Searches against govt. officials in 10 States

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday carried out searches in 10 States against senior government officials who face corruption charges in cases registered by various enforcement agencies, including one related to the alleged ‘memorial’ scam during the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh. The development comes days after the agency cracked down on shell companies across 16 States as part of the Central government’s drive against black money.On Thursday, the searches were conducted in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal and Goa, among other States. The Directorate has already registered money laundering cases against the accused persons. One case is linked to some Uttar Pradesh government officials in the alleged ‘memorial’ scam, which caused a loss of ₹ 1,400 crore to the exchequer. “Searches have also been conducted against the then Director General (Health), project engineers and the then Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam director in the National Rural Health Scheme case, in which government servants and ministers had allegedly misappropriated funds. The agency has so far attached properties worth over ₹ 250 crore in the case,” said an official.Another case is against an IAS officer in West Bengal, who had allegedly released funds to the tune of ₹ 60 crore by manipulating tender documents in collusion with some engineers. In Tamil Nadu, searches were carried out against bank officials who had allegedly sanctioned loans for extended credit facilities to private parties without the necessary papers or collaterals.last_img read more

PH athletes to help run 2019 SEA Games

first_imgRead Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and POC president Peping Cojuangco during the formal announcement of 2019 SEA Games hosting.Filipino athletes will have a voice on how the Philippines should efficiently run the hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano assured Thursday that the athletes would be involved in the selection of venues where their respective sports would be held.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “In the course of our discussion with the sports committee (at the House of Representatives), there’s great hope that they will allocate money for the hosting and even the PSI (Philippine Sports Institute) budget,’’ said Ramirez.Cojuangco and Ramirez also functioned in their current positions during the 2005 Manila SEA Games where the Philippines captured its first overall title.“We’ve seen the effects of the 2005 hosting and this is how important it is for our country,’’ said Cojuangco. “I hope this will add more impetus for everyone to contribute to this effort, because this isnot for Peping or Secretary Cayetano or Butch Ramirez. This is for the country.’’Cayetano will arrange a meeting with Cojuangco over the next few days and attend the turnover ceremonies during the closing rites of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games on Aug. 30.“It’s more of putting a system so everybody will have duties appealable to us. The three of us (with Cojuangco and Ramirez) have agreed to do it the Asean way, which is by consensus,’’ said Cayetano.The Philippine hosting was initially shelved after the government explained that it would just focus on the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City.Ramirez said talks were revived to save the hosting early this week through the efforts of Presidential Assistant Christopher Lawrence Go, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Cayetano. AVC: Philippines drops to 8th place after close loss to Kazakhs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light “The athletes are the ones who will compete and it will be difficult if someone else will decide for them,’’ said Cayetano during the formal announcement of the country’s SEAG hosting at the Marriott Hotel in Paranaque City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhilippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez and Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. will co-chair the organizing committee with Cayetano, who also sits as Department of Foreign Affairs secretary.“I’m taking the lead from Sir Butch (Ramirez) that the athletes should be consulted,’’ said Cayetano. “With social media and the direct means of communication, we can really consult more people.’’ READ: PSC on top of SEA Games preparations While patiently putting the organizing committee together, Cayetano said they’re considering to hold the Games in Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales.He also thanked Senator Migz Zubiri, who was initially designated as chair of the organizing committee, for the groundwork of setting up the organization.There was no mention yet on the figures that the government will spend for bringing the 11-nation sportsfest on local turf but Ramirez assured that the hosting budget can be embedded in the PSC allocation from the General Appropriations Act.READ: POC still not giving up on SEA Games hosting ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Fuel Masters pay price for veering away from defensive identity

