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US backs India as China opposes entry to Nuclear Supplier's Group

Hours after China claimed that India was not ready to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the United States said India was indeed ready to join the the exclusive club of nuclear trading nations.

While addressing a news conference, the spokesperson of the US state department, John Kirby said, "I'd point you back to what the President said during his visit to India in 2015, where he reaffirmed that the US view was that India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for NSG membership."

Kirby's remarks were in response to a question on reports that China and Pakistan have joined hands to oppose India becoming a member of the NSG.

TERI sexual harassment case: Delhi court says enough evidence to proceed against RK Pachauri

On 14 May, a Delhi Court summoned environmentalist and former The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) chief, RK Pachauri, and took notice of the chargesheet filed against him for allegedly sexual harassing an ex- colleague.

"The court is satisfied that there is sufficient material to proceed against accused R K Pachauri under sections 354-A, 354-B, 354-D, 509 and 341 of IPC. Cognisance taken accordingly. Let the accused be summoned for the next date i.e. 11 July," Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan said.

On 1 March, the Delhi Police filed an over 1,400-page chargesheet in the court against Pachauri under sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-B(assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 354-D (stalking), 509(word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 341 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC.

Journalist Pushp Sharma arrested for 'fake' report of AYUSH min denying jobs to Muslims

Journalist Pushp Sharma, who wrote a report in March claiming that the AYUSH ministry in an RTI reply told that it denied jobs to muslim has been arrested by Delhi Police.

Sharma was arrested for allegedly "fabricating" the RTI reply in which the AYUSH Ministry is supposed to have said that it does not recruit Muslims for jobs, reported The Times of India.

Pushp Sharma sought reply from AYUSH Ministry on the number of Muslim yoga teachers and trainers hired for foreign assignments during the first World Yoga Day on June 21 2015.

Environment ministry questions Amravati plans, asks for details

The Forest Advisory Committee of the Union environment ministry has questioned the plan for Amravati, the greenfield capital city of Andhra Pradesh, and asked for details relating to the 19,000 hectares of forest land that will have to be diverted for the project.

Amravati is also facing a petition filed before the National Green Tribunal questioning the state authorities' environmental clearances, according to The Economic Times.

With related infrastructure, the 217 sq km capital city will consume as much as 50,000 hectares of forest land.

Rocky Yadav confesses to killing Aditya Sachdeva: Gaya police

Bihar MLC Manorama Devi's son Rocky Yadav has confessed that he shot student Aditya Sachdeva for overtaking his car in Gaya last Saturday, according to the Gaya police.

Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Garima Malik said: "In his statement, Rocky Yadav admitted committing the crime. I assure you that we will soon arrest others involved in the case. The investigation will reveal about his whereabouts and these things would be addressed later on."

However, Rocky said, "Just because someone says it does not make it true."

Forensics showed that the bullet that killed Aditya Sachdeva had been fired from Rocky's gun, according to ANI.

Centre approves National Intellectual Property Rights policy

The Cabinet on Friday approved a National Intellectual Property Rights policy to put India's intellectual property rights on par with global standards and help improve the country's rank in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business index.

Under the new policy, by 2018, applications for trademarks will be approved within a month rather than the 13 months they take now. The backlog of IPR applications should also be cleared within 18 months by March 2018, rather than the current five to seven years, according to the Hindustan Times.

FIFA appoints first ever female secretary general

UN official Fatma Samoura has been appointed as the first ever female secretary general of FIFA, replacing Jerome Valkcke, who was banned from football and related activities for 12 years.

She was conferred this position at FIFA's congress in Mexico City.

Samoura, 54, worked in the United Nation for two decades , where she was a country representative and director in six different African countries, such as Nigeria.

"We want to embrace diversity and we believe in gender equality. It is essential Fifa incorporates fresh perspectives as we continue to restore and rebuild our organisation.", said FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Google bats for representation of women 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?"

Blast kills Hezbollah chief in Syria

Mustafa Bedreddine, top military commander of Lebanon based militant group Hezbollah, was killed in an attack in Syria on Friday.

Thousands of Hezbollah fighters has been fighting in Syria in support of the Damascus regime.

The blast took place near Damascus airport and the group has still not blamed their arch enemy Israel.

Bedreddine has been a key leader of the group since its formation and was on US terror sanction blacklist, among Israel's most wanted men and a suspect in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri in Beirut.