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first_img A young man in Jamtara, motorcycle-borne and wearing track pants and floaters, offers additional ground inputs. “It is not that simple and cannot be done alone. You require a dal [group],” he says. Typically the crime involves two people. One who makes a call to an unsuspecting customer seeking details about his bank account, while masquerading as a bank official. The second person sits with a smartphone, all set to click on ‘proceed to make payment’ for items on an e-commerce website. He completes the transaction with the customer’s bank details within moments after his partner secures them. The SIM card is then disconnected and destroyed. In most of the cases bank accounts or e-wallets of a third party is used to make these ”vishing” transactions and the police have to follow a long trail to get to the main perpetrator.Many of Jamtara’s ”vishing” experts have never left town, but their reach spans the nation. In May last, Sheela (name changed), who had just delivered a baby, applied for a bank account at the Central Bank of India in Darjeeling. A few days later, an ‘agent’ from the bank called asking for more details. The agent sounded genuinely helpful, and sympathetic, and told Sheela that she could avoid coming all the way to the branch if she could give the name and ATM card details of a guarantor. Without giving it much thought, Sheela called her mother, who works as a domestic help in Delhi, and passed on the latter’s State Bank of India ATM number and PIN to the ‘agent’. Within hours, her mother was on the line again, tearfully telling her that nearly ₹30,000, her savings of years, had been withdrawn from her account.The Delhi Police’s E-fraud Investigative Cell moved quickly, helped by a spate of recent cases that were similar. Clearly, buoyed by their recent success, the Jamtara gangs were getting sloppy. They tracked the money transfer through Paytm and an e-retailer to a bank account in Himachal Pradesh. But even though the money was found, the culprit is untraceable, says a senior officer. “The people are so well organised, and have access to thousands of SIM cards that they deactivate the moment they are able to successfully con someone. They make thousands of calls every day, and only have to get lucky once in a while.”The account in Himachal Pradesh that police traced Sheela’s mother’s earnings to had a bank balance exceeding ₹7.5 lakh, all presumably ill-gotten gains made by swindling the most naïve, defenceless and helpless, whose only real fault was attempting to enter India’s much-vaunted digital world, and trusting their money would be safe in it.With inputs from Suhasini Haidar The police station in front of which stand seized SUVs. A cybercafe in Karmatar  No stranger to crimeLocated in the Santhal Pargana region, Jamtara, which was demarcated as a district in April 2001, has been prone to crime in the past as well. “Earlier, the people were involved in wagon-breaking; then there were reports of train passengers being intoxicated and duped. This is how the nature of crime has evolved here,” says Roy. It doesn’t help that the literacy rate of Jamtara district, with a population of about 7.91 lakh, is 64.59% and the percentage of non-workers is 58.71. The district economy depends primarily on agriculture.Despite those abysmal numbers, the presence of easy money here is apparent, evidenced by the numerous cell phone towers, branches of all major public and private bank, and the mushrooming of two-wheeler showrooms in the area. At Karmatar, a hamlet of huts a few years ago, there are more concrete houses being built than in the district headquarters itself. “How do you convince people who have no other modes of employment? What else will give them this kind of earning?” Mr. Roy asks rhetorically.Crime also tends to be infectious — in the confessional statement before the police, 22-year-old Diwakar Mondal, arrested on March 11, 2017, states that he along with his cousin Mithun Mondal gathered fake SIM cards and started indulging in cybercrime after “aas-paas ke log cyber thuggee kar ke amir ban gaye (people around us became rich by indulging in cybercrime)”. In the statement, Diwakar admits to arranging mobile SIM cards with fake identities and also bank accounts under different names.Talk of the townAt the Jamtara Bar Association complex, defence lawyers are complaining that the district court isn’t granting bail to the accused because of the perception that cybercrime has reached alarming proportions.The chamber of S.N. Mondal, one of the most sought-after defence lawyers for cybercrime, which is located at the heart of Jamtara town, is buzzing with activity as early as 8.30 a.m. Janardan Mondal, an accused, is one of the first to arrive. He claims that he used to work as an agent for a non-banking deposit collection company in the district and vehemently denies the charge of withdrawing money from someone else’s account.“At Karmatar, we were the first to have a car. But then someone in the neighbourhood also called Janardan — much younger to me — duped a minister from Delhi and the police came knocking on my door in February-March, 2014,” he says.As Janardan hangs around, a middle-aged man with an arm sling drops by to persuade the lawyer to seek bail for his younger brother who is behind bars. “Please see these papers to arrange his bail,” pleads the man. “Arre, tum log badmash to hai (You guys are bad for sure),” the lawyer retorts, whispering to me, “The middle-aged man’s brother is an ATM master (a term used for those indulging in cybercrime).” He adds that cases of online fraud are on the rise. “I should not be disclosing this but take a look at this,” he says, pointing at the charge sheet — a senior police officer has been duped.Outside the lawyer’s chamber, the man in the arm sling has an animated discussion on how incidents of cyber fraud and ”vishing” have given a bad name to the area. “It is difficult to get our daughters married,” he says. Reports of cybercrimes have assumed mythical proportions; it is not uncommon to hear at practically every nook and corner of the town about how boys have duped people from different parts of country, targeting even ministers, senior government officers and famous actors.Pujya Prakash,Sub Divisional Police Officer of Jamtara, keeps a large hand-drawn map in his office marking every incident of cybercrime. “There are many, who after being granted bail, return to their tricks. The returns in this business are so much higher,” he says.The modus operandiThe local police stations have stopped giving residence proof certificates — required for government jobs — to those accused of cybercrime. A ‘cyber police station’ to keep a tab on these crimes is also on the cards. But policemen insist that even provisions of the Information Technology Act are inadequate to tackle the organised nature of cybercrime.