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Two PoK boys held after Uri attack handed over to Pak

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first_imgTwo teenage boys from PoK, against whom the NIA dropped charges of conspiracy in the Uri terror strike, were on Friday reunited with their families at the Wagah border after spending nearly six months in detention. Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed had been handed over to the Jammu-based 16 Corps of the army this week after the probe agency came to the conclusion that the two had strayed into the Indian side after a tiff with their parents due to the pressure of studies. Border Security Force handed Awan and Khursheed to the Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah border, where their family members were present to greet them. ‘Extremely happy’“I am extremely happy to see my son among us. I am thankful to the governments of Pakistan and India for the safe release of my son,” Awan’s father told reporters at the Wagah border. He said the families of both the boys had suffered extreme mental pain after they were arrested in India. “The boys crossed over to the Indian side from Kashmir by mistake. Both governments must evolve some mechanism to deal with such cases on humanitarian grounds,” he said. Awan’s brother Abdul Mustafa said Awan will now go back to his school and continue studies. “At times we had lost hope to see Awan among us. We are thankful to God, both governments and the media,” he said. The Army’s unit at Uri had detained the boys and questioned them at length after the September 18 attack on its camp in which 19 personnel were killed. The NIA had said that the evidence collected in the form of statements, technical analysis of their mobile phones, seized GPS devices and other circumstantial evidence collected by the NIA “did not reveal any linkage of the suspects with the Uri attackers“. ‘Acted as guides’The Army had detained the two on September 23, barely days after the terror strike, and claimed that the two had allegedly acted as guides of the four terrorists who carried out the attack on the Uri garrison in North Kashmir. On September 18 last year, four heavily armed militants had stormed the Uri army base camp, killing 19 soldiers and injuring a few others. The NIA had taken over the investigation in the case from the state police. The two youths were arrested by the BSF and the Army in a joint operation.last_img read more

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Abattoir ban stumps cricket units

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first_imgThe crackdown against ‘illegal’ slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh has stumped the sports and leather industries.Not only has it hit the meat export industry and the 10 lakh people it employs, but it has also triggered waves of panic among Meerut’s cricket ball manufacturing units, Kanpur’s tanneries, the 11,000-odd shoe manufacturing units in Unnao and Hapur that operate from private residences, and the big leather export units in Agra. In Meerut, which is one of the major manufacturing hubs for sports goods in India, manufacturers say that with buffalo hide not readily available the cost of cricket balls has shot up by ₹30 to ₹40 per ball.Manufacturers worriedAnil Sachdeva, a businessman who deals in all kinds of all sports goods, said he had braced for an impact but did not expect it to be so swift. “Buffalo hide, which goes into making cricket balls, is not available because of the crackdown on slaughterhouses. Whatever little is available is priced at rates higher than usual,” said Mr. Sachdeva.“A cricket ball priced at ₹130 is being sold for ₹160. It will be a difficult time for our business if the ban continues,” he added.Anoop Singh, a contractor who supplies cricket balls to shops in Meerut’s Surajkund sports market, seconded Mr. Sachdeva. “Shortage of buffalo hide has left people like us, who manufacture cricket balls, worried. We are making do with the old stock for now, but the shortage of raw material has led to prices shooting up,” said Mr. Singh.The worst, however, is yet to come, he said. “If the slaughterhouses do not start functioning soon and the atmosphere of fear is not dispelled, then we may not be able to manufacture cricket balls at all,” he said.But all is not rosy for the few slaughterhouses that were not sealed. With cattle dealers fearing attacks from vigilantes, even legal slaughterhouses are not able to function. The non-availability of buffalo hide in the State has left the leather industry, which provides employment to nearly 25 lakh people, worried as well. Upendra Singh, president of the Agra Shoe Manufacturer Association (ASMA), argued that U.P. was the biggest provider of buffalo hide in India, which is the backbone for the leather industry. Continued non-availability of buffalo hide is expected to hit the country’s leather export business, which was valued at ₹38,396 crores in 2015-16.‘Exports to be hit’“Prices of leather goods have gone up by 15% to 50%. Raw material will become more expensive if the slaughterhouse ban continues. This, in turn, will hit the domestic market that provides shoes at reasonable rates and also affect India’s position in the international leather export market that is very competitive,” said Mr. Singh.Bharat Singh, president of the Shoe Karigar Sangh in Agra, told The Hindu over the phone that shoes would become dearer if the ban continued. “As of now, cow and buffalo hide is not easily available. Consequently, shoes are being manufactured at increased input costs,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more

