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Muslim body to protest against Yoga Day, Gita education

All India Muslim Personal Law Board is about to begin a campaign against Yoga Day, scheduled for June 21. AIMPB will take to social media to attack the government for making lessons on the Gita, Surya Namaskar and yoga compulsory in government schools. The body has called Surya Namaskar un-Islamic and doesn't want Muslim children to be forced to do yoga and bow before the sun.

Black money stashers under further pressure

Countries known for being safe tax havens are now sharing information with India about black money stored with their banks. According to a report, some of this information has already been verified.

This comes right after a national gazette in Switzerland revealed names of six Indians, including Yash Birla, who had accounts with Swiss banks.

IIT-M lifts ban on student group

IIT-Madras's management's decision on Sunday to revoke the ban on Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle was described by the group's members as a win for democracy. Student groups and youth wings of several parties, including the Congress, had protested the ban.

The student group, most of whose members are Dalit students, had been derecognized on May 28 for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies and raising caste issues. Meanwhile RSS mouthpiece Organiser came out with an editorial supporting the ban on the student group for propagating 'anti-Hindu' and 'anti-Bharat' ideology.

Telangana ACB shows Naidu's link with MLC-bribe incident

Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau officials have released an audio recording in which Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu can be heard assuring his support to Elvis Stephenson, who was later nominated as a Member of Legislative Council in neighbouring state Telangana by the Anglo-Indian community. ACB had arrested a TDP MLA in Telangana Revanth Reddy a week ago for allegedly trying to bribe Stephenson to vote in favour of a TDP nominee in the council elections.

Deutsche Bank co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Jurgen Fitschen resign

Co-CEOs of Deutsche Bank Anshu Jain and Jurgen Fitschen have resigned following a series of financial troubles and regulatory penalties at the bank. The pressure had intensified recently, with shareholders and employees said to be losing confidence in the lender's performance and turnaround plans.

Jain plans to step down by the end of June and Fitschen intends to step down after the bank's annual shareholder meeting next May. John Cryan, a former UBS AG finance chief, has been named as the new sole CEO.

Former Pak PM levels rigging allegations against former Army Chief

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that former Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani was involved in rigging the 2013 general election that Nawaz Sharif won. Hussain, who is president of the PML-Q, said Kayani was hand in gloves with Nawaz Sharif and used his position as the Army Chief to manipulate the civilian setup for the purpose.

Russia and Qatar as hosts for next two World Cups now doubtful

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Both Russia and Qatar were awarded rights to host football world cups in 2018 and 2022 amid strong protests. Anti-corruption officers probing the multimillion-dollar fraud in the football's governing body FIFA now suspect that its senior officials accepted bribes in awarding hosting rights to these countries.

Senior FIFA officials have said that the bribery charges are being looked into and the two countries will be stripped of hosting rights if the charges are established. England has already proposed its name as an alternative venue.

G7 pushes for stronger action against Russia

Led by US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angeal Merkel, the G7 group of nations said they will push to maintain economic sanctions on Russia until a peace plan for Ukraine is fully implemented. G7, which till last year was G8 with the inclusion of Russia, held its first summit last year to discuss Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. The G7 group of nations has decided to put more pressure on Russia as tensions over Ukraine have further intensified over the last few days.

PM Narendra Modi concludes Bangladesh visit

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PM Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Dhaka on Saturday (Photo: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

PM Narendra Modi concluded his two-day visit to Bangladesh, marked by the land boundary agreement. He delivered an hour-long speech at the Bangabandhu Conference Centre at Dhaka University,in which he said that regardless of who worships which god, people should unite against terrorism. "Sheikh Hasina and I think alike," he also declared.

PM Modi praises Sheikh Hasina for fighting terrorism "despite being a woman"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded the efforts made by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to fight terrorism, "despite being a woman". The occasion was a speech at the University of Dhaka during the PM's two-day visit to the neighbouring country.

(The relevant portion begins at 44:44.)

The Prime Minister argued that the one problem the world hasn't been able to solve is terrorism. In that vein, he claimed that it was commendable that despite being a woman, Hasina had taken a strong 'zero-tolerance' stance towards terrorism in her country.

The comment has sparked controversy on social media; people are outraged at the blatant double-standard vis-a-vis women in politics. #despitebeingawoman is already one of the top trending topics of the day on Twitter.

Breakthrough in Bihar as Lalu accepts Nitish as CM candidate

In a major breakthrough for the Janata Parivar parties in Bihar, Lalu Yadav has decided to accept the leadership of Nitish Kumar in the campaign for elections to the Bihar Legislative Assembly. Lalu himself announced Nitish's name as the Janata Parivar's chief ministerial candidate this morning at a press conference in New Delhi.

