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France Authorities to Close Paris Mosque in Clampdown Over Teacher's Gruesome Beheading - News18
A photo of the teacher and a message confessing to his murder was found on the mobile phone of his killer, 18-year-old Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, who also posted images of the decapitated body on Twitter.
French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque in a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The mosque in a densely-populated suburb northeast of Paris had published a video on its Facebook page days before Friday's gruesome murder, railing against teacher Samuel Paty's choice of material for a class discussion on freedom of expression, said a source close to the investigation. The interior ministry said the mosque in Pantin, which has some 1,500 worshippers, would be shut on Wednesday night for six months. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has vowed there would be "not a minute's respite for enemies of the Republic". The order came after police on Monday launched a series of raids targeting Islamist networks, mainly in the Paris region. Paty, 47, was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of the capital. A photo of the teacher and a message confessing to his murder was found on the mobile phone of his killer, 18-year-old Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, who also posted images of the decapitated body on Twitter. Anzorov was shot dead by police. Online campaign Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said Tuesday that Paty would be posthumously bestowed France's highest order of merit, the Legion of Honour, for having been "martyred" because of his profession. The murder was preceded by a fierce online campaign against Paty and the school, led by the father of a schoolgirl who accused the teacher of disseminating "pornography" for showing a cartoon of the prophet naked. The school said Paty had given Muslim pupils the choice to leave the classroom. The father who posted the video shared by the Pantin mosque is among 15 people arrested after the killing, along with a known Islamist radical and four members of Anzorov's family. Darmanin accused the father and the radical of having issued a "fatwa" against the teacher. On Tuesday, the head of the Pantin mosque, M'hammed Henniche, said he had shared the video not to "validate" the complaint about the cartoons, but out of fear that Muslim children were singled out in class. Four pupils suspected of accepting payment for pointing Paty out to his killer were also taken into custody Monday. 'Carried out by thugs' Junior interior minister Marlene Schiappa was to meet the French bosses of social media networks Tuesday to discuss bolstering the "fight against cyber-Islamism". Paty's killing has drawn parallels with the 2015 massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people, including cartoonists, were gunned down for publishing cartoons of Mohammed. Tens of thousands of people took part in rallies countrywide on Sunday to honour Paty and defend freedom of expression, while Muslim leaders gathered at his school Monday to offer condolences and distance their religion from the atrocity. French President Emmanuel Macron threatened that "fear is about to change sides" in the new anti-Islamist campaign. Paty's beheading was the second knife attack since a trial started last month over the Charlie Hebdo killings. In the September attack, two people were wounded outside the publication's former offices. A silent march is planned for Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Tuesday evening in homage to Paty, while parliament will observe a minute of silence in the afternoon. Macron will attend an official homage with Paty's family Wednesday at the Sorbonne university. Blanquer added that schools countrywide will observe a minute's silence for Paty when pupils return after the autumn break, and a special lesson on the recent events will be taught in all classes. Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti on Tuesday denied there had been any failure on the part of intelligence services. "This is an insidious war," he told France Inter. "There is organised terrorism that is monitored by our services, and then there is a young man of 18 who was not on the radar of the intelligence services and who committed this abominable act in the name of misguided religion." Meanwhile, Paris prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into a French neo-Nazi website hosted abroad that republished the photo of Paty's decapitated corpse posted to Twitter by the killer.
US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Mics to be Muted in Final Showdown Between Trump & Biden to Stop Interruptions - News18
US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE Updates: The US Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday they will mute the microphones of President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden when they are not answering questions during their final showdow…
Biden Leads Trump With Fortnight to Go for Elections, But Can Opinion Polls be Trusted This Year? | Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election four years ago brought into question as never before the reliability of opinion polls. Can they be believed this time around? With 16 days to go before the November 3 election, Democrat Joe Biden is ahead of the Republican president by 9.0 percentage points nationally, according to polling averages from the RealClearPolitics website. But in the United States, candidates win the White House not through the popular vote, but with the Electoral College. In 2016, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, but won enough states to garner the electoral votes needed to become president. This year, six states are seen as key to winning the White House: Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Read full story here.
