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Salman gets bail against personal bond of Rs 50,000

After spending two nights in a Jodhpur jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.

 
Salman Khan convicted in black buck poaching case
 
 
After spending two nights in a local jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
 
Arguments on the actor's bail application, which had been taken up yesterday, continued this morning before the judge reserved his order for the post-lunch session.
 
While granting him bail, the judge asked Salman, 52, to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 and two sureties of Rs. 25,000 each with guarantees that he will adhere to all the bail conditions.
 
The court said Salman would have to secure special permission from it to travel abroad.
 
He is expected to be released by this evening after completion of various legal procedures, sources said.
 
Salman had spent a second night in the Central Jail here last night because the arguments on his bail plea could not be completed yesterday.
 
The superstar was convicted by a local court on Thursday and was sentenced to five years imprisonment in the two-decade-old case.
 
Salman and other Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam allegedly went hunting on October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. 
 
While Salman was found guilty, the four co-stars and a local, Dushyant Singh, were acquitted.
 
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri convicted Salman under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
 
(With  inputs from IANS)
 
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15 dead, 31 injured as high-tension wire falls on bus in Rajasthan

At least 15 people were electrocuted and 31 others suffered injuries when the bus they were travelling in came in contact with a high-tension electricity wire in the Tonk district of Rajasthan on Friday afternoon, official sources said.

 
At least 15 dead as high-tension wire falls on bus in Rajasthan
At least 15 people were electrocuted and 31 others suffered injuries when the bus they were travelling in came in contact with a high-tension electricity wire in the Tonk district of Rajasthan this afternoon, official sources said.
 
Police officials in Tonk told NetIndian over the telephone that the injured were initially taken to nearby hospitals from where they were referred to a hospital in Jaipur.
 
All the victims were men and were going to attend a marriage when the mishap occurred in the Malpura area of the district around 3 pm.
 
Senior district admininstration and police officials rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue and relief efforts, the sources said.
 
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the next-of-kin of those killed.
 
She also asked State Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria and other senior ministers and officials to rush to the spot and ensure the best possible medical care for the injured.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the incident. 
 
"The bus incident at Tonk, Rajasthan is very heart-rending. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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Denied LS ticket by BJP, Jaswant Singh says will file nomination on Monday

Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a ticket by the party to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer, confirmed on Sunday that he would file his nomination from there on Monday, presumably as an independent candidate.

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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a party ticket to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer in Rajasthan, today confirmed that he would file his nomination from there tomorrow, presumably as an independent candidate.
 
At the same time, he ruled out joining the Congress or any other party, saying it was insulting to him for any party to even think on such lines.
 
Reacting to media reports that the Congress might try and rope him in, Mr Singh, 76, told newspersons in his village that he had spent his entire political life in the BJP and had never thought of joining any other party.
 
"If the Congress is thinking along those lines, it is a waste of their time," he said.
 
But, despite repeated queries, he refused to confirm or deny whether the Congress had, in fact, made any overtures to him or not.
 
To another question, Mr Singh said he would go to Barmer tomorrow and file his nominations. "I will go to Barmer, will discuss the issue with others and act accordingly," he said.
 
Asked if he would resign from the party before filing his nomination, he said these things would be known tomorrow.
 
Mr Singh was particularly unhappy with senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley's statement that the party could not "adjust" Mr Singh in its list of candidates and that it would find other ways of using his abilities.
 
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"I saw on television a party leader saying that the could not 'adjust' me. The choice of words shows their way of thinking and their arrogant nature. It is insulting to me. I am not a piece of furniture, a chair or a table, which can be moved to some other part of the room if it does not fit in one place.
 
"I don't want to be 'adjusted'," he said. "All my life, I have worked for the party, in its best interests, to the best of my ability," he said.
 
About Barmer, he said it was the place where he was born and where he had grown. "All that I know today, I learnt from here," he said.
 
Asked about the caste equations in the area, Mr Singh regretted that the social fabric of the region was being torn by such considerations. He said he had never practised such politics. "You cannot divide society and people in this manner. If we persist in doing so, the state will end up as a second-rate UP, a third-rate Bihar," he said.
 
The BJP had, on Friday, announced that its candidate from Barmer would be Col Sonaram Chaudhary, a former MLA, who had recently joined it after resigning from the Congress, ignoring Mr Singh's claims and his wish that he be allowed to contest what could possibly be his last election from his home turf.
 
Reacting to the move, Mr Singh had hit out at the party yesterday, saying that it had been encroached upon by "outsiders", an obvious reference to the fact that it had given tickets to several people who had joined it in recent weeks, ignoring the claims of party loyalists.
 
He also made it clear to journalists at Jodhpur on his way to barmer that he would not indulge in any kid of bargaining with the party for post-election positions or any other officers from it.
 
"My sense of honour is not subject to trading," he said, even as Mr Jaitley and BJP President Rajnath Singh said that the party would utilise Mr Singh's abilities in some other way.
 
Mr Rajnath Singh said the importance that the BJP acccorded to Mr Singh could not be judged on the basis of an election ticket alone. "He is far above that," he said.
 
"The challenge today is between the real BJP and the fake BJP," Mr Singh said. "Only the people can decide on the difference between the two," he said.
 
He said he had lived and struggled all these years to uphold the principles on which the BJP was founded and it was important that he continued to do so.
 
