New York: Three Indians have been charged in a million-dollar fraud scheme in the US in which they remotely accessed computers belonging to senior citizens without authorisation, caused the machines to malfunction and lured the victims’ into purchasing phony computer repair services. Gunjit Malhotra, 30, Gurjeet Singh 22 and Jas Pal 54, have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and one count of conspiracy to access a protected computer in furtherance of fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Berman said that for several years the three exploited elderly victims by remotely accessing their computers and convincing them to pay for computer support services they did not need, and which were never actually provided. The conspiracy netted at least USD 1.3 million for the three men, who were arrested and presented before magistrate judge here last week. Berman said by targeting the elderly, the three men took advantage of some of the society’s must vulnerable members, and they now face criminal consequences for their alleged predatory conduct. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe three men engaged in a scheme in which they and their co-conspirators purported to provide computer repair services to victims located throughout the US, many of whom are elderly. The defendants and their co-conspirators provided their victims’ false and misleading information to extract payment for computer repair services. They claimed to be associated with major technology software companies when, in fact, they were not, promised to provide computer services when none were provided and represented that computer repair services were needed when they knew that was false. As part of their scheme, the three men and their co-conspirators accessed their victims’ computers and caused them to freeze or, in other instances, installed software on their victims’ computers and caused their victims’ email accounts to send emails that thanked the perpetrators for providing computer services.
Jammu: The trial in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir is nearing completion nearly a year after it began at a court in Punjab’s Pathankot, officials said on Sunday.Defence lawyers are likely to complete their final arguments on Monday, followed by a brief concluding statement from the prosecution team led by J K Chopra, they said, adding that the verdict is expected thereafter. The day-to-day in-camera trial began in the first week of June last year at the district and session court in Pathankot after the Supreme Court directed that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir after lawyers in Kathua had prevented crime branch officials from filing the charge sheet in the case. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCA political turmoil was witnessed in the Jammu region last January after the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s crime branch took over the case and arrested eight people, including a juvenile and two police officials who were accused of destruction of evidence. The case became a bone of contention between then ruling alliance partners PDP and BJP. The BJP had to sack two of its ministers, Chowdhury Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, for participating in a rally of Hindu Ekta Manch in support of those arrested by the crime branch in the case. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe crime branch arrested village head Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, juvenile nephew and his friend Anand Dutta, and two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma. Head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence, were also arrested by the crime branch. Charges of rape and murder were framed by the district and sessions judge against seven out of the eight accused. The trial against the juvenile is yet to begin as his petition regarding his age is to be heard by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. In its May 7 order, the apex court said “the pivotal fact around which the controversy centres, is abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl. An FIR was lodged at Hiranagar Police Station, Kathua…The investigating agency, namely, the Crime Branch, which took over the investigation on 22nd January, 2018 from the local police has already filed the charge-sheet on 9th April, 2018, in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kathua in the State of Jammu and Kashmir”. However, the country’s top most court did not say anything about handing over the case to the CBI and rather transferred the trial to the District and Sessions judge in Pathankot in Punjab, 30 km from Kathua. “The learned district and sessions judge, Pathankot, shall himself take up the trial and not assign it to any additional sessions judge and shall fast-track the trial and take it up on day-to-day basis so that there is no delay in trial,” the three-judge bench of the Supreme Court had said in April last year. All the accused, barring the juvenile, have been shifted to Gurdaspur jail following an intervention by the Supreme Court which also restricted appearance of the defence lawyers and limited it to one or maximum of two per accused. The crime branch had submitted the charge sheet in the crime on April 9 before the Kathua court. The case hit the headlines after lawyers tried to prevent the police from filing the charge sheet. According to the charge sheet, the eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 this year, was allegedly raped by in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district after having been kept sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death.
