Meet The Woman Who Leads India’s Manned Mission To Space Bengaluru


Dr Lalithambika has spent three decades at ISRO.

Bengaluru: 

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India’s first human space flights mission on a rocket built by ISRO on Independence Day last week, a widely-appreciated clause was his promise that it could be a “son or a daughter” who would take the Indian flag to outer space. At the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO, a part of PM Modi’s promise has already been kept. The space agency has deputed Dr VR Lalithambika, an experienced engineer, to head the astronaut program.

A skilled taskmaster, control systems engineer Dr Lalithambika has spent three decades at ISRO and has been tasked to send an Indian astronaut in space by 2022.

She has worked on all Indian rockets Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and indigenous space shuttle. The 56-year-old studied in Kerala and has two children.

ISRO Chief Dr K Sivan said, “At ISRO, we choose people to head programs based on competence and Dr Lalithambika has the right set of skillsets to lead the human space program.”

Other colleagues at ISRO endorsed Dr Lalthambika’s leadership qualities.

It may well be that on the first flight into space from Sriharikota, India may use its highly-skilled test pilots from the Indian Air Force.

The only Indian citizen to have flown into space is Wing Commander (Retd) Rakesh Sharma who flew into space in 1984 on a Russian mission. Since then, two women of Indian origin but American citizens Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams have also flown into space.

Indian women engineers have a glowing past in India’s rocket programmes. It was India’s “Agniputri” Tessy Thomas who ably led the Agni-4 and Agni 5 missile programmes. Dr Shashikala Sinha headed the program to secure India from incoming ballistic missiles. Both work at the Defenece Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In addition, the seniormost official at DRDO, Dr J Manjula, an avionics expert, is tipped to head the DRDO next.





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Lawyer Of Indian Man Who Groped Woman Mid-Air Cites Tamil Film In Court


It was a late-night flight from Las Vegas, and the woman rested her head on the window as the plane neared Detroit.

She was startled awake by the man in the middle seat next to her. His hand was down her unbuttoned pants, and her shirt was undone.

The 22-year old woman fled to the back of the plane to alert flight attendants.

But first she had to get past two obstacles: Prabhu Ramamoorthy, the man in the middle seat, and his wife in the aisle seat – an arm’s length away from a chill-inducing Jan. 3 incident later described in court.

A federal jury convicted Ramamoorthy, 35, of sexual abuse on the Spirit Airlines flight. Ramamoorthy, an Indian national in the United States on a work visa, faces up to life in prison. He will be deported after serving his sentence, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement.

“Everyone has the right to be secure and safe when they travel on airplanes. We will not tolerate the behavior of anyone who takes advantage of victims who are in a vulnerable position, and we are glad the jury agreed,” Schneider said. “We appreciate the victim in this case for her courage to speak out.”

Jurors deliberated three and a half hours before returning their decision, he said.

Ramamoorthy initially told investigators he had taken a pill and fallen into a deep sleep. He said he hadn’t done anything besides learning from his wife that the woman, who was not named in the complaint, was sleeping on his knees.

He and his wife later acknowledged the pill was plain Tylenol, according to prosecutors, and gave conflicting reports of what happened. His wife told investigators that she asked to switch seats because of the woman falling asleep, but the attendants told authorities no one else had asked to switch seats other than the victim. The wife was not named.

Ramamoorthy told an FBI agent he “might have” unhooked the woman’s bra, and then unzipped her pants, the complaint said. He tried to put his fingers inside the woman, but he told the investigator he was unsuccessful.

But the prosecution presented evidence Ramamoorthy penetrated the woman with his fingers, Schneider said.

Ramamoorthy could not be reached for comment. His attorney James Amberg and Spirit Airlines did not return a request for comment.

In the trial, Amberg said his client’s understanding of the legal process was based on Indian law. Ramamoorthy believed anything he told police was inadmissible in court, according to a motion Amberg filed to suppress his statements.

He also believed he would be tortured unless he gave incriminating statements, the motion said. Amberg cited “Visaranai,” a 2015 Indian film about corrupt police using violence to coerce guilty pleas, as evidence of Ramamoorthy’s belief he faced a similar threat in the United States.

