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Chilly weather to persist over the weekend in UAE - 2/7/2014

GN Residents enjoy the cold weather at Jumeirah beach
The weather bureau has warned that Gulf waters will be choppy over the weekend as strong, cold north-westerly winds blow in from the upper Arabian Gulf.

People are advised not go boating and the bureau warns of waves as high as 14 feet offshore.

The winds have also helped drop temperatures across the emirates and residents will continue to enjoy the cooler weather over the weekend, according to National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

“We hope people enjoy the pleasant and partly cloudy weather during the daytime,” said a duty forecaster.

He, however, warned residents to wear warm clothes in the evening and night as conditions would be very cold and windy, especially in the mountainous and desert areas.

The UAE has been experiencing unstable weather for the past several days. Some parts of the country, particularly in the northern emirates, have seen scattered showers. Forecasters said the unstable weather system has also hit several other countries in the region with the mercury falling below zero in Kuwait and north-eastern Saudi Arabia.According to the forecast for the next 48 hours, the weather will continue to be partly cloudy with cold and strong winds at times, especially in the northern emirates and over the Arabian Gulf waters. Humidity will increase leading to fog late at night and early on Friday.

Boy rapes eight-year-old sister - 2/7/2014


London: A boy of 13 raped his eight-year-old sister after watching hardcore pornography on an Xbox at his home.

The boy watched the material with a friend on the games console while his parents were out of the room.

He told police that after watching porn he had decided to try it out and copied some of the sex acts he had seen online.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted raping the girl, indecently assaulting her and inciting her to perform a sexual act on him.

His mother found out about the attack after taking her daughter to the doctor. The boy was bailed by Blackburn magistrates for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

The shocking case highlights the ease with which young children can get access to hardcore pornography through games consoles.

Service providers offer new customers the chance to block porn from computers automatically.

However the filters are often not applied at the wider network level, meaning that indecent material can be downloaded on other devices in the house such as Xboxes, PlayStations, iPads and mobile phones.

Luxury car dealer who sent 400 cars to India using fake papers from UAE arrested in Delhi - 2/5/2014


An Indian car dealer, allegedly operating from the UAE under a fictitious name and passport, has been arrested in India in connection with a Dh30 million luxury car import scam.

The man was arrested by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at a New Delhi hotel on February 1 while he was on a visit, Kanchan Prasad, Chief Information Officer of the investigating authority, told XPRESS.

The Keralite has been identified as Alex C. Joseph, 52, alias Abey John.

Prasad said: The allegation in the FIR of the CBI case is that the said private person in connivance with officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and unknown others had imported luxury vehicles (cars) through Indian seaports violating pre- and post-import provisions and in this process, cheated and caused loss to the tune of Rs484 million (Dh28.5 million) to the Government of India in the matter of import duty.


A case had been earlier registered against the person at Palarivattom Police Station for using a fake passport. The case is under investigation. It is alleged that the fake passport, in another name, has gone missing and only photo copies of the initial pages are available, she said.

Joseph is alleged to have ordered about 400 high-end cars for influential clients from used car dealers in the region and sent them through repatriated Indian workers. Under the Indian Customs Act, imports of cars are permitted during transfer of residence. CBI has seized 33 cars, including Rolls-Royce, Range Rover, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

According to Indian press reports, Joseph travelled from Sharjah on a passport allegedly issued in Dubai on October 17, 2004 in the name of Abey John and was detained in Hyderabad in November 2011. But the passport was lost in March 2012, following which his detention was annulled. A comment was not available from the Indian Consulate.

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets a February 24 MWC launch date - 2/4/2014

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Samsung Electronics Co will unveil a new version of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone this month, but expectations are low that features such as a bigger screen will lead to a sharp jump in sales given intensifying competition.

Samsung sent out invitations on Tuesday for "Samsung unPacked 5" event on February 24 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The launch has been brought forward by around three weeks after sales of Samsung's Galaxy S4 came in weaker than expected, analysts said.

The world's biggest smartphone maker is bracing for its weakest mobile annual profit growth in seven years amid fierce competition from Apple Inc and Chinese vendors, and as growth for high-end smartphones eases due to near saturation in many markets.

The S5 is widely expected to feature a bigger screen, an improved rear camera and biometric functions such as iris recognition or a fingerprint scanner. It may also come with an improved Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
samsung_unpacked_5_invitation.jpgThe launch at the annual industry gathering is set to reflect a new emphasis on costs, marking a departure from the glitzy marketing Samsung has deployed in the past, including the use of actors and a full live orchestra to launch the S4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall last year.

A bigger screen for the S5 may not become much of a selling point as Apple is widely expected to introduce large-screen smartphones - Samsung's mainstay products - later this year. Apple is also expected to gain ground in China after it began selling iPhones through China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile carrier by subscribers, last month.

