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Earthquake pushed one million Nepalese into poverty

According to a report by Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), one million people have been pushed below poverty line. National Planning Commission Vice-chairman Govinda Raj Pokharel said it was estimated that the poverty-level would go up by more than 2.5-3.5%. The crisis was caused by the 25 April earthquake.

Nationwide protests for One Rank One Pension, farmers join the stir

Several thousand ex-servicemen from around the country participated in Sunday's agitation against government's delay in implementing OROP. Media reports suggest that farmers from several states have joined the stir. The former soldiers have threatened a hunger strike soon.

It's Parrikar again! Defence Minister in a pickle for saying Army's importance has slid because of lack of wars

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According to media reports, Parrikar said that Indian Army's soldiers were facing 'immense difficulties' because 'people's respect for the Army has reduced during peacetime'. The Defence Minister later clarified that he was not endorsing wars.

The minister's statement was, "I have written to many chief ministers (over defence matters). Some have acted on it and at many places it (response) has ended. The primary reason for this is that we have not been to war for 40-50 years. I don't mean to say that we should go to war. I mean to say that without war, the Army's importance has diminished."

Another journalist attacked in UP; SP minister justifies the previous killing

In a shocking remark on the alleged murder of journalist Jagendra Singh by UP minister Ram Murti Verma, his colleague, Horticulture Minister Parasnath Yadav justified the act as a natural turn of events. "You can't fight nature," Yadav said. The statement came amid ongoing protests by the family members of Singh and journalists' bodies in Shahjahanpur. Reacting to this, BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha said that this could be an attempt to stop journalists from writing against the Samajwadi Party.

Meanwhile, in a similar case, Haidar Khan from Pilibhit district, was brutally assaulted and then tied to a motorcycle and dragged for about 100 metres on Sunday, allegedly for his report on dubious land deals.

Nitish sceptical about the 'Grand Secular Alliance' with the Left

After burying the hatchet with Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar has hinted that an alliance with the Left parties is unlikely for the upcoming Bihar polls.

The Left parties have reportedly not responded to the JD(U)'s proposal to join the alliance. According to some estimates, the Left Parties together (CPI, CPI (Marxist), CPI-ML) have 6-8% of the total vote in the state.

The historic Lalu-Nitish alliance caught the eye of the media because the premise that it could be a strong secular counter to the BJP in the state.

6.3 lakh students to re-appear for AIPMT: SC

The Supreme Court has directed the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) again in four weeks time. This move comes after students and medical practitioners petitioned for a fresh test when reports emerged that the question paper for the previous AIPMT had been leaked. The Haryana Police has arrested 12 people across 12 states so far.

Around 120 questions are said to have been leaked using 75 different mobile phones. This has jeopardised the fate of 6.3 lakh candidates who appeared for the AIPMT this year for 4,000 seats in medical colleges.

Another civilian shot dead in Sopore, Omar Abdullah raises concern

After the murder of a poultry dealer on Sunday in Sopore, unidentified gunmen opened fire at a former militant on Monday morning, taking the death toll to four civilians in seven days. The deceased, identified as Aijay Ahmad Reshi, died of critical bullet injuries. As per media reports, he had been running his own business. Security agencies suspect the involvement of a new splinter group of Hizbul Mujahideen in these attacks. Reacting to the spree of attacks on civilians, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Another shooting in Sopore! It's going from bad to worse there and yet apologists for this government and its CM will tell you things are great in JK (sic)."

Lalit Modi's lawyer defends him, but says nothing new

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The much-anticipated press conference by former IPL chief Lalit Modi's lawyer Adnan Abdi turned into a damp squib. An hour before the event, Modi had claimed his lawyer is going to be dropping bombs on Congress leaders including P Chidambaram, Salman Khurshid and Shashi Tharoor. Instead Abdi only attacked the UPA government and defended External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Arguing on the same lines as Swaraj, Modi's lawyer claimed: "If somebody has intervened on humanitarian grounds it's alright." He also claimed that there is no blue-corner notice against Modi. Abdi was seen praising the Modi government for 'a scam free period in the country' at the press meet.

