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Mass burials as death toll in Indonesia quake-tsunami tops 800

Palu(Indonesia): The death toll in Indonesia’s quake-tsunami disaster nearly doubled to more than 800 Sunday, as ill-equipped rescuers struggled to reach scores of trapped victims, health officials resorted to mass burials and desperate residents looted shops for food and water. Please like & share: Read More »

‘UN, India to step up cooperation in counter-terrorism, terror financing’

United Nations: India is an “important partner” of the United Nations in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said, and there are plans to step up cooperation between the two on strengthening capacity in combating terror financing. Please like & share: Read More »

‘Govt does not decide partner in inter-governmental deals’

Dubai: Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh has defended the Rafale fighter aircraft deal, saying it is not the government but the company that makes the equipment which decides the partner to fulfil the offset obligations in the inter-governmental agreements. Please like & share: Read More »

China tests three hypersonic missiles at one go

BEIJING: The tests of three scaled-down models of ‘wide-speed-range vehicles’, which can fly at from hypersonic velocity to lower than the speed of sound, were carried out on September 21 Please like & share: Read More »

385 die, thousands injured in Indonesia earthquakes, tsunami

IANS   JAKARTA Rescue workers were hunting for survivors on Saturday after earthquakes, including a powerful 7.5 magnitude tremor, and tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, killing at least 385 people. The death toll was expected to rise amid continuing aftershocks, officials said. Multiple quakes were followed by a tsunami on Friday that swept away thousands of houses, hospitals, ... Read More »

Syria declares re-opening of Nasib border crossing with Jordan

IANS   DAMASCUS The Syrian Ministry of Transportation on Saturday announced the re-opening of the Nasib border crossing with Jordan, which has been closed since 2015. A ministry statement cited by the state news agency SANA said the border crossing was opened and the movement of trucks and transit to and from Syria resumed. The border crossing was closed in ... Read More »

F-35 fighter jet suffers first crash in US

IANS   WASHINGTON The US military has suffered the first crash in its hugely expensive F-35 fighter jet programme. An F-35B crashed in South Carolina, but there was no casualty. The crash occurred near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on Friday. The pilot ejected before the crash and is being evaluated for injury, according to a statement from the US ... Read More »

India to make ‘sovereign decision’ on Russian weapons purchase: Lavrov

IANS UNITED NATIONS India will make a “sovereign decision” on Russian defence purchases, which are facing possible US sanctions, according to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “I understand that India will be taking sovereign decision (on) how to proceed and what kind of weapons it needs,” he said at a news conference here on Friday. Asked by a reporter if ... Read More »

Plane misses runway, falls into Pacific lagoon

IANS   PALIKIR (MICRONESIA) Dozens of passengers were forced to swim for their lives on Friday after their plane missed a runway and landed in a sea lagoon on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 aircraft carrying 47 people — 35 passengers and 12 crew members — plunged into the water ... Read More »