Russian Airline Bomb Threat

Russian Airline Receives Bomb Threat, Investigation Underway At Delhi Airport

Russian airline Aeroflot flight SU 232 received a bomb threat on Thursday while the plane was en route to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) airport.

“Our investigation is underway at the airport, all the passengers and their luggage are being checked and the SOPs are followed, the aircraft is currently in the isolation bay,” an official investigation team told ANI.
“Threat was received by electronic medium this time,” he added.

Aeroflot SU 232 departed from Moscow on time and landed at Delhi airport around 3:20 am on Friday.

“There was a call at 11:15 pm about a bomb in the flight coming from Moscow to Terminal 3 (T3) at 3:20 tonight. Flight number SU232 landed on runway 29,” an official said.

“All passengers and crew members were de-boarded. The flight is being checked and investigation is underway,” Delhi Police said.

Nothing serious has been found so far, further investigation is on.

Earlier, on September 10 also, a bomb threat call for a London-bound Air India flight was received at the airport after that security agencies were alerted.

“We received a bomb threat call about a flight going to London. On Thursday night at 10.30 pm, a phone call came on the landline of Ranhola police station in Outer Delhi. The caller said that on the lines of 9/11 attacks in the US, an Air India flight to London would be blown up,” Delhi Police sources had said. (ANI)

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Expensive Watches seized

7 Expensive Watches Seized Worth Rs 28 Cr At Delhi Airport

The Delhi customs have seized seven expensive watches worth around Rs 28 crore from a passenger at Indira Gandhi International Airport, said a senior Customs official on Thursday.

In a statement, Delhi Customs informed that on the basis of Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) Profiling, the officers of Airport Customs at IGI Airport in New Delhi had booked a case of smuggling of seven highly precious wristwatches out of which one is extraordinarily exorbitant, customized billionaire piece made of gold and studded with diamonds, one diamond studded gold bracelet and one i-phone 14 Pro on October 4, against one Indian national passenger who arrived at T-3, IGI Airport, New Delhi by Flight No. EK 516 from Dubai.
The detailed examination of the baggage and personal search of the passenger resulted in the recovery of seven wristwatches: Jacob and Co (model: BL115.30a), Piaget Limelight Stella (SI.No. 1250352 P11179), the Rolex Oyster perpetual date just (Sl. No. Z7J 12418), the Rolex Oyster perpetual date just (SI. No. 0C46G2 17), the Rolex Oyster perpetual date just (SI. No. ZV655573), the Rolex Oyster perpetual date just (Sl. No. 237Q 5385), the Rolex Oyster perpetual date just (Sl. No. 86 1R9269), one diamond studded gold bracelet and one iPhone 14 Pro 256 GB having a total value of Rs. 28,17,97,864.

The said recovered goods have been seized under section 110 of the Customs Act, 1962. The passenger has been placed under arrest in terms of Section 104 of the Customs Act, 1962 as the offense being non-bailable committed by him is covered under 135 of the Customs Act, 1962.

Chief Commissioner, Delhi Customs Zone Surjit Bhujabal said, “Alert customs officers at Delhi Airport have made this possible in spite of having such high passenger traffic. Indian Customs have always ensured maximum facilitation with minimal disturbance to genuine passengers simultaneously ensuring the safeguard of economic frontiers by curbing smuggling”.

Commissioner Airport Delhi Customs Zubair Riaz Kamili said, “In commercial/ luxury goods, it is the biggest seizure in value terms at the IGI Airport in one go. In value terms, it is equivalent to seizing around 60 kg of gold in one instance”. (ANI)

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2021 JEE Main Paper Leak Case

CBI Detains Russian National In 2021 JEE Main Paper Leak Case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday detained a foreign national and mastermind of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2021 paper leak case.

According to sources, the CBI is interrogating a foreign national after taking him over from the Bureau of Immigration (BoI) at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, which had detained this Russian national on his arrival from Kazakhstan based on a Look out Circular (LOC) issued by the CBI in the software tampering case of JEE Mains-2021. He was the main hacker in the case.

“He was the mastermind in the case who has hacked the software of examination. We are questioning him to ascertain the role of the other people involved in the case and identifying the people who were giving instructions to him,” said a senior CBI official.

