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The big news: Supreme Court says sex with minor even after marriage is rape, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Two militants and two IAF officers died in the Bandipora encounter, and the new Economic Advisory Council will meet for the first time today.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Sex with a minor is rape even after marriagesays Supreme Court: The court read down an exception to the law that protected a man from having sex with his underage wife. 
  2. Two Air Force personnel, two militants killed in Bandipora encounter: The incident occurred when security officials surrounded Paribal village in Hajin area after intelligence inputs said militants were hiding in the area. 
  3. Narendra Modi’s new Economic Advisory Council to hold its first meeting today: The panel was formed after the government’s GST and demonetisation drive drew widespread criticism and were blamed for India’s economic slowdown. 
  4. Stressed assets of Indian banks at all-time high of Rs 9.5 lakh crore at June-end, Reuters reported: The growth in bad loans, however, slowed to 4.5% in January-June, compared with 5.8% in the preceding six months, RBI data showed.
  5. Kerala government orders fresh investigation against former CM Oommen Chandy in solar panel scam case: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said authorities would register a vigilance case against the accused.
  6. After series-levelling win over India, rock thrown at Australian team bus in Guwahati: Aaron Finch tweeted a photo showing a shattered window pane with a large hole in the team bus. 
  7. Child and adolescent obesity has increased ten-fold across the globe, says WHO report: India had more than half of the world’s underweight children in 2016.
  8. Sushma Swaraj assures Russian man of help after a locked ATM card forces him to beg: The police said they gave Evangelin some money to visit the Russian Consulate in Chennai after they were alerted by devotees visiting the Kancheepuram temple.  
  9. Court extends police custody of Honeypreet Insan by three days: Last week, the police had said they would ask for an extension of remand if she did not cooperate with the investigation.  
  10. Panel to be formed to study reason behind Delhi metro fare hike, DMRC’s financial situation: A resolution was passed in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.  
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Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.

— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

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2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

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