“A cottage industry has developed in Jamtara,” says a senior officer with Delhi Police’s E-fraud Investigative Cell, detailing the modus operandi. He says scores of jobless young persons are involved in acquiring vast numbers of SIM cards on fake identities, which they use to fool unsuspecting ATM card owners. Almost all e-wallets such as Paytm, Freecharge are being used. One deduction from an ATM card travels to one e-wallet and immediately into five or six other e-wallets, and then finally into a bank account, from where it is instantly withdrawn via ATMs. The quiet railway station in the heart of Karmatar draws its name from one of the country’s greatest social reformers, but today hardly anyone seems to be aware of the connection of this place to Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Only a few hundred metres from the Vidyasagar railway station is the place where he lived for 18 years, taught girls in a thatched school, and distributed medicines from a home clinic. Some of the articles used by him are still lying here but the place, which should have been a tourist destination, does not get any visitors these days.Instead, this nondescript little town in Jharkhand’s Jamtara district is often frequented by police from different States: it has emerged as one of the biggest hubs of cybercrime in the country. Records at the Karmatar police station reveal that between April 2015 and March 2017, police teams from 12 different States have visited the station 23 times and arrested around 38 accused. Over 80 cases have been registered suo motu by the Jamtara district police between July 2014 and July 2017 against 330 residents of the area. At Karmatar police station alone, the number of arrests in 2017 has crossed 100. | Photo Credit: Manob Chowdhury center_img  Cases and seizuresThere are hardly any signs of development on the 17-km road leading from district headquarters Jamtara to Karmatar. The road itself, which runs parallel to the railway line, is pockmarked with large potholes. The only thing that catches the eye in this semi-urban setting with a population of about 2,00,000 are the dozen mobile phone towers erected in the fields on either side of the road. And it is these towers that hold the key to Jamtara’s infamy.With half-a-dozen LED television monitors and two soft black sofas — one of them right next to the lock-up cell — gathering dust, the newly constructed Karmatar police station appears unlike others. Within the station compound are parked brand-new vehicles — all SUVs — and over two dozen motorbikes, all seized vehicles. In one of the dimly lit rooms inside, an officer is going through a handwritten note, oblivious to an informer’s repeated attempts to draw his attention to a tip-off about illegal liquor being sold somewhere. It’s a petition by a man arrested in a cybercrime case alleging human rights violations.Krishna Dutt Jha has been in charge of the police station for the past eight months but finds it difficult to keep a count of the articles seized. “How many sofas have we seized this year?” he asks one of his subordinate officers. “Three, Sir. Two air conditioners and 12 refrigerators too,” comes the response. Jha begins the count once again: 70 LED TVs, three washing machines, 40 ATM cards, about 80 bank passbooks, 200 mobile phones and ₹9.28 lakh in cash.Speaking of the latest arrest he has made, Mr. Jha says about ₹99,500 was withdrawn from a person in Sambalpur, Odisha. Two brothers, Pradip Mondal and Pradyuman Mondal, were arrested from the Karmatar area on July 15 in a joint operation by the district police and a police team from Odisha. On August 5, the third accused, their cousin Dukhi Mondal, a truck driver, was arrested. The money allegedly siphoned off from the Odisha bank account by the two brothers was parked in a mobile e-wallet of their cousin and used to buy diesel from petrol pumps. | Photo Credit: Manob Chowdhury  About 12 km from Karmatar police station is the Narayanpur police station, another area where multiple cases of cyber fraud have been recorded in the recent past. Boxes of liquor seized in a raid the previous night are piled up outside the entrance of the main police station building. The registers of the police station present a maze of unknown numbers, SIM cards referring to frauds done using e-wallets. Most of the complaints of cyber fraud, like the ones at Karmatar, have been registered suo motu by the police station in charge. The charges are mostly the same: Section 419, 420 of the IPC (cheating by impersonation and cheating), 468 and 471 (forgery for cheating and using forged document as genuine), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 66B, 66C and 66D of the Information Technology Act.Senior police officers reveal that the first cases of online fraud pertained to mobile recharges in 2011. A group of youth who had gone to work outside the district learnt the trick of recharging phones without actually paying and made some quick money. A couple of years later, cases of siphoning of money from bank accounts by accessing financial details came to the fore.Some police officers call the practice “phising” (phishing) but Jaya Roy, the Jamtara Superintendent of Police (SP), says it is actually “vishing”, gaining access to private financial information of a person by claiming to be calling on behalf of a bank or financial institution. She says the tricks which the local youth, mostly school and college dropouts, employ to dupe people are not very complicated. “They call up people posing as bank officials on any pretext, say, linking the Aadhaar number to the bank account, and ask for card details. Sometimes, they even warn not to give the ATM PIN and say ‘we are sending you an OTP from the bank and you have to confirm the OTP number’. Unfortunately, even educated people get convinced and get duped,” says the SP. Cyber crime hubs of Jharkhand’s Jamtara districtlast_img read more

