8-year-old boy killed in Shamli as SP members celebrate poll victory with gunfire
An eight-year-old boy in Shamli district, Uttar Pradesh, was killed by a stray bullet on Sunday as members of the Samajwadi Party celebrated the victory of their candidate in the block pramukh panchayat polls by firing guns, reports The Economic Times. The incident led to outrage in the district and opposition parties demanded the resignation of SP leaders involved in the firing. Inspector BP Singh of Shamli police station was suspended for allowing the firing to occur. Three people have been arrested in this connection. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of the SP has ordered a probe.
No evidence linking JEM to Pathankot attack, say Pak investigators
A Pakistani special investigation team has said that there is no evidence that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) was involved in the terror attack on the Pathankot air base of the Indian Air Force on the night of 2 January, reports The Telegraph. An official of the ream said: "We searched their homes, seminaries, hideouts and also examined their call records for the past three months and found nothing dubious." India says the JEM was behind the attack and provided evidence to the Pakistan government to support its belief. The JEM has never claimed responsibility for the attack, though it praised it.
No 'beef licences' for foreigners in Haryana, clarifies CM
The 11-month-old ban on beef in Haryana will remain complete, said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday, reports The Indian Express. Khattar clarified his position after news broke that the Haryana government was planning to issue beef licences for foreigners in the state. "No such proposal is under consideration," Khattar said. "There is neither such thing in pipeline, nor has anyone said so."
Pachauri remains in senior position at TERI
RK Pachauri, former director-general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), who has been accused of sexual harassment, has been kept on in a specially-created senior position of vice chairman, even though a new director general, Ajay Mathur, has been appointed, reports The Indian Express. On Monday, in an internal email to its employees, TERI said: "This is to inform that Dr Ajay Mathur has joined as director general of TERI from today. The Governing Council of TERI has appointed Dr RK Pachauri as the Executive Vice Chairman with immediate effect."
Six days after Siachen avalanche, a soldier found alive
Six days after he was buried beneath 25 feet of snow in an avalanche on the Siachen glacier, an Army jawan has been found alive. Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa was evacuated and flown to a New Delhi hospital. His condition is reported to be critical. Lt Gen DS Hooda, Northern Army Commander called it "a miraculous rescue". "Five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified. All other soldiers are regrettably no more with us," said Hooda. 10 men from the Madras Regiment had been buried under snow after an avalanche hit their post.
Former Nepal PM Sushil Koirala passes away
Former prime minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala passed away on 9 February. He was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Koirala resigned as Nepal PM in October 2015 following a political row over the new Nepal Constitution that also saw the blockade of a key border trade point with India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express grief over Koirala's demise. "In Sushil Koirala ji, NC has lost a big leader who served Nepal for decades & India lost a valued friend. Pained by his demise. RIP," PM Modi said in tweet.
David Headley makes startling revelations about Pakistan ISI on Day 2 of deposition
David Coleman Headley, who has turned an approver in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, on Tuesday claimed that the Pakistan ISI provides support to the LeT, JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen. He said that the terror groups were united in their cause to unleash terror on India. He also spoke of the elaborate planning that went into the 26/11 attacks. "During my surveillance in Mumbai, Sajid Mir (LeT) asked me to specifically conduct a surveillance of Siddhivinayak Temple," he said. Read the full story here.
140 bird species sighted on Big Bird Day
Sunday was special for birdwatchers in Coimbatore. Three teams of bird watchers went across the district to record birds for the first time as part of Big Bird Day.
This was part of the nation-wide exercise where bird watchers had panned out to forests, rural, semi-urban and urban areas to sight and record birds. Though it was the first time in Coimbatore, such an exercise has been going on in The Nilgiris district for the past four years
Malabar Trogan, a rare bird to sight given its shy nature was spotted among several others.
Gay men feel pressure to be stylish, witty
The right of gay men to be dull and humourless is being undermined by the common conception that homosexuals are stylish and witty, an academic has suggested. Ashley Brooks, a psychology researcher at Anglia Ruskin University who is conducting a study into "ambivalent homoprejudice", argues that some gay men felt under pressure to live up to a particular stereotypes.
The idea that gay men were well-dressed, funny and 'emotionally available' with a particular understanding of women is an apparently positive prejudice with potentially negative consequences, Brooks told the Independent. "These overly positive attitudes, which you see a lot in the media - that gay men are particularly fashion conscious, and witty, and a woman's 'gay best friend' - can be extremely pressurising," he added.
Helping find clueless techies love. For a price, of course
It is not easy to date in Silicon Valley. So Amy Andersen is trying to make a fortune through her matchmaking service Linx. Her company's - tagline: "no algorithms, no arrows, no apps: just intuition" - aims to return to a more chivalrous time.
She is a matchmaker of the old school; her clients, even in the age of Tinder, are looking for love. And the high-powered but often lonely CEOs of Silicon Valley are paying handsomely.
The company's silver package - the entry level deal - costs $25,000. The platinum, which offers 11 matches in 24 months, costs double that, according to a report in the Guardian.
Beat this. These orangutans go to school
Young orangutans in Indonesia are attending forest school to teach them skills like foraging and nest-making in the hope they can be reintroduced to the wild. Video shot by shows them being taken to class every morning in a wheelbarrow.
The animals live at International Animal Rescue's (IAR) sanctuary in Ketapang, in Kaliman province in eastern Indonesia's Borneo island, and rehabilitation could take seven to eight years.
"When the orangutans arrive here we try to give them an environment that is as natural as possible, that is why we created the forest schools," Karmele Llano Sanchez, IAR's project director in Indonesia, told Sky News.
Tamil Nadu comeback on cereal crops gets award
Tamil Nadu has been chosen for the Centre's Krishi Karman award this year. In 2014-15, the State produced a record 40.75 lakh tonnes of coarse cereals that include ragi, maize and the minor millets. In 2010-11, the recorded production was only 15.58 lakh tonnes.
Several factors, including an increase in area under production, introduction of high-yield varieties, integrated pest management and agronomic planting practices, have led to increase in production.
"I got millets included in the National Food Security Act of 2013, so that there will be both the minimum support price and public procurement. This will help to widen the food basket and insulate farmers from a failure of crops under conditions of low rainfall and moisture stress," Mr. Swaminathan told The Hindu.
Wife of senior Isis leader charged with US aid worker's death
The wife of a senior Isis leader has been charged in the US in connection with the death of US hostage Kayla Mueller. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, 25, an Iraqi citizen who was formerly married to Abu Sayyaf - a Tunisian Isis commander who was killed in May last year - has been charged for her role in a conspiracy that led to Ms Mueller's death, the Guardian has reported.
The 26-year-old aid worker was kidnapped and tortured by the terror group for two years before being killed in a Jordanian air strike in February 2015. Ms Mueller was captured by Isis when she travelled with a friend to Aleppo in August 2013 to help refugees.
She was reportedly repeatedly raped by Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who kept her and several other women as his "private property" at a house owned by Sayyaf.