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Twitter says employee 'inadvertently deactivated' Trump's account

Friday, November 3 2017

Twitter says employee 'inadvertently deactivated' Trump's account

Twitter says employee 'inadvertently deactivated' Trump's account Twitter says employee 'inadvertently deactivated' Trump's account Source : Last Updated: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 07:47 hrs [India], Nov. 3 (ANI): Twitter blamed "human error" on behalf of an unnamed employee after United States President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account disappeared for 11 minutes on Thursday evening. A tweet issued by Twitter's Government and Elections team said that the account was down for 11 minutes due to human error by a Twitter employee. "Earlier today @realdonaldtrump's account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again," the post read. Earlier in the day, those who tried to access @realDonaldTrump on Twitter just before 7 p.m. Eastern came across a "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!" message. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

N. Korea calls U.S. gangster-like for 'nuclear strike drill'

Friday, November 3 2017

N. Korea calls U.S. gangster-like for 'nuclear strike drill'

N. Korea calls U.S. gangster-like for 'nuclear strike drill' N. Korea calls U.S. gangster-like for 'nuclear strike drill' Source : Last Updated: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 08:46 hrs [North Korea], Nov. 2 (ANI): North Korea has criticised the United States after its Air Force B-1 bombers, accompanied by fighter jets from South Korea and Japan, conducted a flyover near the Korean peninsula on Thursday. The state-run news agency, KCNA, in a post said: "On Thursday, they let a formation of B-1B nuclear strategic bombers stationed at the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam stealthily fly into south Korea again to stage a surprise nuclear strike drill targeting the DPRK." Pyongyang called the U.S. a gangster-like for threatening them. "The gangster-like U.S. imperialists are ceaselessly resorting to their frantic nuclear threat and blackmail to stifle the DPRK with nukes at any cost," the post read. North Korea accused the U.S. of igniting a nuclear war. "The reality clearly shows that the gangster-like U.S. imperialists are the very one who are aggravating the situation of the Korean peninsula and seeking to ignite a nuclear war," it said. Earlier in October, the U.S. carried out a similar exercise, which was also the first joint mission between the U.S., South Korea, and Japan simultaneously. North Korea claimed in September that it had carried out a successful test of a hydrogen bomb, which the country plans to mount on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with the capability of reaching the U.S. mainland. However, the country has not shown the capability to reach the mainland United States with missile technology so far. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Sharif family's accountability hearing adjourned till next week

Friday, November 3 2017

Sharif family's accountability hearing adjourned till next week

Sharif family's accountability hearing adjourned till next week Sharif family's accountability hearing adjourned till next week Source : Last Updated: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 12:00 hrs Islamabad, Nov 3 (IANS) An accountability hearing against ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law, Captain Safdar (retired), was adjourned on Friday with the next hearing slated for November 7, the media reported. Friday's development comes after an order passed on Thursday by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) regarding the clubbing of three references against the Sharif family could not be procured by the court in time, reports Dawn news. This was the first time Sharif, Maryam and Safdar were present in court together. The disqualified Prime Minister arrived in Islamabad from London on Thursday. It was also the first trial hearing Sharif appeared for after the three were indicted by the accountability court on October 19. As the hearing began on Friday, Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Haris filed a fresh application for the clubbing of the three accountability references naming the former leader. Haris had approached the IHC on Thursday requesting the clubbing together of the references. The court accepted the petition and requested the accountability court to provide a long order explaining the legal reasons behind its decision not to club the three references together, reports Dawn news. The Sharif family is facing trial in connection with references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) pertaining to the London apartments, the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment. The three accused has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Sharif's sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz were named co-accused in the charge sheet in the references. A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on July 28 had directed NAB to file references against Nawaz and his children in six weeks in the accountability court and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months. Sharif and his sons have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and husband Safdar have been named only in the London reference. --IANS

