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CIC orders Delhi, Gujarat varsities to give Kejriwal details of Modi's degrees

Following a demand by Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for details of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's degrees, the CIC on Friday ordered the universities of Delhi and Gujarat to provide the details, and also ordered the prime minister's office to provide the two universities with the "number and year" of the degrees held by Modi to help locate his records.

In response, Kejriwal tweeted: "We welcome CIC decision. All speculations wud be put to rest now."

Kejriwal had, on Thursday, written a letter to the CIC, wondering why it was 'hiding' information on Modi's educational qualifications, according to the Hindustan Times.

20 women killed for dowry every day between 2012 and 2014: Maneka Gandhi

Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi told the Lok Sabha on Friday that an analysis of statistics from the years 2012 to 2014 showed that at least 20 women were killed for dowry every day, adding up to 25,000 women murdered or driven to suicide by dowry-demanding in-laws. In the same period, 30,000 cases of dowry harassment were registered.

Gandhi gave a written reply to a question on the implementation of Dowry Prohibition Act, according to the Hindustan Times.

'Criminal conspiracy' behind flyover collapse: Mamata govt to Calcutta HC

In a report filed before the Calcutta High Court on the collapse of the Vivekananda Road flyover in Kolkata on 31 March which killed 26 people, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal said that construction with sub-standard materials and a "criminal conspiracy" between the suppliers and builders caused the collapse.

Banerjee had earlier blamed previous Left Front governments for the flyover collapse, according to The Telegraph. She had said at election meetings: "I did not cause the accident. Our government does not do such shoddy work. The CPM government did it. It is evident that the CPM is behind it."

Opp corners Centre on cattle traders' hangings, demands dismissal of J'khand govt

Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha on Friday demanded a parliamentary fact-finding committee to be sent to Jharkhand to investigate the hanging of two cattle traders in the state in March.

The matter was raised during Zero Hour by Janata Dal (United) member Gulam Rasool Balyawi.

Balyawi said that the case in which two Muslim cattle traders had been hanged was not a law and order issue but a case of communal violence.

According to The Economic Times, other Opposition leaders demanded the dismissal of the BJP-led government in Jharkhand over the issue.

Oomen Chandy says he has no immovable assets and no cash in hand

In his affidavit filed before the Election Commission along with his nomination papers, Kerala chief minister and Congress candidate from Puthuppally Oommen Chandy has declared he has no immoveable assets and that his moveable assets are worth Rs 3.21 lakh. He claimed he had no cash in hand.

Chandy said his movable assets are worth Rs 3,21,840, and his spouse and dependent have movable assets of Rs 32,85,000 and Rs 13,09,871 respectively.

According to The Indian Express, Chandy said his spouse owns immovable assets worth Rs 75,00,000. His total income in the year 2014-15 was Rs 3,42,230 while his spouse's income was Rs 4,25,650.

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.

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.

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.