iPhone X ‘Got Hot and Exploded’, Claims User; Apple Investigates

iPhone X 'Got Hot and Exploded', Claims User; Apple Investigates

Photo Credit: Twitter/ Rahel Mohamad

An iPhone X allegedly “exploded” as a user was in the process of installing a software update. This development comes in from the city of Federal Way, Washington in the US where a user claims that his 10-month old iPhone X “just got hot and exploded in the process of upgrading to [iOS 12.1]”.

Gadgets 360 reached out to Rahel Mohamad, owner of the iPhone X in question, to find out the details of the incident he first tweeted about.

“This year early January I bought the iPhone and have been using it normally.” he said. The iPhone X was in process of getting updated to iOS 12.1 when, Mohamad says, he put it on charging. At a later stage, he says, “Dark grey smoke started coming from the phone. The update was completed and as soon as the phone turned on it started to smoke and caught fire.”

Mohamad, who told Gadgets 360 the incident occurred in Federal Way, Washington, claims he was using the official bundled Apple Lightning cable and wall adapter to charge his iPhone. However, he says that he had stop charging the phone before the “explosion”.

“When I held the phone it was very hot and I drop the phone immediately. Then it started to smoke.” he added.

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Mohamad claims he used the original cable and adapter to charge his iPhone X
Photo Credit: Twitter/ Rahel Mohamad


He says that he has reached out to Apple which wishes to investigate the incident further by getting Mohamad to ship the iPhone X to them. In a reply on Twitter to his original tweet, Apple Support said that this is definitely not expected behaviour and would wish to resolve it soon. We have also reached out to Apple and will update the story as and when we receive a response. 

While definitely a serious issue for the user, this is a rare occurrence considering there have been no widespread reports of exploding iPhone X units since its launch last year, so this is unlikely to be another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.

To recall, Apple’s iPhone X was launched late last year and its design change marked the tenth anniversary of the company’s legendary iPhone range.

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Facebook to Make Arbitration for Harassment Claims Optional: Report

Following Google’s footsteps, Facebook is also planning to do away with its policy of requiring employees to settle sexual harassment claims made against colleagues in private arbitration alone, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Facebook announced the new policy in an internal post to staff, the report on Friday said.

The rule change will allow Facebook employees to pursue sexual harassment claims in court if they so wish.

Earlier, Google on Thursday announced that it was making arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.

Google outlined the new sexual harassment policy after over 20,000 employees staged a global walkout last week in protest against sexual harassment at the company and its improper handling of sexual misbehaviour allegations against top executives.

Facebook following the same policy now marks a significant departure from its earlier stance in which it defended the compulsory arbitration policy as “appropriate”.

The social networking giant has also updated its inter-office dating policy to require any executive at a director level or above to disclose any romantic relationship with another colleague, even if they are not overseeing that employee’s work.

Several other companies – including Microsoft, Uber, and Lyft – have dropped forced arbitration clauses from sexual harassment claims, The Verge reported.

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Pummelled Over Delhi Pollution, Top Haryana Official Claims Facts Ignored

Burning of farm waste in Haryana causes air quality in neighbouring Delhi to deteriorate.


Haryana Chief Secretary DS Dhesi on Sunday said it was unfair to blame its farmers for Delhi’s poor air quality when farm waste on just 1 per cent of the total area sown with paddy was burnt this year.

“Last year, farm waste was burnt on just 2 percent of the total sown area of paddy, and the figure further fell to 1 percent this year. However, it is being projected as if our farmers are burning farm waste in each and every field,” an official release quoted him as saying at an event in Hisar.

Mr Dhesi claimed it was unfortunate that rumours were being spread against farmers in the state when they were hardly to blame for Delhi’s deteriorating pollution levels. “Paddy is sown on 13 lakh hectares across 10 districts of Haryana. As per data provided by HARSAC (Haryana Space Applications Centre), farm waste burning cases were reported from 12,473 places in 2017. This year, such incidents were reported from 7,273 places — which is only one percent of the total area under paddy cultivation,” he said.

Efforts are on to further reduce such instances, the Chief Secretary said, referring to the farm waste-based compressed biogas plants that are likely to be established at Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Jind. “Apart from this, the Indian Oil Corporation and the Renewable Energy Department have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at purchasing farm waste from farmers to generate energy,” he added.

