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CBI busts “global racket” involved in WhatsApp-based child pornography

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CBI busts “global racket” involved in WhatsApp-based child pornography

While the said WhatsApp group, named “KidsXXX”, have five administrators and 119 members, the main accused – identified as Nikhil Verma – has been arrested.

In a major crack down on the circulation of child pornography, the Central bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday registered a case against members of a WhatsApp group – who were allegedly linked to an international racket involved in uploading such videos through the messaging application.

Filing a case under Section 67-B of the Information Technology Act, the CBI dubbed the case as a global crime, while the investigating agency will be probing 119 members of the group – who hail from several countries including India, US, Pakistan, China and Brazil.

While the said WhatsApp group, named “KidsXXX”, have five administrators, the main accused – identified as Nikhil Verma, son of a worker in a jewellery shop, who is pursuing his graduation in commerce and is currently unemployed – has been arrested.

The CBI on Thursday raided the premises of the kingpin of the group and four other administrators – Satyendra Chauhan, Nafees Raja, Zahid and Adarsh – in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Following searches, the agency claimed to have recovered computers, hard disks, phones and incriminating videos and photos of children being sexually abused.

The CBI is also set to share investigation details in the case with officials from US, Pakistan, Brazil, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Niria, Mexico and New Zealand.

According to the CBI, the members of the group have been getting disturbing pictures and videos of child pornography through the WhatsApp group, to satiate their perverted lust. Reportedly, the CBI had been trying hard to bust the racket for three months without using any WhatsApp surveillance, to track down the accused merely on the basis of field work of obtaining corroborating evidence.

Officials of the CBI claimed that the agency travelled to localities from where IP addresses of the computers and mobile phones used to upload and circulate child pornography videos and made a thorough background checks and behavioural analysis of the suspects, before acting against them.

According to the Information Technology Act accessing, producing, recording, uploading or circulating child abuse videos or picture are serious offenses and might attract a jail term of up to seven years, a fine of Rs 10 lakh or both.

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Bank holidays February 2023: Banks to remain shut for 10 days, check dates here

Apart from festivals, banks will also remain shut on the second and fourth Saturdays.

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Bank holidays February 2023

Every month banks across the country remain shut due to festivals and other public and private holidays. In February 2023, both private and public banks will not function for 10 days. However, the holidays differ from state to state.

Festivals like Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Hazrat Ali Jayanti, Maha Shivaratri, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and others will be celebrated in February which might affect the functioning of banks in several states.

Full list of bank holidays in February 2023

DATEDAYHOLIDAYSTATES 
5 February 2023 Sunday Hazrat Ali Jayanti Uttar Pradesh 
5 February 2023 Sunday Guru Ravidas Jayanti Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana & Punjab 
15 February 2023 Wednesday Lui-Ngai-Ni Manipur 
18 February 2023 Saturday Maha Shivaratri Several states of India 
19 February 2023 Sunday Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti Maharashtra 
20 February 2023 Monday State Day  Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram 
21 February 2023 Tuesday Losar Sikkim 

Apart from this, banks will also remain shut on the second and fourth Saturdays.

DATEDAYHOLIDAYSTATES 
12 February 2023 Saturday Second Saturday All States 
15 February 2023 Tuesday Lui-Ngai-Ni  Manipur 
19 February 2023 Sunday Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti Maharashtra 
25 February 2023 Saturday Fourth Saturday All States 

For those unversed, the Reserve Bank of India categorises holidays into three categories-Holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act and Real-Time Gross Settlement Holidays, Holidays under the Negotiable Instruments Act, and Banks’ Closing of Accounts.

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In January 2023, banks across the country will remain shut for 14 days.

