Get Wired 21/8: Dabholkar Probe, Tsipras Resigns, N. Korea Prepares for War, and More

More on board to probe Dabholkar Case

Following reports that the CBI was unable to solve the case regarding the assassination of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, the Maharashtra government has deputed seven officers to assist with the case. The decision that CM Devendra Fadnavis took comes on the second death anniversary of the activist. The Chief Minister tweeted, “As per CBI’s demand of additional manpower from state govt, we’ve decided to depute 7 member team to assist CBI to probe Narendra Dabholkar case.”

CPA causes setback for Pakistan

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) cancelled its conference scheduled for September in Pakistan. The cancellation was a result of India protesting against Islamabad’s decision not to invite the Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for the meeting. New Delhi announced a boycott of the conference on the 7th of August and said that it would stick to its stance unless Pakistan changed its decision. Sources said 27 of the 28 members had the view that the venue of the meeting should be changed.


Manipur records the highest number of UAPA cases

According to figures from the National Crime Records Bureau the north eastern state that accounts for only 0.2% of the country’s population, has recorded 65% of the cases recorded under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Among the 975 cases registered under the Act in 2104, 630 were from Manipur, with 659 people being charged.

BJP-JD (U) split causes increase in communal incidents in Bihar

Communal incidents in the state have reached a high number of 667 since the 2013 split between the BJP and the JD (U) in Bihar. The incidents recorded were at 226 between 2010 and 2013 when the two parties were allied.

Property purchase in Paris puts government under scanner

Having faced criticism from the Comptroller Auditor General just last year for wasteful expenditure in Paris, the Ministry of External Affairs came under attack from the Public Accounts Committee for not producing correspondence relating to the purchase. The CAG had criticised the purchase of a French government-owned property in Paris, which was not suitable to be used to set up an Indian cultural centre.

Alexi Tsipras announces resignation

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday in the hope of strengthening his hold on power in snap elections. His resignation comes after seven months in office in which he fought Greece’s creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in. Tsipras submitted his resignation to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and asked for the earliest possible election date. Government officials said the aim was to hold the election on Sept. 20.The re-election is aimed at crushing a in his own party Syriza and seal public support for the bailout program. The decision increases political uncertainty on the day Greece began receiving funds under its EUR 86 billion ($96 billion) bailout program.

More Ashley Madison data leaked

Another load of internal files swiped by hackers from Ashley Madison have been leaked online. The leak apparently features the CEO’s emails and the website’s source code. The 18.5GB leak includes archives of internal company emails, including one folder labeled Noel Biderman – the chief exec of Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison’s parent. On Tuesday, the group released a 9.6GB collection of user databases containing profiles, email addresses, fantasies, sexual preferences, etc, of as many as 36 million people who used Ashley Madison, a Tinder-for-adulterers website, and its sister site Established Men, which was set up for women to find sugar daddies. Other information, including some users’ GPS coordinates, post codes and ZIP codes, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and partial credit card numbers was also included.

North Korea orders soldiers to be prepared for armed conflict

After giving South Korea a deadline of 48 hours to stop broadcasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts, North Korea has reportedly readied its soldiers for armed conflict. Tensions between the two states heightened after an exchange of rocket and artillery fire across the border between them on Thursday.

Federer eases into quarterfinals at Cincinnati

On a tough day for other top seeds that saw Rafael Nadal get eliminated, the 34 year old “Swiss Maestro” charged forward into the quarterfinals with an emphatic 6-1, 6-1 win over Kevin Anderson. Federer took 55 minutes to end his game while other top players (Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka), were taken the distance in their respective games. The victory puts Roger Federer one step closer to a possible title defence at the Western & Southern Open.