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10 ASEAN leaders to grace Republic Day celebrations as chief guests

In a move that will showcase India’s strong ties with the ASEAN countries, all ten leaders of Southeast Asian nations will take part in India’s Republic Day celebrations next month as chief guests. ANI reported that an ASEAN-India tableau will also be part of the Republic Day parade on January 26. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month invited leaders of 10 ASEAN countries to attend the Republic Day celebrations as well as participate at a commemorative summit marking 25th anniversary of India’s ties with the bloc and they accepted it. In his address at the ASEAN-India Summit on November 14, Modi said he was looking forward to a “befitting culmination of the commemorative year and receiving you” at the India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on January 25 next year in New Delhi. He said 1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN leaders as the Chief Guests at India’s 69th Republic Day celebrations. The Ministry of External Affairs had confirmed that the ASEAN leaders “graciously” accepted PM Modi’s invitation to attend the two events. Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN has Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as its members. The ASEAN region along with India together comprises combined population of 1.85 billion people, which is one fourth of the global population and their combined GDP has been estimated at over US $3.8 trillion. Investment from ASEAN to India has been over US $70 billion in the last 17 years accounting for more than 17% of India’s total FDI. India’s investment in ASEAN during the same period has been more than US $40 billion.(With PTI inputs)

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Delhi police failed to solve 66% cases

The Delhi police’s average crime solving percentage across all its administrative districts till November 19 this is as low as 33.37%. This is when the National Crime Records Bureau has ranked the city as the worst in increasing crime cases.Confidential police documents accessed by DNA show that the force has been struggling to clear case backlogs. This is when the Commissioner of Police recently told the media that the number of crimes is high in the city because more cases are being registered.The New Delhi district headed by DCP BK Singh is the worst despite having the biggest police deployment. It managed to solve only 23% of the 3,120 cases. Then comes Rohini that could solve 26% of the total 18,046 cases.The North district achieved a rate of only 29%. It registered 9,513 cases. It is followed by the Southeast that could solve 30% of the 20,549 cases. The East district scored 31%. It registered 15,659 cases. The outer district managed to solve 33% of the 14,961 cases.The Northwest also clocked 33%. It recorded 19,400 cases.The police in West, Southwest and Northeast districts have solved 36% of the 16,105, 14,474 and 15,613 cases, respectively.The Central district recorded 9,564 cases and solved a 37% of them.The Shahadra district performed better and scored 41%. It recorded 12,798 cases. The South district has fared the best. It solved 44% of the 19,786 cases.The IGI airport police, which does not usually witness heinous crimes at it falls in a sensitive zone and has round-the-clock security by the CISF, solved 56% of the 577 cases that included only one murder and a rape as heinous crimes.Railways and Delhi Metro, however, were the worst in non-major police pockets. Both solved 21% and 22% cases, respectively. The Railways recorded 3,683 cases, while the Metro saw 11,872.
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India, Philippines sign four MoUs to boost bilateral relations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Philippines on Monday signed four Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) across various fields to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.The two sides exchanged MoUs on defense, agriculture and related fields, foreign services and cooperation in the field of micro small and medium enterprises after the bilateral meeting between Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”Four agreements were signed between India and Philippines, including ones on defense cooperation and logistics, agriculture and on micro small and medium enterprises,” said Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in India’s Ministry of External Affairs.Emphasising that this was the first Prime Ministerial visit from India to Philippines in 36 years, Saran said that President Duterte and Prime Minister Modi had an excellent meeting.She added that the Philippines President said that he would like to have very good ties with India.The Prime Minister is on a three-day visit to the Philippines, also met Donald Trump earlier in the day.”The relations between India and the US are growing. Our relations go beyond and are in the interests of Asia and humanity,” Prime Minister Modi told media after the meeting.Prime Minister Modi is in Philippines to attend the 31st summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 15th East Asia Summit.

