Myanmar blast: A small blast near an event by a radical Myanmar monk who stands accused of inflaming Buddhist-Muslim tensions left five people injured in Mandalay, police said in Yangon on Monday. afp
Nepal landslides: Five people including two minors  were killed and another five
went missing due to landslides triggered by incessant rain in two districts of western Nepal on Monday,
police said.  pti
Indonesia volcano: Indonesia’s most volatile volcano, Mount Merapi on the main island of Java , spewed smoke and ash on Monday, forcing hundreds of people to flee their villages along its slopes, a disaster official said. ap
China knife attack: One woman was stabbed to death and three others, including a two-and-a-half-year-old child, sustained serious injuries when an elderly man went on a killing spree at a French retail store in Beijing on Monday.  pti
Mandela&’s health: Former South African President Nelson Mandela is showing “sustained improvement”, the presidency said on Monday, six weeks after the anti-apartheid hero was hospitalised with a life-threatening lung infection. pti
Fukushima leak: The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power, on Monday admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater had leaked, fuelling fears of ocean contamination.  pti
Vietnam blogger: A well-known Vietnamese blogger, Nguyen Van Hai ~ a founding member of the banned “Free Journalists Club”, jailed for 12 years for anti-state propaganda, is “very weak” after a month-long hunger strike protesting at his treatment in prison, his family said on Monday.  afp
Heritage demands: Malaysia said it wants the iconic limestone Batu Caves containing the Murugan temple, one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, to be listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. pti
Superhero face-off: The Man of Steel sequel is all set to have two DC Comics superheroes
~ Superman and Batman ~ facing off against each other, reveals director Zack Snyder. pti
Touchy robots?: Researchers have developed new paper-thin electronic skin, or e-skin, that responds to touch by instantly lighting up. The more intense the pressure, the brighter the light it emits. pti
Artifical eye cells: It may be possible to grow the light-sensitive cells of the eye in a lab with the help of an artificial retina, paving way for restoring eyesight of blind people using stem-cell transplants. pti   
Miracle jump: A 39-year-old man miraculously survived after jumping from the seventh floor of an apartment in New York City. His fall was broken when he landed on a second-floor balcony of the building. pti
Helpful commuters: Dozens of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 20-cm (eight-inch) gap between the train and platform. ap