Wanted Australian ISIS recruiter killed in US airstrike in Iraq

New York: Australian ISIS recruiter Neil Prakash, who called on his countrymen to start attacking before being attacked, has been killed in a U.S. airstrike in northern Iraq’s Mosul city.

 Wanted Australian ISIS recruiter killed in US airstrike in Iraq

Australian Attorney General George Brandis said that Prakash was the country’s most prominent ISIS recruiter and its highest value target.

“He was the individual more than any other who had been actively inspiring and inciting domestic terrorism attacks within Australia,” CNN quoted Brandis as saying.

Brandis confirmed that Prakash was killed on April 29 in Mosul by a U.S. airstrike.

Prakash was linked to several plans in attacking his homeland and calling for lone-wolf strikes against Washington.

He also appeared in ISIS propaganda videos in English, where he narrated his personal story, exhorted his countryman to “rise up” and invited them to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria, reports say.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull said that Prakash had been a target for some time and warned others that if they go and choose to fight with ISIS they could meet the same fate.

“They will be targeted. They are waging war against Australia and they are enemies of Australia once they choose to wage that war in those theaters,” Turnbull said.

The Attorney General also announced that another Australian citizen Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad was also killed in an air strike in Syria on April 22.

Mohammad was an active recruiter of foreign fighters for ISIS, Brandis added.

'Time Bomb': Subramanian Swamy's New Attack On Raghuram Rajan

BJP lawmaker Subramanian Swamy today launched another attack on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, saying he had planted “a time bomb” in the Indian financial system that will explode in December.

'Time Bomb': Subramanian Swamy's New Attack On Raghuram Rajan

Mr Swamy, who had written twice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking that Dr Rajan be dropped for keeping interest rate high, took to Twitter to criticise the RBI Governor.

He did not specify further. The ‘f.e’ in the tweet apparently refers to foreign exchange.

There was no immediate response to the query sent to RBI spokesperson Alpana Killawala in this regard.

On May 26, Mr Swamy had levelled six allegations against Dr Rajan and asked the Prime Minister to sack him immediately.

He had also claimed that Dr Rajan was “mentally not fully Indian” and alleged that he has “wilfully wrecked the economy”.

On Mr Swamy’s earlier comment, Dr Rajan had said, “There are certain allegations which are fundamentally wrong and baseless and addressing them would amount to giving them legitimacy.”

On his “Indian-ness” being questioned in part because he holds a green card, he said, “Indian-ness, love for your country is complicated. For every person there is a different way that you show respect for your country…my mother-in-law will say karmayogi is the way to go – do your work.”

The RBI Governor clarified that he “welcomes genuine criticism of our policy, but will not address ad hominem attacks” or allegations against him as an individual instead of the policies and the position he holds.

In China, a baby is born with 15 fingers and 16 toes

Hunan: Almost four-month-old Hong Hong has 31 fingers and toes. His parents are now pleading for financial help for their son who is suffering from a genetic disorder called polydactylism.

 

The shocked parents said there were no indications of his deformities on pre-natal scans.

Hong Hong, who was born in January in Pingjiang County in Hunan province, has eight fingers on his left hand, seven on his right, and eight toes on each of his foot. He has two palms on both hands.

This condition seems to be hereditary because the boy’s mother has one extra finger on her toes and feet.

According to the boy’s father, the surgery could cost as much as CNY 200,000.

The couple is now seeking online donations and have raised over CNY 40,000.

Japan Regulates Virtual Currency After Bitcoin Scandal

Japan has passed a law regulating virtual currency, after the country found itself at the epicentre of a multi-million dollar embezzlement scandal following the spectacular collapse of the Tokyo-based MtGox Bitcoin exchange.

Japan Regulates Virtual Currency After Bitcoin Scandal

Once one of the largest, most established exchanges for the cryptocurrency, MtGox collapsed in 2014 after a suspected theft worth nearly half a billion dollars, which hammered the digital currency’s reputation.

Japanese lawmakers passed a bill late Wednesday stipulating that all “virtual currency” exchanges must be regulated by the country’s Financial Services Agency.

The new law defines a virtual currency as something with an “asset-like nature” that can be exchanged for goods and services.

Digital currency exchanges must now register with the financial watchdog and verify the identity of customers opening accounts.

The new legislation aims to “tackle issues of money-laundering and protect users”, Japan’s Financial Services Agency said in a statement.