Bihar Assembly Elections, MP Bypolls 2020: Will Sonia Tolerate Such Words for Her Daughter, Asks Imarti Devi as Nath's 'Item' Remark Draws Outrage - News18
Bihar Assembly Elections, MP Bypolls 2020: The race to polls have begun in two states with virtual rallies being held amid Covid-19 and verbal duel underway between top leaders of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. While Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis elabor…
On rallies, Fadnavis said, "We will hold meetings in every five villages of a constituency through LEDs simultaneously. This way we will hold 100 meetings at a time. This will also be our effort towards ensuring social distancing in view of Covid-19," he said in Bihar' Bodh Gaya.Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday launched Congress theme song for the Bihar polls at the party headquarters here. The song "Bole Bihar Badle Sarkar" has been prepared by the party's social media team, a statement from the Bihar unit of the Congress said. In the song, the grand old party has highlighted poor condition of education, huge unemployment, rising corruption, uncontrolled crime and failure to deal with surging coronavirus cases in the state during 15 years rule of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The song emphasised on change of government in the state to bring allround development. Congress has been fighting the ongoing Bihar elections as a partner of Grand Alliance spearheaded by the RJD. The grand old party has got 70 seats out of a total of 243 seats in the state assembly. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address two election meetings on October 23 at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur and Hisua in Nawada to seek support for the anti-NDA grouping..
Asteroid Bennu Promises Pristine ET Material From Space, Might Reveal Signs of Alien Life: NASA - News18
Scientists on the mission are hopeful that hydrated minerals and organic material will likely be present in the collected sample, finally revealing some signs of life in the alien world.
As a NASA spacecraft gets ready for the historic moment to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu's surface on October 20, this pristine remnant from the early days of our solar system offers more than what meets the eye. NASA's first mission to return a sample from an ancient asteroid -- the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-Rex -- is a seven-year long voyage set to conclude upon the delivery to Earth of at least 60 grams and, possibly, up to almost 2 kgs of sample. It promises to be the largest amount of extraterrestrial material brought back from space since the Apollo era. Scientists on the mission are hopeful that hydrated minerals and organic material will likely be present in the collected sample, finally revealing some signs of life in the alien world. Bennu is classified as a B-type asteroid, which means it contains a lot of carbon in and along with its various minerals, NASA said in a statement. Bennu is a carbonaceous asteroid that hasn't undergone drastic, composition-altering change, meaning that on and below its deeper-than-pitch-black surface are chemicals and rocks from the birth of the solar system. Bennu has been (mostly) undisturbed for billions of years. Not only is it conveniently close and carbonaceous, it is also so primitive that scientists calculated it formed in the first 10 million years of our solar system's history - over 4.5 billion years ago. Is Bennu space trash or scientific treasure? While "rubble pile" sounds like an insult, it's actually a real astronomy classification. "Rubble-pile asteroids like Bennu are celestial bodies made from lots of pieces of rocky debris that gravity compressed together," according to NASA. Bennu is a primordial artifact preserved in the vacuum of space, orbiting among planets and moons and asteroids and comets. Because it is so old, Bennu could be made of material containing molecules that were present when life first formed on Earth. All Earth life forms are based on chains of carbon atoms bonded with oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and other elements. However, organic material like the kind scientists hope to find in a sample from Bennu doesn't necessarily always come from biology. "It would, though, further scientists' search to uncover the role asteroids rich in organics played in catalyzing life on Earth," the US space agency noted. OSIRIS-REx will depart Bennu in 2021 and deliver the sample to Earth on September 24, 2023. "Extraterrestrial jewellery sounds great, and Bennu is likely to be rich in platinum and gold compared to the average crust on Earth," NASA said. Closely studying this asteroid will give answers to questions about whether asteroid mining during deep-space exploration and travel is feasible. Although rare metals attract the most attention, water is likely to be the most important resource in Bennu. Given the high cost of transporting material into space, if astronauts can extract water from an asteroid for life support and fuel, the cosmic beyond is closer than ever to being human-accessible. Early Earth-based observations of the asteroid suggested it had a smooth surface with a regolith (the top layer of loose, unconsolidated material) composed of particles less than an inch (a couple of centimeters) large - at most. Bennu was named in 2013 by a nine-year-old boy from North Carolina who won the Name that Asteroid! competition, a collaboration between the mission, the Planetary Society, and the LINEAR asteroid survey that discovered Bennu.
Beheaded France Teacher had been Target of Threats Since Father of Schoolgirl Posted on Social Media - News18
Paty was decapitated outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of the capital, and the killer was fatally wounded by police.