Two committees will also be constituted to monitor sensitive villages between October 15 and November 25, a 40-day-long period when most cases of the crop-burning incidents are reported, said Mr Dhesi. He said that issuance of challans to violators was not enough; the police should also register cases against them. The Haryana State Pollution Control Board would send cases of those burning farm waste to the courts for trial, he added.

On October 30, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had asked the Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh governments to ensure that its farmers do not cause a spike in pollution levels by burning farm waste. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the state governments to provide machinery that would help poor and marginal farmers remove the farm waste without having to set it on fire.

The air quality in Delhi remained severe on Sunday despite measures such as extension of the ban on the entry of trucks, construction and polluting industries. The overall air quality index was recorded at 423, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Record-Breaking Lewis Hamilton Claims Mercedes’ 100th Pole Position

Record-breaking Lewis Hamilton claimed his 10th pole of the season and Mercedes’ 100th in Formula One on Saturday when he dominated a rain-threatened qualifying session for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. The new five-time world champion clocked a track record best lap in one minute and 7.281 seconds on his second run in the final session to boost his hopes of a rare Interlagos victory and Mercedes bid for a fifth straight teams’ title. That lifted him clear of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by almost one-tenth of a second with his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who took pole last year, third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari.

Hamilton was delighted with pole.

“That was a tough session,” he said. “The weather was going up and down.Ferrari are very quick this weekend, but we did a lot of work to make sure we are ready.

“It’s great to be here in Brazil — I have Ayrton Senna’s design on my helmet.”

The leading four drivers were scrapping for any advantage for their teams as Ferrari bid to out-score Mercedes by 13 points to keep alive their bid to stop them retaining the constructors’ championship.

It was a record-increasing 82nd pole for Hamilton, who has won only once in Brazil, in 2016, and the first time he has taken a pole position in any races after he has won the championship.

Max Verstappen was fifth ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, Marcus Ericsson and his Sauber team-mate Charles Lerclerc, Romain Grosjean of Haas and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso.

Vettel was called to the stewards after the session following an incident when he was summoned to the weighbridge, refused to turn off his engine and destroyed the scales when he drove off them.

“I think it’s better if I don’t say anything,” said Vettel afterwards. “They shouldn’t call us like that. When the conditions are like that, it’s not fair. I wanted them to hurry up.”

Vettel still retained second place on the grid after a stewards’ inquiry only reprimanded and fined him for destroying the weighbridge.

The four-time champion was instead fined 25,000 euros.

“The stewards found that the driver failed to follow the instructions of the relevant officials for the safe and orderly conduct of the event and order a reprimand (non-driving) and a fine of 25,000 euros,” said a statement.

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Delhi BJP claims Arvind Kejriwal in Dubai with ‘hidden agenda’

नई दिल्‍ली: दिल्ली भाजपा ने मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल की विदेश यात्रा के लिए उन पर शनिवार को निशाना साधते हुए आरोप लगाया कि वह ‘गुप्त एजेंडे’ के साथ दुबई गए. हालांकि आम आदमी पार्टी ने इस आरोप को ‘बेतुका’ बताते हुए खारिज कर दिया. दिल्ली भाजपा प्रमुख मनोज तिवारी ने शुक्रवार रात को केजरीवाल की यात्रा के बारे में ट्वीट किया. उन्होंने ऐसे समय में शहर छोड़ने के लिए केजरीवाल पर निशाना साधा जब दिल्लीवासी वायु प्रदूषण के संकट से जूझ रहे हैं. मुख्यमंत्री की यात्रा के पीछे की मंशा पर सवाल उठाते हुए दिल्ली विधानसभा में विपक्ष के नेता विजेंदर गुप्ता ने शनिवार को पत्रकारों से कहा कि केजरीवाल एयर इंडिया के विमान से आठ नवंबर को ‘अचानक’ दुबई के लिए रवाना हो गए और वह 11 नवंबर को वापस आएंगे. उन्होंने आरोप लगाया कि यात्रा के बारे में सूचना ‘छुपाकर’ रखी गई क्योंकि कुछ तो गलत है.

