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Who killed Aarushi? Parents Nupur and Rajesh to walk free for lack of evidence

Beyond a reasonable doubt. That was what the High Court’s verdict hung on while acquitting Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the double murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. More than nine years after the gruesome murders there seems to be no clear answer as to the who, why and how of the murders. After the UP police botched up the scene of the crime and the collection of evidence in the first 15 days of the crime, after which the CBI stepped in, even the country’s premier agency was not able to corroborate enough evidence to nail the killers. The parents were sent to jail on circumstantial evidence as it was proved that no one had entered the Talwar house that night nor had anyone left the house. There were four people in the house of which two were found dead. Yet the investigating agencies could not prove beyond reasonable doubt and so the court granted the couple the benefit of the doubt and freed them. Will the case turn cold now?

Age of consent 18; sex with minor wife criminal, rape: SC delivers landmark ruling

Supreme Court has ruled that sex with any minor - including within a marriage - is rape. The landmark ruling closes a legal loophole that had protected men from legal punishment if their wife was under 18 years old. Sex with or without the consent of a girl under 18 years old is a crime. Millions of young girls are married away, especially in poor rural areas. The ruling overturns a provision in the penal code that allowed sex with a girl over 15 years-old if the couple was married. That penal code provision was in violation of laws establishing the legal age of marriage at 18 for women.

Election heat 2018: Rahul in Modiland, Amit Shah in Gandhiland tear into each other

While the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took on Narendra Modi in poll bound Gujarat on the second day of his three-day visit to the home state of the PM, the BJP chief, Amit Shah headed to Gandhi's Lok Sabha seat Amethi in Uttar Pradesh along with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Smriti Irani. Rahul tore into the BJP doublespeak on corruption in the context of the Shah scam and Shah mocked at Rahul for leaving his Amethi constituency in crisis and visiting Gujarat ahead of the assembly elections in the state.

Party pooper: Apex court bans sale of fireworks in Delhi-NCR till November

Diwali is the time we make maximum profits and the SC order will completely smash many units. We cause pollution only for a week at best, but vehicles pollute the city 24x7 all 365 days. What about that? This is the argument of those involved in the industry. In fact, Sivakasu the small town in Tamil Nadu which produces about 85 per cent of the crackers in the country has an annual turnover of Rs 7000 crore and employs over 300,000 workers, and another 500,000 are engaged in related industries – packaging, printing, paper rolling transportation and others.