Eight organisations of the Chakma community on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking the inclusion of Chin refugees in India by further amending the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The Bill awaits passage or rejection in the Rajya Sabha.The Joint Parliamentary Committee that submitted its recommendations to the Centre after a series of discussions with stakeholders had rejected suggestions to include minorities from Myanmar and Sri Lanka. HRW reportThe memorandum was made on the basis of a January 2009 report by the US-based Human Rights Watch titled ‘The Chin People of Burma: Unsafe in Burma, Unprotected in India’. The report said that there are an estimated 100,000 Chins in Mizoram, which is 20% of the total Chin population in Myanmar.Manipur too has an unspecified number of Chins, who are ethnically related to the majority Mizos of Mizoram and the Kuki-Zomi groups in Manipur.“The number of Chin refugees in India is at least 1.2 lakh. In November 2017, about 1,600 Chins, many of whom were women and children, fled to Lawngtlai district of Mizoram following a military offensive against the Arakan Army militants in that country’s Chin State. While some went back, around 1,440 refugees have reportedly refused to return due to insecurity,” said Dilip Kanti Chakma, president of the Delhi-based All India Chakma Students’ Union.Refugee statusAbout 4,000 Chin refugees are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in New Delhi but in June 2018, the UNHCR decided to cancel their ‘refugee status’ with effect from August 1, 2018. The ‘cessation process’ would be completed by December 31 this year on the ground that Myanmar has now become “stable and secure” for them to return home and, therefore, they don’t need “international protection”.“We appealed to the Centre to further amend the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for including Myanmar along with Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan,” Mr. Chakma said.
FA Cup Where were Alexis and Ozil? Wenger blows Arsenal’s best chance of winning a trophy this season Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) Getty FA Cup Arsenal Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Nottingham Forest The French manager must accept the blame after his second-string side were dismantled in another disastrous defensive performance away from home ‘Three FA Cups in four years’. This is the automated response of those who believe Arsene Wenger is the right manager for Arsenal.On a chilly Sunday afternoon in Nottingham, even the Frenchman’s most ardent supporters will have been struggling to defend him after his second-string side were dumped out of the cup in a shambolic third-round performance.The 4-2 defeat means that Wenger won’t make it four FA Cups in five years and, indeed, in a few days another domestic cup exit could be on the cards as the Gunners face Chelsea in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger was fully aware of the danger Forest possess before kick-off but perhaps Arsenal’s most alarming shortcoming in the match was the way Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding were brutally exposed in the centre of defence by balls over the top to Kieran Dowell and Zach Clough.Arsenal’s centre-backs were caused endless problems and are too vulnerable when up against pace and power. Forest’s six shots on target in the first half is the most Arsenal have faced in the opening 45 minutes of a match this season – and they were dominated by a simple game plan. Arsenal’s substitutes’ bench was made up of youngsters and questions will be asked why the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil weren’t named among them. The presence of two talismanic players would surely have intimidated a Forest side who currently sit 14th in the Championship with a caretaker manager at the helm.Wenger, who was serving the first game of his touchline ban, picked a starting XI which featured mostly fringe players, although it is worth noting that these players had made 633 Premier League appearances between them.The FA Cup was undoubtedly Arsenal’s best chance of winning silverware this season. While the Carabao Cup features a two-legged semi against Chelsea, there is also the likely prospect of coming up against Pep Guardiola’s virtually invincible Manchester City team in the final. Even Europa League glory remains a distant possibility if the Gunners overcome Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the freezing Swedish cold next month. Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli are among the heavyweight names competing with Arsenal in the competition.Criticism over Wenger’s team selection is understandable. The club’s two best players weren’t involved at all, and questions will almost certainly be directed at the manager for not giving his team any hope of salvaging something with the back-up options too inexperienced to make a difference.Wenger will likely criticise the refereeing decisions after this one – indeed Forest’s second penalty could have been disallowed – but he should acknowledge another disastrous defensive display away from home, not to mention his own costly decisions.