The accused has been identified as Mikhail Shargin, a Russian national.

The accused was detained by the Bureau of Immigration at IGI Airport, Delhi while arriving in India from Almaty, Kazakhstan. A Look Out Circular was opened against him.

During the investigation, it came to light that some foreign nationals were involved in compromising many online examinations, including JEE (Mains), by colluding with other accused in the instant case. The role of one Russian national was revealed who had allegedly tampered with the iLeon software (the platform on which the JEE(Main)-2021 examination was conducted) and that he helped other accused in hacking the computer systems of suspect candidates during the examination. Therefore, a Look Out Circular was issued against the said Russian National.

On September 2021, CBI had registered a case against a private company and others including its Directors and three employees, private persons(conduits), etc on the allegations of irregularities being committed in the ongoing JEE (Mains) Exams 2021 by a private educational institution, its directors, their touts/associates and staff posted at the examination center and other unknown persons.

It was further alleged that the said company and its directors were manipulating the online examination of JEE (Mains) and facilitating aspiring students to get admission to top NITs in consideration of a huge amount by solving the question paper of the applicant through remote access from a chosen examination center in Sonepat (Haryana).

It was also alleged that the accused used to obtain the Xth and XIIth mark sheets, the User IDs, Passwords, and Post-Dated Cheques of aspiring students in different parts of the country as security, and once admission was done, they used to collect a heavy amount of ranging from Rs 12-15 lakh per candidate.

Searches were conducted in Delhi & NCR, Pune, Jamshedpur, Indore, and Bangalore, which led to the recovery of 25 laptops, seven PCs, and around 30 post-dated cheques along with voluminous incriminating documents and devices, including PDC mark sheets of different students. (ANI)

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Why In God’s Name…?

Immortality is commonplace, wrote Jorge Luis Borges, but human vanity, megalomania and narcissism has an eternally infinite quality in its self-obsession of historical greatness. In life and in death, and beyond death, thy name shall be remembered, if not in the hearts of grateful citizens and fellow human beings, then in gigantic monuments – this has been the doctrine of both dictators and democrats alike. That is why, their names adorn architecture wonders, towering buildings and institutions, railways stations, airports, universities, hospitals, streets and squares. Do they deserve it? That is the question which history must answer.

Most dictators suffer from this epidemic of immortality, though many democrats too are not far off. In other cases, their devoted followers, for vested or political reasons, choose to immortalise the names of their leaders, much after they are dead and lost in public memory. ‘Aspiring India’ is now in the midst of this ‘inspiring’ churning.

Take for instance the case of Kazakhstan, which became ‘independent’ soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, and its eternally infinite ‘former’ president and leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, now 80.  After three decades of unilateral rule, he suddenly and surprisingly ‘resigned’ as president in March 2019. But, then, as is the case with many post-Soviet Central Asian countries, there is, predictably, a catch.

Soon after, his elder daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva, was appointed to the number two position in the upper house of a one-dimensional Parliament with its sticky lollypop of democracy. Effectively, she, thereby, became the most powerful person in the country, even while ‘Papa’ called the shots. Inevitably, a loyalist, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, was sworn in as president, who quickly not only promised to abide by his leader before taking all key and strategic decisions, but instantly proposed that the capital, Astana, meaning Kazakh, should be named after the Great Leader himself. Hence, Astana, since then, is called Nur-sultan – the ‘Light of the King’!

This luminescent light has been shining across many nations all over the globe. Saddam Hussein built a gymnasium in his name, why, only he knows. The ‘Great Helmsman and Dear Leader’ of North Korea, rebuilt a stadium destroyed during the Korean War in Pyongyang and renamed it in his own name: Kim Il-Sung Stadium. His illustrious son, with an infectious laughter and miscellaneous fictitious missiles targeted at various mythical cities in America, perhaps, is still not in a mood to name anything in his name, so immortal he has already become in his own lifetime!

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Among others, Adolf Hitler was modest enough to name only one stadium in his name: Adolf Hitler Kampfbahn, Stuttgart. Why only one stadium, on a world-conquest project, remains an enigma! Perhaps, he was too busy with the Holocaust, the gas chambers and the concentration camps. And, surely, he could not name all these death camps where he killed millions of Jews across Europe in his name!

