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  1. A suspected World War II bomb was found Thursday on the premises of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an official said, with police called in to investigate. The 85-centimetre (2.9 foot) long object, believed to be an unexploded bomb dropped by the United States during the war, was discovered by workers constructing a parking lot close to the facility's reactors, a spokesman for Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. TEPCO called police immediately upon finding the object, suspending construction work and roping off the area around one kilometre (0.62 mile) from the reactors, he added. There was no impact on ongoing decommissioning operations at the nuclear plant, which suffered meltdowns in March 2011 after a powerful earthquake spawned a huge tsunami. Japan's Jiji Press reported that under such circumstances police call in bomb disposal experts from Japan's military. Unexploded US bombs and shells are still occasionally found in Japan more than 70 years after the conflict ended in 1945, particularly on the southern island of Okinawa where an extremely bloody battle took place in the war's closing months. A Japanese military airport existed in the area around the Fukushima site in northeastern Japan during the war, and the area was a target of US bombing raids. The meltdowns at Fukushima in 2011 were the world's worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. TEPCO and the government are facing a four-decade task of cleaning up and decommissioning the facility, while tens of thousands of people remain displaced, the majority from Fukushima prefecture due to high radiation.
  2. SINGAPORE: A 60-year-old Singaporean man is under investigation for inserting toothpicks into a seat on a public bus, a suspected case of "mischief" that could put him behind bars for up to two years, the police said on Tuesday. "Through extensive inquiries and with the assistance of CCTV footage, officers ... established the identity of the suspect," a police statement said. Pictures of three toothpicks sticking up from the seat were posted last month by a Facebook user, who said she noticed them just as she was about to sit down. "Remember to check your seat next time before sitting, guys!" she wrote. The post was shared more than 2,500 times. Singapore, a wealthy city-state, has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. However, one of the government's public information slogans is: "Low crime doesn't mean no crime". Authorities come down hard on minor crimes such as vandalism, which is punishable by caning, and the import of chewing gum is banned, in part to keep public spaces clean. Two years ago, a smoker was fined S$19,800 ($14,550) for throwing cigarette ends out of a window of his flat for days. The police said investigations into the case of the toothpicks were continuing. The offense of mischief carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to two years or a fine, or both.
  3. Recently, Deepika Padukone won over everyone when she read a heart-warming letter from her father at an award function. And now that letter has found its way into a school textbook! Back in 2016, while accepting the Best Actress award for her performance in Piku, she read out this heartfelt letter that her father, Prakash Padukone, had penned down for both of his daughters Deepika and Anisha Padukone. That was the perfect opportunity for Deepika to share the emotional treasure she had valued all her life. © Twitter The letter perfectly showcases the bond Deepika shares with her father, and now the emotional words have a whole chapter in school syllabus solely dedicated to them. The letter is now part of the 12th Standard Gujarat Board's syllabus. © YouTube The chapter dedicated to the letter is called ‘Letters from a Father' and a fan tweeted it to Deepika about it. There's a whole chapter on @padukoneprakash's letter to @deepikapadukone and @anishapadukone in my brother's Textbook! ð ð¯ð pic.twitter.com/lj4odwLaSe — Deepika Padukone ⤠(@KinjalJogidas) August 7, 2017 Well, Deepika was so overwhelmed, she could only say, "WOW!!!" WOW!!! https://t.co/4YzqiHPfUS — Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) August 7, 2017 The letter sure is very touching and heartfelt, no wonder its part of school curriculum. Here's the whole letter : Dear Deepika & Anisha, As you stand on the threshold of life's journey, I want to share with you some lessons that life has taught me…. Looking back, I realize that the most important thing about my childhood and adolescent years was my refusal to complain about my lot in life…there is no substitute for perseverance, hard work, determination, and passion for what you choose to do. If you love what you do, nothing else matters — not awards, nor compensation, not even the gratification of seeing your face in newspapers or television. Deepika, we know that you are in the film industry because of your love for it. Early on in life, even as a child of nine or ten, we knew that you were meant for modelling and to be under the arc-lights. You were a natural. Even so, at eighteen, when you told us that you wanted to shift to Mumbai to pursue a career in modelling, it was hard for us to come to terms with the decision. In the end we decided to let you follow your heart, like my father had taught me all those years ago, as the only way to live fully. I was fortunate that my father gave me the freedom to follow my passion