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Odd-even rule: CM Arvind Kejriwal warns volunteers against ‘misbehaving’

Replying to another question, Kejriwal referred to some people having converted their petrol cars to CNG in view of the exemption for the latter provided in the scheme, but said that no such rule for compulsory conversion of vehicles can be enforced.

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IIT, IISc professors call Facebook’s Free Basics ‘misleading and flawed’ in statement to TRAI

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Telangana DGP denies Hyderabad more prone to ISIS radicalisation

“…the community and the parents are definitely against any such movement which itself goes to say that maximum influence can be given only by the community as well as the family. At the same time, I would also like to say that wherever they transgress with the line we are not going to spare anybody,” Sharma added.

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Modi govt a failure on all fronts, pursuing vendetta politics: Congress

“The Prime Minister has remained unmoved by agony of the Indian farmer and thousands of suicides failed to move the government to make timely and effective intervention to alleviate their sufferings. This is apparent from the fact that the Prime Minister, who is never tired of travelling, thought it unfit to visit any village or state where a large number of farmers have recently committed suicide,” the Congress spokesperson said.

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Intolerance Debate 2015: Who is under the radar?

Sundar Pichai, the Indian-American CEO of Google, before his visit to India wrote an essay titled ‘Let’s not let fear defeat our values’. Though he was referring to Donald Trump’s comments on Muslim, he made his stand for tolerance clear, “And it’s not just about opportunity. The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country’s greatest strengths and most defining characteristics. And that is no coincidence — America, after all, was and is a country of immigrants. That is why it’s so disheartening to see the intolerant discourse playing out in the news these days — statements that our country would be a better place without the voices, ideas and the contributions of certain groups of people, based solely on where they come from, or their religion.”

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BJP Vice President says party has ‘smaller talent pool’; later backtracks

But now, speaking to CNN-IBN, Sahasrabuddhe said that he has been misquoted. “I said that Congress was in power for more time that’s why they have more experienced people. There is absolutely no dearth of talent in BJP and my point was only about lack of exposure,” CNN-IBN quoted Sahasrabuddhe.

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‘Deep flaws’ in Facebook’s India plan

A group of leading Indian academics criticise Facebook’s controversial Free Basics internet plan, saying it has “deep flaws”.

Arrested ex-IAF airman seduced by woman on Facebook: Key details about ISI espionage rackets

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Free Basics: No one has excelled in life by wasting time on Facebook

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Bajrang Dal leader arrested for threatening on Facebook to rape and kill social worker

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BJP gleeful over articles in Congress mouthpiece slamming Nehru, Sonia; says truth hidden has come out

“Congress should give clarification and Gandhi too should offer some,” he said. As Congress sacked the content editor, BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma mocked it, saying it showed the party’s “intolerance against truth” as most of what had appeared was a “matter of fact”.

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Maneka Gandhi launches ‘e-Office’

Gandhi urged that applications along with the necessary documents for important programmes of the Ministry like STEP should be received online and processed on the new system. WCD Secretary V. Somasundaran, DeitY Secretary J. S. Deepak, WCD Additional Secretary Nutan Guha Biwas and other senior officials of the WCD Ministry and NIC were present on the occasion.

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Mangaluru: Bajrang Dal leader arrested for posting hate comments against social worker on Facebook

Meanwhile, Pandeshwar police arrested six persons in connection with the case of the forcible stopping of the screening of ‘Dilwale’. They were later released on bail, police said.

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Arun Jaitley turns 63; PM Modi wishes him long life

BJP President Amit Shah also tweeted, “Wishing Shri @arunjaitley ji a very happy birthday. My prayers and wishes for your long and healthy life.” Those wishing him on his birthday also included union ministers Piyush Goyal, Ram Vilas Paswan and Jeetendra Singh, as also Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

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Maharashtra: Shocking video shows cops thrashing, abusing youth in Ulhasnagar

उल्हासनगर : एका कोपऱ्यात उभा असलेल्या रिक्षात बसलेल्या तरुण अणि तरुणीला पोलिसांनी लाथा बुक्क्यानी मारहाण केल्याची घटना उल्हासनगरमध्ये उघडकीस आली आहे. इतकेच नव्हे तर वरिष्ठ पोलीस निरीक्षक पदावर कार्यरत असणाऱ्या या पोलीस अधिकाऱ्याने या मुलीला चक्क अर्वाच्य भाषेत शिविगाळ केली आहे. हा सर्व प्रकार एका मोबाइलच्या कॅमेऱ्यात कैद झाला आहे. या घटनेमुळे पोलिसांची दादागिरी पुन्हा एकदा चव्हाट्यावर आली आहे. पोलिसांच्या कार्यशैलीबाबत प्रश्नचिन्ह उपस्थित झाले आहे.मिळालेल्या माहितीनुसार उल्हासनगरमधील प्रभातनगर परिसरात गार्डन शेजारी उभ्या असलेल्या एका रिक्षात एक मुलगा मुलगी बसले होते. याठिकाणी हिललाईन पोलीस ठाण्याचे वरिष्ठ पोलीस निरीक्षक मोहन वाघमारे आपल्या पोलीस कर्मचाऱ्यासह पोहचले. त्यांनी या दोघांना जाब विचारात थेट त्या मुलाला लाथाबुक्क्यांनी मारहाण करण्यास सुरुवात केली. पोलीस अधिकारी वाघमारे इथेच थांबले नाही, तर त्यांनी चक्क मुलीला अर्वाच्य भाषेत शिवीगाळ केली. पोलिस – ती मुल घटनास्थळावरील आॅटो रिक्षात ₩अश्लील चाळे करत होते. अशी तक्रार गेली अनेक दिवस स्थानिक करत होते. त्याच रिक्षात बसून बीअर प्यायचे आणि गांजा देखील सापडलाय.व्हीडीओ पाहण्यासाठी लोगिन करा www.facebook.com/socialmedianews.org.in
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Free Basics: India needs unprecedented models; don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

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Amarinder Singh obvious choice for Punjab CM: Manish Tewari

Tewari also rejected the assumption that the Aam Aadmi Party was any challenge to the Congress in Punjab. “Ask people of Delhi as how they are feeling after having made the AAP to rule them,” he said, adding that AAP has not been a failure but a complete disaster in Delhi. The choice, he said, in Punjab was very obvious between good and effective governance which Captain Amarinder is capable of providing, and the anarchy and lawlessness offered by AAP and SAD.

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Modi in Pakistan: PM Modi’s Lahore visit ‘step in the right direction’, says J&K CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed

Sayeed was yesterday admitted to AIIMS here after he complained of uneasiness at his residence in Srinagar and was flown to Delhi in a state aircraft. The 79-year-old PDP leader was admitted in the private ward of the premier medical institute.

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Mallikarjun Kharge hits back at Jaitley for blaming Congress for Parliament washout

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Jaitley in his Facebook post today titled ‘Stray Thoughts After the Winter Session’ has castigated Congress strategy of disrupting Parliament session after session

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Hitting back at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who blamed Congress for the washout of Parliament session, leader of the opposition party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun ​Kharge on Thursday said people who don’t believe in Nehru’s philosophy have no right to talk about his legacy.”People who don’t believe in Nehru’s philosophy have no right to take Nehru’s name and legacy,” Kharge told reporters here in response to a question on Jaitley’s Facebook post chiding Congress for disruptions and invoking Nehru’s legacy. He said that despite pleading several times, “they did not celebrate Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary properly and such people have no right to talk.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaitley in his Facebook post today titled ‘Stray Thoughts After the Winter Session’ has castigated Congress strategy of disrupting Parliament session after session. Crediting Nehru for laying down healthy precedents in the initial years of Indian democracy, he said, “The current generation in control of Congress will find a place in history of having weakened what their ancestors established.” On Jaitley criticising the language used by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Kharge said, “BJP is indirectly responsible for the creation of Kejriwal… I can’t say much about it because he (Kejriwal) is their own product.”Responding to BJP’s allegation about competition between Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kharge said the ruling party these days wants to drag Congress vice president’s name in every issue. “…probably these days Rahulji is even appearing in their dreams, this is the problem,” he said sarcastically. Not willing to react on reports that BJP’s Margdarshak Mandal is seeking inquiry against Jaitley on DDCA row following the suspension of party MP Kirti Azad, Kharge said it was an internal matter of their party. “But we also demand an inquiry into the issues that have been brought out by Kirti Azad,” he said.In response to a question about parliamentarians seeking close to 100 per cent pay hike when Parliament did not function, he said, “I don’t know. I have not received any bill regarding it. As soon as it comes I will send my comments.” Responding to a question on Ram Mandir issue, he said such issues were raised whenever elections are approaching. Stating that Congress had always believed and followed adult franchise model, Kharge said some BJP ruled states like Haryana and Rajasthan were trying to restrict it by baring the illiterate from contesting panchayat polls and thereby trying to “snatch away” rights enjoyed by the poor.He said there was no level playing ground for such restriction as India was not a hundred per cent literate country. The Supreme Court had recently upheld the validity of amendments in a Haryana law which fixes various criteria including minimum educational qualification for candidates contesting panchayat polls. Asked whether Congress will challenge this verdict, Kharge said, “…I will discuss this in the party. Definitely, I will take it up.”

