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  • World News 02.04.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON: After when a single bullet fired by a young British shooter killed six Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, he became the toast of the armed forces. It was confirmed by the military of defence that the army sniper (20 years old) killed 6 fighters of Taliban using a single bullet by aiming to hit the trigger switch of a suicide bomber’s vest.
    Taliban Fighters killed Taliban Fighters killed 

    The happening as described by the commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, Lt Col Richard Slack is that Afghan’s and British troops were confronting 20 Taliban fighters. A 20-year-old lance corporal from the Coldstream Guards, the assassin, shot a would-be suicide bomber from nearly 850 metres. Being aimed at the vest of an Afghan suicide bomber, a single bullet killed him and quite a few men around him, after the detonation of the explosive vest. The incidence took place in Kakaran, southern Afghanistan, last December. As said by the MOD, the incidence has come to lime light recently.

    “The Taliban fighter was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch. He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun. They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, ‘I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast.” said by Slack.

    The same assassin shot a Taliban machine gunner also who was at a range of 1,340 metres. There was one more suicide vest with a weight of 20 kg of explosives found nearby. As per the reports he was having a L115A3 long-range rifle.

    It was described as the “state-of-the-art weapon used to locate and eliminate enemy activity” by The Ministry of Defence.

  • World News 31.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON:As a new finding, a minimum of nearly 44000 primary school kids were recorded to have gain access to pornographic website in a single month alone. As per the records every 1 in 35 of 6 to 11 year olds in UK is going online and talking about under 16’s, the figure is about 2 lakhs i.e. 1 in 16 youngsters of that age group went online in the same month.
    British School children Being Advance in Accessing Porn Online
    The Authority for Television on Demand (“ATVOD”) published a report via video on demand regulator and provided the most convincing and authoritative pictures yet established the children’s exposure to porn.ATVOD gave a call to the government to take a serious action in this regard to protect kids from the exposure to hard-core porn online. The action of these kids were been tracked by their laptops or desktops in December, 2013.

    When talked about the under 18 boys, 1 in 5 of them was found clicking on the porn websites from their Personal computer and an adult site which serves unrestricted, free access to thousands of hard-core porn videos – that attract nearly 112000 of the teenagers.

    There are many free (unrestricted access) and unregulatedoffshore adult services to hard-core porn with no age restriction which includes 23 out of 25 porn sites are easily accessible from the UK. Technology and techniquesapproximately analogous to those used to measure TV audiences were deployed, having a 45,000 UK internet users panel.

    ATVOD chair Ruth Evans said, “We do not advocate censorship. There is nothing in the ATVOD Rules which interferes with the right to provide sexually explicit material to an adult online. But pornography is a product which is produced and designed for use by adults, not children. The law requires that UK on demand services keep such material out of reach of minors and we are committed to ensuring that UK providers of video on demand services comply with the statutory rules. But we have no control over services that come from outside the UK.”

    The finding disturbed nearly 43% of the parents who have parental controls installed on the netbook; laptopor PC’s used by their children at home.

    More than 9 million people in the UK accessed an adult website at least once from a PC or laptop in December – one in four of those in the UK who went on-line by that route. They spent more than 1.4 billion minutes on the sites, averaging 15 minutes a visit and typically spending two and a half hours over 10 visits.

    In order to protect children from such sites Atvod said there should be the change in laws. It said, “Sites that did not comply with legislation by carrying out age checks should be forbidden from processing payments from British customers”.

  • World News 28.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON:An open verdict is recorded on Thursday by a British coroner in the demise of Boris Berezovsky, saying that he is unable to prove the Russian oligarch had meant to take his life.
    Boris Berezovsky
    It was in the locked bathroom of a mansion in Ascot, near Londonthat Boris Berezovsky, 67, was found lying in the floor with a cord around his neck in March 2013.

    Investigation that was held for two consecutive days revealed that the Kremlin insider-turned-critic, was frequently found talking about suicide. It was broken after he lost the legal battle against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

    On the other side, Elizaveta, his daughter gave evidence by saying that her father thought that he might have been poisoned. In addition to this a medical expert saidthe tycoon could have been choked.

    His family members didn’t give any comment on the judgement as they left the court in Windsor.

    Peter Bedford, the coroner said that the evidence very “contradictory” and beyond all reasonable doubt he is unable to prove whether it was a suicide case of a murder. He said, “I am not saying Mr Berezovsky took his own life, I am not saying Mr Berezovsky was unlawfully killed. What I am saying is that the burden of proof sets such a high standard it is impossible for me to say.” He further said, “It is clear to me and the witnesses I have heard that it (the damages claim) had a significant effect not only on his finances but also on his mental health.”

    Looking at the past history of Berezovsky, he survived at least two assassination attempts. There can be chances that he was murdered but there are yet no evidence found of the foul play. Simon Poole, Home Office pathologist, who carried out the autopsy report, couldn’t found any evidence of struggling. She said: “These injuries were extensively looked for.”

    Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident and Berezovsky were friends and the former was murdered with radioactive polonium in London in 2006, and had been due to testify at Litvinenko’s own inquest.

    As per Elizaveta’s statement, she suspect that her father was poisoned after Abramovich court battle, as he spoke of feeling a chemical imbalance.