for a game which held very little promise of ever making money. His approval changed the course of my life. Had he forced me, I would have been a miserable, average engineer plodding through life. When the time came for you to make a decision about your future, we thought it would be cruel to not give our child the opportunity to pursue a dream that she lived and breathed for. If you succeeded, it would make us proud, but even if you didn't, you would not have any regrets that you did not try. In the last few years, we have seen you mature into a young woman who has her head on her shoulders. Maybe it is a result of the responsibilities that came your way at an early age. Sometimes parents underestimate their children's capabilities which brings me to my other belief: you can either like what you do or you can be passionate about what you do. If you only like what you do, you will become an average player, but if you love what you do, there is every chance that you will excel at it. For then, no hardship, no sacrifice will be too much to achieve your goal. Anisha, you want to be a professional golfer and I know you will let nothing come between you and that dream. At sixteen, when I was representing the country in badminton, I travelled second class and often in unreserved coaches on trains, sitting, eating, and sleeping outside filthy toilets in the train for a couple of days simply so that I could reach the training camp and better my game. I see that passion in you. I don't know too many young people who work sixteen hours a day and I see that the fruits of that passion are already coming your way. I have learned that you can't always win in life, that everything you want might not come your way, and events don't always turn out as you want them to. You have to learn to take life's ups and downs in your stride. Looking back… Even during the toughest times, I focused on what I had, instead of dwelling on what I did not. Thus, at the end of my career, I had no regrets, or any desire to ever return to the game, for I knew that I had truly given all to my passion. …I believe it is best for children to work hard to make their dreams come true and to not have things handed to them on a platter. And it makes us immensely proud to see that both of you have followed our counsel and are making things happen for yourself. When you are home visiting us, Deepika, you make your own bed, clear the table after meals, and sleep on the floor if there are guests at home. At home, you are not a star, and that is because we have taught you to be rooted in reality at all times. If you occasionally wonder why we refuse to treat you like a star, it is because you are our daughter first and a film star later, and we want you to remember that you have to eventually return to the real world. Dear Deepika, you are in an industry where there is much negativity, but I hope that you are the game-changer in it. If you can live your life without harming anyone, or talking badly about anyone, you can set an example for others. Often you will find people who will lie and say untruths about you, but remember never to retaliate or talk their language. If what they say is untrue, ignore it. And if it is true, use their criticism to improve and transform yourself. The things that really matter in life are relationships, honesty, and respect for your parents, and elders. Material success is important, not fundamental to happiness and peace of mind. I can't tell you enough about the rejuvenating power of prayers and a little faith. You know it, of course, because offering prayers is a long-standing tradition in our family… (S)pare a few minutes of your day, even if it is just twenty, to close your eyes and meditate, to think about God and you will see how much that faith in His power will strengthen you. In the end, when your career is behind you, what remains with you and for you is family, the friends that you have made who will stand by you. Live a life that is healthy, my children, and one that will allow you to live with your own conscience. Everything else is transient. And remember, no matter what, we are always going to be there for you. Lovingly, Papa
  4. File Photo KARACHI: A dead body was discovered late Saturday night here in Sector 36-B, Surjani Town, rescue sources said. The rescue officials added that the body was almost three days old; however, the police are yet to comment on the matter since the deceased has not been identified. Details will be added when more information is available. CTD operation On the other hand, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) carried out a raid in Saeedabad, Baldia Town, resulting in one suspect being killed and another managing to escape, the department's officials stated. Weapons were recovered from the deceased suspect, CTD officers added. Firing injures two Two people were injured during firing incidents late Saturday night at two localities of the metropolis. One person was wounded when they resisted a robbery attempt in Cantt Bazaar at Drigh Road, rescue sources noted. A woman was injured during a random firing incident near Dawood Chowrangi, Landhi, rescue officers explained. Secret gambling den raided Police raided a gambling den in Leemon Goth late Saturday night, Senior Superintended of Police (SSP)-Malir Rao Anwar said, adding that six suspects were taken into custody in the process. The police officer mentioned that the suspects had set up the secret gambling den at one of their homes.