New Delhi: Chinese handset maker OPPO, which has been known to be experimental with its smartphone designs has just launched its flagship smartphone Reno 10x Zoom with several innovations such as the shark-fin pop-up selfie camera. The pop-up selfie mechanism itself is, however, not new. OPPO’s sibling firm Vivo debuted the technology in 2018. The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom comes in two variants — 6GB RAM+128GB internal storage variant and 8GB RAM+256GB configuration that cost Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990, respectively. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app We tested the Ocean Green coloured premium variant with 8GB RAM+256GB storage that costs Rs 49,990 for a week. Here’s how it fared during our review. The handset has a layer of protective Corning Gorilla Glass that rendered a sophisticated matte look which was minimalistic yet stunning. The handset features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges. The matte finish ensured that the smartphone does not retain fingerprint marks. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Along with a 48MP primary sensor, there is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 13MP lens 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom at the back. Placed right at the centre of the rear, the triple cameras sit flush with the smartphone in a vertical set-up, thus, making the phone less wobbly. The flash is located at the rear of the shark-fin pop up camera. The primary camera worked very well in dark lighting and the images were neither grainy nor disintegrated. The launch time of the camera app was also quick. The notchless display offered an immersive experience; it was bright, sharp and had vivid colours. The almost bezel-less display performed well under direct sunlight too. However, its rival in the same price range, OnePlus 7 Pro scores better with fluid AMOLED display and a refresh rate of 90Hz. The left edge of Reno 10x Zoom sports volume rockers while the right edge houses a single power button. The dual SIM tray is located on the bottom of the smartphone while a type-c charging port sits next to the stereo speaker. This new pop-up camera is definitely one of the biggest USPs of the Reno 10x Zoom. However, it raised with a low mechanical sound. The phone’s facial recognition was as snappy as its in-screen fingerprint sensor. The selfie camera took beautiful and sharp images. Just like its competition — OnePlus 7 Pro, the Reno 10x Zoom is powered by the top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that ensured performance was superfast even during multi-tasking and gaming. OPPO outpaced OnePlus 7 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery with a 4,065mAh battery in the Reno 10x Zoom. The hefty battery lasted almost an entire day on a single charge. OPPO’s in-house VOOC fast charging technology quickly charged the smartphone in less than an hour. The device runs OPPO’s own ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie, which quite looked like a rip off of iOS. There was a pair of fancy colour coordinated type-c earphones bundled in the box which is not-so-common these days. OPPO has not advertised the phone to be water and dust protected. Other downsides include no support for expandable memory. In addition, it was impossible to charge and use the earphones simultaneously as there was no separate headphone jack. Despite being a performance powerhouse, the device lacked wireless charging. Conclusion: The stunning look and innovative design language of OPPO Reno 10x Zoom has the potential to take on its competition OnePlus 7 Pro in the sub-Rs 50,000 price segment in India.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday agreed to hear a defamation case filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia after the two leaders accused him of scripting the slapping of Kejriwal during a road show on May 4. Calling the Chief Minister’s allegations against him as “malicious, deliberate and defamatory”, Gupta has sought Rs 1 crore and the cost of litigation in the case as damages. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal set June 24 to hear the case. In his plea, Gupta said: “The accused 1 (Kejriwal) himself planned getting slapped during a road-show on May 4 and blamed the BJP for the incident in order to make political gains.” “It was revealed that the accused no. 1 (Kejriwal) himself asked his liaison officer to remove the security personnel from his vehicle,” his plea read. Gupta has requested the court to take cognisance of the offence under Section 499/500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and prosecute and punish the two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders in accordance with the provisions of law. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Gupta’s advocate told the court that the Chief Minister’s allegation that his client was attempting to kill him was “malicious, deliberate and defamatory”. “These allegations are not only awful and disquieting, but also distressing and defaming. The complainant can’t even think of hurting someone knowingly and voluntarily much less planning to assassinate/kill/murder the accused no. 1 (Kejriwal),” the advocate said. He claimed that the AAP leaders made the statements on the social media, where they both have millions of followers, so that it reached people in and outside Delhi. “Being a sensational charge, it was picked up both by the print and electronic media and widely circulated by media houses, thereby gravely impairing my reputation for which accused no. 01 (Kejriwal) and 02 (Sisodia) are responsible,” Gupta said in his petition. He added that two leaders were also circulating the claim that the BJP was after Kejriwal’s life. “There are newspapers articles in which accused no. 01 is claiming that he will be assassinated like former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was by his personal security officer,” read the complaint. Gupta said that the allegations were made with the “ulterior motive to degrade his reputation, to malign his image and gain cheap political mileage in the Lok Sabha elections.”
