Tory leadership: Theresa May, Michael Gove declare candidacy for PM, Boris Johnson pulls out
In the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, Conservative leader, and former Prime Minister David Cameron stepped down from his post on 23 June, and said that a new Prime Minister will have to be elected to take forward the negotiations that would set Brexit into motion.
Home Secretary Theresa May, also a supporter of the Remain camp, has declared her intentions to join the race to become the next Tory leader and Prime Minister. Former mayor of London Boris Johnson, who had spearheaded the Leave campaign, was also a part of the race.
Johnson's candidacy was a given, until Justice Secretary Michael Gove, also a Leave campaigner, declared his candidacy at the eleventh hour. He declared that he had "reluctantly" come to the conclusion that the former London mayor "cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead".
Mumbai: Eight killed in medical store fire in Andheri West
A fire broke out in a medical store in Mumbai's Andheri West on 30 June. Several fire tenders have reached the spot to douse the flames and bring the situation under control.
The pharmacy, situated in a chawl on the Juhu gully in Andheri west, went up in flames at around 6.15 am. The fire started in the medical store that is located on the ground floor, and quickly spread to the first floor of the building, inhabited by families.
ANI reports suggest that eight people have been killed in the fire. Another person has been critically injured. The flames have now been doused.
Jharkhand BJP chief's son accused of sexually abusing one minor, and marrying another minor
The Congress has accused Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi's son, Munna Marandi, of marrying a minor even as another minor girl alleges that Munna sexually abused her for two years.
The minor girl appeared before the State Commission for Women on Wednesday and submitted an application against Munna for allegedly sexually exploiting her by promising marriage. She had earlier approached the district court at Godda. At the same time, Congress president Deepika Pandey Singh of Godda district accused Munna of marrying a minor on 27 June, says The Indian Express.
Kejriwal's Gujarat hosts cancel meeting, AAP alleges state govt pressured them
The body of traders that had invited Arvind Kejriwal, Dehli chief minister and head of the Aam Aadmi Party to address a meeting in Surat, has cancelled the 10 July meeting on the grounds of "inadequate preparations".
However, AAP sources say the Surat Vividh Vepari Mahamandal was pressured by the BJP-led Gujarat government to do so, says The Telegraph.
Kejriwal's visit to Gujarat was meant to begin the AAP's campaign for the 2017 assembly elections in the state.
ED attaches Rs 749 crore worth of YS Jagan Reddy's assets
YSR Congress Party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's moveable and immovable assets valued at over Rs 749 crore were attached by the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The attached properties include real estate and the fixed assets of several companies worth Rs 344 crore, and movable properties, including shares and FDs, says The Indian Express.
Hafiz Saeed, Abdur Rehman Makki urge Pakistanis to 'wage war against India'
At a rally in Gujranwala in Pakistan's Punjab, Jamaat-ud-Dawa second in command Abdur Rehman Makki spoke about to the terror attack on the CRPF convoy in Pampore, Kashmir on 25 June, saying "do sheron ne gidaron ke convoy ko gher liya (two lions surrounded the convoy of jackals)".
He urged Pakistanis to join the JuD and "wage a war against India".
A video of the rally was uploaded on Sunday, the day after the Pampore attack in which eight CRPF personnel were killed and 22 injured, says The Indian Express.
From next year, IIT JEE to be open to SAARC and African nations, but not Pakistan
From 2017, competition for a seat at the prestigious IITs will go global when the government holds the Joint Entrance Exam in SAARC nations and African countries, but not Pakistan because of visa issues.
Only Indian students were permitted to take the JEE till this year, says the Hindustan Times.
An HRD ministry official said: "There were a number of issues that had to be taken into account as to whether students from Pakistan will be able to get visa or not if we decided to hold exam there. So it has been decided not to hold the entrance exam there."
JNU vice chancellor appointed to UGC
JNU vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar has been appointed a member of the University Grants Commission. Jagadesh had been criticised for allowing the police to enter the campus in February, when three students were arrested for allegedly raising anti-national slogans at an event to commemorate the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Kumar's UGC appointment will not affect his term as JNU vice-chancellor, says The Telegraph.
If this Chinese newborn were born the day she became a frozen embryo, she'd be an adult
Yeah, that's right. A perfectly healthy baby was born in China from an embryo that was frozen a whopping 18 years ago. Her mother, a 45-year-old from Jiangsu province, had the embryo implanted in her womb in November 2015.
The baby girl weighs 3,300 gms. According to the Shanghai health department, the ideal storage life for frozen embryos shouldn't exceed five years. Well, looks like this one's a miracle baby.
Wait. Is Daniel Radcliffe making a Harry Potter return?
Could this be true? Please let this be true?
So with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child barely a month away from being staged in London, Daniel Radcliffe decided to let us in on a glorious possibility. The actor who played Harry Potter from JK Rowling's series by the same name in the movie adaptation has said that "it would depend on the script." Hear, hear!
"The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying, 'No,' for now, but leaving room to backtrack in the future," Radcliffe told Radio Times.
Developing countries better watch out. Premature deaths to rise by 2040
Due to increasing outdoor air pollution, the number of premature deaths, specifically in developing nations in Asia, is projected to rise from 3 million at present to 4.5 million by 2040. The situation can be controlled if the energy sector is somehow able to curb emissions.
According to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Outlook (WEO) special report, an estimated 6.5 million deaths each year are linked to air pollution. And the number is set to increase significantly in the coming decades.
Thanks to humans, this penguin species could be extinct soon
The Adélie penguin population might not live too long. And as always, humans are to blame. Yay us.
According to a new study, the penguin population in Antartica is set to fall by a shocking 60 percent by 2099. The reason? Warmer seas and an inhospitable climate for penguins due to global warming.
As one of the researchers, Megan Cimino, explains, "Based on this relationship, we project that one-third of current Adélie penguin colonies, representing 20% of their current population, may be in decline by 2060."