12-year-old Sikh boy has been arrested following bomb hoax

A 12-year-old Sikh boy has been arrested in a school in Arlington, Texas, after joking that he was going to blow up his school.

The police say that Armaan said that he was joking when he told a classmate that he had a bomb in his backpack.

“I thought it was a joke, so I started laughing and he started laughing,” Armaan remembered. “The next thing you know, I’m reading with my friend and police come in, grab me and take me outside.”

The school district has only released limited information, citing privacy issues, and a Tarrant County Juvenile Services spokesman declined to provide any details about Armaan’s detention.

A spokesman for the Arlington school district said that they tried to contact Armaan’s parents on Friday afternoon, and they were aware that Armaan had been arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center. While the school said that the parents did not attend a scheduled meeting, police said they were able to inform Armaan’s parents about their action.

A police spokesman said, “We arrested the boy and handed him over to the juvenile facility. How long they hold him for is not under our control; it’s determined by the juvenile justice department.”

The case is similar to Ahmed Mohamed’s case. Ahmed, a Muslim boy, was arrested a few months ago having made a clock that the school staff mistook for a bomb.

Ahmed’s arrest led to allegations of racial profiling and religious discrimination, with many saying that the case was an example of Islamophobia. Armaan’s arrest has attracted similar criticism on social media.

“All these bas***** see is race & the color of your skin – The color of your skin does not define who you are (sic),” Haer wrote on Facebook.

University of California attacker named

A student killed by campus police after stabbing four people at the University of California has been identified as freshman, 18-year-old Mohammad Faisal according to school officials. He was described by them as being quiet and antisocial.

Investigators have seized numerous incriminating items from the backpack of Faisal, including a number of zip-tie handcuffs, a night vision scope, a safety hammer, some petroleum jelly, and several rolls of adhesive tape. A hunting knife between 8 and 10 inches long was used in the stabbings.

Student Alex Lopez was on his way to to class when he realized that there was something wrong with the campus. “I was listening to a podcast, and there was a break in talking, and I just hear a gunshot,” he said.

The bomb squad was called in as a precaution in view of the fact that the suspect was carrying a backpack. Two police officers gave chase as Faisal fled the building, said UC Merced Chief of Police Al Vasquez. Faisal was shot and killed by the campus police as he ran from the building.

The university was blocked for about 90 minutes after the stabbings. The block was lifted, but classes were cancelled and the entrances to the campus were blocked. The campus was not evacuated.

Two of Faisal’s victims had to be transported to nearby hospitals, with the other two treated on the campus. The authorities have not released the names of the four victims of the attack.

Numerous witnesses, many of whom are students, were questioned by the police.

Backpacking horrors: Eight grader becomes his father’s rescuer

David Finlayson, 52, and his son Charlie Winsted FInlayson, an eighth grader, have been backpacking for two weeks in the Frank Church River, No Return Wilderness, when an accident occurred. It was the 17th of August when a boulder the size of a refrigerator fell, hitting the older Finlayson, according to the reports of NBC station KTVB.

In the accident, David Finlayson has broken his left arm and leg. It dislodged a crown is considered to be one of her new tooth, ripped off the helmet and briefly knocked him out.

It was then up to the younger Finlayson to take care of his father, considering the nearest ranger station was thirteen miles away. Charlie, a boy scout, quickly calmed the nerves, and sprung into action.

“I was saying a lot of prayers before I left,” Charlie told the station.

The next morning, they started the slow path through the boulder field. It took them hours. David became hypothermic from loss of blood.

“I was hanging off a cliff and I thought I was going to bleed out,” says David. He said that day had been one of the most painful experiences in his life – literally.

The 13-year-old has searched the area for help, but hasn’t found any. it was when the father and son decided that Charlie would have had to do the 13 miles back to find help alone.

He carried a note with him, saying, , “My name is David Finlayson. This is my son Charlie. A large boulder fell on me 3 days ago. I have a broken arm (left), broken ankle (left), and a large open wound on my left leg. I believe the bleeding is under control. I cannot walk so I need a rescue unfortunately. Please help Charlie find one for me.”

“He’s fairly a scientist and an adventurer,” David said of his son. “He’s been climbing and backpacking with me for years “

ixigo welcomes Indian backpacker

Akshay Chhugani, in his new role with ixigo, will now be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of a community of travelers through the various areas of interest.

IndianBackpacker currently has lists of various destinations all over India, which contain information on how to get there, where to stay, the best times to be in a particular place as well as things to do, etc. The site also has articles on hiking, exploring, travel diaries and a forum for users to make the trip discussions.

Aloke Bajpai, Co-Founder & CEO of ixigo, has said, “As a part of ixigo’s vision of simplifying the lives of Indian travelers, we want to build a strong connection with communities of travelers who possess a shared passion, purpose or taste. Akshay has traveled extensively through India on a shoestring budget and has mastered the art of spending less and traveling more in terms of budget accommodation, destinations and experiences.”

At ixigo, Akshay will have the responsibility to build and nurture a caring community of travelers through interest areas.

A passionate journey from when he was 16, Akshay stayed in an Ashram, walked the hills, tried the local street food in a small town and made new friends from all over the world. In a short time, he has made IndianBackpacker a reliable source for backpackers looking to acquire information and bookings coming from India.

Akshay’s previous projects are in collaboration with companies such as Aegis Global Vantedge, Eventus India and Exposure Media Marketing. In addition, he also previously volunteered actively with Yuvraj Singh Foundation, YouWeCan, and was heading all of their covenants and communications.