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Fire breaks out at bus stand in Goa

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first_imgPanaji: A fire broke out at the main bus stand and the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) complex, which houses the transport department office, on Monday.Director of Transport Nikhil Desai said, “There is a major damage to the enforcement and registration sections, and old records could be lost.” He said the department has ordered an inquiry into the incident.Fire service officials said the cause of the fire was a short-circuit in one of the super markets at the KTC complex.Eyewitnesses said clouds of dark smoke emanated from the bus stand premises, which alerted commuters and shopkeepers. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the bus stand, which is the state’s biggest, and is being used by thousands of commuters daily.last_img

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Aurangabad vegetable seller ends life after receiving electricity bill for ₹8.65 lakh

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first_imgA vegetable seller in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district allegedly committed suicide after the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) sent him an electricity bill exceeding ₹8 lakh.Jagannath Nehaji Shelke, a resident of Bharatnagar area, took his own life by hanging himself after receiving his bill for the month of April amounting to ₹8,65,020. Police sources said the incident occurred between 4:30 and 5 a.m. on Thursday.Shelke had to pay the bill by May 17. His bill amount, if paid after May 17, read as ₹8,75,830.“The deceased was apparently under severe stress after getting a bill with such figures. He pinned a note to his body saying he was extremely distressed with the humungous electricity bill and hence was forced to take his own life. We are in the process of lodging a complaint,” said an officer from the Garkheda police station, adding that further investigations were on.Mr. Shelke’s kin have demanded that a case be lodged against the Electricity Board for causing his death and have refused to take possession of his body.They further alleged that Shelke had apparently tried to bring this matter to the notice of MSEB authorities, but was ignored by them and asked to pay up by the line man.The MSEB office in Aurangabad said that a clerk had wrongly computed the bill as the vegetable seller had recently installed a new meter. The clerk in question, Sunil Koli, has been suspended for negligence, said sources.last_img read more

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ED arrests Upendra Rai after bail in CBI case

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first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Friday night arrested journalist Upendra Rai under the money laundering law, soon after a Delhi court granted him bail in a case of alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions registered by the CBI.An ED team put Rai under arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar jail here, officials said.The Delhi-based scribe was arrested as he was required to be put under custodial interrogation. He will be produced before a court on Saturday, they said.Earlier on Friday, a Delhi court had granted bail to Rai, who was arrested by the CBI last month for allegedly using fake information to gain access to airports across India. Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted bail to Mr. Rai on furnishing a bail bond of ₹5 lakh, with two sureties of a like amount. The judge had last month refused bail to the journalist.The counsel for Mr. Rai submitted that no purpose would be served by keeping him in custody as the court had on May 9 rejected the CBI’s plea seeking further custody of Mr. Rai.The other accused in the case are Air One Aviation Limited, its chief security officer Prasun Roy and unidentified Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) officials.At the time of Rai’s arrest, the agency had said that besides property papers and a valid Aerodrome Entry Permit, some confidential documents were also seized. It was alleged that the journalist had applied for the permit in January 2017, as a consultant of Air One, falsely showing himself as a permanent employee of the company.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Why are the Marathas so restive?

