PM Modi reaches China for G20, likely to raise Pak-China corridor issue with Xi Jinping
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached China today for the crucial G20 summit and talks with top world leaders, including one with Chinese President Xi Jinping on irritants in bilateral ties like India's NSG bid and the CPEC, which runs through PoK.
Modi, who reached after a two-day maiden visit to Hanoi, begins his programme tomorrow morning by holding talks with Xi, in their second meeting in less than three months.
The two leaders had last met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in June in Tashkent.
J&K: CM Mehbooba Mufti calls for dialogue with Hurriyat Conference
On the eve of the visit of an all-party delegation to Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called for engaging all sections of the society, including Hurriyat Conference, in a credible and meaningful political dialogue for resolution of the problems in the Valley.
The country's political leadership must, without any further delay, reach out to and engage all sections of the society, including leaders of the Hurriyat Conference, in a productive dialogue process to resolve the issue and make peace a reality in Jammu and Kashmir, she said while visiting the family of a person killed in firing by security forces.
CBI searches former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda's residence over land acquisition
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on 3 September, conducted searches at former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his associate's premises in connection with alleged irregularities in the acquisition of land in Gurgaon district.
The Hindu quoted a CBI official as saying, "Searches are being carried out at 20 places in Rohtak, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Delhi. The premises of Mr Hooda, his two former personal secretaries and a serving Indian Administrative Service official are being searched by different teams. Some private companies are also under scanner."
According to a report in The Hindu, in September 2015, the CBI had investigated into alleged swindling of Rs 1,500 crore by private companies and their associates in acquiring 400 acres of prime land in Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula in Gurgaon.
Yogeshwar Dutt's London olympics medal may now further upgrade to gold: Reports
Just days after Yogeshwar Dutt's London Olympics bronze was upgraded to silver, the star Indian wrestler's medal may now get converted into gold with champion Toghrul Asgarov also returning positive for banned substance, a media report said on Saturday.
According to the report, Asgarov of Azerbaijan, who won the gold medal in the men's 60kg freestyle category at the 2012 London Games, has tested positive for consuming performance enhancing drugs.Earlier, Russian agency -- flowrestling.org -- had reported that the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Besik Kudukhov of Russia, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, was found to have used a banned substance in a test conducted by the WADA
Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau raid former excise minister K Babu's residence
A special team of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB), on 3 September, conducted a raid at the house of former excise minister K Babu at Tripunithura, Kochi.
Officials from five units of Vigilance conducted the raids.
According to a report in manoramaonline, an FIR had been filed at Moovattupuzha vigilance court against K Babu for allegedly accumulating wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The VACB also conducted raids at his children's house in Thodupuzha, Kochi and Palarivattom, plus those who are suspected to own benami properties, matrubhumi reported.
NASA says Jupiter's North Pole is unlike anything else, releases images
For the first time we know what Jupiter's North Pole looks like and it's "unlike anything encountered in the solar system", the US space agency NASA has said in a statement. The images were captured by NASA's space probe Juno, which had recently completed a first-ever Jupiter fly-by, giving us many other unseen glimpses of the mysterious planet. The pole is bluer than the planet and has a lot of storms. "Saturn has a hexagon at the north pole," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno.
"There is nothing on Jupiter that anywhere near resembles that. The largest planet in our solar system is truly unique. We have 36 more flybys to study just how unique it really is."
To beat strike blues, Kerala jail inmates sell food
On the nationwide labour strike on September 2, as restaurants and eateries remained closed in Kerala, inmates of a district prison in Ernakulam, Kerala sold enormous amounts of food through a counter near the jail premises. The "food for freedom" counter at the prison at Kakkanad sold 25,000 chapatis and 1,600 curry packets, reports The Hindu, more than double the daily average sales. They also sold meal packets, consisting of egg curry and 5 chapatis, for just Rs 25.
Scientists discover a Second Great Barrief Reef near the original
Even as we deal with the sad news of the Great Barrier Reef bleaching thanks to global warming and El Nino, scientists have apparently found another Reef north of the World Heritage Site. The second Reef is much deeper and consists of large donut-shaped structures, reports Christian Science Monitor. This Reef was formed over 10,000 years and will in fact help scientists how the ocean flood changed over the millennia. "We've known about these geological structures in the northern Great Barrier Reef since the 1970s and 80s, but never before has the true nature of their shape, size and vast scale been revealed," Robin Beaman, a marine geologist at James Cook University, said in a statement.
Study estimates coffee beans will go extinct by 2080
Climate change. That's what could exclude coffee from all future mornings, a new study found. Half of the land that is growing coffee today would be unable to do so by 2050, because of rising temperatures and pests, a study by The Climate Institute has found. BEsides this, wild coffee varieties like Arabica will go extinct in under 70 years.
But even before that, there could be changes in the way coffee tastes and smells, the study found. The Telegraph UK has quoted a Starbucks director saying that "conditions continue as they are" would mean a "significant potential risk" for the coffee chain.
American thought dead in 2004 was actually kidnapped by North Korea
David Sneddon, an American who went missing in China 12 years ago is apparently alive and living in North Korea as an English teacher. Sneddon, who was 24 at the time of his disappearance, was kidnapped by the North Korean government to teach English to Kim Jong Un, the current President of the country, Yahoo News Japan reported. Sneddon went missing after he went hiking to the Tiger Leaping Gorge near Jinsha river, but his body was never found. He is said to be living in North Korea, with a wife and two children.