Pakistan rated among most dangerous countries for journalists

Friday, November 3 2017

Pakistan rated among most dangerous countries for journalists

Pakistan rated among most dangerous countries for journalists Pakistan rated among most dangerous countries for journalists Source : Last Updated: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 13:00 hrs Islamabad, Nov 3 (IANS) An international index for press freedom has placed Pakistan among the most dangerous countries for journalists along with the Philippines and Bangladesh, the media reported on Friday. The 2017 World Press Freedom Index, prepared by international media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), ranked Pakistan 139th out of 180 countries surveyed for the report. In 2016, Pakistan was 146th, reports Dawn news. India is 136th in the report. Although the two South Asian countries have more press freedom than many other nations, targeted killing by terrorists, religious gangs and mafia make them dangerous for journalists, the report said. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has listed 60 journalists who have been killed in Pakistan since 1994, although it did not place Pakistan among the most dangerous countries this year. Iraq tops this nine-member list, followed by Syria and Mexico. Afghanistan was placed at number seven. The RSF cites the Asia-Pacific region as the third worst violator overall, Dawn reported. "Two of its countries, China (176th) and Vietnam (175th), are the world's biggest prisons for journalists and bloggers. It has some of the most dangerous countries for journalists: Pakistan (139th), Philippines (127th) and Bangladesh (146th). "It also has the biggest number of 'press freedom predators' at the head of the world's worst dictatorships, including China, North Korea (180th), and Laos (170th), which are news and information black holes," the RSF added. --IANS

Muhammad Ali Jinnah's daughter Dina Wadia passes away, funeral in New York

Friday, November 3 2017

Muhammad Ali Jinnah's daughter Dina Wadia passes away, funeral in New York

Muhammad Ali Jinnah's daughter Dina Wadia passes away, funeral in New York Muhammad Ali Jinnah's daughter Dina Wadia passes away, funeral in New York Source : Last Updated: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 13:49 hrs (Image source: www.samaa.tv) New York : Dina Wadia, daughter and the only child of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, passed away at her home in New York on Thursday, surrounded by many of her family members and relatives. They included her son and Wadia Group Chairman Nusli N. Wadia, daughter Diana N. Wadia, grandsons Ness and Jeh Wadia, Jeh's wife Celina and two great-grandchildren Jah and Ella Wadia. The funeral of the 98-year-old shall take place in New York on Friday, official sources here said. Quoting historian Stanley Wolpert, community website Parshi Khabar said Dina was born around the midnight of August 14-15, 1919 in a cinema theatre in London where her parents, Jinnah and Rattanbai, were watching a film. "Oddly enough, precisely 28 years to the day and hour before the birth of Jinnah's other offspring, Pakistan," Wolpert wrote in his acclaimed biography on the founder of Pakistan 'Jinnah of Pakistan' (1982). Dina was estranged from her father for many years, after she married a leading Mumbai Parsi industrialist, Neville Wadia, mostly lived in Mumbai, before moving to the US. Keeping a low profile all through, she visited Pakistan only twice in her lifetime - first on the death of her father and later in 2004, during the era of President Parvez Musharraf. "This has been very and sad and wonderful for me. May his (Jinnah's) dream for Pakistan come true," said her tribute in the visitors' book at the Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum in Karachi. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Pakistan's anti-graft body challenges Sharif son-in-law's release

