Aug 29

41 locally transferred Zika cases reported in Singapore

Singapore: Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday announced that the number of people in the city state infected by locally transferred Zika virus has increased to 41.The MOH said of the 41 cases, 34 people have fully recovered while the other seven, who were still showing symptoms and potentially infectious, are recovering at the

6 scientists end year-long Mars mission

Washington: Six scientists who lived like astronauts in an isolated dome for 12 months in Hawaii to explore challenges which a manned mission may face on Mars, have completed one of the toughest NASA-funded mission ever.Carmel Johnston, Christiane Heinicke, Sheyna E. Gifford, Andrzej Steward, Cyprien Verseux and Tristan Bassingthwaighte on Sunday came out from the

1 injured in apartment explosion in China

Beijing: One person was injured in anexplosion at an apartment following a gas leak in China’s Hebei Province, local officials said. The injured has been admitted to a hospital and is in no life-threatening condition. The explosion took place at an apartment on the 29th floor of a 30-story residential building in Nankai District, smashing

Three Sri Lankan cricket team bus attackers killed in Pakistan

Islamabad: Four terrorists, including three who were charged in the 2009 attack on a visiting Sri Lankan cricket team, were killed late on Saturday in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the provincial Counter-Terrorism Department said on Sunday. “On August 27 at about 11 p.m., a CTD team was taking accused terrorists involved in the Moon Market Iqbal

12 dead in road accident in Egypt

Cairo: At least 12 people were killed andtwo others injured today in a road accident near Sohag International Airport in Egypt’s Sohag governorate, officials said. The accident took place near the entrance of the airport on the Cairo-Aswan dessert road after two vehicles collided. Two other people were severely injured during the incident, medical sources

World population set to reach nearly 10 bn by 2050

New York: By 2050, the world population is projected to reach 9.9 billion, increasing 33 per cent from an estimated 7.4 billion now, according to the Population Reference Bureau, a private, US based non-profit organisation. The latest ‘World Population Data Sheet’ released by the organisation revealed that by 2053, the global population will hit 10

China’s largest space rocket gets ready for space missions

Beijing: China is moving its new largest carrier rocket, which will be used for lunar and Mars probes, to its launch base in southern Hainan from northern China’s Tianjin Port. Long March-5 rocket, carried by two special rocket- carrying ships Yuanwang-21 and Yuanwang-22, will arrive at Qinglan Port in Wenchang, Hainan Province early next month. As

Indian businessman robbed by women in Thailand

Bangkok: A 49-year-old Indian businessman was today robbed of cash by two motorcycle-borne women in Thailand’s beach resort town of Pattaya. Two knife-wielding women on a motorcycle robbed me of 7,000 baht, 2,000 rupees and USD 200 and some documents before speeding away when me and my friend were walking in Soi 9 off Pattaya

China braces for Typhoon Lionrock

Beijing: China is bracing for TyphoonLionrock, the tenth storm to hit coast this year, which will bring strong winds and torrential rain to northeast part of the country over the next few days, the country’s meteorological authority said today. The eye of Typhoon Lionrock was located in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and is expected to make

US flight makes emergency landing after engine fails

Washington, Aug 28 (IANS) A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing when one of the engines failed, the US airline said.The plane, Southwest Flight 3472, on Saturday diverted to Pensacola when the crew declared an emergency, CNN quoted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as saying. The

LeJ terrorists involved in Lanka cricket team attack killed

Lahore: Four LeJ terrorists who were allegedly involved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 were shot dead by Pakistan police in the wee hours today here. According to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Punjab police, seven terrorists attacked a CID team in Manawan area of Lahore where offices of the

Flights to India affected by Colombo airport upgrade

Colombo: Sri Lankan Airlines has announced the cancellation of flights from Colombo to Chennai, Trichy, Cochin and Bangalore in southern India for three months from January due to runway repair works at the Bandaranaike International Airport The Lankan national carrier has also cancelled flights flying to Singapore and Male. The rescheduling of flights remain for three

B’desh police kills Dhaka cafe attack ‘mastermind’, 2 others From Anisur Rahman

Dhaka: Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, the mastermindof a cafe attack in Bangladesh that killed 22 people including an Indian girl last month, was today killed along with his two aides during a police raid on their hideout near the capital. “The gunfight erupted after police started raiding a building at Naraynganj’s Pikeparha on the outskirts of

ISIS video shows boys shooting hostage

London:  Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists havereleased a horrific new video that shows five boys, including one said to be from the UK, aged between 10 to 13 years shooting prisoners in Syria. The boys are seen shooting dead five men identified as captured Kurdish fighters who are kneeling. A caption claims the white boy in

Pilot killed in acrobatic plane crash in China

Beijing: The pilot of an acrobatic plane waskilled today after it plummeted to the ground during a flight show in northwest China’s Gansu Province, the event organizer said. The plane crashed at the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention in the city of Zhangye caused, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. No casualties were caused

Dhaka cafe attack mastermind killed

Dhaka: Mastermind of the Dhaka cafe attack along with two other militants were killed on Saturday during a raid in the Bangladeshi capital, officials said. Monirul Islam, chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism unit, confirmed the news The Daily Star. A joint team from Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, police headquarters and district police

Ban to visit Sri Lanka

Colombo: UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon will arrive in Sri Lanka on August 31 on a three-day official visit, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. Ban will hold discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, among others. He will deliver a speech here on the UN’s global development goals. Ban will arrive

Over 450 arrested for forest fires in Indonesia

Jakarta: More than 450 people have been arrested in Indonesia for forest fires which, in previous years, have led to a cloud of toxic smoke that affected several countries in the region, police said on Friday. National police chief Tito Karnavian said the arrests will be a deterrent for companies and farmers against starting fires

Bolivian deputy interior minister beaten to death by miners

La Paz.: Rodolfo Illanes (56)was kidnapped by striking workers before being killed, the government says. A Bolivian politician has been beaten to death by striking miners after being kidnapped, local media reported. Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes is believed to have been abducted and tortured after he went to talk to protesters on Thursday in

20 killed in Nepal road accident

Kathmandu: At least 20 persons were killed and 17 others injured when a bus plunged 100 metres down into a river in Nepal’s Chitwan district on Friday. The accident took place along the Narayangadh-Muglin road section at 4.45 a.m., The Himalayan Times reported. The bus plunged into the Trishuli river, police said.