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Uttarakhand HC's KM Joseph who quashed President Rule moved to Andhra HC

Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, KM Joseph, who headed the bench which quashed the President's Rule in the state, has been transferred to Andhra Pradesh high court in Hyderabad.

The bench, headed by Joseph, had set aside the President Rule in Uttarakhand last month, while also giving a green signal to the floor test for the Harish Rawat government. On 22 April, the Uttarakhand HC quashed the President's Rule, saying it "undermines the foundation of federalism".

#JusticeForJishu: Kerala police detain three suspects

The Kerala police detained three men on Tuesday in connection with the brutal rape and murder of a Dalit law student at her home near Kochi last week. Two of the suspects were the woman's neighbours.

The woman's body had been discovered by her mother on 28 April when she returned from work. The autopsy showed she had been brutally assaulted after being raped. Her body had at least 30 cuts; her abdomen was slashed and her intestines had fallen out.

The crime is being compared to the savage rape of a young woman on a moving bus in Delhi on 16 December, 2012, according to the Hindustan Times.

Agusta deal: Parrikar to make 'new revelations' today, Cong prepares counter strategy

In preparation for defence minister Manohar Parrikar's statement on the Agusta Westland helicopter deal at 2 pm in the Rajya Sabha today, senior Congress leaders gathered at party president Sonia Gandhi's residence on Tuesday evening to discuss the party's strategy to counter the "new revelations" that Parrikar is expected to make.

Parrikar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to discuss his statement in the House. The 'new revelations' are expected to name senior Congress leaders, including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, according to NDTV.

Senior Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi, Anand Sharma and former defence minister AK Antony will counter the BJP in the House.

JNU teachers join Kanhaiya & Co in hunger strike

Some 170 of JNU's 600 teachers joined students on a hunger strike on Tuesday, protesting against the university authorities' "non-responsive attitude".

"Students are on hunger strike for a week and it is insensitive of the VC not to intervene.... We asked the VC today to act with compassion and withdraw the punishments rather than try to satisfy powers outside," said teachers' association secretary Bikramaditya Choudhary.

The students are protesting the punishment handed out by the university after an internal inquiry into the 9 February pro-Afzal Guru event on campus, in which some students were accused of raising anti-India slogans and charged with sedition, according to The Telegraph.

Apple to open retail stores but can't sell refurbished phones in India

Apple's iPhone sales in India may have grown by a whopping 56% and its plans to open retail stores may have gotten a nod from the Indian government but one aspect of its plans are failing in the country. The companies plans to sell refurbished iPhones are hitting a roadblock with resistance from the Mobile and Communications Council, a newly formed industry body comprising smartphone rivals Samsung, Micromax and Intex, among others. The government has rejected Apple plans to import "certified pre-owned" iPhones and sell hhem in the country according to a report from Bloomberg.

10-year-old boy paid Rs 6 lakh for spotting Instagram bug that could 'remove Justin Beiber'

Social networking giant Facebook has paid Rs 6.6 lakh to a 10-year-old boy for finding a bug on its photo-sharing platform, Instagram. Jani, who hails from Finland, discovered a security flaw in the Facebook-owned Instagram, tech-site VentureBeat.com reported.

He found a bug in the photo-sharing site - that requires users to be at least 13-years-old to signup. Jani reported the bug by mail in February and offered proof to Facebook. He deleted a message on a test account and was paid the bug bounty in March, the report said.

"I would have been able to remove anyone, even Justin Bieber," VentureBeat quoted the Helsinki boy as saying.

Dirty air may increase obesity risk

Air pollution is bad for our lungs. It may not be great for our waistlines either, a new study in rats suggests.

China's capital city of Beijing has some of the worst air pollution in the world. On really bad days, its air can host more than 10 times as many tiny pollutant particles as the World Health Organization says is safe for human health. In a new study, rats breathed in this air.

And those rodents gained more weight, and were unhealthier overall, than were rats breathing much cleaner air. The results suggest that exposure to air pollution can raise the risk of becoming extremely overweight. Loren Wold who works at Ohio State University in Columbus says it is highly likely that this is happening in humans too.

Wold studies how air pollution affects the heart. But he agrees with many other studies that have suggested air pollution can affect metabolism, which is how the body breaks down food and uses it for fuel, reads a report in Science News.

15-year-old with progeria passes away in Telangana

The Rajya Sabha ethics committee on 4 May recommended the immediate expulsion of liquor baron Vijay Mallya. "We want to send a message that when things go wrong like this, the Parliament is prepared to take action even against its own members," Chairman of the Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha, Karan Singh told ANI.

The House is all set to discuss the recommendation of ethics committee, as per the reports.