Manchester attack: CCTV shows bomber before arena blast

Salman Abedi

CCTV images showing suicide bomber Salman Abedi on the night he attacked the Manchester Arena killing 22 people have been been released by police.

Fourteen locations are being searched and 12 men are in custody on suspicion of terror offences.

Abedi’s identity was known within two hours of Monday’s attack, police said.
On Sunday, police carried out a search in Manchester’s Moss Side. Separately, a 25-year-old man was arrested in the Old Trafford area of the city.

The UK threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and soldiers deployed to support the police will be gradually withdrawn from Monday night.

Prime Minister Theresa May made the announcement after leading a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra on Saturday morning.

Armed police continue to guard hundreds of events across the UK over the bank holiday weekend.


Wembley was one of the venues with increased security this weekend

Hundreds of police were on duty as 50,000 fans attended The Courteeners concert at Old Trafford cricket ground – the first major music event in the city since the bombing.

Additional security measures will be in place for Sunday’s Great Manchester Run, where tens of thousands of runners are expected to participate, including Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham.

Other major events on Sunday include the League Two play-off final at Wembley and the second day of Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull.

Mrs May said significant activity by the police during the last 24 hours had led to the threat being reduced.

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It is unclear where the newly released images of Abedi were taken and from what time on Monday evening.

Greater Manchester Police have made an appeal to the public for information about the bomber’s movements since 18 May, when he returned to the UK.

Police said the investigation – which is “making good progress” – has around 1,000 people working on it and hundreds more officers involved in the security across Greater Manchester.

Officers said they arrested 14 people in Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and Merseyside – but a woman and a 16-year-old boy were later released without charge.

Abedi’s city centre flat was one of the last places he went – and where he may have made the final touches to his explosive device – before going to the arena, police have said.


On Saturday police raided a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester

Seven children were among those who died when the Manchester-born 22-year-old detonated the bomb on Monday night, at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

A vigil has been announced for 29-year-old victim Martyn Hett, which will take place at Heaton Moor Park in Stockport on Sunday evening.

And the family of student Georgina Callander, from Lancashire, have said she was “as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, with a smile that was never ending. She always had big hugs for everyone and her life was blooming like the flowers she loved”.


Georgina Callander’s family issued a tribute to their daughter

In a statement issued through Greater Manchester Police, they said her life was “taken away after 18 short years by evil, evil men prepared to ruin lives and destroy families, for what?”

They added: “I wish I could say that Georgina is one of the last to die in this way but unless our government opens its eyes we know we are only another in a long line of parents on a list that continues to grow.”

A total of 18 warrants have been carried out mainly across Greater Manchester since Monday.

On Saturday, officers used an explosive device to gain entry to a property in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester, where two men were arrested.
A joint statement from Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and Neil Basu, senior national co-ordinator from UK Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “This is still a live investigation which is not slowing down.

Our priorities are to understand the run up to this terrible event and to understand if more people were involved in planning this attack.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321. You can email images or footage that might be of assistance to


Video of youth tied to army jeep evokes anger

Srinagar, April 14 (IANS) A video of a youth tied to the front of a moving army jeep as a shield against stone pelters has evoked anger and shock in Kashmir. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the incident, if true, will be looked into, while the army said it is verifying the contents of the video.


Asked about the video that surfaced on social media on Friday, Rajnath Singh said in Kolkata: “Whatever and wherever any such thing happens, it will be looked into. I have not received any such information. When I get the information, then I will answer this question.”

Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh questioned the veracity of the video, and said, “What is the video about? Who has posted the video?”

“Until the video’s veracity is established, it is difficult to react,” the former Army chief said on the sidelines of a seminar in Mumbai.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, tweeting his shock over the video, wrote: “This young man was TIED to the front of an army jeep to make sure no stones were thrown at the jeep? This is just so shocking!”

Omar called for an inquiry. “A warning can be heard (in the video) saying stone pelters will meet this fate. This requires an urgent inquiry and follow up NOW.”

