Suspect of London stabbing rampage charged with murder
London Metropolitan Police announced on Friday that Zakaria Bulhan, the man suspected of killing US tourist Darlene Horton in a stabbing rampage in central London, has been charged with murder.
According to the police, the 19-year-old Norwegian citizen is of Somali descent and moved to Britain at the age of five.
He was also charged with five counts of attempted murder, in relation to the five other individuals who were injured, the police said in a statement.
He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, it added.
Police raided his home in Tooting, south London, on Thursday after he was arrested on suspicion of murder.
The police said they received numerous calls starting at 10.30 p.m. on Wednesday describing a “man attacking people with a knife” between Russell Square, Montague Street, Bloomsbury Square and Great Russell Street.
Bulhan was arrested at the scene after police stunned him with a Taser following the attack, near the Imperial Hotel and the British Museum. The suspect was taken to a south London police station after receiving treatment in hospital.
Horton and her husband Richard Wagner were in London for a summer course and were due to return to the United States the day after the fatal attack.
Florida State University, where Wagner is a psychology scholar, issued a statement saying: “There are no words to express our heartache over this terrible tragedy.”
At least 13 people have died after a fire ravaged and destroyed a bar in Rouen, the capital of the French region of Normandy, a local newspaper reports. Most of the victims were reportedly young people attending a birthday party.
The fire started around midnight at a bar where young people had been gathering to celebrate a private birthday party in the northern city of Rouen, the Paris-Normandie newspaper reports. Firefighters responded to the emergency, and have declared 13 people dead so far.
The fire was allegedly caused by an accidental explosion on site, the publication reports.
Authorities expect the death toll to rise, the newspaper added.
Rio Olympics gets underway with colourful ceremony, parade
Rio de Janeiro:
The 31st Olympics, the first to be held in South America, formally opened on Friday with a sparkling ceremony drawn from Brazil’s vibrantly diverse culture and dedicated to its history and the environment and followed by a colourful procession of the world’s leading athletes, many in traditional garb, at the Macarana stadium here.
The huge statue of Christ the Redeemer, that dominates the skyline of the Brazilian capital and where the Olympic torch was lit at dawn, was specially lit up ahead of the opening ceremony starting at 8 p.m. local time (4.30 a.m. IST). However, legendary footballer Pele, who was widely expected to light the Olympic cauldron, pulled out a few hours before due to ill-health.
The ceremony, which has famed Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, known for crime drama “City of God”, Andrucha Washington and Daniela Thomas as creative directors, started with thousands of performers entering the arena with sheets of metallic paper, quickly transformed into a sort of “pillow” and struck hard to create a beat that resounded through the stadium.
The Brazilian national anthem “Hino Nacional Brasileiro” was then rendered by the gentled-voiced sambista Paulinho da Viola, accompanied by a string orchestra.
A panoramic depiction of Brazil’s history, including its slave trade past, followed before a unique homage to Alberto Santos-Dumont, who is, in Brazil, credited with inventing the first aeroplane and taking the first flight instead of the Wright Brothers, as a light plane flew inside the stadium before taking off into the night sky across a celebrating city.
But the high point was in rendition of the late Tom Jobim’s legendary “The Girl from Ipanema”, performed by his grandson Daniel as supermodel and national icon Gisele Bundchen, clad in a long sleeved, gold-sequin spangled dress, sashayed across on her most ambitious catwalk across the stadium. And her trail, formed into the contours of iconic works by Brazil’s greatest architect, Oscar Niemeyer.
Other star performers included the legendary samba singer Elza Soares, and hip-hop proponents Karol Conka and the 12-year-old M.C. Soffia (hip hop), all representing Brazil’s black community too. Also captivating was 21-year-old funk sensation Ludmilla, who rendered “Rap da Felicidade” (Happiness Rap) as the slick box set was rendered into the “favela” (slum), while 13-year-old Cristian do Passinho displayed nimble footwork of “Passinho” – the latest Rio dance craze.
The hour-long cultural fiesta, capped by a spectacular display of fireworks, led to the Parade of the Nations, or the march past of the participating contingents, comprising 207 including Kosovo and South Sudan who are making their debut. Also participating for the first time is the 10-member Refugee Olympic Team comprising refugees from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Congo.
Each team, preceded by a colourfully decorated rickshaw bearing their name instead of the traditional placard-holder, the flag-bearer accompanied by a child bearing a sapling, and trailed by a team of traditional musicians, entered the arena to applause, though the loudest cheers were reserved for teams from the neighbouring countries, as well as those making their debut and Palestine.