ConIFA World Football Cup VIDEO: 2018 CONIFA World Cup, a tournament with green cards and a different kind of atmosphere Goal 18:35 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy ConIFA World Football Cup Videos The global sporting event made up of 16 teams from unrecognised states will be as innovative as it is inspiring The 2018 CONIFA World Cup is finally upon us.16 national teams representing unrecognised states and regions will go to head-to-head in a number of stadiums dotted around London. There will also be representation from the UK, with sides from Yorkshire and the Isle of Man gunning for glory.The most recognisable figure won’t be any of the players, though – referee Mark Clattenburg will be bringing his officiating expertise to the tournament which will be introducing green cards, a sanction that will dismiss a player but allow his team to replace him with an unused substitute. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I think my Saudi Arabia experience is going to help [during CONIFA]. I’ve now sampled Asian football which is completely different to European footy and I’ve also had the luxury of refereeing South American football. Getting all the experience from all the continents certainly helps.”Bringing all the unaffiliated teams together for a global sporting event to celebrate the underdog has proven difficult at times, but CONIFA’S mission is simple, according to the organisation’s president Per-Anders Blind.”For me, CONIFA is a big peace mission,” Blind said. “Our mission is all about creating a better world but by using football and culture as a tool for that.”If you come and watch our games, what you will feel is a different kind of atmosphere. You can’t find it in traditional football.”Watch the video above to learn all about CONIFA.Teams, fixtures and everything you need to know about the CONIFA 2018 World Football Cup
The third quarter proved to be another positive three-month period for consumer magazines, with advertising pages increasing 3.6 percent (marking the second consecutive quarter of slight growth) and estimated ad revenues jumping up by 5.3 percent. Also noteworthy was that the automotive advertising category reported a 43 percent growth in ad pages to 2,606.78 pages, the biggest increase among the 12 categories tracked by PIB. Year-to-date, the increase is smaller (+24.7 percent, at 6,853.12 pages) but still represents the biggest growth through the first nine months.While auto advertising by no means has returned to where it was a couple years ago (it’s still down more than 30 percent from a reported 10,190.54 pages through the third quarter 2008), auto makers advertise in all types of magazines, so the upswing is significant in that it affects titles all across the industry. And, of course, no category is impacted more specifically than auto-related magazines. The auto title that has seen the biggest ad page gain through the first nine months of the year is Source Interlink Media’s Automobile magazine, which has grown ad pages 16.1 percent to 421.76 pages. HFMUS’ Car and Driver, which has the biggest market share with 607.89 pages, reported an ad page increase of 4 percent through the first nine months. The only auto title to report a loss for the period was Hot Rod, at -0.2 percent. Ira Gabriel, publisher of Automobile and Motor Trend magazines, attributes the growth in auto industry advertising to the auto makers fighting for market share. And Gabriel’s team has made strides to capitalize on that growth. “During this past year, we have made a focused effort to sit with our clients, listen to their objectives and goals and return back branded solutions that drive influencers,” Gabriel says. “For example, Automobile editor-in-chief Jean Jennings recently produced a number of special integrated inserts for – multiple GM divisions, Lexus (on the launch of the LFA) and BMW. These special sections included ideas brought to the auto companies by Jean and her staff, which created a branding message and strong association with Automobile Magazine. Together with print, the integration was comprised of online, video, email and radio.”Collectively, the six auto titles tracked by PIB reported an increase in ad pages of 6.82 percent. Year-to-date, Autoweek has grown ad pages 6.9 percent, Motor Trend is up 9.6 percent and Road & Track is ahead by 4.5 percent.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, December 13, 2018:A 2-vehicle crash took place on Ballardvale Street. Air bags deployed. Both vehicles towed. (8:12am)A Baldwin Road caller reported a horizontal splint in a tree in a neighbor’s yard. He was unsure if tree was on town property or neighbor’s property. Caller is concerned wind will knock tree down. DPW notified. Tree Department will check tree. (11:17am)Fire Department reported train is blocking Route 62 at North Wilmington Station. (11:19am)A resident found a syringe outside of Maple Road house on the sidewalk. Police brought the syringe back to station for disposal. (2:26pm)Fire Department responded to a brush fire on Main Street. (7:07pm)Police came across a party picking through items left outside of Main Street Consignment & Thrift and sent them on their way. (7:37pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 6: Trailer Fire On Highway; Car vs. Rock Wall; Needle Found In YardIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”
Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan Did you play with a lot of tech when you were a kid? What was your first computer? Scott: You know, my dad and my brother had the very first Apple II and then the Apple IIe, and then the very first Macintosh, which we still have. I don’t even know if it turns on anymore. I think it does. My brother is still in computers. He’s a designer — a programmer — but I was never adept with computers on the level that my father and my brother were. But they were always around, and we would go to … what is the Apple convention up in the Bay Area? I think AirPods are a real game-changer. I just love that they’ve kind of subtly changed my life in a weird way. Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig Talking with Chewbacca Post a comment With the entire series in front of you to discover and being a kid, it really expanded my imagination and was influential on my taste for stories and movies and what I found interesting. So I jumped at the chance to be in The Twilight Zone. You play Ed Mackenzie on Big Little Lies. Season 1 is over, and I know you’re doing season 2. What’s the best thing about working on Big Little Lies? Scott: The cast, the writing and directing. And season 2 is going to be really fun for people. It’s really juicy. Anything else you can say? Scott: I can’t. Scott: “Meeting Mark Hamill was all I wanted as a kid.” Mark Mann You sure? Scott: A hook will come down and pick me up and you’ll never see me again. You also play a demon, named Trevor, on The Good Place. Did you pick that name? Scott: No, no. Mike Schur, who created the show, I believe picked Trevor. If Michael, the Ted Danson character who designed the Good Place, were to design a personal hell just for you, what would it be? Scott: Personal hell built just for me? There would be really loud afternoon TV advertisements playing at all times. Like for insurance, for injury law. It seems like it’s all life insurance, injury law and medications that play during the day, blaring at all times. It would be really hot. There would be no AC. And all the clothing would be really tight and uncomfortable. Now playing: Watch this: Adam Scott is a quiet standout Amazon Tags reading • Big Little Lies’ Adam Scott: Making a scene Apple $144 2:45 See it Aug 28 • In pursuit of perfect ice Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) TV and Movies See It See It Share your voice Apple Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ See It 0 Kristen Bell was hosting Jimmy Kimmel’s show and surprised you with a visit from Mark Hamill, whom you once invited to your birthday party when you were a kid. Your face is like the kid who got every birthday wish in their entire life. What was that like? Scott: It was really weird because it was obviously being televised — and to be thrown off guard and surprised like that on camera, with an audience, is very strange and felt Truman Show-y. But really cool. I mean, meeting Mark Hamill was all I wanted as a kid, so it was obviously a big deal. Really cool. He gave you a lightsaber. Scott: He did, yeah. You still have it? Scott: Yeah, it’s cool. You’re in a classic episode of the new remake of The Twilight Zone. Why did you want to do it? Scott: I’m in Nightmare at 30,000 Feet, which is a remake of Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. William Shatner did it in the original series and then John Lithgow did it in Twilight Zone: The Movie in the early ’80s, both of which I’ve seen dozens of times. When we got the script for the new series of The Twilight Zone, I think I said yes before I even read it, which is not what you’re supposed to do. But The Twilight Zone is my favorite show ever. I used to stay up every night because they would play reruns at 11 p.m. every night. I had a 5-inch black-and-white TV in my bedroom. It was the only TV in the house, and I would keep the volume low so my mom wouldn’t know and just watch Twilight Zone every single night. See All Macworld Expo. Scott: We must have gone to that. I kind of grew up watching that evolve, watching Apple grow as a company. I still love their gear, and their gadgets are beautiful and intuitive. So you’re an iPhone user? Scott: Yeah. And I think AirPods are a real game-changer. I just love that they’ve kind of subtly changed my life in a weird way. It keeps you connected, which is both good or bad. It makes being connected effortless. You can stay connected to an audiobook or a podcast or music or whatever it is. It just makes it all easier. I mean, we’ve had headphones