UP Police nabs accused in rape, murder of three-year-old girl in Lakhimpur Kheri


UP Police nabs accused in rape, murder of three-year-old girl in Lakhimpur Kheri

The district police chief, Satendra Kumar, had told that the police have formed four teams to look for the accused man.

In the latest development in the three-year-old girl’s rape and murder case in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, the police have caught the accused man in an encounter on Friday.

The district police chief, Satendra Kumar, had told that the police have formed four teams to look for the accused man.

This is the third case of rape and murder in the state in the last 20 days. She was found missing since Wednesday and her body was found just half a kilometre from her home.

Yesterday, the police had called it murder. Sexual assault was confirmed by the autopsy, said the police.

In his complaint to the police, the girl’s father had accused a villager Lekhram. He alleged that the girl was kidnapped and killed in a rivalry.

“The body has been sent for post-mortem. We are investigating the matter and stringent action will be taken against accused,” he added.

Last week, a 17-year-old girl was raped and her mutilated body was found near a village in Lakhimpur Kheri district.

The police had initially said the girl appeared to have been killed with a sharp weapon and that she had sustained injuries to her neck. The body was found near a dried-up pond, around 200 metres from her village.

The post-mortem report has confirmed rape, said SP Satendar Kumar and added that all possible efforts are being made to identify and arrest the accused.

According to the relatives of the girl, she had left home on Monday to visit a neighbouring town to fill up a scholarship form. However, when she did not return, the family informed the police.

On August 15, a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in Lakhimpur Kheri district and her body found in a sugarcane field. The girl’s family had claimed that their daughter’s body was found with her eyes gouged out, tongue cut and strangled with a ‘dupatta’, in a sugarcane field.

However, the UP Police denied that the girl’s eyes were gouged out or tongue being cut, as it was not mentioned in the post-mortem report. They said that the report states rape and strangulation.

On August 16, in yet another shocking incident emerging from Uttar Pradesh, a minor girl was allegedly raped and singed with cigarette butts by two men in the Gola area of Gorakhpur district.

Earlier, on August 6, a 6-year-old girl in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh was kidnapped and raped. She was left to die in a nearby forest, from where a search and rescue team found her almost 12 hours later. The police later arrested the accused. The girl has been through at least one surgery following the attack.




Torrential rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa kill 23


Torrential rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa kill 23

The officials said that most of the casualties were reported on Wednesday from upper parts of Hazara division, where at least 19 people lost their lives while four others died in Buner district of Malakand division, reports Xinhua Dawn news.

At least 23 people were killed and many others suffered injuries after torrential rains lashed different parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said.

The officials said that most of the casualties were reported on Wednesday from upper parts of Hazara division, where at least 19 people lost their lives while four others died in Buner district of Malakand division, reports Xinhua Dawn news.

The Hazara division also witnessed flash floods in Kunhar, Siren and Indus rivers and streams in Mansehra, Torghar, Upper Kohistan, Lower Kohistan and Kolai-Palas districts.

The Karakoram Highway and many key roads were blocked for vehicular traffic following heavy landslides and communication and electricity supply infrastructure was damaged.




UK-EU have ‘useful review’ on Brexit, but difficulties remain


UK-EU have ‘useful review’ on Brexit, but difficulties remain

David Frost, the UK government’s chief negotiator, and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier had a “useful review of the whole agenda before our talks” during informal Brexit discussions on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency quoted the spokesman as saying on Wednesday.

Negotiators from the UK and the European Union (EU) had “a useful review” of the Brexit agenda, but “major difficulties” still remained on the way to make a progress in resolving outstanding issues, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

David Frost, the UK government’s chief negotiator, and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier had a “useful review of the whole agenda before our talks” during informal Brexit discussions on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency quoted the spokesman as saying on Wednesday.

“But as I said, major difficulties remain and the EU’s instance on progress on state aid and fisheries is an obstacle to making progress overall but we remain in close contact with the EU side and we will look forward to the next round of talks next week in London,” he said.

On Wednesday, Barnier said in Dublin that he was “worried and disappointed” after Frost made no concessions to end the impasse during informal talks.

There will be no post-Brexit trade deal without UK-EU agreement on fisheries, Barnier said.

He warned the UK against using the issue as a “bargaining chip” in stalled talks.

“We did not see any change in the position of the UK,” Barnier said.

“This is why I express publicly that I am worried and I am disappointed. I’ve shown clearly openness to find compromise,” he said, adding that “it is the UK’s responsibility” to find a compromise and avoid crashing out of the EU.

Frost and Barnier met in London on Tuesday ahead of the eighth round of formal negotiations next week.