  5. Image courtesy: Proactiva Open Arms Twitter account (@openarms_fund) ROME: Rescuers aiding a dinghy packed with migrants off the coast of Libya said Tuesday they had discovered 13 bodies, including pregnant women, as EU member states extended an anti-human trafficking scheme in the Mediterranean. "Thirteen corpses in total. People who had names, surnames, mothers, fathers, friends, and lives," said Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish NGO involved in rescues in the Mediterranean, on Twitter. "We have found 167 people drifting," it said earlier, noting that "several pregnant women and mothers" were among an initial toll of 11 dead. A Save The Children ship on Tuesday rescued some 70 migrants who were also attempting to cross in a small boat. The Italian coastguard confirmed the deaths and said worsening weather conditions at sea were likely to dissuade traffickers for now from setting more boats full of people to sail in the Mediterranean. Close to 94,000 people have been brought to safety in Italy so far this year, according to Italy's interior ministry, an increase of over five percent compared to the same period last year. More than 2,370 people have died since January attempting the perilous crossing, the UN refugee agency said. Rescuers 'code of conduct' The fresh deaths came as Italy's Interior Minister Marco Minniti met with NGOs to discuss a new "code of conduct" to regulate the operations of privately run rescue boats. He said that another meeting had been organised for Friday with some charity groups to work through the proposals. The 12-point code, which has been given the green light by Brussels, would ban aid vessels from entering Libyan territorial waters and oblige them to accept anti-trafficking police officers on board. EU member states on Tuesday agreed to extend the Sophia rescue operation for another 18 months amid growing concern at the number of migrants crossing to Europe. States agreed that the code would now include surveillance of the crossing route to gather information on illegal trafficking and smuggled oil from Libya. At the same time, it would look to increase information sharing on human trafficking, a hugely profitable business for the criminal gangs involved. While some of the NGOs operating in the Mediterranean have agreed to sign the code, others have insisted doing so would put the lives of vulnerable migrants at sea in flimsy vessels at risk. Minniti has insisted that those who do not sign the document will not be allowed to dock at Italian ports. Although Italy has repeatedly stressed that it will continue to save lives at sea, Rome has upped its requests for fellow European states to help shoulder the load ? particularly in terms of providing shelter to those rescued. On Tuesday, the EU pledged more measures and more money to help Italy. European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker promised an extra 100 million euros ($116 million) in funding, on top of nearly 800 million euros already pledged, in a letter to Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. He also promised to look at ways of pressuring Bangladesh to take back its migrants, possibly using the threat of visa restrictions as leverage.
  6. Don Ingabire (L), 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17 ? members of a teenage robotics team from the African nation of Burundi, reported missing after taking part in an international competition and later spotted crossing the United States border into Canada ? are seen in pictures released by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, US, July 20, 2017. Metropolitan Police Department/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON: Two members of a teenage robotics team from Burundi who went missing after a competition in Washington last week have been located and are safe, the city's Metropolitan Police Department said on Tuesday. The teens, Don Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were spotted last week crossing the border into Canada. The Metropolitan Police Department would not say on Tuesday where or when they were found, citing department procedures for missing persons. "The others are still missing, so the case is still under investigation," police spokeswoman Karimah Bilal said. Four boys and two girls from the African nation were last seen on July 18 after the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge concluded. Organisers have said the disappearance may have been "self-initiated" because the students' hotel keys were left in a chaperone's bag while their clothes were taken. Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after US contest: police The four males and two females were last seen late Tuesday afternoon when the robotics contest ended Police have said they did not suspect foul play. The Burundian embassies in Ottawa and Washington said they were unaware on Tuesday that two of the students had been found. The other missing Burundians have been identified as Nice Munezero, 17; Kevin Sabumukiza, 17; Richard Irakoze, 18; and Aristide Irambona, 18. High school students from more than 150 countries took part in the FIRST Global competition. An all-girl squad from Afghanistan drew worldwide attention when President Donald Trump intervened after they were denied US visas. Burundi has long been plagued by civil war and other violence. Fighting has killed at least 700 people and forced 400,000 from their homes since April 2015.
