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Blast in Germany kills one, injures 12; attacker not yet identified

One person died and 12 people were injured in a blast at a restaurant in Ansbach, near Nuremberg in Germany, at about 10.12 pm local time on Sunday night.

The person who died appeared to have been the bomber, said a police spokesperson, though no information is available about the cause of the blast or the motivation.

While some local media reported that the blast was caused by a gas leak, a spokesperson of the Bavarian interior ministry said it did not appear to be an accident, but was intentional, according to The Indian Express.

2 Dalit men thrashed in Maharashtra for overtaking on motorbikes

Two Dalit men from Beed in Maharashtra have alleged that they were beaten up by a mob of about 25 people because they overtook the accused on their motorcycles.

The men claimed that the beating became more brutal after the accused saw pictures of Dalit rights icon Dr BR Ambedkar pasted on their motorcycles.

According to NDTV, the incident took place on Friday in Beed's Savargaon village after six Dalit men on three motorcycles overtook the accused.

Missing IAF plane still untraceable, search enters fourth day

The Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft with 29 people on board that went missing over the Bay of Bengal on Friday is still untraceable, despite the use of satellite imagery.

Defence sources said: "Indigenous imagery satellite did give us some pointers to possible floating objects. The areas indicated are being searched intensively by ships and aircraft. But nothing has been sighted as yet."

The search continues for the fourth day since the plane left the Tambaram air base near Chennai at 8.30 am on Friday but vanished from the radar at 9.12 am, 280 km out of Chennai, says NDTV.

Teen murdered during party for author Amit Chaudhuri's daughter, case filed against unknown persons

The Kolkata police have filed a murder case against unknown assailants after Aabesh Dasgupta, a 17-year-old boy, bled to death on being stabbed with a broken bottle during a surprise birthday party for well-known author Amit Chaudhuri's daughter on Saturday.

Though another 17-year-old was detained for the crime on Saturday, the police said on Sunday that that due to conflicting witness statements, they would wait for the post-mortem report before making any arrests, according to The Indian Express.

'I am fine, why are you staying in this hell?': Missing Kerala youth message their families

Some of the young people who went missing from Kerala reportedly to join international terror group Islamic State have got in touch with their families via online messaging services to say they are alive and well.

One of them, Ashfaque, sent a voice message to his family via the Telegram messenger on Friday. According to the police, the message said he was fine. He also inquired about the health of his mother.

Since Telegram messages automatically self-destruct, there was no way to trace his location, says The Indian Express.

Chinese journos denied visa extensions had visited Tibetan camps without permission

Two of the three Chinese journalists whose visas for India were not extended had visited Tibetan settlements in Karnataka last year without revealing their identity, said government sources.

The three journalists work for China's official news agency, Xinhua. Wu Qiang and Lu Tang headed Xinhua's bureaus in Delhi and Mumbai respectively, while She Yonggang was a Mumbai-based reporter, according to the Hindustan Times.

A government official said: "The Mumbai-based Chinese journalists visited Karnataka-based Tibetan camps late last year and didn't reveal their true identity. Thereafter, the government decided not to renew their visa."

End Of An Era As Verizon Buys Yahoo For $4.8 Billion

Yahoo, one of Silicon Valley's dot com boomers has fallen. Verizon Communications has agreed to buy Yahoo's internet operations for $4.8 billion. A mere chump change from the time when Yahoo rebuffed a sale of $45 billion from Microsoft back in 2008. After the sale, Yahoo shareholders will be left with about US $41 billion in investments in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and Yahoo Japan.

Google Maps soon to be with a Wifi-only option

Cellular data across the world can be expensive. Wi-Fi is usually free. Thankfully, Google has realised that. Google Maps is now introducing an option to work on just Wi-Fi. This option will replace the "Offline areas" one. Only time will tell how this will work but the hope is that it will be Offline areas 2.0.

Daily app downloads in India rose by 16% in first half of 2016: Reports

Daily app downloads in India increased by 16% in the first-half of 2016 (January-June), according to latest data released by 9Apps. Popular third-party app store and part of Alibaba Mobile Business Group reports that 9Apps has reached over 250 million monthly active users around the world.

"According to our statistics, tool, social, media and entertainment, apart from gaming, remain the most popular categories for app downloads. Tools make up about 23 percent of all app downloads; Social about nine percent; Entertainment at seven percent and music is over four percent of all non-gaming app downloads," said Country Manager 9Apps, Ebrahim Popat.

Consumption of gaming apps has increased more than that of non-gaming app. The proportion of games in total app downloads has increased to nearly 20% this year versus 17% in 2015.

UN's World Food Programme needs $610 million for southern Africa drought relief

The United Nations' food agency has said that it needs $730 million to counter the drought crisis in seven southern African nations over the next 12 months.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has said that it is facing a $610 million shortfall in relief for Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Madagascar, Swaziland and Zambia.

The El Nino pattern has triggered severe drought across the region.