Mass graves of Rohingya migrants from Bangladesh and Burma found in Malaysia
Multiple mass graves have been discovered along Malaysia's border with Thailand. It is feared that the graves could contain the remains of dozens of Bangladeshi and Burmese Rohingya migrants who were being illegally transported. Malaysian newspapers said at least 100 bodies had been discovered at suspected human trafficking camps in the far north of the country. These camps are said to be used by gangs to hold refugees and migrants against their will.
Mathematician John Nash, who inspired 'A Beautiful Mind', killed in car crash in New Jersey
American mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia were killed in a car crash in New Jersey yesterday. Nash was 86 and Alicia 82. The mathematician won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. The award-winning biopic A Beautiful Mind (2001) was based on his life. Nash struggled with paranoid schizophrenia all his life, and learnt to master it.
Actor Russell Crowe, who played Nash's character in the film, tweeted: "Stunned.my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts."
Mumbai Indians win IPL Season Eight, become only the second team to have won twice
Mumbai Indians won Season Eight of the Indian Premier League yesterday, defeating Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs in the final. This was Mumbai's second IPL title. Lendl Simmons and skipper Rohit Sharma led the charge in batting, with knocks of 68 and 50. Bowlers complemented them well, with Harbhajan Singh taking two wickets, Mitchell McClenaghan taking 3 for 25 runs, and Lasith Malinga scalping 2 for 25.
Mumbai had won their first title in 2013 at the same venue, Kolkata's Eden Gardens, defeating the same rivals. Chennai have now lost four finals (2008, 2012, 2013, 2015) in six appearances.
Modi to address key BJP rally in Mathura today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Mathura today to mark the first anniversary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government. Modi's rally would be held at Nagla Chandrabhan, the ancestral village of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, the leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, a pre-cursor to the BJP. BJP leaders are expecting lakhs to attend today's rally. This will be the first part of week-long events that have been planned.
Heat wave kills over 500 people in 10 days, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana worst hit
Scientists discover brightest galaxy in the universe, with light equal to 300 trillion suns
Scientists have discovered the brightest galaxy in the universe that has light equal to over 300 trillion suns. The galaxy belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer or WISE. These new objects have a rather ungainly nickname: ELIRGs, or extremely luminous infrared galaxies.
A PTI report quoted Chao-Wei Tsai of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California saying, "This dazzling light may be from the main growth spurt in the galaxy's black hole."
Jayalalithaa launches schemes worth 1800 crores
J Jayalalithaa attended office yesterday for the first time, after her conviction and subsequently controversial acquittal in a disproportionate assets case. This is her fifth stint as chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Her first action was to launch a slew of welfare schemes worth over Rs 1800 crore. She declared open 201 more eateries under the 'Amma Canteen' scheme. She also cleared schemes for improving road and drinking water facilities and extending assistance to indigent families headed by women. Elections are due in Tamil Nadu next year.
Iron collected not to be part of statue of Vallabhbhai Patel
The iron collected over two years for a 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Patel to be built in Vadodara is unlikely to be used for the main structure, according to The Indian Express. The statue is one of Prime Minister Modi's pet projects. Officials associated with the project have said that the iron is likely to be part of an art work to be displayed there. KV Sanghavi, Chief Engineer, says the iron is not going to be used as it is of uncertain quality. The collection from across the country so far includes 1,69,078 kits containing iron tools, each weighing nearly 700 grams.
Man who lost both his hands while defusing a bomb in Afghanistan gets new hands in transplant surgery
In a surgery that lasted 15 hours and required 20 doctors and assistants, an Afghan soldier has received new hands. Abdul Rahim had lost his own while diffusing a bomb in Afghanistan. He scouted for medical help all over the Middle East, including in Iran, but was unable to find suitable donors.
On April 10th, in Amrita Institute in Kochi, the $23,500 transplant surgery was finally performed. Thirty-year-old Rahim received the hands of a 54-year-old who had been killed in a traffic accident. The surgery took place after months of counselling and will require many more months of medical supervision. Incredibly, Rahim is already able to use his new hands for day-to-day activities.
A Tamil film wins the Palm d'Or, the highest award at the Cannes Film Festival
French director Jacques Audiard's Tamil film Dheepan won the Palm D'or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. The movie narrates the story of a former Tamil Tiger Dheepan who seeks asylum in Europe and finds himself in a suburb of Paris, with a woman and child pretending to be his wife and daughter.
Dheepan is Audiard's third win at Cannes, after the Best Screenplay Award in 1996 for A Self Made Hero, and the Grand Prix, in 2009, for A Prophet. It is his first Tamil film. Audiard later spoke about the importance of the film in the context of the current refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. "Those people who sell roses to us in a cafe, where they come from, what is their background, their motivations - that is what spurred me on."
Protests held in 400 cities against American agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto
Protests were held in 400 cities across the world yesterday against American agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto. This was the third edition of a global annual March Against Monsanto (MAM). According to the organisers, 48 countries were scheduled to participate this year. Monsanto is accused of selling toxic chemicals, violating food safety regulations and for monopolising the seed market. In India, amongst others, RSS-affiliated farmer groups are opposing the Prime Minister Modi government for allowing GM seed trials which would give Monsanto a greater play in the country.