  7. SAN ANTONIO: Eight people were found dead on Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of "ruthless" human traffickers. Another 30 people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were also in the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 37.8 Celsius. The truck's driver was arrested and will face charges, said Richard Durbin, US Attorney for the Western District of Texas, and prosecutors are working to identify others responsible. The bodies were discovered after officials were led to the trailer by a man who had approached a Walmart employee and asked for water. "All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo," Durbin said. "These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus degree heat," he said. San Antonio is about 150 miles (240 km) north of the border with Mexico. Temperatures in the area held above 100 degrees Fahrenheit until 6 pm local time on Saturday and were expected to soar into the 100s again on Sunday, with humidity making the heat feel close to 110 degrees, forecasters said. Raids on suspected illegal immigrants have ramped up across the United States in recent months, after President Donald Trump's vow to crack down on those entering the country without authorization or overstaying their visas. In Texas alone, federal immigration agents said they arrested 123 illegal immigrants with criminal records in an eight-day operation that ended last week. The San Antonio deaths come more than a decade after what is considered the worst immigrant smuggling case in US history, when 70 people were found stuffed into an 18-wheeler. Nineteen of them died in the incident in Victoria, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of San Antonio, in May 2003. 'Horrible Tragedy' San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the latest fatalities as a "horrible tragedy" and said other suspects had fled the scene as police officers arrived. "Checking the video, there were a number of vehicles that came and picked up other people who were in that trailer," McManus said. Twenty people were airlifted to seven hospitals in conditions ranging from "critical to very critical," Hood said. Eight others are hospitalised in less serious condition, he said. McManus said the people in the truck ranged from school-age juveniles to adults in their 20s and 30s. He said the Department of Homeland Security had joined the investigation, and that the origin of the truck is unclear. Experts have warned in recent months that tougher immigration policies could make it more difficult to stop human trafficking. Measures to harden international borders encourage would-be migrants to turn to smugglers and fear of deportation deters whistle-blowing, they said. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials defended the use of tough methods to fight human smuggling. "So long as I lead ICE, there will be an unwavering commitment to use law enforcement assets to put an end to these practices," the agency's acting director, Thomas Homan, said in a statement. The Border Patrol has regularly reported finding suspected immigrants inside trucks along the US border with Mexico. Earlier this month, 72 Latin Americans were found in a trailer in Laredo, it said. In June, 44 people were found in the back of tractor trailer in the same Texas city, which lies directly across the Rio Grande from Mexico. San Antonio has a policy of not inquiring about the immigration status of people who come into contact with city officials or police. It was among several "sanctuary cities" in Texas that filed a federal lawsuit last month to block a new state law set to take effect in September that would force them to cooperate closely with immigration agents. "San Antonio will not turn its back on any man, woman, or child in need," Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a statement responding to the truck deaths.
  8. GENEVA: The remains of a couple ? found on a receding glacier in the Swiss Alps 75 years after they had disappeared ? were at long last buried on Saturday near their native village. Their two surviving daughters were present at the funeral service in the church at Saviese in Valais canton, a few kilometres from Chandolin where Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife Francine were living when they disappeared on August 15, 1942. "Of course it is a relief to have found them, but it brings back memories because a tragedy like that, one doesn't forget," Monique Gautschy, one of the surviving children who was 11 at the time, told AFP by phone. The funeral, also attended by the couple's grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and local villagers, was held in the church where the couple had attended mass on August 15 before setting out on their trek, a priest Jean Varone told the ATS press agency. Dumoulin, then 40, and his 37-year-old wife had left their home that morning hoping to check on their cattle, which were being kept in an alpine pasture in neighbouring Bern canton. The fastest route at the time was via a glacier footpath. The sky was clear when the couple set out, but clouds later worsened visibility and the pair vanished, likely after falling into a crevasse, orphaning their five sons and two daughters. "I saw them leave that Saturday morning," recalled Gautschy of that fatal day. "They were supposed to spend the night in the alpine pasture at Grilden and come back on Sunday." 'I cried every day' After two months of fruitless searching for their parents, the seven children, then aged 2 to 13, were placed in foster care. After more than seven decades the remains of their parents were discovered on July 13 ? preserved in the Tsanfleuron Glacier at an altitude of 8,500 feet ? by an employee of a local ski resort. Backpacks, a watch and other personal belongings had been preserved in the ice nearby. Gautschy told AFP that police called to inform her of the definitive identification early on Wednesday. "I would have loved so much to see them one last time, to kiss them, but I was advised against it because they told me bodies found in snow or water decay very quickly and it would have been a shock," she said on Saturday. The remains of her parents in white-wood coffins were later cremated and their ashes buried at the Saviese cemetery next to those of their oldest son, Gautschy said. "From my kitchen, I see the mountain where Papa and Mama disappeared. I cried every day thinking of them. Now I know where they are." The priest at the Saviese church summed up the feelings at the funeral, saying "three-quarters of a century later the family can at last stop asking the question, 'What happened to them?'
