‘Intelligence inputs have
revealed that they (terrorists)
have intentions to disrupt the
yatra,’ Lieutenant General K T
Parnaik, general officer com-manding-in-chief, Northern
Command, said June 17.
‘Precautions are being taken. We
have discussed security arrangements for the pilgrimage and
plans are being made on how to
secure the yatra.’
Britain spied on Indian delegates
Britain spied on foreign politicians and officials participating in
two G20 meetings in London in
2009 to get an edge during the
high-stakes financial talks,
according to documents uncovered by United States whistle-blower Edward Snowden and
obtained by The Guardian.
The documents revealed that
foreign politicians and officials
who took part in the summits had
their computers monitored and
their phone calls intercepted on
instructions from the British government.
Apex court to hear plea on US Internet data surveillance
India’s Supreme Court agreed to
hear a public interest litigation on
Internet data snooping by the US
National Security Agency. The
plea sought to initiate action
against Internet companies in
India for allowing the NSA to
The petitioner S N Singh, a professor at Delhi University, alleged that such large-scale
spying was detrimental to national security and urged the
court to intervene.
Fruit for gods
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A priest arranges mangoes to be offered to Lord Krishna during a mango festival in Ahmedabad.
to a soft landing of the person without stretching of the
neck or straining the noose, Sharma said.
Assam: 4 infected with HIV after blood transfusion
Four people tested positive for the Human
Immunodeficiency Virus after blood transfusion at a state-run hospital in Assam’s Darrang district, June 14. Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered the police to register a
criminal case against those responsible for the transfusion.
Illegal mining: 3-year jail for Modi’s minister
Maoists blow up school in Bihar
Pakistan violates ceasefire again
Pakistan made another brazen ceasefire violation June
19 after a group of four armed men from the Pakistani
side were seen moving toward an Indian forward post in
Krishna Ghati in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani soldiers
fired indiscriminately along the Line of Control (the de
facto border between India and Pakistan) in Poonch sector, injuring a civilian and spreading fear among the villagers along the LoC.
Mobile clinics help kill girls
The pre-natal sex-determination racket has gone mobile
in Karnataka. A three-member team from the National
Inspection and Monitoring Committee caught a radiologist who offered his services at a bus stop near Bengaluru.
According to the police, the radiologist would visit the bus
stop twice a week with a mobile ultrasound machine and
help pregnant women determine the sex of their babies so
that they could abort girl fetuses.
National cycling coach run over
Ruma Chatopadhyay, India’s national cycling coach,
died June 18 after being hit by a taxi on the Delhi-Noida
Expressway. She was out on a training session with a
group of cyclists. Chatopadhyay, 51, represented India
three times in international competitions and served as
coach seven times, including in the Asian Games and
Amitav Ghosh in longlist for UK literary prize
Indian writer Amitav Ghosh has made it to the Warwick
Prize for Writing longlist in London. The list includes 12
novelists and poets pitted against non-fiction authors.
Ghosh has been nominated for Riverof Smoke, alongside
others like American writers Amy Espeseth (Sufficient
Grace) and Jonathan Franzen (Freedom).
Doctor invents ‘suicide-proof’ ceiling fan
A Madhya Pradesh cardiologist has invented a ‘
suicide-proof’ ceiling fan. R S Sharma, a professor in a government medical college in Jabalpur, says the inspiration
came when a teenaged boy in his neighborhood committed suicide after failing his high school examination.
The device has a hollow metal tube inside the fan’s shaft,
to which the motor and blades are attached. Hinged to the
shaft are four heavy springs. The moment the limit set for
the optimum weight exceeds, the springs uncoil, leading
Economic issues to dominate Kerry’s India visit
Right to life, liberty available to foreign nationals: Apex court