He said it was for the BJP to realise what would add value to the party, to India and to the people of India.
 
The BJP's decision to deny the ticket to Mr Singh is being seen as yet another indication that the old order in the party is being forced to yield place to the new.
 
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According to media reports, Mr Singh had conveyed to the BJP leadership that he would contest the election from Barmer as an independent candidate if the party decided against nominating him.
 
He has never contested from Barmer, having been elected to the Lok Sabha from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan in 1991 and 1996, and from Darjeeling in West Bengal in the last general elections in 2009.
 
According to sources, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had pushed for a ticket for Col Choudhary, a Jat leader, after he joined the BJP some time ago.
 
Col Choudhary had lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from Barmer to Mr Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who now represents Sheo - a part of the Barmer Parliamentary constituency - in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
 
The move to deny Mr Singh a ticket has also upset a section of BJP workers in Barmer, who staged protests and tore party posters to express their anger.
 
The denial of the party nomination to Mr Singh came just a day after the BJP had, on Thursday, managed to mollify its veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani into accepting the party's decision to field him from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, though he had expressed his wish to shift to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Earlier, another party veteran, Murli Manohar Joshi, was reportedly upset after he had to make way for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections from his constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He was persuaded finally to move to Kanpur.
 
Another senior leader, Lalji Tandon, had to give up his claim over Lucknow, the seat held by him, to accommodate Mr Rajnath Singh, who decided against contesting from Ghaziabad, the seat he had won the last time.
 
In Punjab, three-time MP and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had to make way in Amritsar for senior leader Arun Jaitley.
 
Yesterday, the BJP denied renomination to seven-time MP Harin Pathak from Ahmedabad East and fielded well-known actor Paresh Rawal as its candidate from the constituency. Mr Pathak is known to be close to Mr Advani and was reportedly not on very good terms with Mr Modi.
 
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IPL-2018: All-round KKR record facile seven-wicket win over Rajasthan

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) stretched their winning run to two games by registering a facile seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
After restricting RR to 160/8, the two-time champions, who also won against Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs in their last game, rode on Robin Uthappa's 36-ball 48 (6x4, 2x6) to set up the chase and eventually win with seven balls to spare posting 163/3 in 18.5 overs.
 
Skipper Dinesh Karthik (42 not out; 2x4, 2x6) and Nitish Rana (35 not out; 2x4, 1x6) combined for an unbroken 61-run partnership for the fourth wicket to ease past the line. Karthik hit a six off Ben Laughlin to secure the win in style.
 
KKR never looked in trouble despite losing out-of-form Australian opener Chris Lynn (0) off only the second ball of their innings, with off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham (2/23) flattening his stumps with a ball that spun sharply into the batsman who tried to cut.
 
Uthappa and Narine then came together for a 69-run stand for the second wicket. Uthappa looked in imperious form, hitting Jaydev Unadkat for three fours in the fifth over.
 
Narine took time to get into the groove, smashing a six off Laughlin over deep midwicket using the depth of the crease to good effect.
 
Narine was run out soon after the Powerplay in which the visitors had raced to 53/1, while Uthappa fell two short of a half century, holing out to Ben Stokes who took a brilliant catch at the long-on boundary off Gowtham's bowling.
 
Earlier, KKR bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals to restrict RR to 160/8 in 20 overs.
 
Narine had an off day, leaking 48 runs in four overs without taking a wicket, but in-form Rana put his hand up to remove openers Ajinkya Rahane (36; 19b 5x4 1x6) and D'Arcy Short (44; 43b 5x4 1x6) while Tom Curran shaved off the lower order with two scalps in two deliveries.
 
For the hosts, Short was the top-scorer but never got going while explosive England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler helped them reach a fighting target with a 18-ball, 24 not out.
 
In the last over, young fast bowler Shivam Mavi (1/40) bowled three wide balls and Chris Lynn dropped Dhawal Kulkarni (3) but he was later run out.
 
The visitors, choosing to field first after skipper Karthik won the toss, were given a good start by wrist spinners Piyush Chawla (1/18) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/23) who combined well to leak just nine runs in the first three overs.
 
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Rahane then took on Narine, the most economical bowler in the IPL so far, hitting him for four back-to-back fours straight up. The India Test team vice-captain swept and drove the West Indian mystery spinner with aplomb to garner 18 runs off the over.
 
Rahane looked in sublime form as he smashed Mavi for a flat six down the wicket in the next over as Short also milked the U-19 World Cup winner for a boundary. After six overs, RR were 48/0.
 
RR then lost two quick wickets. First, Karthik effected a brilliant diving run out to get rid of the dangerous Rahane off Nitish Rana, breaking the 54-run opening wicket stand between him and Short.
 
Sanju Samson followed suit soon after, picking out Kuldeep at deep midwicket off Mavi and just when Short was looking to accelerate, Rana castled him with a slider in the next over to break the 36-run third wicket partnership with Rahul Tripathi.
 
The inaugural IPL winners never recovered from there and were short by 10-20 runs.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 160/8 in 20 overs (D'Arcy Short 44, Ajinkya Rahane 36; Ntiish Rana 2/11, Tom Curran 2/19) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 163/3 in 18.5 overs (Robin Uthappa 48, Dinesh Karthik 42 not out, Nitish Rana 35 not out; K Gowtham 2/23) by seven wickets.
 
