Obama admits lack of clear strategy against IS
US President Barack Obama admitted yesterday that a complete strategy against the Islamic State is yet to shape up. Obama told reporters on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany that the strategy was not complete because it also requires commitments from Iraq, on how training and recruitment of Iraqi soldiers take place.
Drought fears send Sensex tumbling
The BSE Sensex tanked 245 points yesterday on the back of a slew of worries, including the possibility of drought. The benchmark index fell to a nearly eight-month low of 26,523.09, amid other concerns like US Fed rate hike, and the RBI's stance on economic recovery. The rupee also fell by 33 paise, tumbling to a four-week low of 64.08 against the dollar.
Surya Namaskar dropped from Yoga Day events
The 'Surya Namaskar' has been dropped from 'asanas' that will be performed across the country on June 21 as part of observing the 'International Day of Yoga'. The Union government's decision came after the All India Muslim Personal Board launched a nationwide campaign against making 'Surya Namaskar' compulsory in educational institutions as well, terming it as a practice specific to a religion.
Ram Jethmalani ends affair with Modi government
Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who had emphatically endorsed Narendra Modi's bid for prime ministership, on Monday evening formally 'broke up' with him through a caustically penned letter and threatened to see him in court.
Jethmalani's reason for ending the relationship was Modi's silence over the issue of Chief Vigilance Commissioner's appointment. In a letter written on 6 June Jethmalani had expressed reservations against appointment of KV Chowdary as the CVC. The government went ahead and appointed Chowdary on Monday. Jethmalani in his letter said he would now see Modi in court. The last line of the letter read, "My diminishing respect for you ends now".
Congress questions NDA's decision in Ishrat Jahan case
Reacting to centre's decision not to grant sanction to prosecute four Intelligence Bureau officials in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, Congress called NDA's decision bizarre. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the entire world knows that "Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in a fake encounter", he said NDA's reluctance to let CBI try the IB officials meant that the ruling alliance had "something to hide".
Income Tax probing ex-UPA minister Preneet Kaur for Swiss Bank accounts
Link between MoS in UPA2 Preneet Kaur's HSBC Geneva account and trusts and companies have surfaced. These entities also allegedly own properties in London and Dubai. In a case of multi-lateral co-operation, Indian tax authorities received the names of these trusts from French authorities and then details of linked companies and properties from authorities in British Virgin Islands.
After Maggi, food regulator orders tests on 32 other noodles, pasta
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has ordered quality testing for 32 brands of noodles, pasta and macaroni. The seven companies owning these brands include Nestle, ITC and GlaxoSmithkline. The brands include Top Ramen, Wai Wai, Yummy and Foodles. FSSAI has also ordered that all instant food products lacking product approval and being sold in an 'unauthorised and illegal' manner be recalled.
Pakistan goes ahead with polls in Gilgit-Baltistan
Pakistan yesterday ignored India's objections to hold legislative assembly elections in Gilgit-Baltistan region and went ahead with the polls. Counting was already reported to be underway for 24 seats in the strategically significant region.
This is the second time Pakistan was holding polls in Gilgit-Baltistan after the devolution of power in 2009 that changed the region's name and established a local assembly. India had said last week that the regions were an integral part of its territory and this was an attempt by Pakistan to "camouflage its forcible and illegal occupation" of the area.
Tropical cyclone Ashobaa intensifies
The tropical weather depression Ashobaa has turned into a severe cyclonic storm, the weather department has said. Warnings have been issued to fishermen. The cyclone is expected to change rainfall patterns, causing heavy rainfall in some coastal and mainland areas, including Goa, Maharasthra, Gujarat and Karnataka in the next 36 hours.
Najeeb Jung appoints ACB Chief
In a move that is all set to escalate hostilities between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejrial and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, the latter has ignored an officer chosen by the CM and appointed another as chief of the capital's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). MK Meena, a Joint Commissioner in the Delhi Police, was selected above Kejriwal's choice SS Yadav.
Following the appointment, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, "What is the conspiracy behind creating a new designation of Jt Commissioner and appointing your favorite officer?" He also tweeted, "This is the same officer who had tried to implicate me by falsely reporting farmer's suicide in Jantar Mantar as murder."
Delhi Police arrests Law Minister Jitender Tomar
Aam Admi Party(AAP) leader Sanjay Singh broke the news earlier today that Delhi Police has arrested Tomar without any notice or prior information. AAP sources said Tomar was at his camp office in his constituency Tri Nagar this morning when the police reached there and asked him to accompany them for questioning. Details of further developments are awaited.
The Delhi High Court is hearing a petition against Tomar for submitting a fake law degree in his election affidavit.
Apple's much awaited music app is out
Apple unveiled a new music app yesterday that is being looked as a potential challenger to Spotify, Tidal and other existing music apps. Called Music, the app features a streaming audio and video library, an online radio station and a platform for artists to share unreleased tracks. It also hosts a recommendation system that suggest songs using human curators as well as algorithms.
Oscar Pistorius to walk out from prison
Oscar Pistorius is to be released from prison in August for good behaviour after just 10 months in jail. May be moved to house arrest. Reports say that the release is likely in August.
Pictorius is a South African amputee sprinter who participated in Olympic events for both amputees and able-bodied athletes. On 14 February 2013, Pictorius fatally shot his girlfriend in his home in Pretoria, South Africa; he claimed that he mistook her for an intruder. In a trial that attracted global media attention, he received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide and a concurrent three-year suspended prison sentence for reckless endangerment.
The parole board in Pretoria is preparing a recommendation that he be released in August, 10 months since his sentencing. The victim's family has allegedly sent a letter to the board asking for justifications behind the early release, considering that he was given a harsh, unequivocal sentence.
Mumbai's Victorias to be history soon
The Bombay High Court has ordered a ban on Mumbai's horse-drawn carriages called Victorias. The court noted that the municipal corporation had not been granting them licences and they did not fall in the category of "public conveyance" as well. The court has directed the government to do away with the Victorias within a year and also prepare a rehabilitation scheme for the nearly 700 families that will be affected.
Sex Pistols to feature on a range of credit cards
Punk rock band Sex Pistols will soon feature on credit cards. Virgin Money, the bank backed by Sir Richard Branson, will feature the band's name and art work on three of the credit cards, including two featuring the artwork for the band's 1977 album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, in its full uncensored glory. A statement by Virgin Money said, it was "time for consumers to put a little bit of rebellion in their pocket".
Mary Kom's superhero avatar on TV soon
Indian Olympic boxing champion Mary Kom will feature as a superhero on India's first female superhero animation series, Mary Kom Jr. The 32-year-old boxer hopes that this will make girls confident and strong. The series will focus on self-defence for girls and Kom feels that parents too may start selecting fighting games for their daughters.
Video evidence emerges of harassment at Pondicherry University
Video footage has surfaced that shows a senior professor and his colleague at Pondicherry University harassing a student with detention for 27 hours, forced stripping and forced admission of a crime. One of the teachers has also admitted that this was done on the orders of the Vice Chancellor. Police has also sent a report to NHRC confirming the torture. The victim had also complained to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani but no action has been taken till now, over a year later.
Greenpeace activist not allowed to enter India
An Australian staff member of Greenpeace was barred from entering India despite holding a valid visa. According to media reports, Aaron Gray-Block was turned away from the Bengaluru airport as his name figured on a government issued a blacklist.