first_imgIndia’s state-owned lender Bank of India (BoI) has shut down its branch in Jersey, Channel Islands, media reports say. The bank had earlier closed branches in Dubai, Botswana, and Yangon.According to recent media reports, BoI said in a regulatory filing that the Jersey branch would cease operations from Oct. 18.“This is to inform that Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC), Local Regulators Jersey, has allowed the closure of our Jersey branch with effect from October 18, 2018,” BoI was quoted as saying in a regulatory filing by PTI.BoI has several overseas branches in cities like London, Birmingham, Paris, Leicester, Glasgow, Antwerp, and countries like the U.S., Belgium, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Uganda, West Indies, Kenya, and others.In accordance with the state bank leaders’ aim to rationalize and bring “clean and responsible banking” initiative, several state-owned lenders like Andhra Bank, IDBI Bank, and Indian Overseas Bank have earlier closed their branches in Dubai. On the other hand, Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank and Union Bank of India have shut their Shanghai offices, news agency PTI reported.Rajiv Kumar, Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, had tweeted on Mar. 1 that “Public sector banks to consolidate 35 overseas operations without affecting the international presence of PSBs in these countries; 69 operations identified for further examination. Move towards cost efficiencies and synergies in the overseas market,” Hindu Business Line reported.To cut costs, BoI plans to rationalize its domestic and foreign branches and nine foreign branches/subsidiaries/representative offices have already been identified for closure, the publication reported.According to reports, State Bank of India, India’s largest lender, has the highest number of overseas branches, followed by Bank of Baroda (50) and Bank of India (29). Moreover, according to BoI’s 2016-17 annual report, it had 29 branches, 4 representative offices, 5 subsidiaries and 1 associate/joint venture spread across 22 countries of all-time zones. The contribution of foreign operations in the bank’s global business mix was 24 percent, Hindu Business Line said. Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tenorio says retired Helterbrand ‘hard to replace’ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FEU guard Jasper Parker. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Jasper Parker’s family flew from California to watch him play against University of the East, he knew he had to put on a show.Parker’s spirited efforts saw the Tamaraws take an all-important 79-63 win over the Red Warriors in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT And Parker said his family cheering him on made him play a notch better than in his previous outings.“I have to say I had a lot of inspiration today with my family here, we just needed to step up in the second half so I just felt like there had to be something done,” said Parker Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutParker finished with a season-high 18 points that went with eight assists as he led the Tamaraws to a 6-6 record.And half of Parker’s total points came in the fourth quarter where FEU outscored UE, 30-14. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Coach (Olsen Racela) has been telling me not to be afraid of taking the shot, my shots there so I just decided to take them,” said Parker.“The coaches told me I was being a little too passive so my being aggressive kind of helped the team out.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(photo credits: Liverpool FC)Liverpool has confirmed that their new signing Naby Keita who officially joins the club on July 1st will wear the number 8 jersey which was previously worn by their club legend Steven Gerrard.Boss. 👊#NK8— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2018Keita who left the German Club RB Leipzig will cost Liverpool £52.75m after Leipzig finished sixth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League. He will join the likes of the newly signed defensive midfielder Fabinho and captain Henderson to provide a much needed stability in the midfield which was lacking last season.Much appreciated for his all round ability, Keita has so far had a stellar time in Bundesliga. He has netted 14 goals for Leipzig and also assisted 12 times. Added to this he has won 146 tackles and created 79 chances which makes for an impressive read.Keita said that he was honoured to receive the Jersey from the club legend and also added that he was excited to play for the Mersyside Club and showcase his talent.“Firstly I am somebody that plays in a defensive role and we need to start with that,” he told LFC TV. “But then I need to bring the ball forward and help the attack. I spoke with the coach, who told me about the project for the team and that motivated me to be here,” he said.Keita was also in high praise for Liverpool’s amazing season under Klopp and also wished to contribute to similar success in the future.“When you see how they performed last season it makes me want to do the same and to be a part of this team,” he said.”I would like to be able to achieve a similar kind of season with them next season – but even better.”Wishing Naby Keita all the best at his new club and to carry the legacy of the number 8 jersey.”It was an incredible day for me.” 🔴Naby Keita has revealed how he was left astounded when Steven Gerrard handed the No.8 jersey over to him:— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2018Also Read:Football: Son of Manchester United legend Phil Neville signs with the Red Devilslast_img read more

