Winds of up to 120 kph batter south as storm hits the Netherlands

Winds of up to gale force 10 have already been recorded in Zeeland as the second winter storm of 2018 hit the Netherlands on Thursday.

The storm is expected to reach its height between 10am and 12am and weather forecasters have issued a code red weather alert for central parts of the Netherlands and code orange for the rests.

Hundreds of flights to


Five rapes in 5 days: Haryana CM calls incidents ‘unfortunate’

In his first response to five rapes in five days in Haryana, chief minister ML Khattar on Wednesday termed the incidents as “unfortunate” and said his government will take strict action.

Khattar also enumerated steps taken by the government to address the situation, arrest the culprits and make the state a safer place for women.

We have made changes in the police administration and transferred a few officers. We started Dial 100 Project, will also begin 1090 Project so that women in danger can immediately contact police. We’ll look into matters, take help of counselling or legal action as the need be. We’ve set up special courts for speedy trials of such cases,” Khattar said.

In the past five days, assaults on women and girls have been reported from Kurukshetra, Panipat, Hisar, Jind and Faridabad. In some cases, the girls’ private parts were mutilated, a reminder of the brutal gang rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in Delhi in December 2016 that led to a huge uproar across the country.

The incidents come two days after the Khattar government made an announcement on Haryana’s improved sex ratio — 914 girls per 1,000 boys in 2017, which is an all-time high.

Khattar also appealed to political parties not to politicise the matter.

Earlier in the day, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda lashed out at the ruling BJP government, saying “lawlessness” and “lack of leadership” were the main reasons behind increased crime in the state.

There is lawlessness in the state. The Haryana government has no leader, some ministers are angry, some are sulking and there is no direction,” Hooda told ANI after a meeting with Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki on the issue.

The latest incident of rape was reported on Wednesday from Hisar, where a three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her 14-year-old neighbour. The Haryana police has arrested the teen.

The family of a 15-year-old Kurukshetra girl who was gang raped and murdered on Friday, have accused the police of inaction. Medical examination revealed the girl was raped by multiple persons and a blunt object was inserted into her private parts. The girl was a good student and aspired to be a doctor, said her family.

A 23-year-old woman was abducted and gangraped in a moving car in Old Faridabad on Saturday. The woman was bundled into the car, raped and later dumped on Mathura road. The woman accused three persons of committing the crime. The accused are at large.

The semi-naked body of an 11-year-old girl was recovered in Panipat on Sunday. Police arrested two of her neighbours, who confessed to having raped and murdered her, the superintendent of police said.

A 48-year-old man allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl and inserted a stick into her private parts in Pinjore on Saturday. Based on a complaint by the girl’s mother, the man, who was their neighbour, was arrested on Sunday.


Cops, guards hurt in Bengal prison riot

on fire.

At least 10 prison guards and officials were injured in the riot that was stopped late in the evening after additional police forces and the Rapid Action Force were deployed. The police lobbed several tear gas shells inside the facility to disperse the inmates who were pelting stones from the ramparts.

Five jail guards and deputy jailer Biswarup Singh were rushed to hospital with head injuries.

started when Nepo Giri, a notorious criminal wanted for multiple crimes in Hooghly and Howrah districts, was brought to the correctional home from court. While being searched, Giri created a stir apparently while trying to hide something he was carrying or to send a signal to his old associates who were already lodged in the correctional home. Soon, the inmates started attacking the guards and officials.

Police contingents from Hooghly town and other parts of the district rushed to the spot and set up a cordon. Hooghly district magistrate Sanjay Bansal and Chandernagore police commissioner Ajay Kumar rushed to the spot. The situation came under control after more than two hours. The fire in the main kitchen was doused by three fire tenders.

The inmates even attacked policemen after we entered the correctional home. Many were injured,” said Ajay Kumar.

in the facility about two years ago, had created similar trouble in the past, officials said. Shyamal .


Suicide attack in Baghdad kills 25

Suicide attack in Baghdad kills 25

The attack targeted Aviation Square, a commercial area of Baghdad, the interior ministry said in a statement. It was carried out by two men who detonated vests packed with explosives, it said.

Iraq declared victory last month over the Islamic State group that took control of nearly a third of Iraq three years ago, but the militants continue to carry out attacks and bombings in different parts of the country.


An Explosion That D’t Happen

An Explosion That D’t Happen

A failure analysis has found the Pyro devices (that trigger a small, controlled explosion to snap some parts) in the rocket's heat shield had malfunctioned. Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and ISRO chairman-designate K Sivan chaired the failure analysis committee. PSLV-C39, the heat shield protects satellites they carry from atmospheric


Ka-226T Preparing To Land In India

Ka-226T Preparing To Land In India

Despite the slow progress of the Russian Helicopters Ka-226T India-Russia deal, it is set to be signed at last in the first quarter of this year

Andrey Boginsky, director general of Russian Helicopters, said that all details of the contract for delivery of 200 Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopters to the Indian MoD were expected to be finally

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