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IPL-2018: KKR bowlers restrict Rajasthan to 160/8

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals to restrict Rajasthan Royals to 160/8 in 20 overs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
Sunil Narine had an off-day, leaking 48 runs in four overs without taking a wicket, but in-form Nitish Rana put his hand up to remove openers Ajinkya Rahane (36; 19b 5x4 1x6) and D'Arcy Short (44; 43b 5x4 1x6) while Tom Curran shaved off the lower order with two scalps in two deliveries.
 
For the hosts, Short was the top-scorer but never got going while explosive England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler helped them reach a fighting target with an 18-ball 24 not out.
 
In the last over, young fast bowler Shivam Mavi (1/40) bowled three wide balls and Chris Lynn dropped Dhawal Kulkarni (3) who was later run out.
 
The visitors, choosing to field first after skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss, were given a good start by wrist spinners Piyush Chawla (1/18) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/23) who combined well to leak just nine runs in the first three overs.
 
Rahane then took on Narine, the most economical bowler in the IPL so far, hitting him for four back-to-back fours straight up. The India Test team vice-captain swept and drove the West Indian mystery spinner with aplomb to garner 18 runs off the over.
 
Rahane looked in sublime form as he smashed Mavi for a flat six down the wicket in the next over as Short also milked the U-19 World Cup winner for a boundary. After six overs, RR were 48/0.
 
RR then lost two quick wickets. First, Karthik effected a brilliant diving run out to get rid of the dangerous Rahane off Rana, breaking the 54-run opening wicket stand between him and Short.
 
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Sanju Samson, whose unbeaten 45-ball 92 helped RR win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last game, followed suit soon after, picking out Kuldeep at deep midwicket off Mavi who bowled really well to cramp the Kerala batsman for room.
 
Just when Short was looking to accelerate, taking on Mavi for a six and four off successive deliveries in the 12th over, Rana castled him with a slider in the next over to break the 36-run third wicket partnership with Rahul Tripathi.
 
The inaugural IPL winners never recovered from there as Tripathi (15) and Ben Stokes (14) departed without any significant contribution, their wickets taken by Kuldeep and Chawla respectively.
 
Curran then accounted for K. Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal in consecutive deliveries to further dent RR's plans of scoring big in the last two overs with the big-hitting Buttler at the crease.
 
Brief scores:
Rajasthan Royals 160/8 in 20 overs (D'Arcy Short 44, Ajinkya Rahane 36; Ntiish Rana 2/11, Tom Curran 2/19) vs Kolkata Knight Riders
 
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IPL: Kolkata to bowl against Rajasthan Royals

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to field against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
KKR won their last game against Delhi Daredevils to snap a two-game losing streak while RR beat Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore to extend their winning run to two games.
 
KKR and the hosts made no changes to their teams from the last game.
 
Squads:
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
 
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Court allows actor Salman Khan to travel abroad

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Bollywood actor Salman Khan, out on bail in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case, was on Tuesday granted permission to travel to the US, Canada and Nepal.
 
Judge Chandra Kumar Songara of the Sessions Court here gave the permission soon after Salman submitted a plea.
 
Salman's case was presented by senior advocate Mahesh Bora after brief arguments by public prosecutor Pokar Ram.
 
Salman was granted bail in the poaching case here on April 7 after being sentenced to a five-year jail term.
 
The actor spent two nights in jail following the court's verdict, after which he was granted bail.
 
District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi had asked the actor not to leave the country without the court's permission. Salman was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000.
 
The actor has started shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar's "Bharat", which will also feature Priyanka Chopra.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs

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Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 19 runs here on Sunday to register their second win in three matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament.
 
Rajasthan put up a huge score of 217 for 4 wickets, riding on Sanju Samson's blistering 92 not out off 45 deliveries. RCB managed to score 198/6 as the southern outfit suffered its second loss in three games.
 
Samson shared crucial partnerships with Ben Stokes (27 off 21), Jos Buttler (23 off 14) and Rahul Tripaathi (14 not out off five), as Rajasthan capitalised on a strong start provided by captain Ajinkya Rahane (36 off 20).
 
Right-hander Rahane hit six fours and a six to provide the early fireworks for the visitors as they raced to 49 off 5.4 overs till the dismissal of the Indian international. Rahane hit a slower delivery from English medium pacer Chris Woakes into the hands of Umesh Yadav at mid-on.
 
In the following over, the other opening batsman D'Arcy Short (11 off 17) under-edged a delivery from leg-spinner Yuzvender Chahal and was caught by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.
 
These two quick wickets boosted RCB's confidence -- only to be destroyed by Samson and Stokes later. Both milked runs, despite good bowling from Chahal and Washington Sundar.
 
Samson moved to score 50 off 34 balls as he shared an important partnership of 49 runs with Stokes, who was bowled by Chahal in the second delivery of the 13th over, with Rajasthan at 102/3.
 
Later, Samson joined hands with Buttler to dominate the home bowling. Buttler hit a six against Woakes and two fours against spinners Chahal and Pawan Negi before losing his wicket to Woakes.
 
Samson went berserk in the final three overs. The Kerala right-hander hit medium pacer Kulwant Khejroliya for two sixes in the 18th over. 
 
Woakes bore the brunt of his clean hitting, getting whacked for two fours and a six in the penultimate over. In the final over, Samson hit India pacer Umesh Yadav for two sixes to take Rajasthan beyond the 200-run mark.
 