Washington: Google made a whopping $4.7 billion from the work of journalists last year via search and Google News, taking a huge cut from the online ad revenue of media houses which lost a crucial source of income, resulting in many of them getting shrunk or closed, a media report said. News is a significant part of Google’s business, according to a study by the News Media Alliance (NMA) which represents more than 2,000 newspapers across the USA. The journalists who create that content deserve a cut of that $4.7 billion, president and chief executive of the NMA David Chavern was quoted as saying by The New York Times. The California-based internet giant made the amount from the work of news publishers in 2018 via search and Google News, it said. That $4.7 billion is nearly as much as the $5.1 billion brought in by the United States news industry as a whole from digital advertising last year, the report said. The NMA cautioned that its estimate for Google’s income was conservative. For one thing, it does not count the value of the personal data the company collects on consumers every time they click on an article like this one. “They make money off this arrangement and there needs to be a better outcome for news publishers,” Chavern said. “The study blatantly illustrates what we all know so clearly and so painfully,” said Terrance C Z Egger, the chief executive of Philadelphia Inquirer PBC, which publishes The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com. “The current dynamics in the relationships between the platforms and our industry are devastating,” Egger said. The NMA is making the study public in advance of a House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday on the interrelationship of big tech companies and the media. Some 40 per cent of the clicks on Google’s trending queries are for news. That’s content that Google does not pay for, the report said, although it often presents headlines from news outlets verbatim. Egger said the big tech companies should show some appreciation for the content that news publishers provide. Two giant companies Alphabet, which is Google’s parent, and Facebook are major distributors for news publishers. The two of them ferry more than 80 per cent of external traffic to various sites. That is a far cry from the analog days, when media barons controlled how their publications reached the public and collected all the ad income they generated. But Google and Facebook don’t steer news consumers to news sites out of altruism. Rather, their middleman role allows them to take a huge proportion of online ad revenue. As a result, legacy news outlets have lost a crucial source of income over the last couple of decades, which has led them in most cases to shrink or disappear. The big tech companies “like this business. It’s a good business, where you write for them,” Chavern added. Chavern said he hoped that an outcome of any conversation generated by the study would be the passage of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act which would give news publishers a four-year antitrust exemption, allowing them to collectively bargain with the owners of online platforms over revenue splitting. “News is an important form of content that sustains civic society. I think everybody from readers to writers to politicians understands that if journalism goes away, that’s a horrible outcome for whether we’re able to sustain the republic,” he said. Google, which did not reply to a request for comment, keeps much of its data about search and revenues in a black box alongside its algorithm, the NYT added. Google also spent $21.7 million on lobbying last year to influence lawmakers, becoming the leading corporate spender among the tech companies facing increasing scrutiny from US regulators over privacy practices and market control, according to a media report. Lobbying spending by tech companies has been on a steady rise in recent years and is way up over the past decade, according to the report in CNBC. The report cited data from the Center for Responsive Politics, which is a non-profit, nonpartisan research group that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy. As the biggest US technology companies face increasing scrutiny from regulators related to privacy practices and market control, they are spending a lot more money to try and influence lawmakers, it said. “No company in America is pouring more money into those efforts than Google,” the report said. Last year, the company spent $21.7 million on lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2009, Google spent just $4 million on lobbying, a number that increased fivefold by last year, it said. For two straight years, it’s been the top corporate spender, outranking traditional front-runners like Boeing and AT&T. Amazon and Facebook also reached record levels of lobbying expenditures in 2018, it said. For years, with their market caps climbing alongside their consumer influence, the largest US tech companies have prepared for the day when their business practices would be more thoroughly scrutinized, the report said. Reports surfaced last week that the Justice Department is preparing an antitrust probe of Google and has been given jurisdiction over Apple as part of a broader review into the tech industry. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has assumed oversight of Amazon and Facebook.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Friday amended the norms for auctioning of commercial plots meant for development of commercial centres. “The developer/auction purchaser constructs multi storey commercial buildings on such plots and sells shops/units/spaces to different individuals. As per lease conditions of the DDA, the auction purchaser being lessee, further sells such units/shops but does not execute apartment deeds in favour of these buyers, thereby making title of the property defective and non transferable,” noted a statement.It added that Authority has decided that space buyers can approach/apply DDA for execution of Apartment Deed in their favour in case the Developer/Builder does not execute the same with them. “Further, they can also get their such spaces free hold despite non co-operation from the builder/developer, if they are willing and ready to pay all dues of DDA in respect of the building/plot on pro rata basis. This will give a huge relief to those space buyers who have purchased the space from the Developer but the developer does not cooperate in making Apartment Deeds in their favour for making a property free hold. The above decision has been taken for implementation of the provisions of Delhi Apartment Ownership Ac,” noted the statement. The DDA has also planned draft regulations in Delhi to enhance walkability. “The Draft Regulations for Enhancing Walkability and Green Mobility in Delhi were approved by the DDA and was decided to be sent to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India for notification. The Policy aims to improve pedestrian friendly walkability by creating a quality urban environment that facilitates social interaction on streets where more people are encouraged to walk as the first choice to undertake short journeys” noted the statement. The DDA has also planned special house allotment scheme for the people from SC/ST community.
