IT Professional, Wife and Minor Child Found Dead in their Home in Pune

A 35-year-old IT engineer, his wife and four-year-old son were found dead in their home at Baner, Pune today in a case of suspected suicide. The parents were allegedly found hanging, however, officials are still uncertain about the child’s cause of death. Initial reports indicate the child’s death was caused due to administration of poison while rope marks discerned on the bodies of the parents indicate death by asphyxiation.


According to The Hindu, a Chaturshringi police official stated that the bodies of the deceased have been identified as Jayeshkumar Patel (35), his wife Bhoomika (30) and their son Akshay. The bodies of the family, natives of Gujarat, were found in their home on the Baner-Pashan link road. Patel was an employee at a reputed IT firm and his wife was a homemaker. As reported by sources, their house in Baner was locked from the inside for the past few days.

As per The Business Standard, Senior Police Inspector, Dayanand Dhome (Chaturshringi) said, “Today morning, neighbours, who developed suspicion after the Patels did not open the door for a long time, summoned the housing society office bearers and later called the police control room.

An officer deduced that either the husband and the wife hanged themselves after killing their minor child or the husband murdered the wife and the child and then finally committed suicide himself. Police are currently investigating the motive behind Patel’s extreme actions. They are also trying to narrow down on a time of death based on postmortem which is underway at Sassoon Hospital in Pune.

Sources: The Hindu, The Business Standard

GPS and Panic Buttons Mandatory on Public Transport from April

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GPS and panic buttons are a must on public vehicles from April 1.

New Delhi, January 18: Installation of GPS and an alert button in all taxis, buses and other forms of public transport, excluding three-wheelers and e-rickshaws, has been declared mandatory from April 1st. The road transport ministry has consciously restated the deadline as reports suggest that most states have displayed a lax behaviour in implementing the feature.

As per The Times of India, Nitin Gadkari from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways India tweeted, “From April 1st, 2018, passenger transport vehicles including taxis and buses are to be mandatorily equipped with GPS devices.” A senior official also mentioned that there will be no further extension levied for the prompt installation of these passenger safety measures in public vehicles. The devices will be secured in the public transport vehicles by the manufactures, operators or dealers.

In accordance with sources, the responsibility of system placement for efficient and quick tracking of public transport devices lies with the state transport departments. Upon the triggering of a panic button by a passenger, an alert will be transmitted to both the transport department and police control rooms where an instantaneous action will be expedited.

According to ANI, co-founder at Safetipin, Kalpana Vishwanath, pronounced the need for coherent execution of monitoring public transport vehicles once the installation of safety measures like GPS and alert buttons is complete. She reiterated that a simple configuration of the technology is not sufficient unless proactive measures like tracking follow them.

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho retires from football, says his agent

Ronaldinho retires from professional football, as relayed by his brother Roberto Assis
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Ronaldinho, Brazilian football icon and World Cup winner, has retired from his long-standing football career, as confirmed by his brother and agent, Roberto Assis, on Tuesday. The 37-year-old veteran, best known for his performances in Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, was an indispensable member of the Brazil team that snagged the victory against Germany in the 2002 World Cup.

The legend has also won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006 and is a recipient of the Ballon d’Or (2005). His last professional stint was with Fluminense in 2015 since when he has not played for a professional team ever since.

According to The Guardian, Roberto Assis relayed his brother’s decision in a column of a Brazilian media outlet, O Globo, and divulged plans for the anticipated farewell tribute after the 2018 World Cup. Assis stated that they have scheduled multiple events post-August 2018 in Brazil, Europe, Asia and a dedicated event for the Brazilian team as well.

Ronaldinho was notoriously versatile in his football career and shone as a midfielder, forward and winger. His illustrious career began with Gremio in his hometown Porto Alegre, before his move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2001.

He spent five glorious years with Barcelona from 2003 to 2008 and logged three seasons with AC Milan between 2008 and 2011. Thereafter, he returned to Brazilian teams like Flamengo and Atletico Mineiro.

A season with Queretaro in Mexico was followed by his ultimate return to Brazil’s Fluminense with whom he played seven times before ending his contract before the fruition of his term. The football icon recorded the last of his 98 Brazil Cups in April 2013 against Chile.

Sources: Guardian, NDTV

Tech Mahindra Shares Record a Surge of 3% Subsequent to Partnership with Israeli Firm

Tech Mahindra, the IT major, recently released a statement pertaining to its confirmed partnership with an Israeli firm, ContextSpace, for the world’s first global privacy ecosystem, MyData Shield. It has, as per Tuesday morning trade, recorded a spike in shares of 3%, indicating a 52-week high.

The company’s shares opened at an assertive note at roughly Rs. 548. A substantial surge of 3 percent was documented, touching a high of Rs. 562.50 on the BSE. The spike subsided a negligible amount and eventually closed at Rs. 557.80, showcasing a rise of 2.56 percent.

According to The Economic Times, the stock started up at Rs. 548 on the NSE, surged to over a 3 percent high of Rs. 563 and eventually settled at Rs. 556.95, stipulating a surge of 2.43 percent.