  9. Back in 1942, 40-year-old Marcelin Dumoulin and 37-year-old Francine Dumoulin went up to a mountain pasture to feed their cattle but were never heard from again. Now, 75 years later, their remains have been discovered on a glacier in the alps, and that too ‘perfectly reserved'. The bodies of the couple were found near a ski lift above the village of Chandolin in the Swiss canton of Valais last week by an employee of the cable car company Glacier 3000, according to local media reports. © wikimedia Bernhard Tschannen, director of Glacier 3000, told local media outlets that the bodies were found lying next to each other and had on clothing dating back to the World War II era. “They were perfectly preserved in the glacier and their belongings were intact,” Tschannen told Le Matin. “We think they may have fallen into a crevasse where they stayed for decades. As the glacier receded, it gave up their bodies,” he told the daily Tribune de Geneve. © AP According to the couple's daughter, Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, that was the first time her mother went on an excursion like that. “She was always pregnant and couldn't climb in the difficult conditions of a glacier.” The youngest of the seven children they had, Udry-Dumoulin was just 4 years old when her parents vanished. She added that all her siblings were separated after their parents' disappearance, and all of them spent their whole lives looking for them. © Twitter “I can say that after 75 years of waiting, this news gives me a deep sense of calm,” she said. Well, at least the children got some closure, even if it took 75 years.
  10. GURGAON, India: Bidisha Bezbaruah who acted in Jagga Jasoos was found dead at her residence here on Monday evening. Police had been informed by the father of the actress that she had not been receiving his calls. Police investigated the matter and found Bidisha hanging from a ceiling fan in her apartment. No suicide note was recovered. He father had claimed in his complaint that Bidisha had a love marriage but would often fight with her husband. Her husband has been arrested after the complaint. Investigation teams are examining Bidisha?s social networking accounts and mobile phone. A native of Assam and well known TV personality, Bidisha Bezbaruah had recently appeared in a supporting role in the Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif starrer Jagga Jasoos.
  11. Photo: AFP A couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their seven children, Swiss media reported Tuesday. The bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch, according to Le Matin daily. The head of the Glacier 3000 ski resort, Bernard Tschannen, told Le Matin that the bodies were found last Thursday. "It was a man and a woman wearing clothes from the last (world) war", Tschannen was quoted as saying. "The ice preserved them perfectly and their belongings were intact". Tschannen told the paper that the couple had likely fallen into a crevasse. A DNA search has been planned to definitively establish their identities, but Le Matin quoted Marceline Dumoulin as saying she believed the remains were of her parents, who went missing on August 15, 1942. Marcelin Dumoulin, a 40-year-old shoemaker at the time, and his wife Francine, a schoolteacher aged 37, had left their village of Chandolin to graze their cattle in the mountainside. Searches were carried out for more than two months but ultimately the seven orphans -- five boys and two girls -- were placed in foster homes. "We spent our whole lives searching for them, without stopping. We never thought we´d be able to give them the funeral they deserved," Marceline Dumoulin, who was four when her parents went missing, told Le Matin.
  12. KARACHI: A ballot box was discovered in a private car in the city?s Mehmoodabad area on Wednesday, prompting runner-up Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to reiterate claims that the PS-114 by-election was ?rigged?. The ballot box in question was purchased from a scrap-seller for Rs 60 three years ago, the owner of the box, a lady, said in a statement to the police. The box was used to store household items, she added. An MQM spokesperson, in light of the latest development, reiterated the party?s claim that the July 9 by-election on a provincial assembly seat (PS-114) was ?rigged?. PPP wins PS-114 Karachi by-polls PPP's Saeed Ghani bagged 23,840 votes, followed by MQM-P's Kamran Tessori with 18,106 votes The by-election was won by Pakistan Peoples Party?s Saeed Ghani, who bagged 23,840 votes, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results from all 92 polling stations. Ghani was followed by MQM-Pakistan's Kamran Tessori, who secured 18,106 votes. The MQM has challenged Saeed Ghani?s victory on the provincial assembly seat (PS-114) in Karachi?s Mehmoodabad area before the Election Commission of Pakistan, asking the ECP to order recounting of the votes of the entire constituency. The MQM has also requested the commission to order the National Database and Registration Authority to verify thumb impressions of all votes.