Bengaluru: The Karnataka Congress suspended its senior legislator from Bengaluru R. Roshan Baig for anti-party activities, a party official said late Tuesday. “Baig has been suspended with immediate effect for his anti-party activities,” said state Congress General Secretary V.Y. Ghorpade in a statement here. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved Baig’s suspension on the recommendation of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) to take action against him on the basis of an enquiry into his activities. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Baig, a former Congress minister, is an eight-time legislator from the Shivajinagar Assembly segment in the city centre. Baig has been in the news of late for wrong reasons, including his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Ponzi scheme, operated by IMA Jewels owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who fled the country on June 8. In a purported video clip posted in the social media, Khan accused Baig of blackmailing him for asking to return about Rs 400 crore he claimed to have given the latter for contesting in the recent Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore Central seat though he did not get the ticket. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Upset by Baig’s open criticism of the party’s state leadership, KPCC on May 21 served notice to him, seeking explanation for his attack on AICC general secretary K.C. Venugopal and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah for the rout the party faced in the parliamentary elections. Venugopal is also in-charge of the party’s state unit affairs. Commenting on the May 19 exit polls on May 20, that projected Congress performing poorly in the general elections, Baig lashed out at Venugopal, Siddaramaiah and party’s state unit president Dinesh Gundu Rao. “Venugopal is a buffoon. What he knows about the party in our state as he is from Kerala? Due to Siddaramaiah’s arrogance, the party lost in the May 2018 Assembly elections and Rao’s immaturity is responsible for the dismal state of affairs currently,” Baig told reporters at his residence here. Baig has been sulking against the party leadership since a year for being denied a cabinet post despite being the Muslim face of the party after the death of veteran party leader Jaffer Shariff in November last year.
Lucknow: In a major reshuffle in the state police, the Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 22 senior IPS officers including IGs and police chiefs, officials said on Tuesday. In a late night decision, the government transferred IG of Kanpur Alok Singh to Meerut in the same capacity, while IG Prayagraj, Mohit Agarwal was brought to Kanpur, a government spokesperson said. DIG, Kumbh Mela Prayagraj Kavindra Pratap Singh has been given the charge of DIG Prayagraj and IG PAC central zone, Lucknow while A Satish Ganesh has been made IG of Agra, he said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! IG, Saharanpur Sharad Sachan comes to Lucknow in place of Ganesh, he added. SSP, Ghaziabad Upendra Kumar Agarwal has been made DIG of Saharanpur and DIG PAC Meerut Dipak Kumar and DIG Chitrakoot Dham Anil Kumar Rai swap posts, the official said. SSP Muzaffarnagar Sudhir Kumar Singh has been shifted to Ghaziabad in the same capacity and SP Railway Agra Abhishek Yadav comes to Muzaffarnagar, the spokesman said. SP, Abhishek Dixit who has come from Tamil Nadu on inter state deputation has been made commandant 35th battalion of PAC Lucknow. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed SP, cyber crime Lucknow, Dhuley Satish Pradhan will be the new SP of Kasganj in place of Ashok Kumar who goes to 9th battalion og PAC Moradabad as commandant. Satish Kumar, attached to DG headquarters in Lucknow has been made SP of cyber crime and SSP Meerut Nitin Tewari has been sent to 6th battalion of PAC Meerut as commandant. SP, Barabanki Ajay Sahini has been made SSP, Meerut and SSP Agra Jogendra Kumar has been sent to 43rd battalion of PAC Etah, the spokesman said. The commandant of 4th battalion of PAC, Prayagraj, Bablu Tewari has been made SSP Agra and SP Sant Kabirnagar, Akash Tomar comes to Barabanki, he added. ASP Amroha, Brijesh Singh has been made SP of Sant Kabirnagar district, the spokesman added.