Clearly, Akshay is a true role model.

Backpack with explosives forced Airport terminal to be evacuated


In yet another bomb scare, a suspicious backpack was found in the ticketing area of Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, causing the Bloomington bomb squad to turn up at the scene and the affected portion of the terminal to be evacuated.

Melissa Scovronski, the airport’s public affairs and marketing manager, told ABC News that the MSP officials initially had one of their officers swab the bag and it tested positive for explosives, prompting them to call for the evacuation of the ticketing terminal.

“It was an unattended backpack on one of the airline ticket counters, on the scale,” she said.

Numerous airlines were affected by the evacuation, including American, US Airways, Spirit, Frontier and United.

Bloomington bomb squad was called to investigate the scene. But according to WCCO-TV, there were no explosives.

Scovronski told ABC News that the backpack is now in the possession of the airport police. The owner of the backpack is still not known and is yet to be found.

Normal activities and operations were resumed about 90 minutes later.

Koh Tao murder: Thai police show incompetence following their failure to check CCTV footage

accused Burmese men

The trial for the two British backpackers who were murdered on a holiday island in Thailand, which pointed Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo – the two Burmese migrant workers – as suspects, faces another controversy. It turns out that the police involved in the investigation. didn’t check key CCTV footage.

Colonel Cherdpong Chiewpreecha, the senior investigating police officer, stated that the CCTV footage from the Koh Tao pier hadn’t been examined at all after the murder of the two backpackers.

The accused men are both on trial for the murder and rape of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and the murder of David Miller, 24, in Koh Tao island on September last year.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to all the accusations, claiming the confession were forced out of them, and withdrew the said confessions.

Based on the reports, the police didn’t investigate the rumors of an altercation between a young Thai man and Witheridge in the AC Bar, a late-night drinking hole where both she and Miller were last seen prior to the discovery of their bodies.

The defense maintains this same man may have committed the crime before fleeing the island on the boat.

Apparently, the investigators didn’t bother testing the DNA or fingerprints on the alleged murder weapons, saying that a cursory examination using a magnifying glass had already been made, thus DNA tests are no longer needed.

On Friday, the bench finally allowed defense lawyers to request independent retesting of all DNA evidence; however, police have already said that key DNA evidence collected from the victims had been “used up.”

According to Reuters, Kewalee Chanpan – the police forensic expert – said that although the tested genetic material was saved and replicated, it had deteriorated over time.

The defense lawyers of the accused men said that they had received information from British authorities that may possibly prove the innocence of the two migrant workers.

Although they did not give details, it is believed that the evidence came from the examination of the two victims in the UK and is related to DNA found on Wittheridge’s body.

Father of British backpackers raped and murdered in southern Thailand leaves court in tears

Thailand murder

The father of a young British backpacker who was raped and murdered on a Thai island wept in court as he was shown graphic images of her daughter’s body lying on a beach.

Tony Witheridge was in court with his son for the third day of the trial of two men over the murder of his 23-year-old daughter Hannah and the 24-year-old David Miller.

The young Witheridge was travelling with Miller when they were killed on a holiday trip to Koh Tao, an island in southern Thailand last September.

Post mortem examinations showed both had suffered severe head wounds and that the British backpacker had been raped.

Two Myanmar migrant workers, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw, have been arrested and accused of killing the young backpackers.

The two migrant workers initially confessed to the crime within days of the victims’ bodies being discovered, but they have retracted that confession, claiming they had been tortured into making it.

The investigation into the deaths has been marred by confusion and allegations of police incompetence.

Thai police said that DNA evidence from the murder case had not been lost, despite earlier statements from the police that vital evidence couldn’t be re-examined as requested by the defense team because it had gone missing.

The police had previously been criticized online due to the slowness of response by the police to cordon off the scene of the crime.

On the other hand, David Miller’s parents, Ian and Susan, were also in court following their son’s tragic death. The Miller matriarch confirmed that she and her husband had been to Koh Tao, where her son and Witheridge were killed.

The trial began on nearby island Koh Samui last Monday, and is expected to end on September 25 while verdict is expected in October.

Introducing MindShift Gear’s backpack series for photographer-backpackers

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MindShift Gear’s First Light backpack series addresses the most pressing needs of outdoor photographers who travel and trek, especially those who carry their 200mm to 600mm “Big Glass” lenses.

The First Light packs come in three sizes for a variety of camera equipment configurations.

The said backpacks have the depth to carry lenses ranging from 200 to 600 mm and have 11 points of adjustment to balance the weight of gear (consider Canon’s 600 mm f/4 lens, ideal for shooting wildlife from a distance which weighs nearly 12 pounds). Aside from that, the backpacks will also pass airline compatibility requirements.

Additionally, the three packs are made with ballistic nylon. Each has room for a laptop computer and essential non-photo gear and zippered pockets for quick access.

“We heard loudly and clearly from outdoor photographers that they wanted dual-purpose backpacks that they could use to transport their gear safely on airlines and also for carrying their largest lenses comfortably for hours while deep into their treks,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “We were able to design backpacks sized to fit three different camera gear configurations that are the best made, most durable, most comfortable, and most reasonably priced in the market.”

Furthermore, The First Light 20L ($230) holds a standard DSLR, four to six zoom lenses and could carry a 300 mm f/2.8 lens. The 30L ($280) holds a camera, four to six lenses, and a slightly bigger telephoto lens, a 500 mm f/4 or a 400 mm /.2.8. The 40L ($330) can hold two DSLRs, six to eight lenses, a couple of flashes and heavy 600 mm lens.