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Orlando gunman's wife was aware of attack plan, could be booked soon: Sources

In the latest development in the Orlando massacre, it has come to light that the gunman, Omar Mateen's wife, knew about his plans to attack the gay nightclub.

According to media reports, a law enforcement source on 14 June said that Noor Salman could soon be charged in connection with the incident. "It appears she had some knowledge of what was going on," Reuters reported a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, US Senator Angus King, as saying.

"She definitely is, I guess you would say, a person of interest right now and appears to be cooperating and can provide us with some important information," King told CNN. According to Reuters, a federal grand jury was convened, which could charge Noor Salman as early as Wednesday in connection with modern US history's deadliest mass shooting.

Mathura violence: Prime accused Chandan Bose and wife arrested

On 15 June, police arrested the prime accused in the Mathura violence, Chandan Bose and his wife.

Chandan Bose, stated to be the second in command of Ram Vriksh Yadav, was arrested on Wednesday morning along with his wife by a police team of Mathura from Caithwalia village, PTI quoted Superintendent of Police, Kripa Shankar Singh as saying.

Ram Vriksh Yadav, the alleged leader of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, who was said to be behind the violence, had died in the clashes.

The police officer said both of them will be sent to Mathura.

Union Cabinet clears civil aviation policy; airfares capped for 1-hour flights

The Union Cabinet on 15 June cleared the much-awaited Civil Aviation Policy and unveiled a handful of passenger-friendly measures, including capping airfares at Rs 2,500 for an hour-long flight.

The Civil Aviation Policy will include provisions of auctioning unilateral traffic rights and will address issues of regional connectivity. The Ministry has also scrapped the five-year rule which required airlines to fly for at least five years and have a fleet of 20 aircraft.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had sent the proposed policy to the Cabinet for approval on 3 June. The NDA government had for the first time unveiled the policy draft in November 2014, subsequently replacing it with another draft in October 2015.

Mobile internet services suspended in Jammu over act of vandalism in temple

Violence prompted by an act of vandalism at the Aap Shambu temple in the Janipur area of Jammu on 14 June, has induced the state government to impose a statewide suspension of mobile internet services.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested a youth for alleged desecration of Aap Shambu temple in Janipura area. As per reports, a youth entered Aap Shambu temple in Janipura area and broke the protective glass in front of the idols.

He also allegedly misbehaved with women performing aarti.

Chennai: Villagers poison and burn 50 dogs alive

A shocking case of a massacre of at least 50 community dogs has been unearthed from the Keezhamur village near Melmaruvathur, about 50km from Chennai. Villagers unleashed their anger on the strays in the area who were allegedly attacking herds of sheep and goat, by sedating them with food laced with pesticides, before dousing them with kerosene and setting them on fire.

The incident, which had taken place on 5 June, was reported after P Aswath, an animal rights activist was informed of the events. After repeated complaints from Aswath, the Melmaruvathur police registered an FIR, and booked the people involved in the gruesome attacks. An FIR has been filed under IPC Section 429 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

As HC cleared Udta Punjab, CBFC put brakes on another Anurag Kashyap film

As the Bombay High Court put an end to the Udta Punjab controversy by clearing the film co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Ekta Kapoor with just a single cut, the Central Board of Film Certification rejected another film co-produced by Kashyap on "moral grounds".

The producers of Haraamkhor, directed by Shlok Sharma, about a married teacher and his affair with a teenage student, were told about the CBFC's decision on the day the high court cleared Udta Punjab, says The Telegraph.

Mehbooba announces more routes between J&K and POK

More routes for trade and travel are to be opened between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti announced on Tuesday.

"When I met the Union home minister the last time, he had hinted at opening some more routes," said Mufti. "I told him that the Suchetgarh route should be opened."

Two routes between the two sides of divided Kashmir had been opened nearly 10 years ago, says the Indian Express. Suchetgarh is in RS Pura, Jammu, opposite Pakistan's Sialkot district.

Pandits return to Valley on occasion of Dashaar, last held 75 years ago

Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits returned to the Valley over the last few days to participate in an event called Dashaar that was last held 75 years ago.

The event, known as Kashmir's Kumbh, was held at Shadipur in Ganderbal district, at the confluence of the Jhelum and the Sindh rivers.

According to Pandit leader Sanjay Tickoo, their calendar normally marks Dashaar every 10 years or so, but this time the gap was 75 years. "That makes it special for Pandits and that is why they thronged the place in large numbers from different parts of the country," he told The Telegraph.

In 2 years of NDA, Wildlife Board cleared 301 industrial projects around wildlife habitats

Data compiled by the Centre for Science and Environment shows that the National Board of Wildlife, the government's highest advisory body on issues pertaining to wildlife, cleared more industrial projects around wildlife habitats in the two years of BJP-led NDA rule than the Congress-led UPA had cleared in five years.

The rejection rate for the UPA government due to wildlife concerns had been 11.9 per cent in five years. But in the past two years, the NDA government has rejected less than 0.01 per cent of industrial projects proposed to be set up in and around wildlife habitats, says the Hindustan Times.

Congress expels six UP MLAs for cross-voting, including chief whip

The Congress expelled six of its MLAs in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, for cross-voting during the Rajya Sabha elections, said Janardan Dwivedi, Congress national general secretary.

Three of these MLAs had given their first preference vote to BSP candidates, while the other three had voted for BJP-backed independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra, according to the Hindustan Times.

The six expelled MLAs are Mohammad Muslim (Amethi), the party's chief whip, Nawab Qazim Ali (Rampur), Dilnawaz Khan (Bulandhahar), Madhuri Verma (Bahraich), Sanjay Pratap Jaiswal (Basti) and Vijay Dubey.

Bus, vehicles torched in Jammu protests

Protests in Jammu on Tuesday led to a mob setting a bus on fire, throwing stones at the police, torching vehicles and vandalising shops.

The police fired tear gas shells into the crowd, but even so, the mob set two vehicles on fire inside the premises of the police station, according to NDTV.

The mob was protesting the alleged desecration of a place of worship earlier on Tuesday. The police claim the offender is mentally disturbed and has been arrested.

Ancient DNA tells of two origins for dogs

Genetic analyses of a 4,800-year-old Irish dog and 59 other ancient dogs suggest that canines and humans became pals in both Europe and East Asia long before the advent of farming, says a report in sciencenews.org.

Later, dogs from East Asia accompanied their human companions to Europe, where their genetic legacy trumped that of dogs already living there.

Therefore, dogs were domesticated at least twice. That muddled genetic legacy may help explain why previous studies have indicated that dogs were domesticated from wolves only once, although evidence hasn't been clear about whether this took place in East Asia, Central Asia or Europe.

The idea that dogs came from East Asia or Central Asia is mostly based on analysis of DNA from modern dogs, while claims for European origins have been staked on studies of prehistoric pups' genetics.

A 4,800-year-old dog found in a tomb in Newgrange, Ireland, is the first ancient dog to have its entire genetic instruction book, or genome, deciphered. Researchers don't know much about what the midsize dog looked like; it doesn't bear any genetic markers of particular modern dog breeds, Frantz says. "He wasn't black. He wasn't spotted. He wasn't white." Instead, the Newgrange dog was probably a mongrel with fur similar to a wolf's.

Westerners lack education on nuclear disaster risks

Western societies would not respond well to a Fukushima-style nuclear disaster due to a lack of public information, a leading disaster expert has warned. Christopher Abbott told the Guardian he firmly believed that the public ought to be better educated over the hazards and risks they may face. Illustrating his point, he referred to the Fukushima disaster of 2011 in which 160,000 people were evacuated from the vicinity of the plant as experts attempted to tackle the emergency. The evacuation worked, said Abbott, because "the Japanese educate the public". "I just don't see that it would have worked as successfully in western society," he added. "[It's] a very personal opinion but one that is backed up by Japanese colleagues." Abbott, chairman of the Emergency Planning Society CBRN professional working group, made the remarks while giving evidence to a science and technology select committee hearing at the House of Commons on chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents. "We need to better educate the public, because a well-educated public will respond better," he said.