Defence Ministry spokesperson, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, in a statement said: “The contents of the video are being verified and investigated.”

With internet services restored in Kashmir Valley on Thursday night after Sunday’s deadly violence that led to the death of eight civilians in firing by security forces, many such videos emerged on social media sites on Friday.

Commenting on the video, Wasim Dar, a Kashmiri youth, posted on Twitter: “A boy killed from point blank range and another boy tied to the army jeep. What to do after seeing these videos.”

Another Twitter handle said the army’s actions were “dehumanising a whole population to cultivate total submission”.

“The strategy, that has recoiled back, spectacularly,” ProjectKashmir tweeted.

However, some twitter users defended the army’s action and said it helped to avoid the stone pelting.

“Find a pelter, tie him up, let his pelter brothers scratch their heads. What’s not to love? Should’ve thought of this since beginning,” said a tweet from “FrustratedIndian.

Rajnath Singh, asked about purported videos of human rights violation by forces in Kashmir, said: “I can say the security forces are providing security putting their own life at stake in the crisis situation in Kashmir.”

He said an FIR has been lodged and action was on regarding the treatment meted out to the Central Reserve Police Force troopers who were carrying the Electronic Voting Machines during the election.

Video clips, which went viral, showed a group of youths heckling and even pushing the troopers as they wound their way.

“The way the CRPF troopers carrying the EVMs were treated, I had ordered that FIR be lodged. The FIR has been lodged now. Interrogation is on,” said Rajnath Singh.


Uttarakhand elections result 2017: Final list of constituencies and their winners

The BJP has won Uttarakhand assembly elections with a massive win. The party put up a strong performance in the state polls and won 57 seats in the 70-member Assembly while Indian National Congress secured only 11 seats and other parties got only 2 seats.

Election Results 2017 Uttarakhand

Here is the entire list of constituencies:

