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Mumbai Kidney racket: Hiranandani hospital CEO and four doctors arrested

On 9 August, the CEO and four other doctors were arrested by Mumbai police, after an alleged kidney racket that was thriving at Mumbai's L H Hiranandani Hospital was busted.

CEO Dr Sujit Chatterjee, medical director Dr Anurag Naik, Dr Mukesh Shetye, Dr Mukesh Shaha and Dr Prakash Shetye were arrested under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, he said. Mumbai Police's spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said the five doctors were arrested late on 9 August.

The racket came to light when the police were tipped off that a kidney transplant operation had been scheduled on July 14 at the privately-run Hiranandani Hospital where donor and recipient were not related. The operation on Brijkishor Jaiswal, the recipient, was stopped as police found that the woman who was donating the kidney was not his wife, contrary to the papers submitted by the duo.

People should be treated with love and affection: Supreme Court comments on Kashmir unrest

On 9 August, while hearing a plea filed by the Jammu and Kashmir government, the Supreme Court expressed concerns over the state of affairs in Kashmir, and asserted that the unrest in the valley has to be dealt with a humane approach.

Since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on 8 July, the relentless clashes that have broken out between protesters and security forces have left 55 dead, and several others injured.

"There must be a humane approach towards the problem and it is now missing. People should be treated with love and affection but it is lacking at present and it must be ensured by the government", was the observation made by the Bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy.

The Bench stayed the Jammu and Kashmir High Court order, and upheld the sessions court's direction to register an FIR against Deputy Superintendent of Police Yasir Qadri for the death of 22-year-old Shabir Ahmad Mir, who was killed on 10 July.

PM Narendra Modi should address grievances of Kashmir youth, says SP

On 9 August, the Samajwadi Party (SP) urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ponder over the reason responsible for the youth outbreak in Kashmir Valley and address their needs to pacify them.

Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said the Centre and the state government will have to address the griefs of youth of Kashmir if they want a solution to the ongoing violence in the region.

"What is the reason behind the youth outbreak in Kashmir the Centre should ponder over it also. Today the BJP has a coalition government in Kashmir, they should see to it, as to why youth there have picked up stones, their grief's should be addressed for a permanent solution," said Agarwal.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi broke his silence on the ongoing violence in the Kashmir valley following the death in an encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and said a handful of misguided people are hurting the great tradition of Kashmir and appealed to the youth to join him in fulfilling the dream of making the place the world's paradise.

Bihar intermediate exam scam kingpin Vikash Kumar arrested

On 9 August, a joint team of the West Bengal CID and Bihar police arrested the kingpin of the racket in connection with the Bihar intermediate exam scam.

Acting on a tip off from those arrested in the case, the joint team arrested absconding Vikash Kumar (39) from Jinjinjirabajar area in South 24 Parganas district.

According to DIG CID (Operations) Dilip Adak, Kumar, who was a clerk-cum-storekeeper of the Bihar Vidyalaya Pariksha Samiti was in-charge of the whole gang.

"He used to take around Rs five to ten lakh from each students for changing their answer sheets. This he was doing in a very innovative manner," Adak said, adding the Bihar police had approached them to help in nabbing the culprit.

The tender of printing question papers and blank answer sheets for exams conducted by the Samiti, were given to a Mathura-based press cancelling the earlier order given to a Gujarat-headquartered company.

Jitu Rai crashes out of Rio Olympics

Jitu Rai crashes out of Rio Olympics

Indian shooter Jitu Rai belied the sense of expectations nursed by many and crashed out of the Rio Olympics after failing to make the final of men's 50-metre pistol, his pet event, here today. Along with Rai, Prakash Nanjappa, the other Indian participant in the event, too fell by the wayside in the qualification round as he finished 25th.

Giant planet that orbits two suns found

Scientists have reportedly discovered the existence of a planet as big as Jupiter that orbits a pair of binary stars.

The giant gas planet, which has been named Kepler-1647 b, has been spotted 3,700 light-years away in the Cygnus constellation.

The planet, which is estimated to be 4.4 billion years old, has the largest orbit of any circumbinary planet ever discovered. It takes 1,107 days for Kepler-1647b - which is identical to Jupiter in terms of mass and diameter - to complete an orbit.

Sunflowers have an internal clock just like you

Sunflowers have a circadian rhythm just like animals, a new study has found.

The system sends messages to the cells in the stem, instructing it to grow longer and make the plant tilt westward during the day. During the night, the message reverses and the stem tilts back to the east.

"It's the first example of a plant's clock modulating growth in a natural environment, and having real repercussions for the plant," Stacey Harmer, professor of plant biology at University of California-Davis and senior author on the paper, said in a statement.

The study has been published in the journal Science.