A Kanpur court has convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment an alleged Pakistani spy eight years after he was arrested in Uttar Pradesh on charges of passing on information about military installations in India.The UP Anti-Terror Squad arrested Waqas Mahmood on May 27,2009 on charges of being an ISI agent. The ATS had said that Waqas, who was arrested from Bithoor in Kanpur district, hailed from Lahore.The Additional Sessions Judge court in Kanpur on Friday also sentenced to six years and 10 months imprisonment Sitara Begum, the Indian woman who allegedly sheltered Waqas, the UP ATS said.Police claimed that Waqas was living in Kanpur under a fake identity and was collecting and passing on confidential information about Indian military installations to the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan.The ATS had claimed that it had recovered confidential documents from Waqas, including restricted maps of the Air Force in Chakeri, fake driving licence and voter identity card, and mobile phones.Waqas was alledgedly living on rent under the alias of Ibrahim Khan at Sitara Begum’s house in Kanpur’s Kalyanpur area.The previous Akhilesh Yadav government had in 2013 made directions to withdraw cases against 19 terror accused persons, including Sitara Begum. The move was, however, stayed by the Allahabad High Court.ATS IG Aseem Arun said the officers involved in the operation would be rewarded.
Panaji: Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari, a Bombay High Court judge, on Saturday cautioned people not to burden the judiciary with their “over-expectations” without understanding the Constitutional powers and limitations of the judiciary.He was speaking at a function organised by the Lokvishwas Pratishthan, a Goa-based body working for persons with disabilities. Justice Dharmadhikari said people have been using the judiciary often as an instrument to give a “jolt” to governments, which he finds as being improper.He said the biggest challenge before the judiciary is that people have been relying on it “a bit too much”, and are approaching the courts with their day-to-day concerns, shunning their own responsibilities.“When you become so dependent on something, then you tend to forget the dangers in it,” he said.He said people cannot expect the judiciary to go beyond the laws made by the legislature. “That would not be fair. Judiciary cannot make laws, it can only interpret the laws.”He urged people to understand that independent and autonomous judiciary “does not mean it will be against the government.”Mr. Dharmadhikari said another challenge before the judiciary was the challenge from within, and lamented that the country lacks good educational institutions and law colleges to impart high-quality law education.He said the Bar Council of India “does not seem to have a policy to ensure that syllabus in colleges or institutes will enhance the quality of education, or inculcate ethical aspects.” He also said that law is no more a popular choice of career among “good students.”
The Army resorted to aerial firing to disperse scores of protesting women in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Tuesday. Locals said the Army launched a major search operation around 6 a.m. and asked people above the age of 10 to come out their homes. However, women started clashing with the security forces when some civilians were being allegedly thrashed. The incident took place at Okey village. Later, the operation was called off. Meanwhile students clashed with security forces in Srinagar and Baramulla districts, leaving several injured.A major face-off was reported in Baramulla’s Pattan where students of a government school held a demonstration. A clash erupted as students tried to march towards the town square. Scores of students, besides one policeman, were injured as security forces hurled tear-smoke shells. One student was allegedly hit by pellets.
With 70% of its area still submerged, 215 animals including 13 rhinos and a Royal Bengal Tiger have so far lost their lives at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, a senior forest official said on Monday.Due to the flooding, the animals at the UNESCO World Heritage Site are facing food shortage within the park, compelling them to go out to the nearby hills, tea gardens and even human habitations in search of food, KNP Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rohoni Ballav Saikia said here.As the flood water from the national park recedes, Mr. Saikia said, the carcasses of animals were being recovered from its four ranges.Dual troubleHe said the two waves of floods this year had caused the death of endangered species. “Till date, we found bodies of 13 rhinos, 188 hog deer, four elephants, two swamp deer, four wild boars, two buffaloes and one Royal Bengal Tiger. All died due to drowning.”The Kaziranga National Park is spread over 430 square kilometre.
