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Complainant’s driver among 3 held; Nab 8 car-lifters and house burglars

Caption: SP Abhinav Khare and other Police officials are seen with eight car-lifters and house burglars, who were nabbed by the District Police recently.

Mysuru, Aug.1- In yet another breakthrough, the District Police have succeeded in cracking the dacoity case that took place in Bilikere Police Station limits in Hunsur taluk in the second week of February, 2015, with the arrest of three persons.

Announcing this at a press meet at his office here this morning, Mysuru District SP Abhinav Ashok Khare said the arrested have been identified as Umar, 31, of Moolakkod House in Malappuram District of Kerala, Yasser Arafat, 30, of Puvakkoth house in Malappuram and Saifuddin, 28, Chayanadukuyil House in Malappuram.

One Mohammad Shafiq of Malappuram, in his complaint with the Bilikere Police, had said that he and four others were travelling from Bengaluru to Kerala in a Bolero SUV (TN-48/Y080...more

     Special Coverage   
   8 car-lifters and house burglars nabbed
   Awareness on Breast-Feeding
   Jain Muni's Chaturmasya Vratha at foothills
   MLC Marithibegowda is Legislative Council Dy. Chairman
   Two Kannadigas abducted by ISIS militants freed, two men from Hyderabad still held captive
   Drive against errant auto drivers conducted
   Three inter-district house burglars arrested
   Onion prices bring tears to consumers in city
   Suicide bid over wordy duel: Farmer succumbs at hospital


Also testing time for the patience of our Law Courts !

Caption: Kirti Ajmera (victim) & Yakub Memon (convict)

Terrorism is a scourge that has been stalking the world for many years now. America has been able to check terrorism on its land since September 11, 2001 (9/11), when the Twin-Tower of the World Trade Centre (WTC) was brought down and the Pentagon was partially destroyed by the terrorists, by setting up the Homeland Security. That not a single incident of terrorist attack took place in US thereafter speaks volumes about its effectiveness. However, the same cannot be said of other countries in the world. India is no exception. In fact, India has remained as vulnerable as ever in this regard.

It is, therefore, in this light we should consider the case of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon (Yakub Memon), the white-collar terrorist, as he has been described by the media, who is the accused No. 1 in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blast case. In this dastardly attack, 257 died, 713 were injured and the damage to property was estimated at Rs. 27 crore. Bombs (RDX) were planted at 14 places, but one at Dhanji Street did not explode. God be thanked.

The Police had arrested 193 and took them to the TADA Court where 140 faced trial. A total of 686 witnesses were examined by the Prosecution team led by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. A marathon exercise indeed for the Prosecution team.

On July 27, 2007, Yakub Memon was convicted by the TADA Court presided over by Justice (retd.) P.D. Kode and awarded death penalty.

The reaction to this verdict that came instantly from

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, the Supreme Court rejected the curative petition by Yakub Memon, the only one sentenced to death in the 1993 Mumbai serial blast case, saying ‘his punishment adheres to the principles of natural justice’. No sooner this news broke, a Pandora’s box was ripped open by a section of Muslims, the Secularists and those Good Samaritans who honestly...more

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Stop myth building, instead emulate him and carry on...

By Vikram Muthanna

During the last rites of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Tamil leader Vaiko, expressing his condolence, said Kalam was a true Tamilian. BJP leader, late Pramod Mahajan, had said, “To the RSS, Kalam was its idea of a good Muslim.” Kalam’s appointment as President, it is said, was because, for Vajpayee a Muslim President was the best balm to sooth the scars left behind by the Gujarat communal violence. Politicians may have seen Kalam in dark hues of State, religion and political convenience, but what Kalam actually was is what Dr. B.R. Ambedkar expected of us all. He said, “I want all people to be Indians first, Indians last and nothing else but Indians.” Kalam was an Indian first, Indian till last and nothing else but Indian.

Of course, he was also our ‘Missile Man’ and our President. Now, there have been voices of discontent. They have called him a ‘reverse-engineer’ who has presided over several failures and rued that he was still called the ‘Missile Man.’ They say he played politics and dressed up mediocre work with the Tricolour to pass them off as great achievements. But we must ask these naysayers, isn’t failure always a prequel to success, especially in scientific endeavours? As the positive Kalam himself said, “F.A.I.L. means First Attempt In Learning.” And about him passing mediocre work as great achievements…Well, did someone else do something greater and did he deny them that greatness? No. Then why whine?

If anyone wants to nit-pick on Kalam, then they can say he consciously built his image, citing his unforgettable haircut. They can even say his speeches and sometimes writings were banal. But Kalam, more than being a scientist, a missile man etc… will be remembered for making Rashtrapati Bhavan respectable and accessible. For making intellect and humility more powerful than political or money-power. For making our Presidency what it was supposed to be ...more

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