The Free Basics debate: Trai has a point in imposing temporary ban on net neutrality

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Arun Jaitley hits out at Arvind Kejriwal, asks if vulgarity is new norm of Indian politics

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Jaitley has also accused AAP govt and its supporters of lowering level of public discourse in the country

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched a scathing attack on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for using unparliamentary language against PM Modi. In a Facebook post, Jaitley said that, “People in positions are expected to act with restraint. They cannot be outlandish.Vulgarity is not a right available to them. The political discourse cannot be couched in vulgar language. Falsehood delivered with vulgar overtones is not a substitute of truth. Lumpenisation of public discourse can never be high point of politics. “<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaitley has also accused AAP govt and its supporters of lowering level of public discourse in the country. Jaitley’s attack comes at a time, when AAP has alleged him of being involved in DDCA scam and has even constituted an enquiry committee to probe the matter. BJP MP Kirti Azad has been suspended from the party for his harsh comments about Arun Jaitley. Jaitley believes that now Congress is also ‘misled’ in believing that politics of vulgarity will bring votes. Jaitley in his post has also hit out at Congress for paralysing Rajya Sabha. According to Jaitley, the tradition of Standing Committee will be hurt in recent times. Jaitley alleges that the current generation of Congress leaders are weakening legacy set up by their ancestors. Here is the full post: STRAY THOUGHTS AFTER THE WINTER SESSIONThe Winter Session of Parliament has just concluded yesterday. The Winter…
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5 months after death, APJ Abdul Kalam’s grave still under ‘make-shift’ shelter

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Bharat Ratna awardee Dr. Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015. He was the 11th President of India.
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Five months after the entire nation mourned the sudden demise of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, his remains which were laid to rest at Pei Karumbu burial ground near his hometown Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, are still awaiting a proper memorial.Cats and dogs are seen defecating near the 1.5 acre-site with visitors sneaking through barricades and taking photographs near the grave. Aerospace and defence journalist Anantha Krishnan has started a Facebook campaign called “Justice4GuruKalam” seeking appropriate memorial for the people’s President.Bharat Ratna awardee Dr. Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015. He was the 11th President of India. Before becoming the President, Dr. Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the DRDO and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

PM Modi optimistic about Russia visit; hopes to deepen economic, energy and security ties

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“My mind goes back to 2001. I had just assumed charge as Gujarat CM and had accompanied Atal ji to Russia. This was, perhaps, one of the first India-Russia annual Summits, a practice that goes on till date,”said Modi.

Ahead of his two-day Russia visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed hope that the visit would deepen bilateral ties between the two nations.”Today I will commence my visit to Russia, my first bilateral visit after we formed the Government. I am very optimistic about the outcome of this visit. History is witness to the close ties India and Russia have had over the decades. Russia remains one of India’s most valued friends in the world,” he said in his Facebook post.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”My mind goes back to 2001. I had just assumed charge as Gujarat CM and had accompanied Atal ji to Russia. This was, perhaps, one of the first India-Russia annual Summits, a practice that goes on till date,”he added.He further asserted that his visit would deepen the cooperation between India and Russia in the economic, energy and security spheres.Also read: Here is PM Modi’s post on Russia visit”We also want to increase cooperation in science and technology, mining among other sectors. Trade ties between India and Russia can increase even further, to benefit not only our two nations but also the world,” he said.Prime Minister Modi pointed out that the visit would witness extensive deliberations with President Vladmir Putin.”There will be an interaction with Russian businesspersons to invite them to invest in India. I will also attend a ‘Friends of India’ programme. I am certain that this visit will substantially take forward the already strong people to people ties between our nations,” he said.Also read: In Russia, Narendra Modi will regale 3,000 ‘friends of India’Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two-day visit to Russia on Wednesday for annual summit talks with President Vladimir Putin that is aimed at further expanding the special and privileged strategic ties with a particular focus on nuclear energy, hydrocarbons, defence and trade.After the talks on Thursday, the two “time-tested” partners are likely to ink a number of pacts in a range of sectors including nuclear energy and defence. The talks between the two countries at the highest level have been taking place alternately in Moscow and New Delhi since 2000.Besides bilateral issues, Modi and Putin are likely to deliberate on a number of global issues having political dimensions including sthe ituation in Syria and ways to tackle terrorism.

Sushma Swaraj responds to social media post on 14 Indians stranded in Malaysia

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A Facebook post by one of the victims said they were a group of 14 people from Tamil Nadu and had arrived in Malaysia in July.
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A social media post stating that a group of 14 Indians from Tamil Nadu are stranded in Malaysia after being allegedly duped by a job agent drew External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj’s attention on Monday as she said the Indian envoy in Kuala Lumpur has contacted them.A Facebook post by one of the victims said they were a group of 14 people from Tamil Nadu and had arrived in Malaysia in July.The post said they were promised a higher salary by a job agent in Tamil Nadu but were given a lesser amount and when they protested and refused to work they were allegedly beaten.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The post drew the attention of External Affairs Minister Swaraj, who tweeted, “Our High Commission in Malaysia has contacted them. Police has taken cognizance. Please contact Mission for any help.” She also posted a link to the Facebook post.

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External Affairs Ministry releases picture of Geeta, urges nation to help find her parents

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“We would also circulate this picture of Geeta through the public broadcasters so that if anyone who knows Geeta find this photograph , they can come forward and help us,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday released a picture of Geeta, the hearing and speech-impaired young woman who had returned to India recently over a decade after inadvertently crossing into Pakistan and asked the media to help them in finding her parents. “We appeal to everyone including the media to help us find the parents of Geeta. We would also circulate this picture of Geeta through the public broadcasters so that if anyone who knows Geeta find this photograph , they can come forward and help us,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup told the media. “Geeta doesn’t have pictures of herself when she was a teenager. Based on the information we got from Geeta we have taken her picture. This is an actual picture, not a photo-shopped one of Geeta as she would have looked when she was living India,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swarup also said that the photograph was taken up in a photo studio. “The only thing is Geeta as her parents would have remembered her, we have tried to bring the same look of Geeta when she was a teenager,” he added.”This is our best bet and we hope that those who can ‘recognize her as she looked back then can come forward and we still remain hopeful that Geeta can be reunited with her family,” he further said.

Saradha scam: Madan Mitra’s judicial custody extended till December 31

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Mitra, former transport minister who was arrested on Decemnber 12, 2014, had surrendered before the court after his bail was cancelled by Calcutta High Court on November 20.

Mitra’s counsel did not press for bail but requested that he be treated as a Division-I prisone

The judicial custody of Trinamool Congress leader and former West Bengal minister Madan Mitra, an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam, was on Thursday extended by a city court by another 14 days till December 31. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sougata Roy Chowdhury passed the order after Mitra’s counsel did not press for bail but requested that he be treated as a Division-I prisoner besides being extended all necessary medical assistance as he was suffering from various ailments.Mitra, former transport minister who was arrested on Decemnber 12, 2014, had surrendered before the court after his bail was cancelled by Calcutta High Court on November 20. Meanwhile, another accused city-based entrepreneur and chairman of the now-defunct Xenitis Group, Santunu Ghosh and Arindam Das, alias Bumba, a close aide of Saradha scam mastermind Sudipta Sen were also remanded to 14-day judicial custody. Ghosh, whose business included computer and computer components manufacturing and automobile business, is said to have taken a huge loan from Saradha group but did not return the money. Das was allegedly involved in operating the money spinning schemes of the ponzi company in the state.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Indo-Pak Foreign Secreatries meet: Venue not yet decided, no role for Hurriyat separatists

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In August, the NSA-level talks were called off after New Delhi had made it clear that the then Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaz Aziz would not be allowed to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders.

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India on Thursday said the date and venue for next month’s meeting between Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries are yet to be finalised and asserted that all bilateral issues are to be addressed mutually between the two countries.”Two Foreign Secretaries are in touch with each other but the date and venue are yet to be finalised. All the bilateral issues are to be addressed mutually between India and Pakistan and this was recently reiterated in a joint statement issued after the External Affairs Minister’s meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister and his Foreign Affairs Advisor in Islamabad,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was asked if Pakistani delegation again met Hurriyat separatists or the Kashmiri separatist leaders tried to meet them in New Delhi.In August, the NSA-level talks were called off after New Delhi had made it clear that the then Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaz Aziz would not be allowed to meet Kashmiri separatist leaders.