  • World News 27.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON: In order to prevent the growing number of unwanted pregnancies in teens, the schools of UK have been advised to make condoms and morning-after pills freely available to the teenage girls.
    Free Contraceptives to be given to UK Schoolgirls

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) set up the new guidelines according to which individuals under the age of 25 should be able to access emergency contraception more readily, including the IUD (intrauterine device, or coil) and pills. According to the statement given by the NICE, In Europe, England has the highest teen pregnancy rates, though under-18 conception rates have fallen.

    Commissioners of services in England got an advice from NICE to give access to contraception to all young people even at the convenient locations so that the service is not denied due to the location where they live.

    Director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, Prof. Mike Kelly said, “It is really important that sexual health services offering information and advice can be found in places where young people have access to them”. He further said, “Evidence clearly shows that the availability of contraception reduces the rate of unwanted pregnancies. Local planners and providers of services must make sure that what they offer is right for their area,”

    The guidelines says that it should be informed to the young women that the more effective form of emergency contraception is an intrauterine device instead of the oral method. It can be used on an on-going basis.

    Kelly said, “Young people often find contraceptive services and advice difficult to locate. This can be for a number of reasons. They may not know where services are, who provides them or when they are open”. He further added, “They can also be wrongly worried that information they give may not be treated confidentially. For that reason, this guidance focuses on ensuring they receive culturally sensitive, confidential, non-judgemental and empathic advice and support tailored to their individual needs”

    Most of the recommendations made in the new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence won’t cost anything in its implementation. The existing services need to be looked upon whether the support and advise the young generation want is been given to them or not.

     

  • World News 25.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON:Geoge Mallory’s ice axe which he used in his Everest expedition in the year 1922 is on sale and Britishers are trying their level best to save it from leaving shores of Britain.It auction of the axe was recently announced by Christie.
    Geoge Mallory's Everest trek axe on sale
    The 1st serious attempt to climb the Everest was held in 1922. During the mission, Mallory with Howard Somervelland Major Edward Norton set the 1st altitude record on Everest on May 21, 1922. They reached a height of 26,800 feet, without the use of any supplementary oxygen.

    His, another attempt with partner Andrew Irvine was on June 8th, 1924 when he covered a height of 26,700 feet on Everest. Momentarily they were seen about 1,000 feet below the summit after which the monsoon clouds moved in and both of them disappeared forever. It was in 1933 that his axe was found andMallory’s body was discovered in 1999.

    They left an unsolved question in the records of History, whether Irvine and Mallory climb Everest before Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary?
    In the view of UK’s mountaineering community, Mallory’s axe being the part of British history’must be kept in Britain’. The community is worried that it will be bought by the US buyer.
    After when he disappeared on Everest, it is believed that Ruth, his wife donated a few of his equipment to the Pinnacle Climbing Club – the first women’s climbing club. It was formed at a time when mountaineering was very much a male preserve.Nancy Carpenter, a pioneering mountaineer (with a few routes in the Scottish Highlands and Alps to her credit) and an early member of the club got the possession of the axe.
    Nancy moved to Matterdale End in the Lake District, in her 80’s, where she actively encouragedWilliam, the son of her neighbours (a family from Threlkeld)formountaineering and Lakeland fells and gave him the axe in order to save his money to buy for an ice axe. She told his the story behind that axe to make him realize how much importance that axe hold, but unfortunately he was killed in 1985 in a traffic accident. After which his family decided that the most appropriate place for the axe was National Mountaineering Exhibition.

  • World News 21.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON: With the announcement of Mayor Boris Johnson of investing £100 million fund in cycling to create what is being called a ‘mini-Holland’ revolution, London is seeing a vast difference in its earlier face.
    Massive Push Given to cycling in London
    Since 2001, the cycling on the main road of London has risen by 173%. Looking at this, it has being announced by the government that this number should be doubled by next decade.

    This ‘mini-Holland’ plan covers the outer boroughs of all 8 cities. They finally got the funding for transformative and substantial changes to form cyclist friendly streets. Out of these 8, three boroughs – Waltham Forest, Kingston and Enfield have been selected for complete mini-Holland status, with an amount receiving up to £30 million each.

    A series of measures are focused on creating cycle-friendly low-traffic neighbourhoods in order to improve cycling in residential areas in Waltham Forest. Moreover, a semi-segregated superhighway route will be developed.

    A major cycle hug will be formed in Kingston with the transformation of plaza outside Kingston station. There will be the introduction of new high-quality cycling routes together with a Thames Riverside Boardway.

    Enfield Town centre will entirely be reformed, with three cycle hubs distributed across the borough and separated superhighways linking key destinations.

    Johnson shared his thought on the same saying, “I have been incredibly impressed with the standard of the mini-Holland entries and by the thirst among all the finalists to transform themselves into better places for people. It has been so hard to choose between them that I have decided that all shall have prizes. Areas once terra incognita for the bicycle will, over time, become every bit as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents – places that suburbs and towns all over Britain will want to copy.”

    Moreover, Kingston Council’s lead member, Councillor Simon James said, “We are delighted that our ambitious bid has been successful. Ours is a cycling vision for everyone with a blend of exciting, iconic schemes and high-quality, everyday infrastructure. Kingston already has one of the highest rates of cycling in outer London and we will be able to give even more people the opportunity to enjoy the environmental, social, health and economic benefits of living in a Biking Borough.”

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