Agusta deal: CBI to question Michel's Delhi driver
The CBI will question Narayan Bahadur, the chauffeur who drove British middleman Christian Michel when he visited Delhi, hoping to identify the alleged Indian recipients of kickbacks in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal.
Bahadur was employed by Michel who visited the city often between 2008 and 2010 while the deal was being negotiated, according to The Telegraph.
"Michel holds the key to the mystery behind the payoffs but we cannot lay our hands on him at present," said a CBI official. "So we're planning to question Bahadur, who may be able to... help us identify the influential people whom Michel had met in Delhi."
Near riot at Jadavpur University as BJP demands release of 4 party men held for molestation
Kolkata's Jadavpur University witnessed a near riot on Friday evening as BJP workers led by Roopa Ganguly clashed with students who had detained four party members for allegedly molesting girls on campus.
The molestation took place after a highly-interrupted screening of a film called Buddha in a Traffic Jam, directed by Vivek Agnihotri. Women students complained that they had been molested by four 'outsiders', who were caught by the students and handed over to the university vice chancellor.
Ganguly said that these men, party workers of the BJP, had been framed, and arrived at the JU campus to demand their release, according to NDTV.
MoS Babul Supriyo in accident, condition stable
Babul Supriyo, minister of state for urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation, had an accident while driving his motorcycle near Delhi Cantonment on Friday evening, on his way to the airport to fetch his daughter. He was taken to AIIMS where he was treated and kept overnight for observation.
The accident took place at 8 pm when Supriyo was on his motorcycle as his security personnel followed in a car, according to The Indian Express. "A car in front of him braked suddenly. His bike hit the car and he fell on the road," said the police.
AAP claims proof that Modi never graduated from Delhi University
The Aam Aadmi Party says Prime Minister Narendra Modi lied about graduating from Delhi University, and that a degree published by newspapers recently is 'fake'. It claims that it has documents to show that no Narendra Damodar Modi graduated from Delhi University in 1978 as the PM had sworn in his affidavit to the Election Commission as he filed his nomination papers for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"His degree is fake, he never took an exam," said the AAP's Ashutosh on Friday. The party says that the degree published by newspapers had instead belonged to a 'Narendra Mahavir Modi' who graduated in 1978, according to NDTV.
ED raids in Bikaner connected to Vadra
The Enforcement Directorate raided seven locations in Bikaner, Rajasthan, on Friday, in connection with a land scam that allegedly involves Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra.
Last September, the ED had registered a money laundering case against some state government officials, middlemen and seven private firms, including the Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality. However, the ED has not named Vadra in any criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, according to The Telegraph.
The seven firms have been accused of conniving with some state revenue department officials to acquire 360 hectares of government land in Bikaner's Kolayat region between 2007 and 2010.
World's longest insect is Chinese
The longest insect in the world is Chinese. Zhao Li of the the Insect Museum of West China has recently discovered what is being called the world's longest insect - it's a species of stick insect of the genus Phryganistria that measures over half a meter. Zhao has named the insect Phryganistria chinensis Zhao (after himself of course) and says he found it during a field trip in the Guangxi Zhuang region in 2014.
However the insect has already laid six eggs and the smallest of the brood measures 26 centimeters in length- the longest-insect label may be replaced sooner than we think.
Use of cosmetics during pregnancy leads to complications in newborns
A recent study has discovered that the use of personal or cosmetic products like soaps and creams during pregnancy can have a detrimental effect in newborns. The study comes from SUNY Downstate Medical Centre in the US and has been published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials.
According to their study, explained researcher Laura Geer, there's "a link between women with higher levels of butyl paraben, which is commonly used as a preservative in cosmetics, and the following birth outcomes - shorter gestational age at birth, decreased birth weight, and increased odds of preterm birth." An important antimicrobial compound which is usually used in soaps, triclocarban was directly associated with shorter gestational age at birth. Propyl paraben, which is used in lotions and creams, was associated with decreased body length.