Friday, November 3 2017

Pakistan's anti-graft body challenges Sharif son-in-law's release

Pakistan's anti-graft body challenges Sharif son-in-law's release Pakistan's anti-graft body challenges Sharif son-in-law's release Source : Last Updated: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 14:00 hrs Islamabad, Nov 3 (IANS) Pakistan's anti-corruption body on Friday petitioned the High Court against the accountability court's order to release former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law Captain Muhammad Safdar (retd) on bail after he was taken into custody on October 9. Safdar was held upon his arrival from London at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in the capital, where he was set to appear before the accountability court in connection with a NAB corruption reference, following the issuance of a non-bailable arrest warrant for his absence in earlier hearings, Dawn online reported. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) asked the Islamabad High Court to suspend the accountability court's order to release Safdar on bail after he furnished surety bonds worth Rs 5 million. The NAB prosecutor general, making Safdar and the accountability court judge party in the petition, challenged the decision to release Maryam Nawaz's husband requesting he be sent to Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail on judicial remand. The NAB petition maintained that an order to release the suspect can only be passed by the Supreme Court and that the accountability court should have sent Captain Safdar to jail. The petition came days after Sindh lawmakers lambasted the NAB's "double standards" in its dealing with members of the Sharif family and others. The Sharifs are facing trial in connection with references filed by the NAB pertaining to their Avenfield properties in London, the Azizia Steel Mills as well as another 16 offshore companies. The three accused -- the former Prime Minister, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law pleaded not guilty to the charges. Sharif's sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz were named co-accused in the chargesheet in the corruption references. Sharif and his sons were named in all three NAB references while Maryam Nawaz and Safdar were named only in the London reference. --IANS

Pak court adjourns Sharif family's accountability hearing until Nov 7

Friday, November 3 2017

Pak court adjourns Sharif family's accountability hearing until Nov 7

Pak court adjourns Sharif family's accountability hearing until Nov 7 Pak court adjourns Sharif family's accountability hearing until Nov 7 Source : Last Updated: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 14:03 hrs [Pakistan], Nov 3 (ANI): An accountability court adjourned the hearing against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Captain Safdar in connection with the corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). It was for the first time that Sharif, Maryam and Safdar were present in court together. Sharif had arrived in Islamabad on Thursday to attend the hearing from London, where he had gone to see his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz. Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Haris on Friday filed a fresh application before the court for the clubbing of the three accountability references naming Sharif, the Dawn reported. Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday requested the accountability court to provide a long order explaining the legal reasons behind its decision not to club the three references together after Harris had approached the IHC seeking the clubbing together of the references. The accountability court judge during Friday's hearing said that he would have to review the IHC's orders before he provided a detailed response on the matter. The court did not receive the IHC's order and subsequently decided to adjourn the hearing until November 7. Last week, the accountability court had issued the bailable arrest warrants against Sharif in connection with the cases related to two of his properties. The court had also his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain Mohammad Safdar with a reference pertaining to flats. Sharif was also indicted separately in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment cases. However, all the three accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges. Sharif's sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, were named co-accused in the charge sheet in the references. Cases of disproportionate assets have been filed against Sharif, both of his sons, daughter Maryam and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar. The Pakistan Supreme Court had asked the NAB to file references against the Sharif family in connection with their Avenfield and other properties on July 28 and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

IMF warns Venezuela over gaps in economic data, transparency

Saturday, November 4 2017

IMF warns Venezuela over gaps in economic data, transparency

IMF warns Venezuela over gaps in economic data, transparency IMF warns Venezuela over gaps in economic data, transparency Sat, Nov 04, 2017 09:05 hrs By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund issued a warning to Venezuela on Friday for failing to provide the institution with economic data on time and gave it six months to address the lack of some statistics. The decision was not unanimous with Russia objecting to the move and others abstaining, according to two sources familiar with the IMF board discussion. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that if the Venezuela did not improve the flow of data, the IMF could issue a "declaration of censure" under Article 8 of the fund's rules on furnishing of information. An IMF statement said Venezuela was late on data related to the operations of the social security institute, and total exports and imports of merchandise. The data is used as part of the IMF's monitoring of economies around the world. The IMF complained last month that projecting an economic outlook for Venezuela was complicated by long gaps in receiving data from the government and data was often incomplete. The IMF finding, although unrelated to an announcement on Thursday by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he wants to restructure the country's foreign debt, comes as investors worry the government is on the verge of a default. The country is locked in a bruising economic crisis that has sparked a wave of protests against Maduro's government amid calls by the international community for political mediation. Maduro on Thursday vowed to make a $1.1. billion payment on a maturing bond but also created a commission to study the restructuring of payments. The cash-strapped government invited bondholders to a Nov. 13 meeting in Caracas, although some have indicated they were first waiting to see whether the South American OPEC nation makes the $1.1. billion payment and another due next week. Venezuela, which was a founding member of the fund in 1946, remains a voting member of the IMF, but it has not had any formal engagement with the international institution for more than a decade. The IMF conducted its last economic review of Venezuela's economy in 2004. The IMF said it was "hopeful" that its decision will encourage Venezuela to re-engage with the IMF by making the data available. (Additional reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Susan Thomas and Tom Brown) SEARCH

