Manchester attack: CCTV shows bomber before arena blast


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UK threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and soldiers deployed to support the police will be gradually withdrawn from Monday night.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

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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.

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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”.

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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 ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk.

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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.

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10 Bollywood stars who committed fashion crimes


  • Sonam Kapoor

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We don’t, even in the worst of our nightmares, envision Sonam to make a fashion blunder. But the fashionista, who is always a step ahead of every actress in the industry, did take a step or two in the wrong direction and picked this absurd of a dress for Stardust Awards 2015.

  • Vidya Balan

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We have been a fan of Vidya Balan’s Rekha-esque looks, and we would rather her be in those heavy sarees for she hasn’t seen the best of time experimenting with fashion. But then again, only Vidya Balan can drape a Sabyasachi creation and end up looking like a perfect airhostess, employed at the Indian Airlines, because Kingfisher simply won’t allow a blouse that loose even on their passengers.

  • Ekta Kapoor

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Now I am not the one that suffers from cleavage-o-phobia in the name of sanskar and sabyata and other heavy words from the Hindi dictionary. However, I am genuinely concerned about Ekta Kapoor’s bosom here, struggling for freedom as they appear tortured in that dress clearly a size too small for her bounty. I hope the queen of soap opera was able to inhale and exhale without much of a trouble in that specimen of dress.

  • Neha Dhupia

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Emulating Hollywood’s best looks is a time tested strategy resorted to by most of the Bollywood actresses and it has paid off pretty well. That however doesn’t translate to one recreating any look from the far west. For example, here we have Neha Dhupia channeling her inner Rihanna in Filmfare Fashion Awards. Even the ‘Work’ singer wasn’t spared of some harsh criticism for this over-the-top tiered dress, not sure what miracle Neha Dhupia was expecting.

  • Kajol

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All we are saying is, the next time Kajol chooses to go with another of her right-there-in-your-face looks, we would appreciate if she gets blinders for her audience. We aren’t really calling out the brightness of her outfit, but all these color thrown together – I mean come ‘on, even a rainbow would need therapy having witnessed this.

  • Rani Mukherjee

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Maybe, just maybe, Rani mistook Karan Johar’s 40th birthday bash for a slumber party, or perhaps she was planning ahead in case she crashed after too much whiskey – for there is no other explanation of her rolling up in a fancy nighty to the venue.

  • Parineeti Chopra

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But then we look at Parineeti from the same evening and wonder if the very theme of K.Jo’s 40th birthday bash was – Lets all Eff Fashion, and it was perfect for the Sudhh Desi Romance star to slip into some Suddh Desi Embarrassment.

  • Sonakshi Sinha

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Another talented actress, with not much of a fashion foresightedness. But then, don’t these rich celebs appoint stylists to dress them up? By the looks of it, we can surmise, Sonakshi’s stylist hates her guts. I hope she got fired after dressing the actress up like a cheap award from a 3rd grade committee.

  • Mallika Sherawat

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I find myself in short of words to report on this monstrosity, Mallika SherawatMallika Sherawat chose as an attire to a Hollywood Red Carpet event. She got lucky, she wasn’t book on account of being an alien and then dissected and experimented on.

  • Sonam Kapoor

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The Khoobsurat actress makes a second appearance on our list wearing this, what we call, animal print over load. I don’t see this hideous dress as a breakthrough in fashion on planet earth anytime soon. Maybe some out of the world trend, we are yet to learnt of.

Sirens to alert people in case of earthquakes in Uttarakhand


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DEHRADUN: IIT-Roorkee has developed a regional early warning system which will alert people in Uttarakhand in the event of an earthquake by sounding a siren.

A siren will scream after getting required signals from sensors to be put up in quake-sensitive areas across the state and alert people in case of earthquakes so they get enough time to reach safety, seismic scientist from IIT-R Ashok Kumar said in a presentation at a meeting of the Advisory Group Committee on disaster management chaired by Chief Secretary S Ramawamy.