RCB's reply was very strong, launched by the 77-run second-wicket partnership between Virat Kohli (57 off 30) and De Kock (26 off 19). But losing the pair and AB de Villiers (20 off 18) meant that the game tilted in favour of the visitors.
 
Kohli and De Kock meted out some heavy punishment to the likes of spinner K. Gowtham and medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni. 
 
De Kock pulled spinner Short to Unadkat at deep backward square leg as Rajasthan saw the end of a potential match-turning partnership.
 
In came RCB's big gun de Villiers but Rajasthan decided to employ spinners Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal to force Kohli and de Villiers to go for power.
 
The strategy worked wonders as both the dangerous batsmen fell to Gopal trying to up the ante. While Kohli was caught at deep midwicket by Short, de Villiers pulled Gopal into the hands of Unadkat at deep square leg in the 13th over. After de Villiers' wicket, the hosts were at 114/4 and were left a huge mountain to climb, still requiring 104 runs in 7.3 overs.
 
Mandeep Singh (47 not out off 25 deliveries) and Sundar (35 off 19) tried their best and impressed with their big-hitting to give RCB hope. They needed 48 runs from the last two overs.
 
Medium pacer Stokes conceded only 12 runs in the penultimate over and removed Sundar to end the home side's challenge. In the final over, Ben Laughllin gave away only 16 runs.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals: 217/4 (Sanju Samson 92 not out, Ajinlya Rahane 36; Yuzvender Chahal 2/22, Chris Woakes 2/47) vs Royal challengers Bangalore: 198/6 (Virat Kohli 57, Mandeep Singh 47 not out; Shreyas Gopal 2/22, D'Arcy Short 1/11, Ben Stokes 1/32).
 
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IPL: Rajasthan ride bowlers' good show to beat Delhi in rain-affected tie

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Rajasthan Royals rode their bowlers' good show coupled with skipper Ajinkya Rahane's 45 to beat Delhi Daredevils by 10 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) Method in a heavily rain-truncated Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
The IPL returned to the Pink City after 2013 but rain played spoilsport for the major part, forcing the D/L method to come into play after the hosts were 153/5 in 17.5 overs when it started drizzling.
 
Delhi were given a revised target of 71 to chase in six overs but Australian pacer Ben Laughlin (2/20) picked up the wickets of Glenn Maxwell (17) and Vijay Shankar while Jaydev Unadkat (1/24) accounted for Rishabh Pant (20) to never let Delhi come close to winning in harsh circumstances.
 
Opener Colin Munro (0) was run out without facing a ball. Chris Morris (17 not out) and Shreyas Iyer (0 not out) were at the crease.
 
Earlier, Rajasthan rode Rahane's 45 to get to 153/5 when the skies opened up in the 17th over with Rahul Tripathi (15) and Krishnappa Gowtham (2) at the crease.
 
For Delhi, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem returned best figures of 2/34 while New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and India fast bowler Mohammed Shami also picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Rahane stitched together a 62-run stand with Sanju Samson (37) for the third wicket while wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (29) and Tripathi joined hands for another important partnership of 38 runs for the fifth wicket.
 
Rajasthan lost opener D'Arcy Short (6) early to a run out and then Trent Boult got the outside edge of star England all-rounder Ben Stokes (16) for keeper Pant to take an easy catch.
 
Nadeem castled Samson to bring an end to his association with Rahane, scalping the captain's wicket also with a away-turning delivery which the batsman tried to work over midwicket but have a catch to Chris Morris at point.
 
Buttler was removed by Shami just when the England stumper was looking good to go big before rain interrupted play.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 153/5 in 17.5 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 45, Sanju Samson 37; Shahbaz Nadeem 2/34) beat Delhi Daredevils 60/4 (Rishabh Pant 20; Ben Laughlin 2/20) by 10 runs via D/L method.
 
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Rain stops Rajasthan-Delhi IPL match

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Rain played spoilsport in the sixth match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
 
The skies opened in the 17th over when the Rajasthan scoreboard read 153/5 with Rahul Tripathi (15) and Krishnappa Gowtham (2) at the crease.
 
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IPL: Delhi Daredevils opt to bowl against Rajasthan Royals

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Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and opted to bowl against Rajasthan Royals in the sixth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Wednesday.
 
While the hosts remain unchanged from their last outing against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi have made two changes, with spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell coming in for veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and pacer Daniel Christian.
 
Teams:
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
 
Delhi Daredevils: Colin Munro, Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami.
 
 
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IPL: Shikhar Dhawan stars as Hyderabad outplay Rajasthan by 9 wickets

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Brilliant batting from opener Shikhar Dhawan (77 not out) helped Sunrisers Hyderabad outplay Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Monday.
 
Right from the start, Dhawan, who slammed 13 boundaries and one six, made his intentions clear. Though Hyderabad started poorly, losing their opener Wriddhiman Saha (5), but after that there was no looking back as Dhawan and skipper Kane Williamson (36 not out) guided it to a comfortable victory with over four overs remaining .
 
Williamson played 35 balls in smashed three boundaries and one six.
 
For Rajasthan, pacer Jaydev Unadkat was the lone wicket taker.
 
Earlier, disciplined bowling helped Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict Rajasthan Royals to 125/9 in their allotted 20 overs.
 
