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Third Duke Lacrosse Player
Is Indicted in Rape Case

By Shaila Dewan
THE NEW YORK TIMES DURHAM, N.C.

A third lacrosse player was indicted Monday in the rape investigation that has raised racial and class tensions between Duke University and its hometown.

David F. Evans, 23, of Bethesda, Md., a team captain who lived in the house where a black woman says she was sexually assaulted by three white players during a party, was charged with rape, first-degree sexual offense and kidnapping. Evans was indicted on the same charges as two of his teammates, Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Fells, N.J., and Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y., who surrendered April 18.

Evans graduated from Duke on Sunday but did not attend the commencement ceremony. Before turning himself in Monday, he emphatically denied his guilt at a news conference, becoming the first indicted player to speak publicly.

Fears Mount That Affirmative Action Will Hurt India’s Economy

By Saritha Rai
THE NEW YORK TIMES BANGALORE, INDIA

What began in New Delhi last month as a doctors’ strike to protest an affirmative action proposal for disadvantaged Indians, spread over the weekend and is threatening to flare into a government vs. industry battle.

As a strike by thousands of doctors and medical students intensified on Monday, services in dozens of hospitals across the country were disrupted. In India’s technology capital of Bangalore, 500 medical and engineering students marched in the streets over the weekend.

The protests are a reaction to a federal proposal that calls for nearly half of the jobs at government hospitals and half the seats at medical schools to be reserved for lower-caste and other disadvantaged Indians. Beyond that, several ministers have pushed for legislation to reserve spots at other types of schools as well as jobs in private companies for people belonging to disadvantaged groups.

Supporters of the proposal say that India’s economy, which is growing by 8 percent annually, has only accentuated the inequalities of Indian society. In a television interview over the weekend, India’s industry minister, Kamal Nath, declared that the government was committed to affirmative action and that it wanted to ensure that growth was “inclusive.”

China Allows Its Currency to Rise Above 8-to-1 Rate

By Keith Bradsher
THE NEW YORK TIMES HONG KONG

China allowed its currency to strengthen past the symbolic level of 8 to the dollar Monday, rattling Asian markets already shaken by the dollar’s extended slide and Friday’s drop in share prices in the United States.

The actual rise in the Chinese currency was tiny: one-tenth of a percent from Friday’s level. But the breaching of that threshold unnerved regional investors, who feared that it could open a path for broader declines in the dollar.

The Bush administration has been pressing China for three years to allow its currency to rise sharply, although the Treasury stopped short last Wednesday of labeling China as a country that manipulates the value of the currency, the yuan.

That prompted many predictions that China would reward the conciliatory gesture by allowing the yuan to move a little higher in interbank trading in Shanghai. On Thursday and Friday, though, the yuan weakened slightly before rallying on Monday.