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Gay rights activists parade Delhi streets demanding end to discrimination
Report dated 25/11/2013 @ 10:29 PM
Hundreds of gay rights activists paraded through the streets of Delhi, singing songs and carrying rainbow-coloured flags and balloons, to demand an end to discrimination against gay people.
Demonstrators urged an end to all forms of discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgenders, demanding the freedom to lead dignified lives.
They also demanded that people be allowed to record the gender of their choice in the national census, voter identity cards and other documents.
Scientist CNR Rao elected member of Chinese Academy of Science
Report dated 24/11/2013 @ 7:16 PM
Eminent Scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee Prof C N R Rao has become the first India scientist to be elected as honorary foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Science that consists of several Nobel laureates and eminent scientists of the world.
Rao who was recently awarded the Bharat Ratna was elected by the Academy as its General Assembly that had bestowed on him the Award for International Scientific Cooperation in Jan 2012. Rao has also been elected to The Royal Society-London; the National Academy of Science - USA; the Pontifical Academy of Science; Japan Academy and the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences, among others.
He has also been conferred 60 Honoris Causa (Honorary doctorates) by various universities across the world.
Deputy jailor shot dead in Varanasi
Report dated 24/11/2013 @ 7:14 PM
Anil Tyagi, the deputy jailor of Varanasi district jail, Uttar Pradesh, was getting out of his car to enter a gym when assailants pumped him with nine bullets and sped away unchallenged.
When police rushed to the spot and carried the profusely bleeding Tyagi to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police say Tyagi was a strict officer who enforced discipline. He was on the hit list of some criminals languishing in jail.
Reacting to the incident, political parties accused the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government of prevailing anarchy. The BJP said the killing reflected the fast-loosening grip of the chief minister on the state machinery. Congress said the incident was unfortunate and sought the resignation of the Akhilesh government.
India's Mars Orbiter 'Mangalyaan' does a first
Report dated 22/11/2013 @ 12:49 PM
Cyclonic storm Helen, that is heading for the southern Andhra Pradesh coast, has been photographed by India's Mars Orbiter, Mangalyaan. This is the first image of India captured by the recently launched satellite and was captured when the space craft was some 68,000 kilometers above India.
The satellite carries a Mars Colour Camera that weights 1.5 kg and can take photographs at a resolution of 20 meters.
The satellite was launched from Sriharikota on November 5. Since then its orbit has been raised several times and hopefully a little after midnight on December 1, Mangalayaan will be sent on its long journey to Mars.
Gold worth $ 1 million found in Jet Airways plane lavatory !
Report dated 21/11/2013 @ 3:47 PM
A Jet Airways plane from Bangkok landed in Kolkata and was being cleaned before a scheduled flight to Patna, when the cleaners found two bags with gold bars stashed inside the lavatory. The bars weighted around 1 kilogram each.
Customs officials have confiscated the stash and are investigating.
India is one of the world's biggest consumers of gold, and officials say since the government increased the gold import duty recently, smuggling has soared.