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The SDM Is Right: Rahul No Son of Amethi

By Aglaia Staff

Rahul Gandhi is once again making news for all the wrong reasons. The latest gaffe is the embarrassing rejection of his application seeking proof of residence in Amethi. The sub-divisional magistrate damningly declared that the Gandhi scion didn’t qualify even as an “occasional resident” of the constituency.

Harsh words, perhaps, but not far off the mark. Here are five signs why Amethi is really Rahul Gandhi’s step-matra bhoomi. One, the no-to-MNREGA constituency. During each one of his campaign rallies, Rahul likes to tout the virtues of UPA’s flagship program and the many benefits it has showered on the citizens of India — but not apparently, the citizens of Amethi.

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lthough there are 2,37,853 job card holders in Amethi and 84,734 families have got jobs under the scheme in 2012-13, only 1,250 families have got 100 days of work, according to a report of the rural development ministry of the Union government. The scheme promises 100 days of job in a year to its beneficiaries. The state government has spent about 76 per cent of the total fund sanctioned under the scheme in 2012-13, but in Amethi only 50 per cent of the fund has been utilised. The total budget for the job guarantee scheme for Amethi in 2012-13 was Rs 56 crore.

Ouch! Surely, any MP would first implement his pet project in his own constituency before spreading the love elsewhere. A priority that apparently didn’t occur to Rahul Gandhi. Two, worst performer in RTE. Rahul also did not find the time to ensure the implementation of that other pet UPA project in his constituency. According to Times of India, only 1 percent of schools in Amethi comply with the Right to Education Act, which is the lowest in a state that is already one of the worst laggards in legislating the new norms. Rahul apparently is all for universal access to education, except in Amethi. Three, Amethi’s road to nowhere. Unlike Narendra Modi‘s home state, there is no debate about the level of development in Rahul’s home base. Everyone, including its residents, agree: there is none. So abysmal is its state that even Congress insiders worry  that the natives may finally be getting restless: “Kumar Vishwas‘ charge that he sees no real development despite Rahul Gandhi’s claims of spending Rs.55,000 crore here is lapped up,” a party source told IANS.

There have also been street protests against a grim power scenario and poor roads in the Munshiganj, Injauna, Jagdishpur and Gauriganj areas. The Congress fears that slogans of “road nahin to vote nahin’ (no roads, no votes) that echoed in Karaundi village in Amethi earlier could revive. Four, no Congress bastion here.

Sure, Rahul Gandhi secured 71 percent of all votes in the last Lok Sabha election. But just three years later, Congress lost three out of the five assembly seats in Amethi. An MP who can’t deliver his own constituency must have a weak relationship with it, indeed. Let’s just say Rahul is less lion and more Bambi of Amethi.

Five, Who me? Represent Amethi?? A recent performance rating of Members of Parliament released by India Today ranked Rahul at the very bottom of the pile, or as the publication put it: “Among all Congress MPs, Rahul has the fifth worst report card and is placed 17th from the bottom in the overall MP rankings.” The reason for his failing grades: All through the five years of the 15th Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi did not ask a single question in Parliament. He attended only 42.61 percent of the sittings of the Lok Sabha. His attendance record in the standing committees of which he is a member is an abysmal 13.64 percent. Rahul has spent only 53.68 per cent of the MPLADS funds allocated to him. Even the respondents who were polled by ADR in Amethi have a very poor impression of the development work that has been done in the constituency. The Amethi MP has a perception rating of only 5.58 out of 10. Maybe that missing proof of residence isn’t all that surprising after all.

 

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Stephen Hawking: In 50 Years We’ll Be Living On The Moon

By Aglaia Staff

 I can just imagine the ads.

One-hundred-twenty-year-old Richard Branson would like you to be one of the first to live in the Virgin Moon Residences.

There will be three Virgin Galactic (or perhaps Virgin Lunartic) flights there daily and the residences will be all-inclusive properties with the option of timeshares. They will even have their own mayor: a still-gray Newt Gingrich.

 

Is my brain suddenly marble-free? No, I’ve been reading the latest predictions from Stephen Hawking.

