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Police officials look for clues at the spot where Gurlal Brar, an aide of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi was shot dead in the early hours of October 11 in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

HT Chandigarh Readers’ Take: Urgent action required to weed out gangsters from Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 11:37 PM IST
Strict supervision of incarcerated gangsters; disrupting communication channels with their members, intensified border controls to check entry of weapons; improved neighbourhood watch systems; stringent checks before issuing arms licences are among the many steps suggested by readers to control crime
A Twitter spokesperson acknowledged the problem and said the company was looking into it.(REUTERS)
A Twitter spokesperson acknowledged the problem and said the company was looking into it.(REUTERS)

Racist machines? Twitter’s photo preview problem reignites AI bias concern

Hindustan Times | By Binayak Dasgupta, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 06:11 AM IST
The problem was first discovered when education tech researcher Colin Madland posted about how video-calling software Zoom cropped the head out of a black person on the other side of a call, seemingly unable to detect it as a human face.
But much of the blame should be reserved for Delhi Police. Time and again, it has been found wanting(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
But much of the blame should be reserved for Delhi Police. Time and again, it has been found wanting(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Delhi needs a strong police chief…| HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 09:11 PM IST
… and better policing. A national capital should have better law enforcement.
Former chief election commissioner, TN Seshan, during a press conference, August 03, 1993. The reason Seshan was so widely respected, in life and in death, is simple. He understood and implemented the spirit of the constitutional scheme as far the EC was concerned(Sanjay Sharma/HT)
Former chief election commissioner, TN Seshan, during a press conference, August 03, 1993. The reason Seshan was so widely respected, in life and in death, is simple. He understood and implemented the spirit of the constitutional scheme as far the EC was concerned(Sanjay Sharma/HT)

The independence of TN Seshan | HT editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 08:07 PM IST
His life had two lessons: The EC must push reforms; institutions must be autonomous
The number of tickets issued, however, is expected to go up once the state government provides clarity on “compounding challans”, which are those that can be cleared by violators on the spot.(HT image)
The number of tickets issued, however, is expected to go up once the state government provides clarity on “compounding challans”, which are those that can be cleared by violators on the spot.(HT image)

Helmet rule most broken on capital’s roads: Traffic cops

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 02:40 AM IST
Data provided by the traffic police showed that between September 1 and September 6, 2698 tickets were issued for jumping the red light, 1,527 for dangerous driving, 1,229 fines were issued for driving without seatbelts and 254 for drink driving.
In a recent interview with The Economist, author Malcolm Gladwell, too discusses the importance of AI in the criminal justice system.(HT image)
In a recent interview with The Economist, author Malcolm Gladwell, too discusses the importance of AI in the criminal justice system.(HT image)

AI could improve police paperwork: MHA think tank

New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 03:55 AM IST
BPRD’s futuristic vision for law enforcement , especially in smart cities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious project, is part of a concept note the body has drafted.
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, law enforcement officials process the crime scene from Saturday's shooting which ended with the shooter, Seth Ator, being shot dead by police in a stolen mail van, right, in Odessa, Texas.(AP Photo)
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, law enforcement officials process the crime scene from Saturday's shooting which ended with the shooter, Seth Ator, being shot dead by police in a stolen mail van, right, in Odessa, Texas.(AP Photo)

Texas shooter bought gun in private sale, after ban due to mental illness

Texas | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 10:27 AM IST
The gunman, identified as Seth Aaron Ator, 36, carried out the shooting spree in the neighboring cities of Midland and Odessa, shortly after he was fired from his trucking job. He called local emergency 911 responders and then an FBI tip line to make rambling statements, but did not threaten to commit violence, officials said.
35-40% of junior personnel believe mob justice is natural in cases like cow slaughter. 20% don’t see anything wrong in killing ‘dangerous criminals’ and prefer it to legal trials(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)
35-40% of junior personnel believe mob justice is natural in cases like cow slaughter. 20% don’t see anything wrong in killing ‘dangerous criminals’ and prefer it to legal trials(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)

To become a just society, strike a balance between firm and fair law enforcement

By Vipul Mudgal
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 06:05 PM IST
A study shows glaring gaps in Indian policing — from unfilled quotas of SC/STs to a dip in women officers.
Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.(REUTERS)
Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.(REUTERS)

Google employees call for pledge not to work with US immigration officials

San Francisco | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2019 12:37 PM IST
Google employees have led a growing trend in which some tech-company employees have taken public stances against their employers’ policies.
Now and again, we see publicised drives to teach women self-defence skills but honestly, how far does that get you when faced with an armed attacker or more than one assailant?(Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)
Now and again, we see publicised drives to teach women self-defence skills but honestly, how far does that get you when faced with an armed attacker or more than one assailant?(Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)

Allow women their right to go out and live freely

Hindustan Times | By Lalita Panicker
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2019 07:36 PM IST
This lack of safety in public spaces is one reason why women are not joining the workforce in greater numbers, why girls drop out of schools, why women cannot enjoy the recreational spaces in urban areas, and why they find taking public transport difficult
Being watched will become synonymous with being safe, only because of a constant, perpetual curfew on individual autonomy(Reuters file photo for representation)
Being watched will become synonymous with being safe, only because of a constant, perpetual curfew on individual autonomy(Reuters file photo for representation)

Analysis | Facial recognition will threaten individual liberty

By Vidushi Marda and Apar Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 09:11 PM IST
The system is unreliable. Deploying it may institutionalise the discrimination of a diverse demographic of people
India had earlier appointed officers in Mauritius and Singapore in order to intensify its effort in checking money laundering and tax evasion.(AP File Photo)
India had earlier appointed officers in Mauritius and Singapore in order to intensify its effort in checking money laundering and tax evasion.(AP File Photo)

