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SIMI financier held in Bhopal - 4/28/2014

Indian Express The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Madhya Pradesh Police arrested SIMI operative Gulrez Mustafa just outside the Bhopal railway station on Sunday, when a police team from Delhi was bringing back key SIMI member Abu Faisal, alias Doctor, who was arrested in December.

Besides raising money for the organisation and working as a conduit between at least three different modules, Mustafa is alleged to have provided shelter to Faisal and given him over Rs 1 lakh after the latter escaped, along with five other accomplices, from the Khandwa jail in October last year. 

Faisal, who was re-arrested in December, is being investigated for his alleged links with the Indian Mujahideen and for his suspected role in several terror acts. The Delhi Police Special Cell had taken Faisal’s custody last week, and he was brought back to Bhopal on Sunday.

ATS officials said they had received a tip-off about the likely presence of a SIMI operative near the railway station. The ATS has been given custody of Mustafa, a resident of Indore, till May 5.

The ATS said Mustafa’s presence near the station when Faisal was being brought back to Bhopal needed further investigation. No weapon was found on Mustafa.

ATS chief Sanjeev Shami said Mustafa was a key link between the SIMI modules in Solapur, Ujjain and Rajasthan. While he did not elaborate on the source of funds, he said Mustafa had been funding all the three modules for some time.

Asked about speculation that Mustafa was involved in the Patna blasts, the ATS said there was no evidence yet.

UN: 3.5 million Syrians desperately need aid - 4/24/2014

GN United Nations: Almost 3.5 million civilians in Syria have virtually no access to desperately needed humanitarian aid and people are dying needlessly every day as violence and extremism escalate and the risk of sectarian violence grows, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday.

In a report to the Security Council, the UN chief criticised both the Syrian government and rebel forces for their failure to implement a UN resolution adopted in February. The resolution is aimed at eliminating obstacles to deliver food, medicine and other essentials to millions of civilians caught up in the three-year civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people.

The resolution demanded that all parties, especially the Syrian government, promptly allow safe access for humanitarian aid across conflict lines and borders. It called on both sides to immediately lift sieges of populated areas and stop depriving civilians of food. It also demanded a halt to indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombardment, including the use of barrel bombs in populated areas and the withdrawal of all foreign fighters from Syria.

Two months since the adoption of Security Council resolution 2139, none of the parties to the conflict have adhered to the demands of the council, the secretary-general said.

The security situation is deteriorating and humanitarian access to those most in need is not improving, Ban said. Thousands of people are not getting the medical care, including life-saving medicines, that they need. ... Almost 3.5 million civilians remain largely without access to essential goods and services.

The secretary-general said the council’s call on both sides to lift the sieges of populated areas has not been heard, and I consider it shameful that nearly a quarter of a million people are being deliberately forced to live under such conditions.

He reported indiscriminate aerial bombardments by the government, indiscriminate mortar attacks and shelling by armed opposition groups, and said foreign fighters continue to support all sides to the Syrian conflict, including extremist groups, armed opposition groups and the government.

Ban said the Security Council, which has been deeply divided over Syria but united to adopt the February resolution, must take action to deal with these flagrant violations ... of international law.

The resolution threatened no sanctions  at the insistence of Russia, which is Syrias closest ally - but it did express the council’s intention to take further steps if its demands are not fulfilled.

Diplomats have talked of a new humanitarian resolution and France has drafted, but not yet circulated, a resolution to refer the Syrian conflict to the International Criminal Court. But winning approval in the council for any resolution with teeth will almost certainly prove very difficult.

The secretary-general said that denying medicine to the sick and wounded is a clear violation of international law “yet medicines are routinely denied to those who need them, including tens of thousands of women, children and elderly.” He again called on the Syrian government to streamline procedures for aid convoys and grant blanket approvals to reach all those desperately in need of assistance.

Approximately 9.3 million people  more than 6.5 million displaced by the fighting  are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance within Syria, including the 3.5 million in areas that are difficult or impossible to reach and have virtually no access to aid, Ban said.

The secretary-general reported that the UN World Food Programme delivered food to 4.1 million people in March, up from 3.7 million in February. But he said aid only reached 34 of the 262 locations identified as being hard to reach or besieged, and humanitarian agencies are facing increasing challenges to deliver assistance.

Congratulations - Calisto Abel Mathias - 4/23/2014

Indian High School Dubai                                21 Students of IHS announced as winners of Hamdan Award this Year!

It is one of the most prestigious and joyous moments for Indian High School, Dubai as 21 students of the school, have been announced winners of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award, for distinguished academic performance.  We're proud to say that it is highest number of students winning the award from a school in UAE.

