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Dadri lynching case: Section 144 imposed after family of accused threatened protest

Prohibitory orders banning large gatherings was imposed on 6 June, in Bisada village of Uttar Pradesh after residents threatened to hold a maha panchayat.

The kin of those accused of killing Mohammad Akhlaq of Bishada village in Dadri reportedly met the Gautam Budh Nagar SSP to press their demand for registration of an FIR against Mohammad Akhlaq's family for alleged cow slaughter. Following which, they threatened to hold a maha panchayat if an FIR was not registered by the evening of 5 June.

According to a DNA report, the police has been called in for additional deployment of security personnel.

Danish woman gangrape: Five of nine accused guilty, says Delhi Court

A Delhi court on 6 June convicted five of the nine accused in the case of raping a Danish woman in the national capital. As reported in the Indian Express, arguments on the quantum of punishment will be heard on 9 June.

Nine men, including three juveniles, are accused of raping the 52-year-old Danish woman in central Delhi.

Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar had earlier on 26 May fixed the matter for judgement after he concluded hearing final arguments of both the Delhi Police and the defense counsel. While the prosecution submitted that all evidence nails the accused, the defense counsel claimed that his clients were innocent.

India offered Taliban cash to hand over men swapped for IC 814 passengers: JeM chief's claim

India had apparently offered Afghanistan's then Taliban government money to arrest and hand over Maulana Masood Azhar, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the three men exchanged by India for those aboard the Indian Airlines flight IC 814 that had been hijacked from Kathmandu to Kandahar in 1999.

Azhar made this claim in his obituary for Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, the Taliban chief who died in a US drone strike last month. The alleged offer to arrest and hand over the three was made by then foreign minister Jaswant Singh to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, saysThe Indian Express quoting Azhar's obituary.

App-based terror: Army working to crack LeT's new 'calculator' that needs no mobile signals

Army interrogators have discovered a new app on smartphones carried by terrorists infiltrating India that allows them to stay in touch with their handlers in Pakistan occupied Kashmir while maintaining radio silence to evade capture by Indian security forces.

The app has got the Army's signal unit, the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) and other agencies working overtime to try and crack it as it makes conventional wireless and mobile phone intercepts useless, according to NDTV.

Mathura cult had been giving children arms training: police

The Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah, the cult that clashed with police during an eviction drive on Thursday, had been training children in the use of firearms, said the police.

"Children as young as eight years old were being given training in arms," said senior police officer DC Mishra.

Twenty-four people including two police officers died in the clash between about 3,000 members of the cult and the police after the Allahabad high court ordered their removal from Mathura's Jawahar Bagh which the cult has occupied for more than two and a half years, says NDTV.

EC wants power to cancel polls in cases of bribery with cash

The Election Commission wants legal powers to cancel polls when there is credible evidence of voters being bribed with cash. The EC had just last week cancelled elections to two Tamil Nadu assembly seats after finding evidence of cash bribery, and has noted a sting operation that purportedly showed MLAs from Karnataka demanding crores of rupees to support a candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections.

According to sources, the EC will write to the Law Ministry with a proposal to amend Section 58A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which allows it to adjourn or cancel elections on the grounds of booth-capturing, says The Indian Express.

Courts can charge accused with offences overlooked by prosecution: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that courts can add additional charges against accused persons should the prosecution have overlooked any offences.

The bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh passed this ruling while upholding the conviction and sentencing of Satish Shetty who had been a five-year jail term for abetting the suicide of his wife Rekha in Mangalore in 1993. Rekha had been harassed for dowry, and had killed herself with poison, says The Telegraph.

NIA will not oppose Pragya's bail plea today

The National Investigation Agency will not oppose the bail application of Pragya Singh Thakur in the 2008 Malegaon blast case that will be heard in a special court in Mumbai today. The NIA had recently cleared Pragya of charges in the case.

"We are following the precedent set in the 2006 or first Malegaon blast case wherein also the federal anti-terror agency did not oppose bail applications of nine Muslim accused, charged by the Maharashtra ATS and the CBI but absolved by the NIA," said a senior NIA official to the Hindustan Times.

Vikram Chandra's novel Sacred Games brought to life by Netflix India

The world leading Internet streaming service, Netflix, has announced an original series - produced in partnership with Phantom Films - based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel Sacred Games by Indian author Vikram Chandra.

"Over the last few years, I've watched with great excitement and pleasure as Netflix has transformed narrative television with its ground-breaking, genre-bending shows," Mr. Chandra said in a press release. "I'm confident that all the colour and vitality and music of the fictional world I've lived with for so long will come fully alive on the large-scale canvas provided by Netflix. I'm thrilled to be working with Netflix and Phantom Films."

Heavy rains and flooding overpower Australia

Flooding, borught by heavy rains, have inundated Australia over the wekeend. Lots of people have evacuated and many are left without power. Most of those evacuations came from low-lying areas of Sydney on Sunday night. Sky News reported that as of Sunday, more than 28,500 homes and business were without power.

Sydney Airport was forced to close two of its three runways and a Qantas Airways flight from Shanghai was forced to land at a military air base. As oer a Channel News Asia report, "In a 24-hour period to Sunday morning, the weather bureau said there were widespread rainfalls of between 100-200 millimetres (four-7.9 inches), with the highest-recorded level recorded at Wooli River at 469 millimetres.