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Murshidabad fire was planned, alleges Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Hinting at a conspiracy in the Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital fire which claimed two lives, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee today alleged it was a "planned incident" to kill innocent people.

"It was a planned incident to kill innocent people. Today I have received the preliminary report of CID. I am against destructive politics. I am against politics being pursued over bodies," Banerjee said.

Kyrgyzstan: Suicide blast rips through Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, several feared dead

On 30 August, the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan's capital city Bishkek was hit by a suicide car bombing, leaving atleast one person dead, and several others injured.

"The exact number is being verified," Interfax cited the ministry's representative as saying.

The Chinese Embassy, located in the southern part of Bishkek, was hit by a powerful explosion as a car loaded with explosives rammed into its gates, and went up in flames, reports RT.com. Police personnel and ambulances have been dispatched to take stock of the situation, and determine the number of casualties.

Indian Government has been very proactive in handling the violence in Kashmir: Manohar Parrikar

Alleging that forces across the border are fomenting trouble in violence-hit Kashmir, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on 30 August, has said that "a small percentage" of people in the Valley are holding the majority to ransom.

He said the government is working "proactively" in handling the violence in the state.

"As far as Kashmir is concerned, the Indian Government has been very proactive in handling the violence which comes from across the border" Parrikar told Pentagon reporters yesterday at a joint news conference with US Defence Secretary, Ashton Carter.

Supreme Court dismisses plea of Kashmir's longest serving prisoner

The Supreme Court on 30 August rejected a plea of Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, to reconsider his conviction and life term. Notably, Faktoo is the longest serving prisoner of Kashmir.

Faktoo, who was a top-ranking commander of terror outfit Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JM), has been serving a life term on account of his alleged involvement in the murder of human rights activist Hridhay Nath Wanchoo in 1992.

Faktoo has been in jail since 1993. In 2001, a Jammu court acquitted him; however, the Supreme Court overturned this verdict and held him guilty.

India and US sign military logistic agreement boosting defence ties

On 29 August, an all important agreement was signed by India and the US, making the two nations logistical allies, and enabling the militaries of both nations to use each other's assets and also provide bases to repair and replenish supplies.

Welcoming the signing of the bilateral 'Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement' (LEMOA), Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said the pact will facilitate opportunities for "practical engagement and exchange".

LEMOA facilitates the provision of logistical support, supplies, and services between the US and Indian militaries on a reimbursable basis, and provides a framework to govern them.

Kashmir unrest: Expert committee submits report on alternatives to pellet guns

A seven-member expert committee set up for exploring other possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons has submitted its report to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi here on Monday.

The committee under the chairmanship of Ministry of Home Affairs Joint Secretary T.V.S.N. Prasad comprised CRPF IG Atul Karwal, Srinagar IG (Ops.) Rajeev Krishna, BSF Rajesh Kumar, IPS, J&K Police, IOFS, DDG, Small Arms, OFB Tushar Tripathy, TBRL Director, Chandigarh, Dr. Manjit Singh, and IIT Delhi Professor Dr. Naresh Bhatnagar.

The recent violence in Jammu and Kashmir has brought pellet guns into focus as over hundred people are being treated for severe eye injuries after security forces fired pellets to contain violence there post the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.

AAP joins hands with Mamata in agitation against the Centre's Niti Ayog policy

After Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee raised her voice against how Centre is disturbing the federal structure of the state, seven AAP MLA's who came to West Bengal to meet Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna said they will launch an agitation against the Centre for disturbing the federal structure of the state.

The seven AAP MLA's consisting of chairman Somnath Bharti, Rajendra Pal Gautam , Raju Dhingan, Mohinder Goyal, Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, Girish Soni, Anil Bajpai met with Mamata and also expressed their grievance over Centre's Niti Ayog policy.

Jharkhand: 2 dead, several injured as clashes outside thermal plant in Ramgarh turn violent

A clash broke out in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district as an argument between officials of Inland Power Limited (IPL) and locals turned violent. Police had to intervene to take control of the situation, and opened fire, killing two people and leaving several others injured.

The discussion revolving jobs and compensation-related issues outside the power plant in Ramgarh's Gola area spiralled out of control as an angry mob started pelting stones, and set vehicles on fire.

"We have recovered two bodies. Six people have been referred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences as they sustained serious injuries," Hazaribagh DIG Upendra Prasad told Indian Express.

Over 400 cases of Chikungunya reported in the National capital

In the past week there has been a whopping rise in the number of chikungunya cases, with over 400 cases being confirmed by the municipal corporations in a report released on Monday.

Between August 20 and August 27, 412 cases of chikungunya were recorded in the city, taking the tally for 2016 to 432 so far. In comparison, there were only 20 cases recorded from January 1 till August 20.

92% of men in khaki complain of fatigue, reveals study

A study by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) has found that a majority of Indian police officers suffer from severe to mild fatigue.

The study found that most policemen, below the rank of inspector, battle with fatige - which is a direct result of erratic duty hours, extended shift duties, lack of proper sleep, poor food habits, smoking, alcohol intake and un-availability of basic facilities, to name a few.

The study conducted by Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and sponsored by BPRD, said 91.79% police officers felt fatigued.

M-55 Geophysics high altitude aircraft coming to Kerala

Russian-made high altitude aircraft M-55 Geophysics will be coming to Kerala for carrying out research on climate change. The aircraft will be flying above Kerala and other South Indian states during monsoon 2017

The study in Kerala is part of a joint research project named StratoClim, in which scientists from 26 European research institutes are participants

'Dark twin' of the Milky Way galaxy discovered

Scientists have discovered the existence of the Dragonfly 44 - a dark twin of the Milky Way galaxy - around 300 million light-years away in the Coma constellation.

A large but diffuse and dim galaxy, Dragonfly 44 is a part of a 47-strong set of untradiffuse galaxies discovered in 2014.

The dim galaxy has a mass estimated to be 1 trillion times the mass of the sun. While 0.01% of the galaxy is normal matter, the remaining comprises dark matter.

Italy earthquake: Authorities investigate negligence

Italian authorities are investigating whether a lack of adherence to building safety codes played a significant role in the high death toll in last week's earthquake.

The death toll has risen to over 300 people, while several people have sustained injuries.

Rescue operations are on to retrieve bodies from the rubble. The quake rocked three towns - with at least 229 deaths in Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli and 50 more in Arquata del Tronto.

Pellet guns and Kashmir

The NDA government is not in favour of completely withdrawing the use of pellet guns in the Kashmir valley, their use will be regulated instead, at least two senior government officials said on Monday.

A seven-member expert committee headed by T.V.S.N Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that was constituted on July 26 to look into the alternatives to pellet guns has been submitted to the Home Secretary.

"There will be no blanket ban on the use of pellet guns. At the most, it will be used in rarest of rare cases. We cannot make our security forces a sitting duck," said a top government official.