Shoe thrown at Kanhaiya in Hyderabad
The presence of JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, at the centre of a national debate on patriotism after he was arrested for sedition, annoyed a man at a Hyderabad seminar on Constitutional Rights so much that he threw a shoe at Kumar. The shoe missed Kumar and landed just ahead of the stage.
The seminar was organised by Leftist parties on Thursday. The man who threw the shoe was taken away by the police, says the Hindustan Times.
ABVP will explain 'real facts' behind JNU and Rohith controversies
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS, will hold meetings at universities and colleges across the country between 26 March and 10 April to explain the "real facts" behind the controversies at JNU and Hyderabad Central University (HCU).
The exercise is meant to counter allegations that ABVP workers are responsible for these controversies and that ABVP students are interfering in the ways universities and colleges function.
The decision to hold this exercise was taken by office bearers of the ABVP at a meeting in Bhopal on 17 March, according to The Indian Express.
More than 70% of Maharashtra villages drought-ridden
The Maharashtra government has declared a drought in more than 70 per cent of the 40,559 villages in the state, particularly in the Vidarbha region, which comprises the Nagpur and Amravati revenue divisions.
The state has declared a drought in 5,810 villages in the Amravati division, while 6,052 villages have been named from the Nagpur division, says the Hindustan Times.
As of 18 March, there is only five per cent of water left in Marathwada district's major dams, while medium and minor dams have just six per cent and three per cent, respectively.
Mehbooba to be J&K's first woman CM
The People's Democratic Party on Thursday formally nominated Mehbooba Mufti as their legislature party leader, thus setting her up to become the first woman chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir.
"Thank you for choosing me as the leader of PDP legislature party. You all are my strength," said Mehbooba.
Mehbooba will meet state Governor NN Vohra today to stake a claim to form a government, said PDP leader Muzaffar Baig.
Mehbooba was formally proposed by senior party leader Altaf Bukhari to head the party in the state assembly, and her nomination was unanimously approved, according to The Hindustan Times.
No food, water, electricity, but massive police brutality at Hyderabad University
Students at Hyderabad University spent 48 hours without food, water and electricity, as the police roamed the campus and arrested 36 students and teachers, including student Unay Bhanu who was allegedly beaten up for cooking a meal for those without access to food. Bhanu is now in hospital with severe injuries.
Though facilities were restored on campus on Thursday, the students blame this 'emergency-like' situation on university vice chancellor Appa Rao Podile, who they claimed had provided the police with a list of students and professors to be arrested, says The Indian Express.
Legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff passes away at 68
Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff passed away at the age on 68 on Thursday, 24 March, months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Cruyff, who had led Ajax to a hattrick of European Cup titles from 1971 to 1973 during his playing days, is widely considered as one of the greatest footballers of all time. As a manager, he had led Barcelona to their first ever UEFA Champions League title, and was popular for advocating the system of 'total football'. Once a heavy smoker during his younger days, an open heart surgery in 1991 had forced Cruyff to give up smoking. Following his demise, tributes poured in on social media from various quarters of the footballing world.
Bombay HC hauls up civic bodies for lack of toilets for women
The Bombay High Court has warned Mumbai's civic corporations that it would initiate action against them for their failure to implement its order on construction of toilets for women. While only 14 of the 48 toilet blocks proposed have been erected in Mumbai, there has been no progress whatsoever in Navi Mumbai. The court has set a deadline of April 30 for compliance with its orders failing which a notice of contempt would be served to the erring corporations.
Trimbakeshwar temple row: Trupti Desai detained
Bhumata Brigade activist Trupti Desai was detained on 25 March after she entered the Trimbakeshwar temple to offer prayers. "We offered prayers to Lord Shiva at Trimbakeshwar temple and prayed that women be allowed in temple's sanctum. We are inside the temple which is itself a very big thing," said Desai. Local women protested as Desai entered Trimbakeshwar temple.
Navy officer detained in Pakistan
Indian Navy officer Kul Yadav Bhushan, who Pakistan claims works for the Research and Analysis Wing, was arrested in Pakistan on 24 March on charges of being involved in "subversive activities". On 25 March, Pakistan summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale to lodge its protest over the issue. In a statement, the Pakistan Foreign Office said, "The Indian High Commissioner was summoned by the Foreign Secretary today and through a demarche conveyed our protest and deep concern on the illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi". Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti claimed that Bhushan was in contact with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence in Balochistan. The MEA has said that Bhushan has no links with the government.
