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The big news: Modi, Shinzo Abe inaugurate first bullet train in Ahmedabad, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Rajasthan Police cleared six men of lynching an Alwar cattle farmer, and Amnesty asked for an inquiry into using pump action guns in Kashmir.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe inaugurate India’s first bullet train project in Ahmedabad: The Shinkansen high-speed train will cover the 650-km distance between Ahmedabad and Mumbai in two hours.
  2. Police clear six men accused of lynching dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in Alwar: Khan’s family has alleged that police were under pressure to close the case since some of the attackers had links to right-wing groups.
  3. Amnesty International calls for criminal inquiry into use of pump action guns in Kashmir: The NGO also said the government should provide treatment in line with international standards to those injured by the ‘non-lethal’ weapons.
  4. Centre will not regulate fuel prices, says Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan: The minister said that the petrol and diesel rates would stabilise if brought under the Goods and Services Tax regime.
  5. DNA sample of uncle accused of raping 10-year-old in Chandigarh does not match the newborn’s: The girl, who got pregnant after her uncle allegedly raped her repeatedly, delivered the baby on August 17 after the Supreme Court denied her abortion plea.
  6. Guard coach of Rajdhani Express gets derailed at New Delhi station, no casualties: The Jammu Tawi-New Delhi train accident took place around 6.20 am as it was entering a platform.
  7. At least 25 killed in ‘worst fire disaster in 20 years’ in Kuala Lumpur: The police chief said many of the victims – boys aged between 13 and 17 years – were trapped inside the dormitory and probably suffocated.
  8. Aadhaar legislation will be declared constitutional in the Supreme Court, says Arun Jaitley: The finance minister said the court had ruled that reasonable restrictions could be imposed on the right to privacy during its verdict on August 24.
  9. One killed after student opens fire at Washington school, shooter held in juvenile detention cell: The victim died while trying to convince the accused to drop the gun.
  10. Peasant leader Akhil Gogoi arrested on sedition charges in Assam’s Golaghat: He is believed to have said that people from the state would take up arms if Hindu migrants from Bangladesh were ‘forced upon Assam’.
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