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After China-led opposition, India says early decision on its NSG application is in larger global interest

On 24 June, Ministry of External Affairs released a statement on the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Plenary meeting in Seoul, which said, "We understand that despite procedural hurdles persistently raised by one country, a three-hour long discussion took place last night on the issue of future participation in the NSG."

"An overwhelming number of those who took the floor supported India's membership and appraised India's application positively."

"The NSG concluded its Plenary meeting in Seoul today (June 24). India was not of course in the room. But we understand from our friends and well-wishers that discussions on expansion of membership, or what is called "Participation" in NSG, were certainly not hypothetical," the statement said.

It's official. Britain votes to leave the European Union

As the counting draws to a close in the United Kingdom for the historic referendum about Britain's existence in the European Union, the Leave camp celebrates victory, having crossed the requisite margin of 16.8 million votes.

The UK has voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. Leave won the majority of votes in Wales and England, while every council in Scotland saw remain majorities. Leave has crossed the line to win with 16,835,512 votes, to Remain's 15,692,093.

Bernie Sanders says 'yes' he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November

Bernie Sanders on Friday said that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November and that he would do everything to defeat Donald Trump.

Sanders responded "yes" when asked on MSNBC's Morning Joe if he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November.

Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont, who has not yet formally ended his 2016 campaign, said that stopping Donald Trump from becoming president must be an overarching goal.

"I think the issue right here is I'm gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump," NBC Newsquoted Sanders.

"We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry, is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women, who does not believe in the reality of climate change when virtually every scientist who has studied this issue understands that we have a global crisis. This is not somebody who should become president," he said during the interview.

Though he agreed that he will vote for Hillary in November he dismissed the idea to formally end his Democratic presidential bid.

1984 anti-Sikh riots: MHA-appointed SIT reopens first 22 cases

The special investigation team constituted by the ministry of home affairs to look into cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots has reopened 22 cases to begin with, placing advertisements in Punjab that ask witnesses to come forward with information.

The SIT plans to submit an interim report by August, when more cases will be reopened.

The re-examination of these cases comes just before the hotly-contested state elections in Punjab. The SIT plans to examine a total of 267 cases that had been registered by the Delhi Police during the 1984 riots, but remained 'untraced', according to The Economic Times.

Animal Welfare Board slams Javadekar's approach to culling

The Animal Welfare Board of India has written a strong letter to Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar for permitting the culling of monkeys, nilgai and wild boar in Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand respectively and objecting to the "extreme action" against animals that have "no voice and no vote".

The letter said that urgent reconsideration was required of the ministry's approach to the human-animal balance by "pro-actively declaring various wild animals as 'vermin'". It added that the ministry must "proceed scientifically, rationally, and without arbitrariness".

The AWBI is a statutory advisory body on animal welfare under the environment ministry, says The Economic Times.

Kairana: Committee of seers accuses BJP, SP leaders of creating communal tension

A team of five seers that visited controversial Uttar Pradesh town Kairana after the BJP alleged that communal elements had resulted in a 'Hindu exodus' from there, has accused BJP MP Hukum Singh, BJP MLA Sangeet Som and Samajwadi Party MLA Nahid Hasan of creating communal tension in the town.

The committee also indicted about 12 other senior leaders of political parties for the same offence in its 13-page report. The report said that criminal acts in Kairana had been given a communal tinge, and there was a conspiracy to create communal tension in Uttar Pradesh, says the Hindustan Times.

Akhilesh Yadav, three others removed from NSG protection list

To cut down the 'demoralising' practice of having elite counterterror commandos of the National Security Guard acting as bodyguards for VIPs, the Union home ministry has decided to remove Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi from the NSG protection list.

These four VIPs could now receive protection from a paramilitary force, said an MHA source.

Though threat perception is meant to be the primary reason for protection for political leaders, such security has of late become a status symbol, says the Hindustan Times.

SC to hear PIL on banning messaging apps like WhatsApp for security reasons

A Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India will on 29 June hear a PIL seeking a ban on popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Viber for security reasons.

The PIL has been filed by Haryana-based RTI activist Sudhir Yadav who says that these messaging apps help terrorists and criminals make their plans due to the fact that messages are encrypted, according to NDTV.

'True successor to Nizam' Telangana stakes claim to Delhi's Andhra Bhavan

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has written to Union home minister Rajnath Singh claiming that the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi belongs to his new state on the grounds that Telangana is the legitimate successor of the Nizam of Hyderabad, to whom the property originally belonged.

Rao's letter explained that the Nizam had purchased 18.18 acres of land in Delhi from the government of India before Independence, to build Hyderabad House and the present Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.

He asked Singh to transfer the entire property of the Andhra Bhavan to Telangana, and give Andhra Pradesh land for its own bhavan, says the Hindustan Times.

Ancient DNA tells of two origins for dogs

Genetic analyses of a 4,800-year-old Irish dog and 59 other ancient dogs suggest that canines and humans became pals in both Europe and East Asia long before the advent of farming, says a report in sciencenews.org.

Later, dogs from East Asia accompanied their human companions to Europe, where their genetic legacy trumped that of dogs already living there.

Therefore, dogs were domesticated at least twice. That muddled genetic legacy may help explain why previous studies have indicated that dogs were domesticated from wolves only once, although evidence hasn't been clear about whether this took place in East Asia, Central Asia or Europe.

The idea that dogs came from East Asia or Central Asia is mostly based on analysis of DNA from modern dogs, while claims for European origins have been staked on studies of prehistoric pups' genetics.

A 4,800-year-old dog found in a tomb in Newgrange, Ireland, is the first ancient dog to have its entire genetic instruction book, or genome, deciphered. Researchers don't know much about what the midsize dog looked like; it doesn't bear any genetic markers of particular modern dog breeds, Frantz says. "He wasn't black. He wasn't spotted. He wasn't white." Instead, the Newgrange dog was probably a mongrel with fur similar to a wolf's.

Solar costs will be down 59% by 2025: study

The International Renewable Energy Agency has said in a new report that the average cost of generating electricity from renewable sources by 2025 will be lower by nearly 59 per cent. This fall would be seen in the generation of solar energy, whose costs are already 80 per cent lower since 2009. Average wind energy costs will reduce by 35 per cent (for offshore wind) and 26 per cent (onshore), the report says. Since 2009, wind turbine costs are down 30-40 per cent.