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The White House on Tuesday condemned a shooting attack in a Kansas bar that left one Indian man dead and another wounded as an apparent act of “racially motivated hatred.”

india Updated: Mar 01, 2017 08:32 IST
HT Correspondent
The White House on Tuesday condemned a shooting attack in a Kansas bar that left one Indian man dead and another wounded as an apparent act of “racially motivated hatred.
The White House on Tuesday condemned a shooting attack in a Kansas bar that left one Indian man dead and another wounded as an apparent act of “racially motivated hatred.(Facebook Photo)

Here’s a quick update of what’s in the news.

White House condemns killing of Indian engineer in Kansas as ‘racially motivated hatred’

The White House on Tuesday condemned a shooting attack in a Kansas bar that left one Indian man dead and another wounded as an apparent act of “racially motivated hatred.” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said “As more facts come to light and it begins to look like this was an act of racially motivated hatred, I want to reiterate the President condemns these or any other racially or religiously motivated attacks in the strongest terms. They have no place in our country.”

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Ramjas College row: Politicians join students at campus peace march

Hundreds of students and teachers hit the streets of Delhi University on Tuesday afternoon to protest against campus violence as political leaders and sportspeople joined the swirling nationalism row. A crowd of about 2,000 -- comprising students from several DU colleges and other universities -- marched from SGTB Khalsa College to arts faculty, shouting slogans against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) that allegedly thrashed several students last week.

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Sehwag says his tweet on DU student misinterpreted, Tharoor criticises him

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, whose tweet relating to Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur triggered an outrage on social media, claimed on Tuesday that his post intended for “plain fun” was misconstrued. Other sports figures questioned Kaur’s views while Congress MP Shashi Tharoor expressed his disappointment that his cricket hero “chose to enter the wholly politicised debate over Gurmehar Kaur’s words…”

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Kansas hero Ian Grillot bats for equality, wants to visit India in ‘near future’ | HT Exclusive

Ian Grillot who tried to intervene as a US Navy veteran opened fire on two Indian engineers says what he did at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe last Wednesday was what he’d have expected anyone to do. “Nobody deserves to be treated in that manner, my folks raised me (in such a way) that everybody is an equal…Everybody’s a human, let’s treat everybody as that. So I mean it was just, I felt I had no choice. I would just hope that somebody would do that for me,” Grillot told Hindustan Times on Tuesday in his first interview since the shooting.

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No graveyards, cremate everyone : Sakshi Maharaj on Modi’s ‘Kabristan’ remark

BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj said on Tuesday there should be no graveyards at all in the country and all should be cremated. The BJP MP from Unnao said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a crematorium should be constructed next to a graveyard. But graveyards should not be constructed at all. If this happens, all land in the country will be used for this purpose and no space will be left for practising agriculture... There will be no fields.”

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Woman allegedly burnt alive on pyre after Greater Noida hospital ‘declares’ her dead

Uttar Pradesh Police are investigating whether a 21-year-old Noida woman was burnt alive after doctors concluded on Tuesday that she was breathing when her husband placed her on a funeral pyre a day before.

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Kerala: Catholic priest’s ‘insulting remarks’ against women in jeans go viral

A video grab showing a Catholic priest in Kerala allegedly using insulting language against women wearing jeans and shirts has gone viral on social media. In a programme aired by ‘Shalom’, a Christian devotional channel, the priest said the Holy Bible and Catholic Church have not given permission to girls to wear jeans and T-shirts, which is the attire of boys.

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Private hospitals perform more than thrice the number of C-section deliveries

Private hospitals perform more than thrice the number of c-section deliveries as compared to government hospitals, according to data from the National Family Health Survey-4 (2015-16), released by the Union health ministry on Tuesday. Private hospitals carried out 40.9% caesarean sections (C-sections) as compared to 11.9% performed in government hospitals.

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Met warns temperatures will rise above normal this year

This year’s summer will be harsher than usual and the next couple of months will see temperatures above normal, the Indian Meteorological Department warmed on Wednesday, which also happened to be the hottest February day in a decade.

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Mitchell Starc says reverse swing will be big factor on dry Chinnaswamy wicket

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc reckons he and Josh Hazlewood would have to shoulder more responsibility in the second India vs Australia Test match that starts at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.

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Petty BJP netas, opportunistic celebs forced Gurmehar to withdraw campaign

Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur may have withdrawn her campaign against the violence that the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) unleashed on the campus, but she has left the ground with her head held high. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that the goons of the ABVP --- helped by Union ministers and a few prejudiced celebrities --- hounded her out of the unfolding narrative.

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Jharkhand: 300 Muslim families speak out, return dowry in silent protest

A silent and unique social transformation is sweeping the Muslim community in Jharkhand’s Palamu region, with hundreds of families returning dowry they had taken during their sons’ weddings. Over the last one year, around 800 families came out in the open about accepting dowry and have subsequently returned the money. The process kicked off once Haji Mumtaj Ali, a native of Pokhari village in Latehar, launched a campaign against dowry in April last year.

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