Current account deficit slides further. Good news for the economy
The deficit stood at 0.2% of the GDP in the January-March quarter, the RBI said, as compared to 1.6% of GDP in the previous quarter and the same level in March a year ago. The reduction in crude oil and commodity prices in international markets is believed to be the main reason behind the drop.
Govt approves Rs. 6,000-crore loan for distressed sugar industry
It is an interest-free loan to the sugar mills, intended to enable them to clear long-due arrears to sugarcane farmers. The arrears stand at Rs. 21,000 crore. Sugar mills will now prepare a list of such farmers who have to be compensated and banks will transfer the money directly in their accounts opened under Jan Dhan Yoajana.
However, the Indian Sugar Mills Association has said that this will not solve the basic problem of surplus sugar and depressed prices. This is the second time that the millers have received such help from the Union government. The government had given another interest-free loan in December 2013, worth Rs. 6,600 crore.
Iraq to get 450 US military advisers
President Obama has decided to hike the numbers of army advisers in Iraq to help train local forces in combating the Islamic State. They will be deployed at the Taqaddum military base in Anbar province, whose capital Ramadi has been under IS control since May.
The White House said this was a response to a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. The fresh deployment will take the number of US training camps in Iraq to five. Nearly 9,000 Iraqi troops have been trained at other camps like Al-Asad, Besmaya, Irbil and Taji.
UN probe finds own peacekeepers guilty of transactional sex
The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has found UN peacekeepers involved in 480 sexual exploitation and abuse cases between 2008 and 2013. A draft report says the troops bartered goods like cash, jewellery and mobile phones for sex with hundreds of impoverished women in Haiti and Liberia. UN peacekeepers comprise troops from many countries across the world and currently about 1,25,000 are deployed across the globe.
Myanmar strike gets more interesting: Country denies Indian action, Doval to visit
While media in India has been speculating on the body count Indian special forces left behind in Myanmar, the Director of Myanmar's presidential office, Zaw Htay, has said in a Facebook post that the Indian military operation was performed on the Indian side at India-Myanmar border.
Meanwhile India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has decided to visit Myanmar soon to discuss further 'joint action' against insurgents.
Kalavati redux - Punjab farmer who met Rahul Gandhi commits suicide
Six years after the daughter of Kalavati Bandurkar - the Vidharbha farmer that shot to fame after Rahul visited her and mentioned her plight in parliament - committed suicide sometime after the Congress vice-president's visit, a 60-year-old farmer in Punjab who had also met Gandhi has been reported to have killed himself. Surjit Singh (60) had taken a loan of Rs 10 lakh from a bank and other persons but could not repay, the family claimed.
Woman lawyer accused of killing two in drunk driving case remanded to police custody
A trial court in Mumbai on Wednesday has sent Audi accident accused corporate lawyer Janhavi Gadkar to police custody till 12 June. She is accused of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
After Bharti another AAP MLA in trouble
AAP's Delhi Cantt MLA Surender Singh, who became famous in capital for being a part of Indian army's offensive against the terrorist attack on Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, is now feeling pressure himself after reports surfaced of him furnishing fake degrees. According to some reports, Singh claimed to have secured a BA from Sikkim University, which has rejected his claim.
Somnath Bharti's wife complains of domestic violence, DCW issues notice
Perhaps AAP's law ministry is cursed, or it's a crazy coincidence that both the law ministers in the two governments AAP has formed in Delhi have been forced to resign over serious accusations.
On Wednesday Somnath Bharti, law minister in AAP's previous government, was in for more trouble as his wife demanded complete separation from him alleging him to have mentally tortured and physically abused her. Delhi Commission for Women has served him notice. He is to appear before DCW on June26.
China denies PLA links with Manipur attackers following Myanmar strike
The Chinese government has denied that the PLA, or People's Liberation Army, had or has anything to do with the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) - the group behind the 4 June attack - according to government think-tank officials quoted in the state-run newspaper Global Times.
This was in response to earlier reports in the Indian media in which a senior Indian official claimed that NSCN-K had cancelled its ceasefire with the Centre as per instructions from the Chinese PLA. Officially, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has not yet made a statement. But most experts have deemed this accusation as being 'absurd'.
Pakistan warns India: we are not Myanmar
One day after the Army allegedly carried out a first-of-its-kind raid in Myanmar against those behind the Manipur attacks on 4 June, the discussion seems to have shifted to whether or not India would or would be able to carry out similar anti-terror raids in Pakistan.
