The Morning Wrap: Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves; Odd-Even Scheme Back In April

12/02/2016 9:07 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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The second phase of the odd-even traffic-control formula will be enforced in the national capital from April 15 to April 30, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced. Once again, women and VIPs will be exempt from the scheme, which runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 pm, barring weekends.

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was fighting for his life after being rescued alive from under 35 feet of snow six days after his post in Siachen was hit by a glacier, passed away at the Army hospital in Delhi.

Uber just made it easy to be a deaf driver in India. An update to the taxi-hailing app, which was launched in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., has now gone live in India. Check out how it works.

Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley revealed some shocking details about the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, including the role of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI. In a nutshell, read the 10 important revelations he made.

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With rumours of leopard sightings doing the rounds three days after a dramatic operation to rescue a spotted feline from a school in Varthur, Bangalore, the Education Department declared a holiday for 134 schools in the city.

US scientists have spotted the elusive space-time ripples. After decades of search for these ripples in space-time, scientists working with the gigantic optical instruments in the US called LIGO, detected signals of gravitational waves emanating from two merging black holes 1.3 billion light years away arriving at their instruments on the Earth.

Nearly a week after an unidentified object caused an explosion at a college in Tamil Nadu, leading to reports of space debris at the site, a lab in Trichy concluded that samples recovered from the site are meteorite fragments.

Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley told a special court in Mumbai that young college girl Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 in Gujarat, was an LeT operative.

Describing terrorism as a "common threat” to India and the UAE, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the visiting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, agreed to step up counter-terrorism cooperation, government sources said.

North Korea's army chief of staff has been executed, the South Korean media reported, in what would amount to the latest in a series of purges and executions of top officials by leader Kim Jong-un. “The execution ... suggests that Kim Jong-un still feels insecure about his grip on the country's powerful military,” a sources was quoted saying.

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A deputy jailer from Salem was placed under suspension after a video of him dancing in front of his colleagues went viral. The police officer, Shankaran, was visiting Chennai to take part in the Republic Day Parade and decided to perform an impromptu routine for his colleagues while clad in his official attire.

A 10-year-old and a 14-year-old ran away from their homes in Begusarai, Bihar, to travel to Delhi, nearly 1,200 km away, just to see and ride on the Metro. After their worried parents informed the authorities, the kids were tracked down to a train at in Bareilly and detrained.

Syed Hamid Mohsin, who runs an outdoor advertising business, was known for his love of cars, buying the latest models of luxury cars every year. Six years ago, he found himself facing serious questions. He’s now devoted to dispelling misconceptions about Islam and fostering inter-community harmony through billboards, social media and other channels.

British daily The Independent, will revert to using Bombay instead of Mumbai when referring to the financial hub of India, to take stand against a "nastier strain of Hindu nationalism,” its Indian-origin editor said.

A 32-year-old woman in Sidhi district of Bhopal was booked for attempt to murder for chopping off her brother-in-laws genitals with a sickle to defend herself against repeated assaults. The police said before they could reach the man, he had committed suicide.


Most people are not familiar with the strategic imperative of ensuring the army’s occupation of the Saltoro Ridge, which dominates the Siachen Glacier complex, and also the lower reaches lying west to it and held by Pakistan. Many peaceniks express the view that India should vacate the ridge and convert it into a peace park. That this ill-informed opinion matches that of the Pakistani army’s intentions and of the Chinese establishment points to its flaws, writes Kamal Davar in The Hindustan Times.

LIGO’s detection of the gravitational waves promises to be a turning point in astronomy. It could enable us to study hitherto inaccessible phenomena, writes a columnist in The Indian Express.

In a swift move, the BJP has reached out to its asserting allies with party president Amit Shah assuring them that the party was keen to follow the coalition dharma. The damage control exercise this week ahead of the crucial Budget session of Parliament has somewhat mollified the allies who were irked with the BJP’s ‘arrogant’ behaviour, writes Kalyani Shankar in The Pioneer.

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