Special cheers were reserved for the Refugee Olympic Team led by athlete Rose Lokonyen Nathike, South Sudan led by athlete Guor Marial, Kosovo led by female judoka Majlinda Kalmendi, and Iran, led the wheelchair-bound archer Zahra Nemati, who is not only the first Iranian woman to win an international gold medal, but has made history by qualifying for both the Olympics and the Parlympics.
Entering last according to tradition, Brazil, marching in to the strains of “Brazil” and to sustained applause, was led by athlete Yane Marques.
For the first time, the athletes were handed tree seeds, which are intended to be sown in the Athletes’ Forest in the area of Deodoro, planned as Rio 2016’s enduring legacy.
The Indian contingent was led by Olympian medal-winning shooter Abhinav Bindra.
Haryana bans comedy film ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’
A day after the Punjab government imposed a ban on the screening of comedy film “The Legend of Michael Mishra”, the Haryana government on Friday announced a similar ban in the state.
“The Haryana government has banned the screening of the film ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’ in the state till further orders,” a Haryana government spokesman said here.
“The decision to this effect was taken in view of the reports that there was resentment among members of the Valmiki community regarding some objectionable utterances in a part of the film,” he said.
The film, released on Friday (August 5), stars Arshad Warsi, Aditi Rao Hydari and Boman Irani.
“The Haryana government had received information that certain organisations and individuals were protesting against the exhibition of this film, as the lead actor, Mr. Arshad Warsi, in a scene utters objectionable words which have the potential to outrage the religious feelings of the Valmiki community,” the spokesman said.
The ban was imposed after a committee, set up by the Haryana government, watched the film and recommended that the film’s screening be stopped.
“The committee recommended that it was essential to take necessary action in stopping the release of this film in cinema halls and multiplexes as its release could cause communal violence and damage to public and private property, causing a serious law and order situation,” he added.
The Punjab government had on Thursday announced a ban on the screening of the comedy film.
Indian women’s archery team comprising, Deepika Kumari, L. Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi, finished seventh in the Rio Olympics, while individually all of them advanced for the Round of 32 here on Friday.
Deepika started off well to even hit the top spot in the early rounds before stumbling at the halfway mark to finished 20th with a total score of 640 while Bombayla accumulated 638. Laxmirani ended a disappointing 43rd with a total score of 614.
The top three spots were bagged by South Koreans, who also clinched the top spot in the group contest.
Deepika will now face Georgia’s Kristine Esebua in the first round; Majhi to face Alexandra Longova of Slovakia while Laishram takes on Baldauff of Austria.
The trio started on a resounding note totalling 162 to be at the second spot at the end of the opening round with Deepika individually at ninth with a score of 56, Laxmirani at 19th with 54 and Bombayla at 35th with 52 points.
In the second round, the Indians dropped to the third place with a total score of 323. However, individually Deepika jumped a place to eighth scoring 110 while Laxmirani dropped to 21st with 107 and Bombayla jumped to 24th scoring 106.
The third round witnessed a drop to fifth in the team’s score of 480 with Deepika retaining her eighth place with total score of 164. Laxmirani, however dropped to 40th to total 156 while Bombayla jumped to 23rd, totalling 160.
In the fourth round, Deepika helped India bounce back to third with total score of 649. The Ranchi girl vaulted to third individually after shooting a solid 58 to take her total to 222.
Laxmirani also recuperated to jump to 37th with a total score of 210 while Bombayla jumped to 15th with a total score of 217.
Deepika continued her upward march in the fifth round to top the individual standings with a score of 58 to take her tally to 280 as the team retained the third spot with total score of 813.
However, Laxmirani’s continued her roller-coaster ride, dropping to 43rd with a total of 260 while Bombayla started constantly climbing to rise to ninth with a total score of 273.
The halfway mark witnessed India drop to fifth with total score of 962. Individually, Deepika could only manage just 49 to drop to fifth with 329 points.
Laxmirani also dropped to 49th with a total of 306 while Bombayla jumped to eighth with a total score of 327.
After the break, India further dropped to eighth with a total score of 1108 after the seventh round. It turned out to be a nightmare for Deepika, who could shoot just 46, to slide to 18th with a total score of 375.
Laxmirani too dropped to 54th with a total of 355 while Bombayla dropped three places to 11th with a total score of 378.
India managed to rise a place to seventh after the eighth round taking the total to 1268 while individually Deepika shot 54 to rise to 17th with a total of 429.
Laxmirani also gained four places to move up to 50th with a total of 408. Bombayla, however, dropped to 13th, totalling 431.
