Malegaon blasts case: Clean chit for Sadhvi Pragya, 5 others; NIA files chargesheet
On 13 May, a charge sheet was filed by the National Investigating Agency before the Mumbai Special Court, in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blasts case.
The NIA has also dropped charges against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the case. Thakur and Lft Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit were chargesheeted in 2009 by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad. The NIA took over the case in 2011.
The ATS charge sheet filed on 20 January, 2009, was against 14 accused, which included absconding accused Ramji Kasanghra, Sandeep Dange and Praveen Mutalik. In 2011, the ATS arrested Mutalik. The NIA arrested Lokesh Sharma in 2012.
53 farewell speeches at Rajya Sabha today
There will be 53 farewell speeches at the Rajya Sabha today as its members elected from state legislatures retire, including 16 from the Congress and five BJP ministers. The BJP ministers retiring include Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitaraman, YS Choudhry and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Naidu is the Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development minister and was elected from Karnataka. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh is also retiring, according to NDTV.
JNU Row: Delhi HC stays disciplinary actions against Kanhaiya Kumar and others
The Delhi High Court has stayed all disciplinary actions against Jawaharlal Nehru Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, and others.
Nineteen students had gone on a hunger strike since 27 April, protesting the disciplinary actions taken against the students. Four of them including Kanhaiya and Khalid ended their fast after their health condition deteriorated.
The JNU Teachers Association had joined the students with a relay hunger strike and 100 academics from West Bengal had expressed their solidarity with the protesting students of JNU demanding the University's vice chancellor to open a dialogue with the students and reject recommendations of the high-level committee.
Railways sends Latur Rs 4 crore bill for water trains
The railways has sent the collector of drought-stricken Latur a bill for Rs 4 crore as transportation charges for trains carrying water to the district. The trains have provided 6.20 crore litres of water since they were first flagged off last month.
The bill was made out and sent to the collector on the request of the Latur administration, said general manager of Central Railway SK Sood.
Sood added: "It is up to the district administration whether to pay us or seek waiver of the amount through proper channels. We sent the water transport bill as per their request."
The first water train reached Latur on 12 April 12, according to The Telegraph.
Aditya Sachdeva's family find his blood-stained clothes in dustbin, demand CBI probe
The family of Aditya Sachdeva who was shot dead in a road rage incident by in Gaya on Saturday demanded that the CBI take over the investigation into his murder after finding his blood-stained clothes in a dustbin outside a Gaya hospital.
The family handed over the clothes to the police who have sent it to a forensics lab, according to The Indian Express.
Aditya's killer, Rocky Yadav, is the son of a now suspended JDU MLC in Bihar. His mother Chand Sachdeva said: "We have no faith in the state police and want a CBI probe."
Cong to take on Swamy, Parrikar for using 'bogus' Agusta documents
The Congress will move a privilege motion against BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Friday, on the grounds that the documents he used while speaking on the Agusta Westland helicopter deal in the Rajya Sabha were bogus. The Congress will also go against defence minister Manohar Parrikar for the same reason.
Swamy had read from a 13-page document that he tabled and authenticated, says The Indian Express. However, according to Ramesh, the document included a two-page email that Swamy had sent to himself, nine pages from a website called pgurus.com, and two pages of a news report of a television channel.
Google bats for more women's representation in emojis
A bunch of people from Google are battling for more representation of women in the world of emojis. A Google in-house team have recently made a presentation to Unicode, same organisation that manages and approves emoji where they argued their case stating specifically that their objective was to "increase the representation of women in emoji." Four Google staffers were part of the presentation panel - Rachel Been, art director; Nicole Bluel, product marketer; Agustin Fonts, product manager and Mark Davis, a Google software engineer and president of Unicode.
The presentation made use of an AdWeek report which claimed that out of 92 per cent emoji users, 78 per cent of women are frequent emoji users compared to 60 per cent of men. The presentation asks, "Isn't it time that emoji also reflect the reality that women play a key role in every walk of life and in every profession?"
Ketamine in low doses may help depression patients feel less suicidal
Low doses of Ketamine can possibly help cut suicidal tendencies in patients suffering from depression. A new study, published online in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, makes this claim and it might be crucial in the oft-misunderstood space of clinical depression. In fact, the study, led by Dawn Ionescu from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) sought to "examine the antidepressant and anti-suicidal effects of repeated low-dose ketamine infusions" and whether the drug can even help in the recovery process. The research team got on board 14 patients with moderate to severe treatment-resistant depression who had suicidal thoughts for anywhere between 3 months and longer. For the purpose of this study, the patients were administered two weekly ketamine infusions over a three-week period.