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IS arrest: All my son had was a mobile phone he got from a friend

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Kushinagar | Published:February 10, 2016 2:46 am1 IS Arrest: All My Son Had Was A Mobile Phone He Got From A Friend The youth s locked house in Kushinagar. (Express Photo by: Ramendra Singh)

Standing on the doorstep of a single-storey house with unplastered walls, she says she doesn t understand much about these things. All her son, a Class XII student, owned by way of electronics was a phone that he got from a friend a few days ago . It was this, she is being told, that was her son s gateway to terror. On January 22, he was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and charged with being the Islamic State2 s No. 2 man in India. After his lawyer said the youth was only 16, a court in Mumbai sent him to a children s remand home. The Maharashtra ATS insists he is 22. Since a team of dozen policemen in plainclothes came and took him away, the family has locked up their house and moved to a relative s home at an undisclosed location. The mother is here in Kushinagar to pick up a few things.

He had no laptop or anything else. He hardly left the house except to go to school or for coaching. All he had was a mobile phone that he had got only a few days ago from a friend. I told him to return it. I am sure my son has been framed, she says.

The NIA claims that the youth organised conspiracy meetings for the Junood al Khilafa-e-Hind, an alleged Islamic State affiliate, across the country.

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Their home is in a developing locality adjacent to National Highway 28, where the limits of Kasya town area end. The mother moved here with the accused and her other children from their ancestral village a year and half ago because they wanted a good education for the son after matriculation. The father of the accused, a revenue official, is posted in Khadda tehsil, over 30 km away. The youth is the couple s third child, the eldest of their four sons. The younger children, in classes VII and III, have stopped going to school since the arrest. The accused was enrolled at the Buddha Intermediate College in Kasya. We wanted him to become a doctor, says the mother.

An uncle of the accused, a lawyer who still lives in their ancestral village, says the boy was planning to take the pre-medical test. Located 320 km from Lucknow, Kasya is a small, dusty town of about 20,000 people, barely bigger than a village, with a bazaar at the centre. In the mixed Hindu-Muslim neighbourhood where each house seems to declare its religion from the colour of the flag atop it green on Muslim houses, red on Hindu ones, interspersed with electricity poles with posters of Asaduddin Owaisi s AIMIM few admit to having had any contact with the youth. Almost all do recall, however, that he moved around on a (TVS) Apache motorbike .

Rajesh Madheshiya, a member of the ward where the accused lived, says, We came to know that the accused lived here only when he was arrested. The mother says the youth stayed home most of the time, with only one or two friends visiting him once in a while . He is deeply religious, and offers namaz five times a day. He has been doing it ever since he was eight. His legs even had permanent black marks due to the amount of time he spent in prayer. He learnt to pray from his grandmother, she says. She says he had been going to school infrequently for the past few months. He used to study at home and go for coaching classes.

On the morning the police came, she says, he was getting ready for school. It was around 9 am. He was brushing his teeth. They found nothing in the house except for the mobile phone. Buddha Intermediate College principal Ritesh Chaudhary has records to show the youth s poor attendance in Class XII. But Chaudhary clarifies that he was not known to get into trouble. He was very docile. There are a few students in the school who sometimes fight each other, but he was never part of any such group. Chaudhary also talks of the youth on a white Apache motorcycle .

It is his Class X school marksheet showing his date of birth as May 12, 1999, making him 16 years that the defence has provided as proof that he is a juvenile. While the youth cleared his Class X with first division marks, he slumped the next year, clearing Class XI with just over 40 per cent marks. The Class X marksheet was issued by S B Uchhatar Madhyamik Vidyalaya in Sandi Khurd village, which in turn went by the date of birth in the transfer certificate issued to the youth by the Junior High School in his native village.

The principal of Junior High School, Anil Mishra, says he conducted an inquiry after police approached him for the age of the accused, and found no record that the youth had attended school. The transfer certificate is fake, Mishra says over the phone. At the ancestral village, which is surrounded by mustard and cane fields, the accused s family, from the backward Dhunia community of Muslims, is among the better-off. They live in one of the few pucca houses around. While Dhunias are traditional cotton-carders, the family owns eight bighas of agricultural land, and the brothers of the youth s father do other jobs two are in government service while the third is a lawyer. Ashraf, a fellow villager, says they are a well-respected family. They have never had any dispute with anyone. Even when someone s cattle damages their crops, they do not complain.

