The 9 best news stories South Indians didn’t get to read this morning

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Thanks to Lord Ganesh, most South Indians didn’t receive their newspapers today. No worries. Here are nine news stories from newspapers which didn’t have a holiday.

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1. PROSECUTION WITNESS NO. 10 AND NO. 5

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“Messenger of God” Baba Ram Rahim, whose conviction in a 1999 rape case has resulted in widespread violence across North India leaving over 30 people dead, attended the marriage of the woman he raped a year later, reports Bhartesh Singh Thakur. It was only when husband questioned the woman (Prosecution Witness No. 10) about her virginity that she admitted that the ‘Baba’ had raped her.

The Dera Sacha Sauda chief would rape sadhvis on the pretext of forgiving their sins and pretend to be Lord Krishna. “Lord Krishna too behaved like this,” is how the Baba would justify this, Prosecution Witness No. 5 told the CBI court. Read it here: The Tribune

# Why no pellet guns, chilli bombs, pepper grenades here, asks former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abullah. Read it here: Kashmir Reader

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2. ADANI MOVES COURT TO BLOCK DRI

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Adani Group, the Narendra Modi government’s favourite business house, has moved a court in Singapore to block the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) from accessing documents which show how it imports coal from Indonesia, reports Khushboo Narayan. 

DRI alleges that Indonesian coal was directly imported from ports in that country to India but Adani’s import invoices were routed through one or more intermediaries based in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and British Virgin Islands to artificially inflate its value.

Read it here: The Indian Express

# Earlier in the week, the same reporter had revealed that an adjudicating authority had struck down all proceedings against Adani’s power companies. Read it here.

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3. IT’S OFFICIAL, TAJ MAHAL IS ISLAMIC

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The Archaelogical Survey of India has, for the first time, placed on record that the Taj Mahal was indeed a tomb and not a temple. In 2015, six lawyers had petitioned a court, saying that the Taj was actually a Shiva Temple called Tejo Mahalaya, which had been turned into Taj Mahal.

ASI has now attached a 1920 notification as the basis for its affidavit before the court. It also averred that while the Taj was an Islamic structure, the plaintiffs were from other religions and no practices from these religions had ever taken place at the monument.

Read it here: The Times of India

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4. ‘NON-DISPARAGEMENT’

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Infosys and its former CEO Vishal Sikka have inserted a “non-disparagement” clause in his severance agreement. Essentially a “gag”, it means neither party will say bad things about each other now that they have parted ways, reports K.M. Rakesh.

Analysts say this could also mean that the three investigation reports into a deal Infosys entered with an Israeli company called Panaya, that the company’s founder N.R. Narayana Murthy wanted made public, may be placed in cold storage. If that happens, it will be the third flip-flop by the company in a week, after doing a 180-degree turn on Sikka’s severance package and the scathing board comments on NRN.

Read it here: The Telegraph

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5. LIQUID GOLD

Customs officials in Chennai have arrested a man who was trying to smuggle in gold in liquid form. The “liquid gold” was dissolved in Aqua Regia, a mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid.

Read it here: Deccan Chronicle

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6. PRIYANKA GANDHI HAS DENGUE

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The residents of “smart city” Lutyens Delhi are not safe from dengue and chikungunya. Priyanka Gandhi has been admitted to the Gangaram Hospital with dengue, reports Dainik Jagran

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7. WHISKY MAKES US FRISKY

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Read it here: Mint

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8. MEENA KUMARI AND TRIPLE TALAQ

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Yesteryear dazzler Meena Kumari was a victim of triple talaq.

In a fit of fury, her husband Kamal Amrohi said “talaq, talaq, talaq“. He soon realised his folly. But to marry her again, Meena Kumari had to tie the knot with another man and then divorce him.

Read it here: DNA

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9. AADHAAR’S CIA CONNECTION?

Relax, CIA may have access to your Aadhaar details.

The tools that CIA used in the covert Express Lane project came from the same company that supplies biometric devices for Aadhaar enrolment in India, Cross Match Technologies.

Read it here: Orissa Post