This single development changes the game as it was being played in Bihar so far. It solves one of the two critical questions that were scuttling the real shaping up of the alliance between JD(U) and RJD - leadership and seat-sharing. It also indicates that the second question of seat-sharing may not take too hard a tug-of-war before it is resolved.

Significantly, it comes after Nitish's meeting with Rahul Gandhi yesterday, followed by Lalu seeking an appointment from Sonia Gandhi. Speculation that a push from Congress's high command may have finally led to this consensus is hard to deny, which further suggests that a triangular alliance between JD(U),RJD and Congress might be around the corner.

Ironing-out of the differences between JD(U) and RJD in Bihar is a big threat for the prospects of BJP and its allies, a point that Lalu may have tried to drive home by making his announcement in Delhi.

Amazon has stopped the sale of ISIS propaganda magazine on its website

The Islamic State magazine, named Dabiq, is a periodical magazine focusing on issues of "tawhid, manhaj, hijrah, jihad and jama'ah". It was briefly made available on the online retail website Amazon in the U.S, U.K, France, Spain and Italy. Amazon has now discontinued sale of the magazine.

Dabiq, available both electronically and in print, is a magazine intended to "explain how life within its (IS) state would look like and recruit more fighters". The print magazine is distributed in IS-controlled areas and the electronic version is available via email. The seller listed was CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, an Amazon subsidiary that allows members of the public to sell and distribute books.

The issue on sale contained an article justifying the "use of" sex slaves for IS militia.

Djokovic's French Open dreams thwarted. Again

The eighth-seeded Swiss, Stan Wawrinka, upset French Open favourite Serbian Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Wawrinka won in four sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic, the reigning world number 1, is yet to win a French Open final. This is Wawrinka's first Grand Slam win. Wawrinka is also the first 30 year-old, since Federer, to win a Grand Slam tournament. He scored 60 winners in the game against Djokovic's 30.

The two men hugged after the match. Djokovic then received an unprecedented standing ovation from the crowd. "One day you will win Roland Garros", Wawrinka told Djokovic. "You deserve it."

Apple Pay crosses the Atlantic

Eight months ago, Apple Pay was introduced in the United States. Apple is expected to make an official announcement on Monday about Apple Pay's imminent entry into the British market. Pay is a mobile payment and digital wallet service that Apple hopes will pose major competition to Visa and Mastercard.

The announcement will be made at Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Apple Pay makes use of near-field communication (NFC) on the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch to enable electronic payments. Apple is also in talks with banks and retailers in China and Canada to expand the service's reach. Apple Pay now has over 300 supporting banks.

Aamir Khan's PK makes an easy 100 crore in China

Five months after its Indian release, Aamir Khan's movie PK was released in Chinese theatres on 22 May, 2015. A fortnight later, on 6 June, the movie has already made Rs 100 crore in China alone. It seems the Chinese love for Indian movies may very well be at par with the Indian love of Chinese food.

Following the success of 3 Idiots in China, PK was aggressively promoted by Aamir Khan, director Raj Kumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It was premiered in Shanghai, but has since played in over 4,600 screens across the country.

This brings PK's total worldwide earnings to a comfortable Rs 615 crore rupees.

Having premiered in Shanghai, it was subsequently released in over 4600 screens across the country. PK's total earnings worldwide currently stand at 615 crore rupees.

In the film, Khan plays an alien who finds himself on Earth and is confounded by organized religion and superstition.

Nigerian student in Tokyo gets highest grades in 50 years, solves 30-year-old math equation

Nigerian student Ufot Ekong has graduated from Tokai University in Tokyo with the highest grades of any student since 1965. Ekong distinguished himself early, solving a 30-year-old math equation in his first semester. He worked two jobs to pay for college and speaks four languages - Yoruba, English, French and Japanese. He graduates with a first-class degree in electrical engineering, an award for best all-round student, a Japanese language award for foreigners, two patents for electric car design, and a job with Nissan.

Kashmiri lawmaker waves state flag, BJP doesn't respond

Engineer Rashid, an independent MLA who has kept himself in the news by making a series of controversial statements, hoisted state flag in Srinagar on Sunday. He took out a march with the state flag in Lal Chowk and said that New Delhi had to accept distinct identity of the state. BJP, which has in past voiced its reservations against a separate flag for J&K, considered it to be a non-event.

Engineer Rashid's political stunt is significant as there was a controversy recently over the hoisting of state flag in the valley. A circular was recently issued by government to the constitutional authorities to uphold the state flag's sanctity; this order was later withdrawn. Holding a rally with the state flag is also an important symbolic gesture to demand greater autonomy from Indian government.