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Live Updates: Air India Express Dubai-Kozhikode Flight Skids Off Runway, 184 Onboard

Live Updates: Air India Express Dubai-Kozhikode Flight Skids Off Runway, 184 Onboard

An Air India Express plane with 184 people on board from Dubai skidded off.Kozhikode: An Air India Express plane with 184 people on board from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday. Rescue operations are underway.First images from the site showed the aircraft completely broken up with debris strewn over the runway and beyond.The incident took place amid very heavy rainfall in the area around 7:40 pm.Aug 07, 2020 21:37 (IST)"Distressed," Tweets Amit Shah on Calicut Incident"Distressed to learn about the tragic accident of Air India Express aircraft in...

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Air India Express Plane Skids Off Runway In Kerala With 191 On Board; Pilot Dead, Tweets MP

Air India Express Plane Skids Off Runway In Kerala With 191 On Board; Pilot Dead, Tweets MP

The incident took place amid very heavy rainfall in the area after 7:40 pm.New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: An Air India Express plane with 191 people on board from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday.One of the pliots of Flight IX 1344 has died while many passengers are feared injured, BJP MP KJ Alphons said.There were 174 passengers, 10 Infants, two pilots and five cabin crew members on board the aircraft.The flight was part of the Vande Bharat programme that has been bringing back Indians from abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.All on board have been...

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Gaganyaan: Astronauts For India's First Manned Space Mission Complete Training In Russia

Gaganyaan: Astronauts For India's First Manned Space Mission Complete Training In Russia

ISRO has said that the mission may be dealyed due to the coronavirus pandemic (Representational)Bengaluru: The four astronauts-elect for India's first manned space mission Gaganyaan have completed training in Russia on crew actions in the event of an abnormal descent module landing, Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Russian space organisation Roscosmos said on Thursday.The astronauts were in good health and determined to continue their training, it said."To date, Indian cosmonauts have completed training on crew actions in the event of an abnormal descent module landing in wooded and marshy areas...

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How A Russian Cargo Ship's Unscheduled Port Visit Led To Beirut Disaster

How A Russian Cargo Ship's Unscheduled Port Visit Led To Beirut Disaster

Russian-leased cargo ship in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, in a summer 2014 photograph.Moscow: The chemicals that went up in flames in Beirut's deadliest peace-time explosion arrived in the Lebanese capital seven years ago on a leaky Russian-leased cargo ship that, according to its captain, should never have stopped there."They were being greedy," said Boris Prokoshev, who was captain of the Rhosus in 2013 when he says the owner told him to make an unscheduled stop in Lebanon to pick up extra cargo.Prokoshev said the ship was carrying 2,750 tonnes of a highly combustible chemical from...

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Sri Lanka Parliamentary Election: Ruling Rajapaksa Alliance Wins Two-Thirds "Super Majority"

Sri Lanka Parliamentary Election: Ruling Rajapaksa Alliance Wins Two-Thirds "Super Majority"

Rajapaksa brothers need a two-thirds 'super majority' to carry out promised constitutional changes (File)Colombo: The party of Sri Lanka's ruling Rajapaksa brothers secured a two thirds majority in a parliamentary election that should help strengthen their grip on power.Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) won 146 on its own and could count on the support of at least five allies in the 225-member legislature, according to results released early Friday.Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabaya, who won a presidential election in November, need a two-thirds 'super...

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J&K Sarpanch, A BJP Leader, Shot Dead By Terrorists

J&K Sarpanch, A BJP Leader, Shot Dead By Terrorists

Kulgam Terror Attack: Sajad Ahmad was shot dead in Kulgam, about 70 km from Srinagar. (File)Srinagar: A BJP leader, who was a sarpanch in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, was shot dead by terrorists this morning, officials said.Sajad Ahmad Khanday was shot dead near his home in Kulgam's Qazigund are, about 60 km from Srinagar. He was the BJP's district vice president for Kulgam.The BJP sarpanch was immediately rushed to a hospital in nearby Anantnag district after the attack where "he was declared brought dead", officials were quoted as saying by news agency PTI.The attack comes less...