After the ninth round, India retained their seventh spot totalling 1427. Deepika crawled back to 15th to take her total to 483.
Laxmirani also went up to 45th with a total of 462 while Bombayla slipped to 17th with a total of 482.
The 10th round saw India slip to eighth with overall score of 1577. Deepika fell to 23rd with a total score of 531 while Laxmirani move up to 41st, totalling 515. Bombayla slipped to 22nd with a total of 531.
After the 11th round, India rose to seventh with the total score at 1734. Deepika shot 56 to rise to 18th with a score of 587.
Laxmirani slipped to 45th with a total of 563 while Bombayla dropped to 23rd with a total of 584.
The final round saw India retain the seventh spot with a total score of 1892. Individually, Deepika finished at 20th with a total score of 640.
Laxmirani had a disappointing campaign as she ended 43rd with a score of 614, while Bombayla sparkled in bits to finish 24th with 638 points.
The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Supplementary Demand for Grants by voice vote approving additional government spending of Rs 1.03 lakh crore during the current fiscal even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that in line with the budget commitment, a committee has been set up to review working of Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act.
The panel is expected to submit its report in next two-three months, he said, adding it will be put in the public domain once received.
“As stated in the budget, the FRBM panel has been already set up and it is working and examining matters and interacting with experts. At present the committee is also meeting all former Finance Ministers so that their experience is also enlisted,” Jaitley said in his reply to five-hour-long debate on supplementary demand for grants (general) for 2016-17.
These grants would also include a cash outgo of Rs 20,948.26 crore based on the Supplementary Demand for Grants moved by Finance Minister.
Jaitley’s announcement came in response to a specific query from Trinamool Congress member Sugata Bose on FRBM review panel, which is headed by former Revenue Secretary N.K. Singh and comprises former Finance Secretary Sumit Bose, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, RBI Deputy Governor Urjit Patel and NIPFP Director Rathin Roy.
The committee was initially assigned to submit its report to the government by October 31, 2016.
Dwelling at various issues concerning the economy, Jaitley said the government will be able to maintain all the projections as mentioned in the budget.
On fiscal deficit issue, he said: “At the moment there is no serious challenge to deficit.”
Jaitley however said the states and central government need to stick to their fiscal expenditure.
On issues raised by various members including B. Mahtab (Biju Janata Dal), Abhishek Banerjee (Trinamool), N.K. Premchandran (Revolutionary Socialist Party) and Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress), he said that the 14th Pay Commission has been most accommodating to the states, but wondered why the states were still complaining.
“However, I am yet to find a state which says we want to revert to the 13th Pay Commission.”
Jaitley also said that the debt crisis faced by West Bengal was a legacy of the erstwhile 34-year-old Left regime in the state.
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A Rio native photographs life in the deadly slums of the 2016 Olympic host city. “And stuck right in the middle of it, you’ve got the residents of the slums, 99 percent of whom are honest, hardworking people who have nothing to do with the gangs.” Editor’s note: graphic content.
‘After GST, India more appealing to Chinese firms’
By Gaurav Sharma
India will be more appealing to Chinese firms after the clearance of much awaited Goods and Services Tax Bill in the upper house of Parliament, a state-run daily said on Friday.
An op-ed piece in Global Times said China was willing to work with India to make GST Bill a “reality”.
It said the passage of the bill could boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political legacy and give him a better chance for a second term.
“This (GST) could certainly boost India’s appeal to multi-nationals, including Chinese firms, as a myriad of existing federal, state and interstate levies in the country had previously increased their tax burdens and barred them from further exploring potentials in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.
“China is more likely to see this reform, which aims to make India a better destination for investment, as an opportunity rather than a threat,” the daily said.
However, the Global Times lamented that Chinese companies still faced complicated and cumbersome tax system in India.
“Chinese companies are certainly welcoming the move. Along with other restrictions, the country’s complicated and cumbersome taxation system as well as bureaucracy related to tax-collection remains a hurdle for the firms doing business in India.”
“China will be happy to see the reforms go through as it sees this improved investment environment as an opportunity rather than a threat and will be willing to work with India to make it a reality,” the write-up said.
“The move is both politically and economically significant. Politically, it showed that the Modi government can compromise to get reforms made in the national interest.
“It could add momentum to the world’s already fastest growing economy,” it said.
Reality TV personality Rob Kardashian and his fiancee Blac Chyna are back on good terms again.
For the first time since their fight last month, the couple made an appearance together on social media as they had fun with Snapchat’s filters during a car ride on Wednesday, reports aceshowbiz.com.
Kardashian appeared on Chyna’s Snapchat page sporting his signature black shirt and blue baseball cap as he sat behind the wheel.