It is not clear if Ramamoorthy will appeal the conviction.

The FBI, which investigates crimes on aircraft, has said sexual assault in the air has increased in recent years. There were 63 reports of sexual assault on flights last year, the agency said, up from 38 in 2014.

David Rodski, an FBI special agent assigned to investigate crimes out of Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, said many incidents either go unreported or victims take time to alert authorities, The Post’s Lynh Bui reported in June.

“Hit that call button . . . notify the flight crew immediately,” Rodski said.

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Bengal Woman Gets 2 Months In Jail For False Sexual Assault Charges


The judge acquitted the man of all charges and ordered his release. (Representational)

Kolkata: 

A city court has sentenced a woman to two months’ imprisonment for falsely accusing a barber of sexually assaulting her minor daughter.

During examination of witnesses in the case earlier this week, the woman admitted in the court that she had levelled false allegations against the man under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The woman had lodged a complaint at the Phoolbagan police station here in June, that the barber had sexually assaulted her eight-year-old daughter while giving her a haircut.

The man, who is in his 40s, was arrested following the complaint and was in custody since then.

During trial before the Special judge (P) Jimut Bahan Biswas at Sealdah Court, when the mother of the child was being questioned as a witness, the woman said she had made false allegations against the man, public prosecutor Vivek Sharma said.

She admitted before the court that she had also made the allegations in a confidential statement made before a magistrate.

She, however, did not tell the court the reason for levelling the false charges, Mr Sharma said.

The judge acquitted the man of all charges and ordered his release.

The Judge then initiated proceedings against the woman and sentenced her to two months in jail for bringing the false charges against the man, who had also been behind bars for over two months.

Mr Sharma said that under the POSCO Act, there is provision of sentencing a person up to six months in jail for bringing false charges.

The woman was taken in custody and sent to a correctional home.





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62-Year-Old Woman Gangster Wanted For 113 Crimes Arrested In Delhi


She was arrested on a tip-off from Sangam Vihar when she arrived there to meet her family

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“Mummy”, as she is called by her gang members is a 62-year-old gangster involved in 113 crime cases. She has finally been arrested today by Delhi police 45 years later after she entered the world of crime after moving from her native place Rajasthan.

Counted among top five dreaded women criminals, Basiran was arrested on a tip-off from Sangam Vihar when she was there to meet her family. She was on the run for the past eight months in a case and was declared a Proclaimed Offender in May.

Her eight sons too are involved in criminal activity along with her, ranging from murder, contract killing, robbery, bootlegging, to snatching.

Eight months ago, Basiran and her gang members took up a contract to kill a man. The gang members took the victim to a forest on the pretext of drinking and killed him. They later burnt his body.

Police came to know of the crime a week later when a person who had gone to the forest area found the decomposed body.

Police arrested those involved in January, but Basiran was evading arrest since then.

The woman had control over some government borewells in Sangam Vihar and was running a water supply mafia too, involving her sons.





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Kerala Woman Refuses Flood Rescue Without Her 25 Dogs


Sunitha, her husband and the dogs are now staying at a special shelter (Representational)

Kochi: 

A Kerala woman refused to leave her flooded house without her 25 dogs, a rescuer said Saturday, as the death toll continued to rise.

The dogs were found cowering on beds in the flooded house with water rising when an animal welfare group arrived for a last-gasp rescue, said Sally Varma of Humane Society International.

The woman, Sunitha, was found by rescuers in Thrissur, which has been worst hit by floods that have left at least 324 dead.

But she refused to leave her house unless her dogs, all strays or abandoned pets, were taken too, Ms Varma told AFP.

“She sent back volunteers and rescue officials because they said they could not evacuate her dogs.

“She was just not willing to leave her dogs behind. She then managed to get in touch with us,” Ms Varma added.

“When the rescue team reached her house, it was completely flooded and the dogs were huddled on beds.”

Sunitha, her husband and the dogs are now staying at a special shelter as the relief camps set up for the disaster refused animals.

