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  • India gives 250,000 USD to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: India has given a cash assistance of USD 250,000 to Vanuatu which has been hit by a massive tropical cyclone leading to loss of lives and widespread destruction of property. "The government is deeply saddened by the tragedy caused by the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu...
  • Earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude strikes off Indonesia: USGS March 3, 2015

    An earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said. There was no immediate word on damage or casualties. The quake was 23 miles deep and centred 114 miles (183 km) west of the town of Padang. Indonesia, badly hit by the Indian Ocean...
  • India successfully test-fires nuclear capable Agni 5 missile canister version January 31, 2015

    Balasore: India on Saturday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed, intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile 'Agni-5', which has a strike range of over 5000 kms and can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne, from Wheeler's Island off Odisha coast. The three stage, solid propellant "missile was test-fired from a...
  • Live: More than 40 bodies of AirAsia QZ8501 victims recovered from Java sea, confirms Indonesian Navy December 30, 2014

    Several pieces of debris have been spotted floating in the sea off Borneo island which have been confirmed to be of the missing AirAsia jetliner. AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared from radar over the Java Sea near Belitung island. ...
  • Banned FIFA official charged with fraud, money-laundering November 21, 2014

    A member of the financial watchdog committee at soccer's ruling body FIFA has been charged with fraud, money-laundering and breach of trust by police in the Cayman Islands. Canover Watson, a vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union and member of FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee, was charged with five offences by...
  • PM Modi announces 75 million dollar credit line, visa on arrival to Fiji November 19, 2014

    Suva: Seeking stronger engagement with the Pacific Islands, India on Wednesday announced a 75 million USD line of credit for Fiji for a co-generation power plant and upgrading the sugar industry and also a five million USD fund to develop its villages even as the two countries agreed to expand...
  • Modi arrives in Melbourne on the final leg of Australia tour November 18, 2014

    Melbourne: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday on the fourth and final leg of his four-city tour of Australia. He arrived in Melbourne after a hectic morning in Canberra, where he held bilateral talks with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott and then addressed the Australian Parliament, the first...
  • 'This Divided Island' by Samanth Subramanian is humane and harrowing November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The first book that I had read about the Sri Lankan War was Ru Freeman's 'On Sal Mal Lane'. Though it was a work of fiction, it introduced me to the conditions and life of people living in a war zone and terror has become a part of...
  • Bahamas: Nine killed in plane crash November 10, 2014

    Grand Bahama: A small plane has crashed on approach to the island of Grand Bahama, killing all 9 people on board, the government of the Bahamas said. The Lear 36 Executive Jet had taken off from the Bahamian capital of Nassau and crashed while attempting to land around 5 pm...
  • Tsunami hit Indian coast 1,000 years back: Study September 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Looking for data on past tsunamis for a better understanding of the natural phenomenon, a team of researchers has come upon evidence which suggests that the Indian coast was hit by a sea surge some 1,000 years back, before the tsunami of 2004 which caused massive destruction in...
  • Navy conducts Coastal Security Review meeting September 24, 2014

    Kochi: A Coastal Security Review Meeting was on Wednesday held at the Southern Naval Command to review preparedness of various agencies involved in coastal security of Kerala and Lakshadweep Islands. The meeting chaired by Captain Simon Mathai, Kerala Naval Officer-in-Charge, was attended by senior functionaries from Indian...
  • Steps to make Rameswram a holy island August 31, 2014

    Rameswaram: The Vivekanandha Kendra at Kanyakumari is joining hands with Rameswaram Municipality and Ramanathapuram district administration to make this holy island a "Green island", according to Saraswathi Coordinator for the programme. She said that two seperate buckets would be given to the house hold to collect plastic waste and biowaste seperately...
  • New 'King Kong' film 'Skull Island' to hit the theatres in 2016 July 28, 2014

    London: Legendary Pictures has announced a new 'King Kong' movie titled 'Skull Island'. The studio revealed a November 16, 2016 release date for the blockbuster during its panel at ComicCon International, reported Digital Spy. Legendary, now partnered with Universal Pictures after launching with Warner Bros in 2005, will add 'King Kong' to...
  • United Airlines flight diverted to remote Midway Island due to odour July 13, 2014

    Washington: A United Airlines flight with 348 people aboard over the Pacific Ocean was forced to land on remote Midway Island because of what authorities said was an electrical odour on board. The United Airlines plane, carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew on a Boeing 777, was flying from Honolulu to...
  • This golden Labrador can sniff out pornographic material and is helping the police smoke out paedophiles July 11, 2014

