Two forest dept officials killed in wildfire

Two forest department officials were on Sunday charred to death in a wildfire at Wadakkancherry near here, officials said.
Poongodu forest station watcher K U Divakaran (43) and temporary watcher A K Velayudhan (54) died during a bid to douse the wildf…

Two forest department officials were on Sunday charred to death in a wildfire at Wadakkancherry near here, officials said. Poongodu forest station watcher K U Divakaran (43) and temporary watcher A K Velayudhan (54) died during a bid to douse the wildfire that had spread at the HNL plantation. "Two other officials also suffered burns and have been admitted to Thrissur Medical college hospital," officials said. Forest minister K Raju expressed his condolences after the tragic incident. "The department has allotted preliminary monetary assistance to the families of the deceased. Compensation for the families of the deceased and the injured will be decided soon," the minister said in a statement. The press release also said the plantation was taken under lease by the HNL group. "It appears that lack of precautions to stop wildfires have caused the accident," the release said, adding that fire responder vehicles from the district were trying to douse the fire which had engulfed the ...

Israel’s Benny Gantz vows to form government without Benjamin Netanyahu

In a series of TV interviews two weeks before national elections, Gantz looked to project confidence that the March 2 vote will provide the decisive outcome that eluded the two previous elections last year.

In a series of TV interviews two weeks before national elections, Gantz looked to project confidence that the March 2 vote will provide the decisive outcome that eluded the two previous elections last year.

US raises tariffs on EU aircraft to 15%

On Oct. 18, Washington imposed the original 10% duties on Airbus aircraft and 25% tariffs on a range of European consumer exports, like cheeses and Spanish olives. The US list continued to spare an Alabama Airbus plant that assembles single-aisle aircr…

On Oct. 18, Washington imposed the original 10% duties on Airbus aircraft and 25% tariffs on a range of European consumer exports, like cheeses and Spanish olives. The US list continued to spare an Alabama Airbus plant that assembles single-aisle aircraft like the A320 by not hitting airplane parts.

Treat us like something between a telco and a newspaper, says Facebook’s Zuckerberg

“Right now there are two frameworks that I think people have for existing industries – there’s like newspapers and existing media, and then there’s the telco-type model, which is ‘the data just flows through you’, but you’re not going to hold a telco r…

"Right now there are two frameworks that I think people have for existing industries - there's like newspapers and existing media, and then there's the telco-type model, which is 'the data just flows through you', but you're not going to hold a telco responsible if someone says something harmful on a phone line," Zuckerberg said at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

Maha: Seven killed, 12 injured after SUV falls from bridge

Seven persons were killed and at
least 12 others injured after a large SUV in which they were travelling fell from a bridge in Yavatmal district on Sunday, police said.
The mishap occurred on Kalamb-Jodmoha Road in the morning, they said.
“The victi…

Seven persons were killed and at least 12 others injured after a large SUV in which they were travelling fell from a bridge in Yavatmal district on Sunday, police said. The mishap occurred on Kalamb-Jodmoha Road in the morning, they said. "The victims were on their way to Jodmoha village from Koteshwar in Wardha district after attending the post-death rituals of their acquaintance," police said. "The SUV fell from the bridge into a pit after its driver apparently lost control. The vehicle was overspeeding and it overturned a few times after falling," they added. Six of the deceased have been identified as driver Amar Atram (29), Mahadev Chandankar (54), Krishna Prasannkar (55), Anjana Wankhede (69) and Babarao Wankhede (all residents of Jodmoha), while Sambhaji Meshram (65), a resident of Akola, they added. The injured were shifted to Yavatmal civil hospital, police said.

UN: Antarctic high temp records will take months to verify

Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency said Sunday.
A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organization said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier …

Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency said Sunday. A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organization said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal process to ensure that they meet international standards. "A formal decision on whether or not this is a record is likely to be several months away," said Jonathan Fowler, the WMO spokesman. Scientists at an Argentine research base measured a temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius (nearly 65 degrees Fahrenheit) February 6 on a peninsula that juts out from Antarctica toward the southern tip of South America. The previous record there was 17.5 degrees celsius (63.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in March 2015. Last week, researchers from Brazil claimed to have measured temperatures of 20.75 degrees Celsius on an island off the peninsula beating the record for the entire Antarctic region of 19.8 Celsius in January ...

NCW panel meets Bhuj hostel girls

The committee formed by NCW on Sunday held a meeting with the institute administration and the girls of the hostel, who were forced to undergo strip test to be ascertained if they were menstruating.The committee is led by Dr Rajul L Desai, Member, NCW….

The committee formed by NCW on Sunday held a meeting with the institute administration and the girls of the hostel, who were forced to undergo strip test to be ascertained if they were menstruating.The committee is led by Dr Rajul L Desai, Member, NCW. Advocate Malshree Gadhvi is another member of the panel.The inquiry team was informed that the administration was unaware of any such a practice being followed in the hostel. The three female staffs have been suspended.The inquiry team also spoke to 44 girls.The panel was informed that during the admission, the girls had to give their consent that they will not have their meals in the dining hall and will not be allowed sleep on their beds and will sleep on the floor during menstruation period.The team was also informed that the girls did not have any problem with this practice and the only issue was the manner in which the girls were stripped to check their menstruation.Dr Rajul L Desai informed the girls about One Stop Centre, 181 ...

Baloch activist urges UN Secy-Gen to take notice of humanitarian crisis in Balochistan

Khalil Baloch, chairman of the Baloch National Movement (BNM) on Sunday urged the visiting United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take immediate notice of the humanitarian crisis in Balochistan.”Pakistan not only snatched our freedom but …

Khalil Baloch, chairman of the Baloch National Movement (BNM) on Sunday urged the visiting United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take immediate notice of the humanitarian crisis in Balochistan."Pakistan not only snatched our freedom but also exploited our marine and land resources. It also started a systematic genocide of the Baloch people that has further increased in the last two decades. However, the UN's response over the situation has always been of a silent spectator," Kahlil Baloch said.Guterres arrived in Islamabad earlier today on a four-day visit to the country.Khalil further added that Pakistan is not only responsible for the occupation of Balochistan but also perpetrating terrorism in the region."On the occasion of his visit, we would like to remind the Secretary-General that as an occupied nation, we have a strong hope that you will take notice of ongoing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Balochistan and would take initiatives to resolve ..

Over 100 released from virus quarantine in Germany

Over a hundred German nationals were Sunday released from quarantine at a military base near Frankfurt airport, two weeks after flying in from the Chinese city of Wuhan, epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
“All the people concerned have been …

Over a hundred German nationals were Sunday released from quarantine at a military base near Frankfurt airport, two weeks after flying in from the Chinese city of Wuhan, epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. "All the people concerned have been allowed to leave the quarantine zone and rejoin their families," secretary of state for health Thomas Gebhart told a press conference. None of them was contaminated by the virus which has killed more than 1,600 people, the vast majority in China. They arrived in Frankfurt airport by plane along with more than 20 foreigners, mainly Chinese, on February 1, after being delayed when Russia refused to let the plane land and refuel. Some were subsequently hospitalised but now all have been released, the health ministry said. Their two-week quarantine period was spent at the military base at Germersheim, 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Frankfurt. "These measures have not been easy for the people involved, but were absolutely necessary," said ...