Ms Varma said she has started a fundraiser for Sunitha and her pets so a kennel could be built at her home after the floods recede.

 





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Woman, Son Hacked To Death Uttar Pradesh


Police found the bodies with several wounds made with a sharp object (Representational)

Lucknow: 

A 55-year-old woman and her 27-year-old son were hacked to death in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun district, police said today.

The villagers, on Saturday, woke up to discover the twin murders, which took place in Baagi village at night.

The deceased — Munni and Kuldeep — were found lying on their cots, with several wounds on their bodies inflicted by a sharp-edged weapon, a police official told IANS.

“We have informed the husband of the deceased who works in the town and are probing all angles to the incident, including disputes and animosity if any,” he said.

The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and the police is questioning the neighbours to find out more details.





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Police Use Stun Gun On 87-Year-Old Woman Cutting Dandelions With A Knife


The 87-year-old woman often ventured outside – with a kitchen knife and a plastic bag in hand.

When Martha Al-Bishara went on a walk near her home in northern Georgia last week, she was on a quest for dandelions. The stroll would end in her getting stunned by a Taser and arrested by police officers.

The 87-year-old woman often ventured outside – with a kitchen knife and a plastic bag in hand – to cut and collect the plants for cooking, her family said. She was doing just that last Friday afternoon when she crossed the street from her home in Chatsworth, Georgia, and arrived at a partially fenced lot belonging to a branch of the Boys and Girls Club. There, she began gathering the plants she needed.

Someone on the property, however, called 911 to report a woman in a blue dress and a brown headscarf on their site.

“She told me she doesn’t speak English and she’s walking up our bike trail with a knife towards me,” a man said in a 911 call obtained by WRCB News. “She’s old so she can’t get around too well, but … looks like she’s walking around looking for something like vegetation to cut down or something. She has a bag, too.”

The 911 caller added that the woman “didn’t try to attack anybody or anything.”

Soon afterward, at around 4:30 p.m., two officers and the chief of the Chatsworth Police Department arrived at the scene, according to a police report. There, a Boys and Girls Club staff member escorted them to the back of the property, where they spotted Al-Bishara standing on a hill, still holding a “a white plastic bag in her left hand and a steak knife in her right hand.”

It was unclear if the officers realized Al-Bishara did not speak English but, according to police, the woman did not respond to multiple verbal requests to put down her knife. Instead, she reportedly continued walking and collecting dandelions.

“While we were approaching the female she bent down to the ground and cut a weed and stood back up holding the weed in her left hand with the plastic bag,” the police report stated. ” We kept telling her to drop the knife. The female would look at us. Her demeanor was calm even seeing us with our guns out.”

The Chatsworth police chief at one point threw his own pocket knife on the ground “in an attempt to show the female that we wanted her to drop the knife,” according to the report. When Al-Bishara still didn’t respond and began walking down the hill toward the police, one of the officers turned on his Taser and pointed it at the woman, the report said.

When she about five yards away, with the same “calm” demeanor and facial expression, the officer shot his Taser, striking Al-Bishara in the chest and sending her to the ground, the report said.

The Dalton Daily Citizen-News, which reviewed body camera footage from the incident, said that Al-Bishara could be heard crying out as the Taser prongs hit her and that she was still “lightly sobbing and speaking in Arabic” after officers handcuffed her and brought her to her feet.

Al-Bishara was charged with obstruction of an officer and criminal trespassing, then taken to the Murray County Detention Center, according to police records.

Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge, who was at the scene, defended his officers’ use of force earlier this week.

“In my opinion, it was the lowest use of force we could have used to simply stop that threat at the time,” Etheridge told the Daily Citizen-News. “And I know everyone is going to say, ‘An 87-year-old woman? How big a threat can she be?’ She still had a knife. … An 87-year-old woman with a knife still has the ability to hurt an officer.”

Al-Bishara’s family members disagree and say the police, who responded with guns drawn, unnecessarily escalated the situation. One family member, Al-Bishara’s daughter-in-law, arrived at the scene shortly after the arrest and told officers Al-Bishara has dementia and only speaks Arabic, the police report stated.