  1. Almora constituency election results 2017: Raghunath Singh Chauhan (BJP)


  2. B.H.E.L. Ranipur constituency election results 2017: Adesh Chauhan (BJP)


  3. Badrinath constituency election results 2017: Mahendra Bhatt(BJP)


  4. Bageshwar constituency election results 2017: Chandan Ram Dass (BJP)


  5. Bajpur constituency election results 2017: Yashpal Arya (BJP)


  6. Bhagwanpur constituency election results 2017: Mamta Rakesh  (Congress)


  7. Bhimtal constituency election results 2017: Ram Singh Kaira (Independent)


  8. Chakrata constituency election results 2017: Pritam Singh (Congress)


  9. Champawat constituency election results 2017: Kailash Chandra Gahtori  (BJP)


  10. Dehradun Cantt. constituency election results 2017: Shri Harbans Kapoor (BJP)


  11. Devprayag constituency election results 2017: Vinod Kandari (BJP)


  12. Dhanolti constituency election results 2017: Pritam Singh Panwar (Independent)


  13. Dharampur constituency election results 2017: Vinod Chamoli (BJP)


  14. Dharchula constituency election results 2017: Harish Singh (Congress)


  15. Didihat constituency election results 2017: Vishan Singh (BJP)


  16. Doiwala constituency election results 2017: Trivendra Singh Rawat (BJP)


  17. Dwarahat constituency election results 2017: Mahesh Singh Negi (BJP)


  18. Gadarpur constituency election results 2017: Arvind Pandey (BJP)


  19. Gangolihat constituency election results 2017: Meena Gangola (BJP)


  20. Gangotri constituency election results 2017: Gopal Singh Rawat (BJP)


  21. Ghanshali constituency election results 2017: Shakti Lal Shah (BJP)


  22. Haldwani constituency election results 2017: Indira Hridayesh (Congress)


  23. Hardwar constituency election results 2017: Madan Kaushik (BJP)


  24. Hardwar Rural constituency election results 2017: Yatishwaranand (BJP)


  25. Jageshwar Govind constituency election results 2017: Singh Kunjwal (Congress)


  26. Jaspur constituency election results 2017: Adesh Singh Chauhan (Congress)


  27. Jhabrera constituency election results 2017: Desraj Karanwal (BJP)


  28. Jwalapur constituency election results 2017: Suresh Rathor (BJP)


  29. Kaladhungi constituency election results 2017: Bansidhar Bhagat (BJP)


  30. Kapkot constituency election results 2017: Balwant Singh Bhouriyal (BJP)


  31. Karnprayag constituency election results 2017: Surendra Singh Negi (BJP)


  32. Kashipur constituency election results 2017: Harbhajan Singh Cheema (BJP)


  33. Kedarnath constituency election results 2017: Manoj Rawat (Congress)


  34. Khanpur constituency election results 2017: Kunwar Parnav Singh Champion (BJP)


  35. Khatima constituency election results 2017: Pushkar Singh Dhami (BJP)


  36. Kichha constituency election results 2017: Rajesh Shukla (BJP)


  37. Kotdwar constituency election results 2017: (Dr) Harak Singh Rawat (BJP)


  38. Laksar constituency election results 2017: Sanjay Gupta (BJP)


  39. Lalkuwa constituency election results 2017: Naveen Chandra Dumka (BJP)


  40. Lansdowne constituency election results 2017: Daleep Singh Rawat (BJP)


  41. Lohaghat constituency election results 2017: Puran Singh Fartyal (BJP)


  42. Manglore constituency election results 2017: Qazi Mohd Nizamuddin (Congress)


  43. Mussoorie constituency election results 2017: Ganesh Joshi (BJP)


  44. Nainital constituency election results 2017: Sanjeev Arya (BJP)


  45. Nanak Matta constituency election results 2017: Dr. Prem Singh (BJP)


  46. Narendranagar constituency election results 2017: Subodh Uniyal (BJP)


  47. Pauri constituency election results 2017: Mukesh Singh Koli (BJP)


  48. Pirankaliyar constituency election results 2017: Furkan Ahmad (Congress)


  49. Pithoragarh constituency election results 2017: Prakash Pant (BJP)


  50. Pratapnagar constituency election results 2017: Vijay Singh Panwar(Guddu Bhai) (BJP)


  51. Purola constituency election results 2017: Rajkumar (Congress)


  52. Raipur constituency election results 2017: Umesh Sharma Kau (BJP)


  53. Rajpur constituency election results 2017: Road Khajan Dass (BJP)


  54. Ramnagar constituency election results 2017: Diwan Singh Bisht (BJP)


  55. Ranikhet constituency election results 2017: Karan Mahara (Congress)


  56. Rishikesh constituency election results 2017: Premchand Aggarwal (BJP)


  57. Roorkee constituency election results 2017: Pradeep Batra (BJP)


  58. Rudraprayag constituency election results 2017: Bharat Singh (BJP)


  59. Rudrapur constituency election results 2017: Rajkumar Thukral (BJP)


  60. Sahaspur constituency election results 2017: Sahdev Singh Pundir (BJP)


  61. Salt constituency election results 2017: Surender Singh Jeena (BJP)


  62. Sitarganj constituency election results 2017: Saurabh Bahuguna (BJP)


  63. Someshwar (s.c.) constituency election results 2017: Rekha Arya (BJP)


  64. Srinagar constituency election results 2017: Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat (BJP)


  65. Tehri constituency election results 2017: Dhan Singh Negi (BJP)


  66. Tharali constituency election results 2017: Magan Lal Shah (BJP)


  67. Vikasnagar constituency election results 2017: Munna Singh Chauhan (BJP)


  68. Yamkeshwar constituency election results 2017: Ritu Khanduri Bhushan (BJP)


  69. Yamunotri constituency election results 2017: Kedar Singh (BJP)


  70. Chaubattakhal constituency election results 2017: Satpal Maharaj (BJP)


Assembly Election Results 2017 – Saffron Holi. PM Narendra Modi Wave Lands BJP The Huge Uttar Pradesh Prize


Assembly Election Results 2017:Counting of vote for UP, Punjab, Manipur, Goa, Uttarakhand began at 8 am

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led the BJP to a massive victory in Uttar Pradesh, with the party now ahead in almost 300 of the state’s 403 seats. It needs 202 to form government. The BJP is also set to sweep neighbouring Uttarakhand. In Punjab, the Congress looks set to stage a comeback. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is likely to be the day’s biggest loser. Votes are being counted for assembly elections in five states today.

