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Today (06:37)  Junaid murder: No Eid celebration in Khandawali village in Faridabad (www.thehindu.com)
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No Eid celebration in Faridabad village following last week’s brutal attack on young Muslim students at Ballabgarh railway station
With four of his sons studying in different Madrasas in Gujarat and Mewat, Eid every year was a reunion time for Jalauddin and his family. But with the murder of teenager Junaid on Thursday, a couple of days before the festival this year, Eid will never be the same again for this family.
Seventeen-year-old Junaid was stabbed to death and his two brothers Hasib (21) and Shakir (23) injured when a group of people
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attacked them inside a crowded train following a dispute over a seat. The incident took place at Ballabgarh railway station in Haryana on Thursday evening.
While Junaid was studying at a Madrasa in Nuh, Hasib and two of his brothers had been studying at separate Madrasas in Gujarat for several years.
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Men kept abusing us and our religion, says Shakir, the victim of Delhi train incident   Recalling the good old days, Hasib said that Eid was the only time of the year when all the brothers would spend time with each other. “Now with Junaid gone, it does not feel like Eid today [Monday]. The Eid now will be marked by his haunting memories and pain every year,” said Hasib, choking with emotion.
But the pain and mourning is not confined to this one family in Khandawali village in Faridabad. It feels like the entire village has lost its loved one.
“The usual hustle-bustle on the eve of Eid was missing at the nearby Ballabgarh market the previous night after the moon was sighted. A shopkeeper told me that the turnout was low this year with several villages around being Muslim dominated,” said Saddam Hussain, one of the villagers.
Nassir Khan, another villager, added: “Even the children did not burst crackers and no one in the village bought new clothes this time around. The traditional fervour associated with Eid is missing. Even those visiting their relatives in the village have actually come to express sympathy to the family.”
The villagers said the streets swarmed with revellers and children all through the day on Eid, but wore a deserted look today, and the shopkeepers had also downed the shutters.
ALSO READ Ballabgarh case: More charges added   Wearing a black band around his arm, Ushman Khan, a customer executive with a private company in Faridabad, said there was a sense of fear, and many of his Hindu friends who usually visit him on the occasion of Eid had preferred not to come to the village. Ushman said the village youth, in a meeting on Sunday, had decided to wear black arm bands, against the advice of elders, in a silent protest against the incident.
“The elders did not want us to do so, but the youth decided to wear black bands as a mark of resentment and protest against the brutal murder. We are not happy with the response of the government towards the incident and the investigation in the case.
“It has been four days, but only one person has been arrested. No government representative has visited us,” said Ushman, adding that the Muslims were too scared to proudly proclaim their identity.
Around 300 young Muslim men from several villages in the region visited the family under the aegis of Mewat Yuva Sangathan on the occasion of Eid to express their sympathy.
“It is a serious matter and not an isolated incident. Similar incidents are happening across the country. Be it [Mohammad] Akhlaq, Pehlu Khan, DSP Mohammad Ayub, Dingerheri gang-rape or the murder of Junaid, the Muslims are being targeted across the country. We plan to hold a peaceful protest at Jantar Mantar later this week and devise a strategy for the next course of action,” said Javed Khan, one of the members of the Mewat Yuva Sangathan.
  
