Friday, 09 December @ 17:00

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh summons senior leaders, MPs and MLAs

After the high-voltage political drama that unfolded yesterday and resulted in the expulsions of Samajwadi Party Uttar Pradesh president Shivpal Singh Yadav from the Cabinet and general secretary Ramgopal Yadav for six years from the party, party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has summoned all senior leaders, MPs and MLAs, former MPs and MLAs for a meeting at the party headquarters on Monday.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said he will attend the meeting convened by his father to whom he has pledged his allegiance. It has been learnt that Ramgopal Yadav and Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh have not been invited.

The meeting is being seen by many as an attempt by Mulayam to prevent a split, but dramatic events are expected to take place.

BSF jawan Sushil Kumar killed in ceasfire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura

BSF Jawan, Sushil Kumar who sustained serious injuries during a ceasefire violation by Pakistan rangers along the International Border in RS Pura Sector in Jammu district passed away on 24 October.

Another local resident sustained bullet injuries as the Pakistan Rangers once again violated the at RS Pura sector in Jammu district on 23 October for the second time in less than 5 hours as they fired from small arms targeting the Indian posts.

The injured have been rushed to the government Medical college.

"A few rounds were fired from the Pakistani side this evening which hit the mound near the border," a BSF spokesman told PTI. He further said that there was no retaliatory firing from the BSF which was keeping a "strict vigil" along the border.

BJP hits out at AAP; says disrespecting soldiers has become its habit

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 23 October, hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party government, alleging that disrespecting Indian soliders and supporting traitors had become its habit and asked if the party "wanted to speak Pakistan's language".

"It has become Delhi government's habit to disrespect the Indian soldiers and support the traitors. When Uri happened and 18 Indian soldiers were killed, we avenged their deaths by killing four of theirs.

"What else were they (Indian Army) supposed to do? But will you question them (the Army) about how and why of the operation? Do you want to speak Pakistan's language? Hafeez Saeed's language? Their media's language?" Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay asked at an event here.

Odisha: 18 Maoists killed as security personnel attack Maoist camp in Malkangiri

Eighteen Maoists were reportedly killed in an encounter on 24 October in an encounter with Andhra-Odisha Police in Malkangiri district of Odisha.

According to reports, two police personnel, including the assault commander of Greyhound team, have been seriously injured.

Reports suggest that the police attacked the Maoist camp in a joint operation in the Malkangiri district, where more than 50 Maoists had reportedly gathered to attend an important meet.

The police have also recovered arms and ammunition including AK-47 rifles from the site.

Further details awaited.

Friday, 09 December @ 17:00

China wants to rate citizens

What's good for restaurants is good for people. Or at least that's what China's government seems to think.

Similarly to how people rate restaurants on apps like Yelp or Zomato, the Chinese government wants to rate its citizens using their online footprint. In this way, the Communist Party hopes to encourage good behaviour. Citizens who score poorly on this social credit system will be denied access to things like travel and loans.

Spain to go 100% renewable

Scarcely 2 months after Scotland became the latest country to join the 100% renewable-powered club, Spain looks set to do the same.

While the country has in the past been resistant to going green, even implementing a tax on solar power, wind energy may just prove to be the country's saviour. According to one of Spain's biggest renewable energy companies, Acciona, enough wind energy is being produced in the country daily to power 29 million homes.

Increased exposure to selfies is harmful

A recent study showed that taking more "happy" selfies could have a positive psychological effect on people. But what's good for you may be bad for those around you.

According to researchers at Penn State University's School of Communications, viewing the glut of other people's selfies that are posted on social media can have a drastic impact on your own self-esteem and life satisfaction. According to the researchers this is because viewing moments of extreme happiness leads to one questioning their own lack of it.

Friday, 09 December @ 17:00

Hindu group carries out 'cleanliness campaign'

The Yuva Brigade, a Hindu group defied a police ban to carry out a "cleanliness campaign" in Udupi. The campaign, called "Kanaka Nade", was in response to a Dalit march that took place on 9 October.

The move, which has been slammed by Dalit activists, was, according to its organisers, to clean the area which was "polluted" by the Dalits who had carried out a "Chalo Udupi" march. The campaign was flagged off by Pejawar mutt seer Vishweshwar Tirtha Swami, who was also involved in the Ramjanmabhoomi movement.