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ATM card-cloning case cracked, 1 held

Posted on 31 July 2010 by GGS News

Mohali, July 30
With the arrest of a conman, Kamaljeet Singh, the Mohali police has cracked the curious case of cloning of ATM cards in the tricity, leading to fraudulent withdrawal of money.The police is also on the lookout of the prime suspect, who is in possession of a special device used to clone ATM cards. So far, at least two major cases of fraudulent withdrawal of around ` 1 lakh have been traced down to the two thugs who had kept the Chandigarh and the Mohali police on its toes for the last two months.

In both the cases, the fraudulent withdrawal had been done on May 23. A scooter, used in both the cases to withdraw the money, ultimately led to the arrest of Kamaljeet, who was presently residing in Phase X, Mohali.

The conmen are believed to behind more such fraudulent withdrawals. Investigations reveal that the main brain behind the “white-collar” crime was a former manager of the Punjab and Sind Bank, who had duped the bank of Rs 35 lakh. “The suspects have a device used to copy information from an ATM card while being swapped and then clone the card to make the withdrawals,” said police sources.

A Phase IX resident, Ambuj Kumar Sharma, had complained to the police of being cheated of Rs 90,000 after his ATM card was cloned. A case under Sections 420, 465, 468 and 471 of the IPC had been registered at the Phase XI police station. The suspect had withdrawn the money from three different ATMs. The victim had told the police that the cash had been withdrawn from ATMs of the State Bank of Patiala, Canara Bank and Indian Bank.

In the second case, Prabhjit Kaur and Balbir Singh had complained to the manager of Canara Bank, Phase X, that Rs 37,600 had been withdrawn from their account through the ATMs of Indian Bank, Phase XI, and SBI, Phase IX

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CAUGHT IN THE RAIN

CAUGHT IN THE RAIN

Posted on 31 July 2010 by GGS News

Two girls caught unawares as heavy showers lashed the city on Friday evening, providing residents the much-needed respite from sultry conditions. The mercury recorded a maximum 35 °C and a minimum of 26.9 °C.

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Five held for stealing bikes

Posted on 31 July 2010 by GGS News

LUDHIANA:(Amritpal singh) The city police have busted a gang of vehicle thieves by arresting five persons. The gang included two accused who used to steal motorcycles, while the other three dealt in them.

ACP Raj Kumar Jalhotra said a police team of Division No 5 police station had raided a place after getting a tip-off on July 27 in which a stolen motorcycle Hero Honda Passion (PB 56 A 0854) was recovered from Varinder Kumar, a resident of Tibba Road, whereas the other accused managed to run away from the spot.

However, all the other accused, namely Gurjinder Singh alias Ghoga, a resident of Himmat Singh Nagar, Baldev Singh alias Fauji, a resident of Dhurkot village, Balram Kumar of Dehlon village, were arrested two days later on July 29 by the police.

With the arrest of the accused, we have also recovered a Hero Honda Deluxe motorcycle from Gurjinder Singh and a black Hero Honda Splendour from Baldev Singh, alias Fauji.

“During the further interrogation, the accused informed the police of three more stolen motorcycles that have also been seized by the police,” said SHO Division no 5 Dharpam Pal.

Interestingly, whereas Gurjinder and Baldev used to steal the motorbikes Varinder Kumar, Balram and Rajesh Kumar used to buy and further sell them.

Meanwhile, the Division no 5 police had busted a gang of three-wheeler thieves by arresting Sonu Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Dabur Colony, Sham Lal, a resident of EWS Colony, and Sham Narain, a resident of Dhandari Kalan.

“We have recovered four stolen three-wheelers from the accused. Whereas one three-wheeler was recovered from Sonu while he was driving it, the other three were recovered from the accused following their interrogation,” said Dharam Pal.

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Obama says U.S. auto industry ‘growing strong’ after bailout

Posted on 31 July 2010 by GGS News

President Barack Obama, speaking at auto plants here Friday, praised the recovery of the embattled U.S. auto industry and celebrated the tough choices he says made a comeback possible.

“Last year, many thought this industry would keep losing jobs, as it had for the better part of the past decade. Today, U.S. automakers have added more than 55,000 jobs since last June,” said Obama, speaking at a Chrysler plant.

He said both Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Corp. have rebounded from the depths of their government-brokered bankruptcies and are back on track to grow.

Later in the day, Obama toured and spoke at a GM plant, where he also made the case for why the federal government’s investment in the auto industry was a wise move. At times sounding like a candidate on the campaign trial, he is working to build support for his economic policies with just a few months to go until midterm elections in November.

In the 12 months before he took office, Obama said, the U.S. auto industry had lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and had seen its sales drop 40 percent. He cited estimates suggesting more than 1 million people would have lost their jobs if Chrysler and GM, two of the three big U.S. automakers, had been allowed to liquidate.

Ford Motor Co. was the only one of the “Big 3” automakers that did not take a government bailout.

At the GM plant, Obama also stressed the need to develop and manufacture green technologies that would cut the country’s dependence on oil. He test drove the Chevrolet Volt, GM’s electric car, which is expected to roll out later this year.