  13. LAHORE: The body of a male domestic help was recovered from a Member of Provincial Assembly's (MPA) house late Tuesday night here in Akbari Mandi area, Geo News reported. Akhtar's dead body was found in the home of MPA Shahjehan, who belongs to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). In addition, the domestic help's sister ? Atia ? was also discovered in an injured state, allegedly bearing torture marks, police added. A case ? on the behalf of victim Akhtar's father ? has been registered with the police against Shahjehan's daughter Fauzia for murder under clause 302. However, the house has been locked, with the MPA and her daughter seemingly on the run. In this regard, relevant teams have been sent out to search for and arrest Fauzia, police officials explained. The victim's sister Atia, on the other hand, has been released from the hospital after medical treatment, police stated.
  14. Once an Imtiaz Ali fan, always an Imtiaz Ali fan! While we await his next maiden project ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal', here's one little love story doing the rounds. It's called ‘Bruno and Juliet' and traces the innocent love between two adorable doggies! © YouTube Directed by Khawar Jamsheed, the story showcases the beautiful relationship between a St. Bernard and a stray dog. The owner of St. Bernard tries to separate the two but love triumphs all. This has got to be the cutest love story this year.
  15. The fishermen tried to rescue to fish but to no avail as the fish soon died. Photo: Geo News screen grab KARACHI: A needle fish was found stuck in a plastic cup from Karachi?s coast, according to World Wide Fund for Nature- Pakistan spokesperson on Friday. The fishermen tried to rescue to fish but to no avail as the fish soon died. About 50 percent plastic is found in garbage which is dumped in sea near Clifton, according to WWF representative. Karachi coast under threat from waste KARACHI: There is a threat lurking in the waters of Pakistan?s largest city which will have a long-lasting impact. Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bazenjo has revealed that... The polluted Arabian Sea has become a nuisance for not just humans but also marine life. One in three marine animals are killed across the world due to marine pollution, pointed out the spokesperson. Needlefish generally swim near the coast and are known for their thin streamlined bodies and needle-like beaks. Generally, they have a lifespan of about eight years and some are capable for growing more than a metre in length.
  16. The one question that has haunted us for a long time is if we really are alone in this universe. Fiction and films have explored the possibility long enough to envision a futuristic world. There have been cases of UFO sightings in part of the world as early as the 8th century. An unidentified object was spotted in Kolkata in the year 2007 and was captured on camera. There have been enough hints for us to believe alien life exists somewhere in the universe. But looks like now we’d finally get evidence of life outside Earth. © Warner Bros Pictures NASA just announced the discovery of 219 possible exoplanets (planets orbiting a star other than the sun) in the Milky Way and out of these, 10 are possibly habitable Earth-like worlds. These 10 planets lie in their star’s ‘habitable zone’ or the ‘Goldilocks region’ where life forms can exist and water can remain in a liquid form. The region is the perfect distance from the star and is neither too hot nor too cold. © Reuters The exoplanets have been discovered as part of the Kepler mission. The Kepler space telescope was launched into space in 2009 and was designed to detect possibly habitable planets in our galaxy and observes just a small portion of the Milky Way. So far, a whopping 4034 possible exoplanets have been discovered by the telescope and out of these, over 50 were discovered to be in the habitable zone. NASA issued a statement that read: “There are now 4,034 planet candidates identified by Kepler. Of which, 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets. Of roughly 50 near-Earth size habitable zone candidates detected by Kepler, more than 30 have been verified.” © Reuters Susan Thompson, Kepler research scientist and lead author of the catalog study said, “This carefully-measured catalog is the foundation for directly answering one of astronomy’s most compelling questions – how many planets like our Earth are in the galaxy?” The detection of habitable worlds is a huge step towards discovering life beyond our world. In our never-ending galaxy that has 200-400 billion stars and over 100 billion planets, it’s just a matter of chance before other life forms are discovered. We just have to wait and watch and see humankind travelling to other worlds to contact aliens living on faraway planets. H/t – NASA
  17. VIRGINIA: A 17-year-old American Muslim girl was beaten and abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia on Sunday by a man who police later arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said. The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque about 30 miles outside Washington in observance of the last 10 days of Ramadan. The attack happened early on Sunday after the victim and several friends walking outside the mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement. At one point, the motorist got out of his car and assaulted the girl, police said. The teen was reported missing by her friends who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards, touching off an hours-long search by authorities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. At around 3pm, the remains of a female believed to be the teen victim were found in a pond in Sterling, police said. During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist "driving suspiciously in the area" and arrested the driver, later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22. Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death, the Fairfax County Police Department said. A police spokeswoman told reporters the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities had not ruled out hate as a motivation for the attack. The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57 percent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month. While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump's stunning rise in last year's presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump's focus on militant groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric. In an incident in London on Monday, a van ploughed into worshippers leaving a mosque, killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain's largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia. Isra Chaker, a person who said in a Facebook post that she was close to a family friend of the victim in the Virginia incident, said the driver came out with a baseball bat and began swinging it at the girls, Chaker said. "She then went missing (presumably kidnapped/moved by the suspect) and was found dead this afternoon," Chaker said. An online fundraiser for the girl's family had raised $61,606 by Sunday evening. Police said a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the victim's identity and cause of death, though detectives believe the body found in the pond was the missing girl.
