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Flood alerts remain in place after Greater Manchester hit by Boxing Day floods

Greater Manchester has been on flood alert after torrential rain throughout the night. Rivers across the region burst their banks with many roads closed. Homes were evacuated and thousands of people have been left without power. KEY EVENTS SO FAR 2 MINS AGOFlood warnings withdrawn 1 HOUR AGO10 flood warnings lifted 2 HOURS AGOOver 7,000 properties still without power in Greater Manches… 2 HOURS AGO5,000 homes still without power 2 […]

Polygamy in Muslim personal law misinterpretated, its 'heinous' says Gujarat HC

In a strongly-worded order, the Gujarat High Court said the Quran was being misinterpreted by Muslim men to have more than one wife and the provision of polygamy was being misused by them for “selfish reasons”. The court called for the abolition of polygamy in Muslim society in India as it’s a “heinously patriarchal” act. The High Court also stated that time has come for the country to embrace the […]

Bus driver saved more than 70 lives in Gurdaspur Terror Attack

The alertness and bravery of a bus driver 47-year-old Punjab Roadways driver Nanak Chand Sharma saved several lives as terrorists launched an attack on Gurdaspur district of Punjab which left 3 civilians and 4 policemen dead. Punjab Roadways driver Nanak Chand did not panic even when the terrorists fired at the bus and instead scared the terrorists by driving towards them. As the terrorists, numbering four, moved back, the driver swerved […]

Chile declares disaster in quake-hit regions

Chile has declared two northern regions hit by a 8.2 magnitude earthquake to be disaster areas. At least six people are known to have died and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated. The quake struck at 20:46 local time (23:46 GMT) about 86km (52 miles) north-west of the mining area of Iquique, the US Geological Survey said. Waves of up to 2.1m (6ft) have hit some areas and […]

'Godzilla' is going to be a very different monster movie, says its director

The last two Godzilla trailers have given us a hint of what’s to come in the upcoming film, and at SXSW a small audience got the best look yet at the new monster. After a screening of the 1954 Japanese original, director Gareth Edwards introduced an extended sequence from the 2014 version in which the new Godzilla lays waste to Hawaii before squaring off against another giant monster. Even with […]

Walt Disney World employees arrested: Florida authorities arrest 22 in child sex sting

Florida authorities Wednesday announced the arrests of 22 people, including three who listed Walt Disney World as their employer, in a sting of people allegedly targeting children for sexual activity. The arrests came after a weeklong investigation involving the Lake County sheriff’s cybercrimes unit in central Florida and other agencies. In the sting, which was called “Be Mine,” detectives posed as children, or parents of children, in various online chat […]

Hard lesson of the assembly elections: How the Congress can stop Narendra Modi

The conclusion from the results is straightforward; the Congress is a political force in decline. When you consider the fact that the gap between the two parties is only set to widen — more so in states such as Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with Narendra Modi as the candidate, and with the BJP likely to fare far better in Chhattisgarh in 2014 — it seems there is little the party […]

Global land and ocean temperatures continue to rise

WASHINGTON — The year 2012 signalled more bad news for the state of the Earth’s climate as global land and ocean temperatures continued to rise, accelerating the decline of Arctic summer sea ice, the melting of ice sheets and glaciers, and the raising of sea levels, according to a peer-reviewed scientific report. The report also noted an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme storms and the continued warming […]

Multiple blasts rock one of holiest Buddhist sites in India

A number of explosions have rocked the Mahabodhi temple complex, south of Gaya in northeastern India. The Buddhist pilgrimage site his home to a towering Buddha statue and a holy tree where Buddha is believed to have reached enlightenment. Indian police reported eight blasts at the Bodh Gaya temple between 5:30 am and 6:00 am on Sunday morning. Four exploded inside the complex and 2 outside, but the temple, a […]

“I will raise 500,000 mujahids to liberate Kashmir" -Masood Azhar

I will raise 500,000 mujahids to liberate Kashmir…” – Masood Azhar Founder of Jaish-e-Muhammad, Masood Azhar became a legend after he came back to Pakistan. One of my close relatives, who later headed an intelligence agency, was thrilled over the hijacking of Indian Airliner IC 814 in 1999, not knowing that the people who were released would one day turn against Pakistan. The Frankenstein that Pakistan thus created, had turned […]