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Rs 91.5 lakh cash reported to be seized from Maharashtra Cooperation Minister's vehicle

Updated: Nov 18, 2016 11:55 IST
Osmanabad (Maharashtra) [India], Nov. 18 (ANI): Rs 91.5 lakh cash in denomination of Rs. 1,000, which is no legal tender anymore, was seized allegedly from BJP's Maharashtra Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh's vehicle in Umarga town of Maharashtra's Osmanabad district.

A vigilance team, which was constituted to prevent illegal practices during the civic body election and comprised officials of the Maharashtra Police and Municipal Council, yesterday on the basis of suspicion searched the vehicle and seized 91.5 lakh cash in denomination of Rs. 1,000.

The Omerga Police arrested the driver of the vehicle after he failed to produce any valid paper concerning the seized cash and also failed to reply to their questions satisfactorily, and also impounded the vehicle.

A case has been registered at the Omerga Police Station and further inquiry is on.

Meanwhile, the opposition alleged that the vehicle belonged to Deshmukh and was deployed for the local body election works.|Mallika Sherawat tear gassed, beaten by masked intruders in Paris flat|

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^London [UK], Nov. 18 (ANI): In a shocking incident, Mallika Sherawat has been tear gassed and beaten up by three masked intruders in her own Paris apartment block.

The dreadful attack comes just a month after reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in the French capital, reports The Sun.

Reportedly, the 40-year-old actress and model was with French businessman lover Cyrille Auxenfans at the time of the raid.

According to a report in Le Parisien newspaper, the criminals wore scarves across their faces and "without saying a word, sprayed their victims with tear gas before punching them."

The report further stated that a criminal investigation has been launched, with detectives working on the theory that the assailants were attempting a robbery. (ANI)^

|Rs 91.5 lakh cash reported to be seized from Maharashtra Cooperation Minister’s vehicle|

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^Osmanabad (Maharashtra) [India], Nov. 18 (ANI): Rs 91.5 lakh cash in denomination of Rs. 1,000, which is no legal tender anymore, was seized allegedly from BJP’s Maharashtra Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh’s vehicle in Umarga town of Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district.

A vigilance team, which was constituted to prevent illegal practices during the civic body election and comprised officials of the Maharashtra Police and Municipal Council, yesterday on the basis of suspicion searched the vehicle and seized 91.5 lakh cash in denomination of Rs. 1,000.

The Omerga Police arrested the driver of the vehicle after he failed to produce any valid paper concerning the seized cash and also failed to reply to their questions satisfactorily, and also impounded the vehicle.

A case has been registered at the Omerga Police Station and further inquiry is on.

Meanwhile, the opposition alleged that the vehicle belonged to Deshmukh and was deployed for the local body election works.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared Rs. 500 and Rs 1,000 illegal tender since the midninght of on November 8. (ANI)^

|NEC completes Asia Pacific gateway submarine cable|

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^Tokyo [Japan], Nov.18 (ANI): The NEC Corporation has announced that it has finished construction of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) Submarine Cable connecting Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

The APG Submarine Cable, with a total length of approximately 10,900 km, is owned by a consortium of 13 members and features 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) optical transmission capabilities that deliver a capacity of more than 54Tbps.

"NEC is honored to have been selected as the supplier for APG," said Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President and Head of the Telecom Carrier Business Unit at NEC Corporation. "We hope to see our partnership with the consortium further enhanced through NEC's ability to provide real-time technical support for the operation and maintenance of this advanced submarine cable."

NEC has more than 40 years of experience in the submarine cable business and is recognized as one of the world’s top submarine system vendors. NEC has laid a total of more than 250,000 kilometers of submarine cable—the equivalent of six trips around the earth.

Members include: CAT, China Mobile International, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation, LG Uplus, NTT Communications, StarHub, Global Transit, Viettel and VNPT. (ANI)^

|Gulen’s group threat as serious as al-Qaeda, ISIS: Turkish Prez tells Pak|

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^Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 18 (ANI): Comparing US-based religious cleric Fethullah Gulen’s organisation to terror outfits al-Qaeda and ISIS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a joint sitting of Parliament that the organization could harm Pakistan if allowed to carry out its activities.

“I whole-heartedly believe that [Gulen’s] organisation will be eliminated as soon as possible without harming brotherly Pakistan,” said Erdogan.

“I would like to state once again that Fethullah Gulen’s Terrorist Organisation (FETO) is a bloody terrorist organisation posing a threat not only to Turkey, but to all countries in which it operates,” he said.

The Turkish President, who is on an official visit to the country, also appreciated Pakistan’s recent decision to expel the staff of Pak-Turk schools, which are run by elements allegedly linked to Gulen, whom Ankara has blamed for the recent military coup in the country.

“I appreciate the recent decisions taken by the Pakistani government in this direction and I thank you for your strong support in our fight against Feto,” said Erdogan.

Erdogan said that Turkey too was taking steps to curb the Gulen Network. The Turkish government has, since July, suspended, dismissed or detained at least 110,000 people, including soldiers, judges and teachers believed to be supporting the botched coup. The country has also further closed more than 130 media outlets and detained journalists and opposition lawmakers.