first_imgAustralian batsman David Warner likening the Ashes to a “war” will serve to motivate England, the visitors’ paceman Stuart Broad said, as the teams gear up for a five-match series that begins on Nov. 23.Warner made the comparison last week, in a clarion call to summon “hatred” towards England that drew a mixed response from ex-players and pundits.Broad, 31 and no stranger to Ashes controversy having been constantly heckled during the 2013-14 series, said the Australian’s words could fuel England’s bid to retain the urn.”It is a common theme that ex-Australian players and Australia players are quite vocal in the media,” Broad told Sky Sports on Wednesday. “It is just one of the tactics they use…”Warner’s a very competitive guy… He’s already talked about the Ashes being like a war for him and we can use that to help us.”Broad, who became England’s second highest wicket-taker this year, said the team were completely focused on preparations for the series.”The Ashes tour is the biggest one you can go on,” her said. “We’re just desperate to get to Australia and let it begin. Everyone’s been very focused in their training… I think it’s set up to be a brilliant series.”last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli has always had huge amount of respect for MS Dhoni and has always maintained a great friendship with him on and off the field over the years.So it comes as no surprise that when Dhoni gave up the limited-overs captaincy in January this year, Kohli took over the reins and the transition from one captain to another happened seamlessly.Kohli, in a recent chat show, spoke about his relationship with Dhoni and how it has grown over the years.WATCH VIDEO”Our friendship has grown over the years immensely. A lot of people try to spin a story, create a controversy, it doesn’t matter to us. We have no idea what’s been said in the papers because we don’t read it. We go out together, we know there’s nothing happening,” Kohli said on Gaurav Kapoor’s chat show Breakfast with Champions.When asked by Kapoor on how it is to lead a side which has Dhoni in it, Kohli said that it is a blessing to have a player as experienced as MS in the side specially in the initial years of his captaincy.”The transition went so well, him and I are very close. No one felt it on the field as well. Everything is going well, we’re all happy, our relationship’s been the same like it was before. So I feel really lucky that he’s still around in my initial years of captaincy and I’m still learning a lot from him.Kohli also added that he turns to Dhoni whenever he feels the need to and 9 out of 10 times he gets back the right suggestions from the former skipper.advertisement”I don’t think I’ve come across a better cricketing brain just in terms of planning and knowing what’s happening in the game and what can be done.”Sometimes I like to follow my own instinct as well but whenever I ask him anything 8 or 9 out of 10 times he always tells you things that work. So it’s a blessing to have him,” the 29-year-old said.last_img read more


first_imgReuse this content Topics Mohamed Salah limped off towards the end of Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland with a “muscle strain”. The Liverpool forward scored direct from a corner in the Africa Nations Cup qualifier in Cairo before appearing to suffer a hamstring injury. The Egypt assistant coach, Hany Ramzy, eased fears over the 26-year-old’s fitness by insisting it was “not a big injury”.“The initial diagnosis confirmed that the injury is a muscle strain and there is no possibility of muscle rupture,” Ramzy said. “It is not a big injury. We support him with all our energy and we hope he will return as soon as possible.” Austria beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the sides’ Nations League Group B3 meeting in Vienna. A dull first half was followed by a livelier second, with West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic breaking through to score the winner on 71 minutes having been played onside by Jamal Lewis.The defeat leaves Michael O’Neill’s side bottom of their group and in a relegation fight in the competition but O’Neill denied that should be a worry. “There’s three teams in the group and we’re bottom, so yeah,” he said.“But what’s the significance of relegation in this competition? It means we will be playing in League C when it comes around again in two years. That’s not really our concern to be honest. We look at this competition and we want to do as well as we can but we want to develop the team as well.“We had two under-21s in the team and another one on the bench, and we gave a player a debut. We can only develop the team by putting players on the pitch.“Much has been written about the level of resource we have. If we are relegated from Group B it’s not a national disaster for us. There are good teams in League C and we’ll go and play against other countries in two years’ time. Qualification, if that is to happen, it will have to come through direct qualification for Euro 2020.” Share on Twitter Marcus Rashford fluffs his lines in England’s eerie draw with Croatia On a low-scoring night in the Nations League Belgium beat Switzerland 2-1 in Brussels. Mario Gavranovic cancelled out Romelu Lukaku’s 58th-minute opener but Lukaku struck again on 84 minutes to seal the win. Greece defeated Hungary 1-0 and Finland beat Estonia by the same score.Brazil beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Jeddah, with the goals coming at the end of each half from Gabriel Jesus and Alex Sandro. In other friendlies Qatar beat Ecuador 4-3 and Colombia beat the USA 4-2. South Korea overcame Uruguay 2-1 and Japan beat Panama 3-0. Jadon Sancho’s late cameo livens up England’s goalless and soulless night Share via Email Liverpool Share on WhatsAppcenter_img news Read more Share on Facebook Egypt football team Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Messenger Mohamed Salah Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgBrighton have signed Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy on a one-year loan deal, as Graham Potter looks to strengthen his side ahead of the new Premier League season.The 28-year-old has also signed a contract extension at Huddersfield, with his new deal running until 2022.Australian international Mooy scored three goals in 29 Premier League appearances for the Terriers last season, also playing 90 minutes as Huddersfield were beaten by Derby County in their Championship opener on Monday. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “We are delighted to welcome Aaron to the club,” Potter told the club’s website. “He has played very well over the past two seasons in the Premier League, and will bring a different option and added competition to our midfield. “He’s been a talisman for Huddersfield in recent seasons with his performances on the field; and he’s proved to be an excellent professional both on and off the pitch. “I’m looking forward to working with him, and he is another good addition to our squad ahead of the new season.”Mooy’s initial loan spell at Huddersfield in 2016-17, when he joined from parent club Manchester City, was hugely productive.He established himself as former manager David Wagner’s key player in their promotion push, as they eventually beat Reading in the Championship Play-off final.Huddersfield play-off finalAfter two years in the Premier League he has now made more than 100 league appearances for the Terriers and, while his impact at top-flight level might not have lived up to some fans’ hopes, it was unlikely the club would be able to keep hold of him following relegation.His new contract suggests a belief in Jan Siewert’s ability to take his side straight back up, but would also put the club in a stronger position should they have to sell in future.He follows Adam Webster, Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay and Matt Clarke as Brighton’s fifth signing of the summer window.Mooy’s international midfield team-mate Massimo Luongo, meanwhile, has completed a switch of his own after joining Sheffield Wednesday from QPR.The 26-year-old moves for an undisclosed fee after four years at Loftus Road, signing a reported three-year contract with the Owls.Luongo has previously spent time with Swindon, Ipswich and Tottenham.last_img read more

first_imgSunny skies, clear roads and long days do not guarantee a safe ride. Almost half of Nova Scotia’s highway fatalities last year happened from June through September. The trend is continuing this year. Twelve people were killed on Nova Scotia highways last month and six more have died in the last week. “I urge people to slow down, buckle up and pay attention as they travel the province,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “It is heartbreaking to think that many of the recent deaths on our province’s roads could have been avoided.” Speed, impairment, failure to wear a seat belt, and driver distraction are the leading factors in motor vehicle deaths and serious injuries. Common sense can save many lives. Drivers should also be extra alert for construction areas that are plentiful in the summer time. “In this time of year when people relax during the summer months, it is imperative for everyone to remember to drive safely,” said Insp. Ray Oliver, Officer in charge of the RCMP traffic services for Nova Scotia. “Lives depend on it.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The mass resignations in the Congress continued on Saturday as several party leaders resigned from their posts taking responsibility for the poor show in the Lok Sabha elections. These include Chhattisgarh Congress in-charge P L Punia, AICC secretary and Rajasthan co-in charge Tarun Kumar and Kisan Congress president Nana Patole.As many as 36 office-bearers of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee resigned from their posts on Saturday. Among them were Congress leader in Legislative Council Deepak Singh, the state unit’s senior vice-president Ranjit Singh Judev, general secretary Aradhna Mishra Mona and vice-president R P Tripathi, an official release of the party said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefThe resignations come just days after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who is adamant on quitting his post, had lamented that nobody in the party had come forward to take responsibility for the poll debacle. Earlier, UP unit chief Raj Babbar had quit after the party could win only Rae Bareli seat in Uttar Pradesh and even lost its traditional stronghold of Amethi. Till now, over 130 Congress leaders have resigned, including Telangana in-charge Poonam Prabhakar, Bihar in-charge Virendra Rathore, Youth Congress vice-president Srinivas, Delhi Congress Working president Rajesh Lilothia and Anil Chowdhary, Madhya Pradesh in-charge Deepak Babaria and Goa in-charge Girish Chowdhankar. Among the Uttar Pradesh Congress members who quit their party posts were media coordinator Rajiv Bakshi, joint media coordinator Piyush Mishra, Onkar Nath SIngh, Amarnath Agarwal and Mukesh Singh Chauhan, Priyanka Gupta and Ashok Singh.last_img read more

Speaking to reporters Wednesday in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, Mr. Lubbers appealed to donors for the $25 million the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) still needs to lay the groundwork for the return of some 150,000 Liberian refugees this year. There are an estimated 350,000 Liberian refugees in neighbouring countries, as well as hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) mostly in and around Monrovia waiting to return to their homes now that a tenuous peace seems to be holding.Amid increasingly conducive conditions, UNHCR has set 1 October as the target start date for the voluntary repatriation of Liberians from neighbours Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea as well as nearby Mali and Ghana. To date, UNHCR has only received $14 million of the $39.2 million budgeted for its Liberia operations in 2004.In other news from the region, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) reported that in a symbolic disarmament ceremony yesterday in Kakata, the Liberian Minister of Defence, Daniel Chea, turned in his personal automatic weapons to the UN sector commander, Brig. Gen. Festus Okonkwo.The ceremony marked the start of disarmament of ex-Government of Liberia (GoL) militias at Kakata. Along with the Defence Minister’s personal AK-47, one shotgun and a sub-machine gun, the ex-GoL artillery unit also turned in two 81-mm mortars, rifles, mortar bombs and ammunitions. Two hundred and fifty-one combatants voluntarily turned in their weapons to UNMIL peacekeepers in an orderly and controlled manner, and were transported for demobilization to the cantonment site at VOA, in Careysburg.Meanwhile, the head of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago, visited Liberia yesterday for the first time to underline the commitment of and cooperation between the UN peacekeeping missions in the West African sub-region in addressing cross-border issues.He met with UNMIL chief Jacques Paul Klein and senior UNMIL officials, and visited the disarmament and cantonment sites in Tubmanburg. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 8, 2014 2:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Encana to sell remaining stake in PrairieSky Royalty for $2.6 billion CALGARY – Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) has signed a deal to sell its remaining stake in PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. (TSX:PSK) in a secondary offering valued at about $2.6 billion.The company created PrairieSky earlier this year when it spun off a large portion of its royalty lands into the new public company.Encana said Monday that under the deal with a syndicate of underwriters it will sell its remaining 54 per cent stake or 70.2 million shares in PrairieSky for $36.50 per share.PrairieSky makes money by allowing other companies to develop oil and gas on its land in southern and central Alberta.When Encana launched PrairieSky’s initial public offering earlier this year it sold some 59.8 million shares to a syndicate of underwriters at $28 per share.PrairieSky shares were down 62 cents at $38.09 in trading Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange, while Encana shares closed up 11 cents at $24.70. read more

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped praises on Bernardo Silva following his performance against Liverpool on Thursday night.The Portuguese playmaker was outstanding as City defeated the Reds 2-1, picking up an assist whilst running an incredible 13.7km, the biggest distance by a Premier League player in any game this season.Guardiola praised his team’s collective effort but singled out special praise for Silva.“He did everything,” he said, according to the club’s official website. “He is the smallest one but he shows us that to play football, you don’t have to be tall or more physical.”“He is incredible. I haven’t seen a performance like that in a while. It was clean and clever.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Against Virgil van Dijk, he was comfortable. (In terms of how much he ran) I don’t know what he’s done!”“The game was a real game for both sides. We beat an incredible team. We were outstanding from the first minute. We are happy for this victory to reduce the gap. Everything is open.”“Everybody – Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte; everybody – gave everything, and in these situations, it’s nice for the victory.”“We don’t have a left-back. Huge compliments to Aymeric Laporte against these strikers. Everyone was outstanding.”“Playing against Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is not easy for any player it the world – they destroy everybody – but the defence handled them.”“I admire everyone who does everything for the team, particularly when they play in different positions (like Laporte). When I talk about how pleased I am, it’s for this kind of things.”last_img read more

first_imgBrian Budz at New Vansterdam said he was surprised to hear that Clark County retail stores were suing growers in the state for price gouging. That’s because neither New Vansterdam nor Main Street Marijuana is involved in any such lawsuit — and they are the only two operating retail marijuana stores in Clark County.The two stores are part of a larger and very loose association of retail stores that was put together to work on tax and other issues. It looks like that association, which doesn’t even have a name yet, was somehow wrongly associated with the a lawsuit against growers coming from Liz Hallock, a Clark County attorney, Budz said.“Neither one of us are involved (with the lawsuit),” Budz said. The confusion came after a story, titled “Pot retailers in Clark Co. plan lawsuit against growers,” appeared on the KOIN-TV website. The story says: “Some recreational marijuana retailers in Clark County are planning to sue pot growers, claiming they’re working together to keep prices high. The class action complaint is being filed on behalf of marijuana retailers everywhere, not just in Clark County, with the hope to bring down the cost of marijuana for customers.”last_img read more

first_imgPaigham Danish, Product Manager, Vivo India at the launch of Vivo X21 in Delhi on May 29, 2018Vivo India Press KitOne of China’s biggest mobile manufacturing companies, Vivo has announced an additional investment of Rs. 4,000 towards setting up a new manufacturing plant on Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh. The proposed amount will be invested over a period of four years and is expected to generate around 5,000 jobs in the first phase of expansion.In a media statement, the company said that a 169-acre land has been acquired near the existing 50 acre manufacturing facility in Greater Noida. The new manufacturing line will boost Vivo’s manufacturing capabilities and buttress its continued growth in the country.The mobile manufacturing company which entered the Indian market in 2014 further said that the Rs. 4,000 crore does not include the cost of land bought and the second manufacturing factory will help the local population with the livelihood.Nipun Marya, Director, Brand strategy Vivo India said that ” “India is a key market for us, and today we have reiterated our commitment by entering the next phase of growth in India. We’re proud that the new plant will offer a major benefit to the surrounding area through high-quality job creation and training opportunities.”Presently, the existing manufacturing unit in Greater Noida contributes for all the mobile phone manufactured in India by Vivo that one of four manufacturing units across the world. The existing manufacturing plant that employees more than 5,000 employees was set up with a corpus of Rs. 300 crore and produces two million units a month. Vivo is expected to double it’s manufacturing capacity to more than 50 millions units a year after the inception of its second manufacturing unit.It is to be noted that the investment made by Vivo is only next to Samsung India which had promised to invest Rs. 4915 crore to its manufacturing capacity for smartphones and refrigerator at its Noida plant in Uttar Pradesh.Global companies are eyeing Indian markets because of its ever-growing demand in the budget mobile segments. Samsung in July established one of world’s largest manufacturing plant in Noida which was inaugurated by PM Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae in.Since it’s entry in India, Vivo has registered a robust growth in the country with a coverage over 539 cities in 27 states and 5 union territories assisted by more than 550 service centres.last_img read more

