36 dead, 150 injured in suicide attack at Istanbul airport, ISIS responsibility possible
Thirty-six people were killed and about 150 injured at Istanbul airport, Turkey, on Tuesday night, when three suicide bombers first opened fire in the departures hall and then blew themselves up in or near the arrivals hall one floor below.
No terror group has claimed responsibility as yet for the attack, though Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that ISIS was suspected.
According to an official, the police had fired at the attackers just as they reached a security point at the arrivals hall, but they blew themselves up.
"It became clear with this incident again that terrorism is a global threat. This attack, targeting innocent people is a vile, planned terrorist act," said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
He said: "There is initial evidence that each of the three suicide bombers blew themselves up after opening fire." Preliminary findings, he added, showed that the attackers had arrived at the airport in a taxi and that the ISIS is responsible, says Reuters, quoted by NDTV.
Rs 12 crore compensation for victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Gurgaon and Pataudi
The Justice TP Garg commission looking into anti-Sikh violence in Gurgaon and Pataudi during the riots that followed the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has recommended compensation of Rs 12.07 crore for the families of the 36 victims who died in the two places.
The commission's 300-page report was submitted to the Haryana government on 29 April and has not yet been made public. It looked into cases that had not already been investigated by the Nanavati commission that had been appointed in 2000, according to The Indian Express.
Despite forecasts of surplus monsoon, drought-hit farmers wary of planting crops
Despite the forecasts of an excellent monsoon, farmers in drought-hit areas of the country are nervous about sowing crops, fearing another round of debt and poverty. They have been backed by their state governments in some cases, for instance, Maharashtra, which asked them not to sow crops till 18 June. Thus, this year's planting figures show a drop of 24 per cent compared to last year.
As on 28 June, the monsoon has been deficient by 16 per cent, and reservoir levels are about 15 per cent of their capacity, according to the Hindustan Times.
After 17 years on the run and change of citizenship, gangster Kumar Pillai extradited to India
A five-member team of the Mumbai crime branch brought in gangster Kumar Pillai on Monday night, extradited to India from Singapore. Pillai had been in hiding for 17 years.
Landing at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, he was formally arrested and taken to the police headquarters.
Pillai's extradition was complicated because three years ago, he had given up his Indian citizenship and become a Chinese national, says the Hindustan Times.
After Pampore, RSS-affiliated Muslim org withdraws iftar party invitation to Pak diplomats
Following the Pampore attack on Saturday, 25 June, in which operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba killed eight CRPF personnel and injured 22 others before being gunned down themselves, the RSS's Muslim Rashtriya Manch has decided to withdraw its invitation to diplomats from Pakistan to a grand iftar party on 2 July.
This is due to a remark made by Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit during an iftar party on Sunday, when he was asked about the Pampore attack, according to the Hindustan Times. "We hope we will sit and discuss the issue and find a solution. Let's have the iftar party and enjoy ourselves," Basit said.
CCTV cameras in exam centres cut out copying, bring down Gujarat's pass percentages
Pass percentages in Gujarat schools have slipped this year because the installation of CCTV cameras at examination centres has stopped copying and cheating.
In an official note to the Union HRD ministry, the Gujarat government said "pass percentage of Class 10 has decreased sharply, from 73.86 per cent in 2014-15 to 63.20 per cent" this year and it is "an area of concern", according to the Hindustan Times.
Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said: "The CCTV surveillance system has affected the board results up to some extent in the past two years."
CBI files two chargesheets in Vyapam scam
The CBI has filed chargesheets in two separate cases related to the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh against six people.
The scam involves alleged irregularities in the Pre-Medical Test conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board in 2009 and 2010. The CBI has registered at least 155 FIRs in the Vyapam scam, says The Economic Times.
NC stages walkout at J&K assembly over BJP 'war cry' after Pampore attack
Demanding to know whether the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir is for "bullets or dialogue", the opposition National Conference walked out of the J&K assembly on Tuesday.
The NC was reacting to a BJP leader's remark that suggested bombing Pakistan after the Laskar-e-Taiba attack on a CRPF convoy on Saturday, 25 June, killed eight personnel. NC MLA Devinder Rana said that this had created panic among people living in border areas, according to The Economic Times.
"BJP's war cry has triggered panic in border areas of Kalakote, Dalmia and Poonch, which have to bear the brunt of cross-border firing," said Rana.
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.