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NIA team to visit Pakistan

As a reciprocal gesture, Pakistani authorities have welcomed a team of Indian investigators to visit their country and continue their probe into the Pathankot terror attack. A Pakistan Joint Investigation team has just left India after conducting its own probe here.

The dates for the visit will be worked out later, said director general of the National Investigation Agency Sharad Kumar, according to The Economic Times.

"We expressed that a team of NIA could be sent to Pakistan for a probe in that country since conspiracy has been hatched there," he said. "They welcomed the idea."

Manipur: Ministers threaten to resign

The Congress government in Manipur looks shaky after a threat by its ministers to resign if chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh reshuffles his ministry according to the wishes of dissident party legislators.

The dissidents want 10 of the 12 ministers dismissed and replaced. Seven of those 10 ministers met the chief minister in his office on Friday and served their ultimatum, according to party sources.

The dissidents, 25 in number, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi last month, demanding the replacement of the PCC president and a ministry reshuffle, says The Telegraph.

Umar Khalid files police complaint after threat to his life

Umar Khalid, the JNU student arrested for sedition and released on bail, has filed a police complaint after reports that Meerut-based activist Amit Jani had sent "10 sharpshooters" to the university to shoot him and JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Last month, Amit Jani had said Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya Kumar should leave the JNU campus by 31 March or face death. After his 'deadline' expired on Thursday, he said in Meerut on Friday that he had sent men to JNU to assassinate Umar and Kanhaiya, according to The Telegraph.

NaMo Brigade head is key suspect in murder of RTI activist in M'lore

Karnataka police are looking for Naresh Shenoy, a former convenor of the NaMo Brigade, a youth organisation set up to support Narendra Modi in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, in connection with the murder of RTI activist Vinayak Pandurang Baliga in Mangalore on 21 March.

Shenoy emerged as the prime suspect in the murder of Baliga after investigations revealed that he and a number of his associates had contracted Baliga's killers.

The police searched Shenoy's residence in Mangalore on Thursday. Shenoy has been missing for more than a week and his mobile phone has been switched off, according to The Indian Express.

Pratyusha Banerjee's boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh admits he was too scared to report her death

Actress Pratyusha Banerjee's boyfriend, Rahul Raj Singh, was detained by the Mumbai Police on 2 April - a day after the television actress was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her Mumbai residence.

Singh, who was reportedly taken to an undisclosed location by the Mumbai Police for interrogation, has confessed that he did not alert the police about the death because he was afraid.

While the case is a prima facie suicide, senior police officer, Vikram Deshpande, has said that it is too early to ascertain the cause of Pratyusha's death.

Rahul Gandhi slams Mamata Banerjee for Kolkata flyover mishap

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday used the Kolkata flyover mishap and the Sharda scam to target West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said she has failed on every front and has not fulfilled any of her pre-poll promises.

Addressing a rally in Asansol, Gandhi said from the moment the Left and the Congress joined hands, the people of Bengal knew that Mamata would never come back to power.

"In Kolkata, a bridge collapsed and many people lost their lives. Mamata ji said politics should not be done over this. I agree with her but I want to ask Mamata ji that why was work related to bridge stalled for five years? The people of West Bengal gave power to Mamata ji so that she works for their betterment" Rahul Gandhi said.

Do you know how much Google's Sundar Pichai was paid in 2015? Hint: It's way too much!

Indian-origin Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a whopping $100.5 million in the year 2015. That's right. The figure was disclosed via a regulatory filing on 29 March.

The filing revealed that Pichai was paid a salary of $6,52,500, received restricted stock worth $99.8 million (to vest fully in 2017) and awarded other compensation for $22,935.

Last February, Google awarded Pichai $199 million in restricted stock, which was the biggest grant reported by a Google CEO, according to Bloomberg.

Sun's superflares can destroy the earth

The Sun is capable of producing monstrous eruptions or 'superflares' that can not only break down radio communication and power supplies, but also affect Earth's ability to support life, scientists say.

Evidence from geological archives has shown that the Sun might have produced a small superflare in 775 AD.

"The magnetic fields on the surface of stars with superflares are generally stronger than the magnetic fields on the surface of the Sun," said Christoffer Karoff, from Aarhus University. However, of all the stars with superflares that researchers analysed, about 10 per cent had a magnetic field with a strength similar to or weaker than that of the Sun's.

If an eruption of this size was to strike Earth today, it would have devastating consequences. Not just for all electronic equipment on Earth, but also for our atmosphere and thus our planet's ability to support life.