27 years after the Babri demolition, hearing in the final case to decide the fate of the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi site concludes this week. The Indian Express finds a town longing for closure, a community that is tired, and a generation, born after 1992, in wait — for jobs
With a 74-yr-old woman in Andhra becoming the oldest to give birth, The Indian Express rewinds to a case of 2010, when a 66-yr-old from Hisar had delivered triplets, triggering a debate around medical ethics and an age-limit on women opting for IVF.
In Uttar Pradesh, child-lifting rumours have led to mob violence and 82 arrests. What happens to a village in grip of such rumours? Children stop going to school, parents live in fear and every outsider is a suspect.
The highest plateau in the erstwhile J&K state, and one of India’s most sparsely populated regions — cut off from the rest of the country for over six months every winter — Ladakh has often complained of unfair treatment by the state government on funds and employment opportunities.
A three-member team, led by J&K Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra, arrived in the town around afternoon to assess the security situation on the ground. They also held a meeting with members of the Joint Action Committee that is leading the protest against the Centre’s decision in Kargil.
The protesters, demanding restoration of Article 370, later clashed with police and ITBP personnel. Some protesters reportedly threw stones at the security forces, following which there was lathicharge and use of tear-gas.
On July 6, 1999, Sepoy Deep Chand, a Rifleman with the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles regiment, was killed by enemy sniper fire as his unit tried to capture Point 4875 in Mushkoh Valley in Kargil’s Dras sector.
On June 6, 1999, having made significant strides for two days, the 25-year-old Rajputana Rifles officer fell to a counter-attack. He had run out of ammunition. Hanif’s body could not be retrieved till the end of the war due to enemy firing.
Amid a continuing moratorium on all genetically modified crops except Bt cotton, prohibited seeds are now in use across the country. The government knows it, and defiant farmers have started challenging it to do something about it.