RATS

  • A mere 2 million rats make New York City home, statistician says November 8, 2014

    New York: There may be 8 million stories in the Big Apple, but one of them - that New York City is home to 8 million rats, or one for every human resident - is probably a tall tale, according to research by a Columbia University statistician. In truth, the city's...
  • Bags destroyed by rats during journey; Railways to pay Rs 15,000 August 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian Railways has been held deficient by a consumer forum here which directed it to pay Rs 15,000 compensation to a retired serviceman, whose bags were damaged by rats in a train. New Delhi Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, presided by C K Chaturvedi,...
  • Rats on a plane force Air India to ground aircraft August 6, 2014

    Air India has been forced to ground one of its planes after crew spotted rats scurrying around the cabin, The Times of India reported Wednesday. The plane was on its way from New Delhi to Calcutta when staff became aware of the infestation, the paper said. "Rats on board an aircraft...
  • Rats blamed for rail accident in France July 29, 2014

    Paris: Rats have been blamed for a train accident in France that left 40 people injured earlier this month, media reports said on Tuesday. Rats nibbling at signalling cables, which led to it staying green when it should have been red, led to a crash between two passenger trains, the Local...
  • Rats use whiskers to navigate in the dark July 8, 2014

    London: Rats use their whiskers in a similar way to how humans use their hands and fingers when moving around in the dark, a new study has found. Exploring rats move their long facial whiskers back and forth continuously while they are moving a behaviour called "whisking". Scientists have...
  • 'Rat on the train!' Video of New York commuters reacting in panic to a rat on a subway train goes viral on YouTube April 10, 2014

    Turns out, New Yorkers are just as wimpy as anyone else. A subway train was leaving the Fulton Street station in lower Manhattan on Monday when someone shouted, "Rat on the train!" Jinais Ponnampadikkal Kader started recording the ensuing panic on his cellphone. His video shows people screaming as a large...
  • UN conducts probe into N Korea jails, people forced to eat snakes February 18, 2014

    The United Nations conducted an investigation detailing horrific human rights abuses in North Korea where starving women were delivering babies in prison camps. People were forced to eat snakes and rats to survive. The UN now warning Kim Jong Un that he could face prosecution. ...
  • Author gets back to his roots, writes on a 'whimsical' and 'ratinfested' Patna October 17, 2013

    Having left Patna in his teens, USbased author Amitava Kumar has again rejuvenated links with his hometown with a "whimsical" and "ratinfested" account of the city, once the 'ancient capital' of India. Fiftyyearold Kumar has written a short nonfiction, a narrative attempt to encapsulate the "character" of the city, balancing memoirs,...
  • A Matter of Rats offers you a fresh perspective September 6, 2013

    When I started reading this book, I wasn't really sure about reaching its last page. I found it tad too slow and something, which was going over my head. Hence, I kept the book down, not once but twice. But something about this book was intriguing and one fine day,...
  • Fiction writing is more demanding: Amitava Kumar July 22, 2013

    It is not only the past that lies in ruins in Patna, it is also the present. But that is not the only truth about the city that the author explores in this vivid, entertaining account of his hometown. We accompany him on journeys and memories through many Patnas, the...
  • Extract: A Matter of Rats by Amitava Kumar July 19, 2013

    I would not have turned to writing if I was able to draw. When I was thirteen or fourteen, and attending school in Patna, I had not yet given up my ambition to become an artist. My earliest models were rulers and saints from our past. The teacher would be...
  • China: Police bust milliondollar rat meat ring May 3, 2013

    Beijing: Chinese police have broken a crime ring that passed off more than $1 million in rat and small mammal meat as mutton, authorities said, in a food safety crackdown that coincides with a bird flu outbreak and other environmental pressures. Authorities have arrested 904 suspects since the end of...
  • B'lore: '4yearold tiger died due to poisoning' January 29, 2013

    Bangalore: What we feared has come true. Pathological reports have confirmed that the fouryearold tiger that died in Nagarhole Tiger Reserve two weeks ago (January 13) was a victim of rat poison. According to R Gokul, Director, Nagarhole Tiger Reserve pathological reports have confirmed that zinc phosphide was found in...
  • Delhi: Officer's feet bitten by rats in hospital October 23, 2012

    New Delhi: The feet of a paralysed Special Forces officer was bitten by rats in the Base Hospital in New Delhi after which the Army has ordered an inquiry into the incident to fix responsibility. The young Lieutenant belonging to an elite Para (Special Forces) battalion of the force was...
  • Fiza death: Traces of poison found in viscera September 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The viscera report of Fiza alias Anuradha Bali, the exwife of former Haryana deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, has found traces of poison in her body. The doctors say that the poison is suspected to be rat poison, that mainly consists of aluminium phosphate. Fiza's body was found in a...
  • TN: Baby dies in incubator, family alleges rat bite August 28, 2012

