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The Morning Wrap: Putin 'Probably Approved' Killing Of Ex-KGB Agent; Dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai Passes Away

MOSCOW, RUSSIA. JANUARY 21, 2016. Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on at a meeting of the Presidential Council for Science and Education at the Moscow Kremlin. Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Alexei Nikolsky\TASS via Getty Images)
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA. JANUARY 21, 2016. Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on at a meeting of the Presidential Council for Science and Education at the Moscow Kremlin. Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Alexei Nikolsky\TASS via Getty Images)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved a plan by the country’s security service to kill a former agent-turned-Kremlin critic who died after drinking tea laced with radioactive poison, a British judge said in a strongly worded report that led Moscow to accuse Britain of souring bilateral relations.

A zonal officer was busted for watching a porn clip on his phone during the Bhopal Council Meeting. According to a report, the officer was suspended, following which there was a departmental inquiry and a ban on carrying mobiles during meetings.

The legendary Indian classical dancer, Mrinalini Sarabhai, died in Ahmedabad at the age of 98. She succumbed to complications related to old age, her family said. In 1948, Sarabhai set up an institute of dance in Ahmedabad where she trained thousands of dancers and choreographers.

An association of women lawyers of the Supreme Court are fighting for a law to castrate men who rape children. A PIL filed urged the apex court to consider a revision of the existing laws against rape and include chemical castration as a punishment for people who sexually assault children.

National Bravery Awards 2015: Meet the 25 children who will be recognised for their courage.

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Tobacco and real estate baron Mohammed Nisham was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined Rs 71 lakh compensation for the murder of a security guard last year. Nisham slammed his Hummer into the guard, 50-year-old K Chandrabose, because he was too slow to open the gates.

Students at the University of Hyderabad, protesting the suspension of five research scholars, one of whom (Rohith Vemula) committed suicide, rejected the executive council’s decision to revoke the suspension “with immediate effect” and an appeal to return to classes. They demanded the Vice Chancellor’s resignation.

The alleged Islamic State module busted with the arrest of four students in Uttarakhand was reportedly meant to be a smokescreen set up by Pakistan’s ISI to send Indian intelligence agencies on a wild goose chase. The investigator found the men had more information on a module based in Pakistan than any in Syria or Iraq.

The Trinamool Congress hit back Union Home minister Rajnath Singh for his attack on Mamata Banerjee government saying the Malda (violence) incident was his party's creation and he should not be on a mission to stoke communal tension.

Kusuma Rani, the 31-year-old IBM staffer who was found strangled in her flat in Bengaluru, was murdered by her Facebook friend whom she got to know just three weeks ago, the police said. Financial dispute is suspected to be the primary motive.

President Pranab Mukherjee will host a lunch for 100 women achievers selected in an online contest.

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After 15 years of marriage, actor Farhan Akhtar and his wife Adhuna are calling it quits. They confirmed their decision to separate with an official media statement, which declared that their children remain their priority, and they would like, at this time, to protect them from unwarranted speculation.

Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta was released from a federal correctional facility on January 5 to serve out the rest of his prison sentence at home, The New York Times reported. Gupta will remain a federal inmate until March 13 and will be confined to his apartment. He was convicted in 2012 in an insider trading case and sentenced to a two-year prison term in Massachusetts.

The Net neutrality debate entered its final stages as telecom service providers and activists stuck to their stands at an open session hosted by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on differential pricing. Trai has given parties until Monday evening to send in additional comments.

A man accused of raping a woman on the false pretext of marriage was acquitted by a Delhi court, saying the two in the prime of their youth had a consensual intimate relationship in “youthful eagerness”.

Allowing a final meeting between a death-row prisoner and his family as well as comprehensive health screening for women prisoners are among a slew of measures proposed by the new Model Prison Manual.


Two IIT-Delhi alumni use light to persuade invisible bits of semiconductor material to kill drug-resistant bacteria. Fashioned in water from semiconductor material—similar to that used in solar panels or mobile phones—the particles, or ‘quantum dots’, as their inventors call them, destroyed 92% of drug-resistant bacteria in a laboratory trial. Samar Harlankar writes why this is important in India, the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics.

If, instead of handing your yellow metal over to the government, you opted to buy a barrel of oil with it, you would get more barrels of oil per ounce of gold now than at any time in the past, writes Sitaraman Shankar in The Hindustan Times.

Rohith Vemula was only the latest in a long line of Hyderabad college students who committed suicide. Yet, the politicisation of his death has less to do with this tragedy and more to do with his Dalit activism, writes Priyadarshi Dutta in The Pioneer.

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