84 sensors have already been installed in quake-prone areas of Uttarakhand out of a total of 1,100 sensors to be put up throughout the state, Kumar said at the meeting.

After the installation of sensors is complete, sirens will begin to be installed in sensitive areas, an official release quoting him said.

A mobile app has also been developed which will alert users about a quake by producing a unique beeping sound.

n areas where there is no mobile connectivity, the early warning system will be connected with All India Radio.
An early warning system software has also been prepared, Kumar said.

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— TimesofIndia

 

Malayalam actress abduction: Prime accused escapes


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Pulsar Sunil is a driver, who orchestrated the kidnap of a popular Malayalam actor has reportedly escaped.

After monitoring his mobile telephone, police found that Pulsar Sunil was in Alappuzha.

But before the accused could be intercepted, he reportedly gave the slip. Another accused also escaped minutes before the police reached their hideout.

However, a friend who came to meet Sunil was taken into custody, the sources said.

The actress, who was kidnapped by a gang of six on Friday (February 17) night, alleged that Sunil committed the crime at the behest of others.

Sunil reportedly told her that he had been hired to kidnap her and if she resisted, he would have to use force.

The actress was let off near a director-turned-actor’s house, from where the police were informed and her driver Martin was arrested.

Now, the police have arrested three of the seven persons allegedly involved in the crime. They will be charged under under Sections 366 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of IPC and Section 66 of the IT Act.

On Sunday night, the Malayalam film fraternity gathered here to express their support to the victim. After the horrific incident, several celebrities across the industries have showed their support to the actor.

Source: India Today

Sasikala surrenders, back in Bengaluru jail


sasikalaBengaluru, Feb 15 (IANS) AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala, held guilty for corruption, on Wednesday surrendered before a trial court at a prison here.

Sasikala gave herself up at the Central Jail on the city’s southern outskirts with her relatives Elavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran after reaching from Chennai by road, officials said.

As the long-time confidante of the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa reached the prison complex, clashes erupted between AIADMK supporters and police personnel.

One official said Sasikala underwent a medical check-up.

The surrender came a day after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction in a case of holding assets disproportionate to known sources of income.

Also held guilty were her two relatives — sister-in-law Elavarasi and nephew Sudhakaran, who were also sentenced for four years along with Jayalalithaa and Sasikala in September 2014.

The makeshift trial court was set up again in the jail complex earlier in the day for security reasons.

The civil court complex in the city centre is in a congested area and would have caused law and order problem due to the high-profile nature of the case and the convicts involved.

In a related development, Sasikala’s husband Natarajan and the party’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, M. Thambidurai, reached the prison complex about 30 minutes before she crossed the Tamil Nadu border in a convoy.

“Though Sasikala pleaded for more time to serve the jail term, the judge declined and asked her to undergo a health check-up before 6 p.m. to enter the jail,” added the official.

–IANS

Service Tax Dept summons Sania Mirza for alleged evasion


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Hyderabad: Tennis player Sania Mirza has been issued notice by the Service Tax department in connection with alleged non-payment or evasion of Service Tax.
Principal Commissioner of Service Tax office here issued the summons to the tennis star on February 6 and appear before it in person or by an authorized agent on February 16.
The notice says “Whereas an investigation against you about non-payment/evasion of Service Tax/contravention of provisions of Finance Act 1994 and Rules made there under is being inquired.

“I have reasons to believe you are in possession of facts or/and documents and things which are relevant to the inquiry.”

“You are hereby summoned under Central Excise Act, 1944 made applicable to service Tax matters under Finance Act, 1994 to appear before the Office in person or by an authorized agent on February 16 to give evidence truthfully on such matters concerning the enquiry as you may be asked to produce the documents and things,” said the summons, which does not specify the case in which she has been asked to appear.

If you fail to comply with this summons and intentionally avoid to attend or to give evidence and to produce the documents and things, without a lawful excuse, you will be liable to be punished under the relevant provisions of IPC, it said.

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