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Congress expels Amit Jogi for 6 years

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Chhatisgarh's Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) expelled MLA Amit Jogi from the party for six years on Wednesday, 6 January, and passed a resolution seeking the same penalty for his father, former chief minister Ajit Jogi, for the same period.

The father and son had allegedly offered the Congress candidate financial inducements to pull out of the 2014 Antagarh bypoll, allowing the BJP candidate to win.

Why not stop odd-even January 8: High Court asks Delhi govt

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Aam Aadmi Party-led state government if the trial of their road-rationing odd-even formula for clean air could be cut down from 15 days to one week, because citizens are being inconvenienced.

The court directed the government to submit data on air pollution after the first week of the trial.

Pathankot attack: terrorists were trained at Pak air force base


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As investigations into the terror attack on the Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab, proceed, it has become clear that the attackers had handlers in Sialkot, Shakargarh and Bahawalpur, all in Pakistan, reports The Economic Times.

The attackers appear to have trained for a month at Chaklala air force base near Islamabad, learning how to destroy aircraft and other assets.

The terrorists were also equipped with aluminium powder which, when added to explosives, causes fires that spread fast and cannot be doused even with fire extinguishers.

Aamir Khan was never Incredible India's brand ambassador, clarified tourism ministry

When rumours spread on 6 January that the actor had been removed from the campaign, tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said: "Our contract was with the McCann Worldwide agency for the Atithi Devo Bhava campaign. The agency had hired Aamir for the job. Now the contract with the agency is over. The ministry has not hired Aamir. It was the agency which had hired him. Since the contract with the agency is no more, automatically the arrangement with the actor no longer exists."

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed dies

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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, 79, passed away on early morning on Thursday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.Sayeed was diagnosed with sepsis, decreased blood count and pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital on 24 December. He remained in the ICU since then.Sayeed took over as the J&K CM on 1 March last year. Senior BJP sources have revealed that his daughter Mehbooba Mufti is seen as the logical choice as his successor, reports The Times of India.

Married woman's alleged gangrape video sent to family, cops refute claim

A video clip of an alleged gang rape of a married woman has gone viral. The woman, with her three-month-old infant, went missing on November 23, last year, while on her way to her husband's place in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh. The family of the missing woman recently received the video clip and approached the police. A case was registered on 5 January 2016. The video, purportedly, has six men allegedly misbehaving with the woman and all the accused can be clearly identified in the video.

Pilibhit's Assistant Superintendent of Police Sudhir Kumar Singh has, however, contradicted the claims of the family. They allege that video went viral on 22 November while the woman went missing on 23 November.

Mehbooba Mufti to succeed her father as Chief Minister of J&K

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Following the death of Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday, ruling PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, 56, has been elected unanimously by party members to be their leader. Party members have written a letter to Governor NN Vohra saying that Mehbooba has the backing of PDP MLAs to lead the state as the 13th chief minister of J&K and handed over the letter to the governor in Raj Bhavan, Srinagar. However, the date or time for her swearing-in is still unclear.

The UN library announced its most checked out book of 2015. And it's chilling

The Dag Hammarskjold Library at the United Nations stores documents and publications from the UN and related organizations, as well as a raft of other books and materials on international relations, law, economics, and other UN-relevant topics.

But even the UN's library has a social media presence now. Recently, it tweeted the publication that got checked out the most frequently in 2015. The book, Immunity of Heads of State and State Officials for International Crimes, a doctoral thesis from the University of Lucerne by Ramona Pedretti, who pursues the question of when heads of state and other government officials can be charged in foreign courts.

Selfie-taking monkey does not own his photos: Court

The macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs cannot be declared the copyright owner of the photos, US District Judge William Orrick ruled. He said that "while Congress and the president can extend the protection of law to animals as well as humans, there is no indication that they did so in the Copyright Act".

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PETA lost the lawsuit that they filed last year to demand that the photographer the crested macaque, 6-year-old Naruto - be given ownership of the selfies.

Naruto, who lives in a reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, took the photos in 2011 using an unattended camera owned by British nature photographer David Slater.

Frozen flight poo makes a drop on MP woman

A football-sized chunk of ice fell from the sky, almost severely injuring a 60-year-old woman from Madhya Pradesh. Rajrani Gaud, who hails fromAamkhoh village in Sagar district, MP, was in her yard when the chunk of ice fell from the sky and crashed on the terrace before hitting her. Aviation experts from across India suspect that the ice could be a frozen ball of urine and poo which was unintentionally dropped from a commercial plane. If it is indeed Blue Ice - an aviation industry term used to refer to for frozen sewage leaked mid-flight from an aircraft's lavatory waste system - then Rajrani is to be compensated under the Aircraft (Investigation of Accidents and Incidents) Rules, 2012.

Booker Prize winning author Margaret Atwood will be in Delhi on January 27 for a talk

Apart from being a novelist, poet and environment activist, Atwood is also credited with inventing the LongPen to facilitate the robotic writing of documents. The 76-year-old Canadian author's newest project is a graphic novel "Angel Catbird" to support a conservation charity. The three-part series will debut in the first quarter of the year. Her superhero is part cat, part bird, heavily muscled and wearing nothing but a pair of tight feathery pants. Atwood is being hosted by the Literary Foundation of India and Bloomsbury Publishing.

Woman whose body is a brewery

Drunken-driving charges against a New York woman have been dismissed based on an unusual defense: Her body is a brewery.The woman was arrested while driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. She then discovered she has a rare condition called "auto-brewery syndrome," in which her digestive system converts ordinary food into alcohol.A town judge in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg dismissed the drunken-driving charges after her lawyer presented a doctor's research showing the woman had the previously undiagnosed condition in which high levels of yeast in her intestines fermented high-carbohydrate foods into alcohol.The rare condition, also known as gut fermentation syndrome, reported AP.

Besieged Madaya residents in Syria starving to death one by one

Fresh reports claim that 23 people, including six children, died of starvation last month in the blockaded town of Madaya northwest of Damascus.

Madaya residents lack many basic needs after being victims of an ongoing blockade by the Assad regime and the Hezbollah Shia militia. Eight people were killed by landmines as they tried to escape the town, which has been under siege for 190 days so far, the report added.

Living conditions have further deteriorated as winter set in. Electricity is non-existent and food prices have been at an all time high since the blockade began. In all, 70 people have died of starvation, while 50 have died from various diseases in the past six months.

Tribals and Forest Dwellers set to lose their rights

The Union tribal affairs ministry has re-interpreted the Forest Rights Act (FRA). This would allow the Mahrashtra forest department to get control over forest management.

It would also give it a chance to gain access to forest produce such as tendu leaves and bamboo.

In a previous statement, the ministry had said that only tribals and other forest dwellers had the rights to manage their forests under the FRA.

Unorganised workforce to follow International Labour Organization recommendations

The cabinet on 6 January approved a proposal to adopt the International Labour Organization (ILO) recommendations on formalising the unorganised workforce in the country. The initiative, which will now be presented to Parliament for approval, seeks to ensure the inclusion of such workers in the formal economy.

In a press release the government said, "We will have to facilitate the transition of workers and economic units from the informal to the formal economy while respecting workers' fundamental rights and promote creation, preservation and sustainability of enterprises and jobs in the formal economy".