India tops list of countries affected by climate change

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recently released Global Climate Risk Index 2018 report has put India amongst the sixth most vulnerable countries after Haiti, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The report, recently released in Germany, has, however, analysed and taken into account data between 1997 and 2016.Prepared by a group of researchers on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has estimated that more than 5.24 lakh people died across the world, as a direct result of more than 11 000 extreme weather events accounting to loss of around US$ 3.16 trillion during this period.In India 2,119 people were killed during 2016, a number higher than any other country, losing $21,500 million the third highest financial loss after those suffered by China and the US. The report ranked the US fifth in fatalities from climate change impacts during 2016.It mentions the heat waves in South Asia which persisted until the beginning of summer 2016, breaking a record of 51°C in Rajasthan, in May 2016. Over a thousand people died of hyperthermia or dehydration. In total, 1 800 fatalities were reported, especially in Southeast India. The persisting drought and heat waves affected over 330 million people. They were followed by an extreme monsoon season lasting from June to October in eastern, western and central India. At least 300 people died due to the heavy rainfall and landslides and millions of people were affected by washed away crops, destroyed roads or disrupted electricity and phone lines. On 12th December 2016, cyclone Vardah, one of the costliest cyclones ever in the North Indian Ocean basin, made landfall in Chennai31. Several people died here and infrastructure was severely damaged.Researchers also conclude that sea surface temperature seems to play a key role in intensifying storms. But said, it was difficult to distinguish between natural variability and human induced extremes. It concluded that rising sea level, which is partly caused by climate change, was responsible for the increased intensity of floods, storms and droughts. For example, a study shows that the 2016 torrential rains in Louisiana, USA, were made almost twice as likely by human-induced climate change.Furthermore, the report also found increasing evidence on the link between extreme El Niño events and global warming. Date collected in 2014 showed, the occurrence of such events could double in the future due to climate change.

Mumbai: Heavy rains overnight sees a 5 degree drop in temperature

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After facing sweltering heat and humidity for the past couple of days, Mumbaikars woke up on Wednesday to not only thunders and heavy rains but also saw the day temperatures in the city dropping by almost five degrees.As per officials from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the city witnessed a massive rainfall between 3 am and 5 am. “Santacruz recorded 103mm of rainfall while Colaba recorded 59mm of rains,” said the official adding that these weather conditions left the city weather pleasant.On Tuesday, the maximum temperature at Santacruz was recorded as 35.9 degree Celsius, but Wednesday the mercury dipped by 5.2 degree Celsius as the maximum temperature was recorded 30.7 degree Celsius. Similarly, Colaba on Tuesday recorded a temperature of 33.5 degree Celsius, which reduced to 29.8 degree Celsius on Wednesday.As per Skymet Weather portal, these weather conditions have been attributed to the presence of a trough which is extending from the North Madhya Maharashtra region to Southeast Arabian Sea across Konkan and Goa in proximity of Mumbai more rains are likely to be expected in the city.Senior IMD officials said that Mumbaikars needs not worry as monsoon is still very much.

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Russia for third Eastern Economic Forum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today arrived in Russian port city of Vladivostok on a three-day visit to attend the third Eastern Economic Forum which will deliberate on pressing issues relating to global trade.She will also hold bilateral talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during which various issues relating to trade, investment and defence cooperation are likely to figure.Swaraj is visiting Russia at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev.”The External Affairs Minister’s visit reflects the importance attached by India to emerging opportunities in the Russian Far East, and to its strategic partnership with Russia,” the external affairs ministry had said last week.The Eastern Economic Forum is considered as the biggest international communication platform for cooperation between businesses leaders and senior government representatives from Russia, the Pacific Region and theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).Delegates from at least 24 countries including the US, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, Britain and Germany are attending the gathering, as per Russian media report.Swaraj’s trip to Russia follows the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as guest of honour at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June.Yesterday, Modi had held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Chinese city of Xiamen and discussed ways for boosting bilateral trade and investment.They also discussed the security situation in Afghanistan.

