Top Headlines: In Dera chief’s dark world, sadhvis referred to rape as ‘pitaji’s maafi’

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Daily Newsletter | Saturday, August 26, 2017
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In Dera chief’s dark world, sadhvis referred to rape as ‘pitaji’s maafi’
It was more than 10 years after their rapes that the two survivors finally recorded their statements before the judges in 2009 and 2010. These first-hand accounts of the sufferings of the two sadhvis eventually sealed the fate of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leading to his conviction on Friday.
Baba behind bars, followers run riot
At least 31 Dera Sacha Sauda followers were killed and more than 300 injured in an hour of violence after cops and paramilitary forces fired on angry mobs, shortly after the verdict convicting Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape at 2.30pm on Friday.
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‘Fear, clout’: Dera chief conviction wasn’t easy
The conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was not an easy task as the political clout enjoyed by the selfstyled godman made marshalling evidence against him amajor challenge for the CBI.


YEIDA to carry out a land bank audit
​​The move follows a meeting with Satish Mahana, UP Industrial Development Minister held in New Delhi on Thursday.
Alarmed by the Blue Whale Challenge, schools ask parent to monitor ward’s internet-usage
Cautious after a spate of deaths in India and abroad being linked to the ‘Blue Whale’ Challenge, Noida schools have started issuing circulars and messages to parents asking them to exercise vigilance and monitor the internet-usage and the apps being downloaded by their children.
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Triple talaq: Ishrat writes to CM, seeks security
Ishrat Jahan, one of the five petitioners to the Supreme Court against instant triple talaq, has written to the West Bengal chief minister’s office seeking protection for herself and her four children.


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New law to soon monitor how Facebook, Google, WhatsApp and others use your data
The government will come out with a data protection law to check possible diversion and misuse of private user information by social media and tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Instagram, Amazon, and Apple.


World Badminton Championships: Sindhu, Saina enter semis
Fourth seed PV Sindhu has assured herself another medal at the World Badminton Championships as she defeated China’s Sun Yu (fifth seed) in straight games 21-14, 21-9 in the quarter-final on Friday.
Need to create sporting culture: Abhinav Bindra
Abhinav Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist, stressed on the need to “aggressively” work towards creating a sporting culture in the country and “clearly define” its aspiration.
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Federer could face Nadal in US Open semi-finals
World number one Rafael Nadal could face third-ranked Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the US Open under the draw unveiled Friday. Nadal, a 15-time major champion who this year won his 10th French Open title, owns a 23-14 edge in his career rivalry with Federer.


RBI to ramp up supply of Rs 200 notes
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said the supply of Rs 200 notes, brought into circulation on Friday, will soon be ramped up across the country through banking channels.
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