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Germany begins deportation of 9/11 plotter Mounir el Motassadeq

Germany begins deportation of 9/11 plotter Mounir el Motassadeq

World
Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Germany on Monday began plans to deport a member of the Hamburg cell that planned and carried out the Sept. 11 terror attacks after the completion of his 15-year prison sentence. Mounir el Motassadeq, 44, who acted as a bookkeeper for the cell and handled money transfers, will be sent to Marrakesh, Morocco. Hamburg Interior Ministry spokesman Frank Reschreiter would not reveal exactly when the transfer will take place out of safety fears, but armed police officers escorted Motassadeq to an airport Monday. "All the necessary procedural steps for this have been ticked off according to plan," Reschreiter said. A German court sentenced Motassadeq to 15 years in prison in January 2007 for his role in the terror attacks, which left nearly 3,000 people dead. He was convicted and...
Ujjivan begins succession plan, Samit Ghosh to retire in Nov 2019

Ujjivan begins succession plan, Samit Ghosh to retire in Nov 2019

Finance
KOLKATA: Ujjivan Small Finance Bank has begun its succession planning because its founder-cum-chief executive Samit Ghosh is scheduled to retire in November next year. The bank has shortlisted half a dozen candidates for the CEO’s position and is planning to submit a list of three candidates to the Reserve Bank of India by December for its approval. Succession planning, or the absence of it, has been a weak spot in Indian banking, and there are no dearth of examples with the government-owned banks leading the pack. The delicate issue of succession has been highlighted in case of Axis Bank, ICICI Bank and Yes Bank as their chiefs have exited, or are on their way out. “We would like to appoint the new CEO in such a way that there should not be more than six months of overlap,&rdq...
OSIRIS-REx begins approach toward asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx begins approach toward asteroid Bennu

Science
Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The asteroid approach phase of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission has officially begun. Last week, the spacecraft's PolyCam camera photographed the target asteroid Bennu from a distance of 1.4 million miles, inaugurating the asteroid operations campaign. Bennu appears as a blurry white speck in the grainy image. "Many of us have been working for years and years and years to get this first image," Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, told reporters during a press briefing on Friday. The Security-Regolith Explorer spacecraft, which launched almost two years ago, boomeranged around Earth in 2017, setting the craft on its proper course. Now, Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid in the Apollo group, is within view. "When we flew by the earth, the f...
Kroger begins testing driverless grocery deliveries

Kroger begins testing driverless grocery deliveries

Technology
At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger's pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic vehicle parked outside one of its Fry's supermarkets in Scottsdale. A store clerk loaded the back seat with full grocery bags. Meanwhile, a person in the driver's seat to monitor the car's performance. Under the self-driving service, shoppers can order same-day or next-day delivery online or on a mobile app for a flat rate of about $ 6. After the order is placed, a driverless vehicle will deliver the groceries curbside, requiring customers to be present to fetch them. The vehicles will probably be opened with a nu...
9th boy rescued from Thailand cave as final push begins for those remaining inside

9th boy rescued from Thailand cave as final push begins for those remaining inside

World
The final push to bring home four boys and their soccer coach by a crew of international and Thai divers began in earnest on Tuesday. Eight boys have already been brought out of the cave after over two weeks in the darkness. The ninth boy was brought out of the cave at about 4 p.m. local time, according to the Thai navy SEALs. Officials confirmed they had restarted the rescue effort for the third day at 10 a.m. local time, or 11 p.m. Eastern time the prior night. As with the previous rescue efforts, 19 divers have gone into the cave, with two divers escorting each of the boys out of the cave with tethers. "If everything goes to plan, all will come out today," an official said at a Tuesday midday press conference. "We are ready to operate completely today," Chiang Rai Province ...