Critics of the virtual currency movement say its anonymity and lack of regulation make it ideal for use by criminals.

Other G7 countries have either introduced, or are in the process of trying to introduce, similar legislation, after voicing support for “appropriate regulation” of virtual currencies at a 2015 meeting.

Japan’s new law comes after prosecutors last year charged France-born MtGox head Mark Karpeles, with embezzlement, amid fraud allegations over the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency.

MtGox shuttered after admitting 850,000 coins – worth around $480 million at the time – had disappeared from its digital vaults.

The exchange, which once said it handled around 80 percent of global Bitcoin transactions, filed for bankruptcy protection soon after the cyber-money went missing, leaving a trail of angry investors calling for answers.

The company initially said there was a bug in the software underpinning Bitcoins that allowed hackers to pilfer them.

Karpeles later claimed he had found some 200,000 of the lost coins in a “cold wallet” – a storage device, such as a memory stick, that is not connected to other computers.

Investors have called on the firm’s court-appointed administrators to publicise its data so that experts around the world can help analyse what happened at MtGox.

But the case has presented a complex challenge to Japanese police, as the country – like many others – lacked laws to specifically regulate digital money.

Unlike traditional currencies backed by a government or central bank, Bitcoins are generated by complex chains of interactions among a huge network of computers around the planet.

Backers say virtual currencies, which started to appear around 2009, allow for an efficient and anonymous way to store and transfer funds online.

IPL 2016: Delhi Daredevils vs Rising Pune Supergiants, Preview – Match 33 at Feroz Shah Kotla

New Delhi: A supremely confident Delhi Daredevils return to their den and have a struggling and injury-ravaged Rising Pune Supergiants in their firing line up next in the Indian Premier League here tomorrow.

 IPL 2016: Delhi Daredevils vs Rising Pune Supergiants, Preview - Match 33 at Feroz Shah Kotla

Injuries to key players such as Steve Smith, Kevin Pietersen and Faf Du Plessis have completely disturbed the team composition and the debutants are now starring down the barrel with only two wins from eight games so far.

Left with six more matches, the task is only getting tougher with each passing day for the team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Now, RPS face a side that has gradually turned into a formidable outfit, thanks to a brilliant team effort under the watchful eyes of the iconic Rahul Dravid.

After years of struggles, Daredevils’ turnaround this season is a perfect example of how a side should be shepherded. They are comfortably placed at number two in the points table.

The players are sticking to the basics whether it is batting or bowling. The seniors are taking more responsibilities and the youngsters are being given enough opportunities to excel at a stage where performances are taken note of.

The biggest plus in the last two games for the Daredevils has been the performance of their skipper Zaheer Khan. When he opened the bowling, he has managed to get early breakthroughs and has been impressive in the death overs, too.

Zaheer has found his rhythm and it is difficult to score off him. Amit Mishra has also played a crucial role in Daredevils’ consistent show this season.

Adding to that, their batsmen are in top form. Quinton De Kock has been scoring runs consistently and the way young Rishabh Pant batted while opening against Lions last night, Daredevils have plenty of options at the top.

The return of JP Duminy has only bolstered the middle-order.

The horses for courses approach has done wonders for the side and it will be not be a surprise if fans again see changes in the playing XI tomorrow.

Carols Brathwaite had returned against Kolkata Knight Riders and made an impact straightaway. He scored 34 off 11 and then took three wickets to be the Man of the Match.

But the West Indian was not played in the game against Gujarat Lions last night. Since the nature of the Feroz Shah Kotla track has changed it is possible that Brathwaite comes back.

Shahbaz Nadeem was impressive last night when he removed two top-order Lions batsman ? the dangerous Dwayne Smith and Aaron Finch ? and the hosts may keep him in the side.

Sanju Samson, though, needs to fire. Except for one match, he has not shown his true worth. He has got starts but has not capitalised on those. He is one player who has managed to keep his place untouched in the side and need to respond to the faith reposed in him by the management.

Pune Supergiants have struggled to defend. Even the score in the vicinity of 200 could not be saved. The bowlers have let the side down, but Dhoni hardly has options.

Ashok Dinda, Albie Morkel, R Ashwin, Thisara Perera have all looked pedestrian. If the side is to move up from its current sixth position, they will have to come up with some inspiring performances.

