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Barack Obama commutes sentences of 42 prisoners

The punishments were made under "outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws," the White House said in a statement.

Sikh leaders hail revocation of pardon to Dera Head

Various Sikh leaders on Friday hailed the decision of Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion, which annulled its edict of pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda Sect Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, saying the move has undone the "highly objectionable" act committed earlier.