‘Youth should be involved in all spheres to prevent conflicts’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today underlined the need of involving the youth in political, economic and social spheres for sustainable peace and prevention of conflicts. Swaraj, who was addressing the valedictory function of the five-day India-Asean Youth Summit here, invoked Lord Buddha’s peace message, saying it was relevant even in the 21st century. “Lord Buddha said, ‘there is no higher bliss than peace.’ Towards attaining this bliss we need to empower our youths who have a critical role in preventing conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace,” she said. “Youth are agents of change and critical actors in preventing conflict and building peace. Furthermore, when youths are excluded from political, economic and social spheres and processes, it can be a risk factor for violence and conflict,” she said. “Therefore, identifying and addressing the social exclusion of young people is a must for sustaining peace,” the minister said. Referring to transformation in Buddha’s life, who was born a prince and raised as a prince with all the worldly comforts, Swaraj said, “This transformation came when he was young, as young as you all are. Siddharth himself became the change and as Lord Buddha devoted himself to bring about a change for betterment. “Lord Buddha’s message is as relevant in the twenty first century as it was two-and-a-half millennia ago.” “The middle path shown by Buddha, speaks to all of us. Its universality and timeless nature runs through ASEAN nations and India as a common thread,” she said. The youth have immense transformative powers and youthful energies harnessed and leveraged in the right direction can indeed put the world on course to a more sustainable future, the minister said. “Today, the youth must reason why, debate, discuss and actively participate in shaping the discourse on polity, governance and sustainable development agendas,” she said. “It is heartening that our youth has engaged actively in debate and discussions over the past few days on a wide range topics including Innovation and Entrepreneurship, digital and IT connectivity, UN Sustainable Development Goals, and on the ways and means to enhance India-ASEAN ties,” she said. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has decided to hold a youth summit in all the international summits, Sushma said. She said that the Bharatiya Pravasi Divas was held annually, but now it is being organised every two years. During this event one day is reserved for a youth summit, Swaraj said. The India-Asean Youth Summit was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-India dialogue partnership. It was jointly organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, India Foundation and the state government on the commemorative year’s theme ‘Shared Values, Common Destiny’. More than 200 delegates from Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and India participated in the summit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1 killed in Ambedkar Nagar gang brawl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A person was shot dead while another sustained grievous injuries after an argument between two groups took an ugly turn in Southeast Delhi’s Ambedkar Nagar area on Tuesday evening.According to police, the incident occurred around 7pm. A scuffle broke out between two groups after which bullets were fired and two persons sustained injuries. Shanta, the injured woman sustained stab wounds to her head and is said to be stable but critical. On the other hand, her uncle, Vicky sustained two bullet injuries and succumbed to his injuries later in the night. One of the accused has been arrested while the hunt for the remaining persons is on.Police, on reaching the spot, said they found Shanta had been admitted to AIIMS trauma centre.According to family members, Shanta had complained to police about an ongoing gambling racket in the area, following which on Tuesday an argument broke out which led to the attack. Locals also alleged that the accused even misbehaved with Shanta’s sister, which further worsened the situation. However, police have denied such allegations.CCTV footage from the area is being scanned to identify the accused gamblers. A case of murder would be registered.DCP (south-east) Romil Baaniya said the statements of other family members were being recorded to establish the sequence of events. Further sections of the IPC might be added to the existing FIR.

‘Robin Hood’ burglar with lavish tastes nabbed by police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This modern day Robin Hood had quite a taste for the good life. Irfan, 27, stole from Delhi’s rich and organised health camps in his village in Bihar. He kept quite a bit of the loot for himself too — spending lavishly on expensive cars, fashionable apparel and trips to watering holes in Mumbai and Delhi, police said. That was until he was nabbed by a Delhi Police team from his village in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district. Police said he would roam barefoot around posh colonies in the capital, break open doors or windows, and vanish with valuables, always acting alone. In one of the bars in Delhi, he once offered to pay Rs 10,000 to hear a song of his choice, said Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast). He was arrested on July 6 after being caught on CCTV footage in the capital’s New Friends Colony, allegedly after robbing gold and diamond jewelery from a resident, who filed a police complaint on May 24. “He maintained a larger-than-life image in his native area. He would often fund health camps for people in his village,” said Baaniya. The official said he was quite active on social media and would spend large sums of money to impress his girlfriend. The police also arrested one Dharmender who used to buy the valuables from Irfan. Stolen jewellery weighing 320 grams was recovered from them. Irfan claims to have committed burglaries in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab as well, Baaniya said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt to upgrade, widen Imphal-Moreh highway stretch (rvd

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping its focus on augmenting infrastructure in Northeast, the Union cabinet on Wednesday approved upgradation and widening of the 65 km Imphal-Moreh National Highway stretch at a cost of 1,630 crore. The stretch in Manipur on NH 39 is part of the project to connect India with Southeast Asian nations.The proposed widening is expected to reduce travel time from three-and-a-half hours to one hour and 45 minutes, and would make it possible to travel from India to Myanmar and even Bangkok by road.”This road will provide international connectivity and ease of business with Myanmar and Bangkok,” Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said.Addressing the media, he said the construction of this road will benefit trade and economy and for security purposes, adding it will be crucial for socio-economic development of the region.The minister said the project would augment employment opportunities in the north eastern state of Manipur and would prove to be a growth engine in the region.Stating that the Northeast has been a priority for the ruling NDA, Gadkari said the government has already undertaken road infrastructure projects worth Rs 50,000 crore. He said the government has set a target to have projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore in five years.The Centre has also approved 4-laning of Solapur-Bijapur Section of New NH-52 in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Four-laning of about 110 km road is estimated to cost Rs 1,889 crore including the cost of land acquisition and pre-construction activities.

