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Turned down by the very people she represented, Irom Sharmila finds refuge at Red Cross Society

After breaking her 16-year-long fast, the resilient human rights activist Irom Sharmila is now being faced with the crisis of having nowhere to put up. Her announcement of wanting to run for the post of Chief Minister for her state Manipur, has brought a lot of critique from the masses in her home state.

The Manipur chapter of the Indian Red Cross Society has, however, opened its doors to Sharmila, after local women resisted her attempt at taking up residence with them.

"Considering the complexity of the situation, where she has no place of shelter, we have decided to welcome her on the Red Cross office premises on humanitarian grounds," said Y Mohen Singh, Honorary Secretary of the Red Cross, Manipur State Office, told The Hindu.

Pathankot martyr Lt Colonel Niranjan Kumar's house marked for demolition

A portion of martyred NSG commando Niranjan Kumar's house in Bengaluru has appeared on the anti-encroachment demolition list of the city's civic body.

Kumar was killed in the attack on the Pathankor air base in January this year.

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike's (BBMP) demolition drive has been undertaken to get rid of the encroachment on storm water drains in the city.

The inclusion of Kumar's house in the list has drawn flak from all quarters. The slain lieutenant's brother Shahank said that the BBMP should have consulted the family first.

Mahad bridge collapse: Debris of bus found, rescue ops on

After working tirelessly for eight days, naval teams have recovered the debris of the two buses submerged in the Savitri river at Mahad, where tragedy struck after a British-era bridge collapsed last week.

Two state transport buses and two private cars fell in Savitri River on 2 August. According to reports, the wreckage was found approximately 170 and 200 meters from the collapsed bridge.

It is yet to be ascertained if the wreckage discovered belonged to one bus or both the buses that had been submerged.

Rescue team personnel engaged in spot diving in a bid to find the bodies and missing buses. The spot divers braved high current and crocodiles to retrieve 26 bodies from the river. Forty one people have been missing since the tragedy struck and all of them are feared dead.

Zakir Naik's kin under scanner after large deposits received from Middle Eastern countries

Days after the Mumbai police filed its report, indicting televangelist Zalir Naik for alleged pro-terror speeches, deposits of large amounts of money that were made to bank accounts of his family members have come under the scanner.

Amounts ranging between Rs 50 crore and Rs 60 crore were deposited into the accounts of Dr Zakir Naik's wife, his children and other close relatives. On being tracked down, it was found that these deposits were being made from Middle Eastern countries. According to an Indian Express report, the police have also tracked down four shell companies that are allegedly controlled by Naik's kin.

The Islamic Research Foundation, Naik's organization, however declined being in the know about these deposits or shell companies, and promised to cooperate in the probe proceedings.

Monsoon session : Lok Sabha to take up discussion on atrocities against Dalits today

After a crucial day of discussions over Dalit attacks and the Kashmir unrest in Rajya Sabha, the Lok Sabha is set to take up a discussion on the issue of atrocities on Dalits on 11 August.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and others had raised the issue earlier in the house and sought the chair's intervention to allow an early debate.

On 8 August, two Dalit brothers, who were hired to skin a cow that had died of electrocution, were attacked by around 100 gau rakshaks or cow vigilantes, who arrived at the spot accusing them of stealing and killing the animal. The brothers are currently undergoing treatment at a hospital with reports indicating that one of them is critical.

Afghanistan: Top Taliban leader and other insurgents killed in police crackdown

On 10 August, the Taliban's deputy shadow district governor Abdul Rahman and 13 other insurgents were reportedly killed in a military operation in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province.

Kunduz police said 21 other insurgents were also injured.

According to the police, the operation was conducted in Imam Sahib district of the province and was supported by the Afghan air force.

Rio 2016: Deepika Kumari, Bombayala Devi shine for India; advance to archery pre-quarters

Laishram Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari shined for India on Day 5 as both advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual recurve event, The Indian archers rounded off a good day in the office at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, 10 August.

