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At least one person has been killed
and up to 20 injured in the northern
Indian town of Rohtak during protests
by the Jat community to demand better
access to jobs and education, police say.
Demonstrators set fire to the home of
the Haryana state finance minister and
attacked police buildings and vehicles.
Protests were also held by Jats in other
towns in Haryana state. Demands by the
Jat for better quotas in government jobs
have been opposed by other caste groups.
The Jats are currently listed as upper
caste but they are demanding the status
of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The community's leaders say that the
quotas for OBCs and other lower castes
puts them at a disadvantage in govern-
ment jobs and state-run educational insti-
The state government was reported
yesterday to have said it was willing to
provide more job quotas for Jats.
Police yesterday said the violence in
Rohtak began as protesters hurled rocks
at paramilitary forces. They say a para-
military soldier was injured after being
shot by a protester.
Demonstrators also burned cars,
attacked police jeeps and trucks, blocked
traffic and tried to set the finance min-
ister's home on fire, police said.
India caste violence leaves one dead at protest
The estimate comes
amid reports that IS is
facing a cash shortage,
slashing the perks and
salaries of its fighters
across the region.
US airstrikes against
the Islamic State in Iraq
and Syria have report-
edly destroyed more
than US$500 million
cash reserves and 20
kilogrammes of gold
stored by the terror
group, a US media outlet
The estimate comes
amid reports that the
terror group is facing a
cash shortage in its so-
called caliphate, slashing
the perks and salaries of
its fighters across the
region. Recent reports
have stated that the
extremist group has
started accepting only
dollars for "tax" pay-
ments, water and elec-
But the $500m figure
is probably a low esti-
mate, a US official was
quoted as saying. The
official said the figure is
in "the high hundreds
of millions of dollars."
As part of the effort
to weaken the Islamic
State, the US military
has struck at the terror
group's finances, par-
ticularly its lucrative oil
smuggling enterprise in
Syria that provides rev-
enue for its operations.
The US has also been
targeting IS' "cash dis-
tribution centres" in
Syria where it stored
hard cash used for its
operations. Ten strikes
have been conducted so
far, targeting facilities
that American officials
characterised as IS
banks. As proof of their
successful targeting, the
US-led coalition released
a video of one of the
Mosul airstrikes that
showed what appeared
to be large amounts of
bills fluttering in the air
after the airstrike.
Police in Uganda say they have
arrested the main opposition
presidential candidate to prevent
him from announcing his own
Kizza Besigye was detained
during a raid on his party's head-
quarters in the capital, Kampala,
following Thursday's tightly con-
Police also fired tear gas, as
clashes broke out with his sup-
With official results for nearly
half of the polling stations
declared, President Yoweri
Museveni is leading.
He is running for a fifth term,
after 30 years in power.
This is the third time in the
space of a week that Besigye has
been detained. He was released
on the two previous occasions
without being charged. His latest
arrest came as he was about to
hold a press conference.
The US embassy in Uganda
condemned the crackdown in a
post on its Twitter account.
After Besigye was briefly
detained on Thursday, the US
State Department said the arrest
called into question " Uganda's
commitment to a transparent and
free election process."
It also criticised a temporary
shutdown of social media, chat
apps and mobile money servic-
es.President Museveni said the
decision had been taken for secu-
rity reasons, and to prevent people
from "telling lies."
observer mission head, Nigeria's
former President Olusegun
Obasanjo, condemned the failure
of voting stations to open on time.
"Delays of three, four, five and
even six hours, especially in Kam-
pala, are absolutely inexcusable
and will not inspire trust and con-
fidence in the system and the
process," he said.
A candidate needs to secure
more than 50 per cent of the vote
to avoid a run-off with the sec-
Final results are expected today.
A supporter of opposition leader Kizza Besigye throws a rock as he tries to stop police from entering
Besigye's office in Kampala, Uganda, yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
for third time
IS cash reserves
David Cameron s hopes of getting a reform
deal yesterday looked in doubt as haggling
continues at the EU summit.
European leaders have reportedly been told
to book hotels as talks on a final text, planned
for breakfast, slipped back first to lunch, and
now to dinner.
Several EU nations are digging their heels in
over plans to curb migrant benefits and change
Cameron's plan had been to head back to
London, with a deal in his pocket, for an emer-
gency cabinet meeting at which he would com-
mit the government to campaign for Britain to
stay in a reformed EU.
That would trigger the start of the referendum
campaign and allow ministers who want Britain
to leave the EU to speak out.
A senior EU official said summit host Donald
Tusk believed there was a "chance" of a deal
over dinner but many issues remained to be
Poland is among four Central European coun-
tries resisting a British demand for an "emer-
gency brake" on in-work benefits for migrant
workers to be in place for as long as 13 years.
France and Austria both voiced concern that
Cameron's demand for safeguards for non-euro-
zone countries, aimed at protecting the City of
London from new financial regulations, might
impede the development of the single curren-
Cameron hopes of deal
delayed as talks continue
VIENNA---Austria yesterday introduced a daily
cap on asylum-seekers, sparking EU fears of a
domino effect along the Balkan migrant trail and
a threat from Greece to veto an accord keeping
Britain in the bloc.
The arrival of more than a million refugees and
migrants in Europe last year has caused a chain
reaction of border clampdowns among several
As the main gateway into the bloc, Athens is
worried that the restrictions will leave tens of thou-
sands of people stranded on its territory.
Instead, Greece has pinned its hopes on the EU
and Turkey firming up a deal to stem the migration
flow at a special summit on March 6.
In Austria, a maximum of 80 migrants per day
are now being allowed to claim asylum. Vienna is
also limiting the daily number of people transiting
through to seek asylum in a neighbouring state to
3,200. The move sparked an angry reaction from
Brussels calling it "incompatible" with EU law.
But Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner
warned yesterday the cap could be lowered even
further, saying: "We need to put the brakes on."
Following Austria's tighter measures, Slovenia,
Croatia and Serbia have also tightened their borders.
cap angers Greece
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