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Handwara: 3 dead in firing during protest against alleged molestation by Army man

Three men were killed and others injured on Tuesday when the Army opened fire on a crowd protesting the alleged molestation of a girl by an Army man in Handwara, Kashmir. Villagers allege an Army man attempted to molest a girl in a washroom near an Army bunker in the town's main market on 12 April. A crowd gathered to protest the incident, whereupon the Rashtriya Rifles as well as J&K Police allegedly opened fire. The Army has reportedly ordered a probe and a criminal case has been filed by the state police. Additional police personnel have been deployed in sensitive areas of the city to maintain law and order.

RJD MLA's sister molested and assaulted; dies of injuries

The sister of a Rashtriya Janata Dal MLA who was allegedly molested and thrown out of an autorickshaw near Ara, Bihar, died at the Patna Medical College Hospital on Tuesday.

Shail Devi, sister of Barhara MLA Sajoj Yadav, had gone to visit a doctor in Chandi market in a shared autorickshaw on Saturday. When the driver and five other passengers molested her, she said she was Saroj Yadav's sister, whereupon the men allegedly assaulted her and threw her out of the autorickshaw, says the Hindustan Times.

Severely injured, she was rushed to the Ara Sadar Hospital from where she was shifted to Patna.

BCCI promises to use treated sewage water for Maharashtra IPL ties

The BCCI, threatened with shifting 19 IPL matches out of drought-stricken Maharashtra because of its need for 65 lakh litres of water to maintain pitches in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that it will use only treated sewage water for the purpose.

The Bombay High Court is hearing two PILs on the issue. The BCCI added that the Punjab Kings XI team will shift three matches from Nagpur to Mohali.

According to the Hindustan Times, the court accepted the BCCI's statement, but directed Kings XI to confirm that they will shift the Nagpur matches. 

Conman posing as Amit Shah's secretary caught at BJP HQ

A conman posing as BJP chief Amit Shah's secretary was caught at the party headquarters in Delhi on Tuesday as he attempted to strike a deal with some party workers.

The man said he was Kuldeep Yadav and that he used several aliases including the names of Amit Shah's secretary and the BJP general secretary (organisation), as he promised party workers important posts in exchange for cash ranging from Rs 50,000 to a few lakhs.

Both the police and BJP leaders are looking into the conman's records to see which party workers paid him for posts, according to The Economic Times

This year's monsoon likely to be above normal: IMD

After two years of drought, the monsoon is likely to be above normal this year, said an official forecast on Tuesday.

The key to India's economy, the monsoon this year will be 106 per cent, allowing for an error margin of five per cent, said Laxman Singh Rathore, chief of the IMD. According to the IMD's system of classification, a normal monsoon is 96-104 per cent of a 50-year average. If it is 104- 110, it is above normal, says the Hindustan Times.

Now Tamil Nadu Brahmins demand reservations

A political party in Tamil Nadu created by Brahmins is demanding reservations in government jobs and educational institutions, claiming that they have been neglected.

Leaders of the Anthanar Munnetra Kazhagam (AMK), backed by some BJP leaders, believe that since Brahmins comprise only 4 per cent of Tamil Nadu's population, they are ignored and made the butt of jokes.

The AMK has demanded 3 per cent reservations for Brahmins in government jobs and educational institutes, says the Hindustan Times.

AAP plans to contest in 2017 Goa elections

The Aam Aadmi Party has decided to contest the 2017 assembly elections in Goa, said a party source.

Senior party members and experienced party volunteers are already in the BJP-ruled state to learn local conditions and issues, and raise local support, says the Hindustan Times.

An AAP source said: "Right now, the only nod that has been given is for Goa. We are going all out for Punjab and we will also contest the municipal elections in Delhi. Apart from this, there are no plans to contest any other elections in 2017." 

Western Ghats, Manas and Sundarbans threatened by industry: WWF survey

The Western Ghats, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sundarbans, three of India's seven Natural World Heritage Sites, are being threatened by industrial activity, says a WWF survey called Protecting People Through Nature

According to Tim Badman, director of the IUCN's World Heritage Programme, "These iconic places face a range of threats, including climate change. Removing pressure from harmful industrial activity is therefore critical to increase the sites' resilience."

The threat to the Western Ghats comes from mining and oil and gas exploration. At Manas Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam, dams are a problem. The Sundarbans face threats from unsustainable water use, dams, wood harvesting, over-fishing and shipping lanes, according to the Hindustan Times.