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Handwara girl reiterates she was not molested by an Army man

The girl whose complaint of molestation on 12 April led to violent protests and firing by the Army in Handwara, Kashmir, recorded her statement before the chief judicial magistrate of the town on Saturday and said once again that she had not been molested by anyone from the Army.

The girl had earlier recorded a video statement at the police station, saying exactly the same thing, according to The Economic Times.

A police statement said: "In her statement before the Judicial Magistrate she reveals that... she was confronted, assaulted and dragged by two boys... among whom one boy was in school uniform."

Probe reveals Jats in Haryana police deserted posts during February violence

Jats in the Haryana police force deserted their posts and ignored orders during three days of violence and arson in the state in February, siding with members of their community agitating for reservations.

This was discovered by the investigative panel led by IPS officer Prakash Singh which has examined more than 3,000 witnesses since the panel was set up on 26 February.

The panel will recommend strict action against these men, who have remained unpunished to date, says The Indian Express. The action will probably mean dismissal.

Malegaon case: Purohit moves SC for release

Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, has moved the Supreme Court, saying his detention is illegal since the NIA has taken six years to file its final report.

According to Purohit's petition, the NIA is struggling to file its final report because it has not yet decided whether to drop the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the accused in the case.

Purohit has been in jail for more than seven years since the blasts killed six people and wounded more than 100, says the Hindustan Times.

25 killed, 11 injured as Odisha bus falls into gorge

At least 25 people were killed and 11 others seriously injured on Sunday when the bus they were travelling in fell into a 300-feet gorge in Odisha's Deogarh district on Sunday. The death toll could rise further, said the police.

The accident occurred at about 6.30 pm, when the driver lost control at a curve and the bus fell 300 feet down.

"At least 25 bodies have been recovered from the accident area. We have also rescued 11 persons with critical injuries and sent them to hospital," said Deogarh superintendent of police Sarah Sharma, according to the Hindustan Times.

Murthal gangrape witness attacked, threatened

Bobby Joshi, one of the very few witnesses to the gangrapes in Murthal this February during the Jat agitation in Haryana, was allegedly attacked on Saturday night by two unidentified men while he drove from Chandigarh to Delhi.

Joshi, a resident of Delhi, said two men threw a stone at his car along the Karnal-Panipat stretch and broke its windows.

The case that women commuters on the Ambala-Delhi highway were stripped and gangraped at Murthal while the Jat agitation was at its peak was reported by the media but dismissed as a fabrication by the Haryana government, says the Hindustan Times.

Dipa Karmakar first Indian woman gymnast to seal Olympics berth

22 year old Dipa Karmakar  created history today by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics as she booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifier and test event.

Karmakar scored 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games to be held in August.

Since the independence of the country, 11 Indian male gymnast have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964) but this will be the first for an Indian woman at the Olympics.

Coming up: Aretha Franklin Biopic

"Good news, we're ready to sign for the movie," Franklin said Thursday night (April 14) of the biopic about her life she has been trying to arrange with Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. "We've agreed on all the key points. There's very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that's all I wanted."

Plans for a biopic date back to at least 2011, when Franklin announced she wanted Halle Berry to star. Jennifer Hudson is now reportedly being considered for the lead.

Ecuador Earthquake: Death toll rises to 262

Rescuers pulled survivors from rubble on Sunday after the strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast.

The magnitude of 7.8 quake, the strongest to hit Ecuador since 1979, was centered on Ecuador's sparsely populated fishing ports and tourist beaches, 105 miles northwest of Quito, the capital.

In an address from the tragedy-stricken city of Portoviejo, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said the death toll will probably rise considerably from the current 262 in the coming days. But stressed that there's evidence of some people remaining alive underneath rubble.

In Correa's words, "The pain is very large, the tragedy is very large, but we'll find the way to move forward. If our pain is immense, still larger is the spirt of our people."