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COVID-19: Disposed Personal Protective Equipment Could Be Turned Into Biofuel, Say Indian Scientists | News

COVID-19: Disposed Personal Protective Equipment Could Be Turned Into Biofuel, Say Indian Scientists | News

COVID-19: Disposed Personal Protective Equipment Could Be Turned Into Biofuel, Say Indian ScientistsHighlightsDehradun: Indian scientists have suggested a method to convert the plastic used in personal protective equipment (PPE) into renewable liquid fuels, an advance that could help mitigate the problem of dumped PPE, currently being disposed of at unprecedented levels due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the study, published in the journal Biofuels, billions of items of disposable PPE can be converted from its plastic state into biofuels using a high-temperature chemical process...

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Detained For Smuggling Drugs, Cat Escapes High-Security Prison

Detained For Smuggling Drugs, Cat Escapes High-Security Prison

The cat was detained after being found with nearly two grams of heroin (Representative Image)A cat detained at Sri Lanka's main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday.The feline was detected by jail intelligence officials on Saturday at the high-security Welikada Prison, a police official said.He said nearly two grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip were found in a small plastic bag tied around the cat's neck.But it escaped on Sunday from a prison room where it was kept, the Aruna newspaper said.There was no...

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Ex-AAP Leader Tahir Hussain Admits His Role In Delhi Violence: Police

Ex-AAP Leader Tahir Hussain Admits His Role In Delhi Violence: Police

Tahir Hussain said he met Umar Khalid at Popular Front of India (PFI) office in Shaheen Bagh on January 8New Delhi: Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain has confessed about his role in the North East Delhi violence that broke out in February this year and admitted that he has incited people to unleash violence, according to an Interrogation Report (IR) by Delhi Police.Tahir Hussain said that he met former JNU student Umar Khalid at Popular Front of India (PFI) office in Shaheen Bagh on January 8.According to Delhi Police, Tahir Hussain's task was to collect as much glass...

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Tested Positive For Coronavirus, Hospitalised, Tweets Amit Shah

Tested Positive For Coronavirus, Hospitalised, Tweets Amit Shah

Coronavirus Updates: India logged more than 17-lakh cases of COVID-19 today (File)New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah has tested positive for coronavirus, which has infected more than 17 lakh people in the country. Sources said he has been admitted to Medanta hospital, located in Haryana's Gurugram near Delhi. In a tweet, the minister said his health was "fine" but he was being hospitalised "on the advice of doctors". of coronavirus today - adding more than one lakh patients to the tally in just two days.Mr Shah, 55, had taken part in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, where all safety norms,...

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China Warns India Against "Forced Decoupling" Of Their Economies

China Warns India Against "Forced Decoupling" Of Their Economies

China and India fought a brief border war in 1962 (Representational)New Delhi: China warned on Thursday that a "forced decoupling" of its economy with India, following a clash in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley last month in which 20 Indian soldiers died in the line of duty, would hurt both countries. The Chinese ambassador said China was not a strategic threat to India and that the "general structure that we can't live without each other remains unchanged".The statement came after the Central government's recent moves to ban Chinese applications, even as the de-facto border, the Line of...

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Chinese Territory Claims In Bhutan, India "Testing" The World, Says US

Chinese Territory Claims In Bhutan, India "Testing" The World, Says US

Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter standoff in Ladakh since May 5. (File photo)China's territorial claims in Bhutan and the recent incursion into Indian land are indicative of their intentions, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, adding that Beijing under Preisdent Xi Jinping was trying to find out whether other countries are going to push back.Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter standoff in several areas along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh since May 5. The situation deteriorated last month following the Galwan Valley...