As the Daily Mail reports, the famed physicist was speaking Sunday night on UK TV in a program called “Live From Space”. His predictions were optimistic, in a pessimistic sort of way.

He said: “Our planet is an old world, threatened with an ever-expanding population and finite resources. We must anticipate these threats and have a plan B.”

Plan B is really Plan M. He said: “Within 50 years, I have no doubt there will be settlements on the moon.”

This view rather echoes that of Newt Gingrich.

When trying to show he was far more progressive than Mitt Romney during the 2012 Republican nomination contest, Gingrich suggested there would be a moon colony during the second term of his presidency.

Some might think this was looking at progress through rose-tinted Google Glass.

I can’t imagine life on the moon being all that much fun. Indeed, Sandra Bullock didn’t seem to have too much entertainment merely floating in space.

If living on the moon will be our only option because, as Hawking suggested, the Earth doesn’t have the resources for so many humans, the life of the future doesn’t seem too attractive.

Moreover, it’s still unresolved whether other beings might be living on the moon or wishing us ill. It was Hawking himself who warned not too long ago that aliens might hate us and feel ill-disposed toward our dissolute ways.

Technology surely has to make rapid advances for humanity to adjust to any new world. Still, Hawking believes that this century will be “the true Space Age.”

What might this entail? Hawking said: “By the end of the century, I truly hope humans will be living on Mars.”

I truly hope humans have the best of luck with that.

 

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Indian-Origin Engineers Create Device For Wireless Technology

By Aglaia Staff

Using an inexpensive Rs 3,600 inkjet printer, two Indian-origin electrical engineers at the University of Utah have for the first time produced microscopic structures that use light in metals to carry information.

 

This new technique, which controls electrical conductivity within such micro-structures, could be used to rapidly fabricate superfast components in electronic devices — making wireless technology faster for printing magnetic materials.

 

A recently discovered technology called plasmonics marries the best aspects of optical and electronic data transfer. By crowding light into metal structures with dimensions far smaller than its wavelength, data can be transmitted at much higher frequencies such as terahertz frequencies.

 

“Very little well developed technology exists to create terahertz plasmonic devices, which have the potential to make wireless devices such as Bluetooth — which operates at 2.4 gigahertz frequency — 1,000 times faster than they are today,” explained Ajay Nahata, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and senior author.

 

Using a commercially available inkjet printer and two different colour cartridges filled with silver and carbon ink, Nahata and his colleague Barun Gupta printed 10 different plasmonic structures with a periodic array of 2,500 holes with different sizes and spacing on a 2.5-inch-by-2.5 inch plastic sheet.

 

“Because we can draw and print these structures exactly as we want them, our technique lets you make rapid changes to the plasmonic properties of the metal, without the million dollar instrumentation typically used to fabricate these structures,” Nahata added.

 

Depending on the relative amounts of silver and carbon ink used, the researchers could control the plasmonic array’s electrical conductivity or how efficient it was in carrying an electrical current.

 

Plasmonic arrays are currently made using micro-fabrication techniques that require expensive equipment and manufacture only one array at a time. Until now, controlling conductivity in these arrays has proven extremely difficult for researchers.

 

Nahata and Gupta used terahertz imaging to measure the effect of printed plasmonic arrays on a beam of light. When light with terahertz frequency is directed at a periodic array of holes in a metal layer, it can result in resonance — a fundamental property best illustrated by a champagne flute shattering when it encounters a musical tone of the right pitch.

 

According to Nahata, with this new printing technique, “We have an extra level of control over both the transmission of light and electrical conductivity in these devices”. You can now design structures with as many different variations as the printer can produce, he added in a study that appeared in the journal Advanced Optical Materials

 

These faster plasmonic arrays could prove useful for wireless devices and printing magnetic materials for greater functionality in different devices.

 

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Xbox One Price Cut In The U.K.

By Aglaia Staff

From Friday February 28 the Xbox One will be reduced from £429 on its own to £399 with a copy of eagerly anticipated first person shooter Titanfall.

The console was previously £70 times more expensive than the PS4, which has an RRP of £349.

Since the PS4 and Xbox One were launched in Europe and America last November Sony‘s console has strongly outperformed its Microsoft rival.

