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West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee takes oath as Chief Minister

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the West Bengal Chief Minister on 27 May in a ceremony held at Kolkata's famous Red Road. Governor of the state, K N Tripathi, administered the oath.

The 42 ministers to be inducted in the Assembly are currently taking oath.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav are attending the event.

Kolkata Mayor Shovan Chatterjee, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla and singer Indranil Sen are among the 17 new faces in the 42-member ministry.

This is the second consecutive term for Banerjee. It is the first time that a chief minister has taken oath on Red Road.

West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee to be sworn-in as Chief Minister today

On 27 May, Trinamool Congress (TMC) Chief Mamata Banerjee will take oath as the West Bengal Chief Minister.

It is Banerjee's second consecutive term in the state.

Kolkata Mayor Shovan Chatterjee, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla and singer Indranil Sen are among the 17 new faces in the 42-member ministry.

Banerjee met state Governor KN Tripathi on 26 may and submitted the list of MLAs who will take oath today at the swearing-in ceremony to be held at Kolkata's famous Red Road.

This is the first time a chief minister will take oath on Red Road.

Banerjee said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Minister Babul Supriyo, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Topgay, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav have confirmed their presence in the ceremony.

Police verification form in Ghaziabad shows Rahul Gandhi as domestic help

An FIR was registered against two members of the housekeeping staff of a high-rise building in Ghaziabad on Wednesday after a police verification form bearing the photograph and details of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi showed up in the building.

The form, used by the police to verify the details of domestic help, tenants and drivers, showed Gandhi as working as domestic help at three flats in the building, according to the Hindustan Times.

SP of Ghaziabad police Salman Taj said: "The stamp on the form bearing Rahul Gandhi's photo is fake and not the one used by police."

SC allows second Italian marine to go home

Italian marine Salvatore Girone was permitted by the Supreme Court on Thursday to go home on humanitarian grounds, while the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea decides whether India or Italy has the right to try him.

Girone was one of two Italian marines accused in 2012 of killing two fishermen off the coast of Kerala. Both marines had been in Delhi since the incident, though the Supreme Court permitted Massimiliano Latorre, the other marine, to return to Italy last year on medical grounds.

Earlier this week, Italy sought the Supreme Court's permission to repatriate Girone, according to The Economic Times.

Pachauri did not resign, was asked to leave: Teri chairman

Charged with sexual harassment, RK Pachauri did not resign from The Energy and Resources Institute, but was let go by the organisation, said governing council chairman Ashok Chawla.

On 21 April, Pachauri had issued a press release that said, "I felt that it was time for me to move away."

However, on Wednesday, Chawla said: "It was a conscious decision of the governing council not to extend Shri Pachauri's membership of the council and consequently end his engagement with Teri."

In February this year, Pachauri had been appointed executive vice chairman of Teri, says The Economic Times.

J&K govt wants separate jails for terror convicts and suspects

The Jammu and Kashmir government has asked the Centre for help in the construction of a separate jail for terror convicts to segregate them from ordinary convicts who could be easily radicalised.

The state government's request is in line with the Centre's advisory last April, which asked all state governments to house terrorists, both convicted and facing trial, to separate high security prisons far from cities, according to The Economic Times.

8 injured in low-intensity blast on Haryana bus

Eight passengers were injured on Thursday when a low-intensity bomb went off in a Haryana Roadways bus on National Highway 1 near Pipli in Kurukshetra.

The bus that had 25 people on board was travelling from Delhi to Chandigarh when the blast took place.

All the injured, including the bus driver and conductor, have been admitted to local hospitals, according to the Hindustan Times.

A National Investigation Agency team is trying to learn if two earlier blasts at Panipat railways station on 13 May are linked to this blast. The state government has constituted a four-member SIT to investigate the incident.

LS Speaker's new official vehicle is a Jaguar, 'for security reasons'

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan's new official car is a white Jaguar XE Portfolio, bought at a cost of Rs 48.25 lakh. Mahajan's earlier official vehicle was a Toyota Camry.

The luxury sedan was delivered to Mahajan's residence on Monday, and had been purchased, according to the Lok Sabha Secretariat, for security reasons.

An amount of Rs 48,25,661 for the car was sanctioned on 23 May, according to The Indian Express.

For baby sea turtles, it helps to have a lot of siblings

Sea turtles do not have an easy start to life. After hatching, they have to break out of their shell, dig their way out from beneath the sand, then make a mad dash across the beach to the water where they may or may not find food and safety - hopefully without getting snapped up by a predator. All of this requires a bit of luck and a lot of energy. And the energy a hatchling expends on breaking out of the nest is energy that can't be used on surviving the rest of the journey.Now, a new study has quantified the amount of energy a baby sea turtle uses to dig itself to the surface. Having lots of siblings - and, thus, lots of help - can really be a time and energy saver, researchers have reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology. That also implies that the conservation technique of dividing clutches may instead make hatchlings worse off.Figuring out the energy expenditure of baby sea turtles took some trial and error, a report in sciencenews.org said. For the final experiment, the scientists buried clutches of eggs just about to hatch beneath 40 centimeters of beach sand in a chamber with opaque walls.

China: No country for academics?

Political scientists and law experts are fleeing to America as Beijing's grip on freedoms in China intensifies under President Xi Jinping.Many academics feel there is no longer a place for them in President Jinping's increasingly repressive China, the Guardian has reported.As Chinese activist and scholar Teng Biao sat at home on the east coast of America, more than 13,000 km away his wife and nine-year-old daughter were preparing to embark on the most dangerous journey of their lives."My wife didn't tell my daughter what was going on," said Teng, who had himself fled China seven months earlier to escape the most severe period of political repression since the days following the Tiananmen massacre in 1989."She said it was going to be a special holiday. She told her they were going on an adventure."One year after their dramatic escape through southeast Asia, Teng's family has been reunited in New Jersey and is part of a fast-growing community of exiled activists and academics who feel there is no longer a place for them in Xi Jinping's increasingly repressive China.Until about 12 months ago China's top universities "remained islands of relative freedom", said Cohen, who has studied the Asian country for nearly six decades.