first_imgHouse GOP look into former White House staff secretary Robert Porter  X 00:00 /19:23 And finally, Brandon and Jay walk us through the particulars of the budget deal, budget item by budget item, but in a fun way! Don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly Texas-centered episode too, you can get it on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. Photo via Wikimedia CommonsUnder President Donald Trump’s 2019 proposed budget released, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, U.S. government funding for the space station would cease by 2025. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Immigration Bill starts moving—DACA still in effect says judge? The big dig— President Trump’s infrastructure plan On Party Politics this week,  co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Portrait mania after the Obama’s are immortalized in paint form in the National Gallery this week  Listen  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

first_img Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Stay on target Entering into a new year is always somewhat terrifying, especially if you have one eye on the future like your friends here at Geek. It’s our job to monitor the cybernetic tides and predict how things are going to go, and we glean that information from the droves of fictional works that have taken place in the future.We consulted the sacred tomes (and Blu-Rays, and trade paperbacks, and video games) to see what science fiction of the past predicted about the current year, and here is the result of our investigations. It’s a bit of a mixed bag — for every technological breakthrough and medical marvel, there’s a nuclear apocalypse or other civilization-ending disaster. But that’s life, right?AdChoices广告The Microprocessor Becomes ObsoleteLet’s start this off with a positive development, just to cleanse the palate from 2018. According to the Doctor Who continuity, 2019 will be the year that the trusty microprocessor that controls just about all of our electronic devices will finally be replaced. In the 2005 episode “The Long Game,” the Doctor and Rose Tyler wind up in the year 200,000, landing on a space station broadcasting news across the universe. Other companion Adam learns he can send information about the future back in time to his answering machine, and one of the past events we learn about is the invention of Single Molecule Transfer, which involves embossing the surface of a hydrogen molecule in a way that it reacts to physical movement in the space around it. It’s a throw-away line, but it certainly sounds cool, so get on it science nerds.Batman RetiresWhile we’re doubtful that the Dark Knight is actually active in the real world, 2019 is the year that Bruce Wayne hung up the cowl in the Batman Beyond continuity, retiring to his underground cave to grouse about kids these days. The incident that spurs him to retire from crimefighting doesn’t involve the Joker, Two-Face or any of his other iconic foes – in fact, it’s just some anonymous thug who gets the drop on Batman with a pipe wrench, forcing the notoriously anti-gun hero to grab a dropped pistol to defend himself. Betraying his core principles in the heat of the moment isn’t something Batman takes lightly, so it’s years before he passes the mantle to young Terry McGinnis.Akira AwakensKatsuhiro Otomo’s Akira is one of the inarguable masterpieces of manga, a brutal and imaginative near-future tale set in a Neo-Tokyo that has already been ravaged by nuclear explosions, then rebuilt. As we start the story, a group of teenage motorcycle hoodlums accidentally stumble upon the cryogenic tomb of a genetically engineered superhuman with the power to destroy the world. When he’s awakened by psychic resonance, it kicks off an epic saga that changes the face of the planet. Here’s the scary part: Akira’s tomb is under a stadium being built for the 2020 Olympics. In the real world, the 2020 Olympics will be held in… Tokyo. Might want to sit that one out.Artificial Humans Will Serve ManThis isn’t isolated to 2019, but one of the true classics of the sci-fi genre, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, was set this year so it’s worth examining its world. No, we’re not driving around neon skyscrapers in Syd Mead-designed flying cars, obviously, and humanoid robots are still pretty far from the replicants that Deckard hunts down. But scientists are getting closer and closer to simulating the human experience with artificial parts, from believable AI chatbots to expressive, emotive robot faces. Sure, they still aren’t that good at walking up stairs, but give the little guys time.Rocket-Powered Car RacesThe sport of auto racing hasn’t evolved terribly much in the last half-century or so — sure, cars have gotten faster and more maneuverable, but the basics are the same. If you believed 1993 Sega game OutRun 2019, by now we’d be watching Dale Earnhardt III boost across the tarmac in a rocket-powered car, launching off of unfinished bridges and fishtailing through wet cement in no-holds-barred races. Alas, NASCAR just has guys turning right over and over again in the same old gas-guzzlers. That doesn’t mean rocket cars are dead in the water, though – a British company is still working on one they hope will do a mile in three seconds.The Manticore Super Soldier Program Is RevealedJames Cameron’s Dark Angel was a wildly ambitious Fox sci-fi show that starred Jessica Alba as Max Guevara, born X5-482, a genetically engineered stone cold fox who escaped with eleven of her siblings from the Manticore institution that grew them to be killers. After an electromagnetic pulse basically bombs America back into the stone age in 2009, the country