Saturday 29th February 2020

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    • Tripura Blocks Mobile Data, SMS Services Amid Citizenship Bill Agitation Tripura Blocks Mobile Data, SMS Services Amid Citizenship Bill Agitation

      The Biplab Deb government on Tuesday blocked mobile internet and SMS services across Tripura for 48 hours in view of violent protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill. The move came amid violence that erupted during an 11-hour shutdown called by influential student groups in the Northeast to protest the central government’s move which, they allege, could rob the region of its ethnic identity. The communications clampdown came into effect even as many demonstrators raised slogans against the centre in Agartala, demanding that the state be kept out of the purview of the controversial bill. “The services were stopped...

    • New Zealand’s White Island volcano-Five killed 18 others injured New Zealand's White Island volcano: Five killed

      At least five people were killed and 18 others injured after New Zealand’s White Island volcano erupted suddenly on Monday, Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said at a press conference. The police said 23 people has been rescued, and there are no more survivors of the volcanic eruption since “no signs of life have been seen at any point”. Police believe less than 50 people were on or near the island at the time of eruption, while it was initially thought there were approximately 100. Police say it’s “too dangerous” for rescue services to go to White Island as...

    • Four dead, including shooter, at U.S. navy base attack in Florida Four dead, including shooter, at U.S. navy base attack in Florida

      A shooter and three persons died on Friday after gunfire at the U.S. navy base in Pensacola, Florida, the Navy confirmed in a tweet. The shooter was identified as a member of the Saudi Air Force visiting the United States for military training, the state governor and other officials said, adding that at least eight people were injured and had been taken to hospital. The King of Saudi Arabia called U.S. President Donald Trump Friday after the shooter was confirmed to be a Saudi national. “King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give...

    • Biggest strike in a generation as unions and Macron battle over France’s future Biggest strike in a generation as unions and Macron battle over France's future

      Hundreds of thousands of people walked out of work and took to the streets of France on Thursday, in what is thought to be the biggest nationwide strike in nearly 25 years. Workers are protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to overhaul the pension system. The nationwide strike led to mass demonstrations and protests turned violent in parts of the country. In Paris, protesters were seen smashing windows and CCTV cameras were set ablaze, with police firing tear gas into the crowd. There were similar scenes in Lyon and Nantes. Workers are furious about the government’s planned pension reforms. The...

    • 6 killed, including 2 children, after gas explosion in southern Poland 6 killed, including 2 children, after gas explosion in southern Poland

      At least six people, including two children, were killed after a building in the southern Polish ski resort of Szczyrk collapsed late Wednesday following a gas explosion, a local police spokesperson announced Thursday. Around 100 firefighters were still scouring the debris of the house on Thursday morning in search of possible survivors. “We’re still hoping for a miracle,” said the local prefect Jaroslaw Wieczorek. Two of the bodies recovered were children and the other four were adults. Eight people were believed to have been in the house when the explosion occurred, he added. According to the local gas distributor,...

    • Another Woman Burnt In Telangana India Another Woman Burnt In Telangana, Close To Where Veterinarian Was Killed

      A day after the body of a 26-year-old veterinarian was found in a charred state at Shamshabad near Hyderabad on Thursday, police today found another woman dead under similar circumstances in the same locality. “The body was found in an open area on the outskirts of Shamshabad. It is being moved to a government hospital for autopsy, and a case is being registered,” news agency ANI quoted Cyberabad Commissioner of Police VC Sajjanagar as saying. Although police said the second woman was found dead just a few kilometres away from where the veterinarian’s body was recovered, they could not...

    • Terrorist group claims role in deadly French helicopter crash in Mali Terrorist group claims role in deadly French helicopter crash in Mali

      An Islamic State group affiliate claimed responsibility Thursday for a helicopter collision that killed 13 French soldiers earlier this week in Mali, while France said it will reassess its military operation in West and Central Africa after its deadliest toll in nearly four decades. The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara statement, with no evidence, came almost three days after the low-flying helicopters collided on a moonless night while pursuing extremists near the border with Niger. An investigation has begun into the cause of the crash and the flight data recorders have been found. French military spokesman Col. Frederic...

    • Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa given six months extension Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa given six months conditional extension by the Supreme Court

      Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been granted six months conditional extension by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The apex court ruled in a biref order that General Bajwa can stay as army chief for six more months and directed the government to complete the necessary legislation regarding the extension rules in the constitution. The court said that the necessary legislation must be completed within six months. The top court’s ruling comes in the nick of time as Gen Bajwa was set to retire at midnight on Thursday. The Supreme Court on Thursday in its short order...

    • 4 killed after highway tunnel collapses in SW China

      At least four people were killed and eight others remain trapped after a highway tunnel under construction collapsed in southwest China’s Yunnan Province Tuesday, local authorities said. The accident occurred at about 6 p.m. local time at the tunnel exit on a highway in Fengqing County, Lincang City, the county information office said. As of 9:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, eight people were still trapped. A rescue team, equipped with multi-function rescue facilities, is at the site for the rescue operation. Investigation into the incident is underway.

    • Kim orders DPRK artillery firing, triggering Seoul rebuke

      The Republic of Korea (ROK) expressed regret Monday over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s artillery firing drills in an inter-Korean border island. Defense ministry spokesperson Choi Hyun-soo told a press briefing that the artillery firing drills were in violation of the comprehensive military agreement, which the military authorities of the two Koreas agreed to and had been fully implemented. Choi urged the DPRK to immediately stop all military acts that are feared to escalate military tension in inter-Korean border areas, and to fully comply with the military agreement to prevent the recurrence of such drills.   The...