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Mumbai 23yrold airline security officer arrested for raping air hostess

first_imgMumbai: A 23-year-old man who is an airline security officer has been arrested by the MIDC police after he raped and assaulted a 25-year-old air hostess. The accused has been identified as Swapnil Badonia and as per police records, the incident took place on Monday when the victim who had relocated to Mumbai had landed at the international airport from Hyderabad at 7 pm. After the victim who knew Badonia took a drop from airport to her residence in Kandivali, Badonia took the same car and the duo headed to Malad where Badonia got off at a mall and the victim joined him at a bar after keeping her luggage inside her residence. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist According to the victim, the two drank beer and rum until the bar was shut and then left the mall late at night. “As it was late and she was drunk, she wanted to go to a hotel and the boy went with her to get her the room. As they were drunk, they both claim that they did not get a room. The boy then allegedly told her to come to his flat in Sher-e-Punjab area in Andheri East,” said a police officer. Police said that according to the victim, there were two male flatmates of the accused and a female friend of him in the flat. “She initially thought that the three men raped her as when she woke up in the morning there were injury marks on her. The victim’s father had been trying to reach her on phone call but could not do so,” he added. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France When he took her to her house there were injury marks on her after which the father took her to KEM hospital from where the police were called. Police brought two of the flatmates from the address of the accused’s house while the third flatmate was brought from another address. “While interrogating the three men respectively it was ascertained that only the security officer raped her. We gathered the evidence and are interrogating the case further. On the initial report, a case of gangrape was registered which will be amended now,” added the officer. Police have also registered a case of assault against Badonia,” the officer added.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

Lanka urges unity to combat terrorism

Alluding to the centenary of   the  first  large  scale  use  of  chemicals  during  the  First  World  War, which was commemorated earlier in April this year at Ieper, Belgium, Ambassador Sadiq told the audience that the occasion reminded the  international  community  of   the horrendous  consequences  of  chemical warfare. Sri Lanka has urged the world community to stand firm and united in combating terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said today.This call was made when Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Adam M.J. Sadiq addressed the 20th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in the Hague. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador also spoke of the relationship between the OPCW and Sri Lanka and noted “the capacity building programme on the  Safe  and  Secure  Management  of  Hazardous  Substances held in Sri Lanka in September this year in collaboration with Holcim  Lanka  Ltd.  He also referred to the  OPCW  Associate  Program  2015, in which  Load  Star  (Pvt)  Company  Ltd of  Sri  Lanka   hosted  the  industrial  attachment  of  two  participants  from  Tunisia  and  Poland  in  September  2015, enabling  them  to  gain  practical  experience  in  a sophisticated  industrial  environment”.The Conference of States Parties is the plenary organ comprising 192 members of the OPCW and is empowered to oversee the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  Sri Lanka, as an early signatory of the CWC in January 1993, remains committed to the principles on which the OPCW was founded. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka during the General Debate of the Conference, Ambassador Sadiq referring to the terrorist attacks in Paris, told the meeting, “While  unreservedly  condemning  the  recent  cold-blooded  terror  attacks  in  Paris  and  elsewhere in  the  world, Sri  Lanka  which  lost  thousands  of  innocent  lives  and  suffered  wanton  damage and  destruction  of  property,  due  to  terrorism,   calls  upon   the  international  community  to  stand  firm  and  united  in  combating  terrorism  in  all  its  forms  and  manifestations,  irrespective  of  the  source  or  target  of  this evil  menace”.  In this context, he pointed out “however, even  after  a  century of experiencing  such  painful  human  suffering,  we are  yet  to  realize  a  world  free  of  chemical  weapons. The world is today experiencing  new  waves  of  terrorism.  With  the  rapid  advancement of science  and  technology, the  fear psychosis  associated  with  the  potential  emergence  of  terrorist  groups  with  chemical  weapons  capability  continues  to  grow, demanding  new  preventive  measures  and  global  cooperation”.He further noted “in  this  backdrop,  the  role  of  the  OPCW  remains  indispensable  and  vital in  the  global  struggle  towards  disarmament  and  non-proliferation  of  weapons  of  mass destruction.   The  OPCW  must  be  commended  for  its  dedicated  efforts in  pursuing  effective  disarmament measures  to  prevent  the  re-emergence of  chemical  weapons  and  deter chemical  terrorism”. read more

Climate change threatens Pacific Ocean mangroves – UNbacked report

Action is needed to conserve mangroves in the Pacific amid concern that rising sea levels, linked with climate change, are set to drown large areas of these precious and economically important ecosystems, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today citing new research. Some islands in the region could see over half of the mangroves steadily lost by the end of the century, with the worst hit being American Samoa, Fiji, Tuvalu, and the Federated States of Micronesia, the agency said. The study, “Pacific Island Mangroves in a Changing Climate and Rising Seas,” assessed the vulnerability of the 16 Pacific Island countries and territories that have native mangroves, finds that overall as much as 13 per cent of the mangrove area may be lost. “There are many compelling reasons for fighting climate change – the threats to mangroves in the Pacific, and by inference across other low lying parts of the tropics, underline yet another reason to act,” Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director, said. “Industrialized nations must meet their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, the international emission-reduction treaty, as a first step to the even deeper cuts needed to stabilize the atmosphere,” he added. The new report has been compiled by the Regional Seas Programme of UNEP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) based in Apia, Samoa, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council in Honolulu, United States, and well over a dozen additional agencies and organizations from the Pacific Islands region. They underline that, in common with other terrestrial and marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves provide an array of valuable goods and services upon which local people and industries like tourism depend. According to some estimates, the goods and services generated by mangroves may be worth an average of $900,000 per square kilometer, depending on their location and uses. Roughly half the world’s mangrove area has been lost since 1900 as a result of clearances for developments like shrimp farms. 35 per cent of this loss has occurred in the past two decades, according to UNEP. Hanneke Van Lavieren of UNEP’s Regional Seas Programme, who contributed to the study, recalled that the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development set an ambitious target to achieve a significant reduction in the current rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. “We hope this new report and its recommendations on mangroves and climate change can play its part towards achieving the biodiversity goal in the Pacific,” he said. read more