Apart from Sanju Samson (49), no other batsmen rose to the occasion and were dismissed one by one. For Hyderabad, pacer Sidharth Kaul and spinner Shakib al Hasan took two wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake and Rashid Khan chipped in one wicket each.
 
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Put in to bat, Rajasthan got off to a poor start as opener D Arcy Short (4) was departed on the last ball of the the first over. But after that wicket, new batsman Samson and opener Ajinkya Rahane (13) forged a crucial 46-run partnership to steady their team's ship.
 
Just when things seemed good in the middle, Rahane was dismissed in the seventh over by Kaul.
 
Unperturbed by the fall of the skipper's wicket, Samson played freely, smashing the bad balls. Middle-order batsmen Ben Stokes (5), Rahul Tripathi (17) failed to utilise the start and were dismissed cheaply in the process.
 
While trying to increase the run-rate, Samson was also dismissed by spinner Hasan in the 14th over. Samson played 42 balls and slammed five boundaries.
 
Krishnappa Gowtham (0) was next to go. Kaul dismissed him in the 15th over.
 
Jos Buttler (6) and Shreyas Gopal (18) then joined in the middle but the latter failed and departed in the 18th over. Gopal, however, tried to pace the innings but was sent packing in the last over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
 
Brief scores:
Rajasthan: 125/9 (Sanju Samson 49; Siddarth Kaul 2/17) against Hyderabad 127/1 (Shikhar Dhawan 77 not out; Jaidev Unadkat 1/28)
 
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IPL: Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict Rajasthan Royals to 125/9

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Disciplined bowling helped Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict Rajasthan Royals to 125/9 in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Monday.
 
Apart from Sanju Samson (49), no other batsmen rose to the occasion and were dismissed one by one. For Hyderabad, pacer Sidharth Kaul and spinner Shakib al Hasan took two wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake and Rashid Khan chipped in with one wicket each.
 
Put in to bat, Rajasthan got off to a poor start as opener D Arcy Short (4) departed on the last ball of the the first over. But after that wicket, new batsman Sanju Samson (49) and opener Ajinkya Rahane (13) forged a crucial 46-run partnership to steady their team's ship.
 
Just when things seemed good in the middle, Rahane was dismissed in the seventh over by Sidharth Kaul .
 
Unperturbed by the fall of skipper's wicket, Samson played freely, smashing the bad balls. Middle-order batsmen Ben Stokes (5), Rahul Tripathi (17) failed to utilise the start and were dismissed cheaply in the process.
 
While trying to increase the run-rate, Samson was also dismissed by spinner Shakib Al Hasan in the 14th over. He played 42 balls and slammed five boundaries.
 
Krishnappa Gowtham (0) was next to go. Kaul dismissed him in the 15th over.
 
Jos Buttler (6) and Shreyas Gopal (18) then joined in the middle but the latter failed and departed in the 18th over. Gopal, however, tried to pace the innings but was sent packing in the last over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
 
Brief scores:
Rajasthan: 125/9 (Sanju Samson 49; Siddarth Kaul 2/17) against Hyderabad.
 
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IPL: Sunrisers Hyderabad to bowl against Rajasthan Royals

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Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to bowl in their campaign opener against Rajasthan Royals in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Monday.
 
Rajasthan, who are making a comeback after two years in the cash-rich league, is led by Ajinkya Rahane in the absence of banned Steve Smith while Kane Williamson will be in charge of Hyderabad.
 
For Hyderabad, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Williamson and Shakib-al-Hasan are the four overseas players while Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, D'Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin make the cut in the Rajasthan's team.
 
Teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (captain), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
 
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Salman Khan gets bail against Rs 1 lakh bond

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Superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck case on a bond of Rs. 1 lakh by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
 
Arguments were already over in the morning but Judge Joshi had reserved the order for post lunch. 
 
The actor has to produce a personal bond worth Rs, 50,000 plus two other bonds worth Rs. 25,000 each, sources said.
 
Salman was expected to be released by evening after all legal formalities are completed.
 
Hearing the verdict, Salman's fans cheered outside the court.
 
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Hearing resumes in Jodhpur court on Salman Khan's bail plea

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The suspense on superstar Salman Khan's bail plea after the transfer of District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi came to an end when Joshi resumed the hearing in the case on Saturday morning.
 
Joshi had reserved his judgement on Salman's plea on Friday, asking for additional documents. Later the same night, he was among the 87 judicial officers who were transfered in what was described as a routime administrative measure. Though Joshi was tansfered to Sirohi in the same capacity, informed sources said he had been asked to continue with the bail hearing till its conclusion.
 
According to the Rajasthan High Court website, Judge Joshi's name is at 14th in the transfer list, which names Chandra Shekhar Sharma as the new District and Session Court Judge in Jodhpur on his transfer from Sirohi.
 
If Salman fails to get bail, then he will have to spend two more nights in jail and will then have to move the Rajasthan High Court on Monday for bail.
 
Salman's lawyer Mahesh Bora is representing him in court.
 
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Salman Khan's bail hearing deferred to Saturday

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District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi on Friday adjourned Bollywood star Salman Khan's bail hearing in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case to Saturday.
 
Joshi told the media here that he has reserved the judgment till April 7.
 
Salman will now have to stay another night at the Jodhpur Central Jail, where he was lodged in barrack Number 1, on Thursday following his conviction.
 