Siachen avalanche: Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang dies. Second soldier still missing
Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang, who was rescued after an avalanche hit an army patrol party on the Siachen glacier, succumbed to his injuries on 25 March. "Two soldiers were swept away by the avalanche. Efforts are on to locate the missing soldier," said Colonel SD Goswami, spokesman of the Army's Udhampur-headquartered Northern Command. The incident comes just a month after 10 army men were killed in a deadly avalanche at the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, near the Line of Control or LoC.
Moon tourism - boldly going where no tourist has before
A holiday on the moon seems unbelievable, but if the European Space Agency(ESA) has its way, it could soon be a reality. Earlier this year the ESA announced plans to build a "moon village" using 3D printing technology by 2030. Now, Johann-Dietrich Warner, the director general of the ESA, has claimed that holidaymakers would be invited to visit the moon, getting the chance to bask in constant sun (as well as "solar radiation, micrometeorites and extreme temperatures.") Still, since the village is likely to be located near the poles, there is a possibility the base will have enough water to make a swimming pool possible.
Starbuck's new no-throw policy
Global coffee chain Starbucks has announced that their waste food in the US will no longer go into the bin, but to the needy. Starbucks has previously done this with it's leftover pastries, but now is set to add even perishable items to its no wastage efforts. Collaborating with two NGOs as part of the FoodShare program, the coffee chain said that all its 7,600 stores in the US would participate in the initiative. The company expects to be able to donate 5 million meals in the first year alone.
Sumatran Rhino sighted in Borneo, gives hope for species revival
A rare Sumatran rhino, the smallest of Asia's 3 rhino species, was captured and relocated to a sanctuary as part of conservation efforts. It marks the first live encounter with a member of the species in 40 years. Scientists called the capture unprecedented, as experts estimate around 100 members of the species are still alive today. Once prevalent across Southeast Asia, habitat destruction and poaching led to the species being declared extinct in Malaysia last year, meaning Indonesia is their final stomping ground. Conservationists are being vague about where the rhino has been relocated to in a bid to keep poachers away.
Hydrogen car shatters world records in UK demonstration
A Hyundai ix35 fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), has broken the record for the longest-ever continuous journey in a hydrogen-fueled vehicle. As part of Hydrogen week, the London Hydrogen Network Expansion project spent 6 days driving the vehicle over 6,000 miles around Englands M25 motorway. In addition to the record for longest journey, the car even set a record for furthest distance travelled on a single tank of hydrogen - a whopping 400 miles without running out of gas. The LHNE project aims to create the UK's first hydrogen-powered transport system.
Charged up - IISc study hails benefits of electric buses
Based on a trial run by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation(BMTC), a study by the IISc has given the BMTC's electric bus initiative a big thumbs up. According to the study, replacing conventional diesel-run buses with electric buses would be hugely beneficial to both the environment as well as the state coffers. The study showed that electric buses were 82% more profitable and generated 27% more revenue. Each diesel bus replaced would result in the saving of 25 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. In total, the country would be able to reduce CO2 emissions by 3.7 million tonnes if it were to replace its current 150,000-strong fleet of diesel buses.
A cavefish that can climb waterfalls? Believe it!
A species of cavefish that can climb waterfalls has been reportedly discovered in Thailand. The blind fish, which reportedy shares anatomicwith tetraods, uses its pelvis to "walk". The Cryptotora thamicola's behaviour has been documented in the Nature Scientific Reports journal. The fish, which can grow up to 2.8 centimetres, is the only known member of its genus. The species is found in eight caves in Thailand and Myanmar. According to estimates, the current population stands at a little under 2000.
Survey: India second most racially intolerant country in the world
A study by the World Values Society has shown India and Jordan to be the bottom of an 80-nation strong barrel when it comes to racial intolerance. The study asked respondents to pick what kinds of people they wouldn't want as neighbours. The more a country's respondents picked 'people of other race', the less tolerant the country. India placed second with 43.5% responding negatively to neighbours of other races, while only Jordan was worse with 51.4% not wanting neighbours of a different race. Spanish and English speaking countries were found to be more tolerant while France (22.7%) was the least tolerant country in Europe.