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PM Modi addresses nation in 21st edition of Mann Ki Baat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on 26 June through the 21st edition of his Mann Ki Baat radio programme.

During his address, he lauded the record-breaking achievement of the ISRO. He also appreciated the enthusiastic participation of the people in the second international Yoga Day celebrations.

The PM spoke about a number of other topics, including the first batch of women fighter pilots inducted in Air Force. He also said that many people made fun of Mann Ki Baat but added that "this is possible because we are in a democracy". He also recalled the Emergency and remembered the people who had suffered during the night of 25-26 June 1975.

Manish Sisodia, AAP MLAs detained enroute 7 RCR

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and more than 60 Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) MLAs were stopped near Tughlaq Road and later detained by the police as they were enroute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence at 7 Race Course Road in protest.

The bitter battle between the state government and the Centre escalated as Sisodia dared Prime Minister Modi to arrest him on allegations of intimidating the businessmen of the Ghazipur Vegetable Market Association. After the complaint was filed yesterday, Sisodia turned to Twitter to allege that the Prime Minister may turn the complaint into a case of extortion, violence and molestation and use it as an excuse to arrest him.

Pampore encounter: Mufti, Nirmal Singh attend wreath laying ceremony for martyrs

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh joined the nation on 26 June to pay tribute to the eight Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who lost their lives in an encounter with Lashkar terrorists in Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir on 25 June.

Mufti condemned the militant attack, saying that such acts of violence were aimed at subverting the Government's efforts to bring peace and prosperity to the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered his condolences saying that he was pained by the news.

India's bid to NSG opposed by China on 'principle': Pakistan

Calling Beijing Islamabad's 'all time friend', Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry has said that that China acted upon its principled stance in opposing India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Chaudhry said that China and other countries supported the principled stance that it would be a bad precedent if New Delhi was granted membership without signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). He said the matter has not ended and Islamabad will continue to pursue the matter of NSG membership.

Judicial probe begins into Mathura violence

The one-man judicial commission headed by Justice (Retd) Mirza Imtiyaz Murtaza has started its probe into the Jawahar Bagh violence in Mathura. The Commission yesterday inspected the spot, where 29 people including two Police officers were killed on 2nd of this month during an anti- encroachment drive.

Justice Murtaza said the probe will be based on cause of incident, lacuna in collecting and providing information, shortcomings in the planning of Mathura police, role of supervising officers among others.

He further said that anybody may present any information related to the incident.

As many 25 affidavits were submitted before the commission.

Eminent Odia writer Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo passes away

Eminent Odia writer Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo passed away on 25 June, after he was admitted at a private hospital and put on ventilator support due to multi-organ failure

Sahoo was 90 and is survived by his wife, one son and a daughter. A recipient of many awards and recognition for his literary works, Sahoo was bestowed with the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979 for his story book 'Akasha Patata'.

For 'Abhisapta Gandharba' (a compilation of short stories), he received the Sarala Award in 1983 and Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for the same book in 1984.

Dinosaur-era bugs knew how to camouflage

An international research team, with participation from the University of Bonn, has now discovered the oldest known evidence of bugs using the 'invisibility cloak.' The custom-tailored "costumes" also permit conclusions about the habitat at the time. The larva of the lacewing attacks a pseudoscorpion and uses its powerful mouthparts to suck it dry. The larva then puts the remains of the dead prey on its back. The outlines of the lacewing are now unrecognizable. It looks more like a dead pseudoscorpion. This camouflage protects the lacewing against being recognized by predators and at the same makes it easier to hunt its own prey.

"With this 'disguise', the lacewing larva pretends to be someone completely different," said Dr Jes Rust, adding "Using the pieces of its prey, it even takes on the smell of the pseudoscorpion". The results are published in the journal "Science Advances."

3 Indian women make finalists' list for Red Hat's Open Source Awards

Finalists for the 2016 Women in Open Source Awards, organised by Red Hat, include three women from India, who are students pursuing computer science and engineering degrees.

The three Indian women, who made it to the list of finalists, are Ankita Shukla, a student at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science; Divya Upadhyay, a student at National Institute of Technology in Patna pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering; and Preeti Murthy, a student at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering.

Ankita has been an open source contributor for three years, including projects and communities like Wikimedia, WikiWomen's Collaborative, Mozilla, Google Code-in, Outreachy, Systers, and she++; Divya has been contributing to open source for nearly a year and a half with Systers, Google Code-in, Google Summer of Code, Ushahidi, Typo3 CMS, Ruby, and she++; while Preeti has been contributing to open source for more than three years, working on the Linux kernel, Mono, and Outreachy.

The award will be presented during the 12th annual Red Hat Summit, the industry's premier open source technology conference, taking place June 27-30 in San Francisco.

Global movement urges Lankan Army to release 'surrendee' records of civil war

The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, a global non-partisan movement, has urged the Sri Lankan Army to release the records of people who surrendered before the security forces at the end of the war in 2009. In a statement issued on 25 June, the movement said that even after almost seven years of the conclusion of Sri Lankan civil war, there are still many unanswered questions about the whereabouts of hundreds of LTTE 'surrendees' and Tamil civilians, who were taken into custody by the Sri Lankan army at the end of the war.

The organisation also stated that amid the drafting of new legislation for an Office of Missing Persons, and Sri Lanka's recent ratification of the International Convention on Enforced Disappearances, the Sri Lankan state now faces a big opportunity to clearly demonstrate the real depth of its commitment to establishing the truth about the 24,000 plus cases of missing persons in Sri Lanka.