LUCKNOW/PITHORAGARH: The Uttar Pradesh anti-terrorist squad (ATS) has arrested a suspected ISI agent , who worked at the home of an Indian diplomat in Pakistan , from Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district, officials said today.Ramesh Singh Kanyal, who was arrested from his home in Didihat area in Pithoragarh yesterday, worked as a cook at the diplomat's residence in Islamabad from 2015-2017, officials in Lucknow and Pithoragarh said.Kanyal has confessed to his role in anti-national activities, an official of the UP ATS said.He has been taken to Lucknow for interrogation, Pithoragarh SP Ramchandra Rajguru said.Kanyal is accused of passing on confidential information to Pakistan's International Services Intelligence for money while he was in Islamabad, the SP said.A Pakistani 'Q-mobile' phone was recovered during the search carried out at his home yesterday, an ATS official disclosed.The phone was given to him by the ISI for contacting them, the ATS official said, adding that data extraction of the instrument could provide vital clues.It is suspected that the phone, which is being sent for forensic examination, could have a spyware, he said.Kanyal had come into contact with the ISI in Islamabad and was recruited as an agent of Pakistan's intelligence agency.Kanyal, the official said, would leak secret information for which he was paid in dollars.During his visits to India on holidays, he would convert the dollars into Indian rupees in New Delhi and take the money to his village, he said.When Ramesh returned to India, he was asked by Pakistani ISI officials to spy for them and was also given the phone.Q-Mobile is a phone brand in Pakistan that offers affordable touch screens, QWERTY, Wi-Fi and Android operating system facilities.Efforts will be on to get a police remand for Ramesh, on transit remand currently, for detailed interrogation, he said.He will be questioned about the information leaked by him and how much money he had been paid for it and where he used it.He will also be quizzed about the target given to him in Uttar Pradesh for spying, officials said.

May 24, 2018 09:11 UTC

New Zealand’s transport minister will no longer oversee aviation safety after he violated rules by making a cellphone call on a plane. Phil Twyford told reporters on Thursday that he called a staffer on May 17 while on a flight from Wellington to Auckland. He said the plane was not airborne, but the doors had been closed in preparation for take-off. She declined his offer to resign but chose to transfer his oversight of the civil aviation authority to another minister, he said. Associate transport minister Julie Anne Genter will take over Twyford’s role overseeing the aviation authority.

May 24, 2018 09:00 UTC

A member of the United Nations staff working in Kabul and her son, who were kidnapped in January, have been released, the UN's mission in Afghanistan said on Thursday, expressing outrage at the death of her driver during the abduction. The woman, an Afghan national, went missing on January 22 with her young son after their car was stopped by unknown assailants. The body of her driver, also an Afghan national, was retrieved in March. "We condemn the shameful abduction and what appears to be the deliberate murder of one of our colleagues," said Ingrid Hayden, the secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan and acting head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Kidnapping, mainly for ransom targeting Afghans, has become a chronic problem in Kabul and other cities, although several foreigners have also been abducted in recent years.

May 24, 2018 09:00 UTC

Almost a month after the first teaser of the ambitious project was revealed, makers of Sanju plan to launch the trailer on May 30. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani and starring Ranbir Kapoor, the film is a biopic of actor Sanjay Dutt. The director has been sharing various looks of Ranbir from the film via multiple posters of the film. Ranbir has been widely appreciated for his striking resemblance to Sanjay Dutt in each and every stage of his life that has been shared so far. Written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film will also star Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala and Dia Mirza among others.

May 24, 2018 09:00 UTC

Bobby Deol, who is making a comeback of sorts with Race 3, has been constantly talking about his struggle during his lean period. In a recently released promo of his conversation with film critic Anupama Chopra for Film Companion, he revealed how his family helped him. Bobby said, “I wanted them to see their father at his best. I wanted them to not look at me and say he is a loser. His comeback films such as Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 and Poster Boys also failed to make much of a noise at the ticket windows.

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May 24, 2018 08:57 UTC

(Source: PTI) Virat Kohli played Indian Premier League 2018 for RCB from April 7 to May 20. (Source: PTI)Virat Kohli, who was scheduled to play County cricket for Surrey in the month of June, ruled out from participating in the tournament due to a neck injury, the BCCI confirmed on Thursday. “Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating. The release added that Kohli will undergo a fitness test from June 15. He will begin training and subsequently undergo a fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru from June 15,” it said.

May 24, 2018 08:57 UTC

India cricket captain Virat Kohli has suffered a neck injury during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match and will not play for English county championship side Surrey next month, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said on Thursday. "Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating," the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement. The Team India captain will now undergo a period of rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI medical team." Ajinkya Rahane was earlier this month picked to lead India against Afghanistan, who play their maiden test in Bengaluru in June, keeping in mind Kohli's county commitments. Earlier, a media report had said that the Indian cricket captain was diagnosed with a slipped disc.

