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London attack: Killer Khalid Masood escaped from MI5's radar

London attack: Killer Khalid Masood escaped from MI5's radar

The terrorist who murdered four people in Westminster was investigated by MI5 for violent extremism but was ruled out as a threat by security services before being re-radicalised.Khalid Masood, 52, was named by Scotland Yard as the Islamic State-inspired extremist who was shot dead inside the gates of Parliament on Wednesday, as eight suspected associates were arrested in raids in London and Birmingham. Last night it emerged that Masood was born Adrian Elms and is thought to have been ..., 8 minutes ago

WikiLeaks releases CIA hacking tactics for Apple products

The Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published today by WikiLeaks. In its second release allegedly from the CIA's arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency has been able since 2008 to insert it bugs onto new and unused iPhones by intervening in Apple's supply and distribution network. The release follows the initial ...
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Minister Sidhu can continue with TV shows: Punjab AG

Punjab advocate general Atul Nanda has not found any conflict of interest between Navjot Singh Sidhu's office as state cabinet minister and his working for television shows.Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has confirmed that he has received the report of the advocate general on the issue, according to Raveen Thukral, the media adviser to the chief minister. In the circumstances, the chief minister said, there was no hindrance in Sidhus continuing with the TV shows. Sidhu is a ...
 Rediff.com9 hours ago Sidhu cannot continue with TV show, lawyers tell Punjab CM  Rediff.com18 hours ago

Airtel to acquire Tikona's 4G biz for about Rs 1,600 cr

With this acquisition, Airtel will be second company, after Reliance Jio, in the country to have pan-India presence in 2300 Mhz band Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursday said it will acquire 4G business of Tikona Networks, including broadband spectrum and 350 sites across 5 circles, for about Rs 1,600 crore (Rs 16 billion). "Bharti Airtel shall acquire the 4G busienss of Tikona for "approximately Rs 1,600 crore for the transaction", the company said in a regulatory filing. Tikona currently ...
 Rediff.com8 hours ago

Military procurement must be fast-tracked: Army chief

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday strongly pitched for fast-tracking procurement of defence systems to enhance India's military capability and said that armed forces must remain ready for warfare along the borders. General Rawat also said that adequate focus must be on ensuring that "trial procedure" for procurement of military equipment does not linger on for too long, in an indication of his unhappiness over the delay in modernisation of armed forces. In his address at a ...
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Chinese troops march in Pakistan day parade

IMAGE: Chinese troops march as they take part in Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters Raking up the Kashmir issue as an “unfinished agenda” of partition, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday accused India of “jeopardising” regional peace through “consistent” ceasefire violations. Speaking at the annual Republic Day military parade attended for the first time by troops from China and Saudi Arabia, ...
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2007 Mecca Masjid blast: Aseemanand gets bail

A court has granted bail to Swami Aseemanand in the Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast case. Following the bail hearing, the controversial former member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  will be released sometime on Thursday.On May 18, 2007, an improvised explosive device was detonated inside Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, killing nine people. Initially, the role of terror outfits such as LeT was suspected.In May 2011, National Investigation Agency officials had chargesheeted Swami ...
 Rediff.com14 hours ago 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case: Swami Aseemanand gets bail  Rediff.com8 hours ago

Firebrand Hindu cleric as CM shocking rebuke to minorities: NYT

The move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party to name "firebrand Hindu cleric" Yogi  Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh's chief minister is a "shocking rebuke" to religious minorities, a leading US daily said today in its editorial. The New York Times in the highly critical editorial titled 'Modi's Perilous Embrace of Hindu Extremists' said since he was elected in 2014, Modi has played a "cagey game, appeasing his party's hard-line Hindu base while promoting secular goals of development and ...
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UP meat-producers mull legal options against ban on mechanised abattoirs

As the Yogi Adityanath Yogi government goes after mechanised slaughterhouses, meat producers in Uttar Pradesh say the action conflicts with the Centre's policy of encouraging the meat industry and are considering going to court against it. "The Centre has been encouraging the meat industry and the food processing ministry too provides aid of upto 50 per cent to support them. But the UP government has ordered a ban on all mechanised slaughter houses," a senior functionary of the All India ...
 Rediff.com9 hours ago

PM Modi greets Sharif on Pak National Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan's National Day and said India wants to have good neighbourly relations with it in an "environment free from terror and violence", a development that comes amid continued strain in ties between the two countries.  According to sources, Prime Minister Modi wrote a letter to Sharif to wish him on the Pakistan National Day.  In the letter, Modi said India wants to have good relations with all its ...
 Rediff.com9 hours ago
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