Sisters steal baby boy to stop father from remarrying

Police arrested two sisters from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district on Monday for allegedly stealing a newborn from a government hospital in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur, but they left the baby on a roadside with a note and a feeding bottle three days later.

The suspects, identified as Shivani Devi and Priyanka Devi, aged 23 and 20, said before officers they wanted to gift a baby boy to their mother who was suffering from depression as their father was planning to remarry after their 12-year-old brother died two years ago.

The women stole the baby on January 10, but were overcome by fear after reading in newspapers about police trying to catch the culprits. They abandoned the boy on January 13 near Rarah village with a handwritten appeal that whoever found him should inform police that this is the baby stolen on January 10.

Bharatpur superintendent of police Anil Kumar Tank said investigators identified the siblings through CCTV camera footage from the hospital. The two women were seen in the video riding a scooter, while a man at the bicycle and motorbike parking lot of the hospital remembered the vehicle’s registration number.

We arrested the sisters from their native village, Swarupa Naugaon, in Mathura under Section 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC and charged them with stealing a baby,” the district police chief said.

The women allegedly did a recce in Bharatpur and targeted the son of 30-year-old Manish, whose wife had delivered the baby around 4am on January 10 at a community health centre in nearby Pahari town and was shifted to the government women’s hospital under Mathura Gate police station for better care. They took away the boy around 2. 30pm when the mother was sleeping. But the hospital surveillance video revealed the culprits and Manish’s father-in-law, Saddique Mev, registered a complaint.

Police superintendent Tank said the two women told police that they initially tried to adopt a boy to stop father Laxman Singh from taking another wife for a son, underscoring a largely patriarchal society’s obsession with a male heir.

Also, they approached nurses in hospitals to know if they could buy a baby from a poor family. But the sisters gave up because of the long legal process for adoption, and strict laws and punishment against any distress sale of babies.

Shivani is a teacher at a private school, married and lives with her husband at Pali Kheda in Mathura. Priyanka is married too, lives in Agra and studying for her graduation in arts.


Gas crisis hits capital again

Gas crisis hits capital again

Farhana Nasrin cradled her one-and-a-half-year old daughter with one hand and tried to light the stove with the other. The baby was crying for food and the mother wanted to cook something to calm her down.

But every time Farhana lit the stove, there was hardly any fire there, much to the frustration of the 30-year-old.

Adults can eat anything after bringing it from outside. But it's extremely difficult to calm babies with just milk," said Farhana, who lives in Pargandaria of the capital's Jatrabari. We couldn't cook anything in the last two days due to a severe crisis of gas.

Many areas in the city, including in Mohammadpur, Bosila, Adabar, West Agargaon, Shewrapara, Kazipara, Kafrul, West Dhanmondi, Lalbag, Sobhanbag, Indira Road, Tanti Bazar, Shakharibazar, Kamrangirchar, Uttara, Dakhinkhan, Uttarkhan, South Banasree and Moghbazar, have been going through the same for the last couple of days. It has made the residents of those areas use alternative means to cook or buy prepared food.

During winters, gas crisis is common in the city. An increase in demand, faulty supply lines and illegal connections are the major reasons for this, according to officials concern.

An official from the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited said the crisis would be gone, once the winter ended.

Sabrina Akter, who lives in Indira Road area, cooks her family's lunch and dinner the night before. She tries her best to finish up cooking by midnight before going to bed because of poor supply of gas from morning until afternoon.

Gas crisis is an every-day suffering for us, but it has taken a turn for the worse since this winter began," she said. It takes more than an hour just to boil water during the daytime.

Jubaida Rahman of Banasree says she too cooks for her family the night before. We can't cook anything in the morning. We need to store our food in the refrigerator.

Banker Sayedur Rahman, who lives in Talbagh area, said he went to his office without having breakfast at home yesterday. He had to go to a local restaurant to have food.

The restaurants, which were using alternative means like wood-burning earthen stoves to cook, were having an increased number of customers in the last couple of days, said their owners.

Shahed Alam, a businessman who lives in Kaderabad Housing in Mohammadpur, said he had to stand in a queue to buy breakfast from a local restaurant.

Contacted, H M Ali Ashraf, director (operations) at Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, said the consumption of gas in the capital has increased this winter, leading to the gas crisis.