    Chennai: The family of a 12dayold baby girl who died on Sunday at the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children here was shocked when they were given her body with a portion of her face missing. The premature baby had been kept in the incubator till it died,...
  • Rat rattles proceedings in Jharkhand Assembly March 21, 2012

    Ranchi: A rat interrupted the proceedings in Jharkhand assembly for some time on Wednesday when it emerged from under the opposition benches. Congress MLA Gitashree Oraon drew attention of the house when she saw a rat scurrying away in the morning session of the House. When other MLAs drew attention of...
  • Second rat attack in Rajasthan govt hospital January 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Clearly no lessons have been learnt in Rajasthan as rats were found attacking a woman's corpse in govtrun morgue in Beawar. Yet another shocker from a Rajasthan hospital days after CNNIBN reported that paralytic stroke patient Mohd Iqbal was nibbled at by rats in the ICU of Jodhpur's...
  • No action after rats nibble patient in Jodhpur January 13, 2012

    Jodhpur: Two days after rats were found to be nibbling on a 70yearold patient on life support in Jodhpur, the Rajasthan government is yet to fix responsibility. This is the same hospital where more than 20 women died during child birth in 2011. Muhammad Iqbal who is a paralytic stroke...
  • Rats nibble on patient in Jodhpur hospital January 11, 2012

    Jodhpur: A 70yearold paralysed man on ventilator in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a government hospital in Jodhpur was allegedly attacked by rats who nibbled on his ears, nose, lips and cheeks while hospital staff slept, hospital sources said. The authorities at the government hospital have launched an investigation into...
  • Rat fever kills 24 people in eastern China December 31, 2011

    Beijing: Twenty four people died in an eastern China province this year after suffering from viral hemorrhagic fever that spreads through rats, figures released by the provincial health bureau said on Saturday. Among the 24 deaths reported from Shandong, 13 were in Qingdao, a port city in the province. Most...
  • Beware of contaminated fruits and vegetables March 15, 2011

    Eating fresh vegetables and fruits may not always lead to good health as our food is being contaminated with rat poison and insecticides. ...
  • British PM to end 'rat race' at Downing Street January 25, 2011

    London: It seems that Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is determined to put an end to 'rat race' at 10 Downing Street he's planning to recruit a cat to get rid of the menace. "We are making inquiries about getting a cat but we have to be sure that it's...
  • CNNIBN @ 5: Exposing security loopholes January 13, 2011

    CNNIBN expose Operation Water Rat and Citizen X both revealed crucial loopholes in the country's National Security. ...
  • Botanists discover new rateating plant August 19, 2009

    London: Botanists believe they have discovered one of the world's largest carnivorous plants in Southeast Asia. The giant pitcher plants were located in Palawan, central Philippines by a team led by UK botanist Stewart McPherson. The second largest species, now called Nepenthes attenboroughii has been named in honor of the UK's worldrenowned...
  • Blunder at sea made Mumbai attack possible December 7, 2008

    New Delhi: It was the most brazen terror attack India had ever seen. And it could have been prevented. On November 26, a group of allegedly Pakistani terrorists made their way into Mumbai by boat and went on to unleash a frenzy of violence and terror, killing over 200 people, wounding...
  • REVISITING OPERATION WATER RAT: India's porous coastline November 30, 2008

    CNNIBN Special Investigation exposed the glaring loopholes in our coastal security almost 3 years ago. ...
  • Rats! Hamelin needs a modernday Pied Piper November 21, 2008

    Berlin:The German town made famous as the setting for the tale which saw the Pied Piper lure away a plague of rats has a reallife modern problem with the rodents. Officials in the Weser River town of Hamelin in northern Germany, which celebrates "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" legend, have...
  • Not for the scaredycats: Bihar's new rat delicacies October 18, 2008

    Patna: Soon, if you stop by a restaurant or even a roadside eatery in Bihar, you might find an interesting addition to the menu rat meat. A controversial pilot project to popularise rat meat in Bihar, thereby helping uplift the impoverished Dalit community that cultivates it, has been approved by...
  • Rat meat in demand as inflation bites in Cambodia September 1, 2008

    Phnom Penh: The price of rat meat has quadrupled in Cambodia this year as inflation has put other meat beyond the reach of poor people, officials said on Wednesday. With consumer price inflation at 37 percent according to the latest central bank estimate, demand has pushed a kilogram of rat...