Teams From:

Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (capt), Mayank Agarwal, Sam Billings, Khaleel Ahmed, Carlos Brathwaite, Nathan-Coulter-Nile, Quinton De Kock, JP Duminy, Akhil Herwadkar, Imran Tahir, Shreyas Iyer, Mahipal Lomror, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz NAdeem, karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Pratyush Singh, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal and Jayant Yadav.

Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (capt), Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Mirugan Ashwin, R Ashwin, George Bailey, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Scott Boland, Deepak Chahar, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khwaja, Albie Morkel, Ishwar Pandey, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Ashok Dinda, Peter Hanscomb, Ishwar Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Saurabh Tiwary and Adam Zampa.

ISIS Releases Longest 'Kill List', Over 8,000 Americans Are Its Targets

A pro-ISIS hacker group has placed nearly 8,000 Americans on its longest ‘kill list’ that also includes names of Canadians, Australians and Europeans, a British media report said today.

The pro-ISIS United Cyber Caliphate hacker group released a list of 8,318 people, including their addresses and email contact details, on a secretive messaging app service.

ISIS Releases Longest 'Kill List', Over 8,000 Americans Are Its Targets

It urged its supporters to “follow” those listed – and “kill them strongly to take revenge for Muslims”, Daily Mirror reported.

It is one of the longest kill lists any ISIS-affiliated group has distributed to date and reportedly includes the names of 7,848 Americans, 312 Canadians, 39 Britons and 69 Australians.

The rest of the targets listed are reported to be from a variety of nations including Belgium, Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, South Korea and Sweden.

They are mostly military or government workers or people in the public eye, like royalty or celebrities.

The list, written in both English and Arabic, was uncovered by the media group Vocativ, which specialises in investigating the hidden side of the web.

It discovered it on a messaging app service called Telegram earlier this week.

Vocativ has refused to share further details of those named on the list.

According to a report by US intelligence firm Flashpoint, the United Cyber Caliphate was formed in April 2015 after a merger of several radical Islamic hacking groups.

Japan Abandons Costly X-Ray Satellite Lost in Space

Japan’s space agency has abandoned its efforts to restore the operations of a multimillion-dollar satellite that was to probe the mysteries of black holes using X-ray telescopes.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced Thursday that it would stop trying to fix the satellite after determining that it was “highly likely” that its two solar arrays had broken off at their bases.

Contact was lost with the satellite on March 26, more than a month after its launch from southern Japan on February 17.

Japan Abandons Costly X-Ray Satellite Lost in Space

The satellite, named Hitomi, was much larger than previous Japanese scientific satellites, measuring 14 meters (46 feet) in length and weighing 2.7 tons. It was designed to study X-rays emitted by black holes and other objects in space. The X-rays cannot be detected on Earth, because they are blocked by its atmosphere.

The space agency initially thought it had received signals from the lost satellite on three occasions, but later concluded that the frequencies of the communications indicated they were not from Hitomi.

Nasa was a principal partner in the Japan-led mission, which involved eight other nations, including Canada and the Netherlands.

Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported that Japan spent about JPY 31 billion ($290 million) on the project, and Nasa had invested about $70 million.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur proposes 10 years of jail term for fixers in private bill​

New Delhi: BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who is also a Lok Sabha MP, has introduced three private member bills including a significant ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ bill which recommends “10 years of jail term” for any sportsperson indulging in match-fixing.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur proposes 10 years of jail term for fixers in private bill​

It is a significant step taken by Thakur considering that the BCCI has been mired by fixing scandal that rocked the 2013 IPL witnessing the arrest of three tainted cricketers including former India pacer S Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan.

“It is only fair to bring in accountability to be fair to sports lovers. As such there is no law which is there to curb match-fixing. It is absolutely mandatory to have a law that can combat the menace,” Thakur told PTI when asked as to what made him introduce the bill in Lok Sabha.

According to the bill that has been placed in the Lower House, it’s objective is “to establish a national sports ethics body to ensure ethical practices in sports as well as strive towards elimination of doping practices, match fixing and fair play, fraud of age, gender and sexual harassment of women in sports.”

The bill further states: “This comes as an aftermath of the recent corruption and match fixing charges that were thrown up in Indian Cricket and other sports by multiple players.

“The concerned players are currently charged under inappropriate sections of Dishonesty and Cheating under Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as Prevention of Corruption Act in the courts but the sportspersons often get easily free because these laws don’t apply for sports.”