Arbil (Iraq): At least one gunman killed three people including the Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region in an attack Wednesday in the regional capital of Arbil, a police source said. “Three people, including the Turkish vice consul, were killed in an armed attack targeting the consul and the consulate’s employees in a restaurant in Arbil,” the source told AFP, adding the attackers had fled the scene. Witnesses in the city said checkpoints had been quickly set up inside and around the neighbourhood of Ainkawa, which hosts numerous restaurants and the Turkish consulate. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangTurkey confirmed that an “employee” at its Arbil consulate was killed in a shooting. The attack was not immediately claimed.Turkey is waging a major military offensive in Iraq’s mountainous northern region to root out pockets of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK, seen as a “terrorist” group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984 and operates rear bases in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpSeveral rocket attacks have targeted diplomatic missions in Iraq in recent months, including rockets near the US and UK embassies in Baghdad’s “Green Zone.” The US in May ordered all non-essential personnel of its Baghdad embassy and Arbil consulate to leave the country.And in June, protesters gathered outside the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad, Authorities in Iraq, which is witnessing a period of relative calm since declaring victory against the Islamic State group in 2017, have pledged to protect embassies.
New Delhi: Lauding the heroes of the Kargil war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said he will do his best to ensure that no harm comes to the pride and honour of the soldiers.Addressing a gathering of war veterans, Kargil war widows and others at an event held here to commemorate 20 years of Operation Vijay, Singh said, “Whatever we can do to honour our martyrs is less. We honour them and salute the war widows present here. We feel proud of our soldiers.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He also shared his experiences of visiting Drass on Saturday, where he paid homage to fallen soldiers at the Kargil War Memorial. “I can only say this from my side that I will do my best and whatever is possible to ensure that no harm comes to the honour, pride and esteem of our jawans,” the defence minister said to a thunderous applause. He also said a man could compromise with other things, but not with his pride and honour. “That pride (‘swabhiman’) could be personal, social or nationalistic (‘rashtriya swabhiman’). It was with this sense of pride that 18-year-olds and 20-year-olds had embraced the gallows during the freedom struggle,” Singh said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KDuring his Kargil visit, he was given a detailed presentation on Operation Vijay, the defence minister said. Operation Vijay was the name given to India’s limited war against Pakistan after the neighbouring country infiltrated in 1999. “I was told about the extraordinary valour and indomitable and fearless spirit of our soldiers, who climbed high-altitude peaks despite knowing that they could be shot from the above by the enemy. And they eventually got the victory for us in Kargil,” Singh said. The defence minister also felicitated the war widows present on the occasion, including those who lost their husbands in the Kargil conflict or in any attack this year.
Kolkata: Tension spread among patients in Habra State General Hospital on Thursday morning, after the family members of a 56-year-old woman, who died of alleged medical negligence, heckled some doctors of the hospital.Laxmi Raha (56), a resident of Joygachi in Habra, was taken to the hospital after she complained of high fever. Raha died in the hospital on Thursday morning, following which chaos broke out at the hospital. The family members of the victim staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital complex. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter being informed by hospital authorities, police reached the spot and tried to pacify the irate mob. They asked the patient’s family members to submit a written complaint in the police station. When the police officers were trying to bring the situation under control, the deceased’s son, along with two others, attacked a doctor inside the hospital. The incident occurred in front of the policemen. A doctor was beaten up by the victim’s son and his two associates. However, on-duty police personnel managed to catch hold of the trio and they were detained. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The family members staged a demonstration inside the hospital, demanding stern action against the doctors, who they claimed were responsible for the death of the woman. The family members also alleged that the patient was not given proper treatment after she was admitted to the hospital with high fever. The police soon brought the situation under control and started a probe into the incident. The hospital authorities, however, claimed that the woman had serious complications when she was admitted to the hospital. The incident has happened within two months after some junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital were beaten up by the relatives of a deceased. The incident had triggered a stir in the state with the junior doctors continuing a strike, which was withdrawn following the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Ghaziabad: In a tragic road accident, a 53-year-old wife of an Indian Air Force officer was crushed to death after a speeding truck hit her when she was riding pillion on a motorcycle at Hindon bridge in Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad on Sunday evening.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Karuna Mishra, a resident of Indian Air Force colony in Ghaziabad. “The woman was travelling on a motorcycle along with her husband Kamal Mishra (55), who works as a Junior Warrant officer with Indian Air Force,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe incident occurred on Sunday evening around 4 pm when the victim was going with her husband to meet one of his colleagues in Raj Nagar extension area. “A speeding truck hit their motorcycle from behind and couple fell on the road but somehow the woman’s saree got stuck into the truck and she was dragged to nearly 200 meters along with the truck and sustained severe injuries,” said reports. “A few passerby conveyed information to police and a team rushed to the spot. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared the woman dead on arrival while her husband has been critically injured. Police have seized the truck but the driver fled from the spot after the incident,” said JK Singh, Station House Officer of Sahibabad police station. “Following the incident, an FIR under section 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304A (Causing death by negligence) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at Sahibabad police station,” Singh added.