A history teacher beheaded in a Paris suburb on Friday had been the target of online threats for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class, France's anti-terror prosecutor said on Saturday. The father of a schoolgirl had sought 47-year-old teacher Samuel Paty's dismissal and launched an online call for "mobilisation" against him after the lesson on freedom of expression, Jean-Francois Ricard said in a televised news conference. Paty was decapitated outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of the capital, and the killer was fatally wounded by police. The Russian embassy in Paris said the suspect was Abdullakh Anzorov, whose family had arrived in France when he was six and requested asylum. The 18-year-old had received a residence permit this year, according to the embassy, and had no links with Russia. The schoolgirl's father and a known Islamist militant are among 10 people arrested. Ricard said the school received threats after the class in early October, which featured the controversial caricatures -- one of the prophet naked -- with the girl's father accusing Paty of disseminating "pornography". The girl and her father lodged a criminal complaint against the teacher, who in turn filed a complaint of defamation, said Ricard. The aggrieved father named Paty and gave the school's address in a social media post just days before the beheading which President Emmanuel Macron has labelled an Islamist terror attack. And early this week, he posted a video in which he said Islam and the prophet had been "insulted" at the school. 'Immersed in religion' Ricard did not say if the attacker had any links to the school, pupils or parents, or had acted independently in response to the online campaign. Witnesses said he was spotted at the school on Friday afternoon asking pupils where he could find Paty. A photograph of Paty and a message confessing to his murder were found on the assailant's mobile phone. The prosecutor said the attacker had been armed with a knife, an airgun and five canisters. He had fired shots at police and tried to stab them as they closed in on him. He was in turn shot nine times, said Ricard. Locals in the Normandy town of Evreux where the attacker lived in the Madeleine district described him as low key. One who had been to school with him said he had become noticeably religious in recent years. "Before, he got involved in fights but for the last two or three years he had calmed down" and had been " immersed in religion", he said. "He said his prayers, he wasn't out, he spoke politely," he added. Friday's attack was the second such incident since a trial started last month into the January 2015 massacre at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, which had published caricatures of the prophet that unleashed a wave of anger across the Islamic world. The magazine republished the cartoons in the run-up to the trial, and last month a young Pakistani man wounded two people with a meat cleaver outside Charlie Hebdo's former Paris offices. Ricard said Paty's murder illustrated "the very high level terrorist threat" France still faces. Those arrested included four close family members of the suspect, said the prosecutor. Police also arrested a friend of the schoolgirl's father who had gone with him to see the principal to demand Paty's dismissal. The friend, a known Islamist militant, was already on the radar of French intelligence services. An arrest warrant is out for the father's half sister, who has joined Islamic State group fighters in Syria. Macron threat The attacker himself was not known to the French intelligence services, said the prosecutor. An investigation is under way into "murder linked to a terrorist organisation". The investigation will also look at a tweet from an account opened by the attacker, and since shut down, that showed a picture of Paty's head and described Macron as "the leader of the infidels". Macron's office said a national tribute would be held for Paty on Wednesday. On Saturday, hundreds of pupils, teachers and parents flooded to Paty's school to lay white roses. Some carried placards stating: "I am a teacher" and "I am Samuel" -- echoing the "I am Charlie" cry that travelled around the world after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo killings. 'Horror and revolt' Martial, a 16-year-old pupil, said Paty had loved his job: "He really wanted to teach us things." According to parents and teachers, Paty gave Muslim children the option to leave the classroom before he showed the cartoons, saying he did not want their feelings hurt. Virginie, 15, said Paty showed the cartoons every year as part of a discussion about freedom following the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Jaan Kumar Sanu's Mother Reacts After He Asked Nikki Tamboli Out on Date in Bigg Boss 14 - News18
Recently, Jaan Kumar Sanu asked Nikki Tamboli out on a date and even expressed his liking for the South film actress, who unfortunately friend-zoned him by saying he is like her brother.
Legendary singer Kumar Sanu's son Jaan Kumar Sanu is currently seen in Bigg Boss 14. His bond with fellow housemate Nikki Tamboli is being enjoyed by the viewers. The two seem inseparable on the show and have been a constant support of each other. Recently, Jaan asked Nikki out on a date and even expressed his liking for the South film actress, who unfortunately friend-zoned him by saying he is like her brother. Now in an interview, Jaans mother Rita Bhattacharya reacted to son Jaans liking for Nikki. Taking it sportingly, Rita told Zoom TV that it is "a good time pass" on TV. She told Zoom TV, Yeh sab masti thi (This was all in fun), I am enjoying this. You never know what Jaan is doing. I am enjoying it and everyone is enjoying it. Both of them are very young. It is a good time pass and at least there are doing something in the house. She further added, I have started missing him a lot. He is there, he is doing good in Bigg Boss 14. I am feeling good. I am watching him on TV and on Voot as well. I am happy for him. Meanwhile, Jaan's father Kumar Sanu, 62, tested positive for COVID-19, his team announced in a post on the singer's official Facebook handle on Friday. The post on his page read, "Unfortunately, Sanu da has tested Corona positive, please pray for his good health. Thank you."
