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16-year old with ISIS links questioned by Pune ATS

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Pune: A 16-year old girl in Pune was reportedly radicalized by ISIS contacts from Syria. She was investigated by Pune’s Anti-terrorist squad (ATS) sleuths and sent to a de-radicalization programme.

After receiving information on the girl’s changing habits and growing inclination to watch ISIS related videos, ATS began monitoring her.

“The girl was interrogated by the ATS last week after monitoring her movements for many days on getting information about her. It confirmed her initiation by the ISIS. The interrogation of the girl revealed that she was ready to go to any extent to carry out the ISIS directive,” said Pune ATS officer Bhanupratap Barge.

The officer also added that the girl is a bright convent educated class 11 student studying at a city college.

According to the ATS, the minor girl watched a documentary on television and subsequently started regularly monitoring news on Al Jazeera channel.

“Later, she used the internet to get in touch with ISIS contacts and got in touch with about 200 young persons from different countries. Her interrogation revealed that she was told to come to Syria for medical education and for further initiation,” Barge said.

He said that she also replaced her Jeans with a full-length burqa, hinting at the effects of her growing engagement with ISIS.

“Even her family members noticed the change in her and felt disturbed,” the ATS inspector said.

The officer added that the de-radicalisation programme with the help of a community clergy and family members was ‘working’. (IANS) (image courtesy: theatlantic)

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Safety Guidelines for Exploring Pune after Coronavirus

Follow a few precautions if you plan to take a road trip to Pune post lockdown

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Since the panic and fear around the Coronavirus pandemic may take a while to settle down entirely, taking a self-drive car in Pune will ensure that you travel safely and freely without much worry. Flickr

The travel bee in you has been put on hold. With the world facing the Coronavirus pandemic, all your travel plans for the year have to be re-adjusted. The news channels are flashing the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the globe daily. If you had plans to visit your dream destination, then don’t be disheartened. It may take a while for things to be normal, but once they do, then you may reconsider your travel plans.

Planning a trip once things are entirely normal will help you and your loved ones get over feelings of insecurity and fear you may have experienced during this tough time. Even if there is a green signal for travelling from the government once the situation improves, you must be careful. It will be wise to travel and explore the nearby areas rather than travelling internationally. If you live in Pune, then avail of car rental services that provide you with vehicles for travelling at your convenience. Especially, since the panic and fear around the Coronavirus pandemic may take a while to settle down entirely, taking a self-drive car in Pune will ensure that you travel safely and freely without much worry.

There are a few other safety tips which you must keep in mind before you travel:

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There are many amazing places in and around Pune, such as historically famous Shaniwar Wada or Mulshi Lake and Dam, which can help you enjoy some of the most serene views. Shutterstock

Travel With Family

The time spent in quarantine is hard for everyone. Once it is all over, you and your family must catch a much-needed break to rejuvenate and refresh. You must understand that it will be beneficial for you and your loved ones’ mental peace. To assist you in accomplishing a successful trip, there are cab rentals that offer Innova Crysta rental Pune for a family vacation. With the availability of the self-drive car in Pune, you and your family can travel wherever you want to. You must ensure that you follow all the necessary precautions, such as using hand sanitizers and face masks. Taking a small break will help your family will help clear your mind, which will enable you to get back to the daily routine.

Explore The Nearby Surroundings

You must be tired of staying indoors during the lockdown and must be longing to explore new places or hang out. There are many amazing places in and around Pune, such as historically famous Shaniwar Wada or Mulshi Lake and Dam, which can help you enjoy some of the most serene views. If you don’t just want to be close to nature, but also wish to explore the unknown, then you can visit the Koyna wildlife sanctuary or the Bedse caves. You can comfortably accommodate your family with the available 7 seater car on rent in Pune and travel to Lavasa city for the weekend. Even if you had planned an international holiday for your family, you must reconsider due to the present turn of events. While you can re-schedule that vacation, you must plan a short weekend getaway for tranquillity.

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Self-Driving Is The Best Option

As a precautionary measure, you must try to limit your interaction with others for a while, especially when you’re travelling. To ensure a safe trip, you must avoid public transport for a while and look for safer alternatives. The cab services offer the option of taking a self-drive car in Pune, which will enable you to travel safely and comfortably. You can easily hire innova crysta rental Pune for your family to ensure comfort.

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The cab services offer the option of taking a self-drive car in Pune, which will enable you to travel safely and comfortably. Pixabay

Choose the Right Accommodation

With the option of self-drive innova in Pune, you can travel with family and explore the outskirts of the city. While you plan your hotel bookings, you must make sure that you are choosing the right accommodation. As a preventive measure, you must select known places to stay so that you are assured of your family’s safety. Many hotels may offer discounts and offers, but you must give priority to hygiene and other things that will have a bearing on your family’s safety. Look into all details before reaching the destination itself. Book a car on rent for outstation in Pune without driver and travel to your chosen vacation spot in a stress-free way.

