Firstpost Editor's Picks: IS fighters' new tactics, Jet Airways, Game of Thrones S8 Ep3; today's must-read stories
Firstpost Editor's Picks: IS fighters adopt new tactics, Jet Airways fiasco, Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3; today's must-read stories
Islamic State engineers in Iraq and Syria are known to have set up industrial-scale operations to produce Triacetone Triphosphate, also known as TATP, while hundreds of cadre were given classes in manufacturing the explosive. TATP has been used for a string of terrorist attacks, including the 2005 suicide-bomb strikes on London’s mass transit system, and the Islamic State's 2015 strike in Paris, and its 2016 strike on Brussels. TATP is hard to detect, dogs or electronic sniffer devices usually target nitrogen-containing explosives and can be made within half an hour's time.
The unemployment figures reflect starkly in Kanpur, which, today, is a pale shadow of its vibrant past. Only two out of the nine textile mills remain in a semi-functional state. Lal Imli is one of them, but its 500-plus workers have not received their salary for the past 21 months. Dhani Ram says he is not an authority, and he cannot guarantee justice. But he can ensure the people in “authorised positions listen to those who need to be heard”. Dhani Ram has cultivated his following through two things: funerals of unclaimed dead bodies, and a mass wedding event every year on Buddha Purnima.
Some pilots hinted at a conspiracy to bring the airline down. From operating over 120 aircraft a month ago to none now, it seems a bit too much to believe that this is coincidental to lack of finances, said a pilot. “There is much more here than merits the eye. SBI said it would lend money if Naresh Goyal stepped down and then when the latter did, the bank-led consortium changed its mind. SpiceJet was given funds by the government when it ceased operations in December 2014. Why can’t the same be done with Jet Airways,” asked a pilot.
Unlike previous seasons, when a goal from either club in a match of such importance would spur the other side to up their game, Chelsea merely trudged along. Eden Hazard had his momentary sparks of brilliance as he attempted everything from quick dribbles to clever flicks, but did not receive much support from the other Chelsea players. While Gonzalo Higuain was persistently offside throughout his time on the pitch, Mateo Kovacic simply made up numbers in the midfield without many purposes.
In the Great Battle of Winterfell, snow, the darkness and fire, come together to create an often blinding but no-less-the-brilliant-for-it spectacle. Those who must shelter in the crypts, head to the crypts. The Ironborn, Bran and Theon take their places in the Godswood. The Wildlings, Northerners, Unsullied and Dothraki march into their battle formations outside the walls of Winterfell. Ghost, Grey Worm, Brienne, Jaime, Pod, Tormund, the Hound, Ser Beric, Jorah, Gendry, Edd and Sam are on the frontlines. Sansa and Arya watch with Ser Davos from the ramparts, alongside the archers. And Jon and Daenerys wait with their dragons a little distance away.
Uttar Pradesh: Final year exams for undergraduate students will be held soon, say Dy CM; dates yet to be announced
The practical examination will not be held and marks will be decided based on the theory exam
Ex-Congress MP Jitin Prasada is marginal player, but his switch to BJP raises questions for both parties
The BJP has always made a big production of its shtick about the Congress’ dynastic politics, but now it is welcoming a motley crew of dynasts into its ranks with no apparent sense of irony
No cabinet reshuffle in Uttar Pradesh, says BJP UP in-charge, calls meet with governor a 'personal visit'
Radha Mohan Singh also said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will take a decision on filling vacant seats 'at an appropriate time'