Anil Kapoor Reveals He has been Battling Achilles' Tendon Woes for 10 years - News18
Anil Kapoor says doctors around the world had told that surgery was the only option for his Achilles' tendon issue, but he beat it with a series of rejuvenating treatments.
Bollywood star Anil Kapoor on Friday revealed that he has been battling Achilles' tendon woes for 10 years. Doctors had suggested surgery, and the actor has shared how recovery happened without any surgical procedure. Kapoor share the story on Instagram and also shared photographs where he can be seen skipping with a rope and posing happily with his doctor. "I had been suffering from a Achilles' tendon issue for over 10 years.... Doctors around the world had told me that surgery was my only option... Dr Muller, through a series of rejuvenating treatments took me from limping to walking to running to finally skipping... without any surgery..." wrote the actor. Anil Kapoor is a fitness freak and keeps sharing workout photos and videos on social media. Last month, the 63-year-old actor had shared a video where he can be seen sprinting on the beach. "During the lockdown I was dreaming about the beach...dreaming of escaping...finally I get to the beach and my trainer @marcyogimead, makes me sprint...fitness always comes first...It's not about the location but about the dedication," he had captioned the video. With the theatres reopening, Malang, which features Kapoor among several actors, is among films that have been re-released.
Politics Continues Over Film Industry's Location, Aditya Narayan Denies Bankruptcy - News18
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray issued a statement saying attempts made to shift the Hindi film industry will not be tolerated. Aditya Narayan is touched by colleagues offering to help him. This and more in today's entertainment wrap.
Politics has now begun in Maharashtra over murmurs of shifting of the Hindi film industry out of Mumbai, to Uttar Pradesh. Yesterday, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray issued a statement saying attempts were being made to malign and shift the Hindi film industry and the same will not be tolerated. The statement assumes significance since it is for the first time the CM has spoken over the ongoing probe in the Sushant Singh Rajput death probe. Read: Hindi Film Industry to Shift Out of Mumbai? Maharashtra Govt Locks Horns with BJP Aditya Narayan has refuted reports claiming that he has gone bankrupt and is having a tough time to make ends meet. Earlier this week it was reported the singer, actor and TV show host has eaten into his savings during the government enforced shutdown and withdrew all money invested in mutual funds to survive. He said with only 18K in his bank account, he will have to sell off his motorbike if he does not start working soon. Quashing such reports, Aditya told Indian Express that sitting at home for months without work did impact him like many others, but he is not bankrupt. Read: Aditya Narayan Denies 'Bankruptcy', Says Was Touched When Industry Friends Offered Help Actor Anupam Kher has taken a sly dig at filmmaker Karan Johar's Dharma Productions for not tagging him on a tweet marking the celebration of 22 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. As Karan Johar's debut directorial clocked 22 years, Dharma Productions shared a clip from the 1998 hit romance drama and tweeted, "Pyaar + Dosti & a whole lot of nostalgia for a story that changed generations to come! Celebrating #22YearsOfKKHH! Star-struck #KuchKuchHotaHai @karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @iamsrk @itsKajolD #RaniMukerji #KKHH." Read: Anupam Kher Takes Dig at Karan Johar's Dharma Productions for Not Tagging Him on Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Post Political parties and others in Tamil Nadu are demanding actor Vijay Sethupathi to decline the opportunity to play lead role in Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan's biopic "800". The Sri Lankan spinner Muralitharan a Tamil by birth has taken 800 test wickets and hence the movie is named as "800". He married a Chennai girl. The recent announcement of the movie project has created a controversy with political parties and others like Tamil movie Director Bharathirajaa asking actor Sethupathi to refuse to play the lead role. Read: TN Parties Say Vijay Sethupathi Will be Seen as 'Betrayer' if He Doesn't Decline Muttiah Muralitharan Biopic Dharma Productions' former employee Kshitij Prasad's bail application hearing has been adjourned till October 21. He was arrested by the NCB on September 26 in a drugs probe related to Sushant Singh Rajput's death. Prior to his arrest, his house was searched and the NCB claimed to have recovered a used "joint". Certain documents and electronic gadgets were received too from his house. Fans of the actor were in a state of confusion after Shweta Singh deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts on Wednesday. She had temporarily deactivated her social media accounts, and they were subsequently restored. Later, she offered an explanation with a statement shared on Twitter apologising to Sushant's fans. Read: Sushant Singh Rajput Case LIVE Updates: Kshitij Prasad's Bail Plea Hearing Adjourned Till Oct 21 Come back tomorrow for more entertainment stories.