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first_imgWhat is the trigger?In July, while the monsoon session of the legislature was on, a group of Maratha protesters launched a sit-in against the BJP government for not fulfilling the promises made to the community, including 16% reservation.The issue, however, spilled outside the Assembly, when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cancelled his visit to Pandharpur for the Ashadhi Ekadashi puja. He cited police reports that pointed to the possibility of snakes being released in the crowd. It enraged the community which accused him of false allegations and announced a State-wide protest and bandhs. The Marathas also wanted clarity on the Chief Minister’s statement that of the new recruitment for 72,000 posts, 16% would be reserved for the community.What did the government do?The bandh was marked by violence in Aurangabad, Navi Mumbai and the Chakan industrial area near Pune, with Maratha leaders alleging infiltration of anti-social elements. Eight Maratha youths committed suicide. Pressure from the community resulted in MLAs from the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP offering to resign. The government finally announced a stay on the recruitment. It sought time till November to resolve the issue.Why raise the demand now?The community feels the government is dragging its feet on reservation. The struggle for special treatment has been going on for the past few years. On November 14, 2014, the Bombay High Court stayed the Maratha reservation granted by the Congress-NCP government. It said the State had crossed the 50% limit capped by the Supreme Court and that the Mandal Commission (1980), the National Commission for Backward Classes (2000) and the Bapat Commission (2008) had concluded that the Marathas were a socially advanced community. The Supreme Court refused to stay the order.In January 2015, the State government decided to submit additional information to the court in support of Maratha reservation. On July 13, 2016, the rape and murder of a minor Maratha girl fuelled the community’s demands. Till 2017, over 58 massive silent Maratha morchas were organised across the State.To make its case stronger in court, in November 2017, Justice Maroti Gaikwad (retd.) was appointed as the head of the State Backward Class Commission. It is compiling a report to ascertain the economic and social backwardness of the community.The report will be based on the findings of a sample survey conducted in five villages in every district. It is yet to be submitted to the government. The case is pending in the High Court. Till then, no decision on reservation can be taken.Is it justified?In 2008, the State Backward Class Commission, headed by Justice R.M. Bapat (retd.), did not endorse Maratha reservation, voicing opinion against the inclusion of the community in the OBC category as they were not “socially backward.” His report was neither accepted nor rejected by the State government. As the Maratha coordination committee launched a State-wide campaign called ‘Deta ki Jata’ (Are you giving or going back?), with the demand for reservation from 2011, the then Congress-NCP government, headed by Prithviraj Chavan, appointed a high-powered committee under Industries Minister Narayan Rane to submit a case to grant reservation for the Marathas. The report was submitted in June 2013. A year later, the Congress-NCP government cleared 16% reservation for the Marathas.What lies ahead?Mr. Fadnavis has promised to resolve the issue. A special legislative session will be called after the report of the Backward Class Commission, and the reservation is likely to be extended.Till then, protests are likely to continue. With elections approaching, all political parties are attempting to keep Marathas — politically one of the strongest contingents — happy. As for the Marathas, with no clear leader, cracks are visible.last_img read more

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Yogi’s fresh fiat to District Magistrates on stray cattle

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first_imgUnder pressure to tackle the menace of stray cattle, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed all District Magistrates in the State to ensure that stray cattle and destitute cows are sent to shelter homes “under any condition” by January 10, a week’s time. The cow shelter, popularly known as “kanji house”, has also been renamed as the Gau Sanrakshan Kendra or the Cow Conservation Centre. In a meeting held with all DMs through videoconferencing late on Wednesday, Mr. Adityanath instructed them to transport stray cattle and destitute cows to these centres and ensure their nutrition and security. If these centres are without proper walls, they should be provided with fences while caretakers should also be appointed. Mr. Adityanath’s fresh instructions come less than 48 hours after the State Cabinet headed by him decided to levy additional cess on excise items to fund “temporary” cow shelters in both urban and rural areas.It comes amid uproar by farmers that stray cattle are damaging their crops and that the menace has increased since the BJP came to power in U.P. in March, 2017. Fed up with the problem, villagers in Aligarh and Firozabad last week even locked up hundreds of stray cattle in government health centres and schools to draw the government’s attention. In urban areas, many road accidents have been blamed on stray cattle.However, Mr. Adityanath has directed officials to take tough action against those who have abandoned their cattle or tie their animals in government buildings or schools. According to a government spokesperson, Mr. Adityanath said “anti-social elements” try to tie up stray cattle in government buildings and schools with the intention of creating “a tense situation”, often leading to a law and order problem.‘Fine for release’“If a person comes to free their animal from the Gau Sanrakshan Kendra, a fine will be imposed on them,” a government spokesperson said, quoting Mr. Adityanath.“The CM has instructed all DMs to take interest on cow conservation and work on a campaign level,” said the spokesperson.last_img read more

