Former heavyweight boxing world champion Muhammad Ali dies at 74
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 in an Arizona hospital, a spokesperson confirmed. Ali was battling a respiratory problem at and his condition had been reportedly grave for the last few days.According to reports, the 74-year-old, who was already suffering from Parkinson's disease, had to be hospitalised after complaining of breathing difficulties.
PM Modi to inaugurate India-Afghan Friendship Dam today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who embarked on a five-nation visit to Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, US, and Mexico earlier this morning, will reach Herat in the western part of Afghanistan in the afternoon.On the first leg of his visit, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the India-Afghan Friendship Dam along with President Dr. Ashraf Ghani. The dam was earlier known as Salma Dam.
Faulty mines leaking TNT were stored at Pulgaon ammunition depot
The explosion that took place while a fire raged at the Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) in Pulgaon on 31 May could have been caused by faulty anti-tank mines that leaked the explosive TNT.
Nineteen people, including two army officers were killed in the fire.
The defective mines continued to be stored at the Pulgaon deport even though the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had warned last year in a report that 102,805 anti-tank mines, worth Rs 47.29 crore and rejected due to manufacturing defects, were stored in ammunition depots across the country, says The Indian Express.
Delhi Police bust kidney trade racket at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital
Two secretarial staff of the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital were arrested by the Delhi Police on Friday for conducting a kidney trade racket. Three touts were also arrested for the same offence.
The two Apollo Hospital staff, Aditya Singh, 24, and Shailesh Saxena, 31, are the assistants of a senior nephrologist, said the police. The touts, Aseem Sikdar, Satya Prakash and Devashish Moulik, bribed people in need of money to part with their kidneys. Every donor was paid Rs 5 lakh, while recipients paid Rs 25-30 lakh. Five cases have been detected so far, says the Hindustan Times.
RSS mentors UPSC candidates to instil 'true Indian values and ethos'
UPSC toppers Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir are likely to be among 600 successful civil services candidates who will attend a mentoring session conducted by RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal in Delhi on 17 July.
All these candidates had been part of coaching and training sessions at Samkalp, a Sangh-run institute that has three branches in Delhi and 14 across the country, according to The Economic Times. The two toppers, Delhi-based Dabi and Anantnag-based Aamir trained in mock interviews at Samkalp after they had cleared the Union Public Service Commission's written exams, said Prakash, a coordinator at the coaching institute.
Draft environmental bill diluted after complaints from industrialists
A draft bill aimed to make polluters pay for environmental damage has been diluted considerably due to protests from industrialists.
Originally meant to charge polluters substantial penalties, the bill now has reduced fines and changed other provisions in the draft. While the original draft suggested fines between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 20 crore for those causing environmental damage, the new draft reduces the fines to between Rs 10,000 and Rs 10 crore, according to The Economic Times.
BJP hopes to have Jaya's AIDMK join the NDA
The BJP is working on making the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK part of the NDA, said a senior BJP leader on Friday. "It (the entry) remains to be finalised," said the leader, but added that it will likely be finalised in mid-June when Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in Delhi.
If the AIDMK does join the NDA, it will add 37 MPs to the coalition, including 12 in the Rajya Sabha, according to The Telegraph. The NDA at present consists of the BJP, the Telugu Desam, the Shiv Sena, the Akali Dal, the Lok Janshakti Party and other smaller regional parties.
Rationalists' murders: Was the same gun used to kill all three?
The CBI will send the forensic evidence found in the murders of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar in 2013, and Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi in 2015 to Scotland Yard to ascertain whether the same gun was used to kill all three.
Though the CBI is only investigating the murder of Dabholkar, similarities between the three crimes have caused the agency to follow up the murders of Pansare and Kalburgi too, according to 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.