc.

Mercury spins around the Sun every 88 days, but its orbit is tilted relative to the Earth's. It is that discrepancy which makes it relatively rare for the three bodies to line up in space.

One in five of world's plant species at risk of extinction

Twitter bars spy agencies from buying bulk user data from analytics firm

Until now, US national security agencies, including the FBI and CIA, had been able to query treasure troves of Twitter data through software from Dataminr, the New York-based analytics company in which Twitter owns a 5 percent stake.

Agents could enter search terms such as "Isis" or "jihad" and view more tweets, over a longer period, than what a standard Twitter search would offer, people familiar with the process said.

Apparently not wanting to seem too close to US spies, Twitter has blocked any future such sales, the company confirmed on Monday.

Twitter maintains the power to veto Dataminr's contracts with its customers, typically news organizations and financial analysts, the Guardian has reported.

The US tech industry and Washington have had a tense relationship as of late, yet many of the sticking points have been related to surveillance of westerners. When it comes to combating Islamic extremism, American tech firms, including Twitter, have voluntarily assisted.

It remains unclear why selling data to US spies that it sells to private companies is a bridge too far for Twitter.

Spain to make first exhumations from civil war mausoleum

A Spanish court has for the first time authorised the exhumation of bodies from the Valley of the Fallen, a vast mausoleum where the dictator Francisco Franco is buried with thousands of victims of Spain's civil war.

A woman, María Purificación Lapeña, 58, in September 2015 asked a court in El Escorial near Madrid, where the mausoleum is located, to order the exhumation of her grandfather Manuel Lapeña Altabas and her great-uncle Antonio Lapeña Altabas so they could be given a proper funeral.

The two men, both members of an anarchist group, were executed by Franco's forces at the outset of Spain's 1936-39 civil war and buried in a mass grave in the north-eastern region of Aragon.

Their remains were transferred in 1959, without the consent of their family, to the Valley of the Fallen, which became Franco's final resting spot after he died in 1975, the Guardian has reported.

The court, in a ruling dated 30 March but only published on Monday, ordered the "return of the remains of the Lapeña Altabás to their relative María Purificación Lapeña after they are identified so that they can be given a proper burial".

Facebook has been suppressing right-wing news?

Several former Facebook staffers have claimed that the social media site buries conservative-leaning news within its Trending section - the bar of topics currently located on the right hand side of users' timeline.

Gizmodo reports that former contracted "news curators" - who all wished to remain anonymous - had significant influence on what news was included in Facebook's ranked news list.

According to the social media company, the trending news list pulls topics based on popularity, engagement, while also factoring a user's location and interests, the Independent has reported.

But the former contracts said that the ranked lists were not formed so organically.

"Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending," an anonymous source said.

Other anonymous contractors said that if a topic were popular on a conservative website - such as Breitbart or Newsmax.com - curators could include the same story in the trending list if it were "from a more neutral outlet that wasn't as biased," such as the New York Times or the Washington Post.

Curators also said they were instructed by the company to "inject" stories into the trending pipeline, despite lack of popularity.