Tomb below UK supermarket
London: A royal burial site found between a pub and a supermarket has been hailed as the UK’s equivalent to Egypt’s famous Tutankhamun tomb, said archaeologists. The archaeologists revealed the results of years of research into the burial site of a rich, powerful Anglo-Saxon man found at Prittlewell in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, the Guardian reported. When it was first discovered in 2003, jaws dropped at how intact the chamber was. But it is only now, after years of painstaking investigation by more than 40 specialists, that a fuller picture of the extraordinary nature of the find was emerging.
Sophie Jackson, director of research at Museum of London Archaeology (Mola), said it could be seen as a British equivalent to Tutankhamun’s tomb, although different in a number of ways. “It was essentially a sandpit with stains,” she said. “It was one of the most significant archaeological discoveries we’ve made in this country in the last 50 to 60 years.” The remains of the timber structure, which would have measured about 13ft square and 5ft deep, housed some 40 rare and precious artefacts, the BBC reported. Among them was a lyre – an ancient harp – and a 1,400-year-old box thought to be the only surviving example of painted Anglo-Saxon woodwork in Britain.
Sri Lanka: The responsible terrorist organization of the Easter Blast has 140 million caches, 7 billion properties
Half of the total cash is in the custody of the CID and the rest have been deposited in bank accounts. CID has started the process of suspending these bank accounts.
Layer rate layers are being revealed after the attacks on Easter in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan police said on Monday that the terrorist organization, which was behind the attacks by the National Tauhid Jamaat, has recovered more than 140 crores cash and more than 7 billion worth of assets. Let's say the link from the Islamic organization (ISIS) of this terrorist organization has come up.
Sri Lankan Police spokesman SP Suon Gunasekera said that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has gathered this information. He said that half of the total cash is in CID's custody. The rest were deposited in some bank accounts. CID has started the process of suspending these bank accounts.
Ruwan said that 73 suspects have been arrested so far in the April 21 attacks that killed 250 people. They are interrogating the CID as well as the Central Investigative Investigation Department (TID). He said that 54 suspected CIDs including 7 women are in the custody. At the same time, 19 people, including 2 women, are in the custody of TID.
Why are these girls stunned to leave Nepal?
The year 2015 earthquake was very painful for Nepal. Many people's life changed forever. It had a very bad effect on the lives of the girls living in Nepal.
Since the year 2015, smuggling of girls from Nepal has suddenly increased and social media has made the smugglers work very easy. Journalist Wiki Sprut arrived in Nepal to inquire about this issue
The laughing around the building and the sound of the songs resonates. Gradually the traffic sounds are also included in it.
In the orange color, the walls of this building and turquoise, pink colored scarves are being seen as an attempt to improve the mental state of the women living here.
Located in Kathmandu, this building is like a safe house for the women brought out of the clutches of the body trade. Here these women are being supported to move forward in their life.
I have come here to meet the 35 year old moonlight.
About a year back, a stranger sent a request to him on Facebook. Chandni accepted this friend request. Shortly after this, both of the people started talking to each other in the Private Message box. This stranger was an agent of gangs smuggling women.
While waiting for the moonlight, I look outside the window, then rain drops in yellowish dust appear to fall on the road.
The Himalaya Mountains crossed the northern tip of Nepal, are hidden in smoke and haze.
Looking back at the Himalaya lost in the mist, my voice comes from Sujata's translator.
She says, "This city is being rebuilt once again."
After the earthquake of 2015, the city of Kathmandu was devastated. It seems that natural calamities proved to be worthwhile for the industry that stood for buildings and also for smugglers of women.
Even before the earthquake, the body trade in Kathmandu was booming, which is no less than a slave practice in today's era. After the earthquake, making money for the people who were separated from their families became a necessity.
According to the Indian Border Force, the number of women who have been trafficked after earthquake has increased by 500 percent.
Charimaya Tamang, who runs this safe house, tells me that in 1990 she had to be a victim of smuggling.
They were kidnapped after giving intoxicants, after which they were brought to a brothel in India.
Tamarang explains that the new technology has made a new life in this business.