Today (06:36)  China’s fastest bullet train ‘Fuxing’ debuts (www.thehindu.com)
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Train links the busy Beijing-Shanghai route; covers distance in five hours and 45 minutes
China’s indigenous next generation bullet train, with a maximum speed of 400 kmph, made its debut today on the country’s busiest Beijing-Shanghai line.
‘Fuxing’, or rejuvenation, a CR400AF model, departed Beijing South Railway Station at 11:05 AM for Shanghai. At the same time, a CR400AF model left Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for Beijing.
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train took about five hours and 45 minutes to reach Shanghai. On its way, it stopped at 10 stations, including Jinan, Shandong province and Tianjin.
The new bullet trains, also known as electric multiple units (EMU), boast a top speed of 400 kilometres per hour and a consistent speed of 350 kilometres an hour, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The Beijing- Shanghai line, the country’s busiest route, is used by 505000 passengers daily. The train was designed and manufactured by China, the report said.
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China launches longest bullet train   The train includes a sophisticated monitoring system that constantly checks its performance and automatically slows the train in case of emergencies or abnormal conditions. A remote data-transmission system, a control centre will be able to monitor the train in real time, it said.
Lu Dongfu, general manager of China Railway Corporation, operator of the new train, said ‘Fuxing’, underpins the unique role that high-speed railway has played in China’s economic and social development. Previous bullet trains featured the characters ‘Hexiehao’ (harmony) on the exterior of each train.
China has the world’s longest railway network with 22,000 kilometres by the end of last year.
  
Today (06:34)  Metro maintained normal frequency on Monday (www.thehindu.com)
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Earlier, BMRCL had announced that the frequency of trains will be reduced on holidays
Despite Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) declaring that the frequency of trains will be reduced on holidays, second Saturdays and Sundays, it was not the case on Monday — a general holiday due to Id-ul-Fitr.
“Monday was a working day for me. I assumed that I will have to wait for 15 minutes before I get a train. But to my relief, there were trains every 10 minutes around noon,” said Sri Latha, who uses the Purple Line.
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BMRCL’s decision to reduce the frequency on certain days was not received well by commuters. BMRCL officials maintain that frequency will depend on the number of passengers, with the operations control room being in a position to increase the frequency if necessary.
“It (south line) is a new line and the tracks need to stabilise. A lot of people are trying out the new train. We need to see how many take the train regularly. Even on Monday, around two lakh people had travelled on both lines by 6 p.m.,” said a BMRCL official.
Defending the move to commence services at 8 a.m. on Sundays against 5 a.m. on other days, officials said they need some time to inspect the track, which is the practice worldwide. “The last trains leave Yelachenahalli, Baiyappanahalli, Nayandahalli and Nagasandra at 11 p.m. They reach their destinations by midnight. We are left with only four hours for track inspection, which is why carry out the work on Sundays. There is not much rush on Sunday mornings and track inspection is a safety requirement,” an official explained.
  
Today (06:33)  Congress activists breached provisions of Metro Act: report (www.thehindu.com)
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Certain provisions of the Metro Railways (Operations and Maintenance) Act, 2002 were breached when Congress activists organised a 'Janakeeya Yatra' on board Kochi Metro trains on June 20, KMRL Director (Finance) Abraham Oommen has said in his probe report submitted to KMRL Managing Director Elias George on Monday.
The yatra was held when party leaders led by the former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Congress MLAs travelled on the metro. The activists had allegedly created pandemonium on the metro premises on the day, causing inconvenince to commuters. The escalators too were halted as too many people jostled for space. They also crowded themselves in trains which have a maximum passenger capacity of 975 passengers.
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to the inquiry report, further legal action would be taken by the KMRL following the stipulated procedures prescribed in this Act, said a press release from the metro agency.
Elaborating on the action that would be taken on the basis of the report, KMRL officials said the station controllers of stations that witnessed the pandemonium would now forward the probe report to the local police station concerned. The police too will conduct an inquiry, following which action would be taken on the basis of the Act (which permits fine and imprisonment for various offences). The local police have been involved since the metro police station manned by 29 personnel has not begun functioning yet.
But they refused to divulge specifics of the rule violations by the party activists.
The KMRL’s inquiry officer had inspected CCTV footages and also questioned witnesses — mostly security guards and other employees at stations, before submitting the report.
  
Today (06:32)  End of fast (www.thehindu.com)
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All across the CapitalMuslims offer Id-ul-Fitr prayers at the Jami Masjid in Feroz Shah Kotla; a mosque near the New Delhi railway station; and the Jama Masjid on Monday.Shiv Kumar Pushpakar, Sandeep Saxena
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