and earbuds for years. But these — it’s a brilliant design. I have other Bluetooth headphones from other companies, and none of them are as intuitive as the AirPods, which just blend in with your body. This is all sounding very sci-fi, but it really is a brilliant design. It feels like it’s part of you, in a weird way. I’ve found them to be my favorite Apple product in a long time. Scott had fun playing with this interactive Chewbacca doll. Hasbro Because of that seamlessness? Scott: Yeah, ease of control too. It’s really simple just to double tap. I really love it. I’ve had the Apple Watch now for a few months, and I’m starting to feel the benefits of it. And now I feel weird without it (gesturing to his bare wrist). But the AirPods are … a really simple step up in tech. Some people think they look kind of geeky. They certainly make a statement about who you are when you wear them walking down the street. Scott: So people think they’re too geeky? Because they’re bright white? But that’s good branding. If they’re invisible, then I don’t know. I think they look cool. I think they look beautiful. But I would be anxious to get black ones if they came out with those. That’s a cool idea. You’re not only an actor, you also produce. Are you at all looking at the world of virtual reality or augmented reality? Scott: Not yet. But I think it’s inevitable that everyone will. It seems like things are heading in that direction. But we’ve so far fallen short of integrating it into everyday life and into home entertainment on a grand scale. I’m not sure exactly what it is that’s holding it back from becoming something that everyone kind of just grabs when they’re ready to consume entertainment at home. You guys probably have a better handle on why it hasn’t. Maybe the ultimate set hasn’t landed yet. Yes, some headsets are heavy, uncomfortable. Some people get nauseous, so throwing up kind of gets in the way. Scott: Not the funnest part of being entertained. But I’ve experienced it a few times, and it’s extraordinary. I think it’s just a matter of finding the wearable tech that’s seamless and comfortable, right? That’s the biggest hurdle, I would imagine. Do you have a smart home? Are you into any smart home gear? Scott: I mean, here and there. We haven’t fully jumped into that, mostly because I always feel a little reticent. You always feel like if you commit to something, it’s going to change. And I don’t mind turning on a light switch. We have a [smart] thermostat, and it’s really handy. But I don’t need the entire home to be a smart home — at least not yet. In an episode of the Twilight Zone reboot, Scott plays a nervous passenger who’s convinced his flight is about to crash. Robert Falconer/CBS © 2018 CBS Interactive Self-driving cars: Good idea or bad? Scott: I think they’re a good idea. It’s an exciting idea. And I think in a few years it won’t be dangerous anymore. It’s probably safer than a human driving a car right now. It’s where we’re headed. Whether it’s safe or not, that’s where it’s all going. What tech do you wish had never been invented? Scott: That’s a really good question, but I don’t know. How about tech you’d like to see invented just for you that you haven’t seen? Scott: I still feel like they haven’t perfected the pillow. Because even some of the memory foam ones, they’re — it’s great, but then it’s not. It’s too hot. I feel like the pillow has a way to go, and I’m willing and able to wait, but excited to find the perfect pillow. Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: CNET Magazine It’s easy to see why Adam Scott is often cast as the approachable everyman. He’s pretty low-key in person, with a deadpan delivery that prompts double takes. It’s a persona he’s been able to transform into notable characters he once described as “befuddled beta males.” On NBC’s Parks and Recreation, he embodied Ben Wyatt, a calzone-loving state auditor who dresses up as Batman and owns his encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Game of Thrones. In HBO’s drama series Big Little Lies, he plays Ed Mackenzie, the beleaguered second husband of main character Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), and shows he can stand up to his alpha wife: “Look, I may not be the good-looking adventure ride, OK? But there is something to be said for being there, for being truthful, for being somebody you can steadfastly count on. I will not be anybody’s runner-up.” He’ll return for season 2 of Big Little Lies on June 9 (read our review here). In Jordan Peele’s reboot of the classic sci-fi series The Twilight Zone, which debuted in April on CBS All Access, Scott takes a lead role. (Editors’ note: CBS operates CBS All Access and owns CNET.) He plays a reporter with PTSD who boards a plane and finds an old MP3 player in the seat pocket in front of him. It plays a podcast, which seems to be from the future, about the mystery of the tragic flight he’s on, transforming him into the weirdo who no