Indian nationalists should learn how to behave, says editorial of Chinese newspaper
An editorial in the Chinese state-run Global Times has called India self-centered, self-righteous and perhaps lacking morals, a day after India formally got membership to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which China has not been allowed to enter due to its bad proliferation record.
According to the Times of India, the entire editorial heaps insults on Indians who according to the Chinese paper don't understand nationalism, have no knowledge of morals, cravenly follow the West and are spoiled.
The editorial is talking about the coverage of and the failure of India's bid to get into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Both the Indian media and the Indian government blamed China's opposition to India's failed bid to the NSG.
2008 Malegaon blast: NIA court rejects Sadhvi Pragya's bail plea
On 28 June, a special NIA court rejected the bail application of Sadhvi Pragya in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast case, a month after the National Investigating Agency (NIA) dropped charges against her for lack of evidence.
Pragya's lawyer Prashant Maggu filed the bail plea earlier on 30 May after the NIA decided to drop her name from the list of accused in its chargesheet. The agency also dropped charges against her under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
On 13 May, the NIA decided not to name Pragya in its chargesheet in connection with the case.
N S Viswanathan appointed deputy governor of RBI
N S Viswanathan has been appointed as the new deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) made the announcement on 28 June.
Viswanathan was the executive director of the RBI before his new appointment. He also served as the director of the Punjab National Bank. He will be succeeding H.R. Khan as the Deputy Governor of RBI from July 3.
Meanwhile, the government has narrowed its long list of candidates for the next RBI Governor to just four.
One hour after Pampore attack, Army, CRPF engage in Twitter battle over credit
The CRPF and the Northern Command of the Indian Army engaged in a Twitter war after the terrorist attack on the CRPF convoy in Pampore, Kashmir, on Saturday, with both security forces claiming credit for killing the attackers.
CRPF sources say the Army carried off weapons and ammunition found on the bodies of the terrorists, though they did return the material later, says The Indian Express.
The Army also claimed credit for killing the terrorists, changing its tweets twice after protests from the paramilitary force.
'Missing' Ishrat documents were never filed at all: BK Prasad report
Home ministry official BK Prasad has suggested in his report on documents missing in the Ishrat Jahan case that they went missing between 18 September, 2009, and 24 September, 2009, during exchanges between then home secretary GK Pillai and then home minister P Chidambaram.
The missing documents relate to the exchanges between the two before the second affidavit in the Ishrat case was filed by the UPA government. According to The Indian Express, Prasad concluded that these "missing documents" were never placed on file at all.
Gita to be part of Haryana govt schools' curriculum
Students in all Haryana government schools will now be taught lessons from the Gita and other spiritual texts as part of the state government's new moral education curriculum that begins from this term.
"We want to inculcate cultural and spiritual values in students," Dr Sneh Lata, director, State Council of Educational Research & Training told the Hindustan Times. "There are a few shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita. We have added the translations for the verses, making it easier for students to understand Sanskrit. There are a lot of crucial life lessons students can learn from the Gita."
Pune Police baffled by 4 cases involving explosives sent by post
The Pune Police have been grappling with four cases involving live explosives and detonators sent by post over the last 11 months, with no success.
The first two parcels, sent last July, were addressed to office bearers of the Sambhaji Brigade, the organisation responsible for the 2004 attack on the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute over a controversial book on Shivaji written by American writer James Laine.
The two others were sent this year to FTII and Savitribai Phule Pune University, along with notes warning the administrators to stay away from JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, says The Indian Express.
Gangrape survivor seeks Rs 10 crore damages from Salman over 'belittling' rape remark
A Haryana survivor of gangrape has sent a legal notice to actor Salman Khan, asking him to apologise for his remark about rape, and seeking damages of Rs 10 crore for belittling rape victims.
The woman from Hisar, Haryana, had been abducted four years ago and gangraped by 10 men. Her father committed suicide after the incident, says ABPLive.
In her notice, sent to the actor's Bandra, Mumbai, residence through her counsel, the woman said that by comparing what happens to his body after tough action sequences to a raped woman, the actor belittled women who had suffered rape.
'Never wanted to top, just wanted to pass: Bihar arts 'topper'
Ruby Rai, the Bihar arts 'topper' whose complete lack of knowledge on her subjects blew open the money for marks scam at the Bihar State Education Board last month, reportedly told her interrogators that she had merely asked her father to ensure she passed her exams, not make her a topper.
"I had only told Papa to get me passed but they went ahead and made me topper," Rai apparently told her interrogators.
Rai had been arrested on Friday after taking a re-test that revealed she knew nothing of the syllabus, says The Indian Express.
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.