Senior advocate Mahesh Boda represented Salman's case in the sessions court.
 
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Salman sentenced to 5 years for killing blackbucks, other stars acquitted

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison by a court here after convicting him for killing two rare blackbucks, putting an end, at least for now, to a legal battle that ran for 20 years.

 
Salman Khan convicted in black buck poaching case
 
 
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison by a court here after convicting him for killing two rare blackbucks, putting an end, at least for now, to a legal battle that ran for 20 years.
 
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, while pronouncing the guilty verdict in the case of killing the protected antelopes, called Salman, 52, a "habitual offender" under the wildlife protection laws of the country.
 
Salman's sisters Alvira and Arpita were present in the court when the judgement was pronounced. 
 
Amid tight security, Salman was taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail where he will spend at least a night in barrack number one. The prison houses rape-accused Asaram Bapu, Bhanwari Devi murder accused Malkhan Singh Vishnoi and Shambhu Lal Regar, arrested for killing a Muslim and blatantly filming the act.
 
The court also imposed a small fine of Rs 10,000 on one of the biggest Bollywood stars who currently has upwards of Rs 600 crore worth of unfinished film projects under his belt.
 
Salman has sought bail but his application will be heard on Friday morning in the Jodhpur sessions court. If the bail does not come through, he will have to stay in jail for at least three more days as the weekend follows.
 
Prosecution alleged that Salman and other Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam went hunting on the October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. 
 
The four co-stars and a local, Dushyant Singh, were all acquitted.
 
This is the fourth time Salman was sent to Jodhpur jail. Earlier, he spent 18 days in the jail at different times in 1998, 2006 and 2007 -- all in poaching cases. Every time, he was released on bail. 
 
Soon after the guilty verdict, members of Bishnoi community, who worship the antelope believing that it is a reincarnation of a 600-year-old guru, celebrated in front of the court.
 
The Bishnoi community was anguished by the poaching incident and had filed a complaint against the stars, saying they heard gunshots being fired shortly after midnight on October 1, 1998.
 
This is one of many legal battles Salman has faced in the last 20 years, including allegations of killing a homeless man while driving drunk in Mumbai, a charge he was acquitted of.
 
He was also booked for keeping a weapon under an expired arms licence. But a trial court had acquitted him.
 
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In other cases, he was accused of killing two protected chinkaras in Bhawad and one in Mathania. However, the Rajasthan High Court acquitted him in 2016.
 
The film fraternity has its fingers crossed over Friday morning's court hearing on the actor's bail plea. 
 
A popular, high net-worth superstar, Salman is either acting in or producing through his family production houses, several major upcoming films with a potential to be blockbusters, Bollywood insiders said.
 
Currently, there are around half a dozen big-budget films lined up on the floor or at advanced planning stages, including "Race 3", which is almost complete, "Dabangg 3", "Partner 2", "Kick 2', "Bharat", "No Entry Mein Entry", "Sher Khan" and "Loveratri", said K. Ramji of Krishnamurthy Films.
 
On TV, he has a comeback season of reality TV show "Dus Ka Dum" and likely a new edition of reality show "Bigg Boss".
 
Some of his Bollywood colleagues said they were saddened with the verdict.
 
"I am feeling bad... The film industry has invested so much on him, they will suffer loss. After 20 years, they are finding him guilty. But law takes its course... What can one say?" actor-politician Jaya Bachchan said.
 
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai said he was "extremely shocked" to hear of Salman's conviction. "Since he is most loved person by industry and people for his human reasons, too", Ghai said, he would get justice in the higher court.
 
Actor Alok Nath, who played Salman's on-screen father in "Hum Saath Saath Hain", told a TV channel that it was "tragic" that such a verdict has come after two decades.
 
Arjun Rampal said he was feeling "helpless and my heart goes out to Salman Khan and his family". 
 
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Salman Khan given five years in poaching case, other stars acquitted

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to five years of imprisonment by a court here on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, while the other four co-accused stars -- Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam -- were acquitted of all charges.

 
Salman Khan convicted in black buck poaching case
 
 
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to five years of imprisonment by a court here on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, while the other four co-accused stars -- Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam -- were acquitted of all charges.
 
Salman, 52, was found guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 of killing two blackbucks, an endangered species, hunting of which is prohibited by law. The incident took place in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Bollywood film "Hum Saath Saath Hain".
 
The actor is being taken to Jodhpur Central Jail. If the sentence had been less than three years of jail, the actor could have applied for bail in the same court. However, he will now have to approach the sessions court for bail.
 
The actor's case was represented by defence counsel Hastimal Saraswat. The judgement was pronounced by Chief Justice Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri at a hearing attended by Salman's sisters Alvira and Arpita.
 
The trial of the case was in progress for the last 19 years and the judge in a court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28.
 
Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha has protested against the decision of acquitting the other accused stars. Their acquittal will be challenged in the high court, said Shivraj Bishnoi, state president of the organisation.
 
Currently, three big movie projects -- "Race 3", "Bharat" and "Dabangg 3" -- as well as a comeback season of reality TV show "Dus Ka Dum" are riding on Salman's shoulders.
 
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Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck killing case, other stars acquitted

Actor Salman Khan was found guilty on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case while the other four accused stars -- Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam -- were acquitted of all charges.

