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Watch: Jallikattu held in Madurai village to protest SC ban on the bull-taming sport

A group of youth on Friday conducted Jallikattu in a village near Madhurai, in violation of the Supreme Court order banning the bull-taming sport, police said.

The sport was held in an open ground in Karisalkulam village for a few minutes, a police official said.

Around five bulls were let loose in the ground to protest against the court verdict, he said, adding no arrests have been made.

War for 'Cycle': Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav at EC office as poll body set to take final call

With the Election Commission all set to begin its first hearing on the dispute in the Samajwadi Party with regard to the symbol ' cycle', party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief MinisterAkhilesh Yadav on Friday arrived at the office of the poll body in New Delhi to put forth their stands.

The 76-year-old, who had earlier this week attempted to bring on board his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, is accompanied by his brother Shivpal Yadav.

The poll panel announced the date of hearing on Tuesday, a day after both factions - led by Mulayam and Akhilesh - submitted their rebuttal to each other's claims over control of the party.

PIA flight crash: Pakistan journalist claims pilot never tried to land, says both engines were fine

A Pakistani journalist has claimed that the pilot of the PIA plane which crashed on 7 December last year, never tried to land despite both engines being in perfect condition.

"PIA plane crash mystery deepens after probe report that pilot never tried to land and both engine were in perfect condition." Mazhar Abbas said on Twitter.

However, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) findings from the black box data of crashed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 has revealed that only one of the plane's engines was in working condition.

Flight PK-661, carrying 48 passengers and crew, had crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on 7 December, 2016. There were no survivors from the ill-fated flight.

Unemployment in India to increase marginally in 2017-18:Report

Unemployment in India is projected to witness marginal increase between 2017 and 2018, signalling stagnation in job creation in the country, according to a UN labour report.

The United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) released its 2017 World Employment and Social Outlook report yesterday, which finds economic growth trends lagging behind employment needs and predicts both rising unemployment and worsening social inequality throughout 2017.

Job creation in India is not expected to pick up pace in 2017 and 2018 as unemployment rises slightly, representing a near stagnation in percentage terms.

Will leave no stone unturned in opposing the practice of Jallikattu: PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Friday asserted that they will leave no stone unturned in opposing the practice of Jallikattu.

Speaking on the probability of Centre rolling out an ordinance in favour of the people of Tamil Nadu, who are for the bull-taming sport, Nikanj a PETA activist told ANI that if needed they will even challenge the ordinance in the apex court.

"This was a very expected decision given by the Supreme Court. And I want that the government or the court should not succumb to the pressure of people or government of Tamil Nadu against Jallikattu. If an ordinance is passed then it would be seen as murder of democracy and an insult to the constitutional process," Nikanj said.

Thursday, 19 January @ 22:00

Scientists use salmonella to treat cancer

Salmonella is never good news. Well, until now. Biomedical engineers at Duke University have taken the bacterium Salmonella typhimurium and have weaponised it to help in the fight against one of the deadliest types of brain cancer - Glioblastoma.

The engineers decided to use salmonella due to the bacteria's ability to move within dense tissue, such as that found in the brain. The researchers genetically modified the bactera to make it deficient in purine, an essential component for its survival. The resultant effect is that the virus developed an appetite for seeking out and devouring brain tumours which are, as it turns out, rich in purine.

BBC sets up team to debunk fake news

Fake news is a growing menace, as evidenced by the barrage of pseudo-news articles that did the rounds in the run up to the US elections. They were so efficient that some believe they played a massive role in helping Donald Trump win the US Presidency. Now, media houses are trying to combat the menace and the latest example is the BBC setting up a team to fake news.

The BBC's new Permanent Reality Check team will target fake news and dubious posts doing the rounds on social media, and debunking them to declutter the information space. "The BBC can't edit the internet, but we won't stand aside either," BBC news chief James Harding said. "We will fact check the most popular outliers on Facebook, Instagram and other social media."

Thursday, 19 January @ 22:00

Government teachers made to serve CEOs at Vibrant Gujarat summit

The Vibrant Gujarat summit is always seen as a sign of the state's economic health and prevailing prosperity, so this news should be worrying. According to reports in a local newspaper, over 150 teachers employed by state-run schools were made to dress up and tend to be corporate big wigs at the on going summit.

The teachers were told to dress "sophisticated", and were made to travel to the venue at their own expense. There were also no provisions made for their meals. Meanwhile, their classes had to be manned by proxy teachers.

 
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