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Centre allows Gujarat to act against retired IPS officer who spoke up on 2002 riots

The Centre has approved a request by Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel to restart disciplinary proceedings against retired IPS officer Rahul Sharma who has often been pitted against the state administration. The Gujarat home department wants to initiate action against Sharma for not replying to its showcause notices on various minor offences.

Sharma took voluntary retirement last year and is now a practicing lawyer. The All India Service Conduct rules say that state governments need the permission of the Ministry of Home Affairs to initiate action over any offence committed by an IPS officer within four years of retirement, according to The Economic Times.

Body of gangraped UP teenager found hanging from a tree

The body of a 15-year-old girl who had been gangraped was was found hanging from a tree on Saturday in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh. She had been missing since Friday. Two men have been arrested in the case.

According to the girl's family, she was kidnapped from Nanpara by three men from the same village, one of whom was known to her and who had allegedly asked her to meet him.

The three men allegedly raped and killed her and later hanged her body from a tree to make it appear like a suicide, says NDTV.

India attacks Manipuri insurgents in Myanmar for the second time in a year

For the second time in a year, Indian troops are said to have entered Myanmarese territory while pursuing militants responsible for the 22 May ambush on an Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur. At least eight militants were killed in the operation on Friday, said sources from the security forces.

"The Assam Rifles has informed us that besides killing eight, they have picked up 18 militants who were later handed over to the Myanmar authorities," said security official.

The Myanmar authorities have yet to acknowledge the issue, according to The Economic Times.

5 arrested in African attacks case after Rajnath, Sushma step in

Four men and a boy have been arrested in connection with the attacks on Africans at the south Delhi village of Rajpur Khurd on Thursday, when at least seven Africans were injured.

The arrests came after Union home minister Rajnath Singh Singh spoke to Delhi police chief Alok Verma.

The Delhi police had on Saturday claimed that there was no racist angle to the attacks on the Africans, who were beaten with cricket bats and iron rods, but instead described the incidents as 'minor scuffles' provoked by the "loud music and public drinking" of the victims, according to The Telegraph.

BJP to give U'khand's Cong rebels election tickets

Uttarakhand's nine rebel MLAs from the Congress who were behind the Harish Rawat government crisis will get assembly seats from the BJP, say party sources.

"Six of the nine seats represented by these rebel Congress MLAs are not traditional BJP strongholds," said a senior BJP leader. "In fact, they stand a better chance to win from these seats as against any other BJP candidate in these places."

When the Congress rebels joined the BJP, the party's state unit chief Ajay Bhatt said they had joined unconditionally. However, the assembly tickets given to them belie Bhatt's claim, says The Economic Times.

New UGC rules permit male students to formally complain if sexually harassed

New regulations notified by the University Grants Commission this month makes sexual harassment gender-neutral, which means male students can also now file complaints if necessary.

The UGC (Prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment of women employees and students in higher educational institutions) Regulations says that institutions must act against gender-based violence perpetrated against employees and students of all sexes. This recognises that some male students and transgenders could be as vulnerable to sexual harassment, humiliation and exploitation as women employees and students, according to The Telegraph.

For baby sea turtles, it helps to have a lot of siblings

Sea turtles do not have an easy start to life. After hatching, they have to break out of their shell, dig their way out from beneath the sand, then make a mad dash across the beach to the water where they may or may not find food and safety - hopefully without getting snapped up by a predator. All of this requires a bit of luck and a lot of energy. And the energy a hatchling expends on breaking out of the nest is energy that can't be used on surviving the rest of the journey.Now, a new study has quantified the amount of energy a baby sea turtle uses to dig itself to the surface. Having lots of siblings - and, thus, lots of help - can really be a time and energy saver, researchers have reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology. That also implies that the conservation technique of dividing clutches may instead make hatchlings worse off.Figuring out the energy expenditure of baby sea turtles took some trial and error, a report in sciencenews.org said. For the final experiment, the scientists buried clutches of eggs just about to hatch beneath 40 centimeters of beach sand in a chamber with opaque walls.

China: No country for academics?

Political scientists and law experts are fleeing to America as Beijing's grip on freedoms in China intensifies under President Xi Jinping.Many academics feel there is no longer a place for them in President Jinping's increasingly repressive China, the Guardian has reported.As Chinese activist and scholar Teng Biao sat at home on the east coast of America, more than 13,000 km away his wife and nine-year-old daughter were preparing to embark on the most dangerous journey of their lives."My wife didn't tell my daughter what was going on," said Teng, who had himself fled China seven months earlier to escape the most severe period of political repression since the days following the Tiananmen massacre in 1989."She said it was going to be a special holiday. She told her they were going on an adventure."One year after their dramatic escape through southeast Asia, Teng's family has been reunited in New Jersey and is part of a fast-growing community of exiled activists and academics who feel there is no longer a place for them in Xi Jinping's increasingly repressive China.Until about 12 months ago China's top universities "remained islands of relative freedom", said Cohen, who has studied the Asian country for nearly six decades.