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Chhattisgarh govt to waive ₹207 crore irrigation tax of farmers

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first_imgIn a move that will benefit 15 lakh farmers in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday announced to waive their outstanding irrigation taxes worth ₹207 crore. During his Republic Day address at the Police Parade grounds in Raipur, Mr. Baghel also called for a permanent solution to improve the economic condition of farmers. The chief minister’s announcement comes just over a month after his government decided to waive farmers’ short-term agricultural loans worth ₹6,230 crore and hike the MSP for paddy to ₹2,500, fulfilling the promises made by the Congress ahead of the Assembly polls.“Sinchai kar (irrigation tax) to the tune of ₹207 crore pending from around last 15 years as on October, 2018 will be written off. As many as 15 lakh farmers will be benefited from the decision,” he said.“Without freeing farmers from the clutches of debts, their condition and that of their villages cannot be improved. Therefore, in the first cabinet meeting, it was decided to waive loans to the tune of Rs 6,230 crore of around 16.65 lakh farmers,” he added.“To ensure good returns to annadata (farmers) for their produce, in the first cabinet meeting we fulfilled our promise to procure paddy at Rs 2,500 per quintal,” he said. To improve the economic condition of farmers a permanent solution has to be chalked out and a scheme that will yield long-term results should be introduced, he added. An extensive work plan is being prepared for the revival and conservation of village rivulets, conservation of livestock, production of organic manure and horticulture development, he said.“The remuneration of tendu leaves collectors has been increased from ₹2,500 per sack to ₹4,000 per sack, which will help in empowerment of forest dwellers and tribals,” he said. Mr. Baghel further said to ensure justice to the families of those killed in tragic Jhiram valley naxal attack in 2013, a strong step has been taken and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted to probe the incident. Similarly, another SIT was set up to probe alleged scam in state civil supply corporation, which operates public distribution system in the state, he added. Briefing about other decisions of his government, Baghel said, lands acquired for a mega steel plant in Lohandiguda area of Batsar a decade ago are being returned to farmers.“To set up a large-scale industry in Lohandiguda of Bastar, land of more than 1,700 farmers was acquired. In ten years, neither the industry was established nor the farmers got back their land. No ideal rehabilitation policy was followed in land acquisition. After coming to power, we decided to return land of over 1,764 hectares in 10 affected villages to ensure justice to tribals. He alleged that freedom of expression was in danger in the state since the last few years.“Freedom of expression is the first condition of democracy and therefore, the state government has started drafting journalists protection law in support of a free press,” he said. Over the liquor ban in the state, Baghel said the government was moving ahead with caution on the prohibition.“The state government has created two committees for the purpose, one of them will be an all-party political committee and the other one would be from different sections of the society,” he said. A comprehensive campaign will be run to make people aware of the ills of alcohol consumption, he added. On the Naxal menace, Mr. Baghel said, “It is our resolution to put an end to the violent activities of anti-constitutional elements in the name of Naxalism.”He, however said, steps will be taken in the direction to reach a permanent solution after taking into consideration the views of the tribals, social workes, journalists, security forces and others. Earlier, the CM unfurled the tricolour and received guard of honour from the joint parade of various units of security personnel, National Cadet Corps, National Service Scheme, Scout and Guide students at the Parade Ground.last_img read more

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SAD (Taksali) and AAP tie-up in Punjab unlikely

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first_imgThe possibility of a pre-poll alliance between the Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) and the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls looks unlikely, with a senior Taksali leader saying the party would contest the polls on its own.No meetingThe proposed meeting on the alliance was scheduled to be held between the leaders of the two parties here on Sunday but did not take place. SAD (Taksali) senior leader Sewa Singh Sekhwan blamed the AAP for this, claiming that the party was showing more inclination towards entering into a tie-up with the Congress. He told reporters here that his party would contest the Lok Sabha elections on its own strength. Mr. Sekhwan said the party will soon decide as to on how many seats they would contest. AAP leaders had earlier maintained that SAD (Taksali) did not want to give up the Anandpur Sahib seat from where AAP had already fielded its candidate. Taksali Akalis (old guard), including Mr. Sekhwan, who had last year raised their voice against SAD’s alleged deviation from its core principles, had floated a separate outfit in December.last_img read more