Normal life in Kashmir was affected on Saturday due to a strike called by separatist groups to protest against braid chopping incidents even as authorities imposed restrictions in several areas of the city as a precautionary measure, officials said.Schools, shops and other business establishments remained closed due to the strike called by separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.Public transport remained off roads but some private vehicles could be seen plying in the civil lines area of the city, the officials said. The separatists had called for a shutdown against the increasing braid chopping attacks in Kashmir over the past one month.The Srinagar District Magistrate said restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC would continue to remain in force parts of the city as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.The areas where restrictions have been imposed are police stations Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, M R Gunj, Safakadal and partially in Kralkhud and Maisuma, he said.
High-speed mobile telephony were suspended, educational institutes closed and restrictions imposed in parts of the Valley ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.The authorities have sounded a red alert in the entire State. All routes leading to the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar, the venue where Mr. Modi will inaugurate development projects, have been sealed. Three-tier security arrangements have been put in place.Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan, who chaired a meeting on Friday evening, decided to close down all educational institutes and impose restrictions in Srinagar’s old city “as a precautionary measure”.Separatists have called for a shutdown and demanded to be allowed to hold a rally during the Prime Minister’s visit. “The problem in Kashmir is not related to roads, inaugurating of tunnels, power projects or jobs. It’s a dispute directly linked to the political future of tens of millions of citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and it needs to be resolved as per the will and aspirations of these people,” said the Mirwaiz.He said people of Kashmir should be given a chance to say their “mann ki baat” to Mr. Modi peacefully at Lal Chowk Srinagar on Saturday. “People of Kashmir want the fulfillment of the promise made by the predecessors of PM Modi not only in Lal Chowk but in the Indian parliament,” he added.Meanwhile, police sources said all separatist leaders will either be arrested or detained in their houses on the occasion.The Prime Minister’s visit also comes in the backdrop of the Centre’s announcement to halt operations during the month of Ramzan.Modi’s agendaPM Modi is scheduled to attend the commencement of work on Zojila Tunnel on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway at Leh first. The 14-km long Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel. It will provide all- weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh and reduce travel time from the present 3.5 hours to just 15 minutes.He will also lay the foundation stone for Srinagar Ring Road and Jammu Ring Road at separate events at SKICC, Srinagar and at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu the same day.Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari will also be present at the events.
A 24-year-old youth from Hyderabad, who had arrived with a friend last week, died due to suspected overdose after partying at a rave club in Anjuna, in North Goa on Sunday, the police said on Monday.Police identified the deceased as Shashank Sharma and said he was partying till Sunday afternoon. “The deceased is from Hyderabad. He felt uneasy after he left the club, following which he was referred to the Goa Medical College Hospital in Bambolim in North Goa, where he expired late on Sunday,” a police spokesperson said. Police sources said that before he died, Sharma told his friend that he had taken a tablet at the club after which he felt uneasy.
The Symbiosis International University (SIU) has suspended two faculty members of the Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication (SCMC) on charges of alleged sexual harassment.The decision comes after the SIU last week sent SCMC director Anupam Siddhartha on leave pending an inquiry.At least 10 girl students from the SCMC have alleged harassment at the hands of their peers and some faculty members.Principal director of the Symbiosis Society, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, said that an inquiry was conducted by the Internal Complaints Committee constituted (ICC) to look into the allegations against the director of SCMC and faculty members regarding disciplinary and administrative issues. Following the committee’s interim report, two faculty members, Suhas Gatane and Vijay Shelar, have been suspended on allegations of sexual harassment.Dr. Yeravdekar said that the ICC was probing allegations against Mr. Siddhartha who was accused of inaction on harassment complaints against faculty members.
