New Delhi: In a bid to curb the menace of missing children in the city, the Delhi Police has passed revised instructions to senior officers related to the procedure which should be followed on receipt of information about missing children. Police sources told Millennium Post that in June this year the instructions were passed.Senior police officers were told that whenever any information regarding missing person or child is received by SHO or any other staff deployed at the police station through fax, e-mail, SMS, WhatsApp or any other social media platform, he or she shall immediately record the same in the daily diary of the police station. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further said that as soon as information or complaint about a missing child is received, necessary steps of his or her recovery need to be taken immediately. “Whenever the police come across a child who is unable to provide information regarding his or her parents and address, a case of kidnapping shall be registered,” sources said adding that social media should be scanned during investigation procedure. According to police sources, the order further says ACP shall ensure that SHO has registered FIR within 24 hours. As soon as information or complaint about a missing child is received, the necessary steps for his/her recovery need to be taken immediately. The first 15 days and especially first 48 hours from the date of receipt of information/complaint about the missing of a child are very crucial. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The inspector (investigation) will maintain a complete record of various efforts made by him/IOs to trace the missing children/persons. “It should be monitored/reviewed by SHO on a weekly basis and ACP on a fortnightly basis and they shall issue timely instructions and also provide concerned officers,” sources said quoting instructions. Sources further told this newspaper during the investigation of the missing case, the relevant provisions of JJ ACT should be kept in mind while questioning children less than 18 years of age. “In order to ensure that all requisite steps of investigation in the case of missing children/person are taken, a checklist for convenience of IOs has been prepared. The investigation officers shall use the same as index while proceeding in such matters.
24 June 2009Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows dropped by more than 50 per cent in the first quarter of 2009, with the outlook remaining gloomy for the rest of the year, the United Nations agency that promotes commerce to fight poverty said today. According to economists with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), FDI inflows fell by 54 per cent and cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) tumbled by 77 per cent during the first quarter of this year.“A renewed commitment by policy-makers to an open environment for international investment will play an important role in maintaining favourable conditions for a recovery in FDI flows,” said Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi of UNCTAD, which closely monitors investment policy developments at the national and international levels.Developed countries are mainly responsible for driving the fall of FDI this year, but poorer nations and transition economies are also experiencing declines, according to the agency.Also feeling the brunt of the global economic slowdown are transnational corporations, which will likely see their FDI expenditures decline by almost two-thirds this year due to failing market expectations, tighter credit conditions and weakening corporate profits.Comprehensive analysis of FDI trends and policies will be published in UNCTAD’s “World Investment Report 2009” to be launched in September.