Aug 19

German center: 7.3 magnitude quake in South Atlantic

Berlin: A German earthquake monitoring center says that a 7.3 magnitude quake has occurred in the South Atlantic today. The Potsdam-based German Research Centre for Geosciences, or GFZ, says the quake struck the South Georgia Island Region at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). The site is about 1,500 miles east of the

Venus-like exoplanet may have oxygen atmosphere: study

Washington: A Venus-like exoplanet located just 39 light-years from Earth may posses a thin, oxygen atmosphere, a first for a rocky planet outside our solar system, a new study suggests. The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. It might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around

India, China hold Financial and Economic Dialogue

Beijing: China and India today held their 8thhigh-level Financial and Economic Dialogue here to strengthen trade and economic cooperation, with the two fast-developing nations underlining the need of building more solidarity to adopt more responsible macro economic policies. Secretary Economic Affairs, Shaktikanta Das accompanied by a delegation of officials from the RBI and Finance Ministry

Paris terror strikes were ‘optimised Mumbai-style attacks’: UN

United Nations: Islamic State terrorists had”studied” the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and similar “active shooter scenarios” to maximise confusion and casualties before hitting multiple locations in Paris in November, UN member- states have said. The 18th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team submitted to the UN Security Council’s 1267 ISIS, Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee

Life-size naked statues of Trump installed across US

New York: Donald Trump’s life-size naked statues were installed across five American cities by an activist art group, which said the controversial Republican presidential candidate should never become the US president. The statues were put up in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland yesterday by the group called ‘Indecline’, which has lashed

Music-loving ape releases debut single for World Orangutan Day

Canberra: An orangutan at an Australian zoo has released its debut single by interacting with a music-making application aimed at raising awareness for World Orangutan Day. Kluet, a 20-year Sumatran orangutan from the Adelaide Zoo, composed his first song, titled “Give me a Klue”, Xinhua news agency reported. Pij Olijnyk, a primate keeper at the

US accepted over 53,000 Hindu refugees: State Department

Washington: The US has accepted more than 53,000 Hindu refugees since 2005, almost all from Bhutan while 11 from India, according to the State Department. Between 2005 and August this year, as many as 53,662 Hindu refugees — 53,015 from Bhutan — have been accepted into the US. Of the rest 647, Sri Lanka topped

3 Indian-American women in race to make history in Nov polls

Washington: As Democratic presidentialcandidate Hillary Clinton targets to break the “highest glass ceiling” in the US, three Indian-Americans figure in a list of 19 women who could make history if elected to the US Congress in November. In a Congress that has only 19 per cent women, over a dozen women from both sides of the

Starving Venezuelans slaughter horse for meat

Caracas: The crippled Venezuelean economy forced a group of starving people to break into a zoo and slaughter a horse for its meat in capital Caracas. The group forced their way into Caricuao Zoo and busted the stallion’s pen before butchering it on Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported. The severe economic crisis has gripped Venezuela

Melbourne named ‘most liveable city’

Melbourne: Australia’s Melbourne city has been named the world’s most liveable city for the sixth consecutive year. The Global Liveability Ranking, released by The Economist on Thursday, scored 140 cities on health care, infrastructure, culture, environment and stability and awarded Melbourne a total of 97.5 out of a possible 100 points, Xinhua news agency reported.

Australia’s elderly population increases by 20%

Canberra: Australia’s elderly population has increased by almost 20 per cent over the last five years, officials revealed on Thursday. At least 2.2 million people were now aged 65 years and above in major Australian cities, Xinhua news agency cited from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report. In addition, the ABS also revealed that 1.4

Pakistani man arrested for ‘honour killing’ of wife

Islamabad: Pakistan police have arrested a man for allegedly slitting the throat of his wife in an “honour killing”, the Dawn reported Thursday. The accused, Rahim Daad, is believed to have murdered his first wife over the same reason some 14 years ago, police said. On Wednesday night, the newspaper said, the couple had a

Australian newspaper readership sinks to all-time low

Canberra: Newspaper readership in Australia has sunk to an all-time low, according to a new study released on Thursday.The data revealed that just seven newspapers were bought daily in Australia per 100 people, down 45 per cent since 2011, Xinhua news agency reported. The data found that Japan leads the way in newspaper readership with

Over 80,000 warned to evacuate raging California wildfire

Los Angeles: An evacuation order has been issued for over 80,000 people due to a massive wildfire that has ripped through rural communities outside Los Angeles, California. Authorities on Wednesday warned 82,000 residents in San Bernardino County to evacuate from the fast-moving fire that began on Tuesday in Cajon Pass, a mountain pass between the

Three killed in Turkey police headquarters attacks

Ankara: Three civilians were killed and 40 others injured in a car bombing and gunfire attacks on the police headquarters in Turkey’s Van province of Van, officials said. Police said the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) militants carried out the attack on Wednesday night, Xinhua news agency reported. The injured were mostly civilians including two

Su Kyi to discuss peace process, Myitsone dam in Beijing

Nay Pyi Taw: Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi who left Yangon on Wednesday for an official visit to Beijing, will discuss the peace process in her country and Chinese projects such as the controversial Myitsone dam. Suu Kyi, also the Foreign Minister, is expected to meet Chinese leadership and exchange views on the

Stranded Indian elephant in Bangladesh died of heart

Dhaka: An Indian wild elephant that crossed over from northeast India to Bangladesh during a flood has died of heat-induced heart failure, doctors said after an autopsy. The elephant, christened Bangabahadur (Hero of Bengal), died on Tuesday at Sharishabarhi Upazila’s Koyra village in Jamalpur, media reports said. The Sharishabarhi Upazila Chief Executive formed a three-strong

New breakaway Taliban group in Afghanistan

Kabul: A new Taliban group “Dadullah Mahaz” or Dadullah front announced its existence in Zabul province of southern Afghanistan, a source close to the newly emergent armed group said on Wednesday. According to Moulavi Nematullah Samim, the Taliban splinter group is headed by Imdadullah Mansoor, the nephew of Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor Dadullah who was

Ukraine loses $3.4 mn from illegal logging in 2015

Kiev: Ukraine lost around $3.4 million in 2015 from illegal logging of its forests, the media reported on Wednesday. “It is an estimated data. In fact, the scale of illegal logging in Ukraine could be even more extensive,” Xinhua news agency quoted a forest official as saying. In 2015, an estimated 24,000 cubic metres of

7 killed, child missing in China as cars swept away in floods

Beijing: Seven people were killed and a childremained missing after several vehicles were swept away by flash floods in China’s northwest province of Shaanxi. The floods inundated Ansai County, Yan’an City, on Monday when heavy rain caused two rivers to burst their banks, flooding roads and sweeping away five cars. Police said the passengers of