  1. Three hours into counting, the BJP had raced ahead in 306 seats in UP, a whopping gain of 257 seats over its tally of 48 in the 2012 assembly election. The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance was a poor second, leading in 72 seats, down 181. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party was leading only in 18 seats.
  2. In Punjab, the Congress was leading in 69 seats, up 23 seats from 2012. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP was ahead in 26 seats in its debut election, and the incumbent Akali Dal-BJP is last with 21 seats, down 47. A party needs 59 seats for a majority in the 117-member Punjab assembly.
  3. The BJP and the Congress are neck-and-neck in Goa, but at 11 am trends were available only for 23 of the state’s 40 seats.
  4. In the hill state of Uttarakhand, the BJP has established an unassailable lead, ahead in 54 of the state’s 70 sets. If trends sustain, the party will get an absolute majority in the state. The Congress is leading only in 11 seats.
  5. The ruling Congress is leading in Manipur with 19 seats. The BJP is in second place with 14 seats. Trends were available for only 39 of the state’s 60 seats yet.
  6. The mega UP election, held in seven rounds, is seen as a bellwether for the 2019 national election. PM Modi was the face of the BJP’s campaign for the most important election he has faced since he led his party to victory in the 2014 national election.
  7. An outright win in UP will be an endorsement of the PM’s stewardship of the economy after his high-risk decision last November to scrap 500 and 1,000 rupee notes worth 86 per cent of the cash in circulation, aimed at eliminating corruption and black money. It will also improve the BJP’s strength in the Rajya Sabha or upper house of parliament where the government is in a minority and has trouble pushing legislation.
  8. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, seeking a second straight term for his Samajwadi Party, partnered with the Congress in a strategy that failed.
  9. The Congress has done disastrously in recent elections and another string of losses today will raise more questions on the leadership of the party’s vice president Rahul Gandhi. A win in Punjab will be the best news the Congress will have heard for months.
  10. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP had debuted in two states this year – Punjab and Goa – hoping to replicate its success in the Delhi assembly elections two years ago. AAP has not opened its account in Goa yet and is currently last in Punjab.


5 things you will understand if your passion becomes your job

imagesIt is a usual Monday morning. The clock strikes seven. Your alarm clock acts like the hostel’s old matron who just cannot see you sleep peacefully. Like most of the working population, you want to strangle that tiny little thing to death. You wake up and stare at the wall. You contemplate if you really need the job. This is a common morning scenario when you do not like your job. But, what happens when you have a job that you are passionate about? Let us see:

1) You do not need the snooze button

Waking up early is a task. For young adults who love to party after work, it gets even harder. But if you have a job that you are passionate about, you happily turn into an early bird. You cannot wait to get started on the day. Just like schooldays, when you would not sleep the night before for fear of missing the picnic! When the alarm goes off, you get going.

2) Goodbye Monday morning blues

For people who are passionate about their work, the Monday morning blues is an alien concept. You long to get back to work on a Monday morning. You tend to be as excited to go to work as one would be while going on the last day of the week. That is the magic of embracing your passion.

3) Overtime? Bring it on!

You fail to understand why your friends whine about putting in extra hours at work. You are almost unaffected by the clock hands. You do not mind working over the weekends either. In fact, you can happily plan your weekend around your work.

4) You have a clear career goal

Building a career is never easy. Yet, there are people who do it, for money or for an intangible, better future. But you do not have to worry much. You know what you want to do in life; you have a clear goal. There is no two ways about it. You invest all your time and effort in achieving this goal.