    A golden Labrador with the Rhode Island internet crimes against children task force in the US has a perfect nose for computer hardware that can help against rising cases of child pornography. Named Thoreau, the dog has already helped cops arrest a suspect who had stashed a thumb drive filled with...
  • Photos: A bizarre zombie crawl hits Coney Island with people taking part in a brain eating contest! July 5, 2014

    Coney Island transformed into a land of the zombies as a 'zombie takeover' descended on it to eat brains! In an event organised by the NYC Zombie Crawl, a group that is 'concerned primarily with the rejuvenation of the living dead by means of feasting upon human flesh', the 'Zombie...
  • China's Taiwan policy chief to make first visit to island June 12, 2014

    Beijing: The head of China's Taiwan affairs office is to make his firstever visit to the island, Taiwanese officials announced on Thursday, in a further sign of warming ties between the mainland and its former bitter rival. Zhang Zhijun, director of China's State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, will visit Taiwan...
  • Gogoi congratulates Assam teams for scaling Island Peak June 6, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday congratulated two teams from the state which successfully scaled the 6189 meter Island Peak in the Nepal Himalayas. The first team, led by Manash Barooah and the second by Nandadulal Das, were both part of a PreEverest Expedition sponsored by the state government. The...
  • Woody Allen's next to be shot in Rhode Island June 4, 2014

    Los Angeles: Filmmaker Woody Allen has opted to shoot his yet untitled film in Rhode Island, with lensing slated to start in July. Allen shot his last film, 'Magic in the Moonlight', on the French Riviera. His previous 'Blue Jasmine' was shot in New York and San Francisco, reported Variety...
  • BJP retains lone seat of Andaman and Nicobar islands May 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday retained the lone seat of Andaman and Nicobar islands. BJP candidate Bishnu Pada Ray defeated Congress's Kuldeep Rai Sharma by 7,812 votes. The poll battle was practically a straight contest between the Congress, which won the seat continuously until 2004 with the exception...
  • NCP wins lone seat of Lakshadweep May 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The Nationalist Congress Party of India on Friday won the lone seat of Lakshaweep. There was a close fight between the Congress and the NCP. NCP candidate PP Mohammed Faizal defeated Congress's Hamdullah Sayeed by 1,535 votes. Six contestants were in the fray for the lone seat. The counting of...
  • NCP wins the only seat of Lakshadweep May 16, 2014

    Updates: 1:58 pm: It is a close fight between the NCP and Congress for the lone seat as NCP's Mohammed Faizal is leading over Congress's Hamdullah Sayeed by over 1000 votes. 9:58 am: The NCP is leading in the lone seat New Delhi: The counting of votes begin for the only seat...
  • South Korea: Divers battle darkness and fear to find bodies April 25, 2014

    Divers grope their way slowly through the dark corridors and cabins of the sunken Sewol ferry. Bodies appear suddenly, floating by in the murky water, buoyed by lifejackets or the bloat of decomposition, their faces etched with fear or shock. Some are still locked together in embraces, a freezeframe of panic...
  • Divers pull bodies from sunken South Korean ferry, toll rises to 50 April 20, 2014

    The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. About 250 people are still...
  • Bodies retrieved from South Korean ferry, toll reaches 36 April 20, 2014

    Jindo (South Korea): Three bodies were retrieved for the first time on late Saturday night from the sunken South Korean ferry, the emergency management headquarters said on Sunday. The bodies were retrieved from inside the hull of the submerged ship at 11.48 pm on Saturday, the first such recovery nearly...
  • 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea April 19, 2014

    Sydney: A powerful earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The magnitude-7.5 earthquake was located 75 kilometers (47 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island, according to the US Geological Survey. It...
  • S Korean ferry carrying 470 sends distress signal, rescue underway April 16, 2014

    Seoul: A passenger ferry carrying about 470 people was listing badly off South Korea's southwest coast and had sent a distress signal, a Korean coast guard official said on Wednesday, and a rescue mission was underway. Korean television news reports said the ferry was sinking and that many of the passengers...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Andaman witnesses 70 per cent turnout April 10, 2014

    Port Blair: Turnout for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands was recorded at 70 per cent on Thursday, the election office said. The final percentage might rise, the sources said. The poll battle was practically a straight contest between the Congress, which won...
  • Lok Sabha polls: 26 pc voting registered in Lakshadweep islands April 10, 2014

    Kavaratti: Around 26.19 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 11 am for the Lakshadweep Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. There are 44 polling booths in the Island territory comprising 27 islands, of which only 10 are inhabited, including the headquarters island of Kavaratti. Six contestants are in the fray for the...