Thursday, 8 September 2016

Night vision cams for surveillance

By Udumula Sudhakar Reddy

In view of increased cases of Red Sanders smugglers entering Seshachalam forest during night, the state government would introduce total e-surveillance including night vision facility.
 Around 250 fixed towers and 25 mobile units equipped with night vision cameras will be at work in Seschalam forests. A network of CCTV cameras have already been installed on a pilot basis in 19 locations in Chittoor and Kadapa districts. According to AP Forest department, the area under Red Sander trees is spread over 5.16 lakh hectares in Tirupati, Kurnool, Kadapa, Chitoor, Prakasham and Guntur districts.
“The CCTV camera pilot project was implemented by iVIS company, wherein cameras were mounted at a height of around 45 feet and video streaming has been done using mobile connectivity,” an official said. Intrusions noticed during e-surveillance are examined and filtered in the control
centre of the company and alerts are sent to the forest department’s quick reaction teams who acted on them.
 “Due to this pilot project, intrusions came down from 224 in March last year to 15 by September 2015. Since the pilot project is giving encouraging results, it is now proposed to expand the coverage of e-surveillance to all Red Sanders-bearing forest areas in AP,” said a forest official.
“Customs alert units with pre-recorded audio messages and sirens for alerting the staff will be deployed.
A central mentoring station will be set up in Hyderabad at iVIS company,” he said.

Hyderabad ISIS men chargesheeted; accused were in touch with Maoists --- Accused arrested in January were in touch with Maoists

By Udumula Sudhakar Reddy

 In its supplementary chargesheet filed on Tuesday in New Delhi’s Patiala Court, the National Investigation Agency revealed that the Hyderabad ISIS terror suspects, who had been arrested in January this year, had contacted Naxals.

The chargesheet has been filed against 16 accused, many of whom are from Hyderabad including Mohammed Nafees Khan, Mohammed Obaidulla Khan and Mohammed Shareef Mohinuddin Khan, all residents of Tolichowki, and Abu Anas, a native of Rajasthan but who was an employee of  Hyderabad-based company TWG International.

NIA in the chargesheet alleged, “Scientific evidence in respect of the recovered explosive substances and comparison of voice sample collected in the case has been positive as per the expert’s opinion. Funds were transferred through hawala channels and some of the arrested accused fabricated Improvised Explosive Devices to commit terror attacks in India. The accused persons also contacted Naxalites to understand their modus operandi in committing terror acts and they also had plans to buy weapons from the Naxalites.”

Making pipe bombs is the trademark of Naxals in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state. The case was initially registered on December 9 in 2015 and nationwide searches were conducted on January 22, 2016, including in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Tumkur, Mumbai and Aurangabad.

Eighteen people were arrested and explosives, two GI pipes for making pipe bombs, an analogue clock, soldering rod, matchboxes, 900 ml of hydrogen peroxide and Rs 2.5 lakh of hawala cash were seized from the accused.

Buddhist relics found on Krishna river bank --- Third century Buddhist relics have been found at Pondugula.

By Udumula Sudhakar Reddy

Third century Buddhist relics have been found at Pondugula on the right bank of the Krishna River in Guntur district. Buddhist pillars carved with half lotus medallions and floral designs, datable to the Ikshwaku times, were used as plinths of the basement of the Jalapeswara Temple built by the Vengi Chalukyas in 8th century AD.

Noted archaeologist and CEO of the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada Mr E. Sivanagi Reddy said, “Pondugula village is on the right bank of the Krishna near Dache-palli in Guntur district. Dr M. Ravi Krishna, a Guntur-based literary historian, had explored the surroundings of the Jalapeswara Temple. I too visited the temple with him. For the first time we found Buddhist pillars used as plinths.”

The site is under the protection of Archaeolo-gical Society of India. Mr Sivanagi Reddy added that there were several Buddhist sites datable to the same period at Manchikallu, Goli, Rentala, Gurazala Kambampadu, Pedakdamagandla and Modugula within the vicinity of the present spot in Palnadu region, which is known as a Buddhist belt of the Ikshwaku time.

“Based on an inscription engraved on the one of the pillars of the temple, the temple was built by an expert sculptor named Kalgarabharana-charya (jewel among sculptors). One of the three pillars is damaged due to exposure to sun and rain,” he added. He said ASI was maintaining the temple well but stressed on the need to preserve the Buddhist pillars too.

Zakir Naik row brings Kadapa school into the limelight

By Udumula Sudhakar Reddy

A school inspired by Dr Zakir Naik is being run in Kadapa but the organisers say that it has no links with the controversial cleric. Peace Islamic International School is being run by software engineer, Mr Syed Ghouse Peer, in Gazetted Officers Colony near Mariapuram in Kadapa. Mr Peer said he was inspired by Dr Naik’s speeches and implemented the syllabus of Dr Naik’s school.

He said, “I heard Dr Zakir Naik’s speech on TV and was inspired by him. This school has nothing to do with him or his foundation. We are not receiving any funds. The school is state recognised and is being run with the fees paid by the children. I haven’t met Dr Zakir Naik at any point of my life and neither has he visited our school.”

Mr Peer further said that “I went to the Chennai school run by Zakir Naik’s foundation and got the syllabus copy. While we follow the regular curriculum, an extra two hours is being spent on teaching Quran and Arabic.”

Peace Islamic International School has a branch in Kalburagi in Karnataka. Mr Peer had earlier worked with IT majors in India and the UK. The school teaches martial arts has segregated premises in higher classes for boys and girls.

Dr Naik is a Mumbai-based Islamic preacher, who claims specialisation in comparative religion. An exponent of the Salafi ideology, he has come under cloud after the Bangladesh government said the terrorists who attacked an upmarket cafe and killed 20 persons were inspired by his lectures. Dhaka subsequently banned his speeches.

Telangana: Zakir Naik's Peace TV points at cable TV holes

By Udumula Sudhakar Reddy

Following the controversy over the telecast of Peace TV owned by Dr Zakir Naik, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has warned cable operators that they will be responsible for the content being aired.

But neither the police nor cable operators monitor TV telecast as mandated by the Cable TV Regulation Act. There are more than 892 TV channels in India including 120 Telugu ones.

Special branches of the city police of Hyderabad, Cyberabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, and Intelligence departments have only a handful of staff monitoring a few news channels.

Deputy secretary Shankar Lal in his order stated, “…As per Section 5 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995, no person shall transmit or re-transmit through a cable service any programme unless such programme is in conformity with the programme code. Transmission or re-transmission of any TV channel in violation of the Act by any cable operator is an offence which attracts action against the operators by the authorized officers.

“However, it has come to the notice of this Ministry that some private satellite TV channels, which are not permitted by this Ministry, are being transmitted by some cable operators on their networks.” The Telangana Cable Opera-tors Welfare Association president N. Jitendar said, “Local Cable Operators have nothing to do with content. After digitisation all the content is being provided by the multi-system operators and with the help of boosters we transmit it through cable to the customer.”

He continued: “The content is provided by MSOs. We will write to multi-system operators asking them not to give signal of banned channels. Our association is against anything that harms the sovereignty of the country, and we are for national security. If anything comes to our notice we will intimate the police.”
Chairman of Subodhaya Digital Private Limited Prabhakar Reddy said, “We are not telecasting any banned channel.

“Following the police commissioner’s direction, for the past five to six years Peace TV is not being telecast here. There are seven control rooms with technical staff to give signals and the staff monitors the channels.”