Sheena Bora murder case: Judicial custody of Indrani Mukerjea, other accused extended till January 4

The judicial custody of prime accused in the April 2012 Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani Mukherjea, and two others – her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai – was on Thursday extended till January 4.

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The judicial custody of prime accused in the April 2012 Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani Mukherjea, and two others – her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai – was on Thursday extended till January 4.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) also charged the media baron, Peter Mukherjea, with murder and criminal conspiracy in connection with the murder case.The CBI said that while it had earlier booked Peter Mukherjea under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he had also been additionally charged under Sections 302 and 364, and would be prosecuted accordingly. It said that four serious charges have been levelled against him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani, her ex-husband husband Sanjeev Kumar and her former driver Shyamvar Rai, were arrested in August in connection with the killing of her daughter Sheena in April 2012. Sheena’s partially-burnt body was found in the forests of Maharashtra’s Raigad District.

MK Stalin threatens stir if Centre, Tamil Nadu govt do not lift ban on Jallikattu

The DMK government had enacted a legislation in 2009 to ensure the continuance of the bull-taming sport after introducing due regulations.

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DMK Treasurer MK Stalin today urged the Centre and state government to remove the ban on ‘Jallikattu’ and warned that he would lead a protest unless they took steps to enable the bull-taming sport to be held during the Pongal festive season in January.”If the Centre and state don’t take steps for removing theban and hold jallikattu during the coming Pongal festival, I myself will lead a struggle against this after seeking approval from (DMK President) Kalaignar (Karunanidhi),” he said in a Facebook post.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The DMK government had enacted a legislation in 2009 to ensure the continuance of the bull-taming sport after introducing due regulations.Supreme Court had last year banned jallikattu, bull races,bull-fights and other uses of bulls in performances, but therehave been widespread demands in the state, especially in thesouthern districts, that Centre make adequate amendments to ensure that the sport is introduced again in 2016.Supporters of ‘jallikattu,’ organised to coincide with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, have been defending it on the grounds that it is a sport of bravery and is reflective of the local tradition. Recently, scores of celebrities, including actress Vidya Balan and India Test captain Virat Kohli, had signed a petition by an animal rights advocacy group seeking upholding of the ban on ‘jallikattu’.

Congress plans grand show on eve of Rahul-Sonia appearance in court

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The Congress sources said it would be a show of strength to express solidarity with the party leadership and register protest against senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy’s attempts to implicate its leaders with the charge of usurping properties of the defunct newspaper National Herald in Delhi and eight other cities.

Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders after submitting a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding removal of Arunachal governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa

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The Congress is planning a grand show on Saturday, when Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi and five other leaders are appearing before a magistrate’s court here in the National Herald case. They party has summoned all its chief ministers, state party presidents and MPs to the AICC headquarters at 24 Akbar Road here on Saturday for a likely march along with leaders to the Patiala Courts.The Congress sources said it would be a show of strength to express solidarity with the party leadership and register protest against senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy’s attempts to implicate its leaders with the charge of usurping properties of the defunct newspaper National Herald in Delhi and eight other cities.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a strategy, Rahul has decided not to offer bail or sign a security bond as he prefers to be sent to judicial custody. Though, earlier it was decided that Sonia will file for a bail bond because of her fragile health along with 86-year old treasurer Motilal Vora, party sources said, Congress president may also opt for jail to secure a sympathy for ‘victimisation by the ruling BJP and the Modi government’. They said Sonia and Rahul were taking a cue from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi whose political fortunes resurrected following her arrest in 1977 after losing the elections.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s relatives meet PM Modi

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Madhuri Bose presented a copy of her book ‘The Bose Brothers and Indian Independence An Insider’s Account’ to the Prime Minister, a PMO statement said.

Netaji family meets with PM Modi.

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Two relatives of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday and presented a copy of a book on the legendary freedom fighter.Madhuri Bose and Chandra Bose, grand-niece and grand-nephew respectively of Netaji called on the Prime Minister at the Parliament House complex. Madhuri Bose presented a copy of her book ‘The Bose Brothers and Indian Independence An Insider’s Account’ to the Prime Minister, a PMO statement said. It was not clear whether they discussed about the secret files related to Netaji which are to be declassified next month.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The PMO has already initiated steps for declassification of those files by handing over 33 such files to the National Archives, which would be unveiled on January 23, the birth anniversary of the freedom fighter.

Militant hideout busted, explosives recovered in Poonch

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Based on specific input about presence of explosives and other stores in the Berirakh forest area of Mendhar tehsil of the district, a defense spokesman said, “a joint search operation was launched in the afternoon by Mendhar Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalion which ended in the recovery of large quantity of explosives and other items”.

Security forces on Monday claimed to have busted a militant hideout and recovered a large quantity of explosives and other supplies in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.Based on specific input about presence of explosives and other stores in the Berirakh forest area of Mendhar tehsil of the district, a defense spokesman said, “a joint search operation was launched in the afternoon by Mendhar Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalion which ended in the recovery of large quantity of explosives and other items”.The recoveries included four Chinese grenades, three Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL), one 9-mm pistol and magazine, 24 9-mm rounds, four AK magazines, 276 rounds of AK ammunition, five electric detonators and three electronic components, the spokesman added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Indian Oil manager was a part of ISIS’ widespread foreign network

Details on the exact nature of this foreign network are yet to be analysed based on Sirazuddin’s social media activities. He was allegedly running the popular ‘Diary of a Mujaheedin’ page on Facebook.

The Indian Oil Corporation marketing manager Mohammad Sirajuddin, arrested by the Rajasthan ATS, for his alleged role in spreading Islamic State propaganda and inciting recruits to join the group in Syria, had a widespread network, with its reach not limited to India. The 30-year-old executive had build a network to propagate the ideology of the radical group across social media forums from the popular Facebook to mobile phone chat WhatsApp and the lesser encrypted Telegram.”Sirajuddin was a member of various online groups and we have found through several of these channels that he was in touch with several IS operatives from other countries including in the Gulf, Philippines and Argentina. The reach of his unlawful activities had tentacles reaching to other nations,” BL Meena, ATS DIG told dna.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Details on the exact nature of this foreign network are yet to be analysed based on Sirazuddin’s social media activities. He was allegedly running the popular ‘Diary of a Mujaheedin’ page on Facebook.Since the rise of IS group in Syria and Iraq last year, several cases related to online radicalisation have come to the attention of the intelligence agencies in India. The government is careful to not arrest these suspects but to counsel them for de-radicalisation and to keep them under surveillance.In Sirajuddin’s case, the Rajasthan ATS officials said the decision to arrest him was taken after following his online activities for months. Acccording to Alok Tripathi, Additional DGP (ATS), “He was not just self-radicalised. He was indulging in activities of radicalising others.”The police have custody of him until December 21 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act section 13, 18 and 38(1).The ATS has shared the data of the 30-year-old’s social media activities with central agencies to analyse the communication posts and to verify if he indeed facilitated recruitment for the IS group. He had been living in Jaipur where he was working in the Marketing (Sales) department of IOC since April 2014Sirajuddin’s arrest is the second case of an ‘online recruiter’ after the expose on the homegrown radical IS supporter Mehdi Biswas who was running the popular Twitter account Shami Witness and provided information to facilitate foreign fighters to reach Syria. Nicky Joseph alias Afsha Jabeen deported from UAE to Hyderabad is under detention for her role as an online recruiter too.

Chennai floods: UP Congress chief booked for maligning RSS using ‘morphed’ photo

As per the complaint, Khatri used a stray 2010 photo of some unidentified people to depict an RSS worker creating disruptions during flood relief operations in Chennai.

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Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Nirmal Khatri has been booked for allegedly trying to malign the RSS by “morphing” a photo that purportedly shows its activist disrupting flood relief operations in Chennai.A case was registered against Khatri on Friday under Section 469 of the IPC (forgery for purpose of harming reputation) and Section 66D of the Information Technology Act (cheating using computer resource) on the complaint lodged by some senior BJP leaders and RSS workers, Circle Officer (Sadar) Asim Choudhary said on Saturday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the complaint, Khatri used a stray 2010 photo of some unidentified people to depict an RSS worker creating disruptions during flood relief operations in Chennai. The photo had gone viral on Facebook and other social networking sites.

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Hyderabadi girl who was in contact with arrested IOC official under watch for ISIS connection

Mohd Sirazudin, the arrested IOC executive, had formed closed groups of ISIS sympathisers, including the Hyderabadi girl and two youths from Maharashtra.