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Top stories: The origin of the penis, humanlike birdsong, and a Milky Way mystery

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first_imgMystery solved: Where the penis comes fromIt’s not a question a lot of scientists ponder out loud, but it’s key to much of life on Earth: Where does the penis come from? After studying snakes, lizards, mice, and chickens, researchers say they’ve finally solved the mystery.Birds found using human musical scales for the first timeSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The flutelike songs of the male hermit thrush are some of the most beautiful in the animal kingdom. Now, researchers have found that these melodies employ the same mathematical principles that underlie many Western and non-Western musical scales—the first time this has been seen in any animal outside humans.Astronomers identify mysterious object at heart of Milky WayA mysterious object known as G2 has confounded researchers ever since it was found to be on a near-collision course with the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Now, one team thinks it has figured out what it is: G2 is not a gas cloud but a strange, more stable object formed from a pair of recently merged stars.Older papers are increasingly remembered—and citedThere’s no doubt that scientific papers become obsolete. Although some papers become immortal, the vast majority end up in the dustbin of scientific history. The question is whether the rate of obsolescence has been increasing or decreasing over time. Now, the team behind Google Scholar has weighed in with a study of their own massive index of papers—and it appears that digitization is indeed helping slow obsolescence.Satellites spot hidden villages in AmazonThe Amazon is home to perhaps dozens of isolated tribes who make their living far off the grid. Now, researchers have figured out how to use satellites to monitor these tribes unobtrusively—and keep an eye on the threats they face from drug running, illegal logging, and construction.European genetic identity may stretch back 36,000 yearsAncient DNA from the fossilized skeleton of a short, dark-skinned, dark-eyed man who lived at least 36,000 years ago along the Middle Don River in Russia is challenging the multiple migration model of European ancestry. The new genome data suggest that Europeans today are the descendants of a very old, interconnected population of hunter-gatherers that had already spread throughout Europe and much of Asia by 36,000 years ago.Nigerian virologist delivers scathing analysis of Africa’s response to EbolaOyewale Tomori, president of the Nigerian Academy of Science, delivered a scathing critique of Africa’s response to the Ebola outbreak during a high-profile scientific meeting in Vienna this week. Chief among his criticisms was the assertion that corruption is hampering efforts to improve health.See all of Science’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak.last_img read more

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BJP Demands Rahul’s Apology After Zuckerberg’s Testimony on Facebook Data Theft

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first_imgUnion law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday demanded that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi should tender an apology and “promise not to manipulate voters in future” following Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testimony to the US Congress. “Now that Cambridge Analytica‘s role in manipulating elections is clear and Facebook has assured to stop it and maintain integrity of India’s elections, probity demands that Rahul Gandhi should apologise and promise not to manipulate voters and divide the society in future!” He tweeted.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

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PepsiCo’s Indira Nooyi More Powerful Than Sonia Gandhi?

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first_imgIndra Nooyi, head of soft drink giant PepsiCo, outranks Sonia Gandhi, widely recognized as the real power behind Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in this year’s Forbes annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, which is headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rousseff.Nooyi is no doubt a highly successful chief executive of a very prominent global company. But honestly, the idea that the head of a company that Apple CEO Steve Jobs once famously ridiculed was in the business of peddling “sugar water,” is more powerful than the power rider behind the world’s second-largest  economically-turbocharged country, is a reflection of the lopsided editorial judgment and naievete of the world’s foremost capitalist magazine.“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” — Steve Jobs to PepsiCo executive John Sculley to lure him to AppleIndeed, Forbes’ list ranks Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Gates Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates ahead of Gandhi too. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama ranks just behind Gandhi. Forbes’ much ballyhooed influential rankings — for that matter all such people power rankings, “Most Influential South Asians,” “Person of the Year,” etc., etc., — are unquestionably entertaining and popular, but they are neither credible nor of any journalistic reliability or value. What these rankings really are about is that they are fat cash cows for savvy media organizations to milk advertisers and sponsors in conjunction with they opportunities they afford to self-absorbed people to hobnob with other equally self-important (and frequently insecure) people.Forbes explained its ranking methodology as being based in part on its other equally dubious lists, such as its Celebrity 100 for lifestyle and net worth from its World’s Billionaires list “for those with 10 figure bank accounts.” It also factored in “Facebook fans, Twitter followers and YouTube views” for the people it ranked. Guess who doesn’t count in such matrixes? It certainly wasn’t their social media profile that got the only two other Indians, ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar (43) and Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (99), on the list.The richest people and companies — such as Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s largest companies or the world’s richest — are atleast based on measurable criteria of wealth, and even they hit and miss, because not all assets are in accessible public databases.  Bottom line: Read these lists for their titillation value by all means, but don’t let any schmuck in a newsroom tell you who the most powerful or influential person in any field is. Unless you want to make their list of fools.Read Forbes list Related Itemslast_img read more