The EU negotiator reiterated that a deal must be brokered by the “strict deadline” of the end of next month ahead of the transition period on December 31.

“If they don’t move on the issues which are the key issues of the EU, the level playing field, fisheries and governance, the UK will take itself the risk of a no-deal,” he said.

The UK ended its EU membership on January 31 but is still following EU rules during a transition period until December 31 to enable a permanent future trade deal to be reached.

During this period, the UK would have to pay into EU funds but have no say in laws imposed by Brussels.

If both sides fail to secure a trade deal before the transitional period expires, they will trade under the World Trade Organization terms, under which new border controls and tariffs will mean extra cost for bilateral trade.




India ranks 48th in global innovation index


India ranks 48th in global innovation index

Switzerland, Sweden, the US, the UK and the Netherlands lead the innovation ranking, and the top 10 positions are dominated by high-income countries, WIPO said in a statement.

India has joined the group of top 50 countries in the global innovation index for the first time, moving up four places to the 48th rank and keeping the top position among the nations in central and southern Asia.

According to the Global Innovation Index (GII) list, 2020 released jointly by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD Business School on Wednesday, the rankings show stability at the top but a gradual “eastward shift in the locus of innovation” as Asian economies like China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam have advanced considerably in the innovation ranking over the years.

Switzerland, Sweden, the US, the UK and the Netherlands lead the innovation ranking, and the top 10 positions are dominated by high-income countries, WIPO said in a statement.

About India, the statement said it has become the third most innovative lower middle-income economy in the world, thanks to newly available indicators and improvements in various areas of the GII.

India ranks in the top 15 in indicators such as ICT (Information and Communication Technology) services exports, government online services, graduates in science and engineering, and R&D-intensive global companies.

“Thanks to universities such as the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and Delhi and the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, and its top scientific publications, India is the lower middle-income economy with the highest innovation quality,” it said.

A total of 131 countries were analysed under the GII before arriving at the rankings.

The metrics include institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication and business sophistication, knowledge and technology outputs and creative outputs.

Meanwhile, an official statement said WIPO had also accepted India as one of the leading innovation achievers of 2019 in the central and southern Asian region, as it has shown a consistent improvement in its innovation ranking for the last five years.

“The consistent improvement in the global innovation index rankings is owing to the immense knowledge capital, the vibrant startup ecosystem, and the amazing work done by the public & private research organization,” the statement said.

It further said bodies like the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology and Department of Space have played a pivotal role in enriching the national innovation ecosystem.

The statement noted that NITI Aayog has been working tirelessly to ensure optimisation of national efforts in this direction by bringing policy-led innovation in different areas such as electric vehicles, biotechnology, nanotechnology, space and alternative energy sources.

The India Innovation Index, which was released last year by NITI Aayog, has been widely accepted as a major step in the direction of decentralisation of innovation across all states of the country, it said.

“The call for Aatma Nirbhar Bharat by the Prime Minister could only be realized if India punches above its weight class and compete with global superpowers in developing scientific interventions.

“It is time that India brings a paradigm shift and aims to be in the top 25 countries in the next global innovation index rankings,” it added.




Eleven teams of Indo-US scientists selected to jointly scout for COVID19 solutions


Eleven teams of Indo-US scientists selected to jointly scout for COVID19 solutions

The teams have been selected to take up these initiatives through a rigorous binational review process of proposals received for an invitation under COVID-19 Ignition Grants in April 2020 issued by the US-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF).

Eleven teams of Indian and US scientists will soon start jointly scouting for out of the box solutions ranging from novel early diagnostic tests, antiviral therapy, drug repurposing, ventilator research, disinfection machines, and sensor-based symptom tracking for COVID 19.

The teams have been selected to take up these initiatives through a rigorous binational review process of proposals received for an invitation under COVID-19 Ignition Grants in April 2020 issued by the U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF).

The USISTEF announced the awards to 11 bilateral teams proposing out-of-the-box innovative ideas to address the COVID-19 challenge. The USISTEF has been established by the Government of India (through the Department of Science & Technology) and the governments of the United States of America (through the Department of State) for the promotion of joint activities that would lead to innovation and entrepreneurship through the application of science and technology.

The joint US-India S&T based entrepreneurial teams will work on initiatives that address the development and implementation of new technologies, tools, and systems to address COVID-19 related challenges including monitoring, diagnosis, health and safety, public outreach, information and communication.

As countries battle the COVID-19 pandemic, innovations in Science, Engineering, and Technology will play a critical role in finding solutions to this global challenge through the development of new vaccines, devices, diagnostic tools, and information systems, as well as strategies to help communities and nations manage and deploy resources to combat this pandemic.

