Father of 'Indian spy' in Balochistan is a former ACP of Mumbai
Kulbhushan Jadhav who was arrested by Pakistan's ISI in Balochistan as an Indian spy, is the son of a former assistant commissioner of police in Mumbai, and owns a business that has him travelling around the world, say his relatives. Jadhav had been in the Indian Navy, but took premature retirement, add his relatives, who believe he is being "framed as part of a larger political conspiracy". Jadhav's family heard about his arrest in Pakistan from the media on Friday evening, according to The Indian Express.
Former cricket Sreesanth is BJP's candidate in Thiruvananthapuram
Former cricketer S Sreesanth joined the BJP on Friday and has been selected as the party's candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency for the Kerala assembly polls. Kerala goes to the polls on 16 May. Union minister JP Nadda said Sreesanth was selected "keeping Kerala's best interest in mind". Sreesanth was banned from playing cricket for life because of his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal during the 2013 IPL, says the Hindustan Times.
Rahul denies having been a British citizen
In his reply to a notice sent to him by the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi denied that he had ever held British citizenship. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and party member Maheish Girri had alleged that Gandhi had declared himself a British citizen according to the annual return of BackOps, a UK-based firm with which Gandhi had been associated before he joined politics. In his reply to the notice, Gandhi said that he "has never applied for citizenship of any other country". He said this charge was a "political conspiracy" to tarnish his image, according to The Economic Times.
Goa is Islamic State India's No. 1 target: Intel sources
Goa is the top priority target for the Islamic State in India, say enforcement agencies after interrogating Muddabbir Mushtaq Sheikh of Mumbra, Thane, who goes by the title Amir-e-Hind and was arrested on suspicion of being part of the terrorist organisation. The IS hopes to attack foreign tourists in Goa so that it gets international publicity, and also to boost the morale of its supporters in the Indian sub-continent, says the Hindustan Times. The terror group is also seeking a place in India to train its local force, said government sources.
NHRC takes up case of Hyderabad Central University suo moto
The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo moto notice of the 'emergency-like' situation at Hyderabad Central University and sent notices to the Union HRD ministry, the Telangana government and the Hyderabad police commissioner, asking for reports within a week. "The commission has observed that the arbitrary act and high-handedness of senior university officials as well as police and administrative officers, as reported in media, raise serious concerns towards safety and security of the students," the NHRC said, according to The Telegraph.
'Does Mehbooba Mufti believe in saying Bharat Mata ki Jai?': AAP asks Amit Shah
Kapil Mishra, a minister with the AAP government in Delhi, has asked BJP president Amit Shah if the party would continue with its alliance with the People's Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir if PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti refuses to say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'. Mishra, Delhi's minister for water, culture and tourism, wrote this in a letter to Amit Shah, and asked several other questions that he believes are pertinent given the current debate on nationalism that saw an MLA in Maharashtra suspended for refusing to say those words. "My questions are serious, although the tone may be sarcastic," said Mishra, according to The Indian Express.
Malayali nurse and infant killed in shelling in Libya
Two Indians, a nurse from Kerala and her infant son, were killed in shelling in the Libyan city of Sabratha on 25 March, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy confirmed. The incident took place on Friday when the shell attack hit their residence, killing the two and a few others in their complex. 'We will do our best to bring the others stuck in Libya, they want to come back. They are afraid but safe at the moment. I am trying to contact the Indian embassy in Libya," CM Chandy said.
Assam polls: PM Modi addresses rally in Tinsukia, 1st of 7 this weekend
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted the BJP's electoral campaign in the poll-bound state of Assam with a rally in Tinsukia on 26 March. Lashing out at the state government, Modi said that Assam had gone from being one of he most prosperous states in India during the time of Independence to one of its poorest today. The Prime Minister is scheduled to address five public meetings in Assam on Saturday and two others on Sunday, at Tinsukia, Majuli, Bihpuria, Bokakhat and Jorhat.
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 reportedly shares anatomic features with tetrapods, 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.