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Pathankot: Permission for Pak team's visit had no condition of reciprocal access

Documents relating to the Pakistan Joint Investigation Team's visit to India to collect evidence on the Pathankot terror attack made no mention of reciprocal access for India as a condition.

The access granted to the Pakistani team was deliberately unconditional, said a senior government official, so that Pakistan would have no pretext to slow down its investigation into the case. He added that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who allowed the visit without insisting on a legal framework, according to The Indian Express.

D-gang plotted murders of Gujarat Hindutva leaders as revenge for 2002 riots: NIA

The NIA's chargesheet in the murders of two BJP leaders last November in Gujarat, says that Hindutva leaders were being targeted by the 'D-gang' for participating in the 2002 riots in the state.

After BJP leader Shirish Bengali and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha general secretary Pragnesh Mistry were shot dead on 2 November last year, the killers went after Viral Desai, the VHP general secretary in south Gujarat, according to the NIA.

Two other Hindutva supporters were on the list: Prakash Modi, brother-in-law of Shirish Bengali and former Bajrang Dal president, and Jaykar Maharaj, a priest in the Bahucharaji Mandir, according to The Economic Times.

Online trolling of women will be seen as violence: Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi, minister for women and child development, said that online trolling of women will soon be treated as violence against women and she has written to the home ministry to outline a code for online behaviour.

"Women have to deal with tremendous viciousness online," said Gandhi as she released the government's new women's policy. "Initially, the operators would not come and talk to us and cooperate about giving details. But now they have come on board."

According to NDTV, Gandhi said the problem of online harassment of women was brought to her attention based on the complaint of a journalist.

Nirankari sect likely to get its first woman head

The Nirankari sect has settled on Sawinder Kaur, widow of Baba Hardev Singh who died in a car crash near Montreal in Canada on 13 May, to succeed him as head of the sect. However they are yet to make the decision final.

The announcement will probably be made after the Baba's last rites at Delhi's Nigam Bodh Ghat on Wednesday.

If she is appointed, Kaur will be the first woman to head the sect and its fifth head, according to the Hindustan Times. The Nirankari sect was founded in 1929 and has 10 million followers.

Govt's advice to begin yoga on 21 June with 'Om' angers Opposition parties

A government advisory to begin yoga asanas on 21 June, the International Day of Yoga, with the 'Om' chant followed by shlokas, has angered Opposition parties who have accused the government of pushing a "sectarian agenda".

The government's Common Yoga Protocol for 21 June says that yoga exercises should begin with a prayer that includes the chanting of 'Om' three times at the start, and 'Om shantih shantih shantih' at the end. A video accompanying the protocol shows the prayer beginning with 'Om' but omitting the 'Om shantih, shantih, shantih', according to The Indian Express.

Candidates taking JNU entrance test filmed and photographed

Some centres where the Jawaharlal Nehru University MPhil entrance examination was held on Tuesday videotaped and photographed candidates who wrote the exam. The centres were Jaipur, Kolkata and Delhi.

Director (Admissions) Bhupinder Zutshi said this was part of "a random check". "We had taken a policy decision that at certain randomly selected centres, we will take photos and videos of classrooms, because sometimes some other students sit for the exams," he said.

However JNU teachers said this was "unheard of", according to The Indian Express.

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.