बहरहाल, आप के प्रवक्ता राघव चड्ढा ने एक संवाददाता सम्मेलन में कहा कि अरविंद केजरीवाल आईआईटी के अपने एक बैचमेट के पारिवारिक समारोह में शामिल होने ‘विदेश’ गए हैं. उन्होंने भाजपा के आरोपों को बेतुका बताते हुए खारिज कर दिया. भाजपा ने अपना हमला जारी रखते हुए पूछा, ‘‘आम आदमी पार्टी केजरीवाल की यात्रा को खारिज क्यों कर रही है?”

गुप्ता ने आरोप लगाते हुए कहा, ‘‘केजरीवाल की यात्रा के बारे में आम आदमी पार्टी की चुप्पी साबित करती है कि कुछ गलत है. यह साफ है कि इस यात्रा के पीछे कोई गुप्त एजेंडा है.” भाजपा नेता ने सवाल पूछे, ‘‘इस यात्रा को आधिकारिक यात्रा या पारिवारिक यात्रा नहीं कहा जा रहा है. इस दुबई यात्रा का मकसद क्या है, क्या एजेंडा है, वह कहां रह रहे हैं और किससे मुलाकात करेंगे? क्यों ये सब जानकारी छिपाई जा रही है?”

उन्होंने दावा किया, ‘‘गौरतलब है कि आप सरकार के तहत दिल्ली में डोर स्टेप डिलीवरी के लिए जिम्मेदार ठेकेदार भी दुबई में रहता है.” गुप्ता ने आप सरकार पर हमला करते हुए कहा कि केजरीवाल और उपमुख्यमंत्री मनीष सिसोदिया दोनों ऐसे समय में शहर से बाहर हैं जब दिल्ली में प्रदूषण की स्थिति चिंताजनक है.


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Assam Hospital Claims Infants Who Died In 9 Days Were Critically Ill

The health department had constituted a four-member high-level medical enquiry team.


All the 15 newborn babies who died at a government hospital in Assam over the past few days were “critically ill and had no chance of survival”, a hospital spokesperson said on Saturday.

The mothers of all the deceased were ‘unbooked’ — that is they had no medical records of their pregnancy, said Nilutpal Bhattacharjee, the public relations officer of the Jorhat Medical College Hospital (JMCH), where the deaths were reported from November 1-6.

The number of babies admitted to the hospital’s special care newborn unit (SCNU) was almost double its usual number at that time and the number of deaths was also proportionately high in tandem with increased admissions, the PRO said.

Most of the mothers had delivered their babies within an hour after their arrival to the hospital, while three of them underwent caesarean sections in some other hospital. When the condition of the newborns turned serious, they were referred to JMCH, he said.

The hospital report said the newborns were critically ill and were given the “best” ICU facility. But, they could not be saved as their mothers did not have any medical record for their pregnancy periods, Mr Bhattacharjee said, adding that they came mostly from the suburban areas.

Though the facility at the government medical college hospital is as per the existing central government guidelines of 12 SCNU bed per 3,000 deliveries per year. But, in view of the increasing number of delivery cases, there is a high demand for increasing the SCNU beds and provisions are underway to further increase the number of such beds, the officials said.

The health department had constituted a four-member high-level medical enquiry team, headed by the director of medical education, Anup Kumar Barman, which found that the death rate at the hospital was not abnormal.

Mr Barman clarified that the deaths were not due to doctors’ negligence and the JMCH had no infrastructure deficiency as patient doctor ratio was “fine” with equipment.

In JMCH, 8,000 babies were born and, in that rate, there should be 32 numbers of beds. But, there is 41 beds in the neonatal care unit which is as per as the Medical Council of India norms, he said.

“But, during the first week of November the patient rate suddenly increased and, as per the patients rate, the death rate is balanced when we compare with the death rate in the hospital during 2017,” he added. 

