Shiv Sena takes dig at Maharashtra government after Pune businessman murder

In the wake of the murder of a 56-year-old builder in Pune, the Shiv Sena has chastised the government over the law and order situation in the state.

Devendra Shah, a renowned builder in Pune, was shot dead outside his residence in Deccan Gymkhana area of Pune by two unidentified men. The men allegedly fired five rounds at Shah in front of his son on the plush Prabhat Road on Sunday night. Two bullets hit Shah as the men fled the spot immediately. The Police recovered the CCTV footage and are on the hunt for the assailants.

Shiv Sena was quick to criticize the Maharashtra government. Sena further took a dig at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by taunting his claim of maintaining a good law and order in the state. Sena claimed that BJP had won the state elections due to the influence of industrialists and traders. But it is they who are facing the plight now.

An editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana said, “The killers in Pune are roaming freely. If they are not controlled in time, the city known for its cultural values, will become ugly. The killing of Devendra Shah should ring alarm bells for the government.”

“Industrialists and traders have brought BJP to power at the Centre and in Maharashtra but they are the ones who are getting killed. This raises questions on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ stand that the law and order situation in the state is good,” it added.

Although Devendra Fadnavis claimed the state law and order to be absolutely under control, Mumbai and Pune have faced problems due to public outrage earlier this month. Notably, the violent protest of the Bhima-Koregaon incident sparked public violence on the streets.

Source: Outlook, NDTV

Yusuf Pathan handed five-month suspension by BCCI on doping charges

Indian Cricket juggernaut, Yusuf Pathan, has been handed a five-month ban following a doping charge against him. The BCCI released a statement confirming the 35-year old’s ban saying “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.” A urine sample provided by Pathan on March 16, 2017, was tested and found to contain ‘Terbutaline’.

However, Pathan’s suspension has been backdated to 15th August 2017, meaning he will complete the five months on 18th January 2018 itself.

The BCCI claim to be satisfied with Pathan’s explanation to the cause, stating he had taken Terbutaline only to treat his Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug.

The statement read, “On 27 October 2017, Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. Mr Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance.”

In his career between 2008 and 2012, Yusuf Pathan played 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India and was part of the T20 World Cup winning squad in 2007 and the ODI World Cup winning squad in 2011. The Baroda man has had a superb stint in the Indian Premier League as well, scoring over 2500 runs with a strike rate of 146, with Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Sources – TOI, NDTV

of iconic Indian rum Old Monk, Padma Shri Kapil Mohan, dies aged 88

Kapil Mohan, creator of the iconic Indian rum Old Monk, aged 88, died on January 6th, according to various reports on social media.

Brigadier (retd.) Kapil Mohan, former Chairman and MD of Mohan Meakin Ltd, was bedridden and in his last years. He passed away at his residence-located in Ghaziabad’s Mohan Nagar area, post a cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife Pushpa Mohan.

Introduced in the market in 1954, for quite a long duration, Old Monk was the largest selling dark rum in the world and the biggest Indian Made Foreign Liquor brand in the market. However, in the recent years, the company seems to be facing problems with dropping sales and was rumored to take the liquor off the shelves.
Kapil Mohan led Trade Links Pvt Ltd before 1966 and had also received the Padma Shri in 2010. Interestingly, Mohan himself was a teetotaler.

The iconic Indian dark rum was launched on 19 December 1954. It is blended and aged for a minimum of 7 years before being sent to the market. A dark rum with a distinct vanilla flavor and an alcohol content of 42.8%, Old Monk is quite a popular alcoholic beverage among the Indian youth.


Sources: TOI , MoneyControl

Math enthusiasts discover largest prime number with 23mn digits

While the number system has an infinite set of numbers, a group of mathematics enthusiasts has discovered the largest ever prime number. Known simply as M77232917, this number has a total of 23mn digits.

The number belongs to the group of Mersenne prime numbers, named after the French monk Marin Mersenne. A Mersenne prime is calculated by multiplying two with itself for a number of times before subtracting one from the result. As for the latest Mersenne number, it was calculated by subtracting one from two raised by the power of 77,232,917, that resulted in a number with an enormous 23,249,425 digits in it. The latest result is the 50th Mersenne number and is nearly one million digits longer than the previous one that was discovered in January 2016.