The PS4 has shifted 5.3 million units worldwide compared to 3.9m Xbox One consoles sold across the globe.

Harvey Eagle, marketing director at Microsoft Xbox UK, said: “This is about giving UK gamers the best value that we can. 

“We’ve already seen that Xbox and PlayStation will both be commercially successful devices. We see this as a marathon, not a sprint.”

The price cut will only apply to the UK. In America the Xbox One is on sale for $499 (£300). 

Britain is the second-biggest market for the Xbox One after the US.

Seth Barton, editor of Expert Reviews, said the price cut was a “canny move” by the company co-founded by Bill Gates.

He said: “By knocking £30 off and adding a game into the bundle, Microsoft have destroyed the price differential with Sony, without having to drop their RRP. 

“They can now sit back and wait to see how well it does, and if it does very well, they can add another game into the deal.”

Titanfall has been developed exclusively for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PCs by one of the makers of the best-selling Call of Duty franchise. 

Mr Barton added: “I don’t think it’s in either company’s interest to launch a price war at this point in time. 

“According to Chart-Track, the Xbox One was selling 1.5 less consoles than the PS4 in the first three months since launching. 

“So they were obviously on the back foot and the price was hurting them.”"The only problem is that it is likely to annoy lots of people who have already bought an Xbox One, and a lot of them did so because they wanted Titanfall.

“It is the most anticipated game in all existence right now.”

The PS4 has outsold the Xbox One despite having more demand than supply.

The console have been like gold dust with many shops quickly selling out of PS4 units.

Last week PlayStation UK Managing Director Fergal Gara has said those looking to buy a PS4 should not expect to find one easily available until April.

Speaking to MCV, Mr Gara said: “I can’t work it out precisely. But based on what I’ve seen so far, I think it is going to be tricky until around about April.

“You might get a fortnight or a week here or there where it is more available, but we should be back to free supply by about April.

“That’s our best guess. It might be a little earlier than that, or it might be a little later. But we’ll get there.”

 

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So Yi Hyun And Kim Hyung Joon Deny Relationship Rumor

By Aglaia Staff

 

Actress So Yi Hyun (29) and actor and singer Kim Hyung Joon (26) of the idol group SS501 denied the relationship rumor. So Yi Hyun’s agency Key East Entertainment said in an interview in the morning of March 3, 2014, “The two met while filming a KBS drama together. They are still good friends, and So Yi Hyun is currently not seeing anybody.”

 

Kim Hyung Joon’s agency Yes Plus Entertainment said in an interview, “Kim Hyung Joon is close to So Yi Hyun but the two are not going out. A news article reported earlier that they have been going out, broke up, and are going out again, but this was proved to be a false report. Kim Hyung Joon and So Yi Hyun are both very outgoing, and are good friends.”

 

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Previously, a news article reported that So Yi Hyun and Kim Hyung Joon have been seeing each other over a year after getting to know each other in the KBS drama.

 

In related news, So Yi Hyun has been casted to play a role in the new SBS Wednesday Thursday drama “Three Days,” and Kim Hyung Joon is currently starring in the KBS 1 TV everyday drama “Love Rides The Melody.”

 

 

 

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Bengaluru Gets India’s First Electric Bus; Other Cities To Follow

By Aglaia Staff

The passenger bus, with zero emission level, was inaugurated by Karnataka Transport Minister R Ramalinga Reddy as an initiative of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. The air-conditioned bus can seat 31 passengers and a fully charged battery (5 hours) covers a distance of around 250 km.

“The bus will run on free trial basis for the first three months, following which the BMTC will decide on its purchase. The passenger fare will be equivalent to the Volvo bus fare,” Ramalinga Reddy told The Hindu. At a cost of around Rs 2.7 crore, the bus will operate from Majestic to Kadugodi (Route No 335E) and may be used on the airport access road as well. While the cost of the bus is high, if it proves to be efficient in the city, Reddy said the government could look at increasing the number of buses in a phased manner.