Domestic help, accomplice held for killing woman, robbery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A domestic help and his accomplice were arrested today from Noida for allegedly killing his 53-year-old employer and robbing valuables worth lakh of rupees from her house in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony, the police said. Roshan (22), and his accomplice Shesh Narain Rawat (26), were nabbed from Atta village of neighbouring Noida and looted jewellery worth about Rs 20 lakh and Rs 3 lakh in cash were recovered, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Romil Baaniya said. They were arrested after police put Roshan’s mobile on surveillance on getting his number from his Facebook profile. The police had extracted pictures of the accused from footage of a CCTV camera installed about 50 meters from the victim’s house. Yesterday, the victim’s husband Manak Lal had informed the police that on reaching home, he found his wife Sarita lying dead and almirahs in his bedroom and storeroom open and valuables missing. Sarita was found tied with rope and her mouth taped. She allegedly died due to suffocation, the police said. Their another servant, Rajan was also found tied with ropes. He told police that Roshan had allegedly let four men inside the house and they robbed the valuables and killed Sarita. More than 150 police personnel were pressed into service to nab the accused and teams were sent all over Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the potential hideouts and routes through which they could try to escape, the DCP said. During investigation, it was found that Roshan had been hired only a month ago and the victim’s family had not got his servant verification done. The employers neither had any clue about his personal details nor had his any picture. Even Rajan, who was hired around a couple of months, ago was not vetted by the police. When police contacted the placement agency through which Roshan was hired it found his records turned out to be fake, the police said. The police came to know that Roshan was active on Facebook by the name Balram and had even uploaded his pictures before the incident, the officer said. Through his Facebook account, the police found his mobile number and started analysing the call detail records and traced Roshan and his accomplice Rawat to Atta and arrested them from there. During interrogation, Roshan, a native of Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district, told police that he used to sell Momos in Atta Market but had always aspired to live a luxurious life and wanted to own an Audi car. He took to working as a domestic help in Sarita’s house and found that her husband and son used to leave for work early while she used to be alone. Sensing a good opportunity yesterday, he informed his accomplices Rawat, Sonu, Beni Prasad, Arvind who arrived there around 11.10 AM. The arrested duo claimed that they did not have any intention of killing the woman and she died due to suffocation. After carrying out the robbery, the accused divided the looted amount and valuables at Basai Darapur. A majority of which was with Roshan and Rawat. It is suspected that the other accused have fled Delhi but the police have found some of their relatives and are questioning them. The five accused were neighbours in Todapur and that is how they came in contact with each other. The police are also verifying the antecedents of the placement agency through which Roshan was hired. If they are found lacking on any of the counts, action will be initiated against the agency, said the officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IAF man falls from Metro feeder bus, killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 37-year-old man was killed on Sunday night when he fell off a Metro feeder bus on the Mehrauli-Badarpur road.The man was heading to Badarpur with his wife, father-in-law, and three-year-old daughter, whose birthday had been celebrated last month.The deceased has been identified as Ajay Kumar Gaurav, who worked as an Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC) at the Air Force’s Military Engineering Services office at Tughlakabad. According to Ajay’s father-in-law who witnessed the entire tragedy, the family had boarded the bus from Sangam Vihar to visit a relative’s place in Badarpur.”The bus had barely moved 50 metres, when the driver who was driving recklessly, suddenly applied brakes. Ajay, who was standing near the gate, lost his balance and slipped. He rolled out of the moving bus and sustained critical injuries on his face and head. We rushed him to Majidia hospital and then called up the police,” said Munna, Ajay’s father-in-law. He added that the doctors declared Ajay dead during treatment.Police however made no arrests and said that they’re trying to verify whose fault it was. DCP (Southeast) Romil Baaniya said that the police have registered a case of rash driving and causing death due to negligence under IPC section 304A.