The discovery of M77232917 took six days of non-stop computing on a PC owned by a 51-year old electrical engineer from Germantown, Tennessee- Jonathan Pace. It was originally discovered on Boxing day (ie. 26th December) in 2017, but in the days after, four more computers with different software and hardware were repeatedly utilized to verify the recent discovery. It took some 34 to 82 hours each to confirm the result. Pace is now eligible for a $3000 prize.

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), the group that conducted the search and continue to deduce prime numbers, aim to find a prime 100 million digits long, which would attract a $150,000 award administered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Sources: The Guardian, Newsscientist

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick rumored to sell 29% of his company stake

Taxi aggregating company Uber’s co-founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick is reported on planning to sell 29% of his

stake in the company amounting to $1.4bn. The transaction would be part of the tender offer in which SoftBank Group agreed to buy shares in Uber valuing it at $48 billion.

Kalanick, who resigned as CEO in June last year, owns 10% of the taxi offering company and is about to sell a third of them. Still on the Uber’s board of directors, Kalanick wanted to sell up to half of his shares but had to limit it due to the tender offer agreement.

In the previous year or so that saw Uber on the wrong side of the news, including accusations of a toxic workplace culture that led to an internal investigation over sexual harassment at the company, a hacking attack that stole personal information of 57 million passengers and 600,000 drivers, Kalanick’s resignation and, most recently, SoftBank’s investment in Uber; the move doesn’t come as a surprise.  Ironically, Kalanick had claimed during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in October 2016 that he has never sold a single Uber share, even while he was still paying his home mortgage.

Although a 2016 capital investment statistic valued Uber at $68.5bn, the value dropped down to $48bn in the recent valuation by SoftBank Group.


Sources: Indian Express , Business Insider

Premier League: Hector Bellerin’s injury-time strike ends London Derby in thrilling 2-2 draw

In one of the most thrilling encounters of the Premier League this season, Arsenal and Chelsea had to settle for a point apiece in the London Derby at the Emirates Stadium as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

 The Londoners shared an incredible 33 shots on target in the game, but the heroics of Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois on either side of the goalposts meant that only 4 goals were scored between the two.

The game started off brilliantly with both teams dominating equally. The first real chance came when Morata was clear on goal after a defensive lapse from Arsenal, but the Spaniard curled wide on a rather sitting one-on-one opportunity with the keeper. Arsenal came close to opening the score just two minutes later as Alexis Sanchez’s shot hit both the posts before Courtois could grab it.

Following a goal-less first half, it was Jack Wilshire who scored his first goal of the season to give Arsenal the lead after a superb team game. But Chelsea hit back within minutes as Eden Hazard converted a controversial spot-kick to level the game. A brilliant piece of skill on the wing by Davide Zappacosta teed up Marcos Alonso for a tap-in that gave Chelsea a 2-1 lead just seven minutes from time.

However, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin had some other ideas as his injury-time strike leveled the scores at 2-2 and gave Arsenal a thoroughly deserved point at home. A later drama was shunned as Davide Zappacosta hit the crossbar deep in injury time to maintain the scoreline.

Arsenal stands sixth on the table with 49 points while Chelsea is 3rd at 46 points. The two teams face each other next Wednesday in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg before meeting once more in the second leg next week.

Source – Daily Mail, Firstpost

Ajinkya Rahane’s Father Arrested in Car Crash Case, One Woman Dead

Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane’s father, Madhukar Baburao Rahane, was arrested on Friday in Kolhapur after his car mowed down an elderly woman. The deceased, identified as Ashatai Kamble, was hit by Madhukar’s car on the national highway near Kagal.

Reports suggest that the India Vice-Captain’s father, along with his mother and sister, were on their way for a vacation to Konkan while the incident took place. Although Madhukar Rahane was booked for negligent driving, it is unclear who was driving the car at the time of the accident.

The victim, Ashatai, was rushed to the nearest hospital after the accident but succumbed to her injuries during the treatment. Inspector of Kagal Police Station, Audumbar Patil, said that Kamble was crossing the road and got scared with the speeding vehicles coming in. At a point, she stopped in between the lanes and was hit by Rahane’s i20. The lady was a resident of Savitrinagar in Ichalkaranji.

A case was registered at the Kagal police station under sections 304 (a) [causing death by negligence], 289 (negligent conduct), 337, 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Motor Vehicles Act.

Madhukar Rahane has now been released on bail, while Ajinkya is currently with the Indian squad in the Sri Lanka series.

Sources: Free Press Journal, Indian Express