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Australia Joining India, US, Japan In Indo-Pacific For Mega Navy Drill "Hugely Beneficial": US

Australia Joining India, US, Japan In Indo-Pacific For Mega Navy Drill "Hugely Beneficial": US

India is favourably considering Australia's interest to join India-US-Japan Malabar Naval ExerciseWashington: With India considering an invitation to Australia to join the next Malabar naval exercise, a top US diplomat has said that Canberra's participation in the drill along with the other three Quad members will be hugely beneficial to reinforcing behaviours that are going to be necessary for them to defend their mutual interests.Deputy Secretary of State Steven Biegun made the comments in front of the members of the Senate Foreign Relations during a hearing on US policy regarding China....

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US Now Says No New Foreign Students For All-Online Classes

US Now Says No New Foreign Students For All-Online Classes

The policy change was announced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.(Representational)Washington: The United States announced Friday it will not take in any new foreign students seeking online-only study, after rescinding a hotly contested order to expel those already here and preparing for that because of the pandemic.The policy change was announced in a statement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.President Donald Trump has made a tough line on immigration a cornerstone of his message and has suspended several kinds of visas for foreigners during the coronavirus crisis.The original...

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US F-15 Intercepts Iranian Passenger Plane Over Syria

US F-15 Intercepts Iranian Passenger Plane Over Syria

The plane, which had been en route from Tehran, continued on to Beirut as scheduled after the incident.Tehran, Iran: Two US jets flew dangerously close to an Iranian passenger plane over war-torn Syria, forcing the pilot to take emergency action and sparking panic on board, Iranian authorities said Friday.The US military said of Thursday's incident that an "F-15 on a routine air mission... conducted a standard visual inspection of a Mahan Air passenger airliner at a safe distance of approximately 1,000 metres (yards)".US Central Command (CENTCOM) issued a statement after Iranian state...

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Chinese Researcher Who Hid In Consulate To Appear In US Court

Chinese Researcher Who Hid In Consulate To Appear In US Court

Tang Juan was one of four Chinese researchers arrested and charged in recent weeks (Representational)Washington: A Chinese researcher who took refuge in the country's San Francisco consulate to avoid visa fraud charges has been arrested and will appear in court Friday, a US Justice department official said.Tang Juan, who allegedly hid her ties to the People's Liberation Army when applying to undertake cancer treatment research at University of California-Davis, is in US custody, the official, who insisted on anonymity, told reporters.The official would not say how Tang emerged from the...

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China Remains In Ladakh Despite Pull Out Promise: Report

China Remains In Ladakh Despite Pull Out Promise: Report

The Chinese are also showing reluctance in moving out of the Finger 5 area (Representational)New Delhi: It seems that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is not in a mood to de-escalate the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as it has continued deployment of around 40,000 troops in its front and depth areas for the Eastern Ladakh sector.The Chinese are also not honouring their commitment for disengagement at the friction points in Eastern Ladakh and not moving back as per the agreed terms during the multiple rounds of talks at the government and Army levels and intervention at the...

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China Backtracks? 40,000 Troops Still Present, Some Problem Areas Remain

China Backtracks? 40,000 Troops Still Present, Some Problem Areas Remain

The Chinese have built structures in the Hot Springs and Gogra post region (Representational)New Delhi: China has not pulled back troops from all the areas that it had intruded into Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in May, government sources have told NDTV.After several rounds of military talks, the Chinese have not held up their part in the disengagement process in eastern Ladakh, where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with the Chinese on June 15.China's troops are still present in the Depsang Plains region, Gogra and the Fingers region along the Pangong Lake where...

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Don't Expect First COVID-19 Vaccinations Until Early 2021: WHO Expert

Don't Expect First COVID-19 Vaccinations Until Early 2021: WHO Expert

WHO has been working to expand access to potential vaccines, Mike Ryan said. (Representational)GENEVA/ZURICH: Researchers are making "good progress" in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Wednesday.WHO is working to ensure fair vaccine distribution, but in the meantime it is key to suppress the virus's spread, said Mike Ryan, head of WHO's emergencies programme, as daily new cases around the globe are at near-record levels."We're making good...