Same was the case with his best fascist buddy in Italy. Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Turin, constructed as a sign of the great power of the emerging supremacist races in the 1930s, was originally named Stadio Municipals Benito Mussolini, while he was in power. Stadiums apart, both Hitler and Mussolini, could never predict their unremarkable end.

In mid-Sixties India, the then education minister MC Chagla proposed to Jawaharlal Nehru that Delhi needs another university, and that it should be named after the first prime minister of India. Nehru reportedly “flared up”. He apparently said that his views about raising memorials to living persons is well-known, that it is entirely wrong and no statues or institutions should be thus named after any living person. Nehru reportedly said that Delhi has a great history and there could be many names – why not Raisina?

Years later, Chagla did what he wanted. Named JNU after Nehru. Plus, there is a statue out there now near the administrative block of a man who never really wanted it in the first instance.

One can understand unauthorised slums of the poorest and homeless migrant labourers named after politicians, like Sonia Vihar in Delhi. It gives the most impoverished and powerless living in sub-human conditions some sense of protection from the bulldozers and cops. But why parks for the happy middle and upper classes on their morning walks?

Take for instance the Sanjay Gandhi parks in Delhi. Why, for god’s sake, should parks be named after an upstart bully, a tinpot dictator and the notorious son of a dictatorial prime minister who ran amok during the Emergency? 

Or, why should the Delhi airport be named after Indira Gandhi; why not, in the name of Mahatma Gandhi, or Frontier Gandhi, or, Sardar Patel and Bhagat Singh, even Ghalib, for instance? Indeed, it’s a puzzle as to why should the Hyderabad airport be called the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport! Surely, Hyderabad, Andhra and now Telangana can boast of illustrious figures of brilliant greatness from their indigenous terrain and history on whose name the airport could be named, with due respect to the late prime minister.

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Consider the fact that revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Batukeshwar Dutt, Durga Bhabi, Kalpana Dutt, among hosts of other greats in the freedom struggle, have found no place in public memory in terms of naming or renaming architectural spaces. Why only revolutionaries, Munshi Premchand, Phanishwar Nath Renu, Sahir Ludhianvi, Mohammad Rafi, Guru Dutt, Balraj Sahni, Ismat Chugtai, among other greats, have all been ignored or dumped, suggesting a country where the powerful care two hoots about its great cultural and aesthetic legacy. The Kaifiyat Express in Uttar Pradesh is perhaps a rare departure, a tribute to Kaifi Azmi from Azamgarh in UP, among such truly rare, sensitive and precious departures in modern Indian history.

Among other states, West Bengal has named all its metro stations in Kolkata remembering the inheritance of its cultural icons, from poets and writers to actors. The state has names of its cultural icons etched across its landscape, much like Moscow or Berlin, for instance, where, despite their changing history in contemporary times, you can move from the memory of Lermentov to Tolstoy to Marx to Brecht, across its beautiful lanes and squares.

In Gwangju, South Korea, the democratic upsurge against the military dictatorship in the 1980s, is etched in the graveyard nearby remembering the dead who fought and died for freedom and democracy. It has been designed with aesthetic refinement and great sensitivity. There is a photograph, and a small epitaph. Plus, the living opera in the backdrop which is sung in a choir during the anniversary of the uprising, with tears flowing among the audience, in memory and grief, and in deep, authentic homage. Indeed, those who remember the sacrifices of their dead for a better, democratic and humane society, are always trying to create a better, democratic and humane society, despite all odds.

That is why, the current public spectacle at the Motera Stadium in Ahemdabad appears straight out of the warped text books of Nursultan, Hitler, Kim Il Sung and Mussolini. Barring Mayawati who built her own statues, and that is considered by many as a reassertion of Dalit identity submerged and oppressed by upper caste history, agree or disagree, no living politician has ever created or endorsed his own pubic monument in post-independence India.

With the two big stands in the cricket stadium named after two profiteering Gujarati industrialists, known to be the best buddies of the Dear Leader currently ruling from Delhi, the theatre of the absurd is now turning sincerely bizarre.

Hum do, Hamare do? Well, it could very well be the love, self-love, in the time of Corona!