"The military's action against insurgents with assistance from the Myanmarese government speaks volumes about India's resolve to fight terror. This is a lesson and a message to all the terror groups that India will not hesitate in going beyond its geographical borders to eliminate terrorists," Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said.
The Minister of State for Information Rajyavardhan Rathore also said that the strike in Myanmar was a message to all countries, including Pakistan, and that "we will strike at a place and at a time of our choosing."
Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan responded to this on Wednesday, and asserted that India should not mistake for Myanmar, and that its armed forced would give a befitting reply to any act of aggression from across the border.
Delhi gets a new law minister - Kapil Mishra to replace Jitender Singh Tomar
Following Tomar's resignation over allegations of false educational documents, the Delhi AAP government has appointed Delhi Jal Board vice chairman Kapil Mishra to the seat of the law minister.
Mishra had been placed in the crucial Jal Board to help bring to fruition one of AAP's primary election promises - providing cheap water to Delhi. It's believed that his stellar performance at the Jal Board is what convinced Arvind Kejriwal to appoint him to the law ministry.
Doctors in China remove 420 stones from man's kidney
Doctors in China are reported to have removed a huge number of stones from the kidney of a man whose favourite dish was gypsum tofu. The stones were recovered in an emergency operation of He Don that lasted nearly two hours.
Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt explains sexist remark
At an astonishingly sexist speech at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea, Nobel prize-winning scientist Tim Hunt is reported to have said, ""Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry."
After a furore around the world, Hunt apologised in a radio interview with BBC, he apologised, "I'm really sorry that I said what I said. It was a very stupid thing to do. What was intended as a sort of light-hearted, ironic comment was apparently interpreted deadly seriously."
He went on to say that it remains terribly important that "you can criticise people's ideas without criticising them and if they burst into tears it means that you tend to hold back from getting at the absolute truth. Anything that gets in the way of that diminishes, in my experience, the science."
His apology was significantly diminished when he went on to state his concerns about "emotional entanglements" in the lab, seemingly attributing the problem to the presence of women in professional scientific spaces.
Hunt, 82, shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of protein molecules that control the division of cells.
In a world-first, a woman gives birth after inserted with ovarian tissue that was removed when she was a child
At the age of 14, the as-yet anonymous girl was diagnosed with acute anemia, the treatment of which would have destroyed her ovaries. Her right ovary was removed and frozen in fragments for use later if she ever wanted to conceive.
And now, she has. One decade after the surgery, doctors in Belgium thawed some of the frozen fragments and reimplanted them. She gave birth to a healthy baby last November.
According to the journal Human Reproduction, while several babies have been born from tissue taken from adult women, this is the first instance when the tissue was removed before the girl had hit puberty.
The patient was born in the Republic of Congo, but has since emigrated to Belgium.
Read more at Yahoo News UK.
Apple's greatest achievement? Not the watch. Nor the iPhone. It's Swift
Apple, on 2 June 2014, had revealed what could be its most significant triumph yet - a programming language called Swift. It had been put on display last year at the Worldwide Developer's Conference by Apple's Craig Frederighi, the senior vice-president of software programming.
How amazing was it? Apparently, it was received with gasps and applause from developers. Especially impressive were features such as 'inference, closures, and multiple name spaces'. Seven months after its release it was already the 22nd most popular language in the world. This, in a space that is already satiated with hundreds of languages. Developers have ranked it the most-loved computer programming language in a survey of 26,000 developers by Stack Overflow.
Disclaimer: Since Apple gets to decide what language iOS apps are written in, the success of Swift is inevitable. Especially since an average Apple user generates four times the revenue of an average Android user.
Astronauts return home after record-breaking ISS mission
Three astronauts are due to return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS), after almost 200 days in space. Among them is Samantha Cristoforetti, who has set the record for most time in space on a single mission by a woman. The commander of Expedition 43, Terry Virts, and his crewmates Anton Shkaplerov and Cristoforetti have spent almost seven months on board the ISS carrying out scientific research and technology demonstrations.
According to a NASA press release, they have travelled more than 84 million miles since their launch into space on 24 November. They were originally due to leave a month ago, but their departure was delayed after the failure of a supply spaceship. Expedition 44 formally begins when the Soyuz undocks and be led by Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, along with fellow crew members US astronaut Scott kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.
Assam floods: Over 1.95 lakh people affected
According to information provided by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 1.95 lakh people in over 550 villages in the state have been affected so far. Crops in more than 8,200 hectares have been destroyed in the Bramhaputra valley.