Besides its venture into cybersecurity with ContextSpace, the company also initiated ‘Tech Mahindra NxT’ to power multiple startups in Israel. As per NDTV, the company will associate itself with 20 firms. Israel’s technological and financial hub, Tel Aviv, will materialize to be the midpoint for the programme and will focus on developing collaborative solutions across various dimensions like cybersecurity, mobility, data analysis, fintech and artificial intelligence.

This initiative by Tech Mahindra will function as an adviser to the Israeli firms under its belt and will enable accelerated growth by providing ready infrastructure and market-savvy.

Sources: Economic Times, NDTV

Random Crash Issues Plaguing Google Chromecast Users’ Experience

Numerous Google Chromecast users have claimed to face random crashes on their WiFi networks. The router vendors have acknowledged the pressing issue and are in the process of pushing out patches to ensure seamless user experience. The aggravating issue seems to affect Google Home devices in addition to Chromecast. The problem’s origin lies in Google’s ‘Cast’ feature.

According to NDTV Gadgets 360, TP-Link engineers in an FAQ listing have elucidated that the issue is faced due to multicast DNS (MDNS) packets. High volumes of MDNS are broadcasted, via Google Chromecast and Home, in a short duration of time at tremendous speeds. Conventionally, the MDNS packets get sent out in 20-second intervals. The broadcast is executed when the device is brought out of ‘sleep mode’. This process could possibly surpass over 100,000 packets in a short duration. The size of the packet burst is directly proportional to the amount of time the device is in ‘sleep mode’. This predicament might ultimately cause a router’s prime features to cease from functioning, including wireless connectivity

As per NewsEleven, apart from TP-Link, Netgear and Linksys have also moved forward to release beta firmware updates that mend the connectivity mishaps as a result of Google’s Cast feature. The recent network issues have had more compelling negative consequences. Users on Reddit have confirmed erratic disconnection of the network on all devices connected to the wireless hub that powers their Chromecast. An identical outcome has been discovered with Chromecast Audio as well.

Google Product Forums’ users were initially convinced that the problem occurred particularly with networks powered by the Archer C7. However, TP-Link’s analysis debunked these conclusions with the constructive information they offered.

Sources: NDTV Gadgets 360, NewsEleven

Over 2,000 Videos Pertaining to Vandalism Collected By Pune Police on January 3rd

PUNE: During the Maharashtra Bandh on January 3rd, the Pune Rural Police gathered over 2,000 video recordings revealing incidents of vandalism in the district. Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh President and Dalit leader, Prakash Ambedkar, called for a state-wide shut-down. The order was declared by Ambedkar two days after the violence against the Dalits, visiting the war memorial at Bhima Koregaon in Pune, commenced.

According to The New Indian Express, vandalism and arson incidents transpiring during the Bandh were not just restricted to Pune. Several areas in the state, including Mumbai, felt the brunt of the violent conditions. The Pune Rural Police confirmed that they have successfully obtained over 2,000 videos, captured by police personnel on duty on their mobile phones or CCTV cameras in areas of tension. A police officer affiliated to the headquarters of the Pune Rural Police stated, “People from various communities are helping us identify these hooligans.”

The officer also mentioned that forty-three individuals have been arrested and taken into custody so far throughout different parts of the district. As per India Today, the state government, in the meanwhile, has offered the family members of Rahul Phatangale a cheque of Rupees ten lakh in compensation. Phatangale was a victim of the violence that occurred at Bhima Koregaon on January 1.

Sources: The New Indian Express India Today

New York’s JFK Flooded, Adds to Misery After Flight Delays

The misery of travellers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was already peaking as the winter storm prompted cancellation or delay of hundreds of flights in the past few days. To add to this ruckus, flooding due to a water main break at JFK caused temporary suspension of some flights and diversion of passengers, who had already arrived, to other terminals. According to Reuters, water spurted from the ceiling onto a check-in counter.


A video footage was shown on CNN, that attested the absolute devastation at the airport where large areas of the floor at Terminal 4 was covered in 3 inches of water. This led to a provisional power cut in some areas of the airport to ensure safety. The event transpired while Northeast U.S. endured bitterly cold temperatures, with New York being at minus eight degrees Celsius. The Port Authority elucidated that the water pipe break seems to be weather-related. The airport notified travellers on Twitter to inquire with their respective airlines before arriving.

Normalcy at JFK was just returning post the winter storm, labelled ‘bomb cyclone’, which compelled the airport to shut down on Thursday. However, the flooding saw JFK fall into the deep water all over again. The Port Authority deemed this succession of unfortunate events as a “cascading series of issues for the airlines and terminal operators”.

As per NDTV, Airport Spokesman Scott Ladd concluded that the water main break took place just before 2 p.m. The cause was detected to be a broken sprinkler system at the terminal. Freezing of equipment and baggage handling issues were aggravated by a shortage of staff and a heavier than usual inflow of passengers due to the suspension of the airport on Thursday. Although flights resumed later, they all were subjected to considerable delays.

Sources – Reuters, NDTV