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Bihar now a dry state as Nitish Kumar govt imposes ban 6 months before schedule

Bihar is now a dry state after the state government officially banned all liquor in the state on Tuesday. The Cabinet imposed a prohibition on the sale of any kind of liquor including Indian Made Foreign Liquor with immediate effect. A ban on country liquor was implemented on 1 April.

Bihar joins ranks as the country's sixth dry state after Gujarat, Kerala, Lakshwadeep, Manipur, Nagaland. The CM said the move had garnered terrific response from the women and youth of the state.

World T20 XI: ICC names Virat Kohli as captain, Ashish Nehra also included

A select group of former cricketers and commentators picked up both the men's and women's teams for all conditions on the basis of the players' performances in the World T20, which concluded here last night with West Indies winning both the titles.

Kohli was adjudged Man of the Tournament for his sublime form which made him the backbone of India's batting line-up. Nehra handed India an early breakthrough in almost every game. He took only five wickets but was economical in all five games.

Besides two Indians, the men's team also comprised four players from runners-up England, two from the West Indies and one each from Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand and South Africa.

RBI cuts key rates, home loans to be cheaper

The Reserve Bank announced its first bi-monthly policy review for this fiscal on Tuesday and has cut the repo rate by 25BPS, which has come down to 6.50% from 6.75%.

The announcement has come as a big relief for home buyers as home loans are now expected to be cheaper as a result of the cuts.

The RBI Governor, however, left the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) and the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) unchanged.The decision comes nearly a month after the government presented the Union Budget for 2016-17, sticking to its fiscal consolidation targets and unveiled what the analysts termed was a marked improvement in the quality of its spending.

Dalit minor raped repeatedly for two months, 7 arrested

Seven men have been arrested in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, for raping a minor Dalit girl for more than two months, and blackmailing her with the visuals.

The police made the arrests on Monday and said more men are likely to be involved in the case.

The gang lured the girl to a deserted area two months ago and raped her brutally, filming the assault on a mobile phone to threaten her with blackmail. Over the next two months, they raped her repeatedly, joined by several other men, says The Indian Express.

AOLF stage still stands on Yamuna floodplains, compensation yet to be paid

The stage used in the Art of Living event on the Yamuna floodplains in mid-February is still standing more than three weeks after the event, and the Art of Living Foundation has yet to pay the initial compensation of Rs 5 crore for misusing environmentally sensitive land imposed by the National Green Tribunal.

The fee was due on 1 April, but that very day, the foundation sought permission to submit a bank guarantee for Rs 4.75 crore in place of the payment. The AOLF had already paid Rs 25 lakh on 10 March as a token of faith, according to The Indian Express.

Defence forces short of even ammunition, leave alone high-tech equipment

India's defence forces lack basic equipment such as ammunition, bullet-proof jackets and vehicles, as much as they lack warplanes, submarines and artillery guns, revealed a discussion at a parliamentary panel meeting on Monday.

During the meeting which was also attended by the defence secretary and two other senior ministry officials, senior army, air force and naval officials told the standing committee on defence that India is lagging "far behind" its neighbours in terms of defence capabilities, according to the Hindustan Times.

Centre opposes minority status for Aligarh Muslim University

The Central government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it does not support minority status for the Aligarh Muslim University.

The Supreme Court has been hearing the appeals of the University as well as the Centre against an Allahabad High Court ruling that the AMU is a central university, not a minority institution.

Arguing on behalf of the Centre, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said: "AMU is a central university established by a central act. We have taken a conscious decision that AMU is not a minority institution."

The AMU has been given four weeks to respond, says The Economic Times.

4 Gujarat schools demand admission applications that say 'Bharat mata ki jai'

Students in Gujarat seeking admission to four educational institutions linked to BJP leader Dilip Sanghani will have to write 'Bharat mata ki jai' in their application forms.

Sanghani, who heads the Shree Patel Vidhyarthi Ashram Trust that runs the educational institutions, said: "The decision has been taken to instil nationalism in students at a young age at a time when we are witnessing anti-national sloganeering in campuses."

The 'Bharat mata ki jai' slogan is currently being used by Hindutva organisations like the RSS and the BJP as a tool to 'prove nationalism and patriotism', according to the Hindustan Times.