“She’s picked dandelions from there before and she had a bag of dandelions and a kitchen knife,” one of Al-Bishara’s granddaughters, Martha Douhne, told Channel 9 News. “I think it just fully escalated.”

Neither Etheridge nor the Boys and Girls Club of Murray County responded to requests for comment Friday. Douhne said the family was deferring questions about the case to their attorney but confirmed facts about Al-Bishara’s family and history to The Washington Post.

Her grandmother had immigrated to the United States from Syria more than two decades ago and is a naturalized citizen, Douhne said. Al-Bishara lives with her husband and other extended family members in Chatsworth, a city near the Tennessee border about 85 miles north of Atlanta.

Jeff Dean, an attorney for Al-Bishara’s family, said they are working to get the charges against the elderly woman dropped and are “evaluating what we’ll do as far as an unreasonable use of force case” against the police department.

“The folks from the Boys and Girls Club, when they made their phone call to 911, clearly stated she was not a threat to anybody and told them she was gathering vegetation,” Dean said. “Clearly, there was no threat.”

Douhne told The Post her grandmother spent about two and a half hours in jail, then another two and a half hours at the hospital to get her health checked. She was okay physically but seemed to still struggling with the incident in her head.

“She is still repeating the incident over in her mind and telling us she didn’t mean for this to happen and apologizing that she didn’t want to bring this on us,” Douhne told the Daily Citizen-News Monday. “She is having trouble sleeping and is stressed.”

Al-Bishara’s great-nephew, Solomon Douhne, didn’t mince words in an interview with the same newspaper.

“If anything, [Al-Bishara] was confused and didn’t know what was going on,” said Douhne, a former police officer in a neighboring department. “It was a ridiculous turn of events. If three police officers couldn’t handle an 87-year-old woman, you might want to reconsider hanging up your badge.”

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Prakash Lahase Out On Bail For Murder Gets Death For Raping Woman In Madhya Pradesh


A local court sentenced a man to death for raping, killing a woman while out on bail (Representational)

Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh: 

A local court has sentenced a man to death for raping and killing a woman while he was out on bail after being convicted earlier for a murder.

While awarding the death penalty to Prakash Lahase, 34, on Thursday, Sessions Judge of Special Court Rajesh Nandeshwar observed, “The case falls in the category of the rarest of rare cases. Such persons are like gangrene in society which has to be removed from the body to save it.”

Quoting the judge, public prosecutor Shantaram Wankhede said, “The judiciary has a duty to remove the accused from the society. Criminals will have a free run if they are not punished properly, and the fear in them of deterrent will end.”

The public prosecutor said that judge Nandeshwar sentenced Lahase to death under Section 302 (murder) and awarded him life imprisonment on two different counts — Section 376 (2) (sexual assault) and 364 (kidnapping to kill) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In 38 days, the court examined 38 witnesses before pronouncing the verdict, he said.

Prosecutor Wankhede said that Lahase had kidnapped the 30-year-old victim on May 17 this year from Khadkod village, some eight kilometres from Burhanpur district headquarters.

“He raped the woman at a deserted place and killed her by crushing her head with a stone. He then disposed of the body in a well,” Mr Wankhede said.

Judge Nandeshwar, while delivering his verdict, also said that women were feeling “extremely helpless and insecure” following a spurt in rape cases, Mr Wankhede said.

At least 10 rapists have been awarded the death sentence by various courts in the state since February this year.

Under fire for growing number of rape cases, the Madhya Pradesh government had brought a Bill in December last year, a first for the country, prescribing the death penalty for those convicted of raping minors below the age of 12.

It also set up 50 fast track courts to speed up the trial of those accused of rape.

According to statistics of the National Crime Records Bureau released in November last year, Madhya Pradesh accounted for the highest number of rape cases at 4,882 out of a total of 38,947 recorded nationwide in 2016.

The figure of 4,882 included 2,479 cases involving minor victims.

Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest number of rape cases (4,391) in 2015 too, according to the NCRB report.





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