Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker

Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker delivers a speech in central London, on the security threat facing Britain October 17, 2017/REUTERS

Britain faces the most acute threat ever from militants seeking to inflict mass attacks, often with spontaneous plots that take just days to bring to execution, the head of the MI5 domestic intelligence agency said on Tuesday.

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After four militant attacks this year that killed 36 people in Britain – the deadliest spate since the London “7/7” bombings of July 2005, MI5 chief Andrew Parker said the threat was at the highest tempo he had seen in 34 years of espionage.

“The threat is more diverse than I have ever known: plots developed here in the UK, but plots directed from overseas as well, plots online, complex scheming and also crude stabbings, lengthy planning but also spontaneous attacks,” said Parker.

“Attacks can sometimes accelerate from inception, through planning, to action in just a handful of days,” he said in a speech in central London. The director general of MI5 rarely gives public speeches. The last was in 2015.

Daesh militants in Syria and Iraq have been in retreat for two years: They lost their de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa, on Tuesday and have been forced back into an ever-diminishing foothold along the Euphrates river valley.

But as their territory, wealth and swagger decline, the militants have intensified online propaganda which has helped radicalise and inspire extremists to attack civilians across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Parker said there had not yet been a large influx of British militants returning home from Syria and Iraq.

‘More threat, faster’

Britain has foiled 20 plots in the past four years, with seven attacks prevented in the past seven months, Parker said. He said there were 500 live operations involving 3,000 people involved in militant activity.

MI5, established in 1909 to counter German espionage ahead of World War One, is tasked with protecting British national security and so takes the lead, along with the police, in countering militant attacks.

But after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, MI5 began a review of how it handled intelligence on the bomber, Salman Abedi, who was known to the intelligence agencies.

Abedi was not among the 3,000 people currently under active investigation by MI5, although he was one of around 20,000 people known to have some connection to extremism.

“When an attack happens, we are determined, using the harsh light of hindsight, to squeeze out every last drop of learning,” Parker said. “We are constantly evolving to stay ahead.”

MI5, which employs around 4,000 people, says it does not have the resources to monitor every suspicious person. It works alongside the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, which operates abroad, and GCHQ, Britain’s eavesdropping agency.

‘Not King Canute’

Britain has repeatedly demanded that Silicon Valley companies do more to suppress extremist content and allow access to online communication.

After British militants rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and went on the rampage through packed bars, stabbing revellers in June, Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain must be tougher on stamping out militancy and proposed regulating cyberspace.

Parker said militants’ abuse of the internet could slow down the rapid pace of the hunt for attackers.

“This pace together with the way in which extremists can exploit safe spaces online can make threats harder to detect and give us a smaller window to intervene.”

Britain’s interior minister, Amber Rudd, said earlier this month that WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption communication services allowed paedophiles and organised crime groups to operate beyond the reach of the law.

But Parker refrained from naming any companies directly and called for a nuanced partnership to tackle militants and serious crimes such as child abuse.

“I am not somehow King Canute trying to hold back the tide of developing technology and wouldn’t wish to be heard that way,” he said. “Technology is not the enemy, indeed it holds many opportunities for us.”

When asked directly whether Google, Facebook and Amazon were doing enough to prevent communications among militants, he said: “There is a reasonable expectation, I think, from all of us but also from the public at large that these companies would do what they can to help us deal with these worst excesses.”

Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker delivers a speech in central London, on the security threat facing Britain October 17, 2017/REUTERS

National Day

National Day of the Czech Republic Ambassador H.E. Mr. Milan Hovorka and Mrs. Jarmila Hovorková would like to invite you to a Reception with the musical performance of Bohemia Voice on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 7.30 pm to 9.30 16299481_1487190234653827_1693946378294860594_npm.

Please find enclosed the invitation card and bring this invitation with you.

US condemns killing of Malta journalist

Daphne Caruana Galizia aged 53 years was killed in a car bomb on Monday soon after leaving her home in Mosta, on the north side of the island. The explosion occurred near the village of Bidnija, sending the car off the road and into a nearby field.

Her son, Matthew Caruana Galizia, said she was “assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists”. “But she was also targeted because she was the only person doing so,” he said. “This is what happens when the institutions of the state are incapacitated – the last person left standing is often a journalist. Which makes her the first person left dead.”

Mr Caruana Galizia, who was on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its work on the Panama Papers scandal, wrote a harrowing account of discovering his mother’s burning car and trying to help her.

“I am never going to forget, running around the inferno in the field, trying to figure out a way to open the door, the horn of the car still blaring, screaming at two policemen who turned up with a single, fire extinguisher to use it,” he wrote.

The police officers stared at him and said: “‘I’m sorry, there is nothing we can do’,” he wrote. “I looked down and there were my mother’s body parts all around me. I realised they were right, it was hopeless. ‘Who is in the car?’ they asked me. ‘My mother is in the car. She is dead. She is dead because of your incompetence’.”

