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Uttarakhand HC upholds disqualification of 9 rebel Congress MLAs

The Uttarakhand High Court on 9 May disqualified the nine rebel Congress MLAs from voting in the 10 May assembly floor test. The MLAs have approached the Supreme Court. The matter is scheduled to be heard at 2PM on 9 May.

With the top court order, the effective strength of the House will be reduced from 70 to 61 in which any party mustering the support of 31 MLAs will have the majority.

JD(U) MLC's son shoots dead Gaya student in road rage incident

The ruling JD(U)-RJD government in Bihar was accused of running a jungle raj once more in Sunday when the son of a JD(U) MLC allegedly shot dead a 20-year-old student in Gaya because the student had overtaken his car.

MLC Manorama Devi's son, Rocky, shot at the car in which Aditya Kumar Sachdeva was travelling with four friends after the overtaking incident. A bullet hit Aditya in the head. Rocky Yadav is absconding, according to the Hindustan Times.

Devi's husband, Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav aka Bindi, and bodyguard Rajesh Kumar were arrested on Sunday for helping Rocky Yadav escape.

Five youths detained for suspected JeM links released for counselling

Five men who had been detained by the Delhi police special cell on suspicion of links with the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, were released on Sunday evening for counselling.

"The youths were being brainwashed by three men we have already arrested," a senior police officer told the Hindustan Times. "The three were self-radicalised and had even prepared IEDs. We had evidence against them and so placed them under arrest. The other youths who were brainwashed were counselled and let off. If we ever find them linked to any terror activities they will be arrested."

Rajasthan clarifies: 2 Nehru references in new social science textbook (both one-liners)

Rajasthan's Education Minister Vasudev Devnani said on Sunday that Jawaharlal Nehru's name had not been omitted from the new Class VIII Social Science textbook, but was "still there on page 91 and page 177".

The minister was reacting to a controversy created by the new textbook which made no mention of Nehru being a leader in the freedom movement and India's first Prime Minister.

Devnani said it should not matter which chapters mentioned Nehru as long as he was mentioned, according to The Indian Express.

On Mother's Day, open letter to Smriti Irani from Kanhaiya and her varsity children

Given that Union HRD minister Smriti Irani has often referred to university students as 'children', JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar wrote an open letter to her on Mother's Day on Sunday, addressing her as the "self-declared mother of all varsity students".

According to The Telegraph, Kanhaiya's letter wished Irani "a happy Mother's Day on behalf of all university students" and said that "we are trying hard to study in the warmth of your motherly love. Under your reign, we are learning how to study despite police canes and hunger".

Punjab police arrest 3 Class XII students for kidnap, murder

Three Class XII students were arrested by the Punjab police on Sunday for the kidnap and murder of a 14-year-old boy. One of the accused is the victim's cousin.

Jaskirat, son of Kapurthala industrialist Narinder Singh, was kidnapped on 11 April. His body was found charred in a gunny bag three days later, according to The Indian Express.

The police said Jaskirat's cousin Parvinder Singh Shelly (18), inspired by the TV show Crime Patrol, allegedly plotted the murder with two friends, Rajinder Singh (19) and Arshdeep Singh (19).

Paper-based platform may quickly detect Zika virus

A team of collaborators from a number of prestigious universities has developed a cell-free, paper-based platform that can host synthetic gene networks for use outside of the lab - a cheap, fast and easy way to detect the Zika virus.

Employing toehold sensors and isothermal RNA amplification, the team has created diagnostic sensors on a freeze-dried piece of paper the size of a stamp.

Specifically tuned to the Zika virus, sensors are applied to small paper samples. Using a small saliva, urine, or blood sample, equivalent to the amount required by blood glucose monitors to test blood sugar levels, the sample is applied to the sensors, triggering a response that provides visually evident results in as little as an hour. If the sample contains the RNA of the Zika virus, the test area turns purple.

The study appears in the journal Cell.

Himachal bus accident: Rs 5 lakh compensation announced for deceased's kin

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on 8 May announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the kin of the deceased in the accident on 7 May, where at least 12 passengers were killed and 43 injured, when a bus plunged into a deep gorge in Mandi district.

Due to ongoing strike of the 108 ambulance employees union, the authorities had to face difficulties in the rescue operation. State Transport Minister GS Bali has ordered an enquiry into the incident.

The Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus was on its way to Reckong Peo from Dharamshala when it met with the accident on Pathankot-Manali National Highway in Gallu area.

Nine people, including the driver, died on the spot while others succumbed to their injuries in various hospitals.