Pathankot attack: Interpol issues Red corner notice against JeM's Masood Azhar
On 17 May, Interpol issued a Red Corner notice against alleged Pathankot terror attack mastermind, Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Md Rauf.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been trying to visit Pakistan to record the statements of the JeM chief, of Rauf, and of Shahid Latif and Kashif Jaan, who were allegedly a part of the terrorist group that carried out the 2 January 2016 Pathankot attack.
The NIA had sent a formal request to Pakistan to allow a team to visit the country in connection with investigations. A joint investigation team from Pakistan, that included an ISI officer, visited India between 27-31 March, to conduct its own investigation into the attack.
AAP leads MCD by-polls with 5 seats, Congress wins 4
The Aam Aadmi Party continued its winning streak in the National Capital as it clinched five seats in the MCD bypolls on 17 May.
The Congress stood second with four seats in its bag, while the Bharatiya Janata Party was restricted on three seats. Independent candidate Rajender Singh Tanwar won from Bhati ward.
AAP's Abhishek Bidhuri won the Tekhand seat by 1,555 votes, Anil Malik won the Nanakpura seat by 552 votes and Mohammadd Sadiq emerged victorious in Ballimaran ward number 86 won by 2,066 votes respectively. The AAP also won from the Matiala and Vikas Nagar seats. The AAP leaders celebrated their victory in full swing at the AAP headquarters in Delhi.
Sushil Kumar-Narsingh Yadav selection row: Delhi HC issues notice to WFI
The Delhi High Court on 17 May issued a notice to the Wrestling Federation Of India and the central government on wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea. It directed the Federation and the Sports Ministry to conduct a fair selection trial to select the country's lone representative in the 74 kg freestyle wrestling category for the Rio Olympic Games to be held in August.
The court has asked the Wrestling Federation to file an affidavit stating its stand on the matter. Hearing the matter, the High Court said, "Wrestlers should focus on practice and not sit here in court. I will only intervene as a last resort."
Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar had moved the Delhi High Court on 16 May seeking fresh trials as his name was omitted by the WFI for the Games' preparatory camp.
CBI probe for Bihar scribe's murder amid allegations of political angle in the case
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday recommended a CBI probe into the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan, a journalist with the Hindustan newspaper, who was shot dead on 13 May in Siwan.
The announcement was made amid allegations that Mohammed Shahabuddin, an RJD leader jailed for murder, ordered Ranjan's death. Nitish Kumar's JDU party is in a coalition with the RJD in Bihar.
Senior police officers believe that the "instructions" to kill Ranjan came from Siwan jail, and that the order was issued two weeks ago, according to the Hindustan Times.
MHA official sent arbitrary notices to 14 NGOs across the country
Ministry of Home Affairs under-secretary Anand Joshi sent arbitrary notices to 14 NGOs in October and November last year, including Public Health Foundation of India, India HIVAIDS Alliance, and Sunita Narain's Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
Joshi is being investigated by the CBI who believe that he issued notices to NGOs accusing them of FCRA violations and demanded bribes to withdraw the notices. He then laundered the money he received via three media companies he had set up in his wife's name: Sreejak Media, Sreejak Radio Media and Sreejak Outdoor Media, according to The Economic Times.
Sadhvi Pragya on hunger strike, wants to attend Simhastha Kumbh
Cleared of all charges in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case by the NIA, Sadhvi Pragya began a hunger strike on Monday demanding that she be allowed to attend the Simhastha Kumbh at Ujjain that ends on 21 May.
According to her brother-in-law, though a Dewas court had given her the permission, the police have stopped her on the grounds of security issues.
"Sadhvi Pragya has stopped taking food and medicines. Unless she is allowed to go to Ujjain, she says she will give up her life," her brother-in-law said, according to ABPLive.
He added that she has written to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to that effect.
Zika virus hits placenta, foetus hard
A new study of pregnant mice has found that Zika virus damages their placentas and kills fetal mice. Investigators from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis developed two mouse models of Zika infection in pregnancy that may aid in better understanding how the virus affects pregnant women.
One system used female mice genetically engineered to lack the ability to mount a specific immune response, which made them susceptible to Zika virus infection.When these pregnant mice were exposed to Zika, the virus killed most fetuses within a week. The fetal mice that survived showed significant abnormalities, such as severely stunted growth. The researchers saw levels of viral genetic material in the mouse placentas that were 1,000 times greater than in the blood of pregnant mice, suggesting that Zika virus replicated preferentially within the placenta. In the second model system, genetically normal pregnant mice were first given an antibody that blocked their immune response to Zika virus and then were infected with Zika virus one or two days later. This model did not lead to death of fetal mice, but their growth was impaired.
Buddhist monk killed in Bangladesh's Bandarban district
An elderly Buddhist monk was killed by unidentified miscreants in Bangladesh Naikkhangchhari upazila of Bandarban district on 14 May.
B Yu Gaindya, 70, was found near Baishari area at Upaorshakh Para village in the upazila, Kazi Ahsan, officer-in-charge (OC) of Naikkhangchhari Police Station, reports the Daily Star.
According to reports, unknown assailants slit Yu Gaindya's throat. This was confirmed by village head Acrothoyai Chand.
Chand said that he saw Gaindya's body when he went to serve breakfast at his bihar where he used to stay alone. Meanwhile, the police have said that the motive behind the killing cannot be ascertained instantly.