More challenges may come from China's PC maker Lenovo Group which announced last week it would buy Google Inc's Motorola Mobility handset unit for $2.9 billion.

Decision to honour Sachin Tendulkar with Bharat Ratna taken in 24 hours, reveals RTI - 2/4/2014

NDTV news New Delhi:  The process of conferring the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna on batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was initiated on the first day of his farewell 200th cricket Test on November 14, 2013 and the announcement made two days later, according to an RTI reply.

A message was sent to Sports Ministry by the Prime Minister's Office(PMO) signed by Director Rajeev Topno for sending a bio-data of Tendulkar in a faxed format at 1.35 pm on November 14, 2013, according to a document provided by the PMO to sports enthusiast Hemant Dube in response to a Right to Information(RTI) query.

Acting on it, the Sports Ministry sent the desired bio-data in the requested format to the PMO at 5.22 pm. The bio-data was sent by SPS Tomar, Under Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, with the approval of the Secretary, Sports.

Tendulkar was playing his historic 200th Test match that began on November 14 at his home ground in Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Rahul Gandhi watched the match the next day.

On November 15, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after completing the necessary formalities had sent the proposal to confer Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval, the RTI document said.

A day later, the decision to confer Bharat Ratna on the master blaster was announced, Dube said quoting the document. The Prime Minister had informed Tendulkar about the decision on November 17, through a letter, he said. Dube, who is a cancer patient, sought the information through RTI on November 27 last year.

He was provided the relevant documents running into 14 pages under the RTI Act by the PMO through a letter, dated January 17 and signed by Deputy Secretary and Central Public Information Officer Sayyed Irkam Rizwi.

Citing the provisions of the RTI Act, the concerned official in the PMO said in his reply, "The communication between the Prime Minister and the President is a privileged communication under the provision of Article 74(2)of the Constitution of India and is not to be disclosed. "However, a copy of the relevant file noting and correspondence pertaining to the award of Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar excluding privileged communication running into 14 pages can be provided."

Nido Taniam's death: After Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal to join protesters today - 2/4/2014

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Nido Taniam's death: After Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal to join protesters today
New Delhi:  Rahul Gandhi did it yesterday. Today, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will join students from the North-East in a 'dharna' to protest against the death of  Nido Taniam, a 20-year-old from Arunachal Pradesh, who died after he was beaten up by a group of men last week in a market.

The students are on an indefinite protest to demand a fast-track investigation into Nido's death and action against the police for not doing enough to help him. They said Mr Kejriwal has promised to meet Delhi's Lieutenant Governor and press for immediate police action. Delhi's police reports to the L-G who is the Centre's representative in the capital. 

On Monday evening, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met the student protesters and promised that justice will be delivered for Nido.  Around him placards read, "We are not outsiders."
"What happened to Nido is totally unacceptable," said Mr Gandhi. "There is only one India. And that India belongs to all of us.  We are going to ensure you get respect in this country. Full stop." (Watch video here)

He has reportedly asked Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to order an investigation. "Rahulji has called up Shindeji in front of us and requested for the probe," PTI quoted a student as saying. Student union representatives will meet Mr Shinde this morning. (Nido Taniam's death: Rahul Gandhi asks Home Minister Shinde to act)
Mr Gandhi, who is leading the Congress party's campaign for the national election, spent nearly 30 minutes with the protesters. They said they expect Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi's new "activist" chief minister, to do more and actually sit on protest with them today. "If he can sit for a dharna for his Law Minister, then I think he should also sit for we Indians, why only for his Law Minister?" a student said.
Nido was studying in Jalandhar and was vacationing in Delhi when he was beaten up with rods and sticks, allegedly by a group of shopkeepers who ridiculed his appearance and his dyed hair. The police say it negotiated a settlement and that Nido then went to his sister's home where he was found dead in his bed the next day.
According to the Delhi Police, six people have been booked for assaulting Nido. Three of them have been arrested and two of the other three are juveniles.

Chinese warships hold rare exercises in Indian Ocean - 2/4/2014

TOI BEIJING: After conducting rare exercises in the Indian Ocean, a flotilla of three Chinese warships has entered the West Pacific Ocean to start a drill there.

The warships from the Nanhai Fleet are China's largest amphibious landing craft Changbaishan and destroyers Wuhan and Haikou.

The ships conducted 10 exercises, including anti-pirate, joint search and rescue, and damage control drills in the Indian Ocean from January 29, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.

The report did not mention the location where the drills took place.

Exercises based on defence and settlement of emergencies were also conducted to test the command system's response and soldiers' combat skills.

Changbaishan is China's largest landing ship by gross tonnage and is equipped with an advanced weapons system.

Both Wuhan and Haikou have participated in major drills and escort missions in the Gulf of Aden.