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Russian Israeli Man Faces Charges in U.S. for Fraud in India

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first_imgA 46-year-old man with dual citizenship of Russia and Israel was extradited to the United States for financial fraud in India, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Stanislav Nazarev was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of money laundering.Nazarev, along with others, defrauded a large reinsurance company in India through cyber-phishing. They tricked the director of that company to wire $1.4 million to an account in the United States. He rerouted a portion of the money, $50,000, to himself in Israel via Russia.“It includes a forfeiture allegation seeking a money judgment representing the proceeds of the alleged scheme,” the Justice Department statement said. He was brought to the United States on Oct. 19 and faced the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for the first time.Nazarev was among 19 people charged in early 2017 for international fraud and money laundering conspiracies. He was arrested in March in Israel after an undercover investigation in which the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of the Inspector General, and ICE-HSI Washington, D.C. worked together. They were assisted by the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, the Israeli National Police and the FBI Legal Attache in Tel Aviv, Israel.The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Lucas of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Marando and David Kent of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, with assistance from Paralegal Specialists Brittany Phillips, Christopher Toms, and C. Rosalind Pressley. Related Itemscyber phishingfinancial crimesfinancial fraudindian company fraudStanislav Nazarevlast_img read more

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Monty Chadha held from IGIA in real estate fraud case

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first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police arrested vice-chairman of Wave Group Manpreet Singh Chadha alias Monty from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday night in connection with a real estate fraud case. He was allegedly trying to escape to Phuket in Thailand. He was produced before a magistrate in Saket court on Thursday and sent to 14-day judicial custody.Additional Commissioner of Police Suvashish Chaudhary said Mr. Chadha, the director of Uppal Chadha Hi-Tech Developers Private Limited, was arrested on complaints lodged by 29 investors who claimed to have been cheated by the firm in the name of proposed hi-tech township projects on NH-24, Ghaziabad.Wrongful gainsThe FIR, registered in January 2018, claimed that the developer duped buyers of over ₹100 crore and made wrongful gains by promising hi-tech townships with facilities such as helipad and proximity to metro station.The company launched the project in 2006, but its agents had started approaching the public for booking of plots in their proposed ‘Hi-Tech Township’ — Rosewood Enclave, Sunny Wood Enclave, Lime Wood Enclave and Crestwood Enclave — to be developed in the villages of Kachera, Dujana and Mehrauli on NH-24 in 2005 itself. They showed brochures and layout plans for the proposed township of about 1,500 acres.The possession of the plots was to be given within eight months from the date of allotment letters. The 29 complainants had booked plots in 2005-06 and paid ₹4.5 crore to the developer. In 2009, the developer told the investors that all necessary approvals have been obtained and work will start soon. In 2011, the investors received a demand letter signed by the vice-president of the company but the name of the firm, the township, and the office address had changed and all payments were sought in the name of the new entity — Wave City NH-24, said Mr. Chaudhary.MoU with GDADuring investigation it was found that the U.P. government had announced its ‘Hi-Tech Township policy’ in 2003, inviting real estate firms to develop smart townships with modern facilities in Ghaziabad, and Uppal Chadha Hi-Tech Pvt. Ltd. had entered into an MoU with the Ghaziabad Development Authority in 2005 for developing the project and started taking bookings for plots.However, the site plan was sanctioned only in 2013. Even after a gap of 14 years, the company neither provided plots to all the buyers nor refunded their invested amount.last_img read more