Sambhal (UP): A case has been filed against a man for allegedly posting objectionable remarks against Home Minister Amit Shah on Facebook, police said on Wednesday. Sambhal Kotwali in-charge, Dharampal Singh, said the case has been filed against Zarif Ahmed on the complaint of district unit secretary of Hindu Yuva Vahini, Anuj Kumar Sharma. Sharma had alleged that Ahmed posted a picture of Shah with objectionable remarks on Facebook. The case has been filed under the IT Act and 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory) of the IPC.
Singapore: The RBI will continue to unlock entrepreneurial energies and set the country firmly on track to become USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years, Governor Shaktikanta Das said here on Friday. The RBI chief said the slight slowdown in the last quarter was a temporary one and the economy is likely to end the fiscal with higher growth rate of close to 7 per cent. “The policy focus will continue to be on unlocking…entrepreneurial energies and set India firmly on the trajectory towards its aspirations of becoming a USD 5 trillion economy within the next five years,” he said at a dialogue with Indian business community. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs the financial sector repairs and emerge out of the balance sheet stress, a speedy revival of demand in the economy assumes vital importance in order to reinvigorate, he told over 200 business executives from leading corporations. “Stimulating demand is currently the overriding priority of both the Government and RBI (Reserve Bank of India). “Some structural reforms are also required, and I am happy to note that some structural reforms are on the anvil,” Das said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe noted that with the budget for the remaining part of the fiscal announced, government spending would see a boost, which will have salutary impact on the economy. Das was on a two-day visit to Singapore during which he met Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, and his counterpart Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon. He also met top leaders of financial sector and global financial companies. In India, the household savings are the principle livable resources in the economy, said Das, pointing out that of the total household savings of 17.2 per cent of GDP in 2017-18, only 6.6 per cent were in the form of net financial savings. “Greater financializing of the savings can increase the pool of domestic resources and it can substantially ease financial pressure on the balance of payment of the country,” he said. The financial system, comprising institutions and markets, has a key role in bringing these resources towards the productive sector, he pointed out. Elaborating on the RBI’s 35 bps repo rate cut on August 7, he said the banks have reduced lending rates for new loans by about 29 bps as a follow up since then. Normally, it takes about three quarters for the policy rate transmission to happen. “But now it is happening faster and our interaction with the banks shows that we can expect faster and higher level of monetary policy transmission passing the benefits of the rate cuts to new loans”. During his more than one-hour interaction with business leaders, Das shared efforts being made to rebuild the financial sector and recoup the stressed non-banking financing companies (NBFCs). He highlighted several measures announced in the Union Budget in July to strengthen the sector. The RBI chief also mentioned that while some NBFCs had not done well, there were others that had good balance sheets and were performing well. The RBI, he said, was monitoring NBFCs and Housing Finance Companies that account for bulk of the credit from NBFCs and were systematically important.
