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Science Wrap: Chandrayaan updates, 62 new plants in Western Ghats and North Korea's satellite blunder

This week in science saw new updates about ISRO's future missions and the discovery of 62 new plant species that can survive without water. Additionally, the world might soon get a disaster-prevention system that can detect Earth's disasters from outer space.

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Jeff Bezos to sign prenup agreement with girlfriend to protect 138 billion dollar fortune. Can you get one in India?

Amazon co-founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos seems to have learnt from his mistakes. And before getting married to his to his girlfriend of five years, Lauren Sanchez, he is set to sign a prenup agreement to safeguard his wealth.

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What did the Law Commission say about retention of sedition law in India?

The commission in its finding has clearly said that it holds the view that Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code needs to be retained with certain amendments.

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A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz: Can you read between the lines? 

It's June and that means it's now officially summer in Delhi and I thought maybe it's a good time to shred the seriousness and have some fun with a few summer reads instead. At least that'll be my intent in the rest of the columns this month.

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Manoj Bajpayee's Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai goes from OTT to theatre release, in probably an India first

Manoj Bajpayee-starrer Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai has been released on 20 different screens, across 4 circuits, including Mumbai with six locations, Delhi-UP with nine locations, Bihar with four locations and Rajasthan with one. The movie was first on the OTT platform Zee5.

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NCERT sounds like the CBFC in its clarification on Class 10 periodic table, ngl

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) released a statement on Twitter concerning the ongoing debate surrounding alterations made to the science curriculum for Class 10, particularly regarding the modifications of the periodic table.

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Who is Princess Rajwa Al Seif, the new wife of Jordan Crown Prince Al Hussein?

Jordan’s heir to the throne, Crown Prince Hussein Ibn Abdullah, has married Rajiwa Al Seif, daughter of Saudi architect who has connections to Saudi royal family.

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Why has Airbnb sued the city of New York?

Airbnb Inc filed a lawsuit against the city for its new law that will limit the number of people who can host rental spaces. Among short-term rental providers like Airbnb, this law is turning into a 'de facto ban' against them. The law is set to come into effect in July. 

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WhatsApp bans 75 lakh Indian accounts in a month. Here's how you can avoid being banned

WhatsApp has made a strong push to tackle online abuse, spam and scams by implementing a record-breaking ban on user accounts. In the month of April, an astounding 7,452,500 accounts were banned in India, marking a notable 58.02% increase compared to the previous month.

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US Spell Bee winner Dev Shah is the 21st Indian-American to win the contest in 23 years

Indian-American eighth-grader from Florida Dev Shah, 14, was crowned 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion for the word “psammophile”. He became the 95th Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.

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7 Indian passport holders walk in to VFS Delhi for a Schengen visa. Then all hell breaks loose

In what comes as a warning for those applying for a visa abroad, VFS Global's security personnel nabbed seven applicants at its centre in Delhi for forging documents. The seven applicants were filing for visa to Italy and had entered VFS with forged VFS appointment letters.

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20 crore Made In India iPhones to be manufactured at Foxconn Karnataka plant each year, April 2024 on

The newly elected, Congress-led Karnataka government has announced that the new Foxconn plant is expected to create around 50,000 jobs.

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Kerala Muslim boys beaten up in Mangaluru for hanging out with Hindu female friends

In another incident of moral policing in Karnataka, three Muslim students were beaten up the at the Someshwar beach in Mangaluru on Thursday (June 1) for hanging out with Hindu girls.

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UK is cracking down on student visa dependents, plus updates on switching visas

The Rishi Sunak government in the United Kingdom has been trying to curb the migration numbers in the country for a while. In the latest, the UK government has announced a slew of updates to student visas and dependents of international students that are likely to affect many.

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