| July 17, 2015
In a bizarre incident, unidentified men opened fire at the office of AAP legislator Kailash Gehlot in Delhi on Friday but no one was hurt. The Aam Aadmi Party legislator was then at his residence. There was no one at the office. An earlier report had mistakenly said that AAP legislator Ved Prakash was shot at.
Meanwhile, the party has asked its MLAs to inform the party about any pending cases against them, failing which the party will not back them if any controversy arises. Even though the MLAs have already declared pending complaints/ FIRs against them in the affidavits before the election, the party wants to check again. This development comes in wake of the arrest of AAP MLAs for allegedly forging documents.
After border, India and Pakistan in visa row
India and Pakistan were involved in 'visa war' on Friday with both sides accusing each other of not issuing assignment visas to their diplomats and officials, amid the ongoing tension between the two countries over ceasefire violations along their border in Jammu and Kashmir. While India maintained that Pakistan has not issued visas to its 12 officials including to a naval attache, Pakistan said it has recently issued several assignment visas to Indian officials but none were issued by India.
Vyapam scam: CBI files murder case in Namrata Damor's death
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday registered a case of murder against unidentified persons under section 302 of IPC for the death of medical student Namrata Damor in Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. She was found dead under mysterious circumstances near the railway track in Ujjain on January 7, 2012. She had passed the pre-medical test (PMT) conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) or Vyapam. The first post mortem in Ujjain suggested that she died of asphyxiation and was murdered. However, the Bhopal-based Medico Legal Institute (MLI), a state government body, which carried out another post mortem came up with a contradictory report saying Damor had committed suicide and the case was closed.
Sexual harassment victims allowed three months paid leave
A complainant in sexual harassment case will be allowed three months paid leave and she or the charged government employee can be transferred to other department during the inquiry, according to a fresh set of strict instructions by the Centre in such cases. The disciplinary authority has been directed not to dispense with the inquiry in complaints of sexual harassment lightly, arbitrarily or with ulterior motive or merely because the case against the government servant is weak.
Google self-driving car meets accident, 4 injured
Google Inc revealed that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time. In the collision, a Lexus SUV that the tech giant outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google's home city of Mountain View, where more than 20 prototypes have been self-maneuvering through traffic. The three Google employees on board complained of minor whiplash, were checked out at a hospital and cleared to go back to work following the July 1 collision, Google said.
Earth is a battery - but it's running down, say scientists
Earth can be considered a giant battery which took billions of years to charge but humans are destroying life on the Earth, say scientists. According to researchers in UGA’s College of Engineering "it took hundreds of millions of years for photosynthetic plants to trickle-charge the battery, gradually converting diffuse low-quality solar energy to high-quality chemical energy stored temporarily in the form of living biomass and more lastingly in the form of fossil fuels oil, gas and coal." But 7.2 billion humans have been harvesting the Earth’s remaining 550 billion tonnes of carbon in living biomass at a rate of about 1.5 billion tonnes per year. This energy consumption and all others directly and indirectly affect the world’s biomass levels.
Andhra stampede report blames crowd for deaths
It was the thousands of pilgrims and the police that failed to control them that caused 29 people to be crushed to death in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, according to a government report. The stampede took place after chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and his entourage took a dip in the Godavari river in the Rajahmundry district to open a huge Hindu festival. During the VIPs baths and a pooja that followed, the public was not allowed to enter the area, causing it to build up and get impatient. The sweltering heat made it worse.
US shooting effects: Sikh group asks community to be cautious
In the wake of the gunning down of four marines at military facilities in Tennessee by a Muslim youth with "unshorn beard", a Sikh rights group has asked Sikh-American community members to exercise caution as they become vulnerable to hate crimes following such incidents. The caution came after a 24-year-old gunman Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire at two US military centres in Tennessee on Thursday, killing four marines.
Body temperature can trigger sudden cardiac death
Sudden death caused by an irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) can be triggered by changes in body temperature, scientists have warned. While studying the proteins that underlie electrical signalling in the heart and subjecting those proteins to conditions that are similar to the stress of exercise the scientists found that when normal body temperature goes up, for example during exercise, or goes down during sleep, the affected protein no longer functions normally. The disrupted protein function causes the electrical signal in our heart to become erratic, triggering an arrhythmia and, potentially, sudden cardiac death.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar receives death threat
Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has received death threat allegedly from terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban. The spiritual guru had earlier also received some threats in the name of Islamic State and other Taliban groups. However, those threats were later found to be fake. Meanwhile, as the authorities investigate latest threats the union home ministry has ordered increased security around the spiritual guru.
Delhi court allows RK Pachauri to work but with restrains
RK Pachauri, accused in sexual harassment case by a woman employee, has been allowed to visit TERI offices outside Delhi and Gurgaon. The Delhi court's order comes a day after the Delhi police had sought cancellation of Pachauri's bail plea, saying he was influencing witnesses and misusing the liberty of bail.
India, Bangladesh complete land swap deal survey
The joint survey between India and Bangladesh for exchanging 162 enclaves along the North Bengal border came to an end yesterday after around 61 thousand people residing in these enclaves put opinion to settle their citizenship. The joint survey report was examined today. The survey report will be reviewed by the officials of both the sides on next Monday.
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