A girl from Hyderabad, who was allegedly in touch with the arrested executive of Indian Oil Corporation, has been kept under surveillance for her suspected links with ISIS.”The girl in her mid-20s was radicalised online and deeply influenced by the activities of ISIS. She was in regular touch with many sympathisers of the terrorist group. She is under surveillance but efforts are on to de-radicalise her with the help of family and community leaders,” a security official said.Mohd Sirazudin, the arrested IOC executive, had formed closed groups of ISIS sympathisers, including the Hyderabadi girl and two youths from Maharashtra, in Facebook and Whatsapp and was allegedly spreading ISIS activities online and trying to recruit Indian youths in the Middle-East terrorist group. “Sirazudin was taken into custody as he was on the verge of turning into a ‘lone wolf’,” the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A ‘lone wolf’ terrorist is one who indulges in violence in support of some group, movement or ideology but works alone, outside of any command structure and without material assistance from any group.The Special Operation Group (SOG) and ATS of Rajasthan Police arrested Sirazudin, the marketing manager of IOC, in Jaipur yesterday.Sirazudin, who hails from Gulbarga in Karnataka, was accused of active in flaring up and encouraging Muslim youths for joining ISIS activities, police said. A number of issues of ISIS’ online magazine “Dabik”, pictures and video were recovered from him.

Indian Oil Corporation marketing manager arrested for ISIS links

“The accused was also active in flaring up and encouraging Muslim youths for (joining) ISIS activities,” Tripathi said.

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A senior official of state-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was arrested on Thursday for alleged links with terror organisation ISIS, police said. The Special Operation Group (SOG) and ATS of Rajasthan Police arrested Mohd Sirazudin, the marketing manager of IOC in Jaipur.”Sirazudin, hailing from Gulbarga in Karnataka,… was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his alleged involvement in (activities of) international terrorist organisation ISIS, supplying official inputs and recruiting organisation members in the country,” Alok Tripathi, Additional DGP (ATS and SOG), said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The accused was also active in flaring up and encouraging Muslim youths for (joining) ISIS activities,” Tripathi said.On a complaint, SOG and ATS teams verified antecedents of the accused, and checked his WhatsApp and Facebook accounts. Objectionable materials were seized from his residence in Jaipur, the ADG said, adding he used to contact youths through social media.A number of issues of ISIS’ online magazine “Dabik”, pictures, and video were also recovered from him, he said. Further investigation was on, he said.

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Chennai Floods: What it’s really like to deliver aid in a disaster zone

While there has been an outpouring of aid from people all over the world, the unsettling truth of the hour is that it is an impossible task to provide aid to a population of over 4.5 million people solely through private donations.

Relief packets being distributed in a waterlogged locality.

It’s Monday and Chennai is once again bustling with energy. At first glance, except for a few puddles and stray heaps of mangled debris along the roadside, there are few indications of a city that has lost more than 270 lives in the floods last week. However, the reality is starkly different.As one moves away from the main roads into the bylanes of Chennai, a contrasting image emerges. Lorries and SUVs unabashedly plastered with Amma stickers ply the narrow streets of the worst affected areas carrying food and water. “The people don’t care so much for food anymore. There are so many groups providing food. Yesterday, we took two food varieties – chappati kurma and lemon rice. People preferred the chappati kurma – it’s tastier than the rather dry lemon rice. They’ve started developing preferences as there is surplus,” says Natraj an organising member of a civilian relief camp at Lalit Mahal in Mandavelli, Chennai. Relief centre co-ordinators and field-workers alike have acknowledged that there is enough food and water to go around now. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Who really needs aid?Though the Tamil Nadu government was a full 48 hours late in beginning to provide rescue and relief, they’ve certainly played catch up and are now doing a commendable job providing sustenance aid for the worst affected areas. But helping the worst affected areas is just the tip of the iceberg – these areas are also those with the highest visibility and subsequently receive the most amount of aid. There are several neighbourhoods in and around Chennai that have lost everything, but haven’t been able to receive aid because their neighbourhoods technically don’t fall under the ‘worst affected areas’ category.On the ground, there seems to be a sense of pride amongst volunteers, both civilian and government, in being able to offer help to the ‘people who need it the most’. And for some reason, this measure seems to be inferred by the levels of water stagnation that each area was subject to. In reality, whether water levels were 4ft or 12ft, the tragedy of a submerged home is just that. The need of the hourThe real need of the hour for people who’ve lost everything seems to be basics like blankets, floor mats, pillows, mosquito coils, hygiene products and basic provisions. “My mother is sitting on the streets. There is absolutely nothing except the roof and the floor remaining in what used to be our home. The walls have been washed away. It’s the home I grew up in. We’ve lost everything we’ve ever owned,” says a tearful Kanniamma, whose family lives in Jafferkhanpet. Kanniamma isn’t alone. There are several lakhs of people in Chennai who’ve lost all their life’s savings and possessions and have to start afresh.Information economy and the Chennai floodsOver the last six days, a highly complex but workable information web emerged in Chennai. As most of the city quickly lost electricity and telephone connectivity to the torrential rains, it was almost impossible to identify the areas that were at risk of being submerged and needed help. With very little TV coverage and a tight-lipped government, it was up to the common man to organise the first-response rescue efforts. Chennaivasis who still had power and internet transformed into digital volunteers, not sleeping a wink through several nights. Powered by the deluge of information collated through word-of-mouth, on-ground reports from rescue volunteers and SOS messages on social media from their loved ones all over the world, a pattern of the most affected neighbourhoods in Chennai emerged. The twitter hashtags #chennairainshelp #chennairains #chennaifloods and #verified became the lifeline of the entire civilian rescue operation. Vithun Ravindhran, a digital information volunteer says, “I’ve hardly slept for a few hours in the last six days. But the very thought that my updates could save someone’s life on the ground keeps me going. The group effort of Chennai’s volunteers has managed to save the lives of thousands. I’ll only stop when no one’s life is in danger anymore,” he says. Related Read – Chennai floods: Here are some tips for volunteers working on the groundThe challenges of delivering aid in a disaster zoneWhile there has been an outpouring of aid from people all over the world, the unsettling truth of the hour is that it is an impossible task to provide aid to a population of over 4.5 million people solely through private donations. “Yesterday we almost got mob-lynched by 300 aggressive people who isolated, surrounded and violently banged on our cars as they spotted blankets being stacked up inside the car. It was the scariest experience of my life. We had to return without distributing the supplies as they’d have surely broken into the car and beaten us up if we had stayed there any longer. Our fellow-volunteers who are professional body-builders had to push away the people so that the car could move out of the narrow street. It only goes to demonstrate the level of desperation and dire need that the people are in,” says Srisai Sivakumar, an on-ground volunteer.This is not an isolated incident, Sam Paul, another volunteer who spearheaded massive relief works in Chennai, made a post on his Facebook wall warning volunteers not to go into affected areas without the support of the local leader or strongman. Other volunteers have said that the Chennai city police have been of massive help in accompanying civilian volunteers and helping them distribute aid. The reality of the situation is that there just isn’t enough aid available. Distributing limited aid in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, unfortunately means that the fittest victim will receive the most. Relief material packed for distributionMoving from relief to rehabilitationBig FM’s RJ Balaji another volunteer who used his celebrity status to bring together a big volunteer group, put out a video yesterday saying that they were going to stop all the relief efforts starting Monday, 7 December. “We did whatever little we could in the last five days. All of this has only been immediate relief. But long-term relief for the affected people cannot be attained just by giving them a packet of biscuit, milk or water. In order to take this relief work to the next level, it has to turn into rehabilitation work.”With the water-levels receding and Chennai returning to business-as-usual, the affected people are now grappling with the reality of having to rebuild their lives from scratch. Donations and aid have begun dwindling down and most volunteers have returned to their day jobs today. Chennai is slowly emerging from the worst flooding it has seen in a century – but the big question looming over everyone’s heads is this – What is the real function of a state government that meticulously kept its money-churning liquor shops open throughout the deluge, but failed miserably in organising rescue and relief for a full 48 hours? The author is a Communications Specialist who was born and raised in Chennai. She volunteered as a digital and on-ground volunteer during the Chennai floods.Also Read: Notes from the Chennai Floods: Better off than most

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Why the Chennai floods should be an eye opener for city planners

The experts have, however, also highlighted the positive use of social media Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook — as a resource tool for the people to organise and help each other.

