ISIS recruit was in Sri Lanka on missionary work

While the NIA launched a nation-wide swoop down on the ISIS terror suspects in January this year, arresting two dozen ISIS suspects, Khan remained out of reach.Khan’s three other associates from Bengaluru were arrested. They were identified as Asif Ali, Mohammed Afzal, Syed Mujahid but Abid Khan lay low.Khan has told NIA sleuths and the Kullu police that he converted to Christianity in a Methodist church of Bengaluru to stay out of the radar of the agencies. The NIA will corroborate this aspect, since they are yet to formally take over the case. An ISIS recruit arrested in India had visited Sri Lanka allegedly on missionary work, the Times of India reported.Abid Khan, a 23-year-old Abid Khan resident of Bengaluru, lived in a church in Banjar town in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh for the last six months before he was arrested in a joint operation of the NIA and Kullu Police. After conversion, he went to Sri Lanka allegedly on a fake passport with his fake identity of Paul.Sources told India Today that Khan went to Sri Lanka in March-April this year for a month on missionary work. (Colombo Gazette) A mobile phone and a laptop recovered from him could lead to crucial clues into Abid’s life while he was at large.How Khan, a Bengaluru man, reached Kullu is another story by itself. Khan told his investigators that he was to visit Indonesia to visit an Indonesian girl, whom he termed his girlfriend. But investigators are yet to conclude on this aspect. Khan was planning to reach Syria via Indonesia and had recently visited Sri Lanka. read more

Rocketmine drone survey contracts with Rossing Uranium and Exxaro Resources

first_imgRocketmine, a subsidiary of the international Delta Drone Group, says it “continues to affirm its’ position as the drone service providing leader in UAV (drone) solutions for the mining sector.” The company has procured contracts with mining majors throughout Africa. A contract renewal with South African mining giant, Exxaro Resources Group sees Rocketmine providing survey and mapping solutions to the Grootegeluk site in the Limpopo Province. This forms part of their plan to evolve towards the “digitised mine of the future” concept where real-time mine planning and execution can be conducted to improve mining efficiency and production.Grootegeluk mine is Exxaro’s largest opencast mine in the southern hemisphere. This particular site inhabits various hazards and dangers to the surveyors. The survey and mapping solution was aimed to get surveyors out of dangerous areas to increase safety and data turnaround time. One of Exxaro’s primary driving force in optimising efficiency of their operations is to meet the demand requirements of the Medupi power station. “Our professional service and accurate data have been our greatest advocates. While safety and our cost-effective approaches contribute to a more streamlined and productive output on-site assisting the client achieve their targets,” explains Rocketmine MD, Christopher Clark.The second contract acquisition sees Rocketmine taking to the skies in Namibia. Rio Tinto’s first commercial uranium mine, Rössing Uranium, had supplied a total of 132,610 t of uranium oxide to the world by the end of 2017. To achieve the best possible grade of uranium, the Rössing Uranium mine achieves this by optimising the accuracy of planning. This requires regular and accurate stockpile movements. “The integration of drone technology at Rössing Uranium Mine will enhance operational efficiencies pertaining to planning by providing expeditious accurate data,” said Clark.Rocketmine secured two other contracts in West Africa. Newcrest Mining Limited in Côte d’Ivoire and Newmont Akyem to provide mine blast monitoring and fragmentation analysis and survey mapping respectively. “A global cumulative amount for these African projects over the next three years equates close to €1,000,000. These mines are clear cases that the future of the mining will utilise technology not only to find innovative solutions but to decrease their carbon footprint,” concludes Clark.last_img read more

UPDATE AIB cards hit with problems again today

first_imgUpdated 7.30pmDEBIT CARD HOLDERS are experiencing problems with their cards for the second day in a row.A spokesperson told that the problem relates to AIB debit card holders trying to access their money from non-AIB ATMs.In a statement this evening, the bank said:“AIB wishes to advise that we are currently experiencing some issues with our debit cards. AIB debit cardholders are unable currently to withdraw cash at other banks ATMs.“Customers are able to use their AIB Debit cards to withdraw cash at AIB ATMs, point of sale terminals and on online shopping channels.However, AIB customers using AIB ATMs could be impacted if they have previously attempted to withdraw funds at a non-AIB ATM earlier today, where the total value of their attempts is greater than the daily €600 ATM withdrawal limit.“At midnight, AIB customers’ €600 ATM daily withdrawal limit will be reset. Cashback at point of sale continues to be available subject to retailer policy up to €100 per transaction…“We are investigating this issue and will take all necessary steps to resolve as quickly as possible. AIB apologises to all customers for any inconvenience caused by this issue.”Credit cards are working as normal.A similar issue caused problems for the bank yesterday, but was resolved.First published 1.39pm; Additional reporting Sinéad O’CarrollRead: Issue with AIB debit cards ‘has been resolved’ says banklast_img read more