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1. AugustaWestland Middleman Christian Michel Sent to 5-Day CBI Custody

The CBI on Wednesday, 5 December, got five-day custody of alleged middleman Christian Michel in the AgustaWestland chopper deal case.

Michel had moved a bail plea, but the court kept it pending for the next hearing and remanded him to CBI custody.

The CBI had originally sought a 14-day custody at Delhi's Patiala House Court.

"We need his (Michel) police custody to confront him with some important documents," CBI counsel DP Singh said before the CBI Special Court.

Michel was extradited to India on Tuesday, 4 December.

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2. FIR Against Bulandshahr Cow Slaughter Names 2 Minors

Seven people of the Muslim community in Nayabans village have been charged with cow slaughter, the alleged incident that triggered a mob to kill a police officer in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on Monday, 3 December.

The FIR, lodged on the day of the incident at the Chingrawathi police post, has also named two minor boys aged 11 and 12. The remaining five accused were not present at the village on the day violence erupted, Scroll reported, quoting several villagers of Nayabans.

The complainant is the District Chief of Hindu outfit Bajrang Dal, Yogesh Raj, who has been named as the prime accused in a separate FIR over the murder of police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh during the riot on Monday.

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3. Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is a Failure in Rajasthan’s Bida

“I loved going to school but I had to quit because I was the only girl in my class. All the other students were boys.”

Daughters in one of India’s most populous states are still struggling for proper education even as PM Narendra Modi launched an expansion of the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” scheme in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu in March 2018.

In poll-bound Rajasthan, which has the lowest female literacy rate (52 percent) in the country according to census 2011, The Quint visited a desert village near the Indo-Pak border called Bida.

What’s worrying about Bida? That the girls of this village opt out of education way too early. None of the girls in this village have cleared Class 12 yet.

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4. Why India Is Right in Playing 7 Batsmen vs Australia at Adelaide

India is set to begin its long-awaited four-match Test series in Australia, with the opening match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting at Adelaide from Thursday. In the absence of the banned Steven Smith and David Warner, Virat Kohli and team are looking to become the first-ever Indian side to win a Test series Down Under. India have decided to ditch their 'five-bowler theory' for the first Test, with Rohit Sharma named in a 12-man shortlist for the series opener.

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