Asked why gas supply varies in different areas, he said many areas developed rapidly, but the gas pipelines there remained old and narrow, aggravating the gas shortage.

He also said the government seemed indifferent to modify the pipelines.


Pakistan Claims India 'Distracting' It From Counter-Terror Efforts

Pakistan Claims India 'Distracting' It From Counter-Terror Efforts

The briefing by the Foreign Office comes as the US in recent days stepped up efforts to put pressure on Pakistan to do more to combat terrorism

Pakistan today claimed that India was "distracting" it from counter-terrorism efforts as it briefed foreign diplomats on the country's credentials amid criticism by the US for providing safe havens to


Movie review: 'Mantra'

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

The year is 2004. A wealthy businessman who lives in Delhi with this family — well-preserved wife, three children — is facing bankruptcy. some quarters in the Capital of India, the fruits of economic liberalization are being gobbled up; in others, they are pure poison: Mantra is about these people, their rocky lives, and that time.

First time director Kharkongor succeeds in giving us snapshots of a few sections of the city: the fat-cats who rule India, the children of privilege who fatten on old wealth, and, in a brief, telling glimpse, of those who fetch up here because there’s nothing in the villages they left behind.

KK aka Kapil Kapoor (Rajat Kapoor) lives in a plush Panchsheel bungalow, drives a sleek foreign car, and forces himself to smile every day. Wife Minna (Lushin Dubey) feels unloved and neglected. Son Viraj (Shiv Pandit) is wrapped up in his own business pursuits. Daughter (Kalki Koechlin) feels suffocated. The youngest, a teenage boy, spends all his time in chat rooms, sexting strangers. And they meet at the dining table, exchanging sterile conversation of the pass-the-salt variety, never really talking.

There are some nicely-done scenes in which Kapoor, who is the best part of the film, channels his personal and professional isolation. You are drawn to KK (such a Delhi acronym, as is AJ, his estranged friend: this is a very Delhi film) as he goes through his paces, looking for a way out. We see the dysfunction in the family clearly too, and Kapoor struggling to keep it all together. We feel for him.

But Mantra is marred by its static delivery of the mostly-in-English lines. And the several banal observations strewn through it. You have to suck up to the system’, says a character. That’s how things work’.

It isn’t, unfortunately, how films spring to vivid, complex life.


Hero whale 'saves' snorkeler from shark in the Pacific

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Stunning images show the moment that a 50,000-pound humpback whale pushed a snorkeler through the water to protect her from a nearby shark.

The pictures of Nan Hauser, 63, show how the massive sea creature pushed the whale biologist with his head and his mouth, then tucked her under its pectoral fin and even lifted her out of the water on one occasion.

However, lurking near the mammal and Hauser was a 15-foot tiger shark, as well as another whale that was moving its tail to ward off the shark.

The whale biologist told the Daily Mirror that she believes the moment in September reveals the whale’s intuitive instinct to protect another species of animal.

As Hauser returned to the safety of the boat, in the waters off Muri Beach, Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, the whale even came back to check on her.

Hauser, who lives on the Cook Islands, said to the Daily Mirror: “I wasn’t sure what the whale was up to when he approached me, and it didn’t stop pushing me around for over 10 minutes.

because I knew that he would pick up on my fear,” Hauser told the Daily Mirror. I feel a very close kinship with animals, so despite my trepidation, I tried to stay calm and figure out how to get away from him.

Hauser had never seen the whale before she entered the water that day.

On the biologist's nearby research vessel, Hauser's team was worried about her, abandoning their drone footage because, as Nan describes the moment, they "did not want to film my death.

Dolphins have been known to exhibit protective behavior and many stories have been told, but Hauser had never experienced something like that with a humpback.

For over 10 minutes, Hauser said, she was focused on the whale, unaware of the shark nearby.

They truly display altruism - sometimes at the risk of losing their own lives.

A surfer in Hawaii was recently left with a large gash in her leg after she was attacked by a tiger shark on New Year’s Eve.


Movie reviews: 'Hindi Medium'

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Here's what the critics are saying about Hindi Medium, starring Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal, Swati Das, Tillotama Shome, Amrita Singh.

As usual, it’s the marvelous Irrfan who keeps us watching. His is a fine, well-judged performance, which rises above the lines. here.

Hindi Medium is a much-needed comment on the private school system and how it has become so important in our lives. here.

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