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QWrap: Mysteries in Aarushi Murder Case; Stubble Burning Continues

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1. No One Killed Aarushi? 5 Unsolved Mysteries in the Double Murder

Nine years after 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found murdered at her home in Noida, the Allahabad High Court has acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder of their daughter. The High Court struck down a 2013 CBI court order which found the dentist couple guilty, and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

Since 2008, the Aarushi and Hemraj murder case has captured the nation’s imagination, polarising public opinion with its botched police investigations, dramatic U-turns, media trials, and a heart-wrenching urban tragedy. But at the heart of it is one question – who killed Aarushi? As the Talwars walk free and the case ostensibly returns to square one, here are some unanswered questions, the answers to which will be key to solving the double murder.

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2. Why Do Farmers in Punjab Continue to Burn Stubble?

We know it pollutes the air, but we don’t have any alternative and the government is not helping.

This is the chief argument of farmers in Punjab as they continue to burn paddy stubble – crop residue left after the rice-giving crop is harvested – across the state, unleashing more pollution towards the national capital.

Last year, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) pulled up the Punjab government over the issue and banned the burning. The state had already banned it in 2013, but hardly ever enforced it until last year. Till last week, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) reported 250 cases of burning of straw/stubble in three days.

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3. Man Inserts Iron Rod, Kills Woman After She Resists Rape in Patna

A 35-year-old woman in Naubatpur in Patna district in Bihar was killed on Thursday, 12 October, when she was brutally assaulted by a 22-year-old man after resisting his attempts to rape her.

Deeraj Paswan, the accused, was the woman's neighbour and has been arrested by the police. He had reportedly kidnapped her when she had gone to relieve herself on the night of 11 October.

According to the police, Paswan inserted an iron rod into the victim's private parts following the failed rape attempt.

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4. Suresh Raina Opens up About His Career, Nehra's Retirement & More

The Quint caught up with batsman Suresh Raina during an event in Mumbai. The 30-year-old, who played his last match for India against England in February, said that he still has ‘the fire to play for India’.

On Ashish Nehra’s retirement from all forms of cricket, the batsman said that Nehra has been through a lot and has worked really hard for Team India.

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5. Jukebox: Because Just One Kishore Kumar Song Is Never Enough

Kishore Kumar, Bollywood’s one and only all rounder, was a powerhouse of talent. Though it took him many years to realise his true calling as a playback singer, he made his mark in the industry on his own terms.

Not only did Kishore da not have any formal training in music, he also lacked the tonality a singer must have, as a child. Legend has it that Abhas Kumar Ganguly had a rather rough voice in his younger days. But as luck would have it, he happened to injure a finger and cried for days, as a result of which his vocal chords opened up.

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Video editor: Mohd Irshad

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