The flotilla passed along the Lombok Strait, Makassar Strait and the Sulawesi Sea to enter the West Pacific Ocean.

Celebrities endorsing products also liable for misleading advertisements: Panel - 2/4/2014

TOI NEW DELHI: If the skin whitening cream isn't as phenomenal as advertised or the hair oil not producing a lush mop as promised, you may soon be able to claim compensation not only from the advertisers, but from the celebrities endorsing the product.
Celebrities endorsing products also liable for misleading advertisements: Panel

The Central Consumer Protection Council (CCPC), under the chairmanship of minister K V Thomas, on Monday decided to set up a sub-committee to suggest strategies to deal with such advertisers. Among the concerns raised was peddling of products by celebrities.

"About 50% of the daylong conference was spent addressing ... the huge impact of misleading advertisements, particularly food items, hair oil and health products," said a CCPC member who attended the meeting in Kochi. "Even the celebrities must pay compensation in case there is a complaint," said Joseph Victor, a CCPC member.

Panel mulls measures to monitor ad claims

What seems to have moved the consumer affairs ministry is a direction from the MP high court to set up an ad monitoring panel as recommended by the Vibha Bhargava Commission. "An ad monitoring committee with proper budgetary support from the Centre may be set up to monitor the advertisements on regular basis... the committee will have the powers to (take) corrective actions and (impose) compensation," the CCPC said.

Sources said that the decision was taken unanimously by CCPC, which has members from central and state governments, besides representatives from consumer organizations and academicians. The sub-committee may be formed in less than a week and could submit its recommendations by February-end, sources said.

Some members told TOI the issue of southern superstar Mamootty endorsing products was discussed. "We have similar problems across the country. We have Shahrukh Khan or some other Hindi film star endorsing consumer items and they get huge payment for doing so. A misleading ads featuring such famous faces shown on TV even for a day serves the purpose of advertisers. We discussed how suo motu action can be taken against ads which have been withdrawn. Even the celebrities must pay compensation in case there is a complaint," said Joseph Victor, a CCPC member.

Another member, Ashim Sanyal, said he had raised the issue of monitoring ads, which are in huge numbers and across different modes and media. "We need to plan the mechanism for monitoring. The sub-committee will come out with directions and provisions to deal with the menace," he added. Lok Sabha MP Charles Dias, who also attended the meeting, told TOI that concerns were raised on manufacturers' ad spend, which is passed on to buyers. "Most of us felt that there should some sort of monitoring on how much is being spent on advertisements," he said.

Mission Impossible:Three students hunt for Dawood, return home - 2/3/2014

Patna, Feb 3 (IANS) : Three school students embarked on a mission to get-rich-quick by hunting down Dawood Ibrahim and handing over the underworld don to authorities. The sheepish students are now back home after they ran out of money.

The class nine students of St Michael High School in this Bihar capital went missing last week and only returned home after their mission to catch Dawood Ibrahim failed, said police Monday.

Patna police is stunned over their motive and mission.

Police have now appealed to parents to take greater care of their children.

Please take care of your wards and keep a watch on their activities, so that they don't take the wrong path, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said.

India's top intelligence agencies are trying hard for years to catch the fugitive Dawood Ibrahim. And till date they have failed to make a breakthrough.

But the three students, either inspired by films or TV serials, decided to make plenty of money in a short span of time by catching Dawood Ibrahim.

Three of them decided to go on their mission in school itself. They felt that by catching Dawood Ibrahim and handing him over to the Indian government, they would get crores of rupees as reward which they can use to enjoy life later, he said.

Manu Maharaj said that police got to know of their motive when they began the search to locate the three missing boys.

Police managed to trace one of them Bipin Kumar, who said that they were not interested in studies and chalked out a plan to catch Dawood Ibrahim to make millions, he said.

Another police official, said that three boys were confident of nabbing Dawood Ibrahim.

They decided to approach (Bihars ruling Janata Dal-United legislator) Anant Singh for financial help to catch Dawood. They tried to meet Singh but failed.

According to police officials, the students decided to go ahead with plan when they were on way to school.

First they visited a mall before leaving Patna and reached Mokama and then went to Kolkata.

Soon after reaching Kolkata, they realized that mission is impossible.

They soon decided to return home as they had few hundreds left with them, police officials said.

Manoj Jha, a police official, said two separate cases had been lodged.

Manu Maharaj said parents must teach children to concentrate on their studies.

A teacher of their school said on condition of anonymity that three three boys were least bothered about their studies.

Earthquake strikes off western coast of Greece, USGS says - 2/3/2014


(CNN) -- A magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck off the western coast of Greece early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake hit near the island of Cephalonia, roughly 300 kilometers (185 miles) west of Athens, at a depth of about 14 kilometers (9 miles), the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

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