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess But Alas felt that defense was nonexistent against the Beermen, who led by double-digits for the majority of the game.Alas also said Phoenix has very limited room for error against a perennial champion in San Miguel and yet the Fuel Masters shot themselves in the foot with 20 turnovers.“I told them, we’re facing a national team here so our margin of error is very slim. But we still had too many turnovers,” Alas said. “You can’t blink against San Miguel.”“Plus, we also weren’t that aggressive in the second and third quarter. I told them, this is a wrestling match and if they’re more physical than we are, do not hope that you will win.”Phoenix made its first foray in the semifinals and it showed.ADVERTISEMENT Alas said it’s understandable for the Fuel Masters to experience “semifinals jitters” but added that it cannot be the case again starting Game 2.“We now have experience playing in the semis so if we will become soft again in some stretches of the game, two to three minutes, before you know it they’re already up by double-digits,” he said.“We need to bring our A-game defensively for 48 minutes.”Alas hopes his squad has already learned its lesson as it tries to even the best-of-seven series on Monday night at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Head coach Louie Alas said his Fuel Masters tried to outgun the Beermen in a duel it cannot win instead of sticking to their strength which is on the other end of the floor.“We thought that we could beat San Miguel in a shootout,” Alas told reporters in Filipino after Phoenix got manhandled in their Philippine Cup semis opener Saturday night. “There’s no team in the PBA that can win against San Miguel in a shootout. They’re the number one offensive team here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’re winning, we’re 9-2 because of our defense and not because of our offense. I need to remind our players what our identity is.”Behind their vaunted defense, the Fuel Masters emerged with the best record after the elimination round. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix played San Miguel Beer’s game and paid the price.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Jolina Dela Cruz embracing La Salle-Ateneo rivalry: ‘I don’t want to lose against them’ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Brad Hogg’s fairytale run continues in IPL

first_imgAt 45, Brad Hogg is almost an anachronism in the youthful world of Twenty20 cricket but the Australian chinaman bowler continues to prove he still has what it takes to be successful. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Hogg, with his tongue-out action, was the pick of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowlers in Sunday night’s nine-wicket Indian Premier League (IPL) victory against Delhi Daredevils, returning 3 for 19 with four tidy overs of unorthodox left-arm spin at Eden Gardens.The ageless Australian teased Pawan Negi and Sanju Samson with flight before dismissing both and went on to deceive Amit Mishra with a googly. Samson was not even born when Hogg made his first class debut in early 1994, while Negi was in diapers.Yet another Australian spinner destined to spend much of his career in the shadow of the great Shane Warne, Hogg retired from international cricket in 2008 after seven Tests and 123 one-dayers. (Kolkata Knight Riders rout Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets )His child-like enthusiasm, however, never left him. Cricket’s shortest format gave his career a second wind and Hogg made a surprise return to Twenty20 Internationals in 2012 via the Big Bash League at the ripe old age of 40.The dream to play this year’s World Twenty20 did not materialise but the Australian’s exploits in Sunday’s IPL match has, once again, prompted the ‘old-is-gold’ clich.Hogg was in the thick of things on Sunday, claiming three wickets, taking a skier and even mimicking, on commentators’ request, his habit of sticking his tongue out when bowling. (Piyush Chawla reveals what makes his life easier at KKR ) advertisement”I’m coming close to the other end of my life, so I got to enjoy as much,” the spinner told the tournament website.”I’ve really enjoyed it. The game of cricket has given me so much. Hopefully, when my career does finish, I can give a lot back.”Hogg knows he owes his durability equally to his undying passion for the game and his tremendous fitness.”I’m very lucky that physically I can do it. It’s nice to wake up in the morning and find I’m not sore,” he said.”I’m very fortunate to be here. I think the secret is you got to be healthy, that’s the number one thing in life.”While he knows he cannot go on forever, Hogg has banished retirement thoughts and would rather focus on helping his team win a third IPL crown. “I just want to go on as long as I can,” he said.”I retired in 2008, was out of the game for three years, didn’t pick up a bat or ball for a while. Then when I came back, I realised how much I missed it.”last_img read more