May 24, 2018 08:54 UTC

The decomposed body of the 71-year-old man was recovered from a 15-foot-deep pit in their backyard on Tuesday. Police have arrested the woman and four of her family members in connection with the incident. Police said the deceased allegedly tried to rape his daughter on March 3, culminating in a brawl that led to his death. “The family members kept the body concealed in plastic bags for the three days it took to dig the pit. Family members claimed in an interrogation that the deceased used to sexually abuse his daughter, an MA student at a local college, on a regular basis.

May 24, 2018 08:48 UTC

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May 24, 2018 08:48 UTC

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on May 23 said around 100,000 displaced Rohingya refugees would be shifted to Bhasanchar Island in Noakhali till the time they are being repatriated. To arrange the accommodations for these people, 6,000 persons have been deployed there. Bangladesh's upcoming monsoon may cause sufferings to the Rohingyas, so measures are being taken to provide them with temporary shelter in Bhashanchar, Hasina asserted. Around 60 babies were being born in Rohingya camps per day, she added.Praising Hasina, Kanem said Bangladesh is working on poverty eradication in a well organised manner. She also said the UNFPA would continue to provide its assistance to the country.

May 24, 2018 08:37 UTC

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. ( Source: File Photo ) Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. While it is true that most cases of dementia cannot be treated, early diagnosis can greatly help in managing the symptoms in most cases. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia deserve our love and respect, but nothing can replace the full-time care and attention that a professional caregiver can provide.

May 24, 2018 08:37 UTC

Madhuri Dixit with Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor at the Bucket List screening. Madhuri Dixit with Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor at the Bucket List screening. Stars like Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor were spotted at the event. While Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan shared Instagram stories with Madhuri, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions also shared pictures from the starry affair on the social media. The screening also saw Sonali Bendre and Madhuri’s Bucket List co-star Sumeet Raghavan flashing their million dollar smiles for the shutterbugs.

May 24, 2018 08:32 UTC

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( Trai ) is aggressively working on the ‘privacy, security and ownership of telecom data' norms which are expected to be released within a fortnight, a top official said.“We are actively preparing a framework on the data ownership, privacy and security, and coming out with it in next couple of weeks,” Trai chairman RS Sharma told ETTelecom.Sharma, however, declined to provide insights into the broad contours of the upcoming regulation, but added that the customers’ data in digital space was highly critical while coming out with such guidelines.In August 2017, the telecom regulator has come out with a consultation paper on ‘privacy, security and ownership of data in the telecom sector’ and sought comments from stakeholders initially by September 8, 2017 and later extended the deadline twice and fixed November 6, for comments and November 21 2017 for counter comments.“There is a large amount of data in telecom space being generated by both— devices and SIM, and how that data is essentially being handled by stakeholders is an important area since it is consumers’ data,” Trai’s top official said.Meantime, in March this year, a Facebook expose revealed that 87 million social profiles were harvested for a UK-based consulting firm Cambridge Analytica in a major data scandal, allowing the Indian government to act swiftly to bring in norms to prevent such misuse.Ownership, privacy and security of data is of paramount importance and we dealt with it deliberately in the consultation process, Sharma added.Industry bodies and multinationals to academia, nonprofits and consumer groups such as Assocham, GSMA, IBM, Citibank, Disney Broadcasting (India), Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, AT&T Global Network Services India, National Law University Delhi and Internet Freedom Foundation, among others brought their views on data privacy, ownership and security to fore.Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio, in its response to watchdog has said that with a large number of players in the digital ecosystem , it was extremely important to ensure ‘personal data protection’ to ensure privacy to a user.As an exception to the policy, ‘anonymised data’ should not be considered as ‘personal data’ since the same has been rendered identity-less, Jio said, strongly suggested that in the interest of national security and consumer privacy, data localization should be one of the central features of the upcoming norms.US-based AT&T believes that data privacy rules should be consistent across the global digital ecosystem.GSMA that represents more than 800 telcos worldwide including India’s Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, said that the data privacy and telecom regulatory requirements should be applicable to all players in India’s ecosystem.London-based group, however, cautioned the regulator to consider innovation and emergence of new technologies while charting out a regulatory roadmap.A requirement to provide data to a government-mandated data sandbox may choke off investment and innovation incentives and thereby harm consumers in light of the emerging and dynamic nature of the business models and technologies related to anonymised data, GSMA Asia Pacific head Emanuela Lecchi said.

May 24, 2018 08:26 UTC

Accepting husband and cricketer Virat Kohli’s fitness challenge, Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma posted a video of her favourite workout on Twitter on Thursday, joining the fitness challenge initiated by union minister for sports and youth affairs Rajyavardhan Rathore. Anushka has, in turn, now challenged Sui Dhaaga co-star Varun Dhawan and Dipika Palikal. In the minute-long video, Anushka is seen lifting weights in a gym. #ComeOutAndPlay.”Rathore began a fitness challenge on Twitter, requesting people to share pictures and videos of their favourite workout. Rathore nominated Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan, Saina Nehwal and cricketer Virat Kohli for the challenge, who then posted their workout videos.

May 24, 2018 08:26 UTC