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Naroda riot accused Babu Bajrangi returns to jail after 100 days on bail

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Former Bajrang Dal leader and convict in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case, Babu Bajrangi aka Babubhai Patel has been sent back to prison after he spending 100 days on bail. Bajrangi was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court on April 23 for three months for the treatment of vision loss. It was then extended for another ten days. His son, Anil Patel claims that his father is still facing chronic vision problems and is housed in jail, after treatment in Chennai.

In 2012, Bajrangi along with 30 others including former Gujarat Minister Maya Kodnani were found guilty of orchestrating the single bloodiest day during the post-Godhra riots. One of the few high profile convicts who has been sent back to jail, he was infamous for his claim that he had put a sword through a pregnant woman.

There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change: Obama


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In a significant move from a developed nation, United States of America's President Barack Obama has come out with a strict plan to curb the country's carbon dioxide emissions. Along with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, the Obama administration has made significant revision to the plan that will be implemented by individual states. During the briefing at the White House, Obama said that if left unchecked, climate change will threaten future generations. The Republican-ruled states have reacted, saying that they will not agree to the plan and have threatened to sue the government. Energy experts have predicted that this plan can prove monetarily costly for the government.

UN brings in the '2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'

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193 nations, all members of the United Nations, have agreed to put into effect the '2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The scope of this agenda is larger than the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) which were put in effect in 2000. The main objective of the agreement is to remove poverty and raise the standard of living of the most vulnerable people in the world. Described as UN's 'to-do' list for the next 15 years, the agreement will be formally accepted in September, 2015.

Modi and NSCN-IM sign landmark peace accord

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Chairman of NSCN (IM) Isak Chishi Swu, NSCN (IM) General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah NSA, Ajit Doval and others at the signing ceremony of historic peace accord between Government of India & NSCN, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: PTI

In an effort to decrease insurgency in Naga-inhabited areas of the North-east, the Centre has signed a peace accord with the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah faction. The deal was signed at the Prime Minister's residence between himself and NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

The deal focuses on the autonomy in the rights of people who inhabit areas in different states of the North-east. The details of the arms agreement are yet to be disclosed. Nagaland CM TR Zeliang welcomed the deal. Addressing the gathering at the event, the Prime Minister asserted on the need of the deal, saying, "The Naga political issue had lingered for six decades taking toll on our people."

PM Modi tweeted that the deal had been discussed with leaders from across party lines.

Centre budges for a more inclusive Land Bill

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In a surprise move to clear Parliament logjam, the Centre has given in to the demands of the Opposition and resorted to the earlier Land Acquisition Act of 2013, which was cleared by the UPA government. The most important aspect of this development is in the form of reinstating of the social impact assessment (SIA) and consent clause. Out of the 15 amendments suggested by the NDA government, nine were being vehemently opposed by the Opposition. The NITI Aayog meeting held in July was a testament to the resistance, with more than 50 per cent states opposing the bill.

Read more: Land Bill Boycott: who will blink first, Modi or the opposition?

Monsoon Session: Congress led by Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh protests suspension of its MPs

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Having boycotted Parliament for the next five days over suspension of 25 MPs from the Party, Congress leaders launched a protest march today. Led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leaders assembled near Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises to protest against suspension of it MPs.

RJD, NCP & Samajwadi Party too participated in the protests.On 3 August, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had suspended 25 Congress MPs for disrupting Parliament.

In it's third week, the ongoing Monsoon Session has transacted no business as an adamant Congress demanded resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their involvement in helping scam tainted IPL founder Lalit Modi.

It also wants Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to resign over Vyapam scam. AAP, NCP and Trinamool Congress too have backed Congress in their decision to boycott Parliament.

RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 7.25 per cent; CRR at 4 per cent

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The Reserve bank of India has kept the repo rate unchanged ta 7.25 per cent and Cash Reserve Ratio at 4 per cent, amidst much anticipation that the apex bank might increase it. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the headline inflation is at elevated levels and banks are yet to pass on the full benefits of previous rate cuts. 25 per cent and the cash reserve ratio, which is the proportion of deposits banks have to park with the central bank, will remain 4 per cent.

The growth target has been retained at 7.6 per cent for the fiscal year 2015-2016. The Reserve Bank also mentioned that economic recovery is still a work in progress. The apex bank also expressed major concerns about rising inflation, which does not include food and fuel. RBI mentioned that Government's capital infusion in public sector banks will help loan growth and transmission of interest rate cuts as well as it will ease liquidity.