5) Honing skills

If you are passionate about your job, you find all the ways possible to grow and become better. So, there’s a good chance you are constantly on the lookout for new skills and knowledge. No one has to tell you to take new courses or learn new concepts. You are quite self-motivated in this case.

You spend around nine hours at work every day. To be productive, it is important that you enjoy what you do in those hours. This becomes possible when your passion becomes your job.


No Room For The ‘Intolerant Indian’, Says President Pranab Mukherjee


Advocating free thinking in university campuses, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said students and faculties must engage in “reasoned discussion and debate rather than propagating a culture of unrest”. It was tragic, he said, to see students caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet.

His comments come in the backdrop of the ongoing tussle between Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA) supporters in the Delhi University and a raging debate over free speech and nationalism following recent tweets of one of the varsity’s students Gurmehar Kaur.

“ Our premier institutions of higher education are the vehicles on which India has to propel itself into a knowledge society. These temples of learning must resound with creativity and free thinking,” the president said.

Need ‘Legitimate Criticism And Dissent’

Mukherjee cautioned against the exploitation of “fault lines” in the society, intolerance and attack on women.

He said there should be no room in the country for the “intolerant Indian” as India has been a bastion of free though, speech and expression since ancient times.

Pranab Mukherjee, President Freedom of speech and expression is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution. There must be space for legitimate criticism and dissent.


Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists during a protest against Delhi Police at Police headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photographer: Subhav Shukla/PTI)

The views of Kaur, daughter of an army officer killed in action against militants, evoked sharp reaction from Union minister Kiren Rijiju who went on to ask, “who is polluting her mind”. Kaur was allegedly threatened with rape on her Facebook page and was mocked by sportspersons and celebrities who questioned her pacifist approach.

“Protection and safety of our women and children must be a nationwide priority. The acid test of any society is its attitude towards women and children. India should not fail this test,” he said.

In terse comments, Mukherjee said he does not consider a society or the State to be civilised if its citizens’ behaviour towards women is uncivilised.

“When we brutalise a woman, we wound the soul of our civilisation. Not only does our Constitution guarantee equal rights to women but our culture and tradition also celebrate the feminine as divine,” he said.


China to build first underwater platform in South China Sea


BEIJING: China will build its first long-term underwater observation platform in resource-rich South China Sea, where it has territorial disputes with many south-east Asian countries including Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The platform aims to observe underwater conditions in real time.

“Construction work on the long-term observation platform covering key areas in the South China and East China seas will be done with the help of Shanghai’s Tongji University and the Institute of Acoustics,” Wang Pinxian, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said.

Building the observation network showcases that China is actively joining in the international competition, Wang told scientific forum in Shanghai last Saturday, state-run Global Times reported.

Institute of Acoustics refused to reveal the exact location and further details of the researches on the platform due to its sensitive nature, it said.

China has maritime disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

It claims almost all the waters, which carry a third of the world’s maritime traffic and has huge amounts of oil and natural gas BSE -0.15 %.

The waters are also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. China also contests Japan’s hold over the islands in the East China Sea.

Quoting a report from ‘sciencenet’, Global Times report said the observation platform will probe the undersea physical, chemical, and geological dynamics, and will also be used for other purposes.

At an offshore drilling project led by Chinese scientists, 33 scientists from 13 countries including the US, France, Italy and Japan left Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on February 7 for the South China Sea.

The scientists have completed the first drilling task of the expedition to the South China Sea.

The first hole, identified as U1499A, has reached 3,770 meters below sea level, for collection of sediment samples, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

According to Sun Zhen of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, chief scientist of the research expedition team, a preliminary lithologic study was conducted on sediment believed to have been formed eight million years ago.

The study will contribute to understanding how marginal basins grow.

A total of 66 scientists from 13 countries will participate in the expeditions, as part of the International Ocean Discovery Programme.