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The Morning Wrap: Hyderabad University's SC/ST Teachers Threaten To Quit; 2015 Was Hottest In 136 Years

An Indian man takes a shower at a railway station to cool himself down in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Normal life was thrown out of gear in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh due to heat wave as temperature in parts of the state breached 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) mark. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Armed militants stormed a university in the volatile northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens. A senior Pakistani Taliban commander claimed responsibility for the assault in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The attack comes a little over a year after the massacre of 134 students at a school in the area.

A Dalit family in Tamil Nadu was stopped from using a public road that leads to a burial ground, forcing it to put the bodies of its loved ones on ice for several days.

Tobacco and real estate baron Mohammed Nisham was found guilty of murdering a security guard he accused of being too slow to open the gates at his housing society in January last year. Nisham slammed his Hummer into the guard, 50-year-old K. Chandrabose, and hit him with an iron rod.

St. Elijah's Monastery of Mosul, the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, was reduced to a field of rubble by the Islamic State militants. Now, St. Elijah’s has joined a growing list of more than 100 demolished religious and historic sites, including mosques, tombs, shrines and churches in Syria and Iraq.

In an apparent response to the Islamic State, a Hindu outfit is reportedly training thousands of people — some of them children as young as eight years old — to fight with guns, swords, and rocket launchers. In two years, the Hindu Swabhiman has prepared 15,000 such fighters as part of their “dharma sena”.

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The SC and ST teachers of the Hyderabad University unanimously resolved to resign from all administrative posts in solidarity with those protesting the suspension of five students, one of whom, Rohith Vemula, committed suicide last Sunday. Meanwhile, Smriti Irani said an attempt was being made to project Rohith Vemula’s death as a Dalit vs non-Dalit issue for political reasons.

The Special Cell of Delhi police arrested four college students from Uttarakhand's Haridwar district for their alleged plans to carry out attacks during the Ardh Kumbh mela.

Amit Shah will start a full term as BJP president on January 24 after completing the remaining period of Rajnath Singh’s term who resigned as party president in 2014 to join the Modi government as Union Home Minister.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau conducted simultaneous raids at an Andhra Pradesh excise official's properties and found disproportionate assets worth Rs 1.50 crore. The ACB is in the process of arresting Adiseshu and producing him in a special court in Vijayawada.

India launched its fifth navigation satellite IRNSS-1E on-board the workhorse PSLV-C31 in Sriharikota, taking another step towards getting on a par with the US’s Global Positioning System (GPS).

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The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA have announced that 2015 was by far the hottest year in 136 years of record keeping. Scientists blame a combination of El Nino and increasing man-made global warming.

Wings Rainbow, India’s first LGBT radio cab service, was launched in Mumbai. This programme aims to offer a real opportunity to the community for dignified livelihood and makes corporate India more embracing of gender non-conformists. The programme will train members from the community in driving and soft skills. It is expected to be rolled out in a year.

India has every chance of becoming an export powerhouse and its best choice would be to emulate China's model, said Arvind Panagariya, the Prime Minister’s top economic adviser.

A new diabetes drug has lowered the cost of treatment by 80%. With the launch of the teneligliptin molecule, the popular gliptin category has brought down the cost for a day's treatment from Rs 45 to an average daily price of Rs 9. Over 15 companies are now offering it.

The material in your smartphone may have been mined by children. A new report, a joint venture between Amnesty International and African Resources Watch, links the cobalt found in batteries of popular tech gadgets to child labor in Central Africa.


If we could compare the concept of public-private partnership (PPP) to the theory of gravity, then the recent Chennai floods could well be the ‘falling of the apple’ moment, says Vasanth Srinivasan in The Hindu. A funds- and infrastructure-starved country like India should take a shine to PPPs.

No other political leaders in India have created the kind of impact in recent times that Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal have. But Modi has a thing or two to learn from the younger leader about how he can be more of a people’s Prime Minister, says Lalit Mohanin The Times of India.

There are three lessons India can learn from the US on controlling air pollution, says Mathew John in Scroll. A stronger mandate for systematic measurement and impact studies of pollution, an ambient emphasis in regulatory design, and a stronger centralised regulator are useful directions to train our attention as we search for the solutions of the future both in Delhi and elsewhere.

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