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Ishrat Jahan was an LeT member, claims Headley
Mumbai : Pakistani-American terrorist-turned approver David Coleman Headley said on Thursday that Ishrat Jahan was a member of the women wing of terror outfit Laskhar-e-Taiba.
 
"Jahan was a LeT member," Headley said while deposing before special TADA Judge A. Sanap.
 
Headley claimed that the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi informed him about a botched up operation in India of shooting at the police at a check post in Gujarat.
 
A LeT woman operative was involved, said Headley who he identified as Ishrat Jahan out of the three names given by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
 
Muzammil Bhatt was the head of the group before Sajid Mir, Headley said, replying to questions by Nikam.
 
On June 15 2004, collegian Ishrat Jahan, and her three friends, Javed Sheikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were shot dead on a road near Kotarpur on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
 
The police team was led by then Gujarat DIG D.G. Vanjara, who was later jailed for his alleged involvement in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh shooting.
 
The police claimed that Ishrat Jahan and her associates were LeT operatives plotting to assassinate then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
 
Subsequently investigations revealed in 2009 that the shooting was staged.
 
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1 year ago

Now where are the SICKularists who spent hours of prime time news displaying the mother and family of "the girl next door" beating their chests after the "cold blooded murder" of their "dearest sweet daughter" at the hands of the "communal" gujarat police! This is not the first time that a terrorist has claimed that this girl was part of their group. Alas, such police officers were jailed for years because they killed a terrorist. How on earth will we get a police force which wants to do anything good for the country. No wonder they have become a corrupt useless bunch of people.

See the best tweets first with Twitter's new timeline feature
New York : Micro-blogging website Twitter has introduced a new timeline feature that allows users to never miss important tweets from people they follow by giving an option to see the best tweets first.
 
"You follow hundreds of people on Twitter, maybe thousands, and when you open Twitter, it can feel like you've missed some of their most important Tweets. Today, we're excited to share a new timeline feature that helps you catch up on the best Tweets from people you follow," a Twitter blog said.
 
To make it work, the user needs to flip on the feature in settings. This will enable the users to see the tweets they are most likely to care about at the top of the timeline when they open Twitter after a while.
 
The rest of the tweets will be displayed right underneath.
 
"We have already seen that people who use this new feature tend to Retweet and Tweet more, creating more live commentary and conversations, which is great for everyone. To check it out now, just go into the timeline section of your settings and choose "show me the best Tweets first", the blog further read.
 
The company also sought feedback from the users.
 
"We will be listening to your feedback and making it even better over time. Then we will be turning on the feature for you in the coming weeks so look out for a notification in your timeline," the blog read.
 
"We think this is a great way to get even more out of Twitter and we're excited for you to experience it. Let us know what you think, the blog added.
 
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Facebook withdraws Free Basics from India
New Delhi : Facebook had cut off its Free Basics service for India three days after the country's telecom watchdog said no to discriminatory pricing of data content.
 
"Free Basics is no longer available to people in India," a Facebook spokesperson said in an e-mail statement to IANS. No further comment was offered.
 
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in its February 8 order had disallowed service providers from offering or charging discriminatory tariffs for data services purely on the basis of content.
 
Free Basics, for which Facebook had tied up with Reliance Communications, is an app that promises free access to the Internet for a host of basic services on topics like news, health, travel, sports, jobs and communication.
 
As the watchdog was examining the issue of Net neutrality, Reliance Communications had kept the free basic service offering on hold.
 
"As directed by the TRAI, the commercial launch of Freebasics has been kept in abeyance till they consider all details and convey a specific approval," a Reliance Communications spokesperson had said in a statement December.
 
Reacting to the TRAI order, Facebook said it was "disappointed with the outcome" but will continue its "efforts to eliminate barriers and give the unconnected an easier path to the Internet".
 
Later, however, the developments after the watchdog order took a curious turn.
 
On Thursday, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg had to disown a controversial statement from his colleague that Free Basics was like colonialism, alluding that the same was good for Indians.
 
"Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?" Facebook board member Marc Andreessen had tweeted that was later wihdrawn with an apology. 
 
"I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday. I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
 
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