The private member bill by Thakur, if passed, will not only impose a life ban but also 10 years of jail time as well as fine of five times the bribe amount in cases of match fixing.

Practitioners Seek Standards for Ayurveda Medicines

Ayurveda practitioners seek standards for Ayurvedic medicines

Ayurveda practitioners from across the country assembled to sought standards for Ayurvedic medicines to popularize Ayurveda and create more awareness among people about its health benefits. They also sought from the Centre substantial hike in funding for Ayurveda for research work and creating health infrastructure across the country.

Practitioners Seek Standards for Ayurveda Medicines

“Standards for Ayurveda medicines should be formed in order to create awareness among people about its health benefits,” All India Ayurveda Congress President Devender Triguna said. Recently, All India Ayurveda Congress has held its 58th session here which was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee

Vaidyas (who practice Ayurveda) pointed out that it was essential to come out with standards or certification for Ayurveda medicines so as to make it more popular among people about its “purity”. “Our strength is purity and there should be standard to measure it. The standards for Ayurveda medicines should be set like we have ISI mark which will help in building more confidence among people about its remedies,” said Ayurveda medicine maker Shree Dhootapapeshwar, ED, Ranjit Puranik.

President Pranab Mukherjee had asked to “demystify and popularize” Ayurvedic medicine through “informative marketing and user-friendly packaging”. “Ayurveda and Siddha had laid down protocols for treating diseases that resembled diseases that we know today as HIV and tuberculosis,” Mukherjee had said.

Presently, the combined market of Ayurvedic medicines along with naturopathy, Unani is pegged at Rs. 14,000 crore, growing at a rate of 12-14 per cent per annum. Triguna further demanded from the Centre to earmark at least 20 per cent of total health budget for Ayurveda, saying it was essential for carrying out research in this oldest form of medicine and building necessary infrastructure in this regard.

Rare IS bombings in southern Iraq kill 33

Najaf: The Islamic State group carried out rare attacks in Iraq`s deep Shiite south Sunday, killing at least 33 people with twin suicide car bomb blasts in the city of Samawa. Rare IS bombings in southern Iraq kill 33: Officials

“The hospitals have received 33 dead,” a senior official in the Muthanna health department, which covers Samawa, told AFP. An officer in Muthanna Operations Command confirmed the toll.

They said at least 50 people were also wounded in the blasts in Samawa, 230 kilometres (145 miles) south of Baghdad.

“Two car bombs went off in town. The first one was at around midday near a bus station in the city centre,” a senior police officer in Muthanna province said.

“The other exploded about five minutes later, 400 metres from the spot of the first explosion,” he said.

IS issued a statement later on social media claiming two suicide attackers detonated their car bombs against members of the security forces.

It named the bombers as Abu Dayyar al-Qurashi and Abu Zubayr al-Zaidi, saying that the second blew up his car bomb as security forces rushed to the scene of the first blast.

Samawa is the capital of Muthanna and lies deep in Iraq`s Shiite heartland and such attacks there are rare.

Muthanna also borders Saudi Arabia and a vast Iraqi desert that connects the troubled province of Anbar with the south.

A car bomb just outside Baghdad on Saturday killed at least 23 people, according to security and medical sources.

That attack targeted Shiite faithful walking to the northern Baghdad shrine of Imam Musa Kadhim, the seventh of 12 imams revered in Shiite Islam.

The Iraqi capital remains on high security alert for a whole week as the faithful walk from all over the country to commemorate Imam Kadhim.

The Islamic State jihadist group, which considers Shiites heretics, almost systematically attempts to target pilgrims marching to holy sites during Iraq`s many religious commemorations.

But there was no immediate indication that the attacks in Samawa specifically targeted Shiite pilgrims.

IS has carried out several large and very deadly bomb attacks south of Baghdad in recent weeks.

At least 61 people were killed when a massive truck bomb exploded at a checkpoint at one of the entrances to the city of Hilla on March 6.

A suicide bomber blew himself up on March 26 during a trophy ceremony after a local football tournament near Iskandariyah, killing more than 30 people, many of them teenagers and children.

The jihadist group has been losing territory steadily in Iraq for almost a year.

Observers have warned that, as their self-proclaimed “caliphate” shrinks, IS fighters are likely to revert to their old guerrilla tactics and ramp up suicide attacks on civilian targets.