20 dead, 19 injured as fire breaks out in Pulgaon Army depot in Maharashtra
A fire broke out at the Central Ammunition Depot in Maharashtra's Pulgaon, near Wardha, late on 30 May.
According to reports, about 17 people have lost their lives in the mishap, including two officers and 15 DSC jawans. About 19 people have reportedly sustained injuries, and some are said to be in a critical condition.
A series of explosions that were set off by an initial outburst of flames led to this tragedy, which broke out in the country's largest ammunition depot.
Villages in the vicinity of the depot have been evacuated.
The fire is yet to be completely extinguished. Death toll is expected to rise.
Home dept, police failed Haryana during Jat stir: Report
The Prakash Singh committee looking into the situation in Haryana during the Jat agitation in February has reported an administrative paralysis in that period, with the home department and the police failing to act. The riots claimed 30 lives and caused damage worth crores.
According to the 451-page report, the "highest functionaries" in the government failed to show "the kind of guidance, direction and control" that is expected in such a crisis. The report indicts 90 police and administrative officers for their failure to act.
The Jat community has threatened to renew their agitation from 5 June, according to The Indian Express.
India has largest population of modern slaves in the world: Global Slavery Index
The Global Slavery Index published by human rights organisation Walk Free Foundation says that India has the largest population of modern slaves in the world, including bonded labourers, forced beggars, sex workers and child soldiers.
"Existing research suggests all forms of modern slavery continue to exist in India, including inter-generational bonded labour, forced child labour, commercial sexual exploitation, forced begging, forced recruitment into non-state armed groups and forced marriage," said Grace Forrest, co-founder of the foundation.
About 18 million people are trapped in India under the circumstances listed above, working out to 1.4 per cent of the country's total population, according to the Hindustan Times.
Crucial Ishrat documents still missing, panel to file report today
Documents missing from the case files relating to the death of Ishrat Jahan remain lost, but the BK Prasad panel will not recommend an investigation by the CBI or Delhi Police, but leave that decision to be made by home minister Rajnath Singh and home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.
The panel will submit its report on the issue today.
Prasad is believed to have interviewed about 24 officials in the ministry of home affairs who had cause to handle the Ishrat Jahan files, says The Economic Times. A source said that a timeline has been established that indicates when the documents were lost.
Anti-trafficking law to be tough on perpetrators, soft on victims: Maneka Gandhi
India's first anti-trafficking law aims to show compassion towards victims, but be tough on perpetrators.
According to Maneka Gandhi, minister for women and child development, the draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2016 aims to ensure that a trafficked individual forced into prostitution is not treated as an offender.
"The new law is compassionate towards the victim," said Gandhi said. The draft law proposes setting up an anti-trafficking fund and creating a protocol for the treatment of victims.
In 2014, nearly 5,500 cases of human trafficking were reported in India, says the Hindustan Times.
Islamabad high court issues notices to accused in 2008 Mumbai attacks
The seven men accused in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case were issued notices by the Islamabad high court on the prosecution's plea to examine the boat used by the terrorists to get to India.
The accused included Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, the man behind the attack.
"The Islamabad high court has issued notices to the accused of Mumbai attack case and the government on the prosecution's plea to form a commission to examine the boat at port city of Karachi," a court official told the Hindustan Times.
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.