Daily Archive: February 8, 2018

India Was Offered First Visit By Envoy, Said Not Now: “Hurt” Maldives

New Delhi : India was the first stop planned for a visit by a special envoy of the Maldivian president but was told it would not be possible at this time.

"India was in fact the first stop planned and proposed for a visit of a special envoy of the president of Maldives. However, the dates proposed were not suitable for the Indian leadership," Maldives Ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed said.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was on a visit to Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be setting out on a four-day, tour of UAE, Oman and Palestine tomorrow.

The Maldives Ambassador said they had even inquired if their foreign minister could meet a minister of state for foreign affairs.

We are hurt… We are reaching out," he told NDTV.

"We would want India to do even more than China… as we are neighbours…," Mr Mohamed said.

Maldives plunged into crisis last week after Mr Yameen refused to comply with a five-judge verdict of the Supreme Court quashing terrorism convictions against nine leading opposition figures including the exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed, who was the country’s first democratically elected president.

Will Hear Ayodhya Case As “Pure Land Dispute”, Says Supreme Court:

The case over the 2.7 acre disputed Ayodhya site claimed by both Hindus and Muslims will be taken up by the Supreme Court on March 14. A three-judge bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which put off the hearings expected to start today also, has underlined that it would deal with the case as a "pure land dispute". The judges had last year rejected a suggestion by senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal to defer hearings till after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

In Call From Dubai, Chandrababu Naidu Tells Lawmakers To Keep Up Protests

New Delhi : In a teleconference on Wednesday evening from Dubai, where he is meeting various corporate heads, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu instructed lawmakers from his Telugu Desam Party to continue protests in parliament and keep pressuring the government to make a substantive announcement for his state.

"We need to fear no one," Mr Naidu reportedly told his party leaders.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned this morning, soon after it convened, amid sloganeering by TDP members.

Lawmakers from Andhra Pradesh’s chief opposition party the YSR Congress joined the TDP in the protests, demanding special status for the state. Being placed in the special category will mean Andhra Pradesh will get central funds.

The TDP is an ally of the ruling BJP in the national alliance NDA that it leads and participates in the central government. Since last week, the Andhra Pradesh party has been cut-up, alleging that the state has been neglected in the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

After intense discussions within the party, Chandrababu Naidu decided to not severe ties with the BJP, but put his partner on notice saying a big announcement for Andhra Pradesh must be made in the ongoing Budget session.

Delhi Biker, 21, Dies After Neck Slit By Wire Between Police Barricades

New Delhi : 21-year-old Abhishek Kumar’s neck was slit and he died on the spot, when he sped on a motorcycle, through a thick wire between two police barricades on the road, in West Delhi.

Abhishek, who worked for a private taxi service, was on his way back from a wedding, at about 1 am on Wednesday night, when the accident happened.

Four police constables have been suspended and a First Investigation Report has been filed, for causing death by negligence, said the Deputy Commissioner of Police, North-West.

Abhishek’s family said "There were two barricades on either side of the road, which were joined by a thick wire. As there was no light on the road, he couldn’t see the wire."

Police confirmed that there was a cut around Abhishek’s neck and he died on the spot. "During the investigation, we found negligence on the part of the area Station House Officer (SHO), four beat constables and division staff", said the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Aslam Khan. The SHO, Arvind Kumar, has been sent to the district lines for questioning, Mr Khan added.

A Model Was Drugged And Stuffed In A Suitcase To Be Sold As A Sex Slave, Police Say

The British model who police say was kidnapped in Italy last summer to be auctioned online as a sex slave suffered physical violence – including being drugged and "brutally transported inside a suitcase," according to Italian investigators.

The grim details on the alleged abduction of Chloe Ayling were revealed Wednesday during the trial of 30-year-old Lukasz Pawel Herba, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. Herba, a Pole who lives part-time in England, was charged with kidnapping Ayling in July after she was lured from London to a fake photo shoot at an abandoned storefront in Milan, according to Italian police.

As reported by The Washington Post, Ayling said last summer that her kidnappers were preparing to "auction" her on the dark Web, a part of the internet where user identities are hidden through encryption, allowing them to buy and sell criminal goods. The kidnappers were trying to sell Ayling, 20, on the internet as a sex slave for $300,000, according to Italian police and media accounts.

Ayling told Italian investigators at the time that she was drugged, gagged, bound and stuffed into a duffel bag, then transported in the trunk of a car to a remote farmhouse outside Turin. There, she slept with her hands and feet tied to furniture, the investigators said.

During Herba’s trial Wednesday, investigators said the model was put under "psychological pressures" during the abduction, ANSA reported. Herba was arrested July 17, shortly after freeing Ayling and dropping her off at the British consulate in Milan, police said. British and Italian media reported that the kidnappers freed Ayling after learning she was the mother of a 2-year-old boy.

Auto Expo 2018: Emflux One Electric Superbike Unveiled

Bengaluru-based tech start-up Emflux Motors has unveiled India’s first electric superbike, called the Emflux One at the Auto Expo 2018. The Emflux One is powered by Samsung Lithium Ion 9.7 kWh high power cells with a 60 kW AC induction motor, with power limited to 53 kW from the controller. The Emflux One is a full-faired electric superbike with top-of-the-line components like Brembo brakes with dual-channel ABS, single-sided swingarm, Ohlins suspension and fully connected smart dashboard with artificial intelligence capabilities. The pre-orders for the Emflux One will start in July 2018, with the first deliveries to begin in April 2019.

The Emflux One has a top speed of 200 kmph with an acceleration of 0-100 kmph in just 3 seconds. The motor produces 71 bhp of power and 84 Nm of peak torque, which has been electronically limited to 75 Nm. The design and circuits of the Emflux One have been developed completely in-house by Emflux Motors.