Of the youth, the neighbours have only a vague recollection, from his brief visits. Doubting the family s claim that he is a juvenile, some villagers claim he cast his vote in the gram panchayat elections last December. Trying to understand how the terror trail landed at their doorstep, the mother wonders about a communal clash in Kasya last October, on Muharram, triggered by a row over the procession. But she says her son was not in town that day. He had gone to his aunt s place in the village. We were getting ready to see the procession, but once we heard of the riot, we stayed at home. In Kasya though, there s a lot of talk. People speak of a blast planned at the Kushinagar collectorate; others claim the youth was directly in touch with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared Caliph of ISIS.

The mother worries about what her landlord may have heard. Someone from the neighbourhood told the landlord we are making bombs in this house. My son is a polite boy. He never indulged in any dispute.

The family also wonders if prosperity did them in. A lot of people conspire against you when you do well, says the mother.

Perfect pancake day preparation

09 February 2016

Perfect Pancake Day Preparation

Chocolate, jam or lemon – whatever you fill your pancakes with, we know the best cleaning products to shift the spills

Sweet or savoury? Lemon and sugar, syrup, or ham and cheese? Whatever your perfect pancake recipe, half the fun is in the messy making.

If you ll be flipping pancakes for the first time or cooking with kids this Shrove Tuesday, make sure you ve got enough toppings and the right cleaning products – to clean up hassle-free afterwards. All that egg, flour, butter and milk may be mighty tasty, but it can be a pain to clear up. And, let’s face it, making pancakes isn’t any fun if you’re worrying about the mess. But don’t worry, we can help. Our tests will show you the products to buy for cleaning-up – whether it s your dishes, pans or even your clothes. Although we don’t yet have anything that can help you get batter off a ceiling.

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Eggs, butter, flour, milk whatever your recipe, it s sure to include fat and starch. These are two of the things we use in our cleaning product tests to find out how good washing-up liquid and dishwasher tablets really are at removing the foods you cook with most. Our washing-up liquid tests pit big brands like Fairy Liquid and Persil up against supermarket products to find out which are best at shifting fatty mixture from plates. And if you ve burnt the pancake mixture on your favourite pan, don t worry. As we ve also tested how well washing-up liquids remove the toughest of baked-on grease. Two washing-up liquids stand out for making easy work of all greasy dishes. Head to our full washing-up liquid results2 to find out which.

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LG G5 launch confirmed for February 21

By: Tech Desk | Updated: February 5, 2016 10:38 am1 LG G5 Launch Confirmed For February 21 At MWC, LG will try to review its fortunes with G5 flagship smartphone (Source: LG Mobile USA/Twitter)

LG is set to launch its next flagship G5 smartphone on February 21. The company has con fimed the launch from its US based twitter handle. LG will launch G5 during its Mobile World Congress2 keynote on February 21. The tweet also includes several photos of New York City with number 5 as its subject.

Video: LG G4 Review3

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If rumours are anything to be believed, the LG G5 will feature new design and even it is expected to feature an accessory slot. We haven t heard any concrete use of this slot but as we get closer to Mobile World Congress, more details might break out.

LG has been struggling with its flagship smartphones in terms of sale. The company has even resorted to launching budget smartphones to keep up with other smartphone makers. LG also added V10 to its flagship line-up in late 2015 but it has not made out of the US shores. It also revamped its 2013 Nexus 5 this year which Google4 unveiled as Nexus 5X. It seems LG has pulled down its tweet but LG G5 launch is confirmed.

LG G5 could be the last opportunity for the company to build a great Android smartphone again.

