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CM Kejriwal wins again, 2 tainted police officers sent on leave
Report dated 22/01/2014 @ 2:33 PM
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's unprecedented 30-hour protest has ended after two police officers of the five he demanded be suspended for dereliction of duty, were sent on leave.
Kejriwal whose protest morphed into a demand for control over the Delhi Police and threatened to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations ended after a compromise with the Centre and an assurance from lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.
Although the compromise meets Kejriwal's demand only half-way, under the compromise the Head Officer who refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution den on the orders of law minister Somnath Bharti, and PCR officer of Paharganj where a Danish woman was gangraped, were sent on leave, paving the way for an end to Kejriwal's confrontation with the Centre.
Kejriwal told his supporters his party would continue to rake up issues of women's safety whenever they are threatened.
Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor died of a drug overdose
Report dated 21/01/2014 @ 1:41 PM
According to the findings of doctors of AIIMS who conducted an autopsy on Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, a drug overdose was the cause of her death.
The autopsy report was submitted to the sub divisional magistrate who is holding the inquest proceedings under the provisions of the Criminal Procedural Code. He refused to disclose the details of the autopsy report and said he would examine it along with the statements of various people including Tharoor and Sunanda's brother, as well as other evidence, only after which he will conclude the cause of death and submit a report to the police.
Police sources said two strips of the anti-depressant drug alprozalem, commonly known as alprax, were found in the hotel suite where Sunanda was found dead. At least 27 tablets may have been consumed by her, probably in a short time, judging by the emptied strips.
Jains granted minority status
Report dated 21/01/2014 @ 1:39 PM
At a cabinet meeting in Delhi, the central government decided to grant the Jain community minority status that will enable them to avail of benefits in government schemes and programmes.
A group of Jains had met with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to press for their long-standing demand for minority status after which he discussed the issue with PM Manmohan Singh.
Once recognised as a minority, the 50 lakh strong community will get a share in central funds earmarked for welfare programmes and scholarships for minorities. They can then also manage and administer their own educational institutions.
The Jains already have minority status in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, but the new decision extends this across the whole country.
Kerala student startup develops new revolutionary Fin device
Report dated 20/01/2014 @ 4:02 PM
Kerala based student startup "incubated" at the Startup Village in Kochi, has developed a wearable smart ring that can turn one's palm into a gesture interface to control multiple devices.
The device called Fin promises to be the next revolution in wearable technology. Motorists can use the ring as their key, take phone calls, control the music player while driving, zoom their screens in and out on a smartphone, assign numbers to different sections of their fingers, and more. It is fitted with sensors that detect the actions, and uses smart low energy technology such as Bluetooth to communicate with connected devices.
"Incubated" is now seeking crowd funding to make its way to the market.
Study reveals Indus civilisation was violent in final years
Report dated 19/01/2014 @ 2:42 PM
A new study conducted by three US anthropologists from the Appalachian State University in North Carolina, US, and their Indian counterpart Veena Mushrif-Tripathi from the Deccan College, Pune has revealed that the Indus Valley civilisation showed increasing signs of violence and deadly diseases as climate change forced the once opulent civilisation into terminal decline.
The study was based on detailed analysis of skeletal remains found in burial sites near Harappa prior to Independence. The research shows that leprosy appeared at Harappa and its prevalence increased through time. New diseases, such as tuberculosis also appear in the Late Harappan or post-urban phase burials. Violent injury like cranial trauma also increased through time.
The new data suggest that some communities at Harappa faced more significant impacts from climate and socio-economic strains, particularly the socially disadvantaged communities, a pattern seen in strongly socially differentiated hierarchical but weakly controlled societies facing resource stress.
The Indus Valley Civilization stretched over a million kilometres in what is now Pakistan and India 4000 years ago. It was a highly developed civilization in its heyday, which declined by 1900 BC.