CCTV cams help cops nab gang of 7

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested seven people who were involved in robbing jewellery worth Rs 1 crore from a showroom in southeast Delhi. The showroom belonged to an elderly man called Naseeb Chand Aggarwal.The arrested included a travel agent, a DTC bus conductor, a fruit vendor, and four other associates.The robbery took place on June 13, after which Aggarwal called up the police and informed them about the incident. He told the police that he owns a showroom of imported fabrics in the Nehru Enclave of Kalkaji area and that he had been alone with his wife and servant since his son was away with his family on a vacation.”Around 8 pm, when Aggarwal had gone to a gym at a nearby hotel, four armed men with knives and pistols and their faces covered, barged into his house on the fourth floor. He said the men tied up his wife and waited for him to return,” said Romil Baaniya, DCP, Southeast.”When he (Aggarwal) returned around 8.30 pm, he was overpowered, thrashed, and held captive. They then snatched the keys of the safe and took away cash of around Rs 10 lakh and at least 10 to 15 boxes of jewellery worth near a crore. They also fled with the keys of his shop and escaped with the cash kept in the showroom,” he said.Police said the CCTV cameras at the premises of the complainant’s residence were found to be not functioning.A close scrutiny of the employees of the complainant, who had left their job recently, helped the police zero in on one Rupesh Kumar Singh. Singh had been working as a salesman in the complainant’s showroom but had left the job last year.”Technical surveillance helped us track down the suspect’s movements in remote areas of Bihar along the Nepal border. We found that they were frequently changing their locations near these areas. Several raids were conducted at their hideouts in Delhi, UP, and Bihar, following which the six accused, and Rupesh Kumar were arrested,” the DCP said.The other accused were identified as Sonu Gupta, Mohammad Imtiyaz Khan, Ramjan Ali, Sudhir, and Aaksh.During interrogation they disclosed that Rupesh was the mastermind of the robbery.”Sonu is also a former employee of the complainant, and Sudhir is his store manager. While Sudhir and Sonu did a recce, Rupesh formed the gang. Their escape to Nepal was facilitated by the receiver of a stolen property, one Shamsher, who was also arrested following a raid,” a senior officer said.

Lebanese activists want Zakir Naik banned from country

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is wanted in India on terror charges, is facing opposition from activists in Lebanon who have launched a campaign to ban his entry after a local cleric invited him to deliver a lecture. Calling Naik’s views “extremist” and “inflammatory”, the Lebanese activists say his presence is not conducive to the “harmony of a multicultural country like Lebanon”, according to The New Arab. “Zakir Naik is an extremist preacher known to spread hate speech that attacks non-Muslims and moderate Muslims alike, and he has been banned from entering many countries,” Khaled Merheb, a lawyer and human rights activist, was quoted as saying by the news portal. Sheikh Hassan Katerji, head of Lebanon’s little known Salafi group Islamic Federation Society, posted on Facebook from Saudi Arabia that Naik’s visit would take place “soon”, once adequate preparations were made. “Good news! Praise be to Allah, the preacher Zakir Naik has agreed to come to Lebanon when I visited him this morning,” he posted on his Facebook on June 11. “Tomorrow I will, God willing, begin contacts with the authorities to guarantee his safe entry and residence,” Katerji later posted on Facebook. A petition was launched soon thereafter via the Avaaz platform, appealing for people to support a ban on Naik’s entry to the Mediterranean country. Activists behind the campaign are also threatening legal action. “Naik’s visit is dangerous on many levels,” said Merheb, the Lebanese lawyer. “It encourages extremism, creates tension between different religious communities in Lebanon and may inspire jihadis.” His views may be in violation of Lebanese laws regarding sectarian incitement, the lawyer added. The controversial preacher is accused of spreading hatred by his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the years. Naik had fled from India on July 1, 2016 after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches on waging jehad. He is being probed in India for terror and money laundering charges. He had fled from India immediately after an investigation against him was initiated. Naik denies all the charges. His present place of stay is unknown and it is believed that he has been shuttling between the UAE, Saudi Arabia, African and Southeast Asian countries. India has already banned his NGO – Islamic Research Foundation – and taken his TV channel Peace TV off air.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adilabad sizzles at 45 degrees; rains in parts of Telangana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Adilabad in Telangana today sizzled at 45 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature in the state, followed by Ramagundam at 44.4 degrees Celsius. However, the maximum temperatures fell appreciably at one or two places though they were above normal at a few places in the state, the IMD said in its daily weather report on Telangana. Rain occurred at a few places over Telangana with Khammam Urban receiving 9 cms, followed by Sathupalli (in Khammam district) which got 8 cms of rainfall. The lower pressure area over Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Central Bay of Bengal now lies as a well marked low pressure area over East Central and other parts of Bay of Bengal, the IMD said. The IMD warned that thunderstorms, accompanied by squall or gusty winds, are likely to occur at isolated places in all the districts of Telangana. It forecast light to moderate rain or thunderstorms at isolated places over Telangana. The maximum temperatures are likely to be above normal by 2-3 degrees Celsius at a few places over Telangana, the weather department added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