“Today, this industry is growing strong. It’s creating new jobs. It’s manufacturing the fuel-efficient cars and trucks that will carry us toward an energy independent future,” Obama said

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UN CHIEF EXPRESSES DEEP SADNESS AFTER BOAT CAPSIZING IN DR CONGO

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New York, Jul 30 2010  3:10PM
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has added his voice to those of other United Nations officials expressing deep sadness at learning of the news that more than 140 people have reportedly died when a boat capsized in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this week.

“The Secretary-General sends his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the people and Government of the DRC,” his spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists today.

General Assembly President Ali Treki yesterday also expressed deep sadness about the tragedy.

Media reports state that the boat capsized on Wednesday as it was transporting passengers and goods along the Kasai River, a tributary of the Congo River, from the town of Mushie to Kinshasa, the national capital. There are indications that the boat was overloaded.
Many Congolese travel by boat, even when the vessel is overcrowded, as the country has few functioning roads and railways.
Jul 30 2010  3:10PM

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UN AGENCIES STEP UP EFFORTS AS PAKISTANI FLOODS AFFECT NEARLY A MILLION PEOPLE

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New York, Jul 30 2010  4:10PM
The number of people affected by severe floods following torrential monsoon rains in north-western Pakistan during the past three days has risen to nearly a million, with hundreds dead and most of the stricken areas cut off, limiting access and relief efforts, the United Nations reported today.

The death toll in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province, is more than 290 and several hundred others have been injured, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (<“http://ochaonline.un.org/”>OCHA) stated, quoting figures provided by national disaster management officials.

The floods have caused major damage to infrastructure, including roads and at least 45 bridges, as wells as thousands of homes. Search and rescue is the current priority, but authorities have also requested assistance in emergency shelter and food, as well as drinking water and sanitation facilities.

The Pakistani Government is leading the relief efforts, with support from the armed forces and   authorities in affected provinces.

An important humanitarian hub and warehouse complex in Pirpai was flooded, making it difficult to move relief supplies to affected areas. In Swat district, the Swat River has washed away most of the bridges along with shops, hotels and private homes.

The UN World Food Programme (<“http://www.wfp.org/”>WFP) reported it stands ready to provide additional food rations once the access to its hub is secured. The UN World Health Organization (<“http://www.who.int/en/”>WHO) provided medical kits to the Department of Health, and has established an emergency health response unit in Peshawar.

The UN Children’s Fund (<“http://www.unicef.org/”>UNICEF) and its partners have set up nine medical camps in Swat and are providing medicines, water treatment tablets and jerry cans. The agency is also supporting the local authorities in providing clean drinking water.

The UN refugee agency (<“http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home”>UNHCR) has dispatched the first consignment of relief items to assist flood-affected districts in Baluchistan, particularly Sibi, where a more detailed assessment is planned over the weekend.
Jul 30 2010  4:10PM

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UN OFFICIAL WARNS TERRORISM AND ORGANIZED CRIME INCREASINGLY LINKED IN AFRICA

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New York, Jul 30 2010  6:10PM
Terrorism in Africa is increasingly linked to organized crime, and the continent’s governments must take stronger steps to try to break those connections, a senior United Nations official said as he called for countries worldwide to broaden their anti-terrorist strategies beyond involving only the military and law enforcement agencies.

Jean-Paul Laborde, chairman of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (<“http://www.un.org/terrorism/index.shtml”>CTITF), said the recent killing of a French aid worker in West Africa and the suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, belied the traditional view that Africa was not a “hot spot” for terrorism.

“And the element that has made it more dangerous in Africa is this type of alliance between transnational organized crime and terrorism,” he told the UN News Centre in an interview yesterday.

He said the problem was exacerbated by Africa’s often porous borders, low standards of living and political and social tensions.

“In the past terrorism was linked to movements of liberation, the pretext of establishing a State or on the basis of differences of religion, but if you look at the list of terror groups [active in Africa], you can see that is not the case… It is linked to a lot of transnational organized crime activities.”

Mr. Laborde noted that West Africa is becoming more popular as an intermediate destination in the trans-shipment of drugs from South America to Europe and elsewhere, and that terrorist groups are using funds raised in this process to buy weapons for attacks.

Without alternative financial incentives, poor farmers and other low-paid workers will be increasingly drawn into this arena, agreeing to transport drugs in one direction and weapons in another.

Political, religious and ethnic grievances are also fuelling the desire of some Africans to participate in terrorist activities, Mr. Laborde added.

He said African States – and governments worldwide – must widen their strategies to deal with issues such as youth unemployment, human rights infringements and racial and religious intolerance.

“They must look at conflict prevention, improving the rule of law, fighting corruption and eradicating transnational organized crime.”

A key way to achieve these aims is by engaging civil society as they can play a vital role in tackling some of the problems, particularly regarding economic development, that foster the spread of terrorism.

Mr. Laborde briefed UN Member States earlier this week on the recent work of the CTITF as well as on preparations for a meeting in early September to review the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy that was adopted in 2006.
Jul 30 2010  6:10PM

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