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Cbi officer Rakesh Asthanas defence Was In UK When Middleman Claims To give money – सीवीसी को CBI अफसर राकेश अस्थाना ने बताया

खास बातें

  1. सीबीआई अफसर आलोक वर्मा और राकेश अस्थाना के खिलाफ हो रही जांच
  2. दोनों आला अफसरोंन ने सीवीसी के सामने किया अपना बचाव
  3. राकेश अस्थाना बोले- जिस टाइम घूस लेने का आरोप, उस वक्त वह देश में नहीं थे

नई दिल्ली: सीबीआई( CBI) के निदेशक आलोक वर्मा( Alok Verma) और विशेष निदेशक राकेश अस्थाना  (Rakesh Asthana ) पर लगे भ्रष्टाचार के आरोपों का केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयोग( सीवीसी) जांच कर रहा है. तलब किए जाने पर दोनों अफसर अपने ऊपर लगे आरोपों पर सफाई देने के लिए आयोग के सामने पेश हो चुके हैं. इस केस की जांच से जुड़े सूत्रों ने एनडीटीवी को बताया कि हैदराबाद के व्यापारी सतीश साना की जिस शिकायत पर सीबीआई ने राकेश अस्थाना के खिलाफ केस दर्ज किया है, उसमें सना के बयानों पर मामला उलझता दिख रहा है. सीबीआई ने अस्थाना के खिलाफ हैदराबाद के व्यवसाई सना सतीश बाबू से तीन करोड़ रुपये की कथित तौर पर रिश्वत लेने के लिये 15 अक्टूबर को प्राथमिकी दर्ज की थी. शिकायत के मुताबिक यह रकम दो बिचौलियों मनोज प्रसाद और सोमेश प्रसाद के जरिये दी गई थी ताकि मांस निर्यातक मोइन कुरैशी के खिलाफ जांच को कमजोर किया जा सके. सतीश साना ने कहा था कि उसने तीन करोड़ रुपये राकेश अस्थाना जैसे दिखने वाले शख्स को दिए थे. जिनके बारे में बिचौलियों से बात हुई थी.

वहीं बीते 24 अगस्त को राकेश अस्थाना ने कैबिनेट सचिव को दी गई अपनी शिकायत में सीबीआई चीफ आलोक वर्मा पर ही आरोप लगाया था कि उन्होंने किसी मामले में पूछताछ से राहत दिलाने के लिये व्यापारी सतीश सना से रिश्वत के रूप में दो करोड़ रुपये लिये. एनडीटीवी को सूत्रों ने बताया कि राकेश अस्थाना ने आरोपों को खारिज करते हुए कहा है कि जिस अवधि में घूस को लेकर बिचौलियों से संपर्क, बातचीत  और लेन-देन की बात कही गई, उस समय वह लंदन में थे. सतीश साना की ओर से दर्ज एफआइआर में कहा गया है कि दो दिसंबर को घूस को लेकर बातचीत हुई और 13 दिसंबर 2017 को घूस की रकम दी गई. इस पर राकेश अस्थाना ने कहा कि वह भगोड़े विजय माल्या की सुनवाई से जुड़े केस में लंदन में थे. न्यूज रिपोर्ट्स भी इस बात की पुष्टि करतीं हैं कि  राकेश अस्थाना ने तीन दिसंबर को दिल्ली छोड़ दिया था और कम से कम 12 दिसंबर तक वह लंदन में थे. 

आलोक वर्मा ने आरोपों को किया खारिज

सीबीआई निदेशक आलोक वर्मा केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयुक्त केवी चौधरी की अध्यक्षता वाली समिति के समक्ष शुक्रवार को उपस्थित हुए और विशेष निदेशक राकेश अस्थाना द्वारा उनके ऊपर लगाए गए भ्रष्टाचार के आरोपों का लगातार दूसरे दिन खंडन किया. वर्मा की जांच समिति के समक्ष उपस्थित होने के कुछ ही घंटे बाद अस्थाना भी शुक्रवार को भ्रष्टाचार निरोधी संस्था के कार्यालय पहुंचे. हालांकि, उनकी किसी भी वरिष्ठ अधिकारी से मुलाकात नहीं हो सकी.अधिकारियों ने बताया कि अस्थाना केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयोग (सीवीसी) के कार्यालय में शाम पौने पांच बजे के करीब पहुंचे और वहां 10 मिनट के लिये रुके. हालांकि, वह किसी वरिष्ठ अधिकारी से नहीं मिल सके क्योंकि उन्होंने मुलाकात का पहले से समय नहीं लिया था.अधिकारियों ने बताया कि समझा जाता है कि सतर्कता आयुक्त टी.एम. भसीन और शरद कुमार की सदस्यता वाली समिति के समक्ष पेश होकर वर्मा ने अस्थाना की ओर से लगाए गए सभी आरोपों को बिंदुवार तरीके से खारिज किया.अधिकारियों ने बताया कि इस मौके पर उच्चतम न्यायालय के सेवानिवृत्त न्यायाधीश न्यायमूर्ति ए.के.पटनायक भी मौजूद थे, क्योंकि शीर्ष अदालत ने उन्हें इस जांच की निगरानी करने का जिम्मा सौंपा है.उन्होंने बताया कि वर्मा शुक्रवार की सुबह सीवीसी दफ्तर पहुंचे और करीब एक घंटे तक वहां रहे. उन्होंने सीवीसी दफ्तर के बाहर इंतजार कर रहे पत्रकारों से बात नहीं की. उच्चतम न्यायालय ने 26 अक्टूबर को केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयोग से कहा था कि वह अस्थाना की ओर से वर्मा के खिलाफ लगाए गए आरोपों की जांच दो हफ्ते के भीतर पूरी करे. यह समय-सीमा आगामी रविवार को पूरी हो रही है और उच्चतम न्यायालय सोमवार को इस मामले की सुनवाई करेगा. वर्मा और अस्थाना को केंद्र सरकार छुट्टी पर भेज चुकी है.

