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Headley's cross-examination deferred to Wednesday
Mumbai : The cross-examination of Pakistani-American terrorist turned approver David Headley in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, which was scheduled to start on Tuesday, has been postponed by a day, an official said on Monday.
 
The deferment follows intimation from one of Headley's attorneys who is unwell and who requested the proceedings to start on Wednesday, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.
 
The court has ordered accordingly and now the cross-examination will be taken up from Wednesday, for four days, Nikam added.
 
Headley's cross-examination in a special court will be done for four days by Abdul Wahab Khan, lawyer of Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, who is also facing trial in the 26/11 terror attack case.
 
Headley, 56, has already confessed to having done substantial ground work, intelligence gathering and providing other inputs to his handlers in Pakistan ahead of the terror strikes in Mumbai beginning on November 26, 2008, which killed 166 people and left over 600 injured.
 
His examination in chief was done by Nikam between February 8 and 13 after Headley agreed to turn approver in return for a pardon by the Indian authorities.
 
The proceedings were conducted before Additional Sessions Judge G.A. Sanap via video-conferencing from a jail in the US.
 
Nikam has already said that, if required, the prosecution may re-examine Headley at a later stage after the cross-examination.
 
Headley, convicted in the US for his role in the terror attack and the Denmark attacks plots, is currently serving a 35-year sentence in a US jail.
 
During his marathon deposition before the Special Court last month, he admitted to his links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda and other terror groups, the role of various state and non-state actors, conducting seven spying missions in Mumbai prior to the 26/11 attacks, besides divulging other sensational information to his handlers in Pakistan.
 
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'40 percent people in India may not have water to drink by 2030'
New Delhi : Forty percent of India's population may not have drinking water by 2030, if the water crisis in country is not met seriously, a study has warned.
 
With the country facing a grave water crisis and lack of water conservation, the availability of potable water and ground water has decreased over the years which would result in severe situation in the country after a decade, said an activist for water conservation on the eve of World Water Day (March 22) observed to create awareness about water related issues and for action to deal with the global water crisis.
 
"By 2030, 40 percent of the total population in the country will not have drinking water if situation remains same," Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan's national convenor Sanjay Singh told IANS, quoting a research published recently by the 2030 Water Resource Group (WRG).
 
"The ground water is depleting, the small tributaries have dried up to 90 percent and the flow of rivers has reduced by 60-65 percent. This will lead to a severe situation in the coming years reducing water availability to a great extent," he added.
 
He also said that the per capita demand has increased whereas the availability is very less. In fact, a report on ground water published by PRS Legislative Research --a non-governmental organisation -- says: "Due to increasing population, the national per capita annual availability of water has reduced by 15 percent from 2001 to 2011."
 
It also said that India uses almost twice the amount of water to grow crops as compared to China and the US.
 
"The gap between the availability and demand is increasing at a greater pace. Cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and other metropolitan cities consume water in huge quantities due to changed lifestyle of people. This must be looked into," Singh told IANS.
 
He also said that the efforts done by the government were not enough to meet the crisis.
 
South Asia Network on Dam, Rivers and People coordinator Himanshu Thakkar says water crisis in the country is multidimensional and is aggravating fast because of various factors including mismanagement of the resource.
 
He anticipates big problems based on the water crisis looming large in the country, if the situation continues.
 
"Ground water is the lifeline of the country which is depleting very fast. Water is part of ecological system as every living thing on earth needs water so if not dealt with properly the perennial water crisis may lead to more serious problems like food crisis, livelihood crisis, social conflicts," Thakkar told IANS.
 
He said that social conflicts based on water crisis have already started in the country. Tension between Haryana and Punjab over Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal project and conflicts in Marathwada region of Maharashtra over water are the latest examples.
 
"In terms of water crisis in India things have now come to such a pass that a district collector in Latur district in Maharashtra had to implement section 144 to avoid clashes between people due to water crisis," Thakkar told IANS.
 
Blaming the government in general being the major contributor towards the crisis, Thakkar said the government machinery was solely responsible for failing in water management.
 
"Government is responsible for water crisis in terms of mismanagement. The government does not involve people in the management of water. This year is a drought year so the problem has increased manifold but the efforts of the government does not seem sufficient to deal with the crisis," he said.
 
About the water crisis in Delhi, he said that mismanagement on part of governments can be seen easily as in February, Jat protesters took over Munak canal in Haryana stopping water supply to the national capital and it took over a fortnight to deal with the consequences.
 
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jaideep shirali

1 year ago

Unless the State and Central governments emphasize on conservation of water in any season, things will get worse with every year. Add to that the reckless disregard for the environment that we have been seeing especially in the last few years. The problem is that we have lots of schemes on paper, but the only water is the black money that flows into the pockets of politicians and their cronies. Maharashtra is a classic example, though I'm sure this problem is repeated across India. Latur had its own man in the CM's seat not so long ago, what did his government do, that people in Latur are fighting over water ?

We have a responsibility to protect your data: Apple's Tim Cook
San Francisco : Apple CEO Tim Cook, referring to the ongoing battle with the US government over encryption to unlock an iPhone used by an attacker in a mass shooting in San Bernadino last year, on Monday reiterated the company's commitment to protect its users' data and privacy.
 
Addressing a packed auditorium at its Cupertino, California-based headquarters, Cook said: "We have a responsibility to help you protect your data and your privacy. We will not shrink from this responsibility."
 
"We built the iPhone for you, our customers, and for many of us it is a deeply personal device," he told the gathering during a special launch event.
 
The company also revealed that it fully runs on renewable energy in 23 countries.
 
According to the Guardian live coverage, Apple has built a machine called Liam that can deconstruct an iPhone into its components to recover high quality materials and reintroduce them into the supply chain.
 
"For example, the silver from the motherboard can be used in solar panels. Eventually, Apple wants to recycle the parts into new iPhones," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, at the event.
 
"Take your old product into an Apple store or visit its website and post it to the company," she added.
 
The company was set to unveil a new range of products - including a smaller and cheaper 4-inch iPhone SE as reported by the media - during the event.
 
The announcement is aimed at making further inroads into the emerging markets like India -- that has a huge smartphone base of 160 million plus users and is likely to surpass the US smartphone user base in a couple of years -- and China.
 
The iPhone SE is reported to be a replacement for the iPhone 5s series. Leaked photos suggest that the device will be similar to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
 
According to media reports, Apple was also set to unveil a new iPad Pro with features like detachable keyboard and stylus specially designed for business use.
 
"Apple routinely schedules product events in March and September, so the juxtaposition of a product premiere on Monday to a high-profile court date is coincidental," a USA Today report said.
 
Apple is expected to appear in a federal court in California on March 22 to fight the order and has accused the US Department of Justice of trying to "smear" the company with "desperate" and "unsubstantiated" claims.
 
The US government has been fighting Apple over access to information on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers, Rizwan Farook, in December. Apple says the demands violate the company's rights and has argued that the government is asking for a "back door" that could be exploited by the government and criminals.
 
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