Casablanca Police Arrest Woman For Alleged Kidnapping of Minor

Rabat – Police in Casablanca arrested a 33-year old woman for alleged involvement in the kidnapping of a six year old girl.The young girl’s family resorted to security services after their daughter disappeared under mysterious circumstances last Monday while playing with her bicycle in front of her house in the old medina of Casablanca.Police found the girl on Saturday. Read Also: Moroccan Police Return ‘Kidnapped’ 3-Year-Old to FamilyPolice identified the suspect with camera recordings in which the suspect appears with the kidnapped girl in several areas of the city of Casablanca.Police put the suspects in custody as they continue their ongoing investigation to identify the circumstances of the incident.In February, Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) found a three-year old girl in Fkih Ben Saleh in the Khenifra region after she had allegedly been kidnapped.In recent years, several very young girls have been reported missing or kidnapped in Morocco.Some were abducted but eventually found and returned safely to their families while others have either remained missing or were found dead.In September, another 5-year-old girl named Khadija, was found after she went missing from a souk in Casablanca.Moroccans shared pictures of her on social media to help find her. read more

India looks to revive historic maritime ties with Sri Lanka

The scheme is at the conceptual stage as of now, he said. The Cuttack Museum in Odisha is the only maritime museum in the country so far, Sharma said. (Colombo Gazette) Other countries include Vietnam and Mauritius as well, the IANS news agency reported. To another query from Biju Janata Dal member B. Mahtab on the national maritime museum, the minister said: “We are in the process of setting up more maritime museums.” The minister said that both the ASI and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts are working with 39 countries on this issue along with departments concerned in China.Congress member K.V. Thomas said Kerala has considerable maritime history and thus there is scope for tie-ups between Kerala and the countries in the Gulf region as also Europe. Sharma said Kerala is part of the project for which Rs 15 crore has already been sanctioned.The minister said the project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean world, collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean extending from East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula to the Southeast Asian archipelago.To a supplementary from Sugata Bose (Trinamool Congress) on whether there has been any hurdle to the project from any of the 39 countries, Sharma said India has already started working with Qatar and China. The Indian Government said it is trying to revive the historic maritime cultural and economic ties with 39 countries, including Sri Lanka, under a new initiative called ‘Mausam’.“Our country has taken a big initiative in the form of this ‘Mausam’ project. It is our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to establish this link between 39 countries, of which China is an important and integral part. We (two countries) are working on this project. China is definitely an integral part of this project,” Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma informed the Lok Sabha. Among others, Bharatiya Janata Party member Dushyant Singh wanted to know whether the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has approached its Chinese counterpart. read more