RSS and govt are 'anti-Dalit, anti-tribal and anti-humanity': Umar Khalid
Hours after being released on interim bail, JNU student Umar Khalid told his fellow students that he was proud to have been arrested for sedition. "Sedition is the law under which the great freedom fighters of our country were booked. Our names have been clubbed with theirs," he said, according to NDTV.com. He accused the RSS and the government of creating disunity and being "anti-Dalit, anti-tribal and anti-humanity". "I did not consider myself a practicing Muslim but I was projected as an Islamist terrorist," said Khalid. "It seemed as if the entire Muslim community is on trial."
2 Muslim cattle herders beaten up, hanged to death in Jharkhand
Four people were arrested on 19 March in connection to the deaths of two Muslim cattle traders - one of them a minor. The two men, 35-year-old Muhammad Majloom and 15-year-old Azad Khan alias Ibrahim, were found hanging from a tree after allegedly being beaten to death by a group of men. The incident took place when the duo were on their way to a local Friday market in Latehar district, Jharkhand on 18 March. The police indicated that both men were brutally beaten to death before being hanged. Their hands were found tied. According to media reports, the victims were herding oxen when they were attacked and killed.
Kargil Avalanche: Rescue ops in search of missing soldier
A soldier has gone missing after an avalanche hit an army post in Kargil sector of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the media reports, the avalanche hit the valley on 17 March, Thursday.
Rescue operations were launched to locate the missing soldier. Initially, two soldiers were reported to be missing. However, one of the two soldiers was rescued on the same day by the search teams.
Top suspect in Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam to appear in court
Salah Abdeslam, the top suspect in last year's Paris attacks, was shot and captured on Friday, 18 March. He was charged with "terrorist murder" by Belgian authorities for the carnage that left 130 people dead. Abdeslam, a Belgian-born French citizen, is accused of playing a key role in the deadly November 13 attacks.
Abdeslam has claimed that he was supposed to blow himself up at the Stade de France soccer stadium on the night of the attacks but backed out at the last moment. Abdeslam's statement comes a day after his arrest.
2 killed, 7 injured in Istanbul suicide bomb attack
A suicide bomb attack on the central shopping district in Istanbul on 19 March killed at least two people and injured seven. The blast, the fourth to hit Turkey this year, occurred at the crowed Istiklal Street.
The site of the blast has been cordoned off.
Turkey has remained on high alert since July 2015, when the attacks on the country saw an alarming escalation.
Scientists may be one step closer to solving Bermuda Triangle mystery
Scientists now believe that they have come a step closer to solving the mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. This belief has been established with the discovery of a series of underwater craters at the bottom of the Barents Sea, off the coast of Norway. It is hoped that the craters are the key for explaining the bewildering phenomenon. According to a scientist, the crater areas represent one of the largest hot spots for shallow marine methane release in the Arctic, which creates enormous blowouts of gas bubbles, leading to sinking of ships. Details of the discovery will be released at the annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union next month.
Good job, Team India, says social media as India win against Pakistan at Eden Gardens
Indian cricket team was swamped with congratulatory messages on Twitter and other social networking sites for their convincing six-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in an ICC World Twenty20 match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata with batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar leading the charge by thanking Virat Kohli for his match-winning knock.
Kohli was head and shoulders above the rest in terms of quality of batsmanship as he played a special knock of unbeaten 55 runs off just 37 balls on a difficult Eden pitch to guide India home.
New SARS-like virus found
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found that the newly identified virus, known as WIV1-CoV, could bind to the same receptors as SARS-CoV that infected thousands in 2002. They also showed that the virus readily and efficiently replicated in cultured human airway tissues, suggesting an ability to jump directly to humans. Researchers have said the capacity of this group of viruses to jump into humans is greater than was initially imagined. If the virus does jump, WIV1-CoV has the potential to seed a new outbreak with significant consequences for both public health and the global economy.