Tamang says, "Social media has helped a lot of agents, now they do not have to go to the villages in search of girls, they can find their potential victim on the internet and send them their message with one click."
We were talking about that when the door opens then the moonlight embraces me.
Chandni tells that his story also started with such a friend request.
She says, "There was a person on Facebook who talked to my sister, he also added me as a friend and we started talking, after that he told me that I could get a very good salary in Iraq. He and I never met him, but one day he sent me some passport and a visa. "
Chandni's family lost their house in the earthquake. When the smugglers started negotiating with him, he was living in a temporary camp at that time.
This agent was talking to Chandni's sister for a long time and was also trying to prepare both.
After the earthquake, he got a chance when he succeeded in his mission.
After sending the passport, the agent told Chandni that his job was ready and one person was ready to keep him as the guardian of the house in Iraq.
After this, he sent a person to call Chandni to Delhi. This agent called this person his brother.
Instead of catching Iraq's flight when he returned to Delhi, Chandni was kept in a hotel room for 18 weeks with 18 other women.
While listening to moonlight, when I try to get some insight into it, the moonlight starts looking at the other side.
Sprinkled tears are clearly visible in his eyes. I asked him what thoughts were coming in his mind when he was locked in that room.
Listening to these questions, Moonlight says to her, "I knew that I was being sold."
Chandni, like all other Nepali girls, grew up listening to stories that shook the body trade.
It is advisable to avoid getting older children in all circumstances.
This is a danger which these girls want to raise consciously because it gives them the opportunity to change the fate of their family and their family.
It is not a strange thing to leave your country in search of work in Nepal. But girls may be risky to leave their home and go in search of work.
It is so dangerous that a disputed law says that women under 30 can not go out without the permission of their husbands or family members.
Like the moonlight, many other young women have been troubled by the lack of opportunities before a great opportunity comes.
She says, "Everybody in my family works on the farm, it is difficult and I do not like it, that work can not earn even more money."
She does not want to marry now.
Laughing Chandni says, "According to me, the status of married women is also not good because I have seen many men scurrying."
My translator Sujata also seems to be smiling while making the words of Chandni say worthy of me.
My eyes are wet with tears but seeing both laughing, I too smile.
Chandni says that she does not like the idea that there is a need for a man to move forward in life.
Before leaving this safe house, Moonlight says that she will go abroad and try to get her job ...
Donald Trump defends far-right personalities, attacks Facebook
Washington: US President Donald Trump has once again come out in support of right-wing personalities deemed “dangerous” by Facebook who have been banned on social media platforms, including conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and long-time Trump adviser Roger Stone.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Trump not only defended members of the far-right but also retweeted Islamophobic content. “I am continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms. This is the United States of America — and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH! We are monitoring and watching, closely!!
“The wonderful Diamond and Silk have been treated so horribly by Facebook. They work so hard and what has been done to them is very sad – and we’re looking into. It’s getting worse and worse for Conservatives on social media!,” he tweeted.
Diamond and Silk are two online personalities and outspoken supporters of the President. Trump also retweeted a video from Deep State Exposed, an alt-right account that contains Islamophobic tweets and conspiracy theories, including QAnon — a far-right conspiracy theory detailing a supposed secret plot by an alleged “deep state” against the President and his supporters.
Facebook and its photo-messaging service Instagram on May 2 banned several right-wing extremists it deemed “dangerous”. Facebook and Instagram also banned the “Nation of Islam” leader Louis Farrakhan who has repeatedly made anti-Semitic statements.
Others who have been removed from Facebook and Twitter include Infowars, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer and Paul Nehlen “under the policies against dangerous individuals and organisations”. Jones and Infowars — a far-right American conspiracy theory and fake news website — have already been removed from Twitter.
In 2017, Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim propaganda videos originally posted by Jayda Fransen, a leader of a far-right British political party called Britain First. More recently, the US President posted an edited video on Twitter that tried to link Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar to the 9/11 attacks, the media reported.
Here’s how a group of YouTube engineers plotted to kill Internet Explorer 6
San Francisco: A former Google employee has revealed how a group of engineers plotted to kill Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 on its YouTube platform nearly 10 years ago. According to a report in The Verge on Saturday, YouTube in 2009 started displaying a banner to Internet Explorer 6 users, warning that support for Microsoft’s browser would be “phasing out” soon. Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006.