AIB video: Irrfan Khan tells you how to enter the 100-crore film club

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In a recent video released by the comedy collective, All India Bakchod, actor Irrfan Khan brilliantly pokes fun at the Indian censor board, Yo Yo Honey Singh, arbitrary rap in Bollywood songs and himself. The spoof, written by AIB and stand-up comic and former AIB member, Karunesh Talwar, sheds light on misogyny, racism and vulgarity in party songs that seem to be a staple of today's films. Viewers have responded to the video with gusto, with most expressing pleasant surprise at Irrfan's 'swag'.

Move over Einstein, Hawking: 12-year old scores higher on Mensa IQ test


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A 12-year old from England has emerged to be part of the most intelligent population in the world, according to the results of the Mensa IQ test. While the physcists are estimated to have 160 as a score, Nicole Buckland has scored a 162. "Nicole's IQ puts her comfortably within the top 1% of the population," said Mensa spokesman Ann Clarkson. Buckland is a Year 7 student and had taken to solve algebra problems by age 10.

Geeta - the real 'Munni' awaits her Bajrangi Bhaijaan in Pakistan

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External Foreign Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj has asked the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, TCA Raghavan to meet the girl - Geeta. She is also reportedly hearing and speech impaired like 'Munni' in the film.Often one finds similarities between films and reality. But this story of an Indian girl who has remained in Pakistan for 15 years because she couldn't find her way back home is exactly like Bajrangi Bhaijaan's. Thanks to the Salman Khan film, our government has noticed.

Rats a real trouble on trains, Railway Ministry agrees

The Railway Ministry on 3 August acknowledged receiving complaints with regard to presence of rats in train coaches. "Yes, some complaints and references are being received regarding presence of rats in coaches," Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in Lok Sabha. However, the Minister maintains that all is under control as inspections are regularly carried out at various levels to monitor the quality of rodent control treatment in coaches.

Frisbee now an Olympic sport

In the world of flying disc sports, Sunday, 2 August, was a huge day. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially recognised Frisbee as an Olympic sport. Frisbee, or Ultimate Frisbee as it is better known in the USA, is now eligible to be played in the Olympics in the future.The criteria to becoming an Olympic sport includes having at least 62 national federations and gender equality, which the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) met. In the 30 year history of the WFDF, this is the recognition the federation wanted. Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact, mixed-team game, played on a field or sometimes indoor pitch.

Iraq on massive digitisation drive before ISIS strikes

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Iraq is a part of an ancient civilisation and the Baghdad National Library, established in 1920 under the British rule, is a testament to its rich history. It has now emerged that the librarians working in this library are trying to preserve whatever treasure they have left after the US invasion and before the Islamic State gets their hands on them. A massive digitation drive is being led in the library to preserve rare documents. A specialised photography technique is being used to preserve fragile documents dating back decades and centuries. Currently, documents from the reign of Iraq's Faisal II are being processed.

Each document requires individual attention but the staff is sparing no effort in protecting them from a very tangible threat.

Gurdaspur hero bus driver Nanak Chand asks government for better pay

The contractual Punjab Roadways driver, whose name has been recommended for Gallantry award for saving 76 lives during Gurdaspur terror attack, has requested the Punjab government to regularise his job.

"I work on contract basis with Punjab Roadways. I get anywhere between Rs 5,000-Rs 6,000 each month. I have to support a large family that includes my wife, my school going children -- a daughter (17), two sons (20) and (13) -- and my mother," Nanak Chand told PTI over phone.

Chand met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal last week with a request to regularise his salary and that of his conductor, Birender Kumar, who also played a key role on the day of the attack.

Chand met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal last week with a request to regularise his salary and that of his conductor, Birender Kumar, who also played a key role on the day of the attack. P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }Chand met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal last week with a request to regularise his salary and that of his conductor, Birender Kumar, who also played a key role on the day of the attack.

Manipur sees its worst floods in three decades

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The aftermath of Cyclone Komen has wreaked havoc on the states of Manipur and West Bengal. The floods and incessant rains have caused landslides, inundation, damage to roads and crops. Landslides are the major cause of damage and hence, the casualties are yet to be determined as many bodies are expected to still be buried under the debris. Estimated 1 lakh people have been affected and thousands have been left stranded, waiting for government help to reach them. The National Disaster Response Force's two units have dispatched to Chandel area and Assam Rifles have begun their operations on ground.