Western countries have accused Erdogan of using the coup as a pretext to stifle dissent at home.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) lawmakers boycotted the session to protest against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his alleged corruption in the Panamagate. (ANI)^

|Fear of putting on weight deter women from taking contraception|

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^Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 18 (ANI): According to a recent research published in the Contraception Journal, concerns about weight gain may be driving contraception choices in women.

Women who are overweight or obese, are less likely to use birth control pill and other hormonal contraceptive methods.

“Weight gain is one of the most commonly cited reasons why women stop using hormonal contraception, and therefore may play a role in the risk of unintended pregnancies,” said researcher Cynthia Chuang.

Although oral contraception does not likely cause weight gain, many women attribute increasing weight with the birth control pill.

The birth control shot has been associated with weight gain in younger women.

Chuang and her co-researchers wanted to learn if women's weight or their perception of weight influenced the type of birth control they used, if any.

To do so, they examined demographic and survey data from almost 1,000 privately insured women in Pennsylvania.

The researchers categorized weight category based on body mass index (BMI), a measure of body size based on height and weight.

They determined that overweight and obese women were more likely than women who are not overweight or obese to choose forms of birth control known as long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), and less likely to use methods like the pill, the shot, the patch and the ring.

There was also a trend toward overweight and obese women to be more likely to use non-prescription methods such as condoms, withdrawal and natural family planning, or no method.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives include intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs, and the contraceptive implant.

LARCs do not contain estrogen, which some women believe, causes weight gain.

"What we think may be happening is that women who are overweight and obese may be more likely to choose methods other than the pill or the shot because of fear of weight gain," Chuang said.

Adding, "As a result, they are choosing both more effective methods (LARCS) and less effective, non-prescription methods."

Researchers found that 23 percent of overweight and 21 percent of obese women used LARCs, which are the most effective forms of birth control.

In contrast, only 6 percent of under-weight and normal-weight women used LARCs in the study.

"We were actually glad to see that overweight and obese women were at least more likely to choose LARCs because I was expecting to see these women more likely to use non-prescription methods," Chuang said.

Heavier women also were more likely than normal-weight women to use less-effective non-prescription birth control methods -- such as condoms -- or no method at all.

However, these results did not reach statistical significance.

The researchers also evaluated whether perception of weight influenced contraceptive choice. In the study, half of the women perceived themselves to be overweight, although only around 42 percent of them were overweight or obese based on BMI.

This perception, however, did not appear to influence birth control choice.

"Women may be worried about weight gain when they're making decisions about birth control, so clinicians need to be aware of that. It could be an opportunity to counsel women about LARCs, which are more effective forms of contraception," she concluded. (ANI)^

|Chris Pratt shares special video of son Jack on ‘World Prematurity Day’|

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^Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 18 (ANI): On November 17, Chris Pratt joined the world in commemorating ‘Prematurity Day’ by sending a heartfelt message about his four-year-old son Jack, who was born premature.

The 37-year-old actor, who, with his wife Anna Faris, welcomed Jack as a preemie, took to social media to share a very sweet and precious video of his son, playing with a Praying Mantis.

The caption on the Instagram post read, “As many of you may know, our son Jack was just over 3 pounds when he was born. Thanks to scientific advances made possible by #marchofdimes funding, today he's a perfectly healthy, curious 4 year old.”

Pratt has been a big supporter for March of Dimes since his son's premature birth, always speaking out about the experience.

“Today is #worldprematurityday. 15 million babies are born #prematurely each year around the world. And 1 million of them won’t live to celebrate their 1st #birthday,” the proud daddy wrote, “Join me in supporting their [March of Dimes’] efforts to give every baby a fighting chance.”

‘World Prematurity Day’ is observed on November 17 every year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide.(ANI)^

|Mohammad Hafeez hopeful of clearing bowling action test|

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^Karachi [Pakistan], Nov.18 (ANI): Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez has expressed hope that the ban on his bowling will soon be lifted after undergoing a biomechanics bowling test at an International Cricket Council (ICC) accredited laboratory in Brisbane on Thursday.

“I am confident that I will clear this bowling test,” the 36-year-old was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.

Talking about his test, Hafeez said that he was asked to bowl three overs to ascertain if he has found a fix for his illegal elbow flex –– a bend of more than 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.

“Alham du Lillah done with the bowling action test. In shaa Allah all wil be fine.thanks for all the Fans 4 their wishes & prays ??stay blessed,” he further wrote on Twitter.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wanted Hafeez to undergo testing at an ICC-accredited bio-mechanical laboratory because if his bowling action is cleared, he could possibly join the Pakistan squad for the upcoming tour to Australia.

Pakistan is slated to play three-match Test series and five-match ODIs against the Steve Smith-led side, starting from December 15 in Brisbane.

Hafeez, who appeared in 50 Tests, 177 ODIs and 77 T20s for Pakistan, has been facing problems with his bowling action since 2014.

He was handed a ban by the ICC twice for an illegal bowling action, firstly in December 2014 which later got cleared in April 2015 and second in July last year for 12 months.(ANI)^

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