Monday morning news brief, April 17 2017

Monday morning brief Apr 17 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Vastu Shastra will soon be part of the architecture curriculum at IIT-Kharagpur. The rudiments of Vastu Shastra will be introduced to first and second-year undergraduate architecture students this August. The faculty felt that Vastu studies are not rooted in religion but have a scientific basis, and introducing students to this will open up new vistas. Read
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The failed North Korean missile test may have been sabotaged by a US cyber-attack, some analysts feel. However a system failure too is not being ruled out. US efforts to undermine the North’s missile program through cyberwarfare are well known. Analysts were stunned by North Korea’s recent display of military arsenal, including what appeared to be long range nuclear missiles.
The government will stand by the Army officer who took an alleged stone-pelter as a “human shield” while on election duty in J&K. An Army probe into the April 9 incident concluded that the officer took the decision reluctantly and as a last resort, after realising that his unit had to pass through streets crowded with a mob of stone-pelters ready to attack. But the J&K Police has registered a case against him.
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India is reeling under severe staff shortage, ranging from 20% to 50%, in crucial services. The sectors include education, healthcare, police and law enforcement and defence, and vacancies surpass the 6-10% range attributed to factors like retirement and promotion. The ED is functioning at just 36% of its sanctioned strength, while the three wings of the armed forces are together short of 55,000 personnel.
Royal Challengers Bangalore faltered yet again on home turf, losing to Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday night. RCB are languishing at the bottom of the table after their second straight defeat at home. Set to get 162, they could only manage 134/9, after the big guns like Kohli and de Villiers failed to fire.
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