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Low-caste groups’ protests across India leave at least four dead

NEW DELHI: At least four people died in street battles and widespread protests by Indian low-caste groups enraged by what they consider the undermining of a law protecting their safety, police said Monday. Clashes with police, attacks on buses and government buildings, and blocked trains and roads were reported across five Indian states. The four dead were in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, according to Rishi Kumar Shukla, director general of the state police. He insisted however that events had been brought…

Low-caste Hindu leader Kovind sworn in as India’s president

NEW DELHI: Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as India's president Tuesday, becoming just the second leader from the oppressed Dalit community to be elected head of state. A former lawyer and state governor, Kovind was elected to the largely ceremonial position last week with more than 65 percent of the vote by members of India's parliament and state assemblies. Kovind, accompanied by his wife, paid respects early Tuesday at a memorial dedicated to India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi. "I grew up in a mud…