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15 face murder charges after clashes at Kozhikode airport

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A scuffle has led to the death of a CISF personnel and two Airport Authority of India officials injured. Earlier reports had suggested that the scuffle began after an AAI staff resisted the CISF officer's attempts at a body search. The CISF personnel's gun accidentally went off during the scuffle, killing him. In a fresh twist in the case, CISF sources have alleged it to be a pre-planned murder because the AAI staff were not happy with regular security checks.

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Heartbreak moment for India in football World Cup qualifiers

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Oman opened the scoring goal within the first twenty seconds of the game, but courtesy a Sunil Chhetri wonderstrike, India equalized. Oman went ahead again through a penalty, but when India equalized in the second half, the linesman ruled it out for offside.

It always seems like a story of heartbreak when the Indian Football team takes on a higher ranked opponent, where the opposing team just edges the game despite India's best efforts to equalize. However, the team can be proud of its efforts, and the players certainly gave it their all on the pitch. India will now proceed to play Iran, Guam and Turkmenistan in the coming group matches.

Manjhi announces alliance with BJP

Manjhi BJP

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The long awaited poll tie-up announcement between BJP and Mahadalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi was finally made on Thursday. It was Manjhi, the former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) supremo, who made the announcement on Thursday after a half-hour-long meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah. The critical question of chief ministership was left unanswered, however broad consensus on seat sharing seems to have been achieved.

Somnath Bharti set dogs on me: alleges wife

More details have come out of the 26-page complaint that the wife of AAP leader Somnath Bharti - Lipika Mitra - has levelled against her husband. According to the complaint made to Delhi Commission for Women, Bharti set dogs on his wife when she was seven months pregnant. Bharti has been asked to appear before the commission on 26 June.

Myanmar operation may have had less of an impact on insurgents than reported

Indian Army's special operation against insurgents deep inside Myanmar's territory may have led to lesser casualties than what has been projected so far, a report in the Indian Express has pointed out.

Quoting sources, the report says only seven bodies have been recovered and less than a dozen insurgents injured. Moreover, the targets did not hit insurgents believed to be behind the 4 June ambush in Manipur in which 18 Army personnel were killed. Meanwhile, a fear of possible retaliatory strikes by insurgent groups has also been reported, prompting the Centre to put Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam on alert.

Read more at the Indian Express

Assam floods hit over 2 lakh

Two people are also reported to have died in the 500-plus flood-hit villages across 13 districts of Assam. Early monsoon rains have swelled the Brahmaputra river so much that even Arunachal Pradesh has been cut off from the rest of the country. The water and landslides have broken the road links in at least eight districts of the state, leading to a shortage of essential items like foodgrains.

India tops this semester: the G-20 report card

India has seen the strongest growth among world economies, according to a new Gross Domestic Product (GDP) calculation methodology developed by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The list includes a mix of developed and developing economies of the G-20.

The OECD website reported that growth is expected due to the government's insistence on 'ease of doing business' and the Make in India campaign. The think-tank has also predicted that exports could see a dip due to currency numbers.

The global economy saw a downfall in the GDP by 0.1%, with the North American countries, South Africa, China, Indonesia and Brazil, among others seeing a visible low. On the other hand, a surprise name on the list, Turkey, which saw a political storm brew in the last quarter in the run-up to its elections in June, contributed to save falling numbers. Other countries that helped cushion the fall are south-Asian powerhouses Japan and South Korea.

Nestle tells Mumbai High Court the Maggi ban as arbitrary, refutes claim that it's discriminating against third world nations

Nestle has told the Bombay High Court that the Food Safety Standard Authority of India's (FSSAI) order of banning it across the country was arbitrary. The court was hearing the company's petition against FSSAI. Nestle also said that the samples tested in Kolkata had excess lead because they had passed their expiry date.The company clarified that it didn't discriminate against third-world countries.

The company had sought a judicial review of the order dated 5 June passed by the FSSAI and against the order dated 5 June by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Maharashtra. FSSAI had earlier directed Nestle India to withdraw nine varieties of Maggi noodles as they were found unsafe. The food regulator also asked the company to stop production and sale of all variants of the popular noodle brand.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced that he is stepping down, possibly due to Wall Street pressure

Dick Costolo has announced he will resign on 1 July. This could be due to the pressure Twitter has faced from Wall Street. The social media giant's revenues from ad products have been poor in the last one year. Costolo will, however, stay on on the board of directors.