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Assam NRC publishes ‘additional draft exclusion list’ with 1.02 lakh names

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first_imgThe office of the Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam on Wednesday published an “additional draft exclusion list” containing the names of 1,02,462 people.This list is different from the one containing the names of the 40.07 lakh people excluded last year from among 3.29 crore applicants.On this additional list are those whose names were included in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018, but were subsequently found to be ineligible for three reasons.“People found to be declared foreigners or doubtful (D) voters or with cases pending at Foreigners’ Tribunals discovered after publication of the draft NRC are in the additional list. So are their descendants, as applicable,” a State government spokesperson said.The other categories of people in the additional list are those found to be ineligible while appearing as witnesses in hearings held for disposal of claims and objections, and during the process of verification carried out by the local registrars of citizens registration.According to the office of the NRC Coordinator, the additional list was prepared under the provisions contained in Clause 5 of the Schedule of The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.“The additional draft exclusion list will not contain the results of claimants and objectees appearing for hearings held for disposal of claims and objections February 15 to June 26. The results of those hearings will be published only in the final NRC to be published on July 31,” an officer handling the NRC exercise said on the condition of anonymity.Officials said hard copies of the additional list would be available at the NRC Seva Kendras and offices of the Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), and Circle officer for public viewing during office hours. Particulars of this list could also be viewed online at www.nrcassam.nic.in.“Those excluded will also be informed individually through letters to be delivered at their residential addresses along with the reason for exclusion. Each letter will mention the venue of claim submission and hearing. Such persons will have the opportunity to file their claims to be settled through a hearing by a disposing officer,” the officer said.The submission of claim and its disposal through a hearing would take place together. The hearing would start from July 5. All such claims would be disposed of thereafter and the results would be declared in the final NRC, the officer said.last_img read more

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13 injured in acid attack for opposing eve-teasing in Bihar

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first_imgAt least 13 people, including three women, were injured on Wednesday in an acid attack in Bihar’s Vaishali district for opposing eve-teasing by a group of motorcycle-borne youths.The police have arrested five persons.Police said there was a scuffle between two groups at Dawoodnagar village of Hajipur and acid was thrown, injuring the 13. Three of the attackers too were injured. All have been admitted to the government hospitals in Hajipur and Vaishali.“We’ve arrested five persons…we’ll investigate further and if found involved, some more people could be arrested”, said senior police official of the district Raghav Dayal.Local residents said the group of bike-borne youths passed lewd remarks on girls of the village on Tuesday and it was opposed by the family members of a girl and some other villagers. “On Wednesday, over a dozen youths attacked the family members of the girl, throwing acid on them…in the scuffle three of the attackers too got burn injuries”, said a villager. .last_img read more

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Curbs around Hazratbal disrupt Milad-Un-Nabi prayers

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first_imgFearing protests, authorities on Sunday disallowed gatherings of the faithful at the Hazratbal Mosque in Srinagar on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.All entry points to the mosque, including Habak area on the outskirts of the city and the Rainawari and Sadrabal areas in the old city, were closed for traffic. The security forces started spreading concertina wires on the streets and used mobile bunkers to block several stretches on Saturday. as part of an exercise to impose restrictions.This move stopped the worshippers from assembling for the night-long prayers. “It is first time in my living memory that such a thin attendance of worshippers was observed on the auspicious occasion in Kashmir. Only locals living in nearby areas turned up for the night-long prayers and the daytime customary display of holy relics, which include a strand of hair of the Prophet Muhammad, also saw a thin attendance of the devotees,” said Yaqoob Qureshi, a retired teacher who has been attending the congregational prayers at the shrine since 1990. Around 2,000 worshippers, including women from nearby places, managed to offer noon prayers inside on the mosque on Sunday. According to the local caretaker, the Hazratbal shrine witnesses a gathering of more than 50,000 devotees on the occasion. “We were appraised by the security agencies beforehand and cautioned against any major gatherings”, a caretaker said. The noon prayers on Sunday saw brief sloganeering, including pro-sharia and pro-freedom slogans.The police there were fears of anti-India elements staging protests and the security arrangement was to maintain order. Meanwhile, smaller gatherings were reported from other major mosques in the Valley on the occasion.This is for the second time this month that a traditional and centuries-old congregation was not allowed. Earlier, on the occasion of Khawaja Diger, where men and women hold joint prayers at the Naqshband Sahib shrine, the security forces sealed the shrine and disallowed any prayers.Since the revocation of J&K’s special status on August 5, there is tight security arrangement in Kashmir. Internet and SMS facilities remain barred for nearly 100 days now. The authorities are yet to restore prepaid mobile services for around 35 lakh customers.last_img read more

