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CBI arrests Principal Secretary to Delhi CM, Rajendra Kumar, and 4 others in corruption case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister, Rajendra Kumar, and four others in a corruption case on 4 July.

The CBI officials had carried out searches at offices in Delhi Secretariat last year while investigating corruption charges against Rajendra Kumar.

CBI has also reportedly also alleged that Kumar was the kingpin of a scam worth Rs 50 crore.

Kumar had been booked under Sections of IPC on charges of criminal conspiracy and under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore during 2007 to 2014.

Dhaka terror attack: Two arrested in connection with bloodbath at Holey Artisan Bakery

Two people were arrested on 4 July in connection with the attack on a cafe in Dhaka which claimed the lives of 22 people. Authorities have also stepped up the probe into the international links of the hostage-takers.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque refused to disclose the identities of the detainees or details of where they were being kept.

He said that both detainees were unwell and would be quizzed after their condition improves. "One of them is in hospital, the other is in custody," he said.

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the killing of the 20 hostages and two police officers during the 12-hour siege that ended after the Army stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery popular with expats in the diplomatic zone in Dhaka, killing six attackers and capturing one alive.

Baghdad: Death toll rises to 120, 3 day national mourning declared

Ramzan celebrations in Baghdad took a dismal turn on 2 July as twin bombings tore up the capital city of Iraq, killing about 125 people and leaving nearly 200 wounded. In the wake of the worst IS attack of the year, the Iraqi government has declared a three day national mourning for the victims of the bombings.

The central district of Karrada, where locals flocked to eat out and shop after breaking their fast, plummeted into chaos as a truck packed with explosives blew up in the midst of the busy streets. The Islamic State released a statement, claiming responsibility for the attack, which they termed a suicide bombing.

The death toll quickly rose, as bodies were recovered from under the rubble, and people succumbed to their injuries. Photos and videos of the area also reveal severely damaged buildings and gutted vehicles.

Dhaka attack: Tarishi Jain's body brought back to India; last rites in Gurugram

The body of Indian teenager Tarishi Jain, who was among the 20 hostages killed during a terror attack at a Dhaka restaurant on Friday night, was brought to Delhi on 4 July. Her funeral will take place in Gurugram at around 5:30 pm.

Her family has conveyed to the Ministry of External Affairs that they want the cremation ceremony to be conducted privately, without the media's presence.

Tarishi's body, according to reports, will be kept at DLF Phase-I community centre, Gurugram, for people to pay their respects.

Aamir Khan on Salman Khan's 'raped woman' row: Who am I to advice him about 'insensitive' remark?

Aamir Khan has broken his silence on the row over Salman Khan's "raped woman" comment.

The actor, who will be seen essaying the role of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat in his upcoming sport drama Dangal, is currently in Mumbai for the final shooting schedule of the film. During the launch of the poster for Dangal, Aamir was asked to comment on Salman's rape analogy.

Aamir, who is friends with the Sultan star, said he did not know what Salman had actually said in the interview and that he only knew about the controversy from media reports. Aamir said:

"I wasn't present at the time he made this comment. And whatever I know is through the media. I think the comment was rather unfortunate and insensitive."

On being asked about what advice he would give to his Andaaz Apna Apna co-star on the issue, Aamir said: "Who am I to advice him?"

Dhaka hostage crisis: Son of Awami League leader among attackers?

Bangladeshi media are reporting that one of the seven attackers behind Friday night's hostage crisis at a Dhaka restaurant could be the son of a senior leader of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League.

A local newspaper said that Rohan Ibne Imtiaz, the son of Awami League leader and Bangladesh Olympic Association deputy secretary general SM Imtiaz Khan Babul, was identified as one of the attackers by another Awami League leader.

Babul had filed a police complaint on 4 January this year because his son missing, according to NDTV.

Situation in PDP-BJP ruled J&K highly inflammable: Security forces

Security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir have warned the Centre that "alienation is on (the) rise" and there is "anger against the (state) government".

The agencies recently presented data to back their assessment to the Union home ministry, including figures such as a "47 per cent increase in militancy-related incidents, 51 per cent increase in stone-pelting incidents, 65 per cent spurt in infiltration and an increase in fresh recruitments" from January to June 2016, according to The Indian Express.

AAP behind church, gurdwara attacks in Capital: BJP Delhi chief

The BJP's Delhi chief, Satish Upadhyay, alleged on Sunday that the Aam Aadmi Party was behind the attacks on churches and gurdwaras in the Capital before the last assembly elections.

Speaking at the district executive meet, Upadhyay said: "We saw attacks on churches and gurdwaras... We got some news of Tilak Nagar AAP workers being involved in such activities."

The BJP is acting on the news that an FIR has been filed against AAP MLA Naresh Yadav for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Quran in Malerkotla, Punjab, on 24 June, says The Indian Express.

3% reservation for differently-abled in all Govt of India posts: Supreme Court

A Supreme Court ruling released on 2 July said that three per cent reservation must be provided to the differently abled in all posts and services under the government of India.

Department of Personnel and Training memoranda issued in 1997 and 2005 restricted reservations by promotion for the differently-abled in Group A and Group B posts.

A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Abhay M Sapre ruled on 30 June that declared the DoPT memoranda was "illegal and inconsistent" with the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, says The Indian Express.

BJP Goraksha committee counting cows in Bengal's districts during Ramzan, 785 FIRs filed so far

The BJP's cow protection cell in Bengal's districts are counting cows in this month of Ramzan to ensure that the numbers do not fall.

Beef is not banned in West Bengal. It is, however, banned in states across its borders, leading to suspicions of cow smuggling.

Aside from maintaining cow statistics, the cell is spreading awareness on the "benefits" of protecting cows, and have so far filed 785 FIRs across all districts, stating that cows that are "not fit for slaughter, are being taken to the slaughter house", according to The Economic Times.

Policemen volunteer to fill in as teachers in staff-short MP schools

The Hoshangabad district police in Madhya Pradesh will fill in as educators at government schools that face an acute shortage of teachers.

The police are doing this on a voluntary basis, inspired by the Centre's Vidyanjali project that asked for volunteers at schools that lack teachers.

"The initiative has started and the show will go on full throttle. We will ensure students face no difficulties due to want of teachers," said Hoshangabad SP AP Singh, who studied at Delhi's Hansraj College and is a 2010 batch IPS officer, according to the Hindustan Times.

Experts suggest that global warming is not caused by natural factors

Analysing data on the earth's temperature since the year 1500, it has been revealed that the incidence of global warming in the industrial era is not a mere natural fluctuation in the earth's climate.

The study, by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy, represents a new approach to the question of whether global warming in the industrial era has been caused largely by man-made emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

Rather than using complex computer models to estimate the effects of greenhouse-gas emissions, Lovejoy examines historical data to assess the competing hypothesis: that warming over the past century is due to natural long-term variations in temperature.

Five Indian fishermen apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy, their boat seized

In the early hours of 3 July, five Indian fishermen were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy, who seized their boat.

The fishermen were fishing near the Delfts Island.

The Navy arrested the five fishermen as they crossed the international maritime boundary line. Sri Lanka normally releases apprehended fishermen as goodwill gesture but boats are seized. The local fishermen are urging the government to secure the immediate release of fellow fishermen and 94 seized boats.