“That looks funny, babe, I can’t,” he said when looking at his own face, while Chyna can be heard giggling next to him.
The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star sparked breakup rumours last month after he unfollowed Chyna on Instagram and deleted all their photographs from the photo-sharing site.
A source then revealed that the couple did have an argument, but that wouldn’t break them up. In fact, the two started talking to each other again on the following day itself.
President Barack Obama is set to address the nation about American efforts against the Islamic State after meeting with the National Security Council at the Pentagon. The briefing comes as the US has expanded its battle against the terrorist group into Libya.
Obama’s meeting with the NSC is to help him assess what is working and what isn’t working in the campaign against Islamic State.
On Monday, the president authorized a bombing campaign in Libya, at the behest of the current Libyan government, known as the Government of National Accord (GNA). On Tuesday, that authorization was extended into a 30-day mission of US airstrikes in Libya against IS.
While the GNA is the official ruling body of Libya and has been endorsed by the UN, much of the country is outside its control, including the capital of Tripoli. The president previously described the country as “kind of a mess,” with IS holding power in a relatively small coastal segment of the country, Libya Dawn and other Islamists in charge in Tripoli and the surrounding areas, and parts of the south being ruled by local militias.
The US is already involved in anti-IS airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, and has been since September 2014. Obama is expected to tout recent gains that the US-led coalition has made on that front, AP reported. Iraq’s government, with significant “advise and consent” help from the US, is currently preparing a major offensive in Mosul, a northern city IS has controlled since June 2014.
A 42-year-old woman and her son, 18, were mowed down by a truck on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway killing both of them on spot, police said on Thursday.
Santosh Devi was returning to her home in Chakkarpur village on Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) road with her son Anand after visiting a relative’s house in Jharsa village close to Sector 32.
Police officer Trilok Chand said they were riding a two-wheeler which was mowed down by the truck near Rao Tula Ram Chowk (Signature Tower) late Wednesday night.
He said that Santosh was employed at a private school as a helper and Sonu was a class 11 student.
The driver of truck managed to flee with the vehicle.
Obesity may advance brain ageing by 10 years at midlife
At the age of 50, an overweight person is likely to have comparable white matter volume to a lean person aged 60 years, new research at the University of Cambridge suggests.
White matter is the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions.
Strikingly, however, the researchers only observed these differences from middle-age onwards, suggesting that our brains may be particularly vulnerable during this period of ageing.
“The fact that we only saw these differences from middle-age onwards raises the possibility that we may be particularly vulnerable at this age,” said senior author Professor Paul Fletcher from the Department of Psychiatry.
Our brains naturally shrink with age, but scientists are increasingly recognising that obesity – already linked to conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease – may also affect the onset and progression of brain ageing.
In this study, the researchers investigated whether obesity was associated with brain changes characteristic of ageing.
The team studied data from 473 individuals between the ages of 20 and 87, recruited by the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience.
The researchers divided the data into two categories based on weight: lean and overweight.
They found striking differences in the volume of white matter in the brains of overweight individuals compared with those of their leaner counterparts.
Overweight individuals had a widespread reduction in white matter compared to lean people, showed the findings published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.
The team then calculated how white matter volume related to age across the two groups.
They discovered that an overweight person at, say, 50 years old had a comparable white matter volume to a lean person aged 60 years, implying a difference in brain age of 10 years.
“It will also be important to find out whether these changes could be reversible with weight loss, which may well be the case,” Fletcher said.
BJP President Amit Shah landed in Ahmedabad on Thursday morning to oversee the process of finding a successor to Anandiben Patel, who has formally put in her papers as the Gujarat Chief Minister.
Shah drove straight to his residence from the airport and was locked in a meeting with BJP Joint Secretary (organisation) V. Satish and General Secretary in charge of Gujarat Dinesh Sharma.
Though the BJP leadership reiterated in Delhi all through Wednesday that Amit Shah would not be the next chief minister since his services were needed for the crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, speculation back home still did not rule him out.
“M. Venkaiah Naidu maintained this after the parliamentary board meeting in Delhi on Wednesday when he said the elected legislators in Gujarat will decide their leader on Friday with him only overseeing the meeting.
“If Shah succeeds Patel, it can be easily said later that he was the choice of the MLAs though the party needed him in Uttar Pradesh,” a senior leader here said.
“Why otherwise are they delaying every decision by a day and leaving everything to the legislature party meeting all the way to Friday evening, which otherwise is generally a formality,” he wondered.
Amit Shah is a legislator from the Naranpura consituency.
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