Floods Damage Homes, Crops in Western Maharashtra Districts; Death Toll Climbs to 28 - News18
Crops such as sugarcane, soyabean, vegetables, rice, pomegranate and cotton, spread over 57,000 hectares in Pune, Solapur, Satara and Sangli districts, have suffered damage, it said.
Over 2,300 houses and large-scale crops were damaged in heavy rains and subsequent floods in Western Maharashtra districts, where more than 21,000 people were moved to safer places, said officials on Friday. According to the divisional commissioners office here, the death toll in rain-related incidents rose to 28 in the region half of them in worst-hit Solapur district with the recovery of one more body. Crops such as sugarcane, soyabean, vegetables, rice, pomegranate and cotton, spread over 57,000 hectares in Pune, Solapur, Satara and Sangli districts, have suffered damage, it said. Around 513 livestock perished in heavy rains and floods in the region, said a senior official from the Pune divisional commissioners office. He said a total of 2,319 houses were damaged in the downpour and the subsequent floods in Solapur, Sangli, Satara and Pune districts. "A total of 28 people have died so far in rain-related incidents. Of these, 14 people died in Solapur, 9 in Sangli, 4 in Pune and 1 in Satara, said the officer. One person is still missing in Pune, he added. As many as 21,292 people from 6,061 households in Solapur (17,000), Sangli (1,079), Pune (3,000) and Satara (213) districts were shifted to safer places, the officer added.
2 Charged With Endangering Queen As Thai Protests Continue - News18
Bangkok (AP) Authorities in Thailand have filed the most severe charges yet in connection with ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations, charging two men under an article of the law covering violence against the queen. Ekachai Hongkangwan and Paothong Bunkueanu…
Bangkok (AP) Authorities in Thailand have filed the most severe charges yet in connection with ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations, charging two men under an article of the law covering violence against the queen. Ekachai Hongkangwan and Paothong Bunkueanum were arrested Friday. They could face anywhere from 16 years to life imprisonment. The move against the two activists comes as the student-led protest movement continues to press its demands, including new elections, changes to make the constitution more democratic and reform of the monarchy to make it conform with democratic norms.The movement demonstrated its strength Thursday night, when as many as 10,000 supporters turned out for a rally in central Bangkok, defying a ban imposed earlier the same day under a state of emergency. It followed another rally the day before, which was broken up by police. Police announced Friday they would block roads leading to Bangkok’s Rajprasong intersection, where Thursday’s rally was held, after protesters called on supporters to mass again. Lines set up by outnumbered police in the shopping district crumbled under little pressure from the protesters, who continued activities well past midnight.The legal aid group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said at least 51 people have been arrested since Tuesday in connection with the protests. Ekachai is a veteran activist who has been physically attacked several times, in apparent response to his criticism of the military. Paothong, a university student also known as Francis Bunkueanum, has been involved in organizing the recent protests.The Wednesday incident in which the two were allegedly involved was stunning to most Thais, because by tradition and law, members of the royal family are treated with the utmost respect. Video that circulated widely on social media showed members of a small crowd heckling a royal motorcade carrying Queen Suthida and Prince Dipangkorn as it slowly passed. Security personnel stood between the vehicles and the crowd, but there was no visible violence and none was described by witnesses.It took place during the third major rally in Bangkok called by the protesters. They began at the city’s Democracy Monument, after which several thousand marched to Government House, where the offices of Prime Minster Prayuth Chan-ocha are located. At the same time, King Maha Vajiralongkorn and other members of the royal family were driving to attend a royal religious ceremony at the Grand Palace.Queen Suthida’s motorcade encountered a small crowd that had gathered at Government House ahead of the main body of protesters. We were not notified by the police of the upcoming royal motorcade in which we had no way of knowing because they were not informing us, Paothong told reporters Friday.Once we knew that there was a motorcade of the queen and the heir presumptive to the throne I tried to break away from the line and use my megaphone to have everyone move away from the police barriers so the motorcade can pass through easily, he said. Prayuth’s declaration of a state of emergency said the measure was necessary because certain groups of perpetrators intended to instigate an untoward incident and movement in the Bangkok area by way of various methods and via different channels, including causing obstruction to the royal motorcade. Prayuth said Friday that his government hopes it could drop the state of emergency ahead of its normal 30-day duration if the situation improves quickly. (AP) . Disclaimer: This post has been auto-published from an agency feed without any modifications to the text and has not been reviewed by an editor