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“We will consider various options if the bus is found to be suitable for the city. At present, it is on a three-month trial and following this, a decision will be taken on whether or not to purchase the bus,” Reddy told the New Indian Express. While switching entirely to e-buses could be a long term measure, the Karnataka government has indicated that it is looking at cutting pollution caused by public transportation.

In his budget speech last week, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had indicated that the government will soon introduce buses running on eco-friendly fuel such as CNG. “The distribution work of natural gas is in the final stage with the joint venture of KSIIDC and GAIL. It will be completed at the earliest and action will be taken on priority basis to supply CNG in Bangalore.

Action will be taken to introduce and adopt eco-friendly CNG in urban transport vehicles in a phased manner,” he had announced. A report by the Centre for Science and Environment released in 2013 identified Bangalore as one among 14 cities that have high levels of particulate matter. A World Bank study has indicated that using CNG over diesel would reduce carbon monoxide by about 83 percent, nitrogen oxide by 58 percent, and a 97 per cent drop in particulate matter, the Bangalore Mirror reported. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation currently has 6,472 buses operating on 2,398 routes with 4.9 million passengers using its services daily.

 

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UPA Medical Scam: Ghulam Nabi Azad Cornered Over Desiraju’s Transfer

By Aglaia Staff

As the Lok Sabha elections 2014 are fast approaching, the UPA government has come under scanner for another scam. According to Times Now report, the controversy is related to the sudden ouster of the Union health and family welfare secretary and IAS officer Keshav Desiraju.

On February 11 this month, Desiraju was ‘transferred’ to the department of consumer affairs during cabinet reshuffle, while AIDS Control department Secretary Luv Verma was given additional charge as health secretary. The Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is said to be involved in the “capable officer” Desiraju’s ouster.

The top PMO official reportedly put pressure on Desiraju to “clear” Ketan Deasi’s file. In an alleged “secret fightback” note, it has been claimed that Azad had written to the cabinet secretary that “why Desiraju must go”. When reporters asked him on his ouster, Azad evaded questions and instead attacked the shunned bureaucrat. Shockingly, the PMO has remained silent on the medical scam, that has resurface now.

Now, after coming under media’s scanner, ‘cornered’ Azad has been forced to “expalin” that why he tried to “undo” the MCI’s decision. Azad has said that “he initially did not want to accept Desai’s nomination.” On being questioned for backing ‘graft tainted’ ex-Medical Council of India (MCI) chief Dr Ketan Desai, Azad has reportedly given a long ‘winded’ reply.

Azad has been accused of shunting Desiraju, an IAS officer of 1978 batch of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, who opposed him because he did not give his go ahead to the re-appointment of ex-MCI boss, who was jailed on corruption charges. Under pressure to explain, Azad tried to throw dirt back at the bureaucrat. When Azad was questioned about Desiraju’s transfer within 11 months of his appointment, he said these were ‘administrative things’. “I don’t think people should get into it. Officers’ and ministers’ portfolios change. It is a regular affair. He (Desiraju) is a capable officer”, he said.

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Sources said that the decision to transfer Desiraju was taken by the PMO, due to issues with the Cabinet secretariat. Alleging foul-play, many health ex-secretaries and former bureaucrats had written to the PM Dr Manmohan Singh, that why Desiraju was removed without following any procedure. Desiraju had joined the Ministry as an Additional Secretary in 2010, after completing his tenure as the Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand.

The ‘tainted’ Dr Ketan Desai’s name first emerged in 2000 when the Income Tax Department had raided his house and established a corruption charge against him. In 2010, he was arrested by the CBI on corruption and disproportionate assets charges and is said to be currently out on bail.

‘Government doing contempt of court’ The former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian told a newspaper, “by transferring him (Desiraju), the government appeared to be violating a Supreme Court order last October directing the government to ensure fixed tenures for bureaucrats — to insulate them from political pulls and pressures. This is fully contempt of court.” AAP questions Congress, BJP over ex-MCI chief According to a news report, senior AAP leader Prashant Bhushan told mediapersons, “Ideological differences have been set aside to bring back Ketan Desai, despite the ongoing criminal cases pending against him.” “Medical education was reduced to a private business when Desai was at the helm in MCI,” Bhushan alleged.

