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One dead as Jats attack Dalits over panchayat land in Haryana

One person was killed and another seriously injured after a group of Jats allegedly attacked Scheduled Caste (SCs) families in Dharodi village of Jind district. The Jats also set a Haryana Roadways bus on fire and beat up women and children. The violence happened when the Jind administration tried to give possession of 146 plots on panchayat land to Below Poverty Line SC families under the Indira Awas Yojna. People who were in illegal possession of the land, however, refused to vacate it and allegedly attacked policemen, the village sarpanch, panchayat officials and others. District authorities are holding a meeting with both communities to restore peace in the village.

Greek banks to re-open on Monday, will provide limited services

Greek banks will finally re-open on Monday after facing a closure of nearly three weeks. However, withdrawal limits will continue to be in place and people will not be able to transfer money into foreign accounts. Also, no new accounts will be opened up. The banks will be able to start functioning after the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to unblock emergency funding for the severely crippled Greek banks. The ECB funding comes after the country agreed to a tough package of bailout reforms, which has already caused fissures in the ruling party.

UNESCO seeks probe into journalist Akshay Singh's mysterious death in the Vyapam scam

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation's Director-General, Irina Bokova has called on the Indian authorities to investigate the mysterious death of TV reporter Akshay Singh, who had mysteriously died while covering the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. She said that such crimes against journalists must not go unpunished. Bokova said: "It is essential for rule of law and for society's right to be kept informed, that the authorities do all they can to clarify the cause of Singh's death. Reporters must be able to carry out their professional duties in a safe environment and crimes against them must not go unpunished."

CBI moves fast in the Vyapam scam, registers inquiry into unnatural deaths of nine people

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the 'unnatural' deaths of nine people associated with the Vyapam scam. The nine people whose deaths the CBI has taken cognisance of are Anand Singh, Ashutosh Tiwari, Gyan Singh, Anant Ram Tagore, Ravendra Prakash Singh, Premlata Pandey, Vikas Pandey, Rajendra Arya and Sanjay Kumar Yadav. The CBI says that the state police did not probe these nine deaths. It has already initiated a murder investigation into the deaths of medical student Namrata Damor and journalist Akshay Singh. Untill now, the CBI has registered 12 cases and two PEs into the multi-crore recruitment scam.

Modi Calls NDA meet before Monsoon session to devise strategy for Opposition

Photo: Kuni Takahashi/ Bloomberg/Getty Images

Photo: Kuni Takahashi/ Bloomberg/Getty Images

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meet of all NDA constituents on the eve of the Monsoon session of Parliament to work out a strategy to tackle the Opposition. A combative Opposition is planning to take on the government over several issues - the Vyapam scam, the Lalit Modi row and the land bill. This is the first time the prime minister has called a meeting of the ruling alliance since he came to power in May 2014. The Shiv Sena, which is the largest BJP ally, has been demanding a meeting of NDA constituents to be able to put together a consolidated front in the parliament.

Buckingham Palace upset over 80-year old pictures of Queen's Nazi salute

Buckingham Palace has expressed its disappointment over British tabloid's decision to dig out private archival pictures showing a young Queen Elizabeth II seemingly performing a Nazi salute in 1933. The Sun has printed the photogaphs with the headline 'Their Royal Heilnesses'. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "It is disappointing that a film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from HM's (Her Majesty's) personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner." The seven-year-old Princess Elizabeth is shown in a home movie playing up to the camera in black and white footage shot by the future King George VI at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Marijuana can help osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases

A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research says that a component in marijuana can significantly help heal bone fractures. Administering the non-psychotropic component, cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), can combat osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. The study, conducted on rats with mid-femoral fractures, found that CBD - even when isolated from tetrahydrocannabinol, the major psychoactive component of cannabis - enhanced the healing process of the femora after just eight weeks. Researchers found that CBD, the principal agent in the study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psycho activity.

Chinese girl first in the world to get a 3D printed titanium skull

Yang Xu/ Xiaoxiang Moring Herant/ ChinaFotoPress/ Getty Images

Photo: Han Han after receiving an operation. Yang Xu/ Xiaoxiang Moring Herant/ ChinaFotoPress/ Getty Images

A three-year-old girl in China became the first person in the world to have her skull reconstructed with the help of 3D printing technology. She was suffering from a medical condition called hydrocephalus, which causes a buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Though she weighed 32 kg, her head alone was about 20 kg, because of which she suffered serious brain infections and lost sight. Doctors drained the fluid in her head and once the swollen structures in her brain returned to their normal size, they implanted the titanium alloy skull and covered it with her scalp. The girl, Han Han underwent the 17-hour surgery at the Second People's Hospital of central China's Hunan Province.

Gallery to be named after Late Maharaja Duleep Singh near Cambridge

Duleep Singh, Maharaja of Lahore

The Ancient House Museum in Thetford town, that lies half way between Cambridge and Norwich, will get a new gallery named after late Maharaja Duleep Singh. It will display family artefacts that have never been seen before. The local authorities and the church have also refurbished the graves of Duleep Singh and members of his immediate family in the village churches of Elveden and Blo Norton. The Sikh Welfare Association is funding the restoration of the graves and has donated donated to both the museum and the St Andrews Church in Blo Norton. The museum will display a hunting knife of the Maharaja, a hand written letter by his daughter and a copy of a will written by his son when he was only 14.

Source: The Tribune

Bodo students write two lakh letters to Prime Minister Modi seeking creation of Bodoland

As part of a campaign launched by the All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU), over two lakh people have written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a separate Bodoland. The letters in Hindi, English and Bodo want the Prime Minister to intervene in the long standing demand of the people and frame a concrete policy on the issue. The ABSU says that in the past one year, only one round of tripartite talks at the bureaucratic level have been held and no political discussions have happened regarding a separate state for the Bodo people.