Coal scam investigations marked by corruption: Anonymous complaint within CBI
An anonymous complaint signed by "Honest IOs, CBI" to Anil Sinha, director of the CBI, has alleged several cases of corruption within the agency with regard to the coal scam investigation.
The complaint speaks of "huge amounts" of money having "exchanged hands", "corrupt" senior officers leading some investigations, and pressure on IOs (investigating officers) to "weaken" cases where payoffs have been made, according to The Indian Express.
Sources within the agency said that the three-page complaint lists 24 specific cases with details that are not in the public domain, and that Sinha has taken cognisance of it.
Forest fires break out in J&K as U'khand and HP struggle to contain blazes
As Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh struggle to bring massive forest fires under control, reports of forest fires came in from Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
In Uttarakhand, the fire has been raging over 2,270 hectares of forest area in the Kumaon and Garhwal regions for several days, while 12 new places in the forests surrounding Shimla in Himachal Pradesh reported fires on Sunday, reports ANI.
Three IAF, 17-Mi and three NDRF teams have been sent by the Centre to help the Uttarakhand police, SDRF, forest staff, home guards and local volunteers to battle the forest fire.
Delhi-Faizabad Express derails, no casualties
Eight coaches of the Delhi-Faizabad Express derailed near Hapur in Uttar Pradesh at around 9 pm, said an Indian Railways spokesperson. He added: "There is no news of injury as of now."
Railway officers of the Moradabad division are taking stock of the situation, reports ANI.
BJP leader in MP wants to charge Christians with sedition
Minister of state Laxmi Yadav from the Madhya Pradesh Backward Classes and Minority Welfare Department was among the Bajrang Dal activists who stopped a wedding at a church in Satna on 27 April, alleging that the couple had converted.
Yadav said: "I am seeking legal opinion on whethera sedition charge could be invoked against Christians for waging a war against the country."
The couple say they have not formally converted to Christianity, but underwent a "man parivartan (change of heart)".
The Bajrang Dal activists asked the couple why they were getting married in a church if they hadn't converted, according to The Indian Express.
Aretha Franklin pays a soulful tribute to Prince singing 'Purple Rain'
The White House celebrated International Jazz Day yesterday with a star-studded affair. However, one of the best parts of the evening came when one incomparable music legend paid tribute to another.
One of the most remarkable moments was Aretha Franklin's tribute to Prince. Stepping out to the brand of applause one might expect for the Queen of Soul, she performed the Purple One's immortal "Purple Rain" and encouraged the audience to sing along.
"He was definitely an original and a one-of-a-kind. There was truly only one Prince," the soul singer said in an interview soon after Prince's death. "He put his stamp [on his sound]. Prince is gone but his music lives on." Franklin added in an interview with MSNBC's Brian Williams soon after Prince's death.
Princess Charolette turns one
New photographs of Princess Charlotte, taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, at their home in Norfolk, have been released to mark her first birthday today.
A spokeswoman for William and Kate told The Irish Examiner: "The Duke and Duchess are very happy to be able to share these important family moments and hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."
The young royal was introduced to the public on the day of her birth, May 2, 2015.
She was named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, in tribute to her grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her great-grandmother, the Queen.
Charlotte's privacy has been guarded by her family and she has only been seen in public on one other occasion, her christening.
How the moon got mysterious tattoos decoded
NASA scientists have found new insights into how the Moon got its mysterious "tattoos" - swirling patterns of light and dark found at over a hundred locations across the lunar surface.
"These patterns, called 'lunar swirls,' appear almost painted on the surface of the Moon," said John Keller of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in US.
The swirls and the magnetic fields could both have formed from plumes of material ejected by comet impacts.
The new models show that the magnetic field can create a strong electric field when the solar wind attempts to flow through.
It is this brawny electric potential of many hundreds of Volts that could deflect and slow particles in the solar wind.
This would reduce the weathering from the solar wind, leaving brighter regions over protected areas.
Jats stage 'Jail Bharo' in Jind
Following a call from the 'Jat Yuva Ekta Manch', members of the Jat community staged a 'jail bharo' at Jind in Haryana on Sunday, demanding the release of those arrested during the quota agitation in February. The district administration imposed prohibitory orders in the town. Nearly 80 people were arrested and released later on bail.
The call was supported by the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, which had spearheaded the February stir, that paralysed the State for 10 days and left 30 persons dead.
Uttrakhand loses 1900 hectares of forests to forest fires
This summer, 1,233 fire incidents have affected nearly 1,900 hectares of forest land. In 2012, 1,265 incidents had ravaged more than 2,000 hectares, according to the Forest Survey of India.
In the latest incident, more than 6,000 people have been pressed into service to douse the flames. To add strength to the operations, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent three teams. "We have deployed three teams comprising 136 people in Chamoli, Almora and Pauri - the worst-affected districts. They are using green, moist branches and are also engaged in fire-line cutting," said a senior NDRF official, operations wing to DNA.