Venezuela calls creditors to debt talks, restructuring plans hammer bonds

Saturday, November 4 2017

Venezuela calls creditors to debt talks, restructuring plans hammer bonds

Venezuela calls creditors to debt talks, restructuring plans hammer bonds Venezuela calls creditors to debt talks, restructuring plans hammer bonds Sat, Nov 04, 2017 09:05 hrs By Brian Ellsworth and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's cash-strapped government invited creditors to a Nov. 13 meeting in Caracas on Friday, after announcing plans to potentially restructure some $60 billion in bonds that sent the OPEC nation's debt prices plunging. President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday vowed to make a $1.2 billion bond payment but said future payments would be refinanced. Investors were unsure about what he meant, because U.S. sanctions has taken refinancing off the table. Many saw the announcement as paving the way for default - despite Venezuela's promises to the contrary - because the debt burden has left the country desperately short of basic goods such as food and medicines. A default could create a sovereign debt crisis of a scale not seen in Latin America since the massive 2001 default in Argentina that shut it out of markets for years. Investors say a newly created debt negotiation commission has little chance of making progress, in part because it is headed by Vice President Tareck El Aissami - who is blacklisted by the United States for alleged drug dealing. "This commission will lay the groundwork for true and transparent dialogue between the government and bondholders," El Aissami, who has no known experience in debt negotiations, said in a televised address. Investors were bewildered that Maduro, who narrowly won election in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez, appeared to be opening the door to default immediately after authorizing more than $2 billion to bond payments. Market wisdom had been that Venezuela would not make such payments if it expected to end up in default. It will need those funds because it will be locked out of financial markets. "Nobody has ever paid a bond in full only to announce default the next day," said an executive from one local brokerage, who asked not to be identified. In addition to outstanding bonds, Venezuela owes some $26 billion to bilateral and multilateral creditors and $24 billion in commercial loans, according to New York-based Torino Capital. It put the total public sector debt at $152 billion, though Maduro's announcement appeared to be focused primarily on bonds. The government and PDVSA owe some $1.6 billion in bond service and delayed bond interest payments by the end of the year, plus another $9 billion in bond servicing throughout 2018. 'ZERO POSSIBILITY' U.S. President Donald Trump, accusing Maduro of dictatorship, barred U.S. banks from participating in or negotiating new Venezuelan debt deals. That rules out swap operations, which allow investors to voluntarily exchange near-term debt for new securities that mature later. Restructuring - which generally follows a default - refers to an involuntary arrangement under which creditors agree to change payment conditions. But they usually do so only in exchange for major economic reforms, which Maduro has balked at. "A restructuring has a very close to zero possibility given U.S. sanctions, time constraints given the payment schedule, and the fact that Venezuela obviously does not have the technical capacity to negotiate," said Jim Barrineau, co-head of emerging market debt at Schroders. The International Monetary Fund issued a warning to Venezuela on Friday for failing to provide it with economic data on time and gave it six months to address the problem. The IMF could issue a "declaration of censure" for non-compliance, two sources told Reuters. Although the IMF's warning is unrelated to Maduro's announcement, it added to investor worries about the economy. Venezuelan bond prices took a beating on Friday. Near-term maturities were hardest hit. The PDVSA 2021 bond dropped 20 percentage points to a bid price of 27 points. Longer-dated bonds fared better, with PDVSA's 2027 bond slipping 4.83 points to bid 25.13. Venezuela's 2018 bond was down 31 points. Investors holding longer-dated paper generally expect a default will take place well before maturity, while the profitability of short-term bets is more dependent on the bonds being paid off. Bank of America on Friday estimated that bond prices would drop to around 20 cents on the dollar if a default took place. There was no immediate impact on oil exports and production from Maduro's announcement. EMTA, a trade association that sets practices for emerging markets, recommended that Venezuelan bonds not under U.S. sanctions continue trading with accrued interest - a sign Venezuela is for now expected to keep up with its payments. The Washington-based International Institute of Finance (IIF) held an investor call for bondholders in the event talks with the government go ahead, according to two market sources who participated in the call. Most were not planning to go to Caracas, the sources said. IIF declined to comment. 'NOBODY TRUSTS HIS GOVERNMENT' Leaders of the opposition-led National Assembly said on Friday that any restructuring would be invalid without congressional approval. "Maduro won't be able to restructure the debt because nobody in the world trusts his government," National Assembly head Julio Borges said. Though there is widespread public disquiet at economic hardship, the opposition coalition is cracking after a disastrous showing at last month's gubernatorial elections, and there is speculation Maduro may bring forward the presidential vote, which had been expected for the end of 2018. Vice President El Aissami said a $1.2 billion payment on PDVSA's 2017N bond that matured on Thursday had already been transferred. The Central Bank's website showed a drop of $430 million in international reserves, signaling the government may have dipped into reserves to pay the PDVSA bond. That pushed reserves to $9.7 billion, their lowest level in at least 20 years. The company spent days trying to make payment on its 2020 bond, which finance industry sources attributed to nervousness by bank officials over possible U.S. sanctions violations. Principal payments on the two bonds were moving through the clearing system without a problem, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. The next hard payment deadline for PDVSA is an $81 million bond payment that was due on Oct. 12 but on which the company delayed payment under a 30-day grace period. Failing to pay that on time would trigger a PDVSA default, investors say. That would expose Venezuela and PDVSA to lawsuits by creditors seeking to seize assets such as refineries in the United States. (Reporting by Eyanir Chinea, Corina Pons, Alexandra Ulmer, Andreina Aponte in Caracas, Marianna Parraga in Houston, and Dion Rabouin, Davide Scigliuzzo in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Susan Thomas) SEARCH

