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Dalit student suicide, Mrinalini Sarabhai passes away: The top news today

From the suicide of Rohith Vemula to Amit Shah's new term as BJP boss, these are the top stories of the day

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 21, 2016 7:07:36 pm
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These are the big stories this Thursday.

Dalit student suicide: In a move to calm rising tempers,  Hyderabad Central University (HCU) has revoked the suspension of the five research scholars, including Rohith Vemula who committed suicide on Sunday, with immediate effect. Sources in the university administration have told The Indian Express that the decision was taken in an emergency meeting of the Executive Council (highest decision-making body) of the university and will be communicated soon to the agitating students on campus. Read more here

Hummer horror case: Beedi tycoon, Muhammad Nisham, has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment and another 24 years in jail for causing the death of a security guard with his Hummer at the Sobha City apartments last year. The 39-year-old businessman, reportedly with assets worth Rs 5,000 crore, will also have to pay a fine of Rs 80.30 lakh of which Rs 50 lakh is to be paid to the widow of the victim, K Chandrabose. Read more here

Death of Mrinalini Sarabhai: Noted danseuse and Padma Bhushan awardee Mrinalini Sarabhai passed away at her Ahmedabad home in Usmanpura area on Thursday morning. She was the wife of renowned Indian scientist and the father of India’s space programme Vikram Sarabhai. The noted classical dancer was 97 and is survived by her children Mallika Sarabhai, Kartikeya Sarabhai, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Read more here

Vladimir Putin: President Vladimir Putin probably approved a Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KBG agent Alexander Litvinenko, a judge led-British inquiry into the 2006 killing in London concluded. Litvinenko, 43, an outspoken critic of Putin who fled Russia, died after drinking green tea laced with the rare radioactive isotope polonium-210 at London’s plush Millennium Hotel. Read more here

2015 hottest year since 1880: A new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said that the year 2015 was the hottest in modern times, sparking fears of the acceleration of climate change. “During 2015, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62 Fahrenheit (0.90 Celsius) above the 20th-century average,” said the NOAA report. According to NASA, changes in temperature are dependent largely on emissions and increased levels of carbon dioxide. Read more here

Hizb-ul Mujahideen claims Pathankot attack: In an interview with an Urdu news portal, Hizb-ul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Pathankot Air Force base. He said the attack was part of ‘our activity’ and that it had nothing to do with the Indo-Pak dialogue. This is a new twist in the case as it is widely believed that the attack bore the handiwork of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, a terrorist network based in Pakistan. Read more here

Court slams CBI over raid on CM’s office: In a boost for the Aam Aadmi Party which cried vendetta over the CBI raid on the office of CM Arvind Kejriwal, a special court has slammed the investigative agency. The court said the CBI “cannot be clothed with divine powers.” After the court ruling, Kejriwal said PM Modi owes an explanation to the country. Read more here

Amit Shah’s new term: BJP chief Amit Shah will start his new term as the party boss on Sunday. After the 2014 elections, Rajnath Singh, the then party boss, had quit to be inducted into the Modi government to make way for Amit Shah. Shah wants the BJP to be more proactive to fulfil the agenda of the Centre’s schemes. Read more here

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