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BJP Bihar vice president's murder case: Two accused arrested

Two people have been arrested in connection with the killing of Bihar BJP vice president Visheshwar Ojha. One accused, identified as Harendra Singh, alias, Bhua Singh, was arrested on Saturday. Meanwhile, the BJP has called bandh in Shahabad region in protest against killing. Ojha was shot dead at Sonbarsa village under Shahpur police station of Bhojpur on Friday evening when he was returning from a wedding. Some unidentified assailants fired at him and fled the scene, in which Ojha's driver and a man also got injured. Ojha was the second BJP leader to have been killed in the past 12 hours. This morning another local BJP leader Kedar Singh was shot dead in Chhapra, headquarters of the Saran district.


JNU row: Kejriwal orders probe; wants truth to come out

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered magisterial probe on Saturday evening into the ongoing row over Afzal Guru event at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

He said, "There are claims that JNU student leaders shouted anti-India slogans and counter claims that ABVP activists did it. To find truth, Delhi government is directing District Magistrate to conduct an enquiry."

The move came after leaders of Left parties and JD(U) on Saturday called on the chief ministerseeking a magisterial probe to establish the "authenticity" of evidence produced against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on sedition charge in connection with an event organised on the campus against the hanging of Afzal Guru.

Source: IBN Live and PTI

JNU row: Delhi Police wants NIA, special cell to intervene

Taking serious note of the nature of JNU student's organising an event to commemorate the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Delhi Police South district has asked the National Investgating Agency and the Special Cell to intervene in the case. Delhi Police South District had filed the FIR against unknown men on charges of sedition for 9 February event in JNU campus. According to the investigating authorities, NIA's intervention is necessary to probe the links between JNU students and the Afzal Guru.

Source: The Indian Express

1 year of AAP: Arvind Kejriwal presents report card, pending water bills waived off

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who completed one year in power today with the slogan ' pehla saal bemisaal', said that his government would waive off the pending water bills till November.

"Water bills are in complete disarray. Pending water bills till November 30 will be waived off. Pending water bills exemption will be based on property tax category where A and B category would be exempted 25 percent of their water bills, C category would be exempted 50 percent, D category would be exempted 75 percent and E,F,G,H category would be totally exempted from their dues," Kejriwal said.

JNU's Afzal Guru protests had Hafiz Saeed's backing: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Reiterating that anti-national activities would not be tolerated nor the guilty spared, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the anti-national protests in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus had the backing of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed.

"I also want to make it clear that the JNU incident has the support of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. We should also understand this reality that Hafiz Saeed has supported this incident and it is extremely unfortunate," he told the media in the national capital.

Fire at Maharashtra Night during Make in India Week in Girgaum Chowpatty, Mumbai. No casulties

The flagship cultural event 'Maharashtra Night' at the Make in India Week in Girgaum Chowpatty, Mumbai was ruined by a massive fire that broke out at around 8:22 pm on Sunday night. Swift action brought under control the fire and it was eventually doused off by fire fighters after burning for nearly 30 minutes. The fire department sent 14 fire engines and 10 water tankers to bring the fire under control. No one was injured in the fire

The event had a number of politicians - including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself - and a number of celebrities attending it. CM Fadnavis tweeted this, "The fire department sent 14 fire engines and 10 water tankers to bring the fire under control."

An inquiry into the incidence has been ordered and will be conducted to find out why it happened.

Germans clock the perfect time

German engineering has set the bar higher once more. Physicists in Germany have developed the most precise timepiece ever in the world. It's being called an optical single-ion clock - a new atomic clock that records time on the basis of movements of ytterbium ions. The superaccurate clock works by measuring the vibrational frequency of the ytterbium ions as they oscillate a staggering trillions times per second between two different energy levels.

Grass is the answer to ultra thin condoms

Coastal grass can help make thinner condoms. A group of researchers at the University of Queensland have made this unique discovery in their efforts to make the rubber thinner by the micron. They have found out that a component of spinifex, a coastal grass common in Australia and the Middle East can help in reducing the thickness of condoms. How? By adding nanocellulose that's produced by spinifex to rubber. Condoms manufactured thus will be able to withstand up to 20 percent more pressure and can expand about 40 percent more than regular condoms.

EU issues deadline to Athens in attempts to stem migration

Athens has been given a one month deadline by European Union authorities to scale up living conditions for asylum seekers. This move is seen as aimed to send more refugees back to Greece, part of EU's efforts to handle one of the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war. A set of instructions have been issued to Athens that include making improvements in living conditions and restructuring judicial procedures to ensure refugees also have a right to appeal if they wish. Greece prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, however has warned against such a massive influx of refugees saying his country, which is reeling under high unemployment rates & austerity measures, may not be able to handle it.