Frustrated by supporting the aging browser, “we began collectively fantasizing about how we could exact our revenge on IE6”, revealed Chris Zacharias, a former Google and YouTube engineer. “The plan was very simple. We would put a small banner above the video player that would only show up for IE6 users,” he was quoted as saying. The message appeared on all YouTube pages – “at a time when IE6 users represented around 18 per cent of all YouTube traffic”.
YouTube engineers created a special set of permissions called “OldTuber”, so they could bypass Google’s code enforcement policies and make changes directly to the YouTube codebase with limited code reviews. “We saw an opportunity in front of us to permanently cripple IE6 that we might never get again,” Zacharias said.
Two Google lawyers wanted to know why YouTube had the banner in place. “They immediately demanded that we remove the banner,” said Zacharias. “The lawyers were worried that Chrome was being promoted first as an alternative browser, prompting fears about EU regulators looking for anti-competitive behavior,” the report noted.
YouTube engineers, however, had programmed the banner to randomly display browsers like Firefox, Internet Explorer 8 and Opera. The result was a massive dip in Internet Explorer 6 traffic to YouTube.
“Within one month, our YouTube IE6 user base was cut in half and over 10 per cent of global IE6 traffic had dropped off while all other browsers increased in corresponding amounts,” informed Zacharias. Google Chrome web browser, which is the leader today, was first released in September 2008 for Windows XP and later, with 43 supported languages, in December 2008.
Israel attacks 70 military targets of Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza Strip
Jerusalem: Israel attacked about 70 military targets of Hamas and Islamic Jihad organisations in the Palestinian Gaza Strip on Saturday, said a report by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The Israeli attack followed a barrage of more than 200 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel starting around 10 a.m., wounding two people, of whom was an 80-year-old woman seriously injured in the city of Kiryat Gat, Xinhua reported.
According to reports by the Israeli media, during the IDF attacks in Gaza Strip, a 14-month-old Palestinian infant was killed. The IDF announced that one of the destroyed Palestinian targets was an Islamic Jihad 20-metre-deep cross-border tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip.
In addition, other Islamic Jihad targets were struck, including military compounds and refugee camps. According to the IDF, five military compounds of Hamas in the city of Gaza were also attacked, which are used for training and weapon manufacturing. One of the compounds, according to the Israeli army, serves the Hamas Naval Force. A joint compound belonging to both organisations was also under attack in the city of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.
Pakistan military too must take right decisions: US
Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is saying the “right things”, but his military leadership too needs to take the “right decisions”, the Trump administration has said, hours after the UN Security Council designated JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
Nearly 18 months after President Donald Trump ordered cutting off security aid to Pakistan, a senior US administration official told reporters that the US is trying to change Pakistan’s policy of supporting terrorist groups.
Noting the US’ recognition of the ISI’s links with its home-frown terrorist groups, the official said the US does not want to get involved in the country’s internal politics and expects the Pakistan military to correct the situation.”We support the civilian government. We support the nascent democratic system there. We support the fact that Prime Minister Khan says right things and appears to be trying to make some changes within Pakistan.
But only time will tell if he is successful in doing that,” he said. The senior administration official said Pakistan’s military leadership too needs to take “right decisions and right steps”. “So far, we do see support from the military to the direction that prime minister Khan seems to be going in,” he said.
The Trump administration Wednesday credited Khan for his “helpful statements” on cracking down on terror outfits and some initial steps being taken. “We do appreciate that Pakistan is saying the right thing, has taken the initial step that we’re looking for, but we reserve judgment because we have seen backpacking in the past,” the official said.
The official said the US wants to “reserve judgment” till it sees if the steps they are taking are actually irreversible. Observing that only time will tell about Pakistan’s future course of action, the US official said Khan as of now has made the right statement.
One dead, 46 hurt in Venezuela May Day clashes
Caracas: May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in Caracas left a woman dead and 46 people injured on Wednesday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally demonstrators against President Nicolas Maduro. Jurubith Rausseo, 27, died at a clinic after being hit by a “bullet in the head during (a) demonstration,” the non-governmental Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict said on Twitter, condemning her “murder.”