AAP government allows microbreweries in the capital

A number of microbreweries are expected to open up in the capital following Delhi government's nod to a proposal to introduce them in the city. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi. Beer lovers in Delhi have, until now, had to travel to Gurgaon or Faridabad to get a mug of freshly brewed beer.

Doctors will now have to write prescriptions in capital letters

The Union Health Ministry will be sending out a gazette notification to this effect soon. It will be mandatory for doctors to write their prescription in capital letters. Union Health Minister J.P Nadda had spoken in Parliament expressing agreement that illegible prescriptions often cause serious health complications - sometimes even death.

Doctors have welcomed the move, in spite of the additional effort it may take. Though one doctor concedes, "In an environment where any doctor at any given time is flooded with patients, this system may take a little time to get used to." The Indian Medical Council Regulations, 2002, have been amended to this effect.

That terrible aunty-joke about becoming a doctor because of terrible handwriting? Gone.

Foxconn is coming to India. This is not good news

The notorious Apple manufacturer of iPhones and iPads will be moving to India soon. No date has yet been revealed. This move is an attempt to bring down costs further as labour costs in China are no longer lucrative. This is also to ease Apple's supply, which has been struggling to keep up with demand.

Why this is worrying? Foxconn is notorious worldwide for its harsh labour practices and impossible working conditions. It has been in the news for riots and employee suicides, even explosions at two plants. Managers have been known to subject employees to harsh public ridicule.

Foxconn will begin scouting for locations in India next month, Subhash Desai, Industries Minister of Maharashtra told Reuters.

Women scientists get #distractinglysexy

Girls are distracting in the labs. They fall in love and cannot take criticism, said a revered Nobel Prize laureate. Now, he's being made to eat his own words.

Geologists, physicists, archaeologists, chemists and neurologists, are just part of an array of women from across sectors who have taken to Twitter and posted pictures of themselves working. But here's the twist. Following the global critique of Dr Tim Hunt's comments, women have taken to the social media to show how they are being #distractinglysexy at work!

Tim Hunt, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was knighted in 2006. He was part of the prestigious Royal Society of Science. After he made these comments at the World Conference of Science Journalists on 9 June, he has resigned from his position from the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University College of London.

The creator of Chandigarh's Rock Garden dies

Nek Chand Saini, the creator and sculptor of the Chandigarh's famous landmark, Rock Garden passed away today due to a cardiac arrest. He was 90 years old.

Built in 1976, the Rock garden was built illegally on government land and was not part of the initial master plan of the city that was being designed by Le Corbusier. When the park was initially discovered, many politicians called for its demolition but a few voices in the civil society ensured that that work go on and thus, Chand was relieved of his duties of being a road inspector and given the full time charge of 'Creator-Director' of the Rock Garden.

Chand, a recipient of the Padma Shri, crossed over to the Indian Punjab during the Partition of India in 1947. Rock Garden was his labour of love of 20 years.

MS Dhoni only Indian on Forbes' list of richest athletes

Forbes released its list of 100 richest athletes in the world, and MS Dhoni is the lone Indian at number 23. His total earnings, as per the list, were $31 million, $4 million coming from salary/winnings and $27 million coming from endorsements. American boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the list that also includes Filipino pugilist Manny Pacquiao on 2nd spot and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo on 3rd. Dhoni was on the list last year as well, one notch higher on the 22nd position.

Republicans vs He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

In a recent survey conducted by the Washington Post and ABC, online users polled Voldemort higher in favourability scale over popular candidates like Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Rich Santorum, Donald 'You are fired' Trump and Jersey Guv, Chris Christie. The villain of the Harry Potter series, whose real name was Tom Marvolo Riddle, was also on the negative scale. But his rating of 10 there is still higher than the least popular name in the list, Donald Trump.

After the results, Christopher Ingram, the creator of the survey, decided to add a few more fictional villains to list. And voila! The results are in. In the US Presidential race for 2016, the most favourable candidate is the Terminator. Just after him is Luke Skywalker's father, Darth Vader. And polling above President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is the shark from the Jaws franchise.