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The severe flooding in Chennai caused by torrential rains is a result of climate change and should be an eye opener for city planners, experts have warned.Some experts have opined that Chennai being one of the outsourcing hub of India and a major destination of foreign investment, the current disastrous situation could also affect the national economy.”Chennai has seen 17 days straight of rain, precisely the kind of extreme weather event that experts say will only become more common in a warming world,” said Nambi Appardurai, India’s adaptation strategy head for World Resources Institute (WRI). “Having been in the adaptation business for about 10 years now, I find these events reinforce the challenges we face in adapting to a changing climate. No doubt about it, there’s so much to learn from this experience.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”These sudden, erratic rainfalls are something we’ve seen happening over the years and the fact that this is an El Nino year has also contributed to extreme events. Certainly, though, climate has an impact as well,” he said.The experts have, however, also highlighted the positive use of social media Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook — as a resource tool for the people to organise and help each other.Aswin Punathambekar, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, said with over half a million tweets in less than two days, citizens in Chennai and across the country mobilised to produce an infrastructure of care.”The hashtags #chennairains and #chennairainshelp are a truly creative, citizen-driven response to a crisis and at the same time a resounding call for the government machinery in India to rethink urban planning, develop better systems to deal with natural disasters and to lead the way in tackling climate change,” he said.Puneet Manchanda, a professor of marketing at the Ross School of Business, said the economic impact of the heavy rain in Chennai is going to be significant.”Obviously, industries such as tourism will face adverse outcomes as Chennai is the entry point for most tourists. The local infrastructure, especially roads, has also taken a big hit and this will continue to impact the local economy much after the rain subsides,” he added.Matthew Boulton, whose research in India involves vaccination and other public health issues, felt that the risk of drowning and electrical hazards may be two of the most immediate dangers, but flooding and standing water of this magnitude can significantly increase the risk for serious waterborne illness, like childhood diarrhoea.”Although many scientists are saying that these rains are a direct result of global warming, I think that climate change has exacerbated the intensity of such extreme weather events,” said Mayank Vikas.Meanwhile, the Srivari Sri Balaji Temple, located in Franklin Township, New Jersey, has announced to organise a prayer on behalf of the Chennai flood victims today.”The prayer is being held to offer spiritual support to the thousands of individuals impacted by the floods in Chennai,” the temple said in a media release.

Supreme Court refuses to ban Facebook, Whatsapp; asks Modi govt to consider monitoring them

The Centre had earlier told the Supreme Court that it was difficult to identify people uploading sex videos through mobile phones, although the same was possible if they did so from a computer.

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The Supreme Court late on Friday asked the Modi government to examine if social networking platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp can be prosecuted for offensive and vulgar content.However, the apex court rejected a plea to ban these social networking platforms, reports an English daily.A social justice bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit asked the Centre to look into the issue after two cases were brought to its notice in which people were booked for circulating rape videos through WhatsApp in Mumbai and running a sex racket for pedophiles through Facebook. No action had been taken against these platforms in spite of these cases.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre had earlier told the Supreme Court that it was difficult to identify people uploading sex videos through mobile phones, although the same was possible if they did so from a computer.A Hyderabad-based NGO, Prajwala, had therefore told the bench that action should also be taken against the networking sites and they should be blocked. But this plea has now been rejected. “You are now asking blocking of sites. You may later on ask for banning mobile phones. It’s not a solution and it cannot be done,” the bench said.”Let the government first respond to the issue and then we will consider,” the bench said asking the Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh to look into the issue why networking sites were not booked by Kerala and Maharashtra Police.The bench had earlier directed a CBI probe into all these cases after taking suo moto cognisance of the NGO’s complaint.

95% Indians support decriminalisation of gay sex, says new survey

Conducted over six-weeks by IamwhoIam—a Facebook community—the survey reached out to people residing in different parts of the country including the metros and cities like Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Jaipur, Dimapur, Nagpur and several others. Titled ‘Freedom to Love’, the survey focused on what an individual sought in his emotional life of love.

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The right to love is expanding beyond the realm of heterosexual relationships to include homosexual ones. In a six-week long nation-wide survey, 95% respondents supported decriminalisation of gay sex and over 70% felt the world needs to be more open to such relationships and their right to love.With as many as 3,293 respondents (83% under 35 years of age), the survey reflected a deep desire amongst individuals to make their choices when it comes to selecting their lovers or marriage partners. 92% were not averse to arranged marriages but clearly wanted to have a say in rejecting/accepting a proposal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Conducted over six-weeks by IamwhoIam—a Facebook community—the survey reached out to people residing in different parts of the country including the metros and cities like Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Jaipur, Dimapur, Nagpur and several others. Titled ‘Freedom to Love’, the survey focused on what an individual sought in his emotional life of love.In the survey, 80% respondents said that the rejection by parents because of a choice made by an individual, in terms of his or her boyfriend/girlfriend, hurt them. Almost 60% said parents misunderstand choices they make when it comes to partners and love. 90% said they wanted their parents on their side and only sought blessings.The respondents (94%) go on to state that all governments should not just condemn honour killings or acts of violence against those who choose their love or partner, but should have strict laws against such acts.Even as the survey found that there is a growing voice for one’s freedom to love, speaking or talking about the one you love appeared a bit stifled. 40% say they felt constraint to speak about their partner given the social structure they live in. Another 28% felt that they had to pick an occasion to speak and was not certain they could be free to speak about their ‘love-life’. Some of the respondents felt that their ‘relatives’ would consider it a ‘sin’ to have a lover. A few felt that such discussions were best had with friends but not relatives. And some did not ‘care a damn’ representing the 32% who seemed to push the boundaries of freedom.Commenting on the findings, the founder of IamwhoIam Sharif D Rangnekar said, “People are becoming possessive about their freedom to love and this is one kind of possessiveness everyone should support. It spreads love and not hatred and that is a good enough reason to respect such choices and not interfere with them.”The focus of the survey was surmised by a comment from one of the respondents: “Taboos are created by people who actually have no business interfering in or judging another’s choice. Every individual has the right to choose whom they want to be with, not fearing social norms”.

Chennai floods: Dogs from flood-hit from city find safe home in Bangalore hotel

With the skies opening up like never before, causing untold misery and devastation, Chennai-based “Hotel for Dogs” started getting distress calls from worried dog owners seeking help for their pets.

As the century’s heaviest rains pounded Chennai leaving lakhs of people stranded, a few lucky canines from the flood-ravaged city have found a safe home here, thanks to the efforts of a dog boarding facilities provider.With the skies opening up like never before, causing untold misery and devastation, Chennai-based “Hotel for Dogs” started getting distress calls from worried dog owners seeking help for their pets. It was then that they decided to move the canines to their Bengaluru hotel as they were unable to take in dogs at their facilities in Chennai, that is struggling to grapple with the nature’s fury. “As the rains keep pouring and our city is slowly sinking we have been getting a lot of distress calls from dog owners requesting us to board their dogs as they have been told to evacuate from their houses,” ‘Hotel for Dogs’ said. “As we can’t take in dogs at the Hotel in Chennai we have decided to help dogs to move to our Bangalore facility tomorrow,” it said in a December 1 post on their Facebook page with pictures of dogs boarded in a vehicle.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”All arrangements have been made for your dogs to travel safely to our Bangalore facility. They would be brought back once the situation is back to normal in Chennai.We have limited seats,” the post added. Shravan Krishnan is the founder of ‘Hotel for Dogs’ and T A Adhishwar is its Director, both alumnus of Loyola College, Chennai. The post on ‘Hotel for Dogs’ Facebook page has got good response with few even offering to board dogs once they are brought to Bengaluru. “If you need a place to board the dogs once they get to Bangalore, I can take in 2-3. I already have a dog, and they’ll be in friendly company,” Bharat Rameshwar said in his comment to the post.The service by ‘Hotel for Dogs’, of course, is charged for at different rates.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg takes philanthropy into profit, politics | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO Mark Zuckerberg, who famously urged his company Facebook Inc (FB.O) to “move fast and break things,” is taking a similar approach to the staid world of philanthropy, indicating his new venture will get directly involved with politics and may even turn a profit.

The project, called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is structured as a limited liability company. That means, unlike a traditional charitable or philanthropic foundation, it can make political donations, lobby lawmakers, invest in businesses and recoup any profits from those investments.

“They are not behaving like a traditional philanthropy,” said Leslie Lenkowsky, professor of public affairs and philanthropy at Indiana University. “They are instead trying to achieve philanthropic purposes using a business model.”

Philanthropic foundations such as the one set up by Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) co-founder Bill Gates typically support non-profit organizations, and they are required to pay out at least 5 percent of their assets in grants each year, a restriction the Zuckerbergs will not face.

Non-profit foundations like Gates’s do not pay tax, whereas the Facebook chief executive’s vehicle would pay tax on any profit generated.