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Russian Elite Given Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine Since April

Russian Elite Given Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine Since April

Scores of Russia's business and political elite have been given an experimental Coronavirus vaccine.Scores of Russia's business and political elite have been given early access to an experimental vaccine against Covid-19, according to people familiar with the effort, as the country races to be among the first to develop an inoculation.Top executives at companies including aluminum giant United Co. Rusal, as well as billionaire tycoons and government officials began getting shots developed by the state-run Gamaleya Institute in Moscow as early as April, the people said. They declined to be...

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With Eye On China, Indian, US Navies In Joint Exercises In Bay Of Bengal

With Eye On China, Indian, US Navies In Joint Exercises In Bay Of Bengal

The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carriers are deployed in the South China SeaNew Delhi: Amid tension between India and China over the Ladakh border dispute in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in Galwan on June 15, the Indian Navy took part in military exercises with a US Navy battle group near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal.The American flotilla, led by the USS Nimitz - a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier - and Indian ships carried out manoeuvres called PASSEX (passing exercise) to build upon years of trust between the two forces.The Nimitz and the USS...

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US Sanctions 11 Chinese Firms For Human Rights Violations Against Uighurs

US Sanctions 11 Chinese Firms For Human Rights Violations Against Uighurs

US has sanctioned 11 Chinese firms for repression, forced labour and genetic analysesWashington: The US Commerce Department on Monday announced it has blacklisted 11 Chinese businesses for involvement in human rights violations against the Uighur minority, cutting off the firms' access to American goods.Washington, together with other western nations and rights groups, has accused Beijing of interning at least a million Muslims from the Uighur ethnic group in the western Xinjiang region.In a statement, the Commerce Department said the 11 sanctioned companies are "implicated in human rights...

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Researchers Find Supergiant 'Sea Cockroach' With 14 Legs. It's Nightmare-Inducing

Researchers Find Supergiant 'Sea Cockroach' With 14 Legs. It's Nightmare-Inducing

This deep sea cockroach can grow up to 20 inches long.Researchers from Singapore have found a giant 'sea cockroach' at the bottom of the Indian Ocean - and it may make you shudder. The peculiar creature was found during a marine survey conducted by Peter Ng of the National University of Singapore and colleagues, reports . During the 14-day expedition to the deep sea off the coast of West Java in Indonesia, the team collected over 12,000 deep-sea creatures - of which the gigantic cockroach was one. The cockroach has now been identified as belonging to a new species. It has been given the...

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Vehicles Set On Fire In Bengal After Alleged Gang-Rape, Murder Of Student

Vehicles Set On Fire In Bengal After Alleged Gang-Rape, Murder Of Student

Violent protests broke out on a Bengal highway over the alleged gangrape, murder of a girlKolkata: Bengal's National Highway 31, which connects state capita Kolkata to Siliguri, turned into a battlefield Sunday afternoon and evening after locals blocked the road to protest the alleged gangrape and murder of a school girl.The protest took place at Chopra, which is around 500 km north of Kolkata. For almost two hours the police tried to disperse the protesters but were met with fierce resistance, forcing the cops to resort to a lathi-charge and firing tear gas.The violence, which began at...

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Massive Asteroid to Fly Past Earth on July 24: NASA

Massive Asteroid to Fly Past Earth on July 24: NASA

Photo Credit: NASA Asteroid 2020 ND is classified as a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid” by NASA. Representational Image Highlights A huge asteroid is making its way toward Earth and it will pass by our planet next week. Dubbed as Asteroid 2020 ND, it is classified as Near-Earth Object (NEO) and Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) by NASA. It is estimated to be 160 metres or 520 feet in diameter but there is no cause to worry, as it will safely fly past Earth, as it has done at least five times before as per NASA records. It won't be the asteroid's first-time visiting Earth as it maintains...

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