  18. A number of missing American sailors have been found dead in flooded areas of a destroyer that collided with a container ship off Japan's coast, the US Navy said Sunday. The sailors were missing for more than 24 hours after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a much larger container ship before dawn on Saturday, causing heavy damage and flooding areas of the destroyer. "A number of sailors' bodies that were missing from the collision between USS Fitzgerald...and a merchant ship have been found," the US 7th Fleet said in a statement. "As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision...the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments. "They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified," it added. Japan's public broadcaster NHK updated an earlier report that claimed all seven missing sailors were found dead inside the ship, saying instead that "several" had been found. The accident sparked a major US-Japanese search and rescue operation. The 154-metre (500-foot) Fitzgerald was pulled by a tugboat back to its base in Yokosuka, south-west of Tokyo, on Saturday, where divers searched damaged areas of the guided missile destroyer. The 222-metre Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal had large scrapes on its bow, but none of its 20 crew were injured, Japan's coastguard said. The accident happened 56 nautical miles (104 kilometres) south-west of Yokosuka, in a busy shipping channel that is a gateway to major container ports in Tokyo and nearby Yokohama. The missing sailors have not been identified. "The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time," the Navy said. "The names of the Sailors will be released after all notifications are made." The cause of the accident is under investigation.
  19. Love is a beautiful feeling and people who get to live it are the luckiest. These days, the lucky man is none other than actor-model Milind Soman. Do we need to say anything more about this ‘Iron Man’? He made every girl’s heart beat faster in the 90’s and he still has that same charm, even today. He is a beautiful man and there is a lot more to him than that handsome face and great body. It is his persona that makes girls go weak in the knees and makes men want to be him. :) A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Nov 2, 2016 at 10:43pm PDT However, we have bad news for all his female fans. The man who just keeps getting more handsome, despite his age, is in love once again. Yes, you heard that right; the 51-year-old is in love again and is enjoying every phase of it, just like a giddy teenager. Love this person :) A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Apr 21, 2017 at 12:29am PDT Going by his Instagram (yes, we are stalking him on a lazy Saturday), he is dating a young girl named Ankita Konwar. Nothing much is known about Milind’s lady love, but they definitely look so in love that we can’t help but feel happy for them. The fitness freak is eagerly showing his love for his girl all over his account. No other place I'd rather be A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on May 21, 2017 at 5:07am PDT He looks like a teenager in love and in a recent post, he wrote, “Forever :)”. Milind we too hope that you and Ankita are forever HAPPY! Forever :) A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Apr 25, 2017 at 4:56am PDT Well, this marathon man is clearly on cloud 9! 1st 21k and podium !!! #2ndrunnerup #VizagGoingPink #SuperBaby A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Nov 19, 2016 at 9:36pm PST The duo certainly seems to enjoy each other’s company. Me&Smt A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Apr 22, 2017 at 8:35am PDT They even run marathons together. A perfect catch, Milind! First @pinkathonindia 10K :) A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Nov 12, 2016 at 9:08pm PST He just looks so delighted and peaceful whenever he’s with her. Triple malai lassi in Pune!!! :) A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Oct 29, 2016 at 11:19pm PDT After his relationship didn’t work out with Madhu Sapre, Milind married his ‘Valley of Flowers’ co-star Mylene Jampanoi, however, they parted ways after three years. He also dated actor Shahana Goswami but things went south and they ended their relationship after four years. In a few interviews, Milind has admitted that he makes for a very good boyfriend but not a good husband. Since his last relationship ended, he has remained single for a very long time. High in Haridwar ! :) pic @dahiya_vinay A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Jun 15, 2017 at 10:04pm PDT However, this hot creature is no more single but is now TAKEN! The actor is finally in a very happy place and we wish you well, good sir!