32-year-old man arrested for woman’s brutal murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested a 32-year- old-man for allegedly killing a woman brutally in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony area. The accused, Mohd Sufiyan, was in a relationship with the victim’s friend, both of whom lived together, and used to come to the woman’s residence for an overnight stay. But after his girlfriend and the victim had a falling out, he was forced to look for other costly accommodations to spend time with his girlfriend, with whom he was having an extra-marital affair, police said. On March 27, the body of Pooja (30) was found at her Amar Colony residence with wounds on her neck and wrist. The woman had been killed on March 24 but it was on March 27 that her body was discovered. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Romil Baaniya, initially it was a blind case for them. A team led by under training IPS officer Rohit Rajbir Singh, currently holding the charge as SHO Amar Colony, was constituted. Around 40 suspects were interrogated but no headway could be made. The police conducted advanced technical surveillance including investigation into various social media platforms, VoIP platforms, said Baaniya. The accused kept pinging the victim on her Facebook even after her death in order to show himself as a very close friend, police said. This made the investigators suspicious about him. The post-mortem report indicated that she was killed between 9 AM to 5 PM on March 24. However, the police team managed to narrow down the time of her death between 1.30-2.30 PM. The CCTV footage from 12 cameras was scanned and a man, who is not a local of the area, was identified. But since he had come in a cycle rickshaw, his face was covered by the hood. On basis of the footage, police managed to chart the route taken by the accused after killing the woman and they recovered the bloodstained clothes of the accused from Sarai Kale Khan. Sufiyan was questioned in connection with the case. He grew cautious that the police was on his trail. Yesterday, while he was trying to escape with his girlfriend, he was arrested from near Kalkaji Temple, said a senior police officer. He was questioned for two hours and confessed to killing Pooja. Sufiyan is a regular club-goer. Around a year back, he and his friend Samir came in contact with Pooja and her friend at a club in Vasant Vihar. Samir, who is already married got into a relationship with Pooja, who was separated from her husband. While Sufiyan grew close to Pooja’s married friend. Sufiyan and Pooja’s friend used to spend time with each other at Pooja’s rented accommodation. Whenever the couple would come to Pooja’s place, she would have to spend time outside at someone else’s residence and it irked her. She brought this up with her friend and they had an argument. Sufiyan, who was already in heavy debt due to his luxurious lifestyle, was finding it difficult to afford taking out his girlfriend to expensive places. The accused had also lent Rs 35,000 to Pooja when they were friends, but she refused to return the amount. He also knew that she kept her jewellery and cash at home and planned to steal them after killing her. He came to her house on March 24 on the pretext of resolving issues. He asked Pooja to close her eyes saying he had a surprise gift for her. “When she closed her eyes, he slit her throat from behind and then smothered her. Later, he slit her wrist,” said Baaniya. He ransacked her house and stole jewellery and money in order to mislead police into believing that robbery was the motive behind Pooja’s death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Have to make Northeast ‘a gateway for Southeast Asia’, says PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to make the Northeast a gateway of Southeast Asia, the government has initiated major infrastructure projects in the seven states, including investing Rs 40,000 crore to improve the roads and highways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.However, he lamented that “only Gangtok (in the Northeast) had found a place in the first 50 clean cities”, out of the 12 cities from the region surveyed as part of the recent nationwide cleanliness survey.While four Northeastern cities found a place between 100 and 200 clean cities, seven were positioned between 200 and 300, with Shillong being the 276th, he said while stressing that ‘Swachhata’ or cleanliness was a major challenge for everyone in the region.He was addressing the centenary celebrations of the prominent voluntary organisation, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, in Shillong through video conferencing.”We have to make the Northeast a gateway for Southeast Asia,” Modi said, adding if this gateway is dirty, then the dream would not be fulfilled and asked the people and organisations like the Sangha to join hands in the cleanliness campaign.Observing that there has been no balanced development in the entire Northeastern region even so many years after Independence, Modi said his government “with all its resources” had planned to bring about overall and balanced development of the states here.The Prime Minister said the major thrust would be to improve connectivity and develop the entire region for tourism purposes.”All these initiatives will help to make the Northeast the gateway of Southeast Asia,” he said.While an investment of Rs 40,000 crore is being made to improve the road infrastructure in the Northeast, 19 big railway projects have also been started in the region, he said.”We are also improving the electricity situation in the Northeast and trying to bring even more tourists to the region,” Modi said.Announcing that the Northeast would soon be connected with UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik) scheme, he said small airports were also being developed in the region, while the extension of the runway at Shillong airport has been approved.Bharat Sevashram Sangha is a network of volunteers across the globe engaged in helping people in distress.The Sangha’s social welfare activities include disaster relief, spreading education, providing healthcare facilities, vocational training and upliftment of the tribals.Lauding the role of the Sangha in playing a critical role during natural calamities, the Prime Minister said a myth was created that spirituality and service cannot go together.”Some people tried to tell that those who are in the spiritual path are different from those on the way of providing service to the humanity,” Modi said, adding that the Sangha has proved this wrong through its activities.He said Sangha had more than 100 branches and over 500 units engaged in providing social service in sectors including health, education as well as training the youths.He appreciated the services rendered by the Sangha during various calamities, including the Bengal famine in 1923, Noakhali riots in 1946, Jalpaiguri floods in 1950, 1956 Anjar earthquake, Andhra Pradesh cyclone in 1977 and Bhogal gas leakage in 1980.

