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Kishoreganj: 2 killed, 9 injured in blast near Bangladesh's largest Eid congregation, one terrorist captured

Two people were killed and nine were left injured in a bomb blast in Bangladesh's Kishoreganj area on 7 July, just days after a terror attack rocked Dhaka on 1 July. Two policemen have been killed in the attack, along with one from the terrorist faction.

According to ANI reports, other than the terrorist who has been gunned down, another has been captured by Bangladeshi security forces.

The attackers have reportedly taken shelter at a nearby school. Firing is still on.

The blast took place at the entrance of Bangladesh's largest Eid congregation outside the Sholkia mosque Idgah, where about 100,000 worshippers had gathered. A few days after the Dhaka attack, the Islamic State released a new video warning of more attacks on Bangladesh.

The attack is believed to have been targetted at a police patrol outside the congregation. The deceased and the injured are believed to be police personnel. Reports of civilians sustaining injuries are also surfacing.

PM Narendra Modi lands in Mozambique on first leg of four-nation tour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique on 7 July, as a part of his four-nation tour of the African continent. PM Modi is the first Indian PM to visit Mozambique in 34 years. Former prime minister Indira Gandhi visited the country in 1982.

During his five-day, four-nation tour - which will see him travel to Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya - PM Modi will hold meetings with a special focus on energy, food security, trade, maritime cooperation and diaspora.

In Mozambique, Prime Minister Modi will hold a "restricted meeting" with President Filipe Nyusi. This will be followed by delegation-level talks, a signing of agreements and an issue of a joint statement.

On 5 July, the Union Cabinet approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mozambique on drug demand reduction and prevention of illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals and related matters.

The MoU is aimed at enhancing mutual cooperation between the two countries in combating illicit trafficking in narcotics, psychotropic substances and their precursors through an exchange of information, expertise and capacity building.

President Mukherjee, PM Modi greet nation on Eid-ul-Fitr

The President, Vice-President and the Prime Minister have greeted the people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

"Let us on this occasion rededicate ourselves to the service of humanity and share our happiness with the poor and needy. May the Eid celebrations reinforce the nation's commitment to mutual goodwill and inspire each one of us to follow the path of love and universal brotherhood," President Pranab Mukherjee said.

"I convey my heartiest greetings and good wishes to the citizen of our country on the joyous occasion of Id-ul-Fitr. May the noble ideals that mark Id-ul-Fitr enrich our lives with peace, prosperity and the spirit of humanity," Vice President Hamid Ansari said.

"My greetings and best wishes on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this special day deepen the spirit of harmony and peace in society," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

AAP's HS Phoolka apologises for youth manifesto image

AAP leader HS Phoolka has said that he would participate in 'sewa' to apologise for the party's "unintentional mistake" of having put up a picture of the Golden Temple on its youth manifesto for Punjab.

"The Delhi team of the AAP may not be well versed with the religious sensibilities of the people of the state and inadvertently committed a mistake. It later apologized for the same," he was quoted as saying.

Namami Gange : 231 projects to be launched all over country today

On 7 July, 231 projects under the Namami Gange Programme will be inaugurated with a view to give a major boost to the programme, at various locations in the states of Uttakhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi and Haryana.

Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti made this announcement at a press conference in the national capital on 6 July. She said these projects involve modernization and redevelopment of Ghats and crematoriums, development of sewage infrastructure and treatment, afforestation, tree plantation, pilot drain project, interceptor drain project, trash skimmers and conservation of biodiversity.

47 such projects will be inaugurated at various locations in Dehradun, Garhwal, Tehri garhwal, Rudraprayag, Haridwar and Chamoli districts of Uttarakhand," Bharti said.

The main function will be held at Haridwar which will be attended by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Choudhary Birender Singh, Mahesh Sharma and Uma Bharti.

Artificial pancreas may be available by 2018: scientists

An artificial pancreas, which will allow patients with diabetes to monitor blood glucose and automatically adjusts levels of insulin entering the body, is likely to be available by 2018, scientists say.

A recent review by the UK National Institute of Health Research reported that automated closed-loop systems may be expected to appear in the European market by the end of 2018.

"In trials to date, users have been positive about how use of an artificial pancreas gives them 'time off' or a 'holiday' from their diabetes management, since the system is managing their blood sugar effectively without the need for constant monitoring by the user," said Roman Hovorka and Hood Thabit of the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Two dead in aerial firing during Eid celebrations in Pak's Bannu region

At least two people were killed and eight others injured in a celebratory firing on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Pakistan's Bannu's Frontier Region on 6 July.

Officials of the political administration confirmed the casualties saying the injuries and deaths were caused when people fired aerial shots after Eid prayers in Bakkakhel area, reports the Express Tribune.

The injured were rushed to a local hospital and two of them are in a critical condition.

In similar incident, an infant in Peshawar was brought to a hospital after reportedly being injured due to aerial firing.