The United States on Tuesday condemned the slaying of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and said the FBI had responded to Malta’s request for assistance in investigating the car bomb attack that killed her.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said in his public address 90 minutes after the car bomb exploded that he had asked the US for assistance in the investigation.

It is understood that the FBI will – in fact – be leading the investigation and Maltese forensic teams and experts have so far limited themselves to preserving the site of the crime, covering the remains of the car and the human body remains scattered around the site.

Dutch team reached Malta this morning, having been asked for assistance by the Maltese government.

Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia took to Twitter early this morning to announce the arrival of the team from the Netherlands.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States condemned the “appalling violence that took place against her in the strongest terms,” calling it a “cowardly attack” against a reporter who was dedicated to fighting corruption.

“We responded quickly to the prime minister’s request for assistance. The government of Malta and Malta police force have been in contact with the FBI about the investigation and the FBI is providing specific assistance,” said Nauert, who called for a “thorough, transparent and independent” probe.

Media agencies

Happy Diwali!

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Gujarat – 69% Engg Seats Vacant, Education Rate 2%

Gujarat 8% Students in India – 0.6% Clear AIIMS Test

October18, 2017 (C) Ravinder Singh progressindia2015@gmail.com

 

It was stunning – when 15 lakh children are born in Gujarat every year – just 3 made it in top 700 for AIIMS Test, about 100 out of 17,140 Candidates. This story was months old.

 

Gujarat Literacy 80% – Education 2% – 0% Inventing Grade

 

It was shocking – out of 2.07 lakh professional seats, 1.22 seats are vacant so 85,000 are in colleges and in all not more 30,000 shall pass through with good score – Thus Gujarat Education system Efficiency is barely 2% or 2% education rate.

 

Not Even One With Inventing Grade.

 

This is absolutely PATHETIC.

 

When we tolerate DULLARD grade politicians we get DULLARD GRADE Education.

 

Supreme Court of India should intervene in this – Prescribe QUALIFICATION LEVELS FOR POLITICIANS – UPSC Like test.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS

Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 8826415770, 9871056471, 9718280435,

Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power, Transportation,

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Napino and Fallbrook partner

 Napino and Fallbrook partner on advanced transmission solutions for motorcycles and scooters globally

— These transmissions will increase fuel economy, reduce emissions and improve driveability for two- and three-wheelers

     Napino

 

CEDAR PARK, TEXAS / GURGAON, INDIA  October 18, 2017 – Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook), the inventor of the NuVinci continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission technology and Napino Auto & Electronics Ltd. (Napino), one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive electronic products in its served markets, today announced a global partnership through a licensing and development agreement.

With this partnership, Napino receives a license to develop, manufacture, and sell NuVinci Optimized™ transmissions for use in two- or three-wheel vehicles such as mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines. Fallbrook currently licenses the NuVinci technology in various fields of use to major transportation firms including Allison Transmission, Continental, Dana Incorporated, and TEAM Industries.  While the motorcycle and scooter markets can benefit greatly from the implementation of NuVinci technology, Fallbrook had previously held off on licensing the fields of use until it found the right partner with the vision, resources and relationships to facilitate a rapid rollout of the technology in these markets.

“Napino is known for its dedication to supplying high quality parts to its OEM customers as well as identifying, developing, and deploying advanced automotive technology that will enable its customers to gain competitive advantage. NuVinci technology definitely fits that description,” said Vaibhav Raheja, director of Napino.  Naveen Kumar, Senior Vice President of Napino added, “NuVinci technology will enable us to provide a value-added drivetrain solution that will improve vehicle efficiency, durability and performance across our licensed fields.  Considering the government’s strong push for electrification of vehicles in India, this technology shall also enhance the performance of the electric powertrain.”

“We are delighted to have a new partnership with such a capable and successful company with global reach,” said Sharon A. O’Leary, Fallbrook’s president and chief operating officer. “The agreement with Napino is a natural extension of the other markets for NuVinci Optimized transmissions that our licensing community is addressing, including passenger cars and trucks, automotive accessory drives, utility vehicles, eBikes, and bicycles. It demonstrates the broad applicability of NuVinci technology and its rapidly increasing adoption in a variety of industries.”

About Napino Auto & Electronics Ltd.

Based in India, Napino is a leading global supplier of automotive electronic products. With headquarters in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, the company employs roughly 2,500 employees. Its portfolio includes ECUs (electronic control units), capacitor discharge ignition systems, regulator rectifiers, wiring harnesses, handlebar switches and E-Mobility products among other electronic offerings.

As a leader in its segment with complete design, development and manufacturing capabilities, Napino offers innovative solutions to major automobile manufacturers. Through its robust R&D capabilities and sustainable partnerships with global players, Napino’s objective is to lead technology innovation in automotive electronics.