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.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar presented the State’s annual budget on Thursday morning within hours of being discharged from Lilavati hospital, Mumbai, .Mr. Parrikar spoke for around eight minutes before tabling the budget, and thanked the people of Goa for all their wishes and prayers for his recovery.Mr. Parrikar, who arrived accompanied by his son Utpal, was greeted by top officials, Ministers and ruling MLAs. Parrikar tables BudgetMr. Parrikar tabled a State budget with a gross expenditure of ₹ 17,123.28 crore and fiscal deficit of ₹ 763.68 crores.No additional revenue mobilisation initiatives were announced in the budget, which has focused on generating employment in various sectors.The Chief Minister informed the Speaker that he could not write the Budget speech on account of his health condition.Mr. Parrikar was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on February 15. Mr. Parrikar’s decision to present the annual budget came as a surprise even to his Cabinet colleagues and legislators. Police and bureaucracy had to make last-minute arrangements and security. Brief speechIn his brief speech while tabling the budget, Mr. Parrikar said: “I thank everyone who wished me for my speedy recovery through messages, letters and prayers at various temples, churches, mosques and in other way. I am overwhelmed by your love and affection. It fortifies my conviction that Goa and Goans are my extended family. It is your wishes and prayers which have helped me to recover speedily and return to Goa”. “For complete recovery, I have been advised by the doctors some precautions in the immediate short term. During this period, my interaction with the public will be limited. However, I will be discharging my regular duties and obligations as the Chief Minister of the State,” Mr. Parrikar said. Parrikar thanks coalition governmentAfter a brief Cabinet meeting, where Mr. Parrikar thanked his coalition government Ministers for their concern and promised to meet them again. Secretary for Finance Daulat Havildar told The Hindu that the Chief Minster has directed officials to get his files to his residence and was due to hold his next Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. “We are happy to have him back. He has told us that the next cabinet meeting will be convened on coming Wednesday,” said Minister for Power Pandurang Madkaikar. Opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar also said that the Assembly was glad to have Mr. Parrikar back. “We are glad to see him and we hope he recovers fully,” Mr. Kavlekar said. To a question from a reporter seeking to know his health status, Mr. Parrikar said, “Nothing is wrong with me. I have been asked not to maintain close contact”.
Beijing Olympics gold medallist and 10m Air Rifle defending champion Abhinav Bindra made an early exit from his favourite event, denting India’s hopes of its first medal of the 2012 London Games.The Indian hopeful was way off the mark on Monday as he managed a lowly 16th place in the qualifying round with a score of 594 out of a maximum 600. Bindra made a slow start and then showed signs of a gallant comeback in between. But he could not keep the intensity towards the end of the qualifying round and slipped out of the top-10.Meanwhile, the second Indian shooter in the fray — Gagan Narang — kept the tri-colour flying high with a superb performance in qualifying. Narang qualified for the final third with a score of 598 / 600.India Today correspondents were following every second of the action in London. Here are some of the highlights:S Kannan: “On the bright side, Gagan Narang has qualified third for the final of the event. He scored 598 out of 600.”S Kannan has sent us this picture of a disappointed Abhinav Bindra right after missing the cut in the 10m Air Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Beijing gold medallist Abhinav Bindra fails to qualify for the finals of the 10m Air Rifle event in London 2012. That’s a massive upset for the Indian contingent. Bindra finished 16th with a score of 594 / 600″S Kannan: “Bindra seems to be faltering again after a good comeback. He’s out of the top-10 at the moment. Narang continues to be strong in fourth position. Last series of shots going on. This is it!”advertisementGaurav Gala: “Bindra showing his class in the second and third series. Making a late charge with 20 perfect shots. Bindra in 7th position.”Gaurav Gala: “Abhinav steadily climbing the leaderboard… 99, 99, 100… 30 more shots left for the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan has shot 20 perfect shots so far. Fingers crossed!”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan Narang still on a roll. He wants this Olympic medal.” Aaj Tak Sports Editor Samip Rajguru has sent us this picture of Sports Minister Ajay Maken at the 10m Air Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Bindra at 198 / 200. Hoping for a late surge from the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan is taking his time. And its paying off so far.”Headlines Today Sports Editor Gaurav Gala says from London: “Gagan Narang on fire early on in the 10m Air Rifle qualification. He hasn’t missed a perfect 10 yet.”S Kannan: “Shooting arena is packed. Sports minister Ajay Maken is also here.”Mail Today Sports Editor S Kannan says from London: “Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra start their 10 m Air Rifle match.”