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    1 Lionel Messi announces retirement from international football after losing to Chile

    Lionel Messi may be remembered as one of the greatest football players of his time. The number 10 has spawned countless legends and inspired millions across the world.

    But it appears as though Messi - who is often compared to the likes of Maradonna and Pele - can no longer bear the pain of being a star player who has failed to win a major final for his home country, Argentina.

    Argentina lost 2-4 to Chile in the Copa America 2016 finals on 26 June. In a post-match conference, Lionel Messi announced his decision to retire from international football.

    2 Pampore terrorists were prepared for a long battle: CRPF

    CRPF officers believe that the two militants who attacked the convoy of the paramilitary force on Saturday were prepared for a long battle, judging by the amount of ammunition they had.

    The two militants ambushed the convoy on Saturday in Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir, killing eight CRPF personnel. Though officers speculate that they might have planned to continue firing from a building nearby, the two militants were shot dead within two minutes of the ambush, says The Indian Express.

    3 Govt probing security lapses that could have led to Pampore CRPF losses

    The Union government has begun an inquiry into the ambush on Saturday of a CRPF convoy by two terrorists in Pampore, Kashmir. Eight CRPF personnel were killed in machine gun fire and 22 were injured.

    "I think the standard operating procedure wasn't followed properly," said defence minister Manohar Parrikar.

    According to government sources, the bus with 40 CRPF personnel travelled without escorts even though there had been specific intelligence inputs about a possible attack in the area. In addition, the road opening party failed to detect the attackers in their car, says NDTV.

    4 NaMo Brigade founder arrested for murder of Mangaluru RTI activist

    Three months after the murder of RTI activist Vinayak Baliga in Mangaluru on 21 March, the police arrested Naresh Shenoy, the founder of the NaMo Brigade in Karnataka, for the killing on Sunday.

    Shenoy had been absconding, and had been tracked through Jammu and Kashmir, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, and some villages along the Nepal border, but was finally caught in Mangaluru itself, said the police. Last week, the Mangaluru police had filed a 770-page chargesheet against him and six others, says The Indian Express.

    5 Punjab polls: Cong replaces Kamal Nath with tainted Himachal MLA

    The Congress party created a fresh controversy on Sunday when it appointed legislator Asha Kumari from Himachal Pradesh as the party's leader in Punjab in place of senior leader Kamal Nath.

    Kumari was convicted on 26 February in a 1998 land grab case in Himachal, and had been sentenced to a fine of Rs 8,000 and a jail term of one year, says the Hindustan Times.

    Punjab's BJP leader Vineet Joshi said: "First it was Kamal Nath and now Asha Kumari. I think they (Congress) don't have good leaders."

    6 Fresh CCTV footage shows suspected killer of Infosys employee running away

    New CCTV footage shows the suspected killer of 24-year-old Swathi S, an Infosys employee who was hacked to death at a railway station on the outskirts of Chennai on Friday, running away from the scene of the crime.

    The footage was released by the Railway Police on Sunday. The first section of footage shows a man with a backpack entering the station. The second section shows him running away, says NDTV.

    Swathi was killed with a sickle at about 6.45 am on Friday, after an argument with a young man at the station.

    7 Panchayat member kisses Siddaramiah on cheek, calls him 'appaji'

    Apparently overwhelmed by meeting Karnataka chief minister PC Siddaramiah for the first time, Girija Srinivas, a member of a panchayat from Chikmagalur district, kissed him on the cheek during a public meeting and addressed him as 'appaji' (father).

    "I was overwhelmed by the sight of our chief minister," she said later. "I was a huge fan of our chief minister even during my school days. I couldn't control my excitement on seeing him up close."

    Srinivas had grown up in Siddaramiah's assembly constituency, Varuna in Mysore, says The Telegraph.

    8 Bihar arts 'topper' arrested after failing re-test, sent to judicial custody

    The Bihar arts topper who blew the lid off the education scam in the state when she called political science 'prodigal science' in an interview after the class 12 exam results were declared was sent on Sunday to judicial custody till 8 July.

    Ruby Rai was arrested on Friday after failing a re-test at the office of the Bihar State Examination Board. She had been asked 12 questions from the syllabus by a seven-member committee from the board, and failed to answer any, says ANI.

    Her result was then cancelled and she was arrested.

    1 Dinosaur-era bugs knew how to camouflage

    An international research team, with participation from the University of Bonn, has now discovered the oldest known evidence of bugs using the 'invisibility cloak.' The custom-tailored "costumes" also permit conclusions about the habitat at the time. The larva of the lacewing attacks a pseudoscorpion and uses its powerful mouthparts to suck it dry. The larva then puts the remains of the dead prey on its back. The outlines of the lacewing are now unrecognizable. It looks more like a dead pseudoscorpion. This camouflage protects the lacewing against being recognized by predators and at the same makes it easier to hunt its own prey.

    "With this 'disguise', the lacewing larva pretends to be someone completely different," said Dr Jes Rust, adding "Using the pieces of its prey, it even takes on the smell of the pseudoscorpion". The results are published in the journal Science Advances.

    1 3 Indian women make finalists' list for Red Hat's Open Source Awards

    Finalists for the 2016 Women in Open Source Awards, organised by Red Hat, include three women from India, who are students pursuing computer science and engineering degrees.

    The three Indian women, who made it to the list of finalists, are Ankita Shukla, a student at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science; Divya Upadhyay, a student at National Institute of Technology in Patna pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering; and Preeti Murthy, a student at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering.

    Ankita has been an open source contributor for three years, including projects and communities like Wikimedia, WikiWomen's Collaborative, Mozilla, Google Code-in, Outreachy, Systers, and she++; Divya has been contributing to open source for nearly a year and a half with Systers, Google Code-in, Google Summer of Code, Ushahidi, Typo3 CMS, Ruby, and she++; while Preeti has been contributing to open source for more than three years, working on the Linux kernel, Mono, and Outreachy.

    The award will be presented during the 12th annual Red Hat Summit, the industry's premier open source technology conference, taking place June 27-30 in San Francisco.