Actor Salman Khan arrives to appear before Jodhpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate Rural Court in connection with the hearing in the black buck poaching case, on April 4, 2018.
Actor Salman Khan arrives to appear before Jodhpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate Rural Court in connection with the hearing in the black buck poaching case, on April 4, 2018.
Actor Salman Khan was found guilty on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case while the other four accused stars -- Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam -- were acquitted of all charges.
 
The trial of the case was in progress since the last 19 years and the judge in a court here had reserved the order after the final arguments on March 28. 
 
Arguments were in progress in the court regarding the quantum of punishment for Salman.
 
Salman was accused in the case which took place while he was shooting for the film "Hum Saath-Saath Hain" in 1998. 
 
Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha has protested against the decision of acquitting the other accused stars. 
 
Their acquittal will be challenged in the high court, said Shivraj Bishnoi, state president of the organisation. 
 
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Jodhpur court verdict in poaching case on Thursday

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A Jodhpur court will on Thursday pronounce its verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are accused.
 
The accused landed in Jodhpur on Wednesday ahead of the court hearing. 
 
The movie stars were accused of poaching black bucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' movie. 
 
They were accused of killing two black bucks, hunting of which is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.
 
The final arguments in the case were completed in a Jodhpur rural court on March 28. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment for April 5 thereafter. 
 
Meanwhile, a video clipping of Saif getting annoyed over media questions and threatening his driver by saying 'Sheehsa upar karo aur reverse kar lo varna padegi ek (close windowpane, put car in reverse or else you will get slapped) has since gone viral on social media.
 
It was learnt that a fan also misbehaved with Tabu while she was coming out of the airport at Jodhpur on Wednesday morning.
 
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Violence in Rajasthan city, Dalit leaders' houses torched

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Clashes broke out in Hindaun city in Rajasthan's Kairali district after a protest on Tuesday, demanding action against those involved in looting and vandalism during the Bharat Bandh called on Monday by Dalit groups against dilution of SC/ST Act, turned violent, police said.
 
Curfew has been imposed in the city and over 40 people arrested, a police officer said.
 
According to police sources, people came out on to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the violence on Monday and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. The mob torched the house of Dalit leaders including BJP legislator Rajkumari Jatav and former minister Bharosilal Jatav of the Congress.
 
Police sources also said that when police took out a flag march on Tuesday morning, some miscreants engaged in violence and clashed with the security personnel.
 
When even force did not work, police fired tear gas shells - some of which fell on a government school, leading to chaos in which around a dozen schoolchildren were injured, officials said.
 
Superintendent of Police Anil Kayal said that curfew will continue in the town till Wednesday morning and 45 people have been arrested. Situation is under control and police are continuously reviewing the situation, he added.
 
Meanwhile, state police chief O.O. Galhotra said that except in Hindaun, normalcy returned to Rajasthan on Tuesday.
 
He told the media that a total of 23 companies of police have been deployed in different towns and flag marches are being carried out in the most-affected areas.
 
A total of 172 cases have been registered against miscreants for damaging public property, engaging in violence, looting and other such crimes.
 
Over 1,000 people have been booked from different parts of the state and the hunt is on to trace others involved in the violence which erupted on Monday. 
 
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Six dead as Dalit protests turn violent in different states

Six persons were killed and dozens injured as Dalit protests during a day-long nation-wide shutdown on Monday turned violent in India amid anger against a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

 
Bharat Bandh over "dilution" of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Six persons were killed and dozens injured as Dalit protests during a day-long nation-wide shutdown on Monday turned violent in India amid anger against a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
The government, in a bid to pacify the agitated activists, said it had filed a petition in the apex court seeking a review of its March 20 order that bars automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Dalits and others. But the top court denied an urgent hearing of the matter.
 
Protesters clashed with police in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha -- states where normal life was paralysed in varying degrees amid incidences of violence and arson.
 
The central government rushed 800 anti-riot policemen to violence-hit Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
 
A Home Ministry official in Delhi said two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) were sent to Meerut and one company each to Agra and Hapur in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Clashes turned deadly in Madhya Pradesh where five persons were killed and dozens injured, forcing officials to impose curfew in Morena, Gwalior and Bhind districts. Protests were also held Bhopal as agitators blocked roads in the state capital.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a passionate appeal for peace.
 
Police said one person each was killed in Bhind and Morena while three died in Gwalior. The dead in Morena was identified as Rahul Pathak, a student leader. 
 
Gwalior District Magistrate Rahul Jain told IANS that at least 22 persons were injured, some critically, in clashes in his district, where prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were also imposed.
 
"Three people have been conformed dead in Gwalior." Jain said.
 
A man identified as Pawan Kumar was killed in Rajasthan's Alwar as violence was also reported from other parts of the state including Jaipur, Ajmer. Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
 
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Punjab and Haryana also saw widespread protests.
 
Shops, educational institutions and other establishments remained closed and Class 10 and 12 examinations were deferred in Punjab, which has the highest concentration of Scheduled Castes, constituting nearly 32 per cent its 2.8 crore population.
 
Hundreds of protesters carrying swords, sticks, baseball bats and flags forced shopkeepers and other establishments in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda too shut down.
 
Protests also took place in Rohtak and other towns of neighbouring Haryana.
 
In Bihar, activists disrupted rail and road traffic. Mobs shut down markets and shops as well as educational institutions, police said.
 