आलोक के बाद अस्थाना ने रखे पक्ष

अधिकारियों ने बताया कि वर्मा के अलावा अस्थाना ने भी गुरुवार को चौधरी से मुलाकात की थी. अस्थाना ने गुरुवार को सतर्कता आयुक्त शरद कुमार से भी मुलाकात की थी और ऐसा समझा जाता है कि उन्होंने वर्मा के खिलाफ लगाए गए अपने आरोपों के समर्थन में दस्तावेजी सबूत सौंपे थे.शुक्रवार को विशेष सीबीआई निदेशक एक बार फिर सीवीसी कार्यालय पहुंचे. एक अधिकारी ने नाम नहीं जाहिर किये जाने की शर्त पर बताया, ‘‘वह केंद्रीय सतर्कता आयुक्त चौधरी या किसी सतर्कता आयुक्त–टी एम भसीन और शरद कुमार से नहीं मिल सके क्योंकि वे आयोग के अन्य वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों के साथ बैठक में शामिल थे.”    आयोग ने हाल में अहम मामलों की छानबीन कर रहे कुछ सीबीआई अधिकारियों से पूछताछ की थी. इन अधिकारियों का नाम वर्मा के खिलाफ अस्थाना की शिकायत में सामने आया था.    अधिकारियों ने बताया कि इंस्पेक्टर से लेकर पुलिस अधीक्षक रैंक तक के सीबीआई अधिकारियों को बुलाया गया और सीवीसी के एक वरिष्ठ अधिकारी के समक्ष उनके बयान दर्ज कराए गए.इनमें वे अधिकारी शामिल थे जो मोइन कुरैशी रिश्वतखोरी मामले, पूर्व रेल मंत्री लालू प्रसाद की कथित संलिप्तता वाले आईआरसीटीसी घोटाले और मवेशी तस्करी मामले सहित कई अन्य मामलों से जुड़े थे.उच्चतम न्यायालय ने वर्मा के खिलाफ आरोपों की सीवीसी जांच उच्चतम न्यायालय के पूर्व न्यायाधीश न्यायमूर्ति ए के पटनायक की निगरानी में होगी और यह एक बार का ‘अपवाद’ होगा. वर्मा ने उन्हें छुट्टी पर भेजने के सरकार के फैसले को शीर्ष अदालत में चुनौती दी है.


सीबीआई में क्यों मची घमासान

वर्मा और अस्थाना के बीच झगड़ा हाल में अपने चरम पर पहुंच गया जब सीबीआई के विशेष निदेशक और सीबीआई के उपाधीक्षक देवेद्र कुमार समेत अन्य के खिलाफ हाल में प्राथमिकी दर्ज की गई. कुमार कथित रिश्वतखोरी के मामले में सीबीआई की हिरासत में है.सीबीआई ने अस्थाना के खिलाफ हैदराबाद के व्यवसायी सना सतीश बाबू से दो करोड़ रुपये की कथित तौर पर रिश्वत लेने के लिये 15 अक्टूबर को प्राथमिकी दर्ज की थी. यह रकम दो बिचौलियों मनोज प्रसाद और सोमेश प्रसाद के जरिये दी गई थी ताकि मांस निर्यातक मोइन कुरैशी के खिलाफ जांच को कमजोर किया जा सके.गत 24 अगस्त को अस्थाना ने कैबिनेट सचिव को दी गई अपनी शिकायत में वर्मा पर आरोप लगाया था कि उन्होंने किसी मामले में पूछताछ से राहत दिलाने के लिये सना से रिश्वत के रूप में दो करोड़ रुपये लिये. (इनपुट-भाषा से भी)