Date  Day    Holiday    State  
January 1, 2023SundayNew Year Bank Holiday & Weekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 2, 2023MondayNew Year Bank CelebrationMizoram
January 5, 2023ThursdayGuru Gobind Singh JayantiHaryana and Rajasthan
January 8, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 11, 2023WednesdayMissionary DayMizoram
January 14, 2023SaturdaySecond Saturday Bank HolidayAll over India
January 15, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 22, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 23, 2023MondayNetaji Subash Chandra Bose JayantiTripura and West Bangal
January 25, 2023WednesdayState DayHimachal Pradesh
January 26, 2023ThursdayRepublic DayAll over India
January 28, 2023SundayFourth Saturday Bank HolidayAll over India
January 29, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 31, 2023MondayMe-Dam-Me-PhiAssam

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Bottle hurled at Kailash Kher during Hampi Utsav concert for not singing Kannada song, two held | WATCH

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Two men have been arrested after bottles were hurled at veteran Bollywood singer Kailash Kher during a concert, Sunday in Karnataka’s Hampi.

According to reports, Kher, who was performing during the closing ceremony of the Hampi Utsav, was singing only Hindi songs which made the crowd angry who wanted him to sing some Kannada songs.

Police said a bottle was hurled at the singer from the crowd which barely missed Kher as he continued performing. Unfazed, Kher continued to perform as an official is seen picking up the bottle from the stage.

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They said that the two youth, 22-year-old Pradeep and 21-year-old Surah, have been arrested in connection with the incident and further investigation is ongoing.

Later, Kher, who was unhurt in the incident, was whisked away through the backstage area, a senior official said.

The three-day Hampi Utsav, which began on January 27, is the first time that a cultural festival is being held since the formation of the new Vijayanagara district.

Renowned Bollywood and Sandalwood artistes performed at the event that included a sound and light show.

Prominent Sandalwood playback singers Arjun Jannya, Vijaya Prakash, Raghu Dikshit and Anannya Bhath  and Bollywood playback singers Arman Mallik and Kailash Kher were among those invited to perform.

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IMD predicts more rainfall as mercury dips across Delhi-NCR

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast more rainfall in Delhi-NCR over the next 12 hours even as mercury dipped to five degrees below season’s normal as cold winds and rain lashed the national capital and its adjoining regions over the past 24 hours.

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Delhi Rain

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast more rainfall in Delhi-NCR over the next 12 hours even as mercury dipped to five degrees below season’s normal as cold winds and rain lashed the national capital and its adjoining regions over the past 24 hours.

Maximum temperature dipped to 17.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday while a minimum of 6.4 degrees Celsius was recorded, at least three degrees below season’s normal due to rain fall and cold winds.

The IMD has predicted light-moderate spells of rainfall in the next 12 hours across Delhi-NCR

In a tweet IndiaMetSky revealed that moisture is hitting the mountain tops of Aravali and is instantly being lifted up. This chain expands from South Rajasthan-Delhi, it said, adding that this chain is being boosted by moisture incursion from both seas, convergence and interesting topology.

The Met has predicted light to moderate rain accompanied by thunderstorms across the national capital, some areas likely to be affected are listed below.

Delhi: Narela, Bawana, Alipur, Kanjhawala, Budha Jayanti Park, Jafarpur, Nazafgarh, Delhi Cantt, India Gate, Akshardham, Palam, Safdarjung, Lodi Road, Nehru Stadium, IGI Airport, Vasant Vihar, R K Puram, Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar, Vasant Kunj, Hauzkhas, Malviyanagar, Kalkaji, Mahrauli, Tughlakabad, Chhattarpur, IGNOU, Ayanagar, and Deramandi.

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NCR: Loni Dehat, Hindon AF Station, Bahadurgarh, Indirapuram, Noida, Gurugram, and Manesar.

Haryana: Jind, Gohana, Hansi, Rohtak, Charkhi Dadri, Mattanhail, Jhajjar, Loharu, Farukhnagar, Kosali, Mahendargarh, Narnaul.

Around 3.3 mm of rain was recorded in Delhi on Sunday afternoon. This was the season’s first rainfall in Delhi which usually records around 17mm of rain in winter.

The IMD in a statement said that a western disturbance is likely to cause “light/moderate rainfall/snowfall at most places with isolated heavy falls over western Himalayan region during the next two days; light/moderate rainfall at some/many places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan during the same period. Isolated very light rainfall/drizzle would also occur over Delhi on Sunday and Monday morning”.

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