Britain votes in suspense-filled general election

LONDON: Britons voted on Thursday in a knife-edge general election that could put their country’s membership of the European Union in question and raise the likelihood of independence for Scotland. Voters were casting ballots in a choice between a government led by Prime Minister David Cameron’s centre-right Conservatives or by Ed Miliband’s centre-left Labour in […]

Everest may have shrunk due to quake

KATHMANDU: The devastating earthquake that has rocked Nepal not only killed thousands but may have also shrunk the height of the world’s tallest peak – Mount Everest – by about 2.5cm, according to analysis of satellite data. The first good view of the aftermath of Nepal’s deadly earthquake from a satellite showed that a broad […]

Parliament passes bill to redraw border with Bangladesh

New Delhi: India’s Parliament on Thursday, 7 May passed a constitutional amendment bill approving the historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh. The unanimous acceptance of the legislation is a huge step forward towards settling a long-simmering border dispute. The agreement is aimed at fixing a historical oddity left after the Partition in 1947. It […]

Russia’s space ship to burn up in atmosphere

MOSCOW: Russia said an unmanned supply ship set for the International Space Station will fall back to Earth Friday and burn up in the atmosphere, after the spacecraft suffered a communications failure. The Progress supply ship is expected to “end its existence on May 8″ between 12:45am and 06:36am, Moscow time (21:45 GMT Thursday and […]

Nepal’s lone billionaire to build 1,000 temporary houses

Kathmandu: For survivors trying to rebuild their lives in earthquake-ravaged Nepal, a long road lies ahead. But many of those who can are pitching in to help, like Nepal’s only billionaire Binod Chaudhary. With monsoon just few weeks away providing shelter for thousands whose houses were damaged in last month’s quake is a big challenge. […]

4 female athletes attempt suicide, 1 dead

Alappuza: A 15-year-old athlete, training to be a rower died early on Thursday, 7 May and three others, are are undergoing treatment in hospital after they reportedly ate a poisonous fruit in an apparent suicide pact.  All the teenaged girls were trainee sportspersons at the Water Sports Centre of Sports Authority of India (SAI) in […]

Decks cleared for 16-year-old offenders to be tried under adult laws

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha, or Lower House of India’s Parliament on Thursday, 7 May passed the bill amending the Juvenile Justice Act, paving the way for children in the 16-18 age group to be tried as adults if they commit heinous crimes. The bill is now likely to be taken up in the Rajya […]

Jet emergency landing as pilot taken ill

NEW DELHI: A city-bound Jet Airways flight from Bangkok with 121 passengers onboard landed in emergency conditions at IGI airport here on Thursday after its commander was taken ill mid-air, forcing the co-pilot to take the controls.  “The captain of Jet Airways flight 9W-063 Bangkok-Delhi fell sick during the latter part of the flight. The […]

Untraced Tufail Matoo killers a shame: Er Rashid

Srinagar:  Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid Thursday sharply reacted to the outcome of Crime Branch’s  “so called” probe, declaring the killers of Tufail Matoo as untraced. In a statement he said, “While majority of Indians are praising judiciary for sentencing Salman Khan to five years imprisonment but in Kashmir justice […]

11 new ambulances worth Rs 1.10 crore rot at State Motor Garages

  Bought in August 2014, Health Deptt yet to commission them Srinagar: In a glaring example of the sorry state of affairs in the health department, at least 11 ambulances worth Rs1.10 crore are lying unused at the State Motor Garages Jammu and Kashmir. The ambulances purchased by the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir through […]

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