Chan and Zuckerberg announced Tuesday, in a Facebook post disclosing the birth of their daughter Maxima, that 99 percent of the stock they hold in Facebook would go towards the philanthropic project over their lifetime.

At the stock’s current price that stake is worth $45 billion.

Zuckerberg said he will invest up to $1 billion of his shares each year over the next three years into the initiative.

But the limited liability company structure means the couple do not have to sell those shares under the same time restraints they would face if the initiative was structured as a foundation, giving them more flexibility in how long they can hang on to the stock.

Thirty-one year old Zuckerberg, who holds majority voting power in the company, said he would maintain a controlling interest for the “foreseeable future.”

The stock sales, if any, over the next three years are not expected to affect Facebook’s share price because they are well-telegraphed and just a small fraction of both the company’s $300 billion market cap and daily trading volume.

“This sounds like one of those NFL contracts where you hear it’s a $100 million deal over 10 years but in reality only the first three years are guaranteed,” said Vince Rivers, a senior fund manager at Boston-based JOHCM Funds.

The couple has yet to outline specific organizations or causes they will fund but said the initial areas of focus will be curing disease, innovating education and expanding Internet connectivity.

Zuckerberg’s Facebook posts and previous donations provide an indication of where the couple might focus their efforts.

He and Chan made their first high-profile donation in 2010 with $100 million to improve Newark public schools.

The money funded a plan aimed at transforming Newark’s underperforming schools. But it ended up moving thousands of students to new schools while laying off teachers and support staff, and critics said the effort failed to involve the community.

Zuckerberg has acknowledged problems with that effort, and in announcing the new initiative, the couple emphasized the need to work with schools, parent groups and local governments.

“They acknowledged that it takes time to become good at something as difficult as effective philanthropy,” said Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

The couple’s recent donations include $20 million to EducationSuperHighway, which helps connect classrooms to the Internet, and a new acute care and trauma centre at San Francisco General Hospital, where 30-year old Chan works as a paediatrician.

They have also said they are passionate about personalized learning, or using technology to help kids aged from five to 18 to learn at different speeds.

Zuckerberg has also been a supporter of immigration reform, including efforts to ease the pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. That stance drew criticism from conservatives, but it is not clear if immigration will be a focus of his new effort.

In addition to the unusual structure of their initiative, Zuckerberg and Chan are distinguished by their youth, a rarity in high-end philanthropy, which they think will give them advantages in what they called the “very long time horizons” of their project.

“By starting at a young age, we hope to see compounding benefits throughout our lives,” Zuckerberg and Chan wrote in a letter announcing the initiative.

(Additional reporting by Svea Herbst-Bayliss and David Randall; Editing by Stephen R. Trousdale and Bill Rigby)

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Taliban leader Mullah Mansour wounded in shootout – sources | Reuters

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been seriously wounded in Pakistan in a shootout between senior members of the Islamist movement, Taliban sources said on Wednesday, but the group’s main spokesman dismissed their report as “baseless”.

The conflicting accounts deepen the confusion over the already opaque leadership situation in the Taliban following the death of the movement’s founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and cloud prospects for any resumption of stalled peace talks.

Two Taliban commanders said Mansour, whose authority is disputed by rival factions in the Islamist movement, was wounded when fighting broke out over strategic issues in the house of a senior Taliban leader called Mullah Abdullah Sarhadi outside Quetta in western Pakistan.

“During the discussion, some senior people developed differences and they opened fire on each other,” one of the commanders said.

He said five senior Taliban members had died on the spot and more than a dozen, including Mullah Mansour, had suffered serious bullet injuries. Mansour was being treated in a private hospital after being hit four times by bullets from an AK-47 assault rifle, the Taliban commander said.

However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the incident ever took place and said Mansour was in Afghanistan.

“This is a rumour which is completely baseless. Akthar Mohammad Mansour is totally fine and nothing has happened to him,” he told Reuters.

“This is the act of Afghan intelligence agencies. They spread these rumours about a clash between Taliban leaders. Nothing happened like this even in that area”.

The Taliban has faced serious internal divisions since it was confirmed in July that Mullah Omar had actually died two years earlier.

Mansour, Mullah Omar’s longtime deputy, was immediately named leader but some sections of the Islamist group quickly rejected his claim, accusing him of covering up Omar’s death and saying that Pakistan had steered his appointment.

His grip on the leadership appeared to have been tightened by the capture of the northern city of Kunduz in late September, which insurgents held for several days before government forces could regain control.

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What the latest incident may mean for the Afghan peace process remains unclear for now.

There were varying accounts of exactly what may have happened in the incident, with some sources saying it took place in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar near the border with Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

According to the first Taliban commander, the meeting on Tuesday was to discuss the future of any peace talks with the United States and the Kabul government as well as the strategy for dealing with a rival splinter group headed by Mullah Mohammad Rasool Akhund, which rejects Mansour’s authority.

A second source said the dispute had broken out over ways of dealing with the rival faction, following heavy fighting in the southeastern province of Zabul last month in which dozens of people were killed.

“We have no access to Mullah Mansour after the incident last night. We have been hearing that he had succumbed to his injuries but we can neither confirm nor deny it,” said the second Taliban commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said this week that he was ready to talk to Taliban members but he cautioned that since the death of Mullah Omar there was “no such thing as the Taliban There are groups of Taliban…”

According to some officials in the Kabul government, Mullah Mansoor Dadullah, a senior commander in the group that opposes Mansour, was killed in last month’s fighting, although the claim has been denied by a spokesman for his faction.

(Additional reporting by Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi in Kabul; Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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Jharkhand govt asks Centre to declare state as drought-hit

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The state government had announced a package of Rs 1,398 crore to drought-hit farmers on November 6 for subsidised diesel, distribution of seeds, construction of small check dams and other facilities.

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Jharkhand government on Tuesday decided to recommend the Centre to declare the state as drought-hit following scanty rainfall this season.Additional Chief Secretary and in-charge of the Cabinet department N N Pandey said that the decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raghubar Das. A physical verification found crop loss and decline in the levels of ground water and surface water bodies, Pandey said.The state government had announced a package of Rs 1,398 crore to drought-hit farmers on November 6 for subsidised diesel, distribution of seeds, construction of small check dams and other facilities. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ leads Thanksgiving pack, ‘Creed’ scores | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Moviegoers said goodbye to Katniss Everdeen and welcomed back Rocky Balboa, a series of farewells and reunions that powered Thanksgiving box office receipts above last year’s holiday.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” led a crowded field of contenders, topping charts with $75.8 million and bringing its domestic total to $198.3 million. It marks the final film in the hugely popular series, although Lionsgate, the studio behind the franchise, has hinted it wants to figure out ways to create future spin-offs.

The previous two “Hunger Games” films have both debuted the week before Thanksgiving and gone on to rule multiplexes over the holiday. Its dominance is practically a holiday tradition.

If “Mockingjay – Part 2’s” strong returns was a familiar Thanksgiving sight, the big surprise was how well “Creed” performed. The film successfully brought back Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Rocky character and revived a boxing franchise that seemed like a Reagan-era relic after racking up $42.6 million over the five-day holiday period.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and New Line co-produced and co-financed the film, which centers on Rocky rival Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son (Michael B. Jordan) and his efforts to continue his father’s boxing legacy. Stallone plays his coach and confidant. It should have no trouble making back the $37 million that the studios spent putting the “Italian Stallion” back in the ring.

Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” capitalized on school holidays, becoming the de facto choice for families. The animated film earned $56 million over the five-day holiday. That’s a solid result and the fourth highest five-day Thanksgiving opening, but it is somewhat disappointing given Pixar’s track record as the most successful provider of all-ages entertainment. It ranks as the third lowest debut in company history. Pixar didn’t provide a budget number, but judging from the cost of its previous films, this one likely carries a $200 million price tag.

“The Good Dinosaur” had a troubled production history. The film’s debut was pushed back by two years and its original director Bob Peterson was pulled from the project over creative disagreements. He was replaced by Peter Sohn and the film underwent a massive overhaul.

The holiday period had some casualties. Fox’s “Victor Frankenstein” was dead on the slab after earning a torpid $3.4 million from 2,797 theaters over its first five days. The attempt to revive Mary Shelley’s monster story cost $40 million to produce and starred James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. It stands as one of the year’s biggest flops.

In the holdover realm, “Spectre” took in $18.2 million, driving its domestic earnings to $176.1 million. The film has now grossed more than two of Daniel Craig’s previous James Bond outings “Casino Royale” ($167.4 million) and “Quantum of Solace” ($168.4 million), but seems unlikely to match the high-water mark set by “Skyfall” ($304.4 million).

