Here are the biggest stories trending this Tuesday.
Rohith Vemula suicide: The suicide of Rohith Vemula, a PhD scholar in Hyderabad, continues to be the biggest story today with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi making his way to meet the student’s grieving family. Rohith is suspected to have committed suicide following altercations with the college management over not receiving a stipend for his research fellowship. An FIR was filed against Union Minister and local MP Bandaru Dattatreya for abetment to suicide. Read more here
Rahul Gandhi visits Hyderabad: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited the Hyderabad Central University campus to show solidarity with the students grieving and protesting over the suicide of Rohith Vemula, the Dalit PhD scholar. He said all those responsible for Rohith’s suicide must get strictest punishment possible. Read more here
Red Fort attack case: The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the plea of Mohammad Arif, the lone death row convict in the 2000 Red Fort attack case, for a fresh hearing of his dismissed review petition in the open court. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur modified the apex court’s September 2, 2014 verdict by which the benefit of open court hearing in the review petition was available to those convicts whose review petitions were pending and also whose executions were not given effect. Read more here
Jammu and Kashmir govt standstill: Days after the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, there is still no government in Jammu and Kashmir. Mehbooba Mufti, who is set to take over as the new CM, introduced her younger brother Tassaduq Mufti, a cinematographer, to the PDP. There are indications that Tassaduq might be nominated by the party for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat when Mehbooba vacates it. Read more here
Minority status for Sikhs: Can a minority community in one state hold onto its status in another state? That’s the question the Supreme Court is debating. Can Sikhs be a minority in Punjab, where it has a significant population and good social standing? Read more here
No CPM-Congress tie-up in West Bengal: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury told the Indian Express that there were no plans for a tie-up between the Congress and his party in the upcoming elections in Bengal. Yechury’s statement comes days after former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya called on the Congress to unite with the CPM against the ruling Trinamool Congress. Yechury said a decision on election tactics would be taken at the politburo meeting. Read more here
Ganga projects: There seem to be sharp differences between the Water Resources Ministry and the Environment Ministry off late. The Env. Ministry has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court allowing hydel projects in the Upper Ganga stretch despite the objections of the water resources ministry. The affidavit went on to clear three of six projects. Read more here