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Travel with Safety

When you travel after normalcy resumes, it is also essential that you give priority to safety above all. You must ensure that you are secured while travelling or vacationing. There are reputable cab services through which you can hire a car on rent for outstation in Pune without driver, like Zoomcar that offer you a range of cars, including hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs. They offer benefits such as roadside assistance, no extra fuel costs, and, most of all, well-sanitized vehicles that are delivered to your doorstep. 

So, let these tough days pass by, and then you can travel again for catching some freshness and fun, both.  

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President of Egypt Calls for Collective Action Against Countries Supporting Terrorism

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The president of Egypt Urges world leaders to take decisive action against states supporting terrorism. Pixabay

Egypt’s president Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism” in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is outlawed in Egypt.

The three countries also support opposing factions in the war-torn Libya.

Addressing a two-day forum on peace in Africa in the southern city of Aswan, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi also said achieving sustainable development in Africa is needed, along with efforts to fight militant groups in Egypt and the Sahel region that stretches across Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

“There should be a decisive response to countries supporting terrorism and a collective response against terrorism, because the terrorist groups will only have the ability to fight if they are provided with financial, military and moral support,” he said.

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The President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. VOA

The gathering in Aswan is attended by the leaders of Niger, Chad, Nigeria and Senegal along with officials from the U.S., Britain and Canada.

The Sahel region is home to al-Qaida and Islamic State group-linked militants. El-Sissi said Egypt could help train forces and provide weapons to countries in the region to fight extremists.

Egypt has for years been battling an Islamic State-led insurgency that intensified after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Muslim Brotherhood President Muhammad Morsi in 2013 amid mass protests against his brief rule.

Militant-related violence in Egypt has been centered on the Sinai Peninsula, as well as in the country’s vast Western Desert, which has witnessed deadly attacks blamed on militants infiltrating from neighboring Libya.

Since Morsi’s ouster, tensions have grown between Egypt and Turkey and Egypt and Qatar. The political party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Cairo designated as at terrorist group in 2013.

Upcoming conference

El-Sissi also said a “comprehensive, political solution would be achieved in the coming months” for the conflict in Libya, which descended into chaos after the 2011 civil war that ousted and killed long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi. He did not elaborate.

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This photo provided by the office of Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, dignitaries including Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, gather, for a photo during a two-day forum on peace in Africa in the southern city of Aswan, Egypt. VOA

He said that would put an end to a “terrorist hotbed that pushes militants and weapons to (Libya’s) neighboring countries including Egypt.”

El-Sissi apparently was referring to an international summit in Berlin that aims to reach an agreement on actions needed to end the conflict. The conference had been scheduled for October, but it has apparently been postponed.

After the 2011 civil war, Libya split in two, with a weak U.N.-supported administration in Tripoli overseeing the country’s west and a rival government in the east aligned with the Libyan National Army led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter.

Maritime border agreement 

El-Sissi’s comments came amid heightened tensions with Turkey after a controversial maritime border agreement it signed last month with Libya’s Tripoli-based government.

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Greece, Egypt and Cyprus, which lie between the two geographically, have denounced the deal as being contrary to international law, and Greece expelled the Libyan ambassador last week over the issue.

Hifter has for months been fighting an array of militias allied with the Tripoli authorities to wrestle control of the capital.  He is backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, as well as France and Russia, while the Tripoli-based government receives aid from Turkey, Qatar and Italy. (VOA)

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Pune-Based Company Khethworks Develops Solar-Powered Irrigation System

Khethworks was launched in 2016 after they tested their irrigation technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Over 30 million farmers in eastern India owned small plots that could be farmed year-round with appropriate irrigation. Pixabay

To solve water crisis for farmers throughout the varied climate conditions in India, Pune-based company Khethworks has developed solar-powered irrigation system.

The irrigation system is intended to make farmers independent of seasonal rains or expensive fuel along with reducing carbon dioxide emissions and improving food security by developing solar pumps.

“We enable year-round irrigation, cultivation and income generation for small land holders in east India by developing and implementing affordable and reliable solar-powered pumps, designed specifically for farmers who own one acre or less land,” according to the company’s website.

Over 30 million farmers in eastern India owned small plots that could be farmed year-round with appropriate irrigation, the company claimed.

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The irrigation system is intended to make farmers independent of seasonal rains or expensive fuel along with reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Pixabay

Khethworks was launched in 2016 after they tested their irrigation technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. The company has emerged from the MIT Tata Centre ecosystem and is supported by the Tata Trusts.

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Currently, India has a target of installing 175 Gigawatts of wind and solar energy by 2022. If achieved, it would be close to 50 per cent of India’s current total installed power capacity. (IANS)