U.S. health official says Zika not a reason to cancel Olympics

first_imgThe widespread Zika virus outbreak in Brazil does not poseenough of a threat to warrant canceling or putting off the Olympic Games set tobe held in Rio de Janeiro in August, a leading U.S. health official said onThursday.”There is no public health reason to cancel or delaythe Olympics,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention, said during a luncheon at The National Press Club inWashington.A controversial paper by a Canadian professor publishedearlier this month in the Harvard Public Health Review called for the Games tobe canceled or moved because it said they would likely speed up the spread ofZika throughout the world. Several health experts have disputed the report aslacking evidence for such a move.ZIKA NOT A BIG THREAT FOR ATHLETES”The risk to delegations going and athletes is notzero, but the risk of any travel isn’t zero. The risk is not particularly highother than for pregnant women,” Frieden said.Zika infection in pregnant women has been shown to be acause of the birth defect microcephaly and other serious brain abnormalities inbabies.The World Health Organization has also said there is strongscientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rareneurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came tolight last fall in Brazil, which has confirmed more than 1,400 cases ofmicrocephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.advertisementOLYMPICS NOT AT RISKPutting the Olympics risk in perspective, Frieden saidtravel to the Summer Games would represent less than one quarter of one percentof all travel to Zika affected areas.The CDC director called on Congress to deliver fundingneeded to fight Zika globally and to protect pregnant women in the UnitedStates and its territories, such as Puerto Rico, where officials expecthundreds of thousands of Zika cases.Frieden thanked German drugmaker Bayer AG for promising a”substantial” donation to help fight Zika in Puerto Rico. The virusis spread by mosquitoes and through unprotected sex with an infected man.With local U.S. mosquito season about to begin, Frieden saidthere was a narrow window of opportunity to mount an effective Zika preventionbattle. “That window is closing,” he said.last_img read more

Bakers grocers met to reach deals on bread prices competition watchdog alleges

first_imgOTTAWA – Newly released court documents related to an alleged industry-wide bread-price fixing case show the Competition Bureau believes at least seven companies, including Canada’s three major grocers, committed indictable offences under the Competition Act.The previously sealed information to obtain documents explain the Competition Bureau requested search warrants to enter and search the premises and records of seven companies because it had reasonable grounds to believe they committed multiple offences.The watchdog alleges bread wholesalers Canada Bread Company Ltd. and George Weston Ltd.’s senior officers directly communicated with one another and agreed to increase prices.It claims the suppliers met with their retail customers _ Loblaw Companies Ltd., Walmart Canada Corp., Sobeys Inc., Metro Inc. and Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. _ to get their approval for the price hike.In December, Loblaw and George Weston admitted they sparked the investigation when they approached the watchdog after becoming aware of an allegedly industry-wide arrangement to co-ordiante retail and wholesale prices of some packaged bread products from late 2001 to March 2015.The two companies received immunity in exchange for their co-operation. The remaining five companies have previously saidthey’re co-operating with the investigation, and some have outright denied any wrongdoing.last_img read more

First 50 retweets can tell if a tweet will go viral Study

first_imgBeijing: Estimating how infectious a tweet is from the first 50 retweets is the key to predicting whether a post will go viral or not, a study has found. As online social networks and media continue to grow, so has the importance of understanding how they influence our thoughts and opinions, said researchers from Beihang University in China. Being able to predict the spread of social contagions is considered a key goal for those social information networks, according to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAlthough models developed in the field of infectious diseases have been used to describe the spread of ideas, studies have not used real data to estimate how infectious the information is. Researchers used about one month of Twitter data — comprising over 12 million tweets and more than 1.5 million retweets — and estimated each tweet’s infectivity based on the network dynamics of the first 50 retweets associated with it. They incorporated the infectivity estimates into a model with a decay constant that captures the gradual decline in interest as online information ages. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsUsing real data and simulations, the researchers tested the ability of the infectivity-based model to predict the virality of retweet cascades. They compared its performance to that of the standard community model, which incorporates other predictive factors — such as social reinforcement and trapping effects that act to keep tweet cascades within small communities of connected users. The researchers found that for both real Twitter data and simulated data, the infectivity model performed better than the community model, indicating that infectivity is a larger driving force in determining whether a tweet goes viral. Combining the two models into a hybrid community, infectivity model yielded the most accurate predictions, highlighting the complexity of the interacting forces that determine the life and death of social network information.last_img read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State takes on No 13 Michigan and Michigan State

Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston watches theaction during his team’s match with Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at St. John Arena inColumbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Former Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-7, 2-4 Big Ten) takes on the state of Michigan in a weekend-long battle as the women’s volleyball team welcomes No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State to St. John arena this weekend. The Wolverines bring the most impressive record the Buckeyes have faced this season at 15-2, and 4-2 within the conference. The Spartans stand at 14-5 and 2-4 in the Big Ten.“The Big Ten is all kind of beating each other up right now. Each weekend can flip everything so this is a big weekend for us, we’re excited for it,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. The Michigan teams bring impressive players, with each of their top attackers leading the teams with 225 kills, compared to the leading Buckeye, freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić, with 199. Michigan senior outside hitter and team captain Carly Skjodt poses a threat to the Buckeyes, and according to Carlston, the rest of the Big Ten as well. “She’s tough man, she has all the shots, she grinds, she’s definitely one of their leaders,” Carlston said. “There’s lots of great outside hitters but her back-row attack is maybe one of the best in the conference.”Skjodt received Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 8, along with two other award-winning Wolverines. Senior libero Jenna Lerg earned Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week and junior MacKenzi Welsh earned Big Ten Conference Co-Setter of the Week.“There’s always a big sense of rivalry between us and Michigan and they’ve been playing well so obviously we need to raise the stakes a little bit,” said freshman defensive specialist Camryn Moeller. Carlston agreed the heightened rivalry changes the dynamic of the match. “We feel it like everyone does,” he said. “We’ve beaten them most of the time hear, and they’ve beaten us there. The environment is huge so we’re hoping to have this place rocking for sure on Friday. It’s a big match for both of us.”With a large number of player injuries this season, the Buckeyes have not enjoyed the consistency of any one lineup. The team and staff continue to work on communication and comfort on the court. “As a staff we’re trying to be more creative and do different things to keep it fresh,” said Carlston. “The chemistry on the floor is so important. You have to really be comfortable with the people to your left and right and that’s been tough because we haven’t had that ability to have the same group on the floor this year.”Ohio State will face Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Ohio State’s Dig Pink match to honor breast cancer survivors. read more

Sunday Update Crews Continue To Halt Growth Towards Sterling

first_imgCall the Fire Information line at 208-391-3488, visit or As of Sunday, the following recreation areas are closed to public access: Casey: “The east side is really our crux right now, that’s definitely were we saw that acreage growth on that side as it just chews through that black spruce. With this warm weather we keep getting challenged as we attempt to push this fire towards the hills and away from the highway. Protecting Sterling will remain the focus, and has always been the focus.”  Kale Casey Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team: “We are focused on that southwest corner and you are just going  to keep hearing me say that, we are holding that southwest corner. The crews have got that corner locked off, and that’s the news we want to make sure nobody misinterprets. They are working their tails off to prevent it from making a push toward the Sterling Highway.”Recently inserted hotshot crews are tasked with implementing strategies to slow down fire progression on the eastern flank as the fire has burned on the east side of Mystery Creek Road and towards high mountain terrain. Aerial resources continue to be instrumental as ground crews called in rotary and fixed wing aircraft to target areas of concern to slow fire spread. on Saturday “Scoopers” from Canada were added these large airplanes are specially designed to scoop water from nearby Skilak and Hidden lakes and attack the fire’s edge. Those recreating in these areas should remain alert for and stay away from the center of the lakes for these firefighting aircraft. Saturday was the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew’s last shift securing the critical southwest containment line on the Swan Lake Fire. They were crucial in strengthening and mopping up the main fireline which prevents fire spread towards the private homes, businesses and infrastructure in Sterling.The Watson Lake Campground is closed to public use effective Saturday, June 22. This campground will be used as a crew camp in support of Swan Lake Fire operations, according to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Bottenintnin LakeWatson Lake CampgroundEgumen Lake TrailPetersen Lake CampgroundKelly CampgroundSeven Lakes TrailSkyline TrailJean Lake Campground Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is 4 miles north of the Sterling Highway, and slowly inching towards it. The estimated 25,161 acre fire is continuing to challenge the roughly 361 crew members who are working to halt growth in that direction. Continued updates will be posted to this story if any significant changes occur throughout Sunday. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announced it has closed several recreation areas to support fire operations along the Sterling Highway, according to a Facebook post from refuge managers.last_img read more