Fresh start for 24-year-old woman rescued from GB Road

Saturday, November 4 2017

Fresh start for 24-year-old woman rescued from GB Road

Fresh start for 24-year-old woman rescued from GB Road Fresh start for 24-year-old woman rescued from GB Road Source : Last Updated: Sat, Nov 04, 2017 03:46 hrs [India] November 4 (ANI): The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) helped give a new lease of life to a 24-year-old girl, Anusha (name changed), after she spent seven years in GB Road, capital's notorious red light district. Anusha is all set to move from Delhi to Karnataka to embark on a new chapter of her life with her one-year-old son. A B.Sc graduate, Anusha was a resident of GB Road's brothel no. 50. Seven years ago, she was brought to Delhi from Karnataka under the pretence of a job offer by a man but when she arrived, she was sold to GB Road for fifty thousand rupees. Anusha never intended to stay there, but the woman who had bought her for fifty thousand rupees pressurized her to pay it back. It took her almost four years to pay off the amount. Afterwards, she started living in with Ashok (name changed), a resident the GB Road. Both of them wanted to leave the place to find work elsewhere, but Ashok was a gambling and alcohol addict. He started spending whatever money Anusha used to earn on his addictions and physically abuse her. Meanwhile, she gave birth to her son. Finally, after three years, she decided to leave him. She sent her son to her family in Karnataka three months ago. However, Ashok refused to let her go, and dragged her back in when she tried to leave the brothel. That's when she turned to the Delhi Commission for Women for help. Immediately, a team of counsellors was sent to the spot and after listening to her plight, they called the cops. Ashok, a criminal with many pending cases against him, initially escaped, but was soon arrested by the police. Anusha, who has now left GB Road and is temporarily staying in Delhi, said that she will soon leave for Karnataka and begin a new life with her son there. "Anusha is in constant contact with DCW's counsellor, who is helping her regularly. She has been told to contact the counsellor if she faces any kind of problem again. The commission will help her out with its all," DCW chief Swati Jaihind said. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