India to appoint experts in Maldives to work on financial crime, money laundering

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 03:27 PM IST
The officials appointed by the Centre would look into financial crime, fraud investigation, money laundering and preventing corruption.
Five U.S. men who say they were sexually abused as minors by Roman Catholic priests filed a federal lawsuit in Minnesota on Tuesday against the Vatican, accusing the church of concealing the identities of thousands of predator clergy members.(AFP (Representative Image))
Five U.S. men who say they were sexually abused as minors by Roman Catholic priests filed a federal lawsuit in Minnesota on Tuesday against the Vatican, accusing the church of concealing the identities of thousands of predator clergy members.(AFP (Representative Image))

Sexually abused as minors, five US men sue Vatican to release names of priests

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 11:10 AM IST
Three brothers and two other men claimed in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in St. Paul that the Church has kept secret the identities and records of more than 3,400 clergy accused of sexual abuse, including some top church officials.
A defense lawyer for Henry declined to comment.(PICTURE CREDIT AP)
A defense lawyer for Henry declined to comment.(PICTURE CREDIT AP)

US: Man inspired by IS planned truck attack near DC

Associated Press | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2019 08:44 AM IST
After his arrest by local law enforcement, Henry was taken for a psychiatric evaluation and was then taken into FBI custody once that was done.
Twitter shares fell almost 7 percent after the company said it was investigating unusual traffic that might be from state-sponsored hackers(AP)
Twitter shares fell almost 7 percent after the company said it was investigating unusual traffic that might be from state-sponsored hackers(AP)

Twitter warns of suspicious traffic coming from China, Saudi Arabia; shares fall 7%

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2018 08:37 AM IST
Twitter said in a blog that it discovered suspicious traffic to a customer-support forum while investigating a security bug that exposed data, including users’ phone country codes and details on locked accounts. It said the bug was fixed November 16.
While celebrating the might of the State against unchecked technology giants, it would serve us well to remember that better regulation is not coterminous with micromanaged legislative prescriptions. Often, such prescriptions are counterproductive.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
While celebrating the might of the State against unchecked technology giants, it would serve us well to remember that better regulation is not coterminous with micromanaged legislative prescriptions. Often, such prescriptions are counterproductive.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Like the EU, India must regulate data effectively

By Ananth Padmanabhan
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2018 03:17 PM IST
India must work towards prioritising collective consultation over siloed responses and a unifying innovation impact principle when evaluating regulatory interventions.
In this image made from aerial video, police vehicles line a road in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.(AP)
In this image made from aerial video, police vehicles line a road in the vicinity of a shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.(AP)

Attacker among 13 dead in shooting at southern California bar

Thousand Oaks (California) | By Agencies
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2018 09:01 PM IST
Police said at least 30 shots were fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles
President Donald Trump, his shadow hanging over midterm elections that will determine the future of his administration, used his final pitch to ask voters to help preserve “fragile” GOP victories that could be erased by Democratic gains in Congress.(REUTERS)
President Donald Trump, his shadow hanging over midterm elections that will determine the future of his administration, used his final pitch to ask voters to help preserve “fragile” GOP victories that could be erased by Democratic gains in Congress.(REUTERS)

‘In a sense, I am on the ticket,’ Donald Trump seeks voter support

CAPE GIRARDEAU | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2018 05:13 PM IST
Acknowledging the stakes in the closing days of campaigning, Trump stressed to voters that everything is on the line.
Unlike most states and the federal government, Texas grants juries the power to set criminal punishments.(File Photo)
Unlike most states and the federal government, Texas grants juries the power to set criminal punishments.(File Photo)

Indian-American doctor convicted of raping sedated patient gets 10 years probation

Press Trust of India, Huston | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 02:50 PM IST
The punishment has surprised defense attorneys, disappointed law enforcement and raised concerns from a victims advocacy group
Hackers try to access and alter data from an electronic poll books in a Voting Machine Hacking Village during the Def Con hacker convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, US.(REUTERS File Photo)
Hackers try to access and alter data from an electronic poll books in a Voting Machine Hacking Village during the Def Con hacker convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, US.(REUTERS File Photo)

‘Hacky hack hack’: Australia teen breaches Apple’s secure network

Sydney | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 01:08 PM IST
The boy, then aged 16, accessed Apple’s system multiple times over a year as he was a fan of Apple and had “dreamed of” working for the US firm, a local newspaper said, citing his lawyer.
Traffic jam due to movement of kanwariyas in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Traffic jam due to movement of kanwariyas in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Road blockades in Delhi-NCR and Uttar Pradesh as kanwariya destruction rages on

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 06:41 AM IST
Fresh incidents of wanton violence and random road blockades by several angry kanwariyas were reported from UP and parts of Delhi-NCR.
A tigress leaps to freedom at the Sariska tiger reserve, Rajasthan (File Photo)(Himanshu Vyas/HT)
A tigress leaps to freedom at the Sariska tiger reserve, Rajasthan (File Photo)(Himanshu Vyas/HT)

Instead of fighting, wildlife authorities must focus on tracking Sariska’s missing tiger

By Bahar Dutt
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2018 12:03 PM IST
It’s been six month since a tagged tiger vanished from the tiger reserve. Two agencies are fighting about who’s to blame
US President Donald Trump talks about banning devices that can be attached to semiautomatic guns to make them automatic, during a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington on February 20.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump talks about banning devices that can be attached to semiautomatic guns to make them automatic, during a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington on February 20.(REUTERS)

Trump gun plan backs armed teachers, avoids changing age limits

Bloomberg | By Jennifer Epstein
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2018 11:49 PM IST
Trump had repeatedly championed a push to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21.
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