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Protest at Ryan school, RSS chief wants laws to reflect Indian values, Irma batters Florida: Top stories

Hundreds of parents protest against Ryan International School, Hurricane Irma claims three lives in Florida, and the apex body of Hindu sadhus release a list of fake saints. Here are the top stories to keep you up to date.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2017 08:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Police used batons to control protesters who set fire to a liquor shop near Ryan International School in Gurgaon on Sunday. (HT Photo / Parveen Kumar)

Ryan International School murder: Management booked, police lathicharge parents and protestors

The Ryan International School management was charged on Sunday with cruelty to a child after the murder of an eight-year-old student, but the move didn’t pacify angry parents demanding a CBI investigation. Hundreds of parents tried to enter the private school in Bhondsi, near Gurgaon, prompting police to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd. About a dozen people were detained for arson and rioting and many more wounded in the police action. Cameras of some photojournalists were also damaged in the clashes. The parents want the school shut until a CBI inquiry is ordered and stricter legal provisions are slapped against the management for the murder of a Class 2 boy on Friday. Read the story here.

Hurricane Irma batters Florida

Hurricane Irma made landfall on Florida’s southern islands on Sunday and claimed three lives as millions of people, including thousands of Indian-Americans, evacuated the state in the wake of the storm that left a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean. Hurling 130 mph winds, Irma struck Florida Keys as it barrelled towards the US state’s west coast where millions of people have evacuated turning many places into ghost towns. “There is imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast, including the Florida Keys, where a storm surge warning is in effect,” the hurricane centre said. Read the story here.

Found at Dera’s Sirsa HQ: Secret tunnels, firecracker factory, women’s hostel, empty box of AK-47 cartridges

No proper record of dead bodies being sent from the hospital running inside the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters was maintained while a skin bank was running without license, a senior official said as the mammoth “sanitisation” exercise of the complex was completed on Sunday. Secret tunnels, including one which linked jailed sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s plush residence with female disciples’ hostel, an empty box of AK-47 cartridges, an illegal firecracker factory were among other shocking detections made, according the Haryana government. Read the story here.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat wants a legal system reflecting India’s moral values

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat pitched for reforms in law on Sunday as he stressed the need to develop a legal system based on the “ethos of the society”. Addressing the concluding ceremony of the silver jubilee celebrations of the Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta (Advocates) Parishad in Hyderabad, Bhagwat said though the new Constitution was drafted after Independence, some old laws were taken from foreign sources. “Our constitution was written based on the understanding of the ‘Bharatiya’ ethos of our founding fathers, but many of the laws that we are still using are based on the foreign sources and that laws were made as per their decades have passed since our independence...this is something we must address,” he said. Read the story here.

Rahul Gandhi leaves for US; will meet thinkers, political leaders, overseas Indians

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday left for the US, where he will interact with global thinkers, political leaders and overseas Indians on international, economic and technology issues. Gandhi, 47, will begin his nearly two-week trip to the US with an address at the University of California, Berkeley, tomorrow on the subject ‘India at 70 -- Reflections on the Path forward’, where he will talk about contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy. His great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, delivered a speech at Berkeley in 1949. Read the story here.

Hindu seers’ group releases names of ‘14 fake godmen’; Ram Rahim, Asaram on list

The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the apex body of Hindu sadhus, released on Sunday what it said was a list of fake saints even as it demanded a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders”. The move by the ABAP, which is an umbrella organisation of 13 recognised akharas, or monastic orders, came against the backdrop of a series of controversies surrounding self-styled godmen, including Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who has been convicted of rape. Read the story here.

TN farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar ‘eat’ own excreta, say human flesh next

A group of farmers from Tamil Nadu, who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar for almost two months, have made a desperate attempt to draw attention of the authorities by allegedly eating their own excreta in protest. Ten of their men, including their leader P Ayyakannu, took the drastic step on Sunday. “I feel like throwing up when I even think about it,” said Palanichamy, who was one of the 10 who allegedly ate their own excreta. “We collected the excreta in the morning (in plastic bags) and then ate it... By not giving us revised drought packages, compensation for crops ruined by the bad weather conditions and refusing loan waivers, the central government has forced us into a position of having to eat our own waste,” said Ayyakannu, president of the national south Indian rivers linking farmers’ association. Read the story here.

Gauri Lankesh’s fate awaits you, Kerala Hindu group leader warns writers

Kerala Hindu Aikyavedi leader KP Sasikala, notorious for her inflammatory speeches, threatened secular writers on Sunday saying the fate of murdered Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh also awaits them. Addressing a meeting in North Paravur in Ernakulam district, 250 km north of the state capital, she urged such writers to perform a “Mruthunjaya Homam” (a ritual to escape from the clutches of death) at Lord Shiva temples if they did not want to meet the fate of Lankesh who was shot dead in Bengaluru last week. Her speech which was widely shared on social media has riled both the government and the opposition. Read the story here.

‘Some hacked to death, some shot dead by army’: Rohingya Muslims recount Myanmar village massacre

Myanmar soldiers barred the entrance to the mosque, men arrived with machetes and petrol cans and then, according to Rohingya Muslim eyewitnesses, the killing began. “Those that ran were hacked to death. Others that got away were shot by the army,” said Master Kamal, a 53-year-old teacher, and one of the survivors of the massacre in Aung Sit Pyin in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. “They were burning houses. We fled to save our lives.” Kamal told AFP he saw three neighbours -- including a father and son -- butchered as he fled, making a 10-day trek across monsoon-drenched hills, rivers and fields to Bangladesh. Interviews with about 10 people from the village who found refuge at Balukhali camp in Bangladesh revealed horrific details of the events in Aung Sit Pyin on August 25. Read the story here.

Five Shia Hazara community members gunned down in Pakistan

Five members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province. The gunmen targeted a car in Kuchluck area of Quetta while it was coming from the Chaman border crossing area, police said. The firing took place when the travellers had stopped at a filling station to refuel their vehicle. Five people, including two women, died in the attack, the Express Tribune reported. Read the story here.

‘It hurts a lot’: Hillary Clinton on 2016 US elections loss to Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton says she is “done” being a political candidate, and that her shock US presidential loss last year to Donald Trump remains a source of deep anguish. “It still is very painful. It hurts a lot,” the 2016 Democratic nominee said in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning, the first in a series of appearances to highlight the upcoming publication of “What Happened,” her memoir about the campaign. “I am done with being a candidate,” she said. “As an active politician, it’s over.” Read the story here.

Iranian warship turns away US battleship in Persian Gulf

A rocket-bearing Iranian military vessel confronted an American battleship in the Gulf and warned it to stay away from a damaged Iranian fishing boat, Tasnim news agency reported Sunday, but the U.S. Navy denied any direct contact with Iranian forces. The American battleship turned away after the warning from the Iranian vessel, which belonged to the naval branch of the Iranian army, according to Tasnim. The Iranian military vessel then towed the fishing boat, which had sent out a distress signal after taking on water, back to shore. Read the story here.

Photos | From Gauri Lankesh to Ganesh Visarjan: India last week in pictures

From the killing of Gauri Lankesh, where she was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru, to Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in India; a roundup of top photos from across the country. Check out the pictures here.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 08:17 IST