US withdraws from UNESCO over Israel
The United States on Thursday announced it will withdraw from UNESCO, accusing the UN’s cultural body of “antiIsrael” stance. The withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018.
“This decision was not taken lightly and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said. She said they notified UNESCO Director-General of the decision and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission.
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of killing their teen- aged daughter Aarushi and live-in domestic help Hemraj Banjade, four years after the dentist couple was convicted and jailed for life for the 2008 twin murders that transfixed the nation.
The court raised serious doubts over the CBI’s investigation and said the “circumstantial evidences” were not adequate for a conviction beyond doubt and gave the benefit of doubt to the Talwars, who are likely to be released from Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail on Friday.
“Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are happy. They said that they have got justice,” said Dasna Jailor DR Maurya. But the sensational crimes that triggered conspiracy theories, books and even a Bollywood movie are once again a mystery. There was “a strong alternative killer theory”, the court said on Thursday, the latest in a series of twists and turns in two of India’s most infamous murder mysteries.
There was applause in the packed courtroom number 40, when the two-member bench of Justices BK Narayan and AK Mishra read the operative portion of the 26page order.
“There is no irresistible conclusion that the accused committed the murders... there is no clinching evidence, there is only circumstantial evidence. In case of doubts, one has to favour the accused. The benefit of doubt in this case goes in favour of Talwars,” reports quoted the bench as saying.
Nupur’s father BG Chitnis said he was grateful to the judiciary. “I have seen the couple suffering. It has been really testing. I am emotionally drained,” he said. Rajesh’s sister-in-law Vandana Talwar said she was deeply relieved. “We suffered for 10 years. Grateful to the court.”
Nine years, three investigations by as many teams, two sets of suspects and different theories later, the mystery around the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case remains unsolved, and it’s back to square one.
The case was probed by the UP police first and then by two separate teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
From day one, the case has seen many twists and turns. Soon after Aarushi’s murder, domestic help Hemraj Ban-
They counted days to hear this news. Tears of joy rolled down their cheeks as the Talwar couple hugged each other after the Allahabad High court acquitted them of killing their jade was declared the prime suspect since he was found missing. The next day his blood-soaked body was found on the terrace of their flat.
A week later, the UP police