Hong Kong: Police fired water cannon and tear gas at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters massed outside the city’s parliament on Saturday, as demonstrators defied a ban on rallying, the arrests of leading activists and rising threats from China, to take to the streets for a 13th straight weekend. Police had banned the demonstration on security grounds, then organisers had cancelled it, after last weekend saw some of the most violent clashes in months of political turmoil. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut large crowds, many in their signature black T-shirts and under a colourful canopy of umbrellas, snaked through Hong Kong island anyway, blocking roads in the financial heart and chanting “reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” Tensions rose as the afternoon wore on, with hardcore protesters throwing rocks, setting fires — and shining laser pens — at a rank of police behind a barricade at the city parliament known as the Legislative Council (LegCo). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPolice fired a water cannon and rounds of tears gas to disperse the group, as protesters dug up the pavement to use as projectiles and crouched under umbrellas. As dusk drew in, protesters smashed through the barrier outside the parliament building. The LegCo was stormed on July 1 — the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule. Earlier protesters marched by the official residence of Hong Kong’s embattled Beijing-backed leader Carrie Lam, who is the focal point of anger after trying to pass a bill which would have allowed extradition to China. “I’m prepared for the consequences of coming out,” said one protestor, who gave his name as Jay, adding “Hong Kongers have the right to assembly.” Opposition to the extradition bill — now suspended but not permanently withdrawn — has brought much of Hong Kong to the streets. The protests have expanded into a wider pro-democracy call and a rejection of attempts by Beijing to curtail the freedoms of the semi-autonomous territory. Another big group massed in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay, occupying the road and chanting anti-government slogans. “I’m not afraid to come out here today,” said another 25-year-old protester who gave his surname as Ng. A helicopter buzzed above marchers as police appealed to the public to “leave immediately” while water-cannon trucks were driven onto the streets. But protesters were in defiant mood. “It’s ‘now or never’ for Hong Kong, ” said a 33-year-old accountant who gave her surname as Wong. “I’m a mother-of-two. They didn’t come today but their grandmother did. We’re defending the right of assembly for the next generation in Hong Kong.” Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s rejection of a call for universal suffrage for Hong Kong, which sparked the 79-day “Umbrella Movement” in 2014. Many protesters are determined not to let the new movement fizzle out as the Umbrella protests did. At least five high-profile activists and three lawmakers were arrested on Friday in a sweep aimed at defanging Saturday’s rally. Rights groups say the tactics are cribbed directly from Beijing’s protest playbook. Two of the Umbrella Movement’s leaders, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow were among those arrested, charged and bailed for “inciting others to take part in unauthorised assembly”. The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the developments were “extremely worrying”, while US President Donald Trump said his economic pressure on China was forcing Beijing to take a more moderate line in Hong Kong. In an attempt to sidestep Saturday’s protest ban, crowds earlier carried Christian crosses and sang “Hallelujah” in religious gatherings — which do not require the same stringent permission from authorities. The demonstrators, who have earned a reputation for their creativity and unpredictability, also called for “mass shopping trips” in the city centre. On Saturday morning, LIHKG, the Reddit-like forum used by protesters to communicate, reported via Twitter that its app had suffered the “largest attack it has ever seen”. Police on Friday confirmed three lawmakers — and a district councillor — had been arrested over their alleged actions in previous protests, but denied the sweep was timed specifically to weaken the weekend’s protests. More than 900 people have been arrested since June in connection to protests. Hong Kong’s crisis-hit government has refused to back down over the protests, which have seen millions march peacefully through the streets but also hardcore groups of radical protesters hurl bricks and petrol bombs at police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets. The violence has damaged Hong Kong’s reputation for stability and prosperity. China has responded with a campaign of intimidation. State media on Friday reported that fresh military anti-riot drills were held across the border in Shenzhen.
Lucknow: After the Allahabad High Court stayed the notification to include 17 Other Backward Castes in the SC list, BSP president Mayawati on Tuesday said such government decisions are “guided by total selfish political motives” but effects the entire society. She said the move was “most unfortunate”. “The news of the high court staying the forcible declaration of 17 OBCs as Scheduled Castes in Uttar Pradesh is naturally in limelight today. Such decisions guided by total selfish political motives do not affect any party/government but the entire society gets affected by it. Most unfortunate,” Mayawati tweeted in Hindi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Staying the notification on Monday, the high court directed the state government to file its reply in three weeks on a petition against its decision to declare 17 OBCs as SCs. The petition stated that the Constitution has empowered the Centre to make such amendments and include a particular community in the Scheduled Caste list. Hence, such a decision by a state government was in violation of Article 341 of the Constitution, it said. According to the petitioner, the Uttar Pradesh government issued a government order in June to include 17 communities of the OBC category into the SC list. Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Nishad, Bind, Bhar, Prajapati, Rajbhar, Batham, Gaur, Tura, Majhi, Mallah, Kumhar, Dheemar and Machua sub-castes were among the 17 OBC castes.