The Opposition, led by the Congress, has been demanding Swaraj's resignation. Earlier, Rahul Gandhi tried to link the black money issue with the Lalit Modi controversy. He alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to protect Lalit Modi: "He promised to bring back black money and deposit Rs 15 lakh in every bank account. But now what he has done is protect the black money master Lalit Modi."

Jumanji for real - Georgia flood puts inmates - including lions, tigers - onto the streets

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A hippopotamus walks along a flooded street in Tbilisi on June 14, 2015. Photo: Beso Gulashvili/AFP/Getty Images

Tigers, lions, bears, hippos and wolves are now roaming the streets of Georgian capital Tbilisi after floods resulted in the zoo inmates escaping. According to media reports, residents in the area have been issued advisories not to move out alone and to keep a watch over unexpected visitors at their doors and backyards.

Plant tree to get bail: Judge to undertrials

In an eco-friendly gesture, the District Court Judge in Madhubani, Bihar, Manvendra Mishra has granted bail to four undertrials on the condition that they plant five trees in the court premises. The court has set a deadline of June 25 , when the matter is slated for the next hearing.

Lalit Mandal, Rajesh Mandal, Rama Mandal and Ratan Mandal of Singhaso area in Bihar had been arrested in a case of physical assault. All four were absconding and finally surrendered to the court with bail petitions on Friday. According to the public prosecutor, the bail could be cancelled if the four fail to meet the condition of the court.

While you were Facebooking, a 15 year-old intern found a planet

Tom Wagg opted for a 'work experience' program in his high school at Keele University in the U.K. He ended up finding a planet.

While analyzing data at the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) at the university, he found a dip in the light of a distant star. This indicated a planet orbiting the star and obstructing light.

Two years later, his observation was verified. It was indeed a planet. This was the 142nd planet to be discovered by WASP technology. WASP -142b, which is what it will be called till Wagg suggests a name for it, is thought to be the same size as Jupiter.

Einstein's nuclear blast letter fetches $62,500

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Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein's letter addressed to his son has fetched a whopping $62,500 (Rs 40 lakh) at an auction in Los Angeles. The letter, written after the Japan nuclear blasts, explains the connection between his theory of relativity and the atomic bomb. The auction featured a collection of 27 of Einstein's most intimate letters, written in English and German, sold for a total of $420,625 (Rs 2.69 crore).

In one letter, Einstein consoled a friend who recently discovered her husband's infidelity. In another letter, Einstein dismissed the widely held belief that he was an atheist. "I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one," he wrote to a man who corresponded with him on the subject twice in the 1940s. "You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist," he writes.

Source: Patrika

Teachers and students begin the 'Right to Accommodation' campaign

If you thought that getting 100% marks in the 12th standard was enough for a comfortable stint at the most prestigious university in the country, think again. With accommodation prices rising with each passing year, teachers' and students' groups have brought out the demand for 'Right to Accommodation' campaign, an additional push to implement the Rent Control Act, 1995.

This campaign calls for a deliberation in normalisation of rent across the city. To gain support for and bring attention to the campaign, the groups will go on a padyatra across the city for two-and-a-half months. University of Delhi is notorious for admitting more than a lakh students from across the country into its programmes every year. A minuscule number of colleges have hostels, even fewer for girls.

The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has come out in support of the campaign and is urging the HRD ministry to act upon the same.

India and Australia to start joint naval exercise

In a significant military and political development India and Australia will undertake their first joint naval exercise later this year even as the two along with Japan look at the possibility of a trilateral exercise, a move that will likely rile China.

3,00,000 people and 10,000 hectares of land affected by Assam floods

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The floods in Assam have caused crop loss on 10,000 hectares of land and displaced 17 villages across 15 districts. The rainfall causing the rise in water level in the Brahmaputra does not seem to be abate.

Assam has declared a high alert across all districts. Embankments on the river and its tributaries have already been destroyed. The worst affected districts include Barpeta, Dhemaji, Nalbari, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Kamrup. The Meteorological Department has warned about more rain. Two lives have already been lost in these floods.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directed officials to carry out relief operations in the affected areas. He is also in touch with the Bhutanese administration for constant updates on flood data. Source: Citizen, KanglaOnline