In keeping with its’ mission and vision, the USISTEF announced the Call for Proposals under the category of COVID-19 Ignition Grants with the intent to support promising joint US-India S&T based entrepreneurial initiatives to address the COVID-19 challenge.

The mission of the United States–India Science & Technology Endowment Fund is to support and foster joint applied R&D to generate public good through the commercialization of technology developed through partnerships between U.S. and Indian researchers and entrepreneurs to help combat this pandemic.

The bilateral Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) administers all activities of the USISTEF program. Details of the Awardee projects can be accessed at www.iusstf.org




Saudi King sacks 2 royals over corruption charges


Saudi King sacks 2 royals over corruption charges

Commander of the Joint Forces of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz and Deputy Governor of Al-Jouf Region Abdulaziz bin Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz were both dismissed and put under investigation, Xinhua news agency quoted the decree issued on Monday as saying.

 

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sacked two royals over corruption charges linked to the Defence Ministry, according to an official decree.

Commander of the Joint Forces of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz and Deputy Governor of Al-Jouf Region Abdulaziz bin Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz were both dismissed and put under investigation, Xinhua news agency quoted the decree issued on Monday as saying.

A number of other officers and civil servants of the Ministry have also been referred to the judiciary for investigation over corruption, according to the royal decree.

Saudi Arabia has been carrying out an anti-corruption campaign, initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, across state institutions over the last few years.

In 2019, the Kingdom also set up an office to monitor state spending.

As part of the campaign in 2017, dozens of Saudi royal figures, ministers and businessmen were confined to the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh after the Crown Prince ordered their arrests.

 

 




No new locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases in China


No new locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases in China

Ten confirmed cases arriving from outside the mainland were reported on Monday but no suspected case or death was registered, Xinhua news agency reported.

 

No new locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases were reported in the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.

Ten confirmed cases arriving from outside the mainland were reported on Monday but no suspected case or death was registered, Xinhua news agency reported.

Of the imported cases, three were reported in both Tianjin and Hebei, and one each in Inner Mongolia, Shanghai, Fujian and Guangdong, the commission said.

So far, China’s overall caseload stood at 85,058, including 216 patients who were still being treated, with three in severe condition.

Altogether 80,208 people had been discharged after recovery, and 4,634 had died of the disease on the mainland, the commission said.

As of Tuesday, there were no suspected Covid-19 cases on the mainland, it added.

According to the commission, 7,546 close contacts were still under medical observation.

Also on Monday, 34 new asymptomatic cases, all from outside the mainland, were reported, and no asymptomatic cases were re-categorized as confirmed ones.

The commission said 356 asymptomatic cases, including 334 from outside the mainland, were still under medical observation.

 

 




163 dead in rain-related incidents across Pakistan; over 100 injured


163 dead in rain-related incidents across Pakistan; over 100 injured

Sindh province was the worst hit where 61 people were killed and 22 others injured, the NDMA said, adding that 59 houses were also damaged in the heavy downpour.

At least 163 people have been killed and 101 others injured in separate incidents triggered by the torrential monsoon rains in Pakistan, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said in a report.

Sharing the data of casualties from June 15 to August 30 on its website on Sunday, the NDMA said that rescue and relief operations were continuing in the affected areas by government departments, Army and non-governmental organizations, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sindh province was the worst hit where 61 people were killed and 22 others injured, the NDMA said, adding that 59 houses were also damaged in the heavy downpour.

Provincial capital Karachi was worst-hit in the rains where urban flooding brought life to a standstill.

According to local media reports, 90 per cent of commercial activities were halted due to the heavy rains that were still lashing the city.

A total of 48 people died and 44 others injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the NDMA said.

The NDMA has provided tents, food items, blankets, mosquito nets, among others, in the affected areas.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted more torrential rains in parts of the country on Monday and issued warning of urban flooding in some cities including Karachi.

The monsoon winds are the major source of downpour in the country during the months of July-September.

Rains cause destruction in the country almost every year, inundating low-lying areas and sweeping away houses located near river banks.

This year, the meteorological department forecast more than usual rains during the ongoing season, and concerned departments have issued advisories for the general public to take self-precautionary measures.




Epidemic-racial violence: How is history repeated in America after 100 years?


Epidemic-racial violence: How is history repeated in America after 100 years?

Black Lives Matter: The havoc of Covid-19 and the era of Racial Violence continues in the US. Following the demonstrations against racism following the death of George Floyd in May, the second round now continues after the attack on Jacob. In such a situation, know that the same incident happened a hundred years ago too? Is it 'deja vu' in American history?