 

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Tight Security Arrangements For MahaShivratri In Varanasi

By Aglaia Staff

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in view large number of devotees visiting Kashi-Vishwanath temple here on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival on Thursday, police said on Wednesday. 

An additional police force including eight additional SP (Superintendent of Police), 15 Circle Officers, 155 Sub-Inspectors, 75 head constables, 1000 constables, 125 Lady Sub-Inspectors and constables from 10 districts of the range have been deployed along with the police officials from Varanasi district, Inspector General of Police (IG range Varanasi) Prakash D told PTI. 

Eight companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and two platoons of flood company have also been deployed for better security.

River police with divers have been stationed at the ghats. 

“More than 5 lakh devotees are expected to visit the Kashi-Vishwanath temple on the day. Last year about 4 lakh devotees visited the temple and this time we are expecting a rise in their numbers,” he said. 

Special arrangements have been made for the smooth movements of devotees, sign boards at various diversions are being fixed and a temporary cloak room has been been set up at Godwalia, he said.

The officer said the area around the temple has been declared ‘no traffic zone’ and vehicular traffic would be prohibited from midnight. 

Metal detectors and CCTV cameras have also been installed in the temple premises and outside. 

The IG denied any kind of threat inputs by the intelligence agencies on the day, as reported in a section of media. He said an alert has been sounded to avoid any untoward incident such as stampede. 

 

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Samsung Adds Biometrics To Latest Galaxy

By Aglaia Staff

The next iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone range will feature biometric security, the company has announced.

In a similar way to Apple’s iPhone 5, the main button on the front of the device doubles as a fingerprint scanner used to unlock the device.

The S5, which is water and dust-resistant will be available in April.

South Korea-based Samsung, the market leader in smartphone sales worldwide, also claimed to have made the “world’s fastest” auto-focusing camera.

In addition to two smartwatches announced on Sunday – the Gear and Gear 2 Neo – Samsung also added the Gear Fit, a smartband that is focused on fitness.

Security focus

Security has been a major theme at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Earlier on Monday, the Blackphone, made by Silent Circle, was launched. It included a range of specialised security apps offering encrypted communication.

And for Samsung, it was security features that provoked applause from those in attendance at its characteristically-flamboyant launch event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

As well as unlocking the device, the fingerprint scanner will be used to power payments. Samsung has partnered with Paypal to offer payment-by-finger.

The next iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone range will feature biometric security, the company has announced.

In a similar way to Apple’s iPhone 5, the main button on the front of the device doubles as a fingerprint scanner used to unlock the device.

The S5, which is water and dust-resistant will be available in April.

South Korea-based Samsung, the market leader in smartphone sales worldwide, also claimed to have made the “world’s fastest” auto-focusing camera.

In addition to two smartwatches announced on Sunday – the Gear and Gear 2 Neo – Samsung also added the Gear Fit, a smartband that is focused on fitness.

Security focus

Security has been a major theme at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Earlier on Monday, the Blackphone, made by Silent Circle, was launched. It included a range of specialised security apps offering encrypted communication.

And for Samsung, it was security features that provoked applause from those in attendance at its characteristically-flamboyant launch event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

As well as unlocking the device, the fingerprint scanner will be used to power payments. Samsung has partnered with Paypal to offer payment-by-finger.

The scanner is also able to enable “private mode”, a way of storing sensitive information accessible only by using the scanner.

“Consumers already worried about the security of established payment mechanisms are likely to view a new technology and process with suspicion,” commented Eden Zoller, principal analyst at Ovum.

“On the positive side, Samsung is a hugely popular smartphone brand with global reach, while PayPal is a trusted payments service provider. This is a powerful combination.”

Another feature impressing the crowd was the device’s black-and-white mode – designed to save battery life by limiting the power used by the screen and disabling all but essential features such as text and calls.

“Samsung appears to have cherry-picked the most crowd-pleasing features available from other manufacturers,” said Ernest Doku from uSwitch.com.

“A fingerprint ID sensor and an attractive gold model like Apple’s iPhone 5s, a water and dust-resistant body like Sony’s Xperia Z2, and photography credentials to challenge the best from Nokia.”

