QWrap: 5 Held Over Bhima-Koregaon Unrest; Asian Games Gold in 800m

From another gold for India at the Asian Games to raids on civil rights activists – catch today’s top stories.

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1. Bittersweet Day 10 at Asian Games

It has been a bittersweet day for the Indian contingent at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.

India's Manjit Singh won a gold in men's 800 m while pre-race favourite Jinson Johnson settled for a silver on Tuesday, 28 August.

Meanwhile, in the women's 200m Dutee Chand qualified for the final but Hima Das suffered a heartbreak as she was disqualified due to a false start.

Earlier in the day, PV Sindhu won India's first silver medal in badminton at the Asiad, after she lost her women's final 16-21 and 13-21 to world number 1 Tai Tzu Ying of China. In archery, both the men's and women's compound archery teams settled for silver.

Get the latest updates on the 2018 Asian Games here.

2. Countrywide Raids on Activists, Lawyers Over Bhima-Koregaon Unrest

At least five activists were arrested on Tuesday, 28 August, after the Pune police conducted raids across India, on people suspected to have Maoist links in the Bhima-Koregaon violence.

Police teams arrested activist-poet Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bhardwaj in Faridabad, and civil liberties activist Gautam Navalakha in Delhi, after conducting raids on their residences.

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3. MK Stalin Becomes DMK President, Durai Murugan Elected Treasurer

MK Stalin was on Tuesday, 28 August, elected as the new president of the DMK unopposed, assuming the reins of Tamil Nadu's main Opposition party, disregarding protests by his elder brother MK Alagiri.

The elevation of Stalin, the DMK working president whom Karunanidhi had anointed his successor during his lifetime, was announced at a meeting of the DMK's General Council by party general secretary K Anbazhagan.

His was the only nomination for the top party position, Anbazhagan said, as DMK leaders and workers greeted the announcement of the elevation of "Thalapathy" with loud cheers.

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4. Assam NRC: ‘A Journey to Find Out if I am an Indian’

This was the only question on my mind when I flew out of New Delhi airport on 29 July 2018, writes Tridip Mandal. And I was not alone, 3.29 crore people of in the Indian state of Assam, who had applied for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) had the same question.

The NRC aims to detect illegal foreigners living in Assam. Like me every applicant has to prove that they or their ancestors (father, mother, grandfather), were living in Assam on 24 March 1971. To prove our family tree we submitted documents like legacy record from 1951, electoral rolls from 1965, birth certificates, school mark sheets.

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5. PMO’s Letter Shows It Knew of Choksi’s Wrongdoings Before PNB Scam

In a letter from the Prime Minister’s Officer to a number of investigating agencies and ministries accessed by The Quint, it’s apparent that the PMO was aware of fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi’s financial wrongdoings even before the PNB scam was unraveled on 31 January 2018.

In the letter dated 3 August 2018 that was sent in reply to a letter sent by the Foreign Secretary, the PMO wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Revenue Secretary, CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) about Choksi, recommending that they find and provide information to help the Antiguan government establish a reason to cancel his Antiguan citizenship.

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