Human rights organizations and health services reported 46 people injured in Wednesday’s clashes, including one person with a gunshot wound. Tensions in Venezuela have soared since Guaido, who heads the National Assembly legislature, invoked the constitution to declare himself acting president on January 23, claiming Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate.
National Guard troops fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters attempting to block a highway close to the air base in eastern Caracas where Guaido had tried on Tuesday to spark a military uprising. A second day of confrontations between opposition supporters and Maduro’s security services came as the United States said it was prepared to take military action, if necessary, to stem the crisis in the South American nation.
Guaido rallied his supporters in Caracas in the Labor Day demonstrations, urging them to stay in the streets. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Venezuela’s authorities not to use deadly force against demonstrators, while the US and Russia accused each other of making the crisis worse, evoking Cold War confrontations of the past. In box Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight ‘any coup plotter’
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday called on the armed forces to oppose “any coup plotter” after a failed military uprising by forces supporting opposition leader Juan Guaido. “Yes, we are in combat, keep morale high in this fight to disarm any traitor, any coup plotter,” Maduro said at a televised event with the military high command in which he appeared surrounded by soldiers.
Human impact on droughts dates back to 20th Century
Washington: A new study has claimed that greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles generated by human beings were affecting the worldwide drought risk as far back as the early 20th century. The study compared predicted and real-world soil moisture data to look for human influences on global drought patterns in the 20th century. Climate models predicted that a human ‘fingerprint’ —a global pattern of regional drying and wetting characteristic of the climate response to greenhouse gases — should be visible early in the 1900s and increase over time as emissions increased.
Using observational data such as precipitation and historical data reconstructed from tree rings, the researchers found that the real-world data began to align with the fingerprint within the first half of the 20th century. The team said the study is the first to provide historical evidence connecting human-generated emissions and drought at near-global scales, lending credibility to forward-looking models that predict such a connection.
According to the research, the fingerprint is likely to grow stronger over the next few decades, potentially leading to severe human consequences. The study’s key drought indicator was the Palmer Drought Severity Index or PDSI. The PDSI provides researchers with average soil moisture over long periods of time, making it especially useful for research on climate change in the past. “We were pretty surprised that you can see this human fingerprint, this human climate change signal, emerge in the first half of the 20th century,” said Ben Cook, who co-led the study with Marvel. The story changed briefly between 1950 and 1975, as the atmosphere became cooler and wetter. —ANI
Press freedom under serious threat from governments worldwide: IPI
Governments across the world are increasingly clamping down on press freedom by enacting new laws, according to a global network of journalists. Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) said in its latest report that as many as 55 journalists were killed since May last year.
In Bangladesh, journalists face up to life imprisonment for violating the country's new Digital Security Act, it said in a statement on Tuesday.
With 139 journalists in prison including IPI Executive Board member Kadri Gursel, Turkey remains the world's top jailer of journalists, the IPI said.
In Pakistan, where critical media is subject to vicious smear campaigns, the government has stopped state advertising in the influential daily Dawn and targeted individual journalists such as Cyril Almeida, who faces treason charges for his coverage of militancy, it said.
In the US, the Department of Justice is contemplating changes in the guidelines to make it easier for prosecutors to obtain journalists' records, while the US' criminal indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has raised concerns around broader implications for press freedom, the IPI said.
In the UK, journalists have opposed government's move to enact new legislation that will allow police to access their data, it said.
IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2019, said: "Press freedom globally is under intense and growing pressure, as illiberal-minded governments seek to shut down critical voices and, in many cases, deliberately erode the credibility of independent media".
"We are witnessing a dangerous combination of tried-and-true methods of attacking the press - including arbitrary jailings and physical attacks that end in impunity - as well as a new wave of rhetoric and smear campaigns to portray the media and journalism as an enemy of the people so as to undercut the press' watchdog role," she said.
While on the one hand governments are attempting to curtail press freedom, on the other journalists around the world are being killed with impunity, the IPI added.
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