struggles to crawl from the ashes. A decade later, the team behind Manticore is hunting down the escapees and Max works with cyber-journalist Logan Cale to tell the world about their evil deeds. While we doubt the U.S. government has it together enough to actually make a superhuman, online journalism is a big deal in the age of Wikileaks so we’ll give this one a half point.Clones Are Grown For PartsMichael Bay’s 2005 film The Island is near the nadir of the lame-brained filmmaker’s career, an incoherent mess of explosions, car chases and Scarlett Johansson breathing heavily. The premise is that a group of humans live in isolation from the outside world, which they’ve been told is too polluted to survive in. Twist: they’re actually clones that are being raised to provide spare parts for medical procedures to their wealthy originals. While human cloning still isn’t feasible, the idea of growing living beings for parts is absolutely happening now, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the tech took another big leap in 2019.Game Shows Get FatalAlso set in the dystopian 2019, Paul Michael Glaser’s The Running Man doesn’t seem quite so far-fetched considering the state of modern reality TV. Instead of locking criminals up in prison to live off the taxpayer’s dime, they’re put into televised gladatorial combats, where the reward for victory is survival and freedom. In the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays wrongfully convicted cop Ben Richards, who winds up on the show and slaughters his way to the finish line in a gleeful orgy of one-liners and ironic deaths. Our tolerance for televised violence is certainly pretty high – just look at The Walking Dead — so it’s not unfeasible that we could get a reality show that runs on human blood this year.More on Exciting Games of 2019World’s First Jetpack Racing League to Launch in 2019$150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for Preorderslast_img read more

first_img A lot of gamers have the unfortunately incorrect idea that “censorship” is any time anyone changes anything about a product in response to criticism. And if those changes happen to makes the game more diverse and inclusive well that’s even worse. So forgive me for being skeptical of many claims of censorship, especially on a PC digital distribution platform as hands-off as Steam.However, censorship in response to political pressure from a government is much different, much more serious thing. And that seems to be what’s going on with recent acclaimed Taiwanese horror game Devotion, currently removed from Steam following an unintentional international incident.Developed by Red Candle Games, Devotion is a first-person horror game in which players explore a spooky 1980s Taiwanese apartment. Critics dug its East Asian terror take on a nostalgic, melancholy, Gone Home type of game. And as a follow-up to Detention, another unique survival horror game this time about 1960s Taiwanese martial law, it seemed as if Red Candle Games was a team to watch.However, some players saw something in Devotion they didn’t want to see. Apparently there’s a piece of art in the game that seems to mock the intelligence of Chinese president Xi Jinping using a Winnie the Pooh meme. I’ve had it explained to me that it’s the cultural equivalent of stabbing a voodoo doll of the president. I’m not at all the person to explain exactly how the prior context of tense Chinese/Taiwanese relationships affects all this, but many Chinese players were not pleased with the image.So soon Devotion’s Steam page was bombarded with thousands of negative reviews pretty much all coming from China. Some even forged statements from the developers. Red Candle Games responded by apologizing multiple times and taking the game down to remove the offensive asset. The team says they are making sure the change won’t cause any unintended technical issues, so the game hasn’t gone back up yet. But we can’t know for sure if that’s the only thing holding them back.Here’s hoping we’ll all get to play Devotion again soon. Foreign governments really should have bigger things to worry about now than video games.More on ‘Anthem’ Shows the Cracks in ‘Games As a Service’The Deadliest Assassins in Video GamesPut These Xbox Games on Nintendo Switch Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

first_img Explore further Citation: Creating power from water (2011, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Image credit: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131 (11), pp 3838-3839. DOI: 10.1021/ja900023k More information: This technology, which can be used with gray water, could be used to power a mini power plant, that would be about the size of a refrigerator, according to the researchers. Of course, those plans could change, since this research is really only it its early stages. By next year the team expects to be able to power a small home with only roughly a bottle and a half of water.While specifics of the deal have not been made public at this time, The Tata Group’s mission is to being basic needs and other essential resources to low-income peoples, and the best guess is that this technology will involve that market. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img ( — Creating power from water. I bet when I say that you picture a dam or a large turbine being pushed by hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, all rushing at tremendous speeds. It is a cool, and accurate, image of how most power comes from water. That is not to say that it is the only way that power can come from water. © 2010 Researchers at the The Tata Group have been working with Daniel Nocera, an MIT scientist and founder of SunCatalytix, have found a new way to coax power out of water. If you’re wondering how that was accomplished here are the basics. The research team placed an artificial sheet of artificial cobalt- and phosphate-coated silicon into a jar of water. This produced an effect similar to photosynthesis. The splitting of hydrogen from water was used to generate power from the sun. Interestingly enough, this technique was able to produce more power than the current generation of solar panels. Catalyst could power homes on a bottle of water, produce hydrogen on-site (w/ Video)last_img read more