India, US can do a lot together in Southeast Asia: Magsamen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and the US can do a lot together at the strategic level in South and Southeast Asia by building capacity of their partners, a former top Pentagon official has said. “Practically speaking with the Indians, we could be doing a lot more in Southeast Asia together and South Asia,” Kelly Magsamen, the former US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on the Asia Pacific region. “In particular, our building capacity of our partners. The Indians have taken a recent interest in getting more engaged in the Asia-Pacific, it’s part of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s Act East,” she said responding to a question during her testimony at the Hill. There is more coordination that the US and India can do at the strategic level, in terms of finding ways to build capacity of the Southeast Asian partners and South Asia, she said. “As a way to check Chinese ambitions a little bit, also more cooperation in the Indian Ocean region for sure, of course historically that’s been India’s space,” the former Pentagon official said. “I think there’s more the United States and India can do together in that area, as well. We have a very successful exercise called Malabar that we do with India…we invite the Japanese… We should really try to press the Indians to also include allies, like Australia into that exercise, Magsamen said. The more the two countries can work together, the better, she said. “There is more ways that we can speak together with a common voice about the importance of the rules-based order together, said the former Pentagon official.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India, Vietnam hold talks on sale of Akash, Brahmos missiles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has held a range of talks on the sale of indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile and supersonic Bramhos missile to Vietnam, the government today said. “India and Vietnam share a strategic partnership. Defence cooperation, including supply of defence equipment, is an important aspect of this partnership. “Both countries have held discussions on range of issues in this regard,” Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence said in a written reply in Lok Sabha on whether the government has any plans to sell Akash and Bramhos to the Southeast Asian nation. Responding to another question, Bhamre said a Committee of Experts was constituted by Ministry of Defence under the chairmanship of Lt Gen (retd) D B Shekatkar to recommend measures to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure of the armed forces. “The Committee has submitted its final report in December 2016. An internal committee has been constituted within the Ministry to analyse the report, identify the recommendations to be accepted and to frame the key action points as well as a roadmap for their implementation,” he said. The Minister, in reply to another question, said trials on Pinaka rocket were successfully conducted at Integrated Test Range (ITR) Balasore in two phases on January 12 and 24 this year, with range of 65 km and 75 km, respectively. The guided version of Pinaka rocket incorporates Inertial Navigation Systems (INS)/ Global Positioning System (GPS) for the mid-course guidance with accuracy of 60m to 80m at all ranges. Pinaka has been designed and developed for induction into Army after successful user trials. Two regiments of Pinaka unguided version have already been inducted into the Army. “Current trials have been conducted for demonstrating the feasibility of the development of guided version of Pinaka rocket using the same launcher and ammunition configuration. In the recent trials conducted, the desired accuracy has been achieved,” Bhamre said. To a question on whether the air force has sufficient number of fighter aircraft to maintain its combat edge, he said, it is “adequately equipped” to cater for the threat environment that exists. He said procurement of state-of-art fighter aircraft is on and it includes 36 Rafale jets, Su-30 MKI aircraft while procurement of LCA Tejas has also been approved. Bhamre also said Advance Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft will be inducted into the Indian Air Force after completion of design and development flight trials and systems evaluation. “Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has fitted into AEW&C various indigenously developed Systems/ Equipment. Complete software for all systems have also been developed indigenously, mostly within DRDO,” he said. To another question, the minister said, in the past two years, 50,000 bullet proof jackets (BPJ) have been procured for the Indian Army through an Indian manufacturer. Further, the case for procurement of BPJs of quantity 1,86,138 through Capital Route is under Buy (Indian) category.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Breath analysers not 100 per cent accurate: Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All electronic devices, including an alcometer, does not give 100 per cent accurate reading and error is bound to occur, a court here has said while setting aside the jail term given to a man in a drunken driving case. “It is a matter of common knowledge that every electronic device, be it an alcometer or a glucometer, does not give 100 per cent accurate reading/result and margin of error varying from 10 to 20 per cent is bound to occur…” Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma said. The judge set aside a trial court order sentencing the man to jail for six days for driving an auto rickshaw in a drunken state, saying there was no proof that the device, used to measure alcohol content in his body, was ISI marked or was properly functioning when it was used in this case. “It raises a question mark on authenticity and genuineness of readings procured from the alcometer in the absence of production of any certificate of accuracy of reading carried out by it, particularly when its functionality was not at all established by the investigating agency,” the judge said. The court said that the report filed by the police did not even carry the signature of the challaning officer and the person to whom it pertained, hence, the magistrate should not have convicted the accused. “Once the genuineness and authenticity of this very document had fallen in grave suspicion and a question mark has been raised in respect thereof, then the Magistrate, in my considered opinion, was not justified to have relied upon such a false and fabricated document against the appellant (auto driver),” the judge said. The court also took strong exception to the fact that the challaning officer had acted contrary to Delhi Police guidelines that when a person is caught in drunken driving, he is not allowed to go home on his own and it is the duty of the challaning officer to make arrangement for his safe return. According to the prosecution, the accused, Ganga Singh, was caught driving his auto in a drunken condition by traffic cops in November 2015 at Outer Ring Road in Southeast Delhi. He was checked by breath analyser (alcometer) and 199.2mg alcohol per 100 ml blood was found in his body, which was more than the permissible limit of 30 mg alcohol per 100 ml blood. He was booked for the offence under section 185 (drunken driving) of Motor Vehicle Act and later sentenced to six days in jail by a magisterial court on May 17, 2016. In his appeal, he had denied he was drunk and contended that the result of the breath test could have been manipulated at any level and planted against anybody as testing device had remained in custody of the police official throughout.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

