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The big news: Nawaz Sharif under Pakistan’s SC scanner in Panama Papers’ case, and nine top stories

Other headlines: NGT slammed Art of Living for calling its report biased, and three suspected Islamic State recruits were arrested.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Pakistan SC forms joint team to investigate charges against Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers’ case: The five-judge bench remained divided over the verdict. While two of them voted to disqualify Sharif, three others voted for further inquiry.
  2. NGT berates Art of Living for calling its report biased: The bench also asked the petitioner to file an application with details of the foundation’s statement issued on April 18.
  3. Three suspected Islamic State recruits arrested from Mumbai, Jalandhar and Bijnor: Authorities have detained six others for interrogation after carrying out raids in a number of locations.
  4. Putin-controlled Russian think tank prepared plans to swing US elections in Trump’s favour: US intelligence officials told Reuters that the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies drew up road maps to ensure the Republican would win.
  5. Class 12 student runs car over people sleeping on the footpath in Delhi, at least one dead: The teenager had recently turned 18 and is said to be the son of a businessman.
  6. Google, Facebook among 162 firms that urged a US court to block Trump’s latest travel ban order: The Silicon Valley giants said the restriction will inflict ‘substantial harm on US companies, their employees, and the entire economy’.
  7. ‘Go back to India’, woman screams at a group of passengers on a train in Ireland: The Irish Rail condemned the incident, which was captured on video, and called it ‘shocking and disgraceful’.
  8. Supreme Court cancels Bihar toppers’ scam accused Bachcha Rai’s conditional bail: The Nitish Kumar government had asked that the high court’s decision to let him out of jail be overruled.
  9. Congress forms Manmohan Singh-headed panel on Jammu and Kashmir crisis: The nine-member policy-planning group will suggest ‘constructive measures’ to resolve the ongoing turmoil in the state.
  10. Home Ministry bars public health NGO from receiving funds from the Gates Foundation: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one the major donors of this NGO.
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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.

— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

Here are the videos of 3 reformed robbers talking about their modus operandi and what discouraged them from robbing a house, to give you some ideas on reinforcing your home.


2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

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