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Was In UK When Middleman Claims To Have Met Me

Rakesh Asthana was allegedly in London attending hearings related to fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya

New Delhi: 

The Central Vigilance Commission, probing corruption allegations against Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI Director Alok Verma by the agency’s No. 2 officer Rakesh Asthana, may have stumbled upon a major piece of evidence.

Sources close to the investigation have told NDTV that key witness Satish Sana, who both the top two officers alleged bribed the other, has stuck to his testimony given in the First Information Report against special director Asthana. According to it, the Hyderabad-based businessman paid Rs 3 crore as bribe to a CBI officer who he believed to be Mr Asthana through two middlemen – brothers Somesh and Manoj Prasad. The bribe was paid to be spared any action in an investigation linked to meat exporter Moin Qureshi.

However, NDTV has learnt that Rakesh Asthana’s defence was that the entire period when the negotiation and the money exchange took place, he was in London.

The CVC was informed that on the day the FIR and Satish Sana’s statement says the bribe was given to Mr Asthana or the day that the said conversation took place – between December 2 and the actual day of money exchange being December 13, 2017 – Rakesh Asthana was in London attending hearings related to fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya. This is the defence Mr Asthana has put in front of Chief Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary. News reports confirm that Mr Asthana left Delhi on December 3 and stayed in London till at least December 12 or possibly even later.

Satish Sana’s statement said that he first contacted Rakesh Asthana sometime after December 3 last year through Somesh and Manoj Prasad in Dubai. Satish Sana said that Manoj Prasad spoke to the said officer over the phone and showed him his WhatsApp profile photo which he confirmed to be Rakesh Asthana in uniform. He paid Rs 1 crore upfront and then Rs 1.95 crore on December 13 in the Press Club in Delhi.

While Rakesh Asthana is recorded to be in London till at least December 15, what is uncertain is the establishment of the following assertions. Satish Sana claims that on December 15 or 16, Somesh Prasad met Rakesh Asthana at his CBI office in Delhi and made him hear a confirmation from Mr Asthana about his case. This has been presented by Alok Verma’s team as evidence against Rakesh Asthana but he claims he wasn’t even in the country.

The two feuding officers were sent on leave by the centre in a midnight ‘coup’ last month, a move that has been challenged by Alok Verma.

The two weeks time limit assigned by the Supreme Court to the Central Vigilance Commission to complete its inquiry ends on Sunday. The top court will hear the case on Monday.

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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Melbourne Stabbing

Local media showed footage of a large man slashing wildly at police officers before being shot.


The Islamic State group claimed a stabbing Friday that killed one person and wounded two others in the Australian city of Melbourne, its propaganda channel said.

“The perpetrator of the operation… in Melbourne… was an Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation… to target nationals of the coalition” fighting IS, Amaq reported a jihadist security source as saying.

Australian police said the unnamed assailant was said to reside in Melbourne’s northwestern suburbs, but had come to Australia from Somalia in or around the 1990s, when the country was ravaged by a civil war. 

Australia is a member of the US-led coalition that has been fighting IS in Syria and neighbouring Iraq since 2014.

The jihadists took large swathes of Syria and Iraq that year, proclaiming a “caliphate” across land it controlled.

But the jihadist group has since lost most of that territory to multiple offensives on both sides of the border.

In Syria, its presence has been reduced to parts of the vast desert between Damascus and the Iraqi border and a small pocket of the Euphrates valley where it is in the sights of the US-led coalition.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, says the coalition has carried out deadly air strikes on IS fighters around the pocket in recent days.

IS has called for attacks against Western targets, and claimed a series of attacks abroad in recent years, even when the perpetrator’s only connection to the group appears to have been one of inspiration.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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