Organizers of Vancouver’s first indigenous-focused fashion week say the event will celebrate “cultural appreciation” for designers and creators who are used to seeing their work appropriated by others.Vancouver-born producer Joleen Mitton says the four-day showcase will feature collections from about 32 designers, most of whom are indigenous.The models are also mostly indigenous, and will include former and current foster care kids — a vulnerable group that often struggles with identity and self-acceptance, says Mitton, whose heritage is a mix of Plains Cree, French and Scottish.“A lot of these kids don’t feel that they’re visible because they’ve been discarded by their family a lot of times and obviously you don’t see indigenous people in media,” says the 33-year-old, who began modelling at age 15 and now works with disenfranchised youth in Vancouver.The July exhibit will feature emerging and established designers including Sho Sho Esquiro, Pam Baker and Jeneen Frei Njootli.And it comes as debate over cultural appropriation is especially fractious thanks to recent controversies in the art and literary worlds.An outcry over a white Toronto painter who embraced an Anishinaabe painting style forced the cancellation of her art show and sparked debate over the line between inspiration and theft.More debate followed with an editorial in the Writers’ Union of Canada magazine that dismissed the notion of cultural appropriation and encouraged writers to explore cultures and traditions that were different from their own.That also raised immediate protest, prompting the author and magazine editor Hal Niedzviecki to apologize and resign from his post as debate erupted in various media.Most notably, former National Post editor Ken Whyte branded the matter an assault on free speech and solicited donors on Twitter to establish an “appropriation prize.”Model and fellow fashion week organizer Ellena Neel says the issue is “complicated” for many outside of the indigenous community to grasp. And she finds herself constantly defending efforts to preserve indigenous culture.She says the Neel family has been especially entrenched in the debate since her great-grandmother, celebrated carver Ellen Neel, began making and selling Vancouver’s iconic totem poles in Stanley Park in the 1950s and 1960s.“With the introduction of mass production, cheaper totem poles and mass-produced totem poles started coming in from China and that started to affect her business,” notes Neel, a photographer and video artist.Indigenous creations — including clothing — are more than just crafts or hobbies, she adds. Clothes are often handmade and infused with meaning, identifying who you are, where you’re from and the First Nation you belong to.“From the West Coast, at least, we take great pride in wearing the crest from your clan and your family. For my sake, me and my brothers always take pride in wearing our thunderbird crest,” says Neel.Mitton’s modelling career took her through Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea during her impressionable teenage years, when she was asked to promote products that blatantly incorporated indigenous iconography.“I look at the photos now as a person who’s been through the fashion world…. it’s very infuriating. Those things have cultural attachment to them, spiritual attachment to them.”Mitton’s mixed heritage allowed her to pass as half-Asian, and when she returned to Canada in 2008, she struggled to reclaim her identity.“I wasn’t really happy. The fashion world itself is pretty shallow and oppressive,” says Mitton, whose career included campaigns for Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood, Lancome and Clinique.“I’ve partied with Mick Jagger, Jamie Foxx, Bradley Cooper (but) I wasn’t really proud of being a model. People would come up to me before, they would be kind of stoked: ‘Oh, you’re on this magazine,’ or ‘You’re on this shampoo bottle,’ or ‘You’re in this commercial in Asia.’ I was never super-comfortable about it.”Mitton began working with children in foster care as well as older girls aging out of foster care. She started mounting fashion shows to engage the older girls and teach them “to walk with pride and beauty”.Mitton now sees the positive influence fashion can have on a young person, and hopes she can inspire Canadians to know that high-quality, unique designs exist here at home.“You don’t have to buy that stuff from Urban Outfitters or Dsquared2 or any of that stuff, we’ve got that stuff already,” says Mitton.“If you like indigenous esthetic, buy it from those who create it and live it”The Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week runs July 26 till July 29.———Online:http://www.ifwvancouver.com/
BOKWANG, South Korea – Canadian freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe has won gold in the women’s ski halfpipe competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Sharpe, from Comox, B.C., finished with a score of 95.80 on a cool, sunny morning at Phoenix Park.France’s Marie Martinod took silver after crashing in her final run, guaranteeing Sharpe the top spot.American Brita Sigourney won bronze.Sharpe was the last skier to compete in the three-run final after winning the qualifying session a day earlier.She set the tone early in the final, getting a 94.40 in her first run down the halfpipe and following it up with a 95.80 in the second.The best of three runs is a skier’s final score in ski halfpipe.Calgary’s Rosalind Groenewoud finished 10th overall.More coming.
WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. – What police are describing as an “uncontrolled” house party in West Vancouver has caused about $20,000 in damage after a teenaged girl rented the home online.West Vancouver police say the owners of the house do not want to pursue criminal charges and the family of the girl who rented it have agreed to cover the cost.Police say in a news release they were called to the home on Friday just after 8:30 p.m. when they found about 200 teens “flooding out of the residence.”After establishing that no one was injured or in need of medical attention, police say they learned a 14-year-old girl had booked the home through the unauthorized use of a parent’s credit card.Police say walls, furniture and artwork were smashed and they are asking anyone who might be able to identify those directly responsible for the damage to contact them.