The school takes pride in its students as they have thrived and made a mark for themselves and won this prestigious award:


Annalie Gracious (12  Arts)
Arushi Wahi (11 Sc. B)
Keerthana Subramanian (11Sci.A)
Nagalakunta Kavya  (10-A)
Athira Anand Kuniyal (10-B)
Ruchika Lalla (9-F)
Shashwik Divakar Shetty (8-Q)
Rebecca Mary John (8-C)
Wamika Malik (7-F)
Aparajita Rameshan (7-H)
Karan Jayashankar (6-V)
Manthan Chandrahekhar (6-V)
J .Bhuvaneshwari (5-A)
Prapti Jayanad (4-A)
Vihan Tripathi (4-P)
Ebin V. Royce (4-V)
Disha Prakash (3-J)
Calisto Abel Mathias (3-Q)  - (Son of Canute & Asha Mathias - Mudarangadi / Dubai)

Aarush Kumar (3-V)Photo
Anirudh Kumar (3-V)
Suchetha Satish (3-E)


Congratulations to all the winners and all the very best to the aspiring students.

Mumbai:Rani Mukerji ties the knot with Aditya Chopra secretly in Italy! - 4/23/2014


Mumbai: Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji married her long-time boyfriend and YRF scion Aditya Chopra in secret ceremony yesterday.

The couple chose Italy for their wedding location and the event was witnessed by close family and friends.

Yash Raj films has confirmed the news and issued a statement saying, We are happy to announce that Mr. Aditya Chopra and Ms. Rani Mukerji got married last night on 21st April in Italy. The wedding was a very small intimate affair with very close family and friends.

While the whole world waited for years for them to come out open about their relation, Both Rani and Aditya dropped the M-bomb last night by tying the knot.

Rani Mukerji too shared the good news with world saying, I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years. I know that all my well-wishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me. It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us. The one person I missed terribly was Yash Uncle, but I know he was there with us in spirit and his love and blessings will always be with Adi and me. I have always believed in fairy-tales and with God's grace my life has been exactly like one, and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life – the fairy-tale continues.

Movie critic Taran Adarsh has confirmed the news by tweeting earlier this morning about the event.

Taran Adarsh tweeted, Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji got married last night on 21st April in Italy. The wedding was a very small intimate affair.

Finally the hoopla around their secret affair has got a name... congratulations to the couple!!!

Fleet of 3 aircraft ensures Modi is home every night after day's campaigning - 4/22/2014

Fleet of 3 aircraft ensures Modi is home every night after day's campaigning
Modi uses a fleet of 3 aircraft to ensure that he returns home every night after campaigning.

AHMEDABAD: Ever since he kick-started his campaign, Narendra Modi has been criss-crossing the country. But, BJP's PM candidate has rarely felt homesick, thanks to a fleet of three aircraft — one jet and two choppers — which bring him home every night.

Modi has addressed over 150 rallies across the country, clocking 2.4 lakh km, or an average of about 1,100km a day. He has logged in the most flying hours, followed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, industry experts said.

Almost every day, Modi takes off from Ahmedabad airport in an EMB-135BJ, an Embraer aircraft, for his rallies. The jet is owned by Karnavati Aviation, a group company of the Adani Group. "We record two movements of Modi's aircraft daily. No matter where he goes to address rallies, he always comes back home," said an air traffic control official.

Recently, Modi's aircraft was denied permission to fly by DGCA in Delhi for over two hours, following which he lashed out at the central government for stalling his movement. Ever since, Modi has increased the use of choppers to cover smaller distances. "Mostly, politicians use chopper to reach places where bigger aircraft can't reach," said an ATC official.

Over the past few days, Modi flew in an Augusta AW-139 chopper, owned by the DLF Group, for his rallies in north India, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

According to ATC officials, Modi has also flown in a Bell 412 chopper owned by a private charter service. According to experts, the cost of flying in a single-engine chopper is around Rs 70,000 to Rs 75000 per hour while in the case of a twin-engine chopper, the cost goes up to Rs 1 to 1.2 lakh per hour. For jets, the flying cost per hour comes to Rs 3 lakh.

Around 130 air charter service operators across the country are profiting from the extensive use of helicopters and business jets by parties and politicians. Industry sources said they're spending Rs 350-400 crore on chartered planes for campaigns.

The secretary of Business Aircraft Operator's Association RK Bali said the sector was witnessing negative growth of 2 per cent in the past two years but there had been a spurt in business after campaigning started. "This is the only boom time in the air charter services industry," he said.

Capt GR Gopinath, pioneer of low-cost aviation in India, said elections were a good time for the air charter industry. "It is more visible because of the glamour, sound and fury that surround a chopper or a business jet," he said.

Facebook 'love' story ends in tragedy - 4/21/2014

GN Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India: A young man shot dead a woman he met on Facebook and fell in love with after a three-year online relationship.

The romance blossomed on the social-networking site after Vineet Singh, 22, met Jyoti Kori, 45, a mother of three.

Their first meeting came to a tragic end when Singh was outraged after realising that Kori had lied to him on Facebook, claiming she was 21-years old and unmarried.

The incident took place in the postcard-perfect Marble Rocks Waterfall in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India.

After shooting Kori, Singh then shot himself and died at a local hospital later.

Police reported that Singh, who hails from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh state, was jobless, while Kori was the bored housewife, but a Facebook regular. 

Police learnt about the incident when Vineet, gasping for breath and soaked in his own blood, sought help from horrified people nearby.

