Probe finds Sri Lankans part of WhatsApp childporn racket

Out of the five admins of the group, one has been arrested. The arrested man has been identified as Nikhil Verma, a resident of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh. According to Deccan Chronicle, 20-year-old Verma is an unemployed commerce graduate.As per The Hindu, other administrators of the WhatsApp group are Mumbai resident Satyendra Chauhan, Delhi’s Nafis Raza and Zahid, and Noida’s Adarsh. Calling the activity a “global crime”, the CBI busted the racket on the basis of intelligence inputs. The members of the group — KidsXXX — included members of foreign countries like the US, China, Pakistan and Brazil, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico and New Zealand, besides India. An investigation has revealed that Sri Lankans are part of a WhatsApp child-porn racket.India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has busted a multi-national child-porn racket running through messaging platform WhatsApp and conducted raids in Delhi, Noida, Kannauj, and Mumbai, Times Now reported. The CBI clarifies that sharing, seeing, uploading and downloading explicit videos pertaining to sexual activities is a crime in India. (Colombo Gazette) The agency has registered a case against members of the WhatsApp group for allegedly uploading and circulating child pornography videos. The WhatsApp group had 119 members. A case has been filed against them under Section 67-B of the Information Technology Act and the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). The WhatsApp child pornography group had been active for about two years. The central agency is planning to write to the investigators of the foreign countries concerned, whose members are part of the group.The minor victims in the videos and photos are, however, yet to be identified, a CBI spokesperson said.The CBI on Tuesday also searched the premises of the group’s administrators in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra and recovered computers, hard disks, phones and incriminating videos and photos of children being sexually abused. CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said they are investigating all angles in this case including a well-organised racket shooting children’s sexual abuse videos and selling them in the virtual world. read more

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Booker Prize longlist 2019 The 1000page novel with only one sentence

Joanna MacGregor, the conductor, pianist and composer who is serving as one of this year’s judges, said readers should not be put off by Ellmann’s experimental style.“The thing to know is that it’s extremely funny. So although it looks very dense and worrying on the page, actually every single page is full of puns and jokes. And there is a plot in there.“You just have to read as much as you can of it and then put it down and come back to it,” she said. If you’re looking for a long read, the Booker Prize has just the thing.Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport, one of 13 novels in the running for the literary award, consists of a single sentence running over 1,000 pages.It is the interior monologue of an Ohio housewife ruminating on everything from dinner party menus to the dark side of Trump’s America, a stream-of-consciousness written without paragraphs or full stops.The 426,100-word sentence is broken only a handful of times, by a parallel story written from the perspective of a mountain lion.Ellmann’s usual publisher, Bloomsbury, turned down the novel but it was picked up by the comparatively tiny Galley Beggar Press.The Booker Prize judges called it “extraordinary” and “like nothing you’ve ever read before”. Atwood’s novel, The Testaments, is a soon-to-be-published sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, with a plot so secret that the judges had to sign a “ferocious” non-disclosure agreement.Eight of the 13 writers are women. There has been grumbling in previous years over the number of American writers on the list – the rules were changed in 2014 to make American novels eligible – but this year only Ellmann is US-born. She moved to the UK as a teenager and now lives in Edinburgh.”There were so many great books this year, of such a high standard, that we simply didn’t have to worry about having enough women writers, or whether writers from other countries were being represented properly. We were inundated with books by very gifted writers,” MacGregor said.The shortlist of six will be announced on September 3 and the winner on October 14.Peter Florence, chair of the judges, said: “These writers offer joy and hope. They celebrate the rich complexity of English as a global language. They are exacting, enlightening and entertaining. Really – read all of them.”  Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann   Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Familiar names on the longlist include Margaret Atwood for The Testaments, Jeanette Winterston for Frankissstein and Salman Rushdie for Quichotte. The list includes one debut novelist, Oyinkan Braithwaite, with My Sister, The Serial Killer. read more

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