Also Read: LG G4 video review: Stunning camera and design, but battery disappoints5

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Apple Pay Targets Your Wallets and Stomach After Reaching 2 Million Locations

Apple Pay Targets Your Wallets And Stomach After Reaching 2 Million Locations

Apple Pay Coming Soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain

Au Bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Create & Barrel, and Zappos are among the latest to get on board with Apple’s wireless mobile payment system, and more are on the way. Despite the upbeat announcement, Apple still has work to convince US customers to use Apple Pay at retail stores. Tim Cook also noted during their financial conference call earlier this month that Apple will be bringing Apple Pay, “this amazingly convenient, private and secure mobile payment experience to China, Hong Kong, Spain and Singapore in the coming year”. Another complaint was that Apple was not adequately promoting the service to iPhone users. It may have started off a bit slow, with only a few select retailers offering support, but Apple’s mobile payments system Apple Pay has reached acceptance at 2 million worldwide locations.

Likewise, online retailer Zappos will soon be adding Apple Pay support to its iOS app1. The company also recently revamped its app, but it’s unclear if the app too will gain support for Apple Pay, or if the rollout is limited to physical locations. However, Iida still sees Apple Pay as a challenge, and says “customers have to change their mindset” to view Apple Pay as “a feature they want to use”.

In October, 16.6 percent of people who own newer iPhones had tried Apple Pay, an increase from 9 percent in November2 2014, according to a survey3 by Pymnts and InfoScout, a consumer researcher. Competition is intensifying, with JPMorgan Chase & Co. scheduled to introduce its mobile wallet later this year and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rolling out its payment service nationwide. The announcement by Apple comes alongside information that the cellular cost service exceeded the corporate’s aim to make it obtainable at 1.5 million places by the top of 2015.


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Midwife suspended for answering mobile phone while delivering baby

A midwife who took a call on her phone while helping deliver a baby1 has been suspended for three months. Doris Enemuwe put the patient at risk by rushing to answer her mobile in the maternity unit at St Thomas Hospital in Lambeth. Enemuwe failed to show any compassion while carrying out her job and told the woman she did not know what she was talking about when she said she was having a contraction.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council2 found Enemuwe had used the phone and made disparaging comments to the mother and suspended her for three months.

The woman, referred to as Patient A, was admitted to the hospital3 on September 14, 2012 and placed in Enemuwe s care. Matthew Cassells, for the NMC, said: “She denied Patient A was having a contraction by saying words to Patient A to the effect of you don t know what you re talking about .

“The registrant responded to Patient A s request for advice in respect to breastfeeding4 by initially saying what do you want now .”

PA Midwife Suspended For Answering Mobile Phone While Delivering Baby Hospital: St Thomas’ in Lambeth

Patient A told the hearing how Enemuwe was between her legs during labour when the midwife stopped what she was doing to answer her ringing phone.

“I heard her mobile phone ring, I think it must have been in her pocket.

“She rushed to answer the call and stopped what she was doing.

“When your life is depending on someone and that person is on the phone you will know it.”

A student doctor said Enemuwe even asked him to answer her phone for her if it rang. The patient described Enemuwe s manner as really harsh and told the panel that the midwife made her feel horrible, vulnerable, scared and hurt .

Enemuwe denied the allegations against her throughout but ultimately the NMC panel found her version of accounts to be wrong.

Read more: Dad delivers baby in sink after hospital told couple to wait at home5

The panel took into account Enemuwe s lengthy career and her willingness to keep up with nursing practices when deciding which sanction would be most appropriate.

Martin Griffiths, chair of the panel, said: “In using your mobile phone from time to time during your care of Patient A, including abandoning procedures to take calls, you placed Patient A at risk of harm, by not holding her as your first and only concern.

“In ignoring and denying Patient A s assessment of her own condition, you further placed Patient A at unwarranted risk of harm.

“The panel also concluded that you had caused actual psychological harm to Patient A; she said that the accusatory and rude language you had used towards her caused serious emotional trauma .

“As you denied the matters found proved, you demonstrated no reflection on your misconduct and you showed no remorse.

“It would appear, on the basis of your long, professional career, that this conduct was out of character for you.

“The panel was therefore satisfied that a period of suspension would be sufficient to protect patients and satisfy the public interest.”

Enemuwe, who was present throughout the hearing, has now been suspended for three months and handed an 18-month interim order.


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