For any police personnel, there is no running away from stress. But if we add to that the pressure and responsibilities that come along with motherhood, day-to-day routine becomes even more demanding.This was true for Archana Jain, a woman constable in the Uttar Pradesh Police. However, on Sunday life took a positive turn for her, primarily due to the power of social media.Posted at the Kotwali police station in Jhansi, Ms. Jain was transferred closer home to Agra after her story reached higher officials. The two cities are separated by over 230 kms.Ms. Jain caught the attention of her seniors after photos of her working at her desk with her six-month-old daughter sleeping on the table were widely shared on social media.As there was nobody else to take care of the child in Jhansi, where she lives in a rented apartment, the constable was forced to carry the infant to her workplace daily. “This child is dependent on me. She is only six-months-old and requires breastfeeding,” said Ms. Jain, whose husband works in a private firm near Delhi.Elder daughterShe also has an elder daughter, who studies in Class IV and lives with her grandparents in Agra. Taking cognisance of her case, U.P. Director General of Police O.P. Singh promptly ordered her transfer and even spoke to her. Mr. Singh said Ms. Jain’s situation had inspired the force to “explore creche options at every police line” .“The quintessential 21st Century woman, an ace at any responsibility she is trusted with!” the top cop tweeted about her.DIG Jhansi Range Subhash Singh Baghel acknowledged Ms. Jain’s dedication to her duty and child, and announced a cash reward of ₹1,000.“She has carried out her duties as a mother very well and at the same time not allowed it to affect her duties as a police personnel which she has been carrying out with similar dedication,” Mr. Baghel said.
Thirty four people died in two adjoining districts allegedly after drinking spurious liquor at a village in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district, officials said on Friday.The victims had consumed the liquor on Thursday evening at a mourning ritual in Balupur village.While 16 people died in Balupur village, 18 died in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, which adjoins Uttarakhand, as the people who had attended the ritual returned home.Some of them had carried the liquor home, an official said.While 18 deaths were recorded in the western district of Saharanpur, eight died in Kushinagar in Purvanchal, according to R.K. Gautam, U.P. police spokesperson. The toll could go up as police were yet to announce the final figure. In Saharanpur, deaths were recorded in Umahi, Sarbatpur, Mali and Kolka Kalan village in Sadar area, while four died in Salempur and one in Mayahedi under Deoband area. Meanwhile, eight people have died over the week in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district after drinking hooch, officials said.(With PTI inputs)
Bandipora youth Mudasir Nazir Wani has been selected for the coveted Asia Youth International Model United Nations (AYIMUN) conference. He was selected from more than 33,000 applicants across the globe. Mudasir is one of the 2,500 delegates who would be participating in the conference.AYIMUN is an annual conference wherein young leaders from all over the world sit together in an assembly called Meeting Session and each of them plays the role as a diplomat, representing the country they are assigned to.This year’s AYIMUN is plotted to be the greatest MUN conference in Asia-Pacific. It will be held in Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Malaysia from August 25 to 28, 2019 with 2,500 delegates across the globe.The theme of the conference is “Human security agenda in the globalised world, moral, ethical and ideational foundations of politics”.Mudasir said, “I am delighted to having received the acceptance letter from AYIMUN. I was selected based on the motivational letter I had sent to the AYIMUN. It will be a great opportunity for me to share my ideas and solutions about various issues of the world and my country with youth leaders across the world.”Mudasir that this was a big platform for him to enhance his public-speaking skills, diplomatic skills and that he would get to know about the diverse aspects of the world and its uniqueness.
The last thing you’d expect to see out your airplane window is a bumblebee cruising by. But a new study suggests that the insects might be capable of such high-altitude jaunts. Researchers trapped six male bumblebees (pictured) living at an altitude of 3250 meters in Sichuan, China, and placed them, one at a time, in a plexiglass flight chamber. Then they slowly pumped air out of the box, simulating the atmospheric conditions at higher and higher altitudes. Impressively, only one bee failed to fly above 8000 meters, and two even remained airborne above 9000 meters—more than 100 meters higher than the peak of Mount Everest. So what makes for successful high-altitude flying? The highest flyers didn’t beat their wings any more often than they did at low altitudes; instead, they increase what the researchers call their “stroke amplitude.” That is, they widened their wings’ range of motion, moving them farther back and farther forward during each stroke in order to compensate for the lack of air pressure, the team reports online today in Biology Letters. Next up? Seeing if female bumblebees, which have smaller wings and, therefore, a shorter range of motion, have the same high-flying potential as their brothers.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
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