“The Peanuts Movie” wasn’t completely overshadowed by “The Good Dinosaur.” The adaptation of the Charles Schulz comic strip picked up $13.6 million, pushing its total to $116.6 million.

Among art house releases, Focus Features premiered “The Danish Girl,” a drama about a transgender artist who undergoes one of the first sex change operations, in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. It grossed an estimated $185,000, for a solid per-theater average of $46,250.

The Weinstein Company appears to be scoring with “Carol.” The romance about two lesbians pushing against conformity in the 1950s made $203,000 from four theaters over five days. After two weeks, the film has generated $588,000.

Open Road’s “Spotlight,” the widely acclaimed drama about the Boston Globe’s investigation of pedophile priests, continued to perform well in its expansion. The Oscar contender added $5.7 million to its $12 million haul after moving from 600 to 897 locations.

Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn” also used the holiday period to broaden its footprint. The story of an Irish immigrant making her way in 1950s New York took in $4.8 million after increasing from 598 to 897 locations. It has made $7.3 million in its first three weeks.

Final results are still trickling in, but it appears that the holiday will outpace last year’s ticket sales by more than 10%. The uptick follows several weekends of disappointing returns as flops like “The Last Witch Hunter,” “The 33” and “Steve Jobs” pulled down box office results. Most analysts expect that despite the fall lassitude, the domestic box office will cross $11 billion for the first time in history.

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Gender equality ‘un-Islamic’, women fit only to deliver children, says Kerala Sunni leader

“Women can never equal men. They are fit only to deliver children. Women cannot withstand crisis situations,” he said.

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Kerala Sunni leader Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musalyar has controversially described the concept of gender equality as being “un-Islamic” and said that women could never equal men as “they are fit only to deliver children”.Musalyar, the chief of All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama, said on Saturday that women do not have mental strength and do not possess the power to control the universe, “which lies in the hands of men.”“Gender equality is something which is never going to be a reality. It is against Islam, humanity and was intellectually wrong,” he said while speaking at a camp of Muslim Students Federation (MSF) in Kozhikode.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Kerala journalist attacked over her Facebook post on child sexual abuse in madrasas“Women can never equal men. They are fit only to deliver children. Women cannot withstand crisis situations,” he said. He wondered if there was even a single woman among thousands of cardiac surgeons. The 76-year-old Islamic scholar’s remarks against reservation for women in elections had set off another controversy recently. He had said 50% reservation of seats for women in civic polls was “too high” but retracted the statement later when it became controversial.Referring to the ongoing debates over allowing girls and boys to share seats in colleges, Musalyar said it was “part of a calculated move to destroy Islam and culture.” He also dismissed recent allegations regarding sexual exploitations at madrasas and asked those who raised allegations to bring evidence to prove it.A controversy had erupted recently after a woman journalist wrote an account on her Facebook wall about the alleged sexual abuse of young boys and girls in madrasas.

Kolkata: American tourist held for sexually harassing 14-year-old boy

The boy was allegedly harassed in the tourist’s hotel room.
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A middle-aged American tourist was arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a 14-year-old local boy inside his room at a five-star hotel, police said on Saturday.Following a complaint by the general manager of the hotel, Bidhannagar Police arrested 51-year-old Leslie A Powell on Friday. The complaint was based on the statement of the victim, who had befriended the accused through Facebook.”The accused is a tourist but how he became a friend with the boy through Facebook is still unclear. We are looking into the details,” a senior officer of Bidhannagar Police said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Powell gifted the boy a pair of football boots and a sports bag and also promised to give him a bicycle, he said. Police were looking into the CCTV footages of the hotel as part of the investigation.Powell was remanded on Saturday to jail custody and will be produced before the Barasat Special Court on Monday.

How a group of citizens fed more than 1100 animals during the Chennai floods

What showed the true spirit of Chennai was that many people came forward to help the animals by working on the ground level.

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They say it rains cats and dogs and in Tamil Nadu, between November 12 and November 23, it did exactly that.Areas were waterlogged and thousands of people shifted to relief camps across the state but one group of people made a difference by reaching out to rescue and feed animals that had caught in the torrential downpour. Arun Prasanna, Founder of People For Cattle in India, and many volunteers set out in the rains to see how they could help the four-legged creatures that were stranded.“Chennai had one of highest rainfalls in a long time and we were flooded with rescue and emergency calls via phone and social media. Our volunteers also witnessed many cases of animal emergency and we decided that these animals needed to be rescued,” he explained.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Their rescue efforts led to them saving about 50 animals, most of which were dogs, and some cattle. Arun Prasanna “Animals suffer a lot during Diwali and the rain. Such rescue operations often help animals’ big time. Newspapers and social media played a vital role in connecting the caller with the activists. The animals rescued are now under treatment and will be up for adoption once they recover. The dogs that were ill are admitted at the vet hospital while the healthy dogs are now sheltered at our shelter in East Coast Road. A few dogs are with foster parents but the cattle have been given to Gaushala,”What showed the true spirit of the city was that many people came forward to help the animals by working on the ground level while others assisted them over the phone in locating helping the animals in need.“We had a mass feeding program for community animals and fed 1100 Animals on Nov 21 and 22nd November. We are planning to feed another 1000 again on November 28,” said Prsasanna. A photo by PFCI of how people came forward to feed animals affected by the floods in Chennai (as posted on the facebook page)Since housing the rescued animals at the vet is turning out to be very expensive for them, Prasanna also has an appeal. “We are desperately looking for a piece of land or an old building to house the rescued animals. It would be great if people can get us a place to house the animals,” he said.You can become a volunteer for PFCI or can help them by visiting their Facebook page here.

Kerala journalist faces threats for Facebook post on sexual abuse in madrassa

A senior journalist for a prominent Malayalam newspaper, faced flak on Facebook, after she wrote an account on her wall about the sexual abuse her classmates had to face in a madrassa years ago. The journalist’s account has been blocked and she has been consistently receiving threats, reported The News Minute. VP Rajeena, in her Facebook post, claims to have seen inappropriate conduct at her Madrassa.

VP Rajeena's Facebook profile.VP Rajeena's Facebook profile.

VP Rajeena’s Facebook profile.

Rajeena works as a sub-editor with Madhyamam, a Malayalam news daily. On 24 November, Rajeena gave a graphic account of what transpires in a madrassa, where young children are repeatedly exploited by the teachers.

According to The Indian Express, the write-up was triggered by a controversy surrounding gender segregation in a college in Kozhikode run by Muslim management. The Hindu reported that she was forced to use social networks because she felt that Muslim women were facing a denial of justice on many levels. The paper quoted her saying, “The suppressed anger of so many years might have also come out through the post.”

According to The Indian Express, Rajeena wrote on her Facebook about how ‘a bulky middle-aged man’ made boys stand in a line, calling them to his seat one after the other, unzipping their trousers and touching them inappropriately. She also recounted how an ustad (teacher) used to abuse the girls during the night classes. Facebook exploded with nasty comments and threats against Rajeena.

The News Minute quotes Rajeena saying, “I am woman, a Muslim woman that too, and a journalist, so such a revelation from me was unacceptable for many. What should have lead to a healthy debate on child sexual abuse has been denigrated in to a fight against me. I have been called an anarchist and someone with an agenda to defame a particular religion.”

Rajeena’s posts on Facebook:

കൊലവിളികൾ…ആക്രോശങ്ങൾ …. വിഷം തുപ്പൽ… വിസർജ്ജ്യങ്ങൾ… ശാപ പ്രാർത്ഥനകൾ…എല്ലാം എല്ലാം നടക്കട്ടെ …തരിമ്പും പേടി …

Posted by VP Rajeena on Monday, November 23, 2015

(“Curses… Abuses… Venom spewing… Let everything befall on me. But I am least afraid because Allah is with me. And so, even if the whole world turns against me, I will not fear. It is becoming clearer that whatever I did was the correct thing. Even my life is at stake. History is replete with such stories of annihilation of voices that dissent. I am ready to face that.”)

Russia says downing of its jet won’t deflect it from Syria mission | Reuters

ISTANBUL/NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

The downing of the jet on Tuesday was one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member and Russia for half a century, and further complicated international efforts to battle Islamic State militants in Syria.

Russian officials expressed fury over Turkey’s actions, and spoke of retaliatory measures that were likely to include curbing travel by Russian tourists to Turkish resorts and some restrictions on trade.

But the Russian response was also carefully calibrated. There was no sign Russia wanted a military escalation, or to jeopardise its main objective in the region: to rally international support for its view on how the conflict in Syria should be resolved.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke by phone with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday. Turkey’s foreign ministry said they would meet soon but Russia’s Interfax news agency said Lavrov had not agreed to meet.

