Category archives: Place

Bharat bandh losses may mount to Rs. 26,000 crore

olkata: Industry body Assocham today said the loss to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) due to the strike by central trade unions could be about Rs. 26,000 crore, higher than its initial estimate of Rs. 15,000-20,000 crore. “Against initial estimates of Rs. 15,000-20,000 crore, the GDP may be eroded by about Rs. 26,000 crore,” the industry body said in a release. “In the wake of a more than expected […]

Asteroid 2012 DA14 set for record-breaking Earth pass

An asteroid as large as an Olympic swimming pool will race past the Earth on Friday at a distance of just 27,700km (17,200mi) – the closest ever predicted for an object of that size. It will pass closer even than the geosynchronous satellites that orbit the Earth, but there is no risk of impacts or collisions. Its closest approach will be 19:25 GMT. For regions in darkness around that time, […]

Kashmir border: India says Pakistani soldier killed

The Indian army says that its troops have killed a Pakistani soldier who strayed over the border in the disputed territory of Kashmir on Thursday. He was killed in a gun battle after the Indian army opened fire when it detected “suspicious movement”, it says. Two Indian soldiers were wounded. Last month several deadly cross-border attacks plunged the neighbours into the worst crisis in relations in years. Claimed by both […]

Meteorite Falls in Russian Urals

MOSCOW—A meteor flew across the skies above Russia’s Ural Mountains Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and injuring about 100 people, including many who were hurt by broken glass. Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement. Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries […]

In wealthy Hong Kong, the poorest live in metal cages

Hong Kong: For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view from the heights of Victoria Peak. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage. The 67-year-old former butcher pays 1,300 Hong Kong dollars ($167) a month for one of about a dozen wire mesh cages resembling rabbit hutches crammed into a dilapidated […]

60 swine flu cases reported in Delhi this year, three dead

New Delhi: With a spurt in swine flu cases, Delhi Government on Thursday directed 22 hospitals, including five private ones, to set up isolated wards to offer treatment to patients affected by the disease. A total of 60 cases of swine flu have been reported since January out of which three persons have lost their lives, Health Minister A K Walia said. He said 17 government-run and five hospitals have been […]

Maha Kumbh Mela Begins.

The Maha Kumbh Mela takes place every three years, rotating between the four Indian cities of Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjian. During the mela, or fair, Hindu devotees travel to holy rivers for ritual bathing. Pictured, women praying in the Ganges, Monday.

Violence breaks out in old Hyderabad again

The areas around Charminar resembled a war zone after Friday prayers following incidents of stone pelting followed by lath charge and tear gas firing by the police. At least 10 people, including a policeman, were injured in the violent incidents. Trouble began at about 1.20 pm when the police stopped a group of devotees, who came out of Mecca Masjid, from proceedings towards “Chilla” abutting Charminar to offer “Salaam”. The mob went back towards Mecca Masjid while raising slogans against the police and demanded […]

 
 
 

Two earthquakes in Iran kill 250 and injure 1,800

(Reuters) – Two powerful earthquakes killed 250 people and injured around 1,800 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives. Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the streets after Saturday’s quakes in fear of more aftershocks, 40 of which have already struck. Casualty figures are expected to rise, […]

Gurdwara shooting, an attack on American values: US AG

Calling the deadly shooting incident at a Wisconsin Gurdwara an attack on American values, a top Obama Administration official has said such acts of terrorism and hatred will not be tolerated. “It was an attack on the values of America itself,” US Attorney General Eric Holder said while addressing hundreds of people gathered at a high school gymnasium in Wisconsin to pay their final respects to the six Sikhs gunned […]