 

Protests against apartheid have erupted in the US since May 26 following the death of African American George Floyd and now again in Wisconsin (Wisconsin) against police blacksmith Jacob Blake. Post-protest protests are intensified. Even the Emergency was declared in Wisconsin. All this is happening when the Corona Virus is badly hit by the global epidemic. You may be surprised to know that this happened even 101 years ago!

In the last two years of the first world war, there was a crisis of epidemic named Spanish flu in front of the whole world. At the time of this epidemic, which took about 5 crore lives in the world and about 6,75,000 in the US, there was a period of protests after racial violence and even then America was challenged to fight on two fronts of civil security.

The poison of racism in America has been centuries old. Whenever the question of human rights came up, incidents of violence also appeared. The same happened in 1919, during the summer season when there was a raft of heavy demonstrations and violence, known as 'Red Summer'. How do the scenes of then and now match and how should they be understood? See.

Influenza-18 and Covid-19
The flu began to spread in 1918 when soldiers returned from the front during the First World War. Like today, it was still an incurable infection, which had no medicine or vaccine. Methods such as isolation, quarantine, cleaning, crowd gathering and wearing masks were ways to avoid it, as in the current situation of Kovid 19.


How and where the flu spread at that time is not accurate, but some historians agree that it was propaganda of many countries during the war. The difference between then and now is that this time there are facts about the onset of the epidemic from China.

'Red Summer' 1919: Racial Violence
The epidemic was in the third phase in the US that year. On July 27, some black teenagers went to bathe in Lake Michigan. At that time there was a lot of social discrimination between white and blacks, so both communities lived separately and far away. When 17-year-old Eugene Williams got too close to the white swimmers while he was drowning in the lake's drift, a young man named George Stober attacked him by throwing stones at him and Eugene died by drowning.

A black police officer tried to stop Stober, then a white officer stopped him. Tension arose and news of this injustice spread. During the epidemic, when there were instructions not to congregate, African Americans took to the streets and protested. These demonstrations sparked violence. Tensions spread and crowds of white people created havoc in black settlements, murdered and blacks were burnt.

On the other hand, between 19 July and 24 July 1919, there was also racial violence in Washington. According to Dr. Haynes, director of Negro Economics in the US Department of Labor, between January 1 and September 14 in 1919, white crowds made at least 43 African Americans a victim of mob lynching. The administration continued to show indifference in taking justified action in these matters.




Dragon's War in South China Sea, First Tainted Anti-Aircraft Missile


Dragon's War in South China Sea, First Tainted Anti-Aircraft Missile

The Chinese military tested two missiles in the South China Sea, including a 'carrier missile'. The DF-26B and DF-21D missiles were launched on Wednesday in the area between the southern island province of Hainan and the Parcel Islands.

 

Beijing As part of naval exercises in the disputed area amid surveillance of American reconnaissance aircraft, China has for the first time fired its 'anti-aircraft missile' in the South China Sea. China is involved in regional disputes in the South and East China Seas. He has also made progress in increasing military power over his man-made islands in the last few years and calls this his right to protect. Beijing claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea. At the same time, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippine, Brunei and Taiwan claim the opposite. China on Wednesday morning fired two missiles, including an aircraft-carrier killer missile, into the South China Sea. A day earlier, a US U-2 spy plane landed in a flight-prohibited area during its naval exercise in the Bohai Sea in China's northern coastal area.

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper on Thursday quoted unnamed sources close to the Chinese military as saying that the DF-26B and DF-21D (anti-aircraft missile) missiles were launched on Wednesday from the southern island of Hainan and the Parcel Islands. Fired in the middle area. Growing disputes over control of the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest trade routes, are causing continued bitterness in Beijing's relationship with Washington and its southern neighbors. The Trump administration rejected Beijing's claims of sovereignty over much of the disputed region this year. The DF-26 is a dual-capacity missile that is restricted under the 'Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty'. The treaty was signed by the US and the former Soviet Union after the conclusion of the Cold War. According to the news, the US had withdrawn from the treaty last year and cited the deployment of such weapons by China.

Ability to strike up to 1,800 km
The DF-21 has a capacity to strike for about 1,800 km. Government media calls it the most modern missile of the series. Its target is unusually accurate and is called a "career killer" by military experts who believe it has been developed to target American aircraft carriers who may be involved in a potential conflict with China. Beijing has invested a lot in the last two decades towards developing missiles, fighter jets, nuclear submarines and other weapons so that it can expand its military beyond its borders.




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