one will believe is trying to save them from disaster. But right now, Scott has us all smiling. We’ve surprised him with Star Wars collectibles — he’s a huge fan of the sci-fi epic — and he riffs about the interactive Chewbacca doll and talking Yoda mask. Adam Scott: “I’ve just always been a Star Wars fan.” Mark Mann “I feel like everyone in this room was transported to Yoda’s home planet just for a second,” he tells us after trying on the mask. “Don’t worry guys, it’s just me. It’s just a mask. I put a mask on. Everyone relax.” By the time he describes his own personal hell — a nod to his role as Trevor, a rude (but funny) demon, on the NBC comedy series The Good Place — we’re laughing out loud. “Personal hell built just for me? There would be really loud afternoon TV advertisements playing at all times. Like for insurance, for injury law,” he says during our CNET Magazine cover shoot in Los Angeles. “It would be really hot. There would be no AC. And all the clothing would be really tight and uncomfortable.” See more great stories from CNET Magazine. Mark Mann Scott also talked about staying up late watching reruns of The Twilight Zone on his family’s black-and-white TV when he was a kid, how his Apple AirPod wireless headphones have changed his life, and why he thinks there’s an opportunity for someone to reinvent the pillow. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation. Q: You’re a big Star Wars fan. What’s the appeal? Scott: I guess anyone under the age of 75 is probably a Star Wars fan. It’s been around for so long now. I clearly remember The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi when I was in elementary school, so I really grew up with them. My friends and I were all about Star Wars. It was kind of a rite of passage to collect the figures and make your own lightsabers. I’ve just always been a Star Wars fan. I think I said yes before I even read it, which is not what you’re supposed to do. But The Twilight Zone is my favorite show ever. • $144 3:04 $159 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple AirPods 2019 Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements $144 CNET Magazine
Tags Tech Industry Car Tech Mobile Apps Roadshow Elon Musk Tesla Share your voice 0 Post a comment Tesla leaks are reportedly leading to employees being barred from using Blind. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Tesla has blocked employees from using anonymous workplace social network app Blind following leaks about the company, Blind has confirmed.Blind has said Tesla is blocking verification emails from its employees’ addresses so they can’t validate their accounts. “We first found out about this issue through emails from Tesla employees who were trying to sign up on Blind but were not receiving verification emails from us,” Curie Kim from Blind told CNET in an email Tuesday afternoon. “We looked into the verification rates for Tesla and there was a surge in verification failure on our end starting on May 4th, 2019.” “From these facts, we can confirm that Tesla is preventing employees from accessing Blind,” Kim said. She explained it was similar to when Uber blocked Blind usage by employees back in 2017 after whistleblower Susan Fowler spoke up about the Uber working climate. Kim said more employees from more than 40,000 companies are using Blind, including 55,000 Microsoft staffers, 38,000 from Amazon, 16,000 from Google, 13,000 from Facebook, 11,000 from Uber and 10,000 from Apple. “Tesla is the only company that is blocking its own employees from accessing or signing up on Blind,” she said. As spotted earlier by Verdict, a Tesla employee had posted publicly on Blind in May about being unable to use the app. “Why is Tesla opposed to their employees using Blind? We can’t access the app on the company network,” the post says. “Have to use phone data instead. And it seems they’re blocking emails from Blind too. I told a couple of co-workers about the app but they haven’t been able to receive a verification code to complete the sign-up process!” Variety said Tesla staff are also unable to use Blind via Tesla’s Wi-Fi network. Blind requires users to verify their account with a company email address but then keeps their identity anonymous in order to give “an equitable voice to everyone.” “Through anonymity and community, we aim to flatten corporate hierarchy and remove professional barriers in order to initiate open conversations and create transparency,” Blind says. The app features multiple channels for users: topics channels, private company channels, Tech Lounge and Startup Lounge. Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has meanwhile been trying to psyche his employees up to hit delivery targets, reportedly sending out an email last week top push hard while demand is high. Reports say Tesla’s current quarter could eclipse its 90,700 deliveries record. Originally published June 4, 2:18 p.m. PT. Update, 3:49 p.m.: Adds confirmation from Blind.