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Chicago man blinded in one eye by baseball sues the sport

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first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Gins’ mission: Stop Durham Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chicago, United States — A man blinded in the left eye by an errant ball in one of a series of recent baseball stadium injuries is suing Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs.John Loos, 60, was hit in the eye by a foul ball during an August game at the Cubs’ home stadium Wrigley Field, where he was seated close to the game action, according to his attorneys.ADVERTISEMENT Four teams announced in September that they would extend protective netting, joining 10 others, after a young girl was hit by a foul ball at New York’s Yankee Stadium.A Cubs executive announced in September that safety netting would be expanded at Wrigley as well, according to local media.“We’ve studied… where the balls are heading and obviously, we’ve been pulling the nets further and further,” Chicago TV station WBBM reported Cubs’ business operations chief Crane Kenney as saying.But Loos said MLB should do more to protect fans.“There should be nothing more important than (fan) safety. This is a problem that Major League Baseball has known for decades,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cubs did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “My eye took a direct hit. It’s not functioning,” Loos told a news conference Monday, after his lawsuit was filed on Friday in a Chicago court.Loos said the high-speed ball destroyed his eye, which may need to be replaced with a prosthetic, and broke five facial bones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis injuries have required three surgeries and will require “at least two more,” he said.There have been a series of incidents of fan injuries, leading to calls for more protection for spectators at Major League Baseball (MLB) games. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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#KicksStalker: Irving gifts special Kyrie 3, jersey to military personnel

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first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Kia sends disgruntled Revilla to Phoenix for Grimaldo, pick Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img The Kyrie 3 Irving gave away was a special colorway dedicated to his mother Elizabeth and features a rose pattern and a “mom” lettering on the tongue.This wasn’t the first time Irving gave away his shoes to the members of the audience.Irving did it in the preseason when he gave his sneakers and jersey to a fan in Charlotte.He again hamnded his game-worn sneakers to a grade-schooler in the Boston’s season-opener in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa On military appreciation night in Brooklyn, @KyrieIrving wanted to thank some soldiers in attendance himself pic.twitter.com/s7Hk6D9Pog— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 15, 2017Kyrie Irving gave away another pair of his Nike Kyrie 3s, and this time both the shoes and the recipients are of utmost importance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe masked Irving, after leading the Boston Celtics to a 109-102 road victory over the Brooklyn Nets, saw two members of the military in the audience for the home teams’ military appreciation night and proceeded to make their days instantly better.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Irving gave one of the ladies his game-worn jersey while giving the other a special makeup of his Kyrie 3.last_img read more

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Japanese squads lined up for friendlies vs national team

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first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ The Philippines is hoping to at least land a medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur and make the quarterfinals of the Asian Women’s Senior Championships in Laguna.The Philippines is also hoping to learn the Japanese brand of play, which is anchored on speed and defense.“Our main objective is to polish our floor defense and blocking as well as our mental preparation,” said Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) marketing and development chair Ramon Suzara.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Monster scorer Phelps back as Phoenix kicks off bid vs Kia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ryokoku University, Osaka Superiors, Osaka University of HSS and Kobe Shinwa University are scheduled to face the Nationals in friendlies over the course of their training camp. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PHILIPPINE team hits the ground running #LabanPilipinas #volleyball #Japan pic.twitter.com/QH0V4iwONr— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) July 18, 2017Several Japanese university teams will test the mettle of the Philippine team which is now on a two-week training camp in Okayama.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhile training for six hours a day with Japan V-League champion Okayama Seagulls, the Nationals will also battle other noted clubs in order to fine tune their game for two major international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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