Mumbai: 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)
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”.
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.