The economic value generated by Eco coins will be distributed to the community through accounts created at Eco.com. The Eco Foundation will verify the identity of the initial nodes to help bootstrap the network across a broad geographic distribution. Eco cryptocurrency by Garrett CampCreative CommonsTaxi-hailing app Uber’s co-founder Garrett Camp is all set to introduce a new cryptocurrency named Eco into the global trading market. Eco is expected to be launched later this year and it will be the latest entrant in the list of nearly 1,400 varieties of crypto coins including bitcoin, ethereum to enter the fray.Introducing https://t.co/hojcQhgW5E 🙂 https://t.co/7hSRgEHgSf // @eco— Garrett Camp (@gc) 1 March 2018Eco is in the early stages of system design, and Camp has shared the details of the upcoming cryptocurrency.Here is everything you need to know about the new crypto asset:Eco will serve as a virtual currency that will be usable across the world for daily transaction purposes. The mission of the Eco Foundation is to develop a global currency protocol that is evenly distributed and extremely robust.The design proposal says that Eco aims to achieve the capacity of more than 100,000 transactions per second within a few years by using Transaction Sharding, where transactions are directed to specific shards for acceptance and validation, instead of the whole network validating the same transaction.(With inputs from Eco’s design proposal) Eco will be managed by an independent, non-profit organization — Eco-foundation, which will guide the development of the Eco protocol, with transparent governance and continual improvement. Mining of Eco is different from other cryptocurrencies. When a block is successfully mined in Eco, tokens are evenly distributed to all other nodes immediately. Eco seeks to address three issues within digital currencies: verification of network nodes, the usability of applications, and efficiency of transactions. One trillion Eco tokens will be issued and 50 percent of this will be provided to the first one billion verified human users who sign up and 20 percent will be allocated to verified nodes (partner universities) and their network of researchers and developers. Eco makes significant improvements by 1) forming verified network, where universities run nodes, 2) increasing overall token supply, and creating simple web and mobile apps, and 3) designing a system with more energy-efficient and coordinated token generation to reduce overall power consumption. Eco won’t follow the bitcoin’s worker-lottery approach. It operates based on collective incentive, rather than individual reward. Eco seeks to create a verified network of universities to help build an evenly distributed and cooperative financial infrastructure that is easy to use and energy efficient.
Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand attacked a checkpoint with silenced weapons and hand grenades early on Tuesday killing 12 policemen and stealing weapons and ammunition, officials said.But a provincial official said that it could be an insider attack as one of the guards was still missing.”An investigation is ongoing to find out if someone from inside has defected to the Taliban and paved the way for this crime,” he said.The attack, in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, underlined the threat facing Afghan security forces in the opium-producing province, where they struggle to match well-equipped Taliban fighters who now control several districts.The police killed in the attack had been pulled back from the southern district of Khanshin district which security forces abandoned last year.”The Taliban attacked a guard with silenced guns and then entered the check post,” Helmand deputy police chief Haji Gulai told reporters.”They attacked other policemen with hand grenades and killed all of them. They later took their weapons and ammunition and escaped.” he said.In a separate incident, another 12 policemen were killed in the Marjah district of Helmand after an hour-long gunbattle, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.Taliban fighters now control most of Helmand, including areas in Lashkar Gah. British and US forces suffered their heaviest casualties of the war in the province in years of fighting following the removal of the Taliban in 2001.Afghan security forces now control less than 60 per cent of the country, according to US estimates, with the Taliban in control of about 10 per cent and the remainder contested between government and insurgent forces.