  20. MUMBAI: An Indian court on Friday found six men guilty of involvement in a series of blasts in the city of Mumbai in 1993 that killed 257 people and wounded 800, the latest in scores of convictions related to India´s most deadly bombings. The special anti-terrorism court said the six had transported weapons and planted bombs, which targeted landmark buildings in the financial hub, including the main stock exchange. A seventh man was acquitted on a lack of evidence. All of the seven men were arrested between 2003 to 2010.Arguments to decide on the sentences will begin on Monday, said Deepak Salvi, special prosecutor for the Central Bureau of Investigation, India´s federal police, who said he would seek the maximum penalties available for each of the convicted men. The maximum penalty is death. "It´s a victory for the CBI, Mumbai police and the people of India who trust in justice," Salvi told Reuters. Lawyers for the men were not immediately reachable. Legal proceedings against those accused of being involved in the bombings have resulted in more than 100 convictions, most of which are still winding their way through the legal system because of appeals and commutations of sentences. One suspect in the case, Yakub Memon, was hanged in 2015.
  21. Two teams of astronomers said Thursday they have for the first time detected a key chemical building block of life swirling around infant stars that resemble our Sun before its planets formed. The molecule, methyl isocyanate, "plays an essential role in the formation of proteins, which are basic ingredients for life," said Victor Rivilla, a scientist at the Astrophysics Observatory in Florence, Italy, and co-author of a study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The findings could offer clues on how chemicals sparked into living matter on Earth several billion years ago. At the very least, they show that elements crucial for the emergence of life "were very likely already available at the earliest stage of solar system formation," said Niels Ligterink, a researcher at Leiden Observatory in The Netherlands, and lead author of a second study in the same journal. Scientists spotted the organic compound in a dense envelope of interstellar dust and gas circling three young stars some 400 light years from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus, better known as the Serpent Bearer. Using the Atacama array of radio telescopes in the northern desert of Chile, the two teams independently isolated the chemical signature of methyl isocyanate, and then followed up with computer modelling and laboratory experiments to probe the molecule's origins. "Thanks to the amazing capabilities of current telescopes, we are discovering more and more complex organic molecules around the birthplaces of stars and planets," Rivilla told AFP. Life-giving but toxic Scientists also recently detected sugars in space, including a compound called glycolaldehyde, which plays a role in the formation of DNA structure. Methyl isocyanate beyond our atmosphere was first discovered two years ago, but in a very different context: near complex, high-mass stars many times bigger than the Sun. These are not environments that can yield planetary systems like our own. Earth and the other planets in our Solar System formed some 4.5 billion years ago out of matter left over from the Sun. At this very early stage of evolution, the material feeding the formation of the three-star system described Thursday -- known prosaically as IRAS 16293-2422 -- is rotating in a disk around each star. Some of the gas and dust will fall to the stars, and the rest will make up the planets. Paradoxically, methyl isocyanate -- and other chemical precursors to life -- are highly toxic, potentially lethal, to humans and other animals. "This makes laboratory work challenging," Ligterink noted dryly by email. Indeed, methyl isocyanate (CH3NCO) was the main poison in the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India, in which a leak from a pesticide factory on the night of December 2 killed more than 3,700 people. But in combination with other molecules, such as water, it transforms and can eventually lead to life-bearing compounds. One of the new studies contained a note in memory of the Bhopal victims.
  22. Smoke billows from the Resorts World building in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro Update [04:52 AM PST]: Around dawn, the body of the suspected gunman was found in a hotel room in the complex close to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and an air force base. Police said it appeared the suspect had killed himself after firing at officers searching the still-smoking building. "Our assessment is he burned himself. He committed suicide," Oscar Albayalde, chief of the capital's police office, said in a radio interview. Officials said at least 30 people were hurt, some seriously, as they rushed to escape what at first had been feared as a militant attack. Update [04:20 AM PST]: The suspect in the firing incident is dead, according to media reports. The cause of his death is still unconfirmed. Philippines national police killed a man who fired shots inside a casino in the Philippine capital, AFP reported citing authorities. "He's dead. He was killed by our troops," police chief Ronald dela Rosa told the GMA television network. However, according to Reuters, the gunman killed himself, police said. Update [02:50 AM PST]: At least 25 people were hurt, some seriously, as they rushed to escape, medical officials, including those from the Philippine Red