Facebook removes Russian Iranian accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior

first_imgThese operated in multiple countries and pretended to be local people, media groups and political organizations. They posted stories on current events, mostly sourced from Iranian state media and focused on political tensions. Facebook previously took down accounts linked to Iran back in January and last August.The majority of the accounts — 1,907 — were linked to Russia and posted spam, with some engaged in deceptive behavior. It removed 212 accounts tied to Macedonia and Kosovo.Gleicher noted that Facebook didn’t find links between the misinformation efforts in each nation, but they used similar tactics.”In each case, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action,” he wrote. 0 9 Photos Share your voice Facebook Facebook took down thousands of accounts linked to deceptive behavior, it said Tuesday. Getty Images Facebook removed thousands of accounts from Russia, Iran, Macedonia and Kosovo for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” it said Tuesday.The effort was spread across 2,632 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook and Instagram, Nathaniel Gleicher, the social media giant’s cybersecurity policy boss, said in a blog post.Most of the coordinated inauthentic behavior — which is how Facebook describes misinformation campaigns designed to widen political divides — came from the 513 accounts tied to Iran. center_img Post a comment The nine types of Facebook ads that Russian trolls paid for Security Internet Services Tagslast_img read more

Under NCLT heat RCom seeks time for Aircel merger tower business sale

first_img[Representational Image]Reuters FileReliance Communications (RCom) on Friday sought time from the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) as it hopes to convince China Development Bank (CDB) to withdraw its objection to the sale of its tower business and the proposed merger with Aircel, reports said on on Friday.RCom told NCLT that it is “running against time” to close the merger of its wireless business with Aircel, which will help it repay a majority of its loans to its creditors. CDB had objected to the $6-billion merger of debt-ridden telecom operators RCom and Aircel even after regulators, such as the Competition Commission of India (CCI), had cleared the deal.The bank, represented by senior counsel Darius Khambata at the NCLT, had sought a meeting of creditors with both companies ahead of the merger to discuss the loan-settlement terms.RCom senior counsel Janak Dwarkadas told the tribunal at a hearing that RCom is also in talks to address major lender China Development Bank’s (CDB) apprehensions about the deal. “(The) parties (Rcom and CDB) are negotiating as we speak. We are hopeful of some agreement.” The next date for hearing has been fixed for August 2.The Aircel deal and a stake sale in the tower business are expected to reduce RCom’s debt of around Rs 45,000 by 60 percent. The beleaguered telcom company needs to complete the merger as well as the tower sale within the seven-month breather it has from lenders, which expires in December 2017, according to an ET report on Friday.RCom owes the Chinese lender close to Rs 9,000 crore. The telco’s gross debt at the end of March 2017 was Rs 45,000 crore. Loans from local lenders stand at Rs 25,000 crore. RCom’s counsel Janak Dwarakadas said the company was hopeful of arriving at some arrangement with CDB.RCom’s representatives assured the tribunal that a creditor meeting would be called because it is important for the company to close the deal. “If you keep hearing till November, the debt will be declared NPA (non-performing assets),” Dwarkadas told the two-member bench comprising judges B S V Prakash Kumar and V Nallasenapathy, adding that nine of its lenders had given a go-ahead to the merger.ET had earlier reported that Aircel sourced equipment from Chinese vendors such as Huawei and ZTE, which are backed by loans from the Chinese banks like CDB. Additionally, RCom has over $1 billion in loans from Chinese banks. According to the rules, a merger needs the approval of 75 percent of lenders. RCom had sought a waiver of the rule on the grounds that the deal with Aircel only affected shareholders, not lenders.last_img read more