Harinarayanachari Mishra, superintendent of police (SP)  in Jabalpur, said the two were in touch for about three years.

Kori's husband, who works as a clerk in the irrigation department, and their three children, including her 21-year-old eldest daughter, had no clue about what was going on.

Witnesses said when Singh was brought to the hospital, he kept saying a married woman had cheated him.

The two had never exchanged photographs and their meeting on Friday was their first, said police, who learnt that Kori had told her family she was going to her mother's home for two days, while Singh told his parents he was going to Delhi to hunt for a job.

The woman left home and went to her parental home on Thursday, but left early in the morning.
It was not immediately clear how Singh managed to get the murder weapon.

Sringeri: Kabeer killing: No case against ANF personnel yet, victims booked! - 4/21/2014

Sringeri, Apr 21, 2014: No case has been registered against ANF personnel who shot a civilian to death at a check-post near Sringeri in Chikmagalur district last week.
Kabeer (23), a resident of Krishanpur had lost his life in the alleged fake encounter in the wee hours of Saturday while transporting cattle along with four others.

Home Minister K J George said that action would be taken against the personnel involved in the incident only after CID submits a preliminary investigation report.

When Mangalore North MLA Moihiuddeen Bawa appealed Mr George for CBI while participating in a debate on Kannada news channel, the latter rebutted it saying, “For each and every incident we can't order CBI probe, said an arrogant George.

Ironically, the Sringeri police have registered a case under Sections of 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), and 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code, against the encounter survivors, who were legally transporting the cattle.

Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim body slams Salim Khan, Salman for praising Modi - 4/19/2014


Aligarh: The Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis has slammed Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his father and film writer Salim Khan for praising Narendra Modi for pure commercial gains.

FMSA, a body of Aligarh Muslim University, mostly comprising Muslim intellectuals, passed a resolution her yesterday.

Reacting sharply to Salim Khan's launching the official Urdu website of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, recently, FMSA criticized Khans for practicing worse type of political opportunism for sake of pure commercial gain.

Individuals like Salim Khan, supported by the media, were going overboard in praising the so-called Gujarat model of economic growth without verifying the ground realities, FMSA secretary Jasim Mohammad said in the resolution.

It was further stated in the resolution that Salman Khanhad participated in annual Saifai Mahotsava organized by UP government in Etawah in January, when children and victims of Muzaffarnagar riots were allegedly dying from cold in relief camps and have now joined the Modi bandwagon to appease forces, which face charges of genocide in Gujarat.

It was also mentioned that core issue was not about supporting or opposing any political party but taking a moral stand when the very basic principles on which the constitution was founded are under threat.

Six killed in Everest avalanche: mountaineering official - 4/18/2014

NDTV news
Six killed in Everest avalanche: mountaineering official
Kathmandu:  At least six climbers have been killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early on Friday, with all of the dead believed to be Nepalese sherpas working on the peak ahead of the start of the climbing season, officials said on Monday.

"Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP.

The avalanche occurred at around 6:45 am (0100 GMT) at an altitude of about 5,800 metres (19,000 feet) in an area known as the "popcorn field" which lies on the route into the treacherous Khumbu icefall, Sherpa said.

He said that many other climbers had also suffered injuries, but could not give exact numbers.

A tourism ministry official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the climbers were all of Nepalese origin and were preparing the route to the summit ahead of the main climbing season which kicks off later this month.

"So far, we know that 14 Nepali climbers were taking equipment and baggage up to the area, it is unclear how many have been hit," the official said.

An executive at a US climbing company told CNN that the avalanche had struck while guides were preparing the route for mountaineers.

Vamanjooreans stage Twin Konkani drama's on May 30 - 4/17/2014

Roshan Desilva Dubai: Vamanjoreans U.A.E., a vibrant association of Vamanjoor-parishioners residing in U.A.E. is all set to stage a drama of great play write Late MicMax titled: 'Chintnen, SobdanAniKarnen'. There will also be another drama of Late M.P.DSs Kazarachi Dhorne. The twin dramas will be staged at the Sh. Rashid Auditorium on Friday, May 30, 2014, starts 6:00p.m. onwards.

Vamanjoor Parish of Mangalore Diocese has been blessed with very famous dramatis/actors as a hosts of talented artists, poets and drama writers and journalists born and lived in this parish. To name a few; Late Cha PraD'Costa, a great poet and play write who resided in Vamanjoor. 

The main goal of Vamanjoor association is to help under privileged of their parish. Special attraction of the drama is to introduce Vamanjoorean talented actors to UA.E and audience and all actors will be flown from Vamanjoor. 

The play 'Chintnen, SobdanAniKarnen' will be directed by award winning director Denis Monteiro, who has acted and directed almost all of Cha Pra's dramas. Vamanjoor’s young music director and singer RoystonPinto will be providing music for this drama.

For more info: Jhonson Monteiro: 050-7282738 , Jerry Lobo – 050-4621410, Ronney Serrao – 050-4503425, Stephen Menezes- 055-6543161

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