JNU sends internal panel report on Afzal Guru event to anti-terror cell
The Jawaharlal Nehru University has sent the report filed by its internal investigative panel on the 9 February Afzal Guru event to the Delhi police's anti-terror wing which is investigating sedition cases against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
The report was sent by JNU's chief proctor AP Dimri on investigating officer Umesh Barthwal's request.
Students and teachers at JNU had boycotted the internal investigation, calling it unrepresentative. Kanhaiya, Umar and 18 other JNU students began an indefinite hunger strike on Wednesday evening, demanding the withdrawal of the report and the punishments given to them on its basis, according to The Telegraph.
Unemployment situation in India to remain dire for next 35 years: Report
The latest AsiaPacific Human Development Report by the United Nations says that only 140 million Indians of the 300 million who entered the labour market between 1991 and 2013, found jobs and that this shortage of jobs would continue for the next 35 years.
The report reflects the same trends in India's official employment data from the Labour Bureau, which shows that employment generation in eight key sectors fell to a seven-year low in 2015.
About 12 million people in India enter the labour market every year, according to the Hindustan Times.
Make details of PM's education public: Kejriwal
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the Central Information Commission, demanding that details of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's education be made public. In his letter, Kejriwal said that the CIC was trying to hide information about the prime minister and wrote: "Show courage."
In his declaration before the Election Commission while contesting the 2014 general election, Modi had said he has a BA degree from the Delhi University and a Master's from the University of Gujarat.
Kejriwal cited a news report in his letter to Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu, according to NDTV.
Delhi courts data show abysmally low conviction rates in child rape cases
Only 20 cases out of 170 Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act cases heard between 2014 and 2015 in the Delhi district courts resulted in guilty verdicts. In the remaining 150 cases, the accused were acquitted.
According to the Delhi district courts website, 30 child rape victims claimed they had been threatened by the accused before filing the case, and 114 complainants turned hostile before the court.
An analysis of the judgments done by the Hindustan Times also showed that the police often discourage child victims from taking a medical examination.
11 injured in bomb blast in Tinsukia, Assam
Eleven people were injured in a bomb blast at Debipukhuri Pachali area of Tinsukia in upper Assam on Thursday night. Five of these are reported to be in a critical condition.
The explosive was kept in a dustbin near a shop in the evening.
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital and the bomb squads of the Assam police and the Indian Army are investigating the blast, reports ANI.
Allahabad HC judges will spend half their summer holidays clearing 20-year-old criminal appeals
Judges of the Allahabad high court have decided to work during half their summer vacations to clear the oldest pending criminal appeals in Uttar Pradesh, with accused who have been in jails for more than 20 years.
After the Allahabad HC's sesquicentennial celebrations on 13 March 13, the Chief Justice wrote to all the 79 HC judges requesting them to work during half of their summer vacations, scheduled from 1 June to 30 June, to clear the oldest pending cases, according to the Hindustan Times.
So far 68 judges have responded positively, while the rest are expected to follow suit.
Climate change may cause dengue and Zika virusto spread to an additional half a billion people
Climate change may cause dengue and Zika virusto spread to an additional half a billion people in the next few decades, new research suggests. As the planet becomes warmer, the Aedes aegypti mosquito - responsible for transmitting diseases such as dengue - will spread to new parts of the world. The research estimates that between 2061-2080, between half a billion and five billion persons would be at additional risk. Currently, about 63% of world population lives in areas where the mosquito thrives, and 390 million persons are affected by dengue. The research was published in 25 April in the journal Climatic Change.
Retweeting can hamper memory and learning according to a new study from China
A new study conducted on students in China has indicated that retweeting can hamper memory and learning. It also doesn't help retain the memory of the retweeted post, the study by a team of researchers from Cornell University and Beijing University found. The study was conducted using Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. The researchers found that the decision to share or not to share a post or tweet consumes cognitive resources, and lead to a "cognitive overload".
Malaysia proposes amendment that'll help curb forest fires
Forest fires are a major problem in a country like Malaysia, and the government there has taken significant steps recently to address the issue. It's come out with a tentative proposal to amend an act that'll allow the government to take control of land where big fires are discovered. The move is part of a long-term plan by the Malaysian government to reduce haze that results from slash-and-burn forest clearing techniques - something which is usually employed by palm oil plantations. Both Indonesia and Malaysia have been criticised in the past for its suspect land-clearing methods. Under the new amendment, "it will not matter if the land is owned by smallholders or plantation giants, as long as there is a substantial fire the government will take control of the land," said Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the country's natural resources and environment minister.
Study: Shale isn't as eco-friendly as it is made out to be
As the world, led by the United States, moves towards extracting shale gas, a new study has added to concerns that shale isn't as eco-friendly as it is made out to be. A single shale gas field in the US has been found to have contributed the most to increases in ethane gas in the planet's atmosphere over the last decade. Bakken Formation, a shale field in North Dakota and Montana, emitted 2.5 lakh tonnes of ethane each year, amounting to 2% of global emissions, a study by the University of Michigan found. This amount was enough to cause changes in global ethane concentrations, according to the researchers.
Docs on strike for first time in UK
For the first time ever, junior doctors of England's National Health Service (NHS) have gone on strike. It is supposedly the first time a strike of this nature has taken place which has affected most facets of British healthcare - emergency rooms, intensive care, and maternity wards, as well as routine check-ups. The bone of contention in this case is a proposed working contract floated by the UK government and Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
The contract has a clause about a change in 'standard' working hours to cover 7am to 10pm Saturdays and 7am to 10pm on weekdays. As of now the work hours cover 7am to 7pm on weekdays, and any hours outside of these slots are paid extra. The government says increased work hours will mean more access to treatment by patients; the medical community says the change will create more workload and hence, overworked doctors. Pay rise will also not matter because of reduction in overtime pay overall.