Supporters of the Bhim Army and other Dalit outfits halted over three dozen long-distance and local trains, stranding thousands of passengers.
 
Violence was reported from Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Patna and Bhagalpur when protestors clashed with police.
 
Violence also erupted in parts of Uttar Pradesh as protesters attacked shops, looted some and pelted stones at police in Hapur, Agra, Meerut, Saharanpur and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.
 
Many cars were targeted and their window panes smashed. At some places, government property was targeted. 
 
Some people reportedly fired at a police team in Meerut while a passenger bus was set on fire. 
 
Also in Meerut, over 500 Dalit youths targeted the media and broke their cameras as they were trying to photograph the protests. 
 
Gujarat's major towns and cities also saw protests by Dalits amid reports of vandalism from Ahmedabad and Jamnagar.
 
Amid widespread anger and violence, the Modi government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to seek recall of its judgment that ruled that there would be no automatic arrest of an accused following a complaint moved under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
The Supreme Court had held on March 20 that police will hold an inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the complaint filed under the act before acting on it. 
 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government "with due respect, does not agree with the reasoning given by the apex court".
 
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Two killed as violence grips India amid Dalit protests

Two persons were killed and many injured as violence gripped parts of India on Monday as Dalit groups enforced a day-long country-wide shutdown against a Supreme Court order they say dilutes a law to prevent atrocities against the marginalized Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).

 
Bharat Bandh over "dilution" of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Two persons were killed and many injured as violence gripped parts of India on Monday as Dalit groups enforced a day-long country-wide shutdown against a Supreme Court order they say dilutes a law to prevent atrocities against the marginalized Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
The government, in a bid to pacify the agitated Dalit activists, said it had filed a petition in the apex court seeking a review of its March 20 order that bars automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Dalits and others.
 
Protesters clashed with police in Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Odisha -- states where normal life was paralyzed in varying degrees amid incidences of violence and arson.
 
Clashes turned deadly in Madhya Pradesh where two persons were killed and dozens injured, forcing authorities to impose curfew at many places. Police said one person was killed in Bhind and the other in Morena.
 
Gwalior District Magistrate Rahul Jain told IANS that at least 22 persons were injured, some critically, in clashes in his district, where prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were also imposed. 
 
Protesters blocked rail tracks and set fire to vehicles, with plumes of fire and smoke seen on near barren roads.
 
The Madhya Pradesh government called the Army to control the situation in Bhind, Morena and Gwalior.
 
Punjab and Haryana also saw widespread protests.
 
Shops, educational institutions and other establishments remained closed and Class 10 and 12 examinations were deferred in Punjab, which has the highest concentration of Scheduled Castes, constituting nearly 32 per cent its 2.8 crore population.
 
Hundreds of protesters carrying swords, sticks, baseball bats and flags forced shopkeepers and other establishments in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda to shut down.
 
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Protests also took place in Rohtak and other towns of neighbouring Haryana.
 
In Bihar, activists disrupted rail and road traffic. Mobs shut down markets and shops as well as educational institutions, police said.
 
Supporters of the Bhim Army and other Dalit outfits halted over three dozen long-distance and local trains, stranding thousands of passengers.
 
"Train services have been badly disrupted due to the protest," an East Central Railway official told IANS.
 
Violence was reported from Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Patna and Bhagalpur when protestors clashed with police.
 
Violence also erupted in parts of Uttar Pradesh as protesters attacked shops, looted some and pelted stones at police in Hapur, Agra, Meerut and Saharanpur.
 
Many cars were targeted and their window panes smashed. At some places, government property was targeted. 
 
Some people reportedly fired at a police team in Meerut while a passenger bus was set on fire. Pro-reservation groups indulged in vandalism at the Muzaffarnagar railway station, stoning the Kocchi Express.
 
Also in Meerut, over 500 Dalit youths targeted the media and broke their cameras as they were trying to photograph the protests. 
 
Amid widespread anger and violence, the government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to seek recall of its judgment that ruled that there would be no automatic arrest of an accused following a complaint moved under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
The Supreme Court had held on March 20 that police will hold an inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the complaint filed under the act before acting on it. 
 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government "with due respect, does not agree with the reasoning given by the apex court".
 
He said senior government lawyers "will argue this matter with all their legal preparations and authority that this judgment needs to be reconsidered". 
 
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India successfully flight tests BrahMos cruise missile with indigenous seeker

File photo of BrahMos missile.
File photo of BrahMos missile.
India successfully flight-tested its supersonic cruise missile BrahMos with indigenous seeker today.
 
The test firing was conducted at 0842 hours today from the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan, an official press release said.
 
The missile and the seeker have been developed jointly by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian joint venture.
 
"The precision strike weapon with indigenous seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the pre-set target. The flight test was conducted by the scientists of DRDO and BrahMos along with the Indian Army," the release said.
 
A high level team led by Dr. S. Christopher, Chairman, DRDO & Secretary, Defence Research & Development, and including Dr. G. Satheesh, DG (Missiles & Strategic Systems) and Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, and Dr. Sudhir Mishra, Director General of BrahMos Aerospace, was present during the flight trial.
 
Programme Director Dr Dashrath Ram and Project Director Mrs V Prameela, who had led the effort for development of the indigenous seeker, were also part of the team.  Senior IAF officials also witnessed the successful launch of the tactical weapon.
 
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