US with­draws from UNESCO over Is­rael

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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

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