31-year-old Bombayla, competing in her thir Olympics, finished 24th in the ranking rounds. During the 1/32 and 1/16 elimination matches, Bombayla dished out dominating performances to get the better of Austria's Laurence Baldauff and Chinese Taipei's Lin Shih-Chia

Deepika was even more impressive, considering her poor performance in the team evet. She overcame Georgia's Kritstine Esebua 6-4 i the 1/32 elimination round and Italy's Sartori Guendalina 6-2 in the 1/16 elimination round. The 22-year-old from Jharkhand had lost in the first round at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Rio 2016: Boxer Manoj Kumar stuns 2012 London bronze-medallist; enters pre-quarters

Manoj Kumar, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, stunned 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist Evaldas Petrauskas in a fiercely-contested opening bout on Wednesday, 10 August. Kumar advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the Rio Games. Manoj prevailed 2-1 in the hard-fought battle, holding his ground against the intense aggression displayed by Lithuanian Petrauskas in all three rounds.

Kumar will next face fifth seed Uzbek Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the pre-quarters scheduled on Sunday, 14 August.

Evenly-matched on pace and agility, the two boxers were quite distinct in their attacking approach. While Petrauskas aggressively tried to engage the Indian from close range, Manoj preferred to back-peddle and hit from a distance.

Baramulla: Militants open fire, two civilians injured

Militants today shot at and injured two civilians in Tangmarg area of North Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said. The militants opened fire on Aftab Ahmed and Abdur Rehman at Tangmarg on the Srinagar-Gulmarg road at around 7 pm, injuring the two civilians, a police official said. While Aftab was admitted to local hospital, Rehman has been referred to a hospital in Srinagar, he said.


Free travel for differently-abled persons in DTC buses

The Delhi Transport Corporation has decided to provide free ride to person suffering from any disability in both AC and Non-AC low floor buses plying in the national capital. The decision was taken after Delhi Cabinet recently gave its nod. The DTC has extended free travel facilities to the person suffering from any disability in accordance with Persons with Disabilities Act 1995.


Giant planet that orbits two suns found

Scientists have reportedly discovered the existence of a planet as big as Jupiter that orbits a pair of binary stars.

The giant gas planet, which has been named Kepler-1647 b, has been spotted 3,700 light-years away in the Cygnus constellation.

The planet, which is estimated to be 4.4 billion years old, has the largest orbit of any circumbinary planet ever discovered. It takes 1,107 days for Kepler-1647b - which is identical to Jupiter in terms of mass and diameter - to complete an orbit.

Sunflowers have an internal clock just like you

Sunflowers have a circadian rhythm just like animals, a new study has found.

The system sends messages to the cells in the stem, instructing it to grow longer and make the plant tilt westward during the day. During the night, the message reverses and the stem tilts back to the east.

"It's the first example of a plant's clock modulating growth in a natural environment, and having real repercussions for the plant," Stacey Harmer, professor of plant biology at University of California-Davis and senior author on the paper, said in a statement.

The study has been published in the journal Science.

Come snow or sandstorm, Shahjahanpur is ready with a snowplough at 45 degrees

Something is rotten in the town of Shahjahanpur. That, or the newly acquired snowplough in Uttar Pradesh's historical district is a Transformer.

The Nagar Palika of Shahjahanpur has purchased a brand new JCB 170 snowplough used for clearing out snow from roads to facilitate travelling; a snowplough for a town that has never witnessed snowfall, and where temperatures soar to 45 degrees celsius.

A Times of India report estimates that a snowplough does not come for anything less than $25,000-35,000. When asked for a justification for the exorbitant and unnecessary purchase, the Nagar Palika executive engineer Munendra Rathore blithely responded that the town should be prepared to tackle all circumstances.

"We don't find it necessary to give out a reason for every purchase. We found this machine quite important for our city and we bought it. If someone has any problem, he can speak with the chairman because the demand came from him," he was quoted to have said in the Times of India report.