ECB says not its call to publish content of Draghi's meetings with financiers

Saturday, November 4 2017

ECB says not its call to publish content of Draghi's meetings with financiers

ECB says not its call to publish content of Draghi's meetings with financiers ECB says not its call to publish content of Draghi's meetings with financiers Sat, Nov 04, 2017 04:08 hrs By Francesco Canepa FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank said on Friday it was not up to it to publish the details of meetings President Mario Draghi holds with an exclusive club of financiers and economists, but described them as being in the public interest. At issue is Draghi's membership of the so-called Group of 30, where policymakers meet bankers, fund managers and academics behind closed doors to discuss economic issues. He sits alongside former and current central bankers, such as Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and the Bank of Japan's Haruhiko Kuroda, as well as Nobel laureate Paul Krugman. Responding to a question from the European Union's ombudsman, or transparency watchdog, the ECB said it was up to the group to decide whether to start publishing the content of its meetings. "For G30 meetings, it is primarily for the G30 to decide on the level of transparency of its discussions," it said in the response to one of 16 questions. Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly had asked whether the ECB would "consider proactively informing the public of the content of these meetings, providing agendas and non-confidential summaries" of G30 events. The ombudsman was responding to a complaint by activist group Corporate Europe Observatory, which said in January it was concerned about proximity at the G30 of ECB officials and bankers they are meant to supervise. These include directors from Spain's Santander , Germany's Bayerische Landesbank and U.S. giant JPMorgan , whose Luxembourg subsidiary is supervised by the ECB. The chairman of UBS , Axel Weber, and the chief executive of Credit Suisse , Tidjane Thiam - two Swiss banks with several subsidiaries in the euro zone - are also members of the G30. The ECB, which publishes the text of the speeches given by Draghi and other board members at the G30, said such meetings -- which are announced in advance as taking place -- were in the public interest because they helped inform its decisions on monetary policy. "In an environment where proper safeguards are in place and respected, such interactions positively contribute to the ECB’s ability to fulfil its mandate – which, in turn, is in the public interest," the ECB said. It said the G30 had become more transparent since the complaint, filming and publishing one of its debates and allowing the media to a recent seminar. In its response to O'Reilly, the ECB also announced plans to hold regular meetings with entrepreneurs outside the financial sector, a concession to critics who say it is too close to the industry it is supposed to oversee. CEO, the activist group, said in a report last month that the vast majority of seats available on the ECB's advisory groups were taken by financial sector representatives. Draghi has been a member of the G30 since 2006, when he was still the governor of the Bank of Italy. ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio and Sabine Lautenschlaeger, who represents the ECB's supervisory arm on the board, have also spoken at G30 meetings. ECB senior supervisor Julie Dickson contributed to a G30 paper on banking conduct, albeit only as an external observer. (Reporting by Francesco Canepa Editing by Jeremy Gaunt) SEARCH

20-year-old foreign national alleges rape in Mathura

Friday, November 3 2017

20-year-old foreign national alleges rape in Mathura

20-year-old foreign national alleges rape in Mathura 20-year-old foreign national alleges rape in Mathura Sat, Nov 04, 2017 01:45 hrs A 20-year-old foreign national has been allegedly raped by a bank manager in Mathura. As per reports, the victim, who is from Russia, was raped by the man on the pretext of friendship. Speaking to ANI, the victim said, "He raped me and was in a relationship with several other women. I met him in Vrindavan." However, refuting the victim's claims, the accused said, "There was no contact between us for a year. She was asking me for money. When I refused, she filed this case against me." As of now, a case has been registered and the banker has been taken into custody.