Friday, 09 December @ 18:00

Science is Universal but Technology has to be local, says PM Modi at India-UK Tech Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Theresa May, who arrived in New Delhi yesterday, participated in the India-UK Tech Summit here on 7 November.

Addressing the gathering in the event, PM Modi said, "the Tech Summit was envisaged during my visit to the UK last year to reinforce the friendship between India and the UK."

The Indian Prime Minister added that he is privileged that Theresa May has joined the summit.

He said, "An honour for us that you chose to visit India as your first bilateral visit outside Europe. It is vital that India and UK, two countries linked by history, work together to define the knowledge economy of the 21st century. India is now the fastest growing large economy with the most open investment climate."

Hillary Clinton cleared by FBI once again following review of new emails

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey informed lawmakers that the agency has not changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.

"Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July," the CNNquoted Comey as saying in the new letter written by him to congressional committee chairmen.

Last month, a bombshell was dropped by Comey on the presidential race as he had sent a letter to Congress saying that the FBI had discovered emails in a separate investigation that could be connected to the now closed probe of whether the classified information was mishandled by Clinton.

J&K: 1 terrorist killed, 2 soldiers injured during gunfight in Shopian

A massive gunfight broke out in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir on 7 November in which a terrorist was neutralised and an Army personnel sustained injuries.

A joint team of 62 Rashtriya Rifles and the JK Police launched an operation last night after receiving specific information about untoward elements.

One AK 47 rifle along with other ammunition and warlike stores were also recovered.

A total of two Army soldiers were injured in the overnight operation and were immediately evacuated and are stable now.

Yesterday, an Army jawan was killed in a ceasefire violation in Poonch district.

Gurugram pollution: Section 144 imposed to curb waste burning in the city

With the increasing levels of pollution in the Delhi NCR region, the Gurgaon district administration on 7 November imposed section of 144 of CrPC in Gurgaon and banned the burning of waste, garbage and other materials openly

The order applies with the immediate effect following the direction of TL Satyaprakash, Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon, who further asserted that it will continue till the city becomes smoke-free.

The order stated that action would be taken against anyone found burning waste material which increased the pollution level.

The City SHOs, Joint Commissioner of MCG and other regional officers of pollution control board have been directed to register complaints against any violators.

Centre to convene emergency meeting of states in wake of Delhi pollution today

On 7 November, Centre will convene an emergency meeting of Environment Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to tackle the alarming level of pollution in Delhi.

Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave will chair the meeting to chalk out an action plan to control the rising pollution levels.

Heavy smog covered the capital city Delhi on the seventh consecutive day today.

Talking to media in New Delhi yesterday, Dave said that no one should indulge in a political blame-game to fight pollution in the national capital.

He appealed for a united response to tackle the problem. He said that the ISRO images show that the role of neighbouring states and their contribution is only 20 percent and blaming them would not work.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Government has decided to close all schools for the next three days and shut down all constructions and demolitions for five days.

Friday, 09 December @ 18:00

Argentine chimp gains freedom as court rules it has rights

In a historic ruling, a court in Argentina has stated that animals are not mere things and are instead subject to "nonhuman rights".

The ruling was made in the case of Cecilia, a chimpanzee who'd been confined to a barren enclosure in Argentina's Mendoza zoo where she had no companionship. As a result of the ruling, Cecilia will now be moved from the zoo to a sanctuary where she will be among others of her species.

The verdict is the result of a petition filed by two NGOs, Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) and the Great Ape Project, on Cecilia's behalf.

Bulletproof BMW used to rescue civilians from ISIS attack

A group of Iraqi citizens trapped by ISIS sniper fire in Kirkuk, a city in the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq, have a bulletproof BMW to thank for their rescue.

The BMW, the property of a Kurdish Peshmerga soldier named Ako Rahman, was used to rescue 70 people, both security forces and civilian, over the course of a few days. Rahman transported those rescued to hospitals in his BMW, often encountering plenty of gunfire along the way.

While BMW have offered to replace Rahman's BMW, he has declined, saying it would go to a local Kurdish museum instead.

Friday, 09 December @ 18:00

'1 in 2 Pakistani women subject to domestic abuse'

At a three-day national health sciences research symposium, Dr. Tazeen Ali Khan, a researcher with Aga Khan University, shared some damning statistics on the prevalence of domestic violence faced by Pakistani women.

According to Ali, studies have shown that between 21% and 50% of Pakistani women face domestic violence. This comes both from husbands as well as in-laws, sometimes over financial matters.

Ali stated that one study of women healthcare professionals showed that a staggering 97.7% of them had encountered domestic abuse at some point in their marriages while a whopping 71% had faced sexual abuse at home.