Rahul slapped Pratyusha in public: TV actress's friends

Friends of TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee who committed suicide on 1 April say that her boyfriend, Rahul Raj Singh, "cheated on her" and used to slap her in public.

Kamya said: "Some days ago she called me and said Rahul is cheating on her. She said she can't live like this anymore and wanted to get out of this relationship. She said she needed help and wanted to file a case against Rahul."

Vikas claimed that Rahul's ex-girlfriend Saloni Sharma assaulted Pratyusha, according to the Hindustan Times.

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Genetically Modified Maggots Could Help Healing

Scientists have created genetically modified maggots that could help human wounds to heal better. The creatures have been used for centuries because they eat dead flesh while leaving healthy flesh intact.

But they could help with the healing process even further after scientists were successful in making them secrete a human growth hormone while they eat. Engineers at North Carolina State University have genetically engineered green bottle fly larvae to produce a growth factor called PDGF-BB, which can drive cell growth.

The low-cost treatment could be useful in countries where incomes are low.

Missing Wright Brothers' Patent Found In Cave

The pair made history on 17 December 1903 when they carried out the first controlled powered human flight. The patent file for the Wright brothers' 'flying machine' - missing since 1980 - has been discovered in a limestone cave.

A cold case team from the US National Archives recently ramped up its efforts to find the missing paperwork. Record keepers realised the file was missing from the main Washington DC vault in 2000, and discovered that it had been potentially mislaid as far back as 1980.

But volunteer archivist Bob Beebe has now found it hidden among a 15ft-high stack of documents in a special records storage cave in Kansas, a report in Sky News said.

Are you ready for a virtual cremation?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to lie down in a chamber in the moments before your cremation? Well, now you can. It's probably not for the faint-hearted, but an attraction in Shanghai is offering people the chance to 'experience death and rebirth'.

They lie down in a mock-up cremation chamber as simulated flames pass over them. Participants then make their way through a small circular hole to experience 'rebirth' and join their friends.

The organisers say people facing death find it a "complicated and difficult task" to say goodbye.

They claim the attraction is about educating people on life "so as one approaches the moment just before they face death, they don't have to think about these problems constantly".

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Climate change will wipe $2.5tn off global financial assets: study

Climate change could cut the value of the world's financial assets by $2.5tn (รƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒยข€šรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’‚รƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒยข€šข€ ’‚รƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒยข€šรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’‚รƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒยข€šข€ ’ƒรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒยข€šรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’‚รƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒยข€šข€šรƒรƒรƒยข€ ’‚รƒรƒรƒยข€ ’ƒรƒยข€šฃ1.7tn), according to the first estimate from economic modelling. In the worst case scenarios, often used by regulators to check the financial health of companies and economies, the losses could soar to $24tn, or 17% of the world's assets, and wreck the global economy.

The research also showed the financial sense in taking action to keep climate change under the 2C danger limit agreed by the world's nations. In this scenario, the value of financial assets would fall by $315bn less, even when the costs of cutting emissions are included.

"Our work suggests to long-term investors that we would be better off in a low-carbon world," said Prof Simon Dietz of the London School of Economics, the lead author of the study told the Guardian.

"Pension funds should be getting on top of this issue, and many of them are." He said, however, that awareness in the financial sector was low.

11 UN peacekeepers face paternity claims

A group of 11 Tanzanian peacekeepers accused of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo face paternity claims from their alleged victims, the UN has said.The UN has been in the spotlight for months over allegations of sexual abuse by its peacekeepers, especially those based in Congo and Central African Republic. More than 100 girls and women had come forward with new sexual abuse accusations against peacekeepers in CAR.

Troops from the mission's Force Intervention Brigade in the village of Mavivi in eastern DR Congo have been confined to base camp pending investigation, Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for secretary general Ban Ki-moon, told the Guardian.

Unlike other international peacekeeping troops, the brigade has an unprecedented mandate to take military action to neutralise and disarm rebel groups to help end Congo's long-running conflict.

Dujarric said the 11 accused peacekeepers included four from the mission's current deployment and seven from a previous contingent.