Dhaka hostage crisis: Security forces storm restaurant, kill five gunmen, 13 hostages rescued
Unconfirmed reports say that about 13 hostages have been rescued from the Dhaka restaurant that had been attacked by gunmen on Friday night.
Bangladesh's Rapid Action Brigade stormed the restaurant at about 7.20 am, leading to exchanges of gunfire, says The Indian Express, quoting news agencies and local media.
By 7.53 am, according to CNN, the gunfire had stopped and ambulances moved into the area. Unconfirmed reports say about five people had been taken away in ambulances, and that five of the attackers were killed, one captured and two are unaccounted for.
The restaurant, Holey Artisan, is in Dhaka's diplomatic zone. The eight gunmen had stormed it on Friday night. Early this morning, terror group ISIS claimed responsibility, claiming that 24 people were killed. However, the police say two of its officers had been killed and 15 people injured.
Possible arrest for J'khand BJP chief whose son allegedly married an 11-year-old
Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi and his son Munna might be arrested based on allegations that Munna had married an 11-year-old girl.
The State Committee for Protection of Child Rights directed its officials to file a police complaint over the allegations, and directed the Godda deputy commissioner to file an FIR against Marandi and his son, says the Hindustan Times.
According to Sanjay Kumar, Godda sub-divisional magistrate, the girl's date of birth in the local school's register is 25 July, 2005.
SC to examine turf war between Kejriwal govt and Centre
The Delhi government on Friday pleaded with the Supreme Court to settle the war between it and the Centre over its legislative and co-extensive executive powers.
The court will examine the matter on Monday.
"There is a virtual paralysis in the functioning of the government," senior advocate Indira Jaising told the court.
According to The Economic Times, Jaising said there are several cases pertaining to the functioning of the Delhi government vis-à-vis the Centre and only the Supreme Court has the jurisdiction to decide any dispute arising between parts of the federal structure.
8,000 Telangana judicial workers on indefinite strike, courts crippled
The employees of courts and judicial offices in Telangana, about 8,000 in all, went on an indefinite strike on Friday, stopping work at courts despite an appeal by acting Chief Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale to withdraw the "illegal" strike in the interest of the public.
The striking workers are demanding a separate high court for the state, as well as the withdrawal of the provisional allocation of judicial officers between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, according to The Indian Express. The Telangana workers say that more than 120 judicial officers, originally from Andhra, have been posted in Telangana.
Suspected attacker of Infosys employee arrested
The Chennai police on Friday arrested the suspected attacker of the 24-year-old Infosys employee who was hacked to death at a railway station one week ago.
The suspect, also 24 years old and a techie, reportedly attempted suicide as the police closed in on him.
According to the police, Ramkumar was infatuated with his victim and had been stalking her for some months.
He was caught after a new photo of the suspect was released on Thursday, which, for the first time, revealed his face, according to NDTV.
I restrained Sheena while Indrani strangled her: Driver in Sheena Bora case
In a 17-page-long statement recorded before a magistrate, Shyamvar Rai, Indrani Mukerjea's driver, revealed how Sheena Bora was murdered.
Rai had recently turned approver in the case.
Rai said in his statement that he had been driving the car in which Sheena Bora was murdered, when he was asked by Indrani to stop and cover Sheena's mouth. Later, Indrani strangled Sheena, while Rai and Indrani's former husband Sanjeev Khanna, restrained the girl, says NDTV. Sheena even bit Rai's hand as she struggled, said the statement.
Told by party leaders to shut up, Subramanian Swamy says 'few tweets for 1 week'
BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said on Friday that he would avoid Twitter for one week.
According to party sources, this is because he has been "advised by the organisation" to go slow and to "not embarrass the government and the party".
According to The Indian Express, on Friday afternoon, Swamy tweeted: "Now Ram Temple, NH (National Herald), Impleading in Swami Dayananda's WP (Writ Petition) in SC, Aircel Maxis, CSK (Chennai Super Kings) ban etc requires me to concentrate. So few tweets for 1 week."
Wait. Is Daniel Radcliffe making a Harry Potter return?
Could this be true? Please let this be true?
So with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child barely a month away from being staged in London, Daniel Radcliffe decided to let us in on a glorious possibility. The actor who played Harry Potter from JK Rowling's series by the same name in the movie adaptation has said that "it would depend on the script." Hear, hear!
"The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying, 'No,' for now, but leaving room to backtrack in the future," Radcliffe told Radio Times.
Thanks to humans, this penguin species could be extinct soon
The Adélie penguin population might not live too long. And as always, humans are to blame. Yay us.
According to a new study, the penguin population in Antartica is set to fall by a shocking 60 percent by 2099. The reason? Warmer seas and an inhospitable climate for penguins due to global warming.
As one of the researchers, Megan Cimino, explains, "Based on this relationship, we project that one-third of current Adélie penguin colonies, representing 20% of their current population, may be in decline by 2060."