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Government launches Rs 1,500 crore nuke pool

The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act makes the insurance pool mandatory for offsetting financial lability of foreign nuclear suppliers. MoS, Department of Atomic Energy, Jitendra Singh said that several projects like the Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna that were long-pending were likely to move forward now.

Read more at The Economic Times.

PM cancels Anandpur Sahib trip, Bhullar's transfer to Punjab creates row

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be visiting the Anandpur Sahib shrine on its 350th establishment day on June 19. Home Minister Rajnath Singh may represent him there. The cancellation came in the aftermath of controversy over Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar's transfer from Delhi to a prison in Punjab. Bhullar, convicted in the 1993 Delhi bomb blasts case, has been shifted to Amritsar Central Jail from Delhi's Tihar Jail. The Intelligence Bureau is reported to have warned that Bhullar may breath life in radical pro-Khalistan fringe movement.

NCP report blames Rahul Gandhi for UPA's 2014 loss

The observation has been made in the NCP's general secretaries' report, which looks at the period from 2012 to 2015. It says the projection of Rahul Gandhi proved to be disastrous and the results would have been different had Sharad Pawar been projected. NCP also feels Rahul is "inexperienced in political and administrative affairs". "It may be noted that NCP is the party that had the least casualties among all the partners of the UPA in the last general election," the report also noted.

Taliban strike kills 17 cops in Afghanistan

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Taliban later claimed responsibility for the overnight attack on a checkpoint in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province. Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor told reporters that dozens of fighters participated in the assault, in which two police officers were also injured.

Flood victims get paltry relief in Jammu and Kashmir

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The payouts received include Rs 75,000 for rebuilding a concrete house, Rs 3,800 for repairing partial damage, and Rs 1,500 for damaged possessions. An official document has revealed government's estimates of 2,61,361 structures having been damaged and Rs 312.53 crore disbursed to 2,56,801 families so far, in keeping with the State Disaster Relief norms.

Read more at The Indian Express.

Five cops suspended in UP journalist murder case

The cops were suspended after a huge protest against the alleged murder of the Shahjahanpur based journalist - Jagendra Singh - by a UP minister, Ram Murti Verma. A Public Interest Litigation was also filed in Allahabad High Court seeking directions for a CBI probe in the case. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is reported to be mulling Verma's expulsion.

Hopes of locating missing coast guard aircraft - oil spill noticed again, intermittent signals received

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Defence officials released photographs of oils spill in the Indian ocean which is believed to have been caused by the Dornier aircraft that suddenly went missing on 8 June with three crew members on board. Defence spokespersons also said that a naval ship deployed to search the water had picked up signals, which may be originating from the missing plane.

Delhi Court extends Tomar's police custody by two days, police looking to book him under Prevention of Corruption Act

The police custody of former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar was on Saturday extended by two days by a court after the police claimed that documents produced by him were "fabricated". Police also sought to invoke charges under Prevention of Corruption Act against Tomar in the case.

Kolkata house of horrors - letters and notes tell strange stories of complex relationships, incest, necrophilia, bestiality

The case of Parthe De, who was found living with carcasses of his sister and two dogs when police came to investigate the death of his father who had set himself afire, is becoming stranger still. Police officers investigating the case found several diaries and other documentary evidences written by Partha De, the only surviving member of the family, which contain grotesque descriptions of their lives.

Sushma Swaraj helped Lalit Modi get travel documents on 'humanitarian' grounds

Lalit Modi during the 2010 DLF Indian Premier League T20

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When it comes to Indians stuck abroad, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is always ready to help. After rescuing Indians in Yemen, how could she resist the temptation of helping IPL founder and scam accused Lalit Modi?

It turns out that in spite of the government of India having impounded Modi's passport, Swaraj intervened on 'humanitarian' grounds to request the UK government to issue him travel documents. In a series of tweets, Swaraj claims that Modi had called her up for help. His wife was undergoing treatment in Portugal and his presence was urgently required to sign some documents for surgery on 4 August 2014, just months after NDA government came to power.

Swaraj claims her intervention was necessary as the UK government thought issuing travel documents to Modi would impact India-UK relationships. Her tweets are a reaction to a Sunday Times report in the UK, which claims British MP Keith Vaz was using his influence to Modi. Opposition in India has demanded Swaraj's resignation on moral ground.

South African man - world's first penis transplant recipient - to become father soon

World's first recipient of a penis transplant last December, a young South African man has impregnated his girlfriend, the doctor who led the surgery has reportedly told the press. The 22-year-old man, whose identity has not been disclosed, is among around 250 South Africans who lose their penises each year in botched traditional circumcisions. The penis transplant is said to be a nine hour long operation, five weeks after which, the man becomes sexually active.

Newly wed British couple is officially declared world's oldest pair

A 103-year-old man and a 91-year-old woman held their wedding in Britain on Saturday, becoming the oldest couple to get married in the world. A 103-year-old man and a 91-year-old woman held their wedding in Britain on Saturday, becoming the oldest couple to get married in the world.

Why Amit Shah shut down an event on girl child

Avinandan Pathak, president of NaMo Sena, is in trouble. Perhaps in good faith he decided to organise a 7-day-event in Surat to spread awareness about the PM's pet initiative Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao . However the entire thing backfired when BJP President Amit Shah came to know about Pathak's invitation to Modi's estranged wife Jashodaben to address the meet. The event wound up within a day, apparently post a stern phone call from Shah. The official reason to terminate the event: unsanctioned use of the BJP's symbol, the lotus!

Anti-India seminar in Kashmir scheduled on Sunday - SAS Geelani put under house-arrest

Several leaders of hardline Hurriyat Conference including chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani were on Saturday put under house arrest by authorities to foil the controversial 'anti-national' seminar scheduled on Sunday. Unless authorities clamp down on the seminar and declare it illegal, a huge turnout is expected to voice its opinion against India.

Pakistan does an India - bans Save the Children and thousands of other NGOs

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Outside the gates of the banned Save the Children foundation, Islamabad. Photo: Getty Images

The two neighbours seem to be trying to outdo each other in their mistrust for NGOs. Both countries have issued notices to thousands of NGOs within a week's time, preventing them to receiving foreign funds, and in some cases asking them to pack their bags for good. Save the Children, an NGO that works with child education and rights was issued a notice by Pakistan on Thursday and asked to leave the country within 15 days. Pakistan's interior minister claimed to have received 'intelligence' inputs that the NGO was working without rules for past several years.