Gang stole money from 5 more ATM booths

first_imgNew evidence of more ATM booth fraudulence is being surfaced following arrest of a gang of six foreign nationals recently, police officials have said.A gang of foreigners has stolen money from five more ATM booths of Dutch-Bangla Bank. The five booths are located in Radisson Hotel, Kakrail, Rampura DIT road and Nikunja area, police officials said. Scrutinising the footage of closed circuit television (CCTV), police suspects that 10-12 Ukrainian citizens are involved with the gang.The bank authorities have informed the investigating officers that Tk 1250,000 has been stolen from those booths.Analyzing CCTV footage the investigators have found that two groups of fraud were involved in stealing money from ATM booths, Detective Branch (DB) additional deputy commissioner of of Khilgaon zone Shahidur Rahman told Prothom Alo. They are working with technology specialists in investigating the case as technology was the main instrument of fraudulence, he added. Shahidur said, more information would be revealed once six arrested Ukraine nationals are put on remand for their alleged connection with the forgery.On 31 May, money was stolen from a booth of Madhya Badda. Other booths were stolen on 1 June. Tk 1.6 million were stolen from those booths.Investigating officers maintained that the gang stole money from ATM booths of at least 3 other private banks. But those 3 banks kept mum about the matter. They did not also inform Bangladesh Bank anything about the fraudulence. Detective branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Unit’s (CTTC) cyber crime unit and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are jointly investigating the matter. On 1 June, 2 Ukrainian citizens went to steal money from a booth at Taltola area of Khilgaon. One of them was detained while another one managed to flee. Police at that night detained five more Ukraine citizens from Olio Dream Heaven Hotel in Panthapath. One member of this gang is still at large. Seven members of the gang landed in Dhaka by a Turkish Airlines plane on 30 May. On the following day, they had stolen Tk 400,000 from two booths of Madhya (middle) Badda. They were scheduled to left for India on 6 June. The investigators have requested the special branch of police to give information about the Ukrainian citizens who entered and left Bangladesh between15 and 30 May. A DB official seeking anonymity has said that a Bangladeshi technology expert living abroad has told them that this type of stealing from ATM booths has happened abroad. Cyber criminals take control of ATM booth by using a malware named ‘Tyupkin’. Members of the gang themselves control central server of the bank which gives directive while withdrawing the money. CID’s special superintendent (Organized Crime) Mollah Nazrul Islam said the criminals are member of an international gang named ‘Hidden Cobra’. They are linked with another gang named ‘Lazarus’, who were involved in Bangladesh Bank cyber heist in 2016. Nazrul said they got information from an international intelligence group that country’s ATM booths are vulnerable to frauds. They informed the bank authorities about it. Bangladesh Bank will arrange a meeting with all the banks about this incident, said central bank’s spokesperson Sirajul Islam. He said only DBBL has informed them of stealing money from their booths. DBBL’s managing director Abul Kashem Md Shirin could not be reached over phone for comment on the issue.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Galib Ashraflast_img read more

Sports Monday Astros Up 20 On Yankees And Rockets Season Preview

first_imgDavid J. Phillip/APAstros’ second baseman Jose Altuve scores the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS over the New York Yankees to give Houston a 2-0 lead in the 7-game series. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /07:19 The Astros take on the Yankees tonight (Oct. 16) in Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. The Astros lead the series 2-0 after two thrilling wins at Minute Maid Park over the weekend, including a walk-off win the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday.Also, the Texans roughed up the winless Cleveland Browns Sunday, 33-17. The Rockets prepare to start the regular season (with a new owner) by traveling to Golden State Tuesday night (Oct. 17) to face the defending champs. And the Dynamo secured a playoff spot.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.center_img Listen Sharelast_img read more