American foreign policy mag ranks India sixth among eight great powers, lauds PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is ranked at the sixth spot, behind China and Japan, in a list of eight great powers for the year 2017 by a leading American foreign policy magazine.The list is topped by the US, whereas Chin and Japan are at tie for being on the second spot. Russia (fourth) and Germany (fifth) are the other two countries ahead of India.Iran is ranked seventh and Israel is on the eighth spot.”Like Japan, India is often overlooked in lists of the world’s great powers, but it occupies a rare and enviable position on the world stage,” The American Interest magazine said in its latest annual report of eight great powers.India is the world’s largest democracy, home to the second-largest English-speaking population in the world and boasting a diversified and rapidly growing economy, it said.On the geopolitical front, India has many suitors: China, Japan and the United States are all seeking to incorporate India into their preferred Asian security architecture, while the EU and Russia court New Delhi for lucrative trade and defence agreements, it noted.”Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has deftly steered its way among these competing powers while seeking to unleash its potential with modernising economic reforms,” it said.According to the magazine, despite internal problems in the aftermath of demonetization, and the Pakistan scare, India found its footing elsewhere in 2016.”Long hesitant to pick sides, New Delhi took several clear steps this year to deter a rising and aggressive China, announcing that it would fast-track its defence infrastructure projects in the Indian Ocean, amid fears that China was trying to encircle India with a ‘string of pearls’,” it said.”Likewise, Modi explored new naval cooperation with both the US and Japan, and signed a host of defence deals with Russia, France and Israel to modernise the Indian military,” it observed.”From the Middle East and East Africa to Southeast Asia, India is making its presence felt in both economics and security policy in ways that traditional great powers like Britain and France only wish they could match,” The American interest said.

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