No Tizen

Samsung is by far the dominant player in smartphones globally.

According to Strategy Analytics, 452 million Samsung devices were shipped in 2013 – far greater than Apple’s 153 million.

But sales of the S5′s predecessor, the S4, were seen as disappointing compared to the growth achieved by the S3.

The company also faces a growing threat from emerging Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi, ZTE and Lenovo.

Some had speculated before the event that Samsung would eventually drop Google’s Android software in favour of a fledgling system known as Tizen.

However, while the company’s new smartwatches will use Tizen rather than Android, the flagship smartphone is, for now, sticking with Google’s system.

This is likely to be of relief to the search giant – it is Samsung’s enormous market share that makes Android the most popular mobile operating system.

“What perhaps is the most interesting aspect of the device is what Samsung did not announce, effectively putting to bed a number of rumours,” said Ovum analyst Nick Dillon.

“These included suggestions at both ends of the scale that that the device would be running Tizen OS and that it would be using a ‘pure’ Google version of Android.

“That it has neither tells us both that Tizen is unlikely to see a major handset launch this year and that Google and Samsung are still operating at arm’s length.”

 

 

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Indian Muslim Hunts For Lover In Taliban Land; Disappears

By Aglaia Staff

Fifteen months ago, a 26-year-old management graduate from Mumbai set off on a journey few would ever contemplate. Indian Muslim Hamid Nehal Ansari took a flight to Kabul and sneaked into Pakistan to meet a girl he had met on the internet and fallen in love with. 

After reaching Kabul on November 4, 2012, Ansari illegally crossed into the wilds of north-west Pakistan to meet his soul mate who had informed him that her family was in the process of fixing a match for her — the trigger for Hamid’s courageous, if risky, adventure. 

On Monday, the Supreme Court could offer little succour to Ansari’s mother Fauzia, who had moved the court seeking a direction to the Centre to pursue the case of her son with the Pakistani government after he vanished in Taliban territory in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Hamid was last traced to Pakistan’s Kohat region where he stayed with a journalist working for an Urdu daily after crossing the border around November 10. Indian high commission officials in Pakistan have been unable to trace him thereafter. 

After the young man virtually vanished into thin air, his relatives discovered from Facebook posts that he had used the ruse of a job interview in Kabul for a pre-planned journey to meet the girl whom he had met and wooed on the social networking site. 

Fauzia’s worries grew as she learnt that Kohat was not too far from Taliban-dominated Waziristan area. She moved the Supreme Court in November 2013 for a direction to the Union government to trace her son and ensure his safe return to India

She had complained to a bench of Justices Chandramauli Kumar Prasad and Pinaki Chandra Ghose that her letters to the Pakistani government had gone unacknowledged and the stock reply of the Indian high commission was that they were trying to elicit information on Hamid’s whereabouts from Islamabad. 

She was worried that like many Indians who had crossed into Pakistan without valid papers, Hamid could have been arrested and lodged in a prison by the authorities there. The stories about inhuman treatment meted out to Indian prisoners were reflected in her nervous petition. 

The bench ordered that a copy of Fauzia’s petition be served on additional solicitor general Indira Jaising, who in turn informed the court on the last two occasions that the Indian government was trying its best through diplomatic channels to elicit information about Hamid’s whereabouts in Pakistan. 

On Monday, advocate Abhinav Mukherjee told the bench of Prasad and Ghose that Hamid had gone through Rotary Club for a cultural exchange programme in Afghanistan on November 4, 2012. He allegedly crossed over to Pakistan’s Kohat region on November 10 through an illegal route and stayed there with a friend, a journalist with Urdu daily ‘Dastak’. 

The journalist confirmed to the Indian high commission that Hamid indeed stayed with him for two days and had talked about his friendship with the girl in Kohat. It also transpired that Pakistani security agencies reportedly apprehended Hamid, but the trail went cold thereafter. 

Satisfied with the government’s prolonged efforts to trace Hamid, the bench disposed of Fauzia’s petition to send back the mother empty-handed. The bench said given the facts and circumstances of the case, there was little the government and even less the court could do. 

 

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