Gulbarg society massacre : Ahmedabad court acquits 36, 24 convicted
2 June, an Ahmedabad court pronounced its verdict and convicted 24 people in connection with the Gulbarg Society riots - which claimed the lives of 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri. The court has charged 11 of the accused with murder under IPC section 302.
The case was being monitored by the Supreme Court, which gave its nod for pronouncement of the judgment by 31 May.
The horrific riots that broke out in Gulbarg society left 69 people dead, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri.
Inquiries into London flat allegedly linked to Vadra show two different stories
Confusion reigns over the ownership of a house in London, allegedly linked to Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, via defence consultant Sanjay Bhandari.
While one set of investigations quoted by The Economic Times into UK land registry records shows that Flat No. 12 in Ellerton House, Bryanston Square, London, has been owned by Harold and Shirley Sacks since 2005, another set by The Indian Express shows that it was bought in June 2010 by a Sharjah-based company called Mayfair Investment FZE allegedly linked to Bhandari.
'Vindictive' govt suspends FCRA registration of Lawyers Collective for 6 months
The Lawyers Collective, a public interest advocacy group headed by lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, has been deprived of foreign funding for six months by the home ministry, which has accused it of misusing the funds it receives.
The order suspends the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act registration of Lawyers Collective for six months. There is also a show-cause notice that asks the group why the registration should not be cancelled.
Jaising and Grover have fought several cases against the government and BJP leaders. The group has accused the government of being vindictive, according to The Telegraph.
Orbit bus case: Inquiry panel files report without a single witness against accused
An official panel looking into the allegation that a mother and her teenage daughter were pushed out of a bus in Punjab which led to the girl's death, has submitted a report that has no witness against the four men accused in the matter.
The incident occurred last year on an Orbit bus co-owned by Punjab's deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal near Moga town.
Sources told The Indian Express: "No one has said that the mother (Shinder Kaur) and daughter (Arshdeep Kaur) were pushed out. The girl's mother and brother (Akashdeep Singh), who were the prime witnesses, said that they didn't remember any details..."
British forces in Libya use Bollywood music as psychological warfare against ISIS (it works)
Bollywood music is being used as a weapon of psychological warfare by British forces stationed in Libya to annoy Islamic State terrorists and make them reveal their hideouts.
The idea was implemented on the advice of a Pakistani-born intelligence officer in the British Army who said that Bollywood music would annoy IS operatives because they consider music un-Islamic.
"We needed to unnerve militants and at the same time use some sort of passive measure to gauge their force strength in the area we are working and it went well," said a source to the British newspaper Daily Mirror, according to NDTV.
Jats move Supreme Court against Punjab high court's stay order on quotas
The Jat community of Haryana moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a challenge to the Punjab high court's stay on reservations for the community.
After a violent agitation for quotas in government jobs and educational institutions in February, the Jats were granted reservations by the Haryana government in April, but the Punjab high court stayed the notification on 26 May.
On Wednesday, the Haryana Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti told the Supreme Court that job recruitments and student admissions had already started, so the stay order needed to be set aside, according to The Telegraph.
For baby sea turtles, it helps to have a lot of siblings
Sea turtles do not have an easy start to life. After hatching, they have to break out of their shell, dig their way out from beneath the sand, then make a mad dash across the beach to the water where they may or may not find food and safety - hopefully without getting snapped up by a predator. All of this requires a bit of luck and a lot of energy. And the energy a hatchling expends on breaking out of the nest is energy that can't be used on surviving the rest of the journey.Now, a new study has quantified the amount of energy a baby sea turtle uses to dig itself to the surface. Having lots of siblings - and, thus, lots of help - can really be a time and energy saver, researchers have reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology. That also implies that the conservation technique of dividing clutches may instead make hatchlings worse off.Figuring out the energy expenditure of baby sea turtles took some trial and error, a report in sciencenews.org said. For the final experiment, the scientists buried clutches of eggs just about to hatch beneath 40 centimeters of beach sand in a chamber with opaque walls.
China: No country for academics?
Political scientists and law experts are fleeing to America as Beijing's grip on freedoms in China intensifies under President Xi Jinping.Many academics feel there is no longer a place for them in President Jinping's increasingly repressive China, the Guardian has reported. As Chinese activist and scholar Teng Biao sat at home on the east coast of America, more than 13,000 km away his wife and nine-year-old daughter were preparing to embark on the most dangerous journey of their lives. "My wife didn't tell my daughter what was going on," said Teng, who had himself fled China seven months earlier to escape the most severe period of political repression since the days following the Tiananmen massacre in 1989."She said it was going to be a special holiday. She told her they were going on an adventure. "One year after their dramatic escape through southeast Asia, Teng's family has been reunited in New Jersey and is part of a fast-growing community of exiled activists and academics who feel there is no longer a place for them in Xi Jinping's increasingly repressive China. Until about 12 months ago China's top universities "remained islands of relative freedom", said Cohen, who has studied the Asian country for nearly six decades.