08:20 This is all my 20 year self could take: Gurmehar:
Gurmehar Kaur, whose Facebook post against BJP-linked student outfit ABVP over campus violence is at the centre of a huge political row, on Tuesday took to Twitter to requesting those slamming her to leave her alone.
She tweeted, “I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say… I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take :)”
“The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the March in huge numbers. Best of luck..”
“To anyone questioning my courage and bravery.. I’ve shown more than enough.”
“One thing is for sure, next time we will think twice before resorting to violence or threats and that’s all this was about.”
Last Friday, Kaur mounted a rather simple protest against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s violence at Ramjas College last week. She posted a picture of herself on a social media site holding up a placard that read: “I am a student of Delhi University. I am not afraid of the ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me.”
This was an emphatic statement in support of free speech. The reaction to this though was shocking. Her ramarks drew sharp reactions from several BJP leaders, including Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Kiren Rijiju, who told her not to “abuse the motherland”.
08:13 Kansas shooting victim’s last rites to be performed today:
The last rites of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the United States will be performed on Tuesday.
His mortal remains reached Hyderabad late on Monday night.
Kuchibhotla was killed when 52-year-old Adam Purinton, walked into Austins Bar and Grill in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe and opened fire on Wednesday evening.
Kuchibhotla’s friend, Alok Madasani, and Ian Grillot, a bar-goer who tried to intervene in the attack, were also shot, but survived.
Witnesses told local media they heard the suspect yell, “Get out of my country.” Meanwhile, the FBI has launched an investigation to determine whether the shooting was a hate crime.
Purinton has been charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. However, the White House has attempted to downplay notions that there was any correlation between the incident and President Donald Trump’s stance on immigrants.
Noting that the incident was tragic indeed, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer asserted that it was “absurd” to draw parallels between with the President’s rhetoric.
“Obviously, any loss of life is tragic, but I’m not going to get into, like, to suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd. So I’m not going to go any further than that,” Spicer said.
00:03 Hundreds of US Jewish graves attacked in Philadelphia:
Police are searching for the vandals that damaged what one local rabbi said was nearly 500 headstones at a Jewish graveyard in Philadelphia.
Money is being raised to repair the graves and to identify and prosecute the apparently anti-Semitic attackers.
The vandalism comes less than a week after a Jewish cemetery near St Louis, Missouri, was vandalised.
And on Friday, religious slurs and swastikas were spray-painted in several neighbourhoods of Buffalo, New York.
On Monday, at least six Jewish Community Centers on the US East Coast – including in the Philadelphia suburbs – received telephone bomb threats, leading to building evacuations.