Illegal telephone exchanges routing telephone calls via a computer network and allegedly being used by Pakistani intelligence agencies to access sensitive military information have been busted in Latur district of Maharashtra, the police said on Saturday.Two persons, Shankar Biradar (33) and Ravi Sabde (27), have been arrested in this connection.They were making use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a technology that allows a person to make voice calls using an Internet connection instead of a regular phone line.The telephone exchanges were busted on Friday during raids conducted by a joint team of the Maharashtra ATS, Latur police and telecommunication department officials at three places in the district on a tip-off from a Jammu and Kashmir-based military intelligence agency, a police official said.According to police sources, these type of illegal VoIP exchanges were used by Pakistan intelligence agencies to acquire sensitive military information.These exchanges were being run since last six months from Prakash Nagar, Deoni taluka and Chakur taluka areas in the district, the official said.The accused used to receive an overseas call over the Internet and transfer that voice call to receivers in India through an illegal international gateway.The system deployed was interconnecting Internet/VoIP and mobile connections which is not permitted as per India’s telecom laws.After the raids, equipment worth Rs 4,60,000 were seized, the official said.Most of the seizures were made on the premises of the two arrested accused, the police said.While Shankar ran an illegal telecommunication junction from his house in Prakash Nagar, Ravi operated from a rented room in Chakur taluka.About 96 sim cards, a computer, a CPU and three call transforming machines were seized from Shankar’s house after the raid.The Deoni taluka exchange was being run from a shop, the police said.As per Telecommunication Department officials, these illegal exchanges have caused a revenue loss of Rs 15 crore to the country.Offences have been registered at Shivaji Nagar and MIDC police station in the district under relevant sections of the Indian Telegraph Act, Indian Wirless and Telegraph Act and Indian Penal Code.
Over 73,000 farmers from six districts were given debt relief certificates worth ₹.485.69 crore at a function in Rampura, Sangrur district, on Thursday. The relief was provided under the farm debt waiver scheme of the Punjab government.SAD flayedHanding over certificates to 14 farmers as a token gesture, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal used the occasion to hit out at the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal, accusing its leadership of trying to “tarnish the image” of the Congress government through false propaganda.“They (SAD) failed to do anything for the farmers during their 10-year rule and now they are indulging in propagating false information among people about the Congress,” he said.Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar accused the Akalis of “destroying” the State to promote their vested interests. “The hue and cry over the debt waiver scheme was being made only by influential defaulters, most of whom belonged to the SAD,” he claimed, urging Chief Minister Amarinder Singh not to consider their case and initiate action against them for wilful default.Farmers from Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, SAS Nagar and Rupnagar districts were the beneficiaries in the current phase of the implementation of the farm debt waiver scheme.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has criticised Team India on its disastrous showing in the Nottingham Test. Speaking exclusively to Headlines Today, Ganguly termed India’s show as the worst that he has seen in the recent past. “I have never seen such pathetic performance by India in the last 10 years. India had opportunities (122 for 8 and when India were 267 for 4), but they couldn’t make use of that. I don’t want India to bowl first as it is difficult to bat 4th. India’s batting has been very ordinary. You can’t win with 200-150. We have to score big to win,” Ganguly said. India lost the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham against Engand by 319 runs on Monday. Ganguly added, “The team came here undercooked. They weren’t ready. Preparations were so poor for what is the Battle of the Year.” “Dhoni’s batting has been letting the team down. If he doesn’t score, the tail wouldn’t be able to. Look at how (Matt) Prior’s batting is helping the team. I will give benefit of doubt to Dhoni as of now. But time is running out for him,” the former captain said. Ganguly, who said it will be difficult for India to bet on Virendra Sehwag in the third Test, questioned Abhinav Mukund’s role in the team. “It will be difficult for Sehwag, but India have to gamble with him in Birmingham. What is Mukund doing? It’s strange Sachin Tendulkar hasn’t scored runs in four innings. But he looked good on Monday,” he said.advertisement
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew This is not another comeback by Suzuki. He is completely retired from his playing career. But Tuesday was the beginning of his next chapter as he rejoined the Mariners as a special assistant to the chairman.Suzuki will work as an instructor with both the major league club and some of the organization’s players in the minors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Certainly it’s a big life change for (Ichiro). Nobody has been more regimented in their lifestyle and what they go about every day than Ichiro,” Servais said. “So making the change; like he said he’s been cleaning the house and making breakfast. Things that Ichiro has never done. He’s going through a transition. But I think the role and how much impact is evolving. Wait and see about where his niche is and what he gravitates toward.”Suzuki was in the Mariners clubhouse before the series opener against the Chicago Cubs, his first appearance since playing in the final two games of his career last month when Seattle opened the season in Japan with two games against the Oakland Athletics. FILE – In this March 20, 2019, file photo, Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki pops out in the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball opening series against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Suzuki has rejoined the Mariners as a special assistant to the chairman and will work as an instructor with both the major league club and some of the organization’s players in the minors. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)SEATTLE — Ichiro Suzuki was back in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse on Tuesday, in uniform and even wore batting gloves into his first meeting.“I will say he’s the first coach I’ve had come into a coaches meeting with batting gloves on,” Seattle manager Scott Servais joked.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Even after his retirement, Suzuki was expected to continue having a relationship with the organization.Suzuki is taking on the same title as he had last year after he stepped away from playing following the first month of the season. Servais said Suzuki will be around the team during home games and will likely spend some time with the team’s Triple-A franchise in Tacoma, Washington, working with players at that level.Servais said his goal is to give Suzuki insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of the coaching staff.“I want to give him as much exposure as I possibly can and what goes on kind of behind the scenes in preparation for a series, dealing with players just the conversations that go on,” Servais said.“It’s not always just about how they’re hitting, but it’s the whole package. How do we reach this guy or how do we get more out of him in the weight room or training room or whatever. He will be around. He wants to kind of ease into it. As far as meetings and stuff though I want to give him a lot of exposure.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Suzuki is officially working for team chairman John Stanton, but will report to general manager Jerry Dipoto in his new role.Unlike last year when Suzuki was staying in playing shape so that he could begin this season on the major league roster, he won’t be taking part in pregame workouts aside from maybe throwing batting practice.“I think you’ll see him in the batting cage a lot because that’s his comfort zone,” Servais said. “I look forward to having him around. He’s an insightful person and certainly knows our team, but it’s different when you’re sitting in here and we’re talking about players and how to get them better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Barcelona manages Lionel Messi’s time ahead of Champions League Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.