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Mumbai: 3 dead, over 100 injured in Dombivali chemical factory blast

A huge blast in a chemical factory in Maharashtra has injured has left three dead and about a 100 injured,on 26 May.

According to an NDTV report, the factory is in Dombivali, Thane district, Greater Mumbai.

As per reports, the blast occurred in the factory's boiler section. Many are fer trapped in the factory and fire tenders as well as rescue teams have been rushed to the spot.

According to a Zee News report, the loud blast shattered the window panes of building within three to four kilometres of the factory.

Former Bihar CM Manjhi's convoy vehicle set on fire by protestors

On 26 May, former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's convoy was reportedly attacked while he was on his way to meet the protestors agitating against LJP leader Sudesh Paswan's murder in Dumaria, Bihar.

An agitated mob allegedly set one of the convoy vehicle on fire. A large group of people also pelted stones at his car. The police were forced to fire in the air to control the raging mob.

According to a News18 report, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan accused the current Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar for the attack on Manjhi's convoy and the murder of the LJP leader.

Rs 1,000 crore spent on Modi government's 2-year anniversary ads: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter on 26 May to lash out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government over the expenditure for the government's two-year anniversary.

Kejriwal criticised the fact that the centre had spent a massive amount for full page newspaper advertisements and hoardings to mark the anniversary.

To mark the occasion, the Modi government has planned a mega show at Delhi's India Gate on Saturday. The celebrations will be officially launched with a rally by the PM at Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur later this evening.

Gujarat riots: Gulbarg massacre verdict to be delivered on 2 June

Fourteen years after 69 people were burned alive by a mob reacting to the Godhra train burning, a special court will give its verdict in the Gulbarg society massacre in Ahmedabad in 2002.

Special judge PB Desai has asked all the 66 accused in the case to be present in court on 2 June for the verdict, according to RC Kodekar, counsel of the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team.

On 28 February, 2002, a mob attacked the Gulbarg society on Ahmedabad's Meghaninagar area and 69 people were killed including former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, says The Telegraph.

Man behind Bajrang Dal's weapons training arrested

Mahesh Mishra, convenor of the Bajrang Dal's Faizabad and Ayodhya units, was arrested on Wednesday by the Faizabad police for hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims and spreading communal hatred.

Mishra was the man behind the weapons training received by volunteers of the Hindutva group as seen on a video that went viral. An FIR had been filed against unidentified Bajrang Dal workers at Ayodhya police station on Tuesday night.

The video purportedly showed a 'self-defence' camp at Karsevakpuram, the VHP workshop in Ayodhya, on 14 May, in which volunteers who wore skull caps brandished guns, swords and lathis, according to The Indian Express.

Now, app to check malnutrition in children in real time

Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi unveiled a new tool to fight malnutrition on Wednesday: a mobile app that will track on daily basis the nutrition status of every child under the Integrated Child Development Scheme.

The app, developed in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will help anganwadi (care) centres eliminate the daily files they maintain on the families registered with them, because the app has been designed to automatically alert the workers on every child's nutrition status through colour-coded graphs, says The Telegraph.

India will not tolerate Guantanamo Bay-like situations: J&K magistrate to police

A court in Budgam, Jammu and Kashmir, chastised the police on Wednesday for what it called the "extra-judicial detention" of separatist leader Masarat Alam.

As he granted bail to Alam on a surety of Rs 2 lakhs, Masarat Roohi, chief judicial magistrate of Budgam, said: "So long as this part of the country is part of the Indian union, to which this court has no doubt, situations like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay cannot be tolerated ..."

Alam was arrested in 2015 for allegedly raising the Pakistani flag at a Hurriyat rally in Srinagar, according to The Indian Express.

Dawood allegations: Khadse conducting his own investigation

Maharashtra revenue and agriculture minister Eknath Khadse is focusing on clearing his name of connections to gangster Dawood Ibrahim, who has been based in Pakistan since he perpetrated the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts.

Khadse had been accused last week of making calls to Dawood in Karachi by Aam Aadmi Party leader Preeti Sharma Menon and social activist and former AAP member Anjali Damania.

To counter these accusations, he has asked for the help of BJP leader Gurmukh Jagwani's relatives in Karachi, and says he has already given information received from his sources in Pakistan to the Mumbai Police, according to The Indian Express.

For baby sea turtles, it helps to have a lot of siblings

Sea turtles do not have an easy start to life. After hatching, they have to break out of their shell, dig their way out from beneath the sand, then make a mad dash across the beach to the water where they may or may not find food and safety - hopefully without getting snapped up by a predator. All of this requires a bit of luck and a lot of energy. And the energy a hatchling expends on breaking out of the nest is energy that can't be used on surviving the rest of the journey.Now, a new study has quantified the amount of energy a baby sea turtle uses to dig itself to the surface. Having lots of siblings - and, thus, lots of help - can really be a time and energy saver, researchers have reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology. That also implies that the conservation technique of dividing clutches may instead make hatchlings worse off.Figuring out the energy expenditure of baby sea turtles took some trial and error, a report in sciencenews.org said. For the final experiment, the scientists buried clutches of eggs just about to hatch beneath 40 centimeters of beach sand in a chamber with opaque walls.

China: No country for academics?

Political scientists and law experts are fleeing to America as Beijing's grip on freedoms in China intensifies under President Xi Jinping.Many academics feel there is no longer a place for them in President Jinping's increasingly repressive China, the Guardian has reported.As Chinese activist and scholar Teng Biao sat at home on the east coast of America, more than 13,000 km away his wife and nine-year-old daughter were preparing to embark on the most dangerous journey of their lives."My wife didn't tell my daughter what was going on," said Teng, who had himself fled China seven months earlier to escape the most severe period of political repression since the days following the Tiananmen massacre in 1989."She said it was going to be a special holiday. She told her they were going on an adventure."One year after their dramatic escape through southeast Asia, Teng's family has been reunited in New Jersey and is part of a fast-growing community of exiled activists and academics who feel there is no longer a place for them in Xi Jinping's increasingly repressive China.Until about 12 months ago China's top universities "remained islands of relative freedom", said Cohen, who has studied the Asian country for nearly six decades.