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Get Wired 1/9: Arrest in Kalburgi Case, Sangh Targets VP, Mufti to Stay as CM, and More

3 dead due to violence in Manipur

Three people died and many others sustained injuries in Manipur following mob violence that erupted over the passing of three bills in the state assembly, officials said on Tuesday. The violence took place on Monday night in Churchandpur, where an indefinite curfew has been imposed to control the law and order situation. Officials said the mob comprised members of tribal students organisations that were protesting the Manipur government’s adoption of three landmark bills – the Protection of Manipur People Bill 2015, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (seventh amendment) Bill 2015, and Manipur Shops and Establishment (second amendment) Bill 2015 – which they felt would compromise their rights in the state.

Bajrang Dal activist arrested for hailing Kalburgi murder

Following the murder of rationalist and Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi in the north Karnataka town of Dharwad, Bhuvith Shetty, a 25-year-old activist of the right wing Bajrang Dal has been arrested. Shetty had posted an inflammatory tweet, which the Dakshina Kannada police has taken up as a case of provocation to cause riots and criminal intimidation. Shetty had posted a tweet intimidating outspoken rationalist writer K S Bhagwan shortly after the killing of Kalburgi in Dharwad.  “Then it was Anantamoorty and now its MM Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die a dog’s death. And dear K S Bhagwan you are next.”

Jet fuel prices down by 11.7%

The price of Aviation Turbine Fuel went down by 11.7% while rates of non-subsidised cooking gas went down by Rs 25.5 per cylinder in line with international standards. A Rs 5,469.12 cut in the jet fuel price in Delhi per kilolitre (kl), or 11.7 per cent, to Rs 40,938.24 per kl, was announced by oil companies announced today. The reduction in prices is the steepest cut that has taken place thus far.

No question of leadership change in Kashmir says Ram Madhav

“There is no question of change of Chief Minister in J&K,” said BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav. Rumours that Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed is not keeping well and wants to replace himself with his daughter have been doing the rounds; however Madhav claims that these rumours are baseless. Madhav also said that BJP would stick to its position on Article 370 as stated in the Agenda of Alliance.

Sangh parivar targets Vice-President, again

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today launched an attack on Vice-president Hamid Ansari’s pitch for “affirmative action” for Muslims, an approach he said was needed to give meaning to the government’s policy of ‘sabka haath, sabka saath’. The VHP claimed that this amounted to a political and communal statement that did not befit the dignity of his office. The vice-president was speaking at the inauguration of the All India Majlis-e-Mushawarat Golden Jubilee in Delhi on Monday. In the past, different leaders and outfits of the sangh parivar have targeted Ansari over a variety of imaginary issues, such as his absence from the Yoga Day event at India Gate. Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav was eventually forced to apologise to the Vice-President for making wild accusations.

Mobile and Internet services to resume in Gujarat

In a meeting between the home department and police officials on Monday, recommendations of lifting the week long ban on Internet and mobile services in Gujarat were made. After being suspended in the wake of the Patel agitatio , Internet services resumed in Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Botad and Morbi districts. Surat collector Dr Rajendra Kumar said that the decision of resuming the services would be taken on Tuesday.  However, they were tentative about allowing access to Facebook, WhatsApp, Youtube and Twitter, especially in some sensitive districts till September 2 midnight.

Serena Williams advances at US open

Serena Williams reached the second round after 86th-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia stopped playing while behind 6-0, 2-0. Williams wrapped the game up in 27 minutes and took 32 of the 37 points that were played.