TN 'honour killing': Father-in-law surrenders
The father-in-law of the Dalit man who was killed for marrying a higher caste woman surrendered on Monday. However, he denied having anything to do with the attack that killed his son-in-law, even though his daughter told the police that he had been unhappy about her marriage.
The horrific attack took place on Sunday in Tamil Nadu's Tirupur district, when a gang of men carrying hatchets and sickles hacked at 22-year-old Shankar on the streets of Udumalaipettai town in broad daylight, and injured his wife Kausalya. Shankar died on the way to hospital, according to the Hindustan Times.
JDU MLA threatens candidate in Bihar panchayat polls
Kamleshwari Mandal, a candidate in Bihar's panchayat polls from Bhagalpur district, Bihar, has asked for police protection against JDU MLA from Gopalpur Narendra Kumar Neeraj, after being threatened to withdraw from his battle for the post of district board chairperson, or else. Neeraj's wife Savita Devi, is the incumbent chairperson and is seeking re-election.
Mandal told the police that Neeraj had told his family members to tell him not to contest the election or be kidnapped.
Earlier, on 1 March, Neeraj had threatened to cut his opponents' tongues if they spoke against him, according to The Telegraph.
Asaram Bapu's witness-killing gunman arrested
Gujarat's Anti-Terrorism Squad has arrested Kartik Haldar, a gunman suspected to be behind the killings of three key witnesses in the rape cases against self-styled godman Asaram.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) and IG in charge of the ATS JK Bhatt said: "Other than murdering the witnesses, Haldar had also attempted to kill four other persons who were directly or indirectly associated with the rape cases filed against the jailed religious leader in Jodhpur and Ahmedabad."
Haldar revealed during interrogation that he had been instructed by followers of Asaram to kill these witnesses, says the Hindustan Times.
BJP MLA attacks police horse in Dehradun
A BJP MLA in Uttarakhand allegedly attacked a police horse during a protest in Dehradun on Monday, leaving it with multiple fractures that mean its rear leg will have to be amputated.
The MLA, Ganesh Joshi, denies the attack and claims he is being falsely implicated.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat visited the police lines to check on the condition of the horse, reports The Indian Express.
An FIR has been filed against the BJP MLA and his unidentified associates. No arrests have been made so far.
JNU: Kanhaiya, Umar, Anirban may be rusticated
JNU authorities are contemplating the rustication of Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and two other students for their role in the 9 February protests against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, and issued a showcause notice to them and 18 other students to explain why they violated university rules and discipline.
However, a final decision will be made only after vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and chief proctor A Dimri go through the report on the incident filed by a top level inquiry committee, according to The Economic Times.
Home Ministry asks Kolkata Police for details of students from J&K
The Kolkata Police has asked all colleges in the city to provide details of their students from Jammu and Kashmir, which will be forwarded to the Union Home Ministry. The note was sent to the colleges in the last week of February as students at Delhi's JNU and Kolkata's Jadavpur University protested against the crackdown on JNU after the nationalism row.
The police note says, according to The Indian Express: "Please let me know what students, whose residential addresses is under the State of Jammu & Kashmir, studies in your Institution for onwards transmission to the Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi, Govt. of India."
JNU march: 4 students detained by Delhi police
During the students march to the Parliament led by JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, four Jawaharlal Nehru University students were detained by the police. A large number of students assembled at Delhi's Mandi House to march to the Parliament, demanding the release of SAR Gilani, Umar Khalid, and Anirban Bhattacharya. Author and activist Arundhati Roy too expressed her solidarity for the cause by participating in the march. Meanwhile, the judicial custody of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya has been extended by 14 days. Khalid, who has been in custody since 23 February, filed a bail application in a lower court today.
Former refugee wins $1 million global teaching award
Hanan Al Hroub spent her growing years in a Palestinian refugee camp. As an adult and a teacher, she chose to stay and work with refugee children who have been traumatised by violence. Her efforts have been recognised and a $1 million global teaching prize was awarded to Al Hroub at a ceremony in Dubai. Prince William sent a video message congratulating her, as did the Pope, who said that teachers were "the builders of peace and unity." The finalists for the Global Teacher Prize, created by the Varkey Foundation, saw teachers from India, Kenya, Finland and the US. In her speech, Al Hroub told the audience that "teachers could change the world."
5,00,000 will die by 2050, as climate change alters diets
Climate change will take 5 lakh lives by 2050, a new study has suggested. These deaths would be caused by the food scarcity, and are additional to deaths caused by other effects of global warming. The study was published in the medical journal The Lancet. Scientists behind the study predicted world temperatures to be two degrees higher than in the 1986-2005 time period. It found that there would be 3.2% lower food availability, and people would be consuming 4% less fruit and vegetables.