“We have no intention of fighting a war with Turkey,” Lavrov said. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan also said Ankara had no intention of escalating tensions with Russia.

Speaking on a trip to the Ural mountains city of Nizhny Tagil, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the despatch of an advanced weapons system to Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria’s Latakia province.

“I hope that this, along with other measures that we are taking, will be enough to ensure (the safety) of our flights,” Putin told reporters.

The despatch of the weapons, which officials later said would be the S-400 missile system, is likely to be viewed as a stark warning to Turkey not to try to shoot down any more Russian planes.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was forced to fly missions close to the Turkish border because that was where the militants tended to be located. “(Russia’s) operations will continue without doubt,” he said.

Russian forces launched a heavy bombardment against insurgent-held areas in Syria’s Latakia province on Wednesday, near where the warplane was shot down, rebels and a monitoring group said.

The Russian Su-24 jet downed on Tuesday was hit by missile fire from Turkish aircraft as it flew a mission over Syria near the Turkish border, where the Russian air force has been bombing rebel targets.

Turkey said the plane had encroached on Turkish air space and was warned repeatedly to change course, but Russian officials said the plane was at no time over Turkey.

The crew ejected, and one pilot was shot dead by rebels as he parachuted to the ground. A Russian marine sent to recover the crew was also killed in an attack by rebels. Syrian state media reported the jet’s second pilot had been rescued.

Russia’s foreign ministry issued a protest over the incident to the Turkish ambassador in Moscow, according to a Russian foreign ministry source.

PATIENCE TESTED

Speaking at a business event in Istanbul, Erdogan said Turkey had made a “huge effort” to prevent an incident like the downing of the Russian aircraft, but that the limits of its patience had been tested.

“We have no intention of escalating this incident. We are only defending our own security and the rights of our brothers,” Erdogan said.

Turkey has been angered by Russian air strikes in Syria, particularly those near its border targeting Turkmens, who are Syrians of Turkish descent.

It had repeatedly warned Russia over air space violations and last week summoned the Russian ambassador to protest against the bombing of Turkmen villages.

Erdogan questioned how those Russian strikes squared with Moscow’s assertion it is in Syria to combat Islamic State.

“It has been said that they were there to fight Daesh,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

“First of all, the Daesh terrorist organisation does not have a presence in this region of Latakia and the north where Turkmens are based. Let’s not fool ourselves.”

TRADE TIES

Russia and Turkey have important trade ties, and these could be affected in the fallout from the plane incident.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the downing of the aircraft a “senseless criminal act.”

“The direct consequences could lead to our refusal to take part in a whole raft of important joint projects and Turkish companies losing their positions on the Russian market,” Medvedev said in a statement.

Russia is a major exporter of grain and energy to Turkey, and it sends over four million tourists each year to Turkish resorts, second only to the number of German tourists.

The Russian government has already said it will discourage Russian tourists from travelling to Turkey, though the immediate impact will be limited because Turkey is now in the off-season.

Russia imports large volumes of Turkish food products and textiles, and Turkish firms are active in the construction and drinks sectors.

Shares in Enka Insaat, which has construction projects in Russia and two power plants in Turkey using Russian gas, fell for a second day on Wednesday.

Brewer Anadolu Efes, which has six breweries in Russia and controls around 14 percent of the market, also saw its shares fall on Tuesday.

SPONSORING TERRORISTS

Medvedev alleged Turkish officials were benefiting from Islamic State oil sales, a relationship that Russian officials say helps explain why Ankara is not tougher on the militants.

Senior Turkish officials have in the past vehemently denied accusations that Turkey has in any way supported the radical Islamist group. The government says it is doing its best to combat cross-border fuel smuggling, and that it has been able to curb the trade.

The Russian foreign ministry source said the downing of the Russian jet would have an impact not just on bilateral ties but also on multilateral efforts, especially international talks in Vienna to try to find a political solution for Syria’s conflict.

“We will without doubt strengthen our anti-terrorist efforts even more and, most importantly, we will more precisely and more specifically ask questions and press for information about who is sponsoring which terrorist organisations and in what way,” said the source.

That issue is likely to further complicate the Vienna talks, where Russia and its partners on one side and the United States and its allies on the other have been unable to agree on what constitutes a terrorist group in Syria.

The United States and allied countries have supplied arms and other help to some groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which Russia has been bombing on the grounds it considers them terrorist organisations.

(Additional reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Can Sezer and Ayla Jean Yackley in Istanbul, Seyhmus Cakan in Yayladagi, Turkey, John Davison in Beirut, Maria Kiselyova in Moscow, Paul Carrel and Madeline Chambers in Berlin; writing by Christian Lowe; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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Sheena Bora died due to asphyxia caused by strangulation: AIIMS report

The report also said the human skeleton, sent for examination and believed to be of Sheena’s, was of a female aged about 23.
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Sheena Bora died due to asphyxia as a result of strangulation, according to a medical report that is part of the CBI chargesheet in the sensational murder case in which her mother Indrani Mukerjea is the key accused. The report was prepared by a five-member medical board formed by the Government-run All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) based in New Delhi.”Death in this case is due to asphyxia as a result of strangulation by the way of ligature or manual cannot be ruled out,” said the report.The report also said the human skeleton, sent for examination and believed to be of Sheena’s, was of a female aged about 23. It put the time of death at about three years ago. These details broadly matched with Sheena, who was aged 24 at the time of her murder in April 2012.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report maintained that the body was recovered from a remote place and was suggestive of discrete disposal of corpse and concealment of prime evidence (body).”The deceased had skeletal burns (burning of bones) which is only feasible in the case of deep burns. It is observed that there were pan-body burns over skeleton, which suggests the extent of burns were massive and intention was to destroy the whole body to conceal the prime evidence of death investigation.”Sheena was allegedly strangled in a car and then her body was burnt and dumped in a forest in Raigad, about 84 km from Mumbai. Indrani (43), her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her ex-driver Shyamvar Rai have been chargesheeted in the murder case. The victim was Indrani’s daughter from an earlier marriage.Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, husband of Indrani, was arrested last week for his alleged role in the murder. He is currently in CBI custody.

Read: Here’s what Rahul Mukerjea emailed to his father Peter when Sheena Bora disappeared in 2012

The Sheena Bora murder case has has taken a new twist with various news channels gaining access to Rahul Mukerjea’s email to his father Peter a month after Sheena’s “disappearance” on 27 May, 2012. Rahul, in the email documents accessed by CNN-IBN writes” this is all mighty strange.”

“No Facebook activity, she is usually very active leaving comments and post for her friends the 21st April. Then there are the dodgy (contradictory) texts I receive on the 25th April, but no confirmation,” the e-mail reads.

“It has been more than 1 month now and I am sure that your are aware that I have still not heard from Sheena herself. The text message that I receive from her cellphone on 25th April expressing her desire to discontinue our relationship.”

“I can deal with a break-up myself, but this seems more like a missing persons. There may be more trouble ahead,” the e-mail reads.

“In the past, Indrani has sent e-mails and texts from other people’s account or phone. In fact I received a text from you from other number,” he elaborates.

“I cannot fully accept as in the past there was instance where I had received text message from you pretending to be Pete (papa) while I was speaking to him on the phone.

“I have (sought) legal advice in this situation and have been advised that circumstances surrounding her disappearance are characteristic of something untoward,” the e-mail adds.

In the letter, Rahul warned Indrani to reveal the truth saying she has impersonated Sheena in the past. “If the report goes to public domain it will raise a lot of question for lot of people. I have sought legal advice, advised that circumstances surrounding her disappearance are characteristic of something untoward. Even Sheena’s work place believes signature on resignation letter forged,” warns Rahul.

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Peter replied to Rahul saying, “Let bygones be bygones. Lets all move on and be happy.”

In his email, Rahul said that he had sought legal advice and was warned that Sheena’s disappearance could lead to something “untoward”. He also questioned Indrani as to why Sheena did not take any personal belongings and why none of her close friends and family members had heard from her.

Rahul wrote that for some reason, “… the truth is being withheld” and that Sheena’s well-being is his only concern.

Peter Mukerjea is the fourth accused to be arrested in connection with the case so far. His wife Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai were arrested by the CBI earlier.

“Rahul Mukerjea is an important link in the murder of Sheena Bora, as he has provided several important materials to the investigators against the accused in the case,” the CBI source added to PTI.

According to investigators, Sheena was blackmailing Indrani that if she did not give her a 3BHK flat in the city, she would expose her by telling people that she was Indrani’s daughter, and not sister, as the latter had claimed. Meanwhile, the police custody of Peter, who was arrested on Thursday last, will end today and the CBI is expected to seek further remand of his, a CBI officer said to PTI.

With inputs from PTI

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