Madras high court judge stays his own transfer suo moto
The Supreme Court has imposed a stay on all directions issued by a sitting judge of the Madras High Court after he stayed his own transfer, reports The Indian Express. Justice CS Karnan had been issued a transfer order on 12 February by Chief Justice of India (CJI) TS Thakur, head of the Collegium, that shifted him from the Madras High Court to the Calcutta High Court. Karnan stayed this order suo moto and sought a response from the CJI regarding the transfer while asking Thakur "not to interfere" with his jurisdiction.
Dipti Sarna's abductor has 30 cases against him: Police
Devendra Kumar, the man behind the abduction of Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna on 10 February, has been described by the Ghaziabad police as a psychopath, reports the Hindustan Times. He had planned to abduct her so that he could take her to Kathmandu and marry her, say the police, and he had been stalking her for more than a year. Kumar, 30, a resident of Sonepat in Haryana, was arrested along with four accomplices on Monday after the police reconstructed the crime with Sarna's help. He has at least 30 cases of murder and abduction against him among other charges.
TERI appoints ombudsman
The governing council TERI on appointed an ombudsman on Monday to look into the concerns of its employees, reports the Hindustan Times. Veena Joshi, an energy sector specialist, has been appointed as the ombudsman. TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) was galvanised into action on Monday after news emerged that the Delhi police had prepared a chargesheet that accuses RK Pachauri, former director general of the institute of misusing his office to outrage the modesty of a woman, as well as criminal intimidation, sexual harassment and stalking in a case of sexual harassment filed by a former employee of TERI.
Mumbai Make in India show staged minus fire safety compliance report
Initial investigations into the fire in Mumbai on 14 February, when the stage of a cultural event hosted by the Maharashtra government to celebrate Make in India Week burned down, indicate that fire safety corrections asked for by the Mumbai Fire Brigade on 13 February had not been made, reports The Indian Express. The mandatory compliance report had not been filed by the event organisers, and the organisers had not been pushed to do so by any of the city authorities. The Mumbai Fire Brigade also allowed the show to proceed without the compliance report.
Parliament attack accused Geelani arrested for sedition
The Delhi police arrested SAR Geelani, a former Delhi University lecturer, on Tuesday for sedition among other charges, reports The Indian Express. The police said Geelani had organised an event at the Delhi Press Club on 10 February at which anti-India slogans were raised. "Geelani was arrested around 3 am at the Parliament Street police station under IPC sections 124A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 149 (unlawful assembly)," DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said. His arrest follows that of Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the JNU Students' Union, who was charged with sedition for allegedly making anti-India statements at a protest meeting on 9 February against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Sedition charge against Kanhaiya Kumar will not be probed by NIA: Delhi HC
The High Court has rejected a plea seeking that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) look into the sedition charges against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. The Court reportedly dismissed the plea, calling it "immature".
The petition, filed by Ranjana Agnihotri, alleged that the Delhi Police was not investigating the case properly and asked that the matter be transferred to the NIA instead.
Kumar was arrested on 12 February in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over a 9 February event at the prestigious university, held to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. He was produced before the Patiala House Court on 15 February and his police custody was extended to two days.
Mayawati lends support to JNU students, says BJP is trying to implement RSS agenda in educational institutions
BSP Supremo Mayawati issued a statement on JNU students being charged with sedition for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans. Mayawati said "the BJP has branded a prestigious institution like JNU as "anti-national" in order to implement the "extreme and offensive agenda of the RSS". She further added: "The arrest of JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition looks wrong in the first place itself. Police has made the arrest on sedition charges under political pressure. He is nowhere seen in the video raising the objectionable slogans.".
BJP wins riot-hit Muzaffarnagar bypolls, Congress bags Deoband
The BJP has won the Muzaffarnagar bypolls with a margin of 4000 votes. The party had gone all out to woo voters from the riot-hit constituency that has been under the ruling Samajwadi Party since 2013. BJP MP and riot-accused Jat leader Sanjeev Balyan had extensively campaigned in the run up to the elections. In yet another setback to the Samajwadi Party, Congress won the Deoband constituency - after 27 years.
SC to hear PIL on Patiala House court attack tomorrow
Following the attack on students and scribes outside the Patiala House court, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the PIL on the case tomorrow, after journalists moved the apex court. In a memorandum, the journalists told the apex court to punish those responsible for the violence outside the Delhi court. Earlier today, journalists from different organisations marched to the Supreme Court in protest against the mob violence outside the Patiala House court where lawyers and politicians were seen beating up scribes and students.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition features a plus-size model for the first time
Ashley Graham made Sports Illustrated history, when the magazine decided to feature the plus-size model on their cover for the 2016 Swimsuit edition. In fact this year, they've gone with three different covers and three models. The 28- year-old size 14 model Ashley, dedicated this achievement to "every woman who felt like she wasn't beautiful enough because of her size."
Sports Illustrated said that that their choice of three cover models represents the diversity in beauty. "All three women are beautiful, sexy and strong," said the assistant managing editor MJ Day. "Beauty is not a cookie cutter. Beauty is not one size fits all. Beauty is all around us and that became especially obvious to me while shooting and editing this year's issue."
ISIS used mustard gas in Iraq?
Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish forces in Iraq with mustard gas in 2015, marking the first known use of chemical weapons in the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a diplomat has said after tests by the global chemical arms watchdog. A source at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told the Reuters news agency that laboratory tests had come back positive for the sulphur mustard, after around 35 Kurdish troops were sickened on the battlefield in August 2015.
The OPCW would not identify who used the chemical agent. But the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity said the result confirmed chemical weapons had been used by Isis fighters. The samples were taken after the soldiers became ill during fighting against Isis militants south-west of Erbil, capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.
The OPCW already concluded in October that mustard gas was used in 2015 in neighbouring Syria. Isis has declared a "caliphate" in territory it controls in both Iraq and Syria.
Saunas, bars & cable TV. That's life inside a Mexico prison
Luxuries that would not be out of place in a five-star hotel have been discovered in a prison in northern Mexico following a riot that killed 49 inmates. Authorities entering the Topo Chico prison to investigate a riot found fish tanks, mini-fridges and hundreds of food stalls.
The items were among privileges granted to organised crime leaders at the prison but removed after the outbreak of violence. The fatal riot broke out on Thursday between two rival factions of the Zetas drug cartel, as per a report in the Guardian.
Heavy machinery was brought in to haul away tonnes of contraband furniture and other goods that had been piled in the prison yard, a statement from the authorities said. It added that police destroyed hundreds of altars to the Death Saint - some of them life-sized. The folk figure is revered by drug traffickers and some of Mexico's most disadvantaged.
T-cell therapy spells hope for terminally ill cancer patients
A revolutionary cancer therapy that uses the body's own immune cells to attack metastatic tumours that have spread is being hailed as a "paradigm shift" in treatment of the disease.
Patients with advanced blood cancers who were not expected to live beyond five months have shown complete remission after 18 months of follow-up checks with no signs of the disease returning, scientists have revealed.
They call it the secret of teaching the body's immune system to attack cancer cells, according to a report in the Independent.
In one trial of a patient's own T-cells - a type of white blood cell - that were engineered in the laboratory to identify and attack tumour cells, more than 90 per cent of the 35 patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia went into complete remission.
Two-thirds of the world's population hit by water scarcity
A new report, published in the journal Science Advances, has found that around 4 billion people, that's two-thirds of the world's population is affected by water scarcity for at least a month each year. This new data indicated that problems of water shortage are far more critical that imagined before.
Some of the worst hit places are in India and China. Others include central and western US, Australia and even London. Things are on a downhill as population continues grow and water usage is phenomenal. A country like Yemen could possibly run out of water in just a few years says the report.
In January, the World Economic Forum pointed out that water crises was on of the three greatest risks to harm people and economies in the next ten years.
Nigerian 'witch boy' rescued by aid workers
A starving two-year-old Nigerian boy was rescued after being discovered naked and wandering the streets because his family thought he was a witch. The boy, who has been named Hope, was found emaciated and riddled with worms after being forced to live off scraps of food thrown to him by passersby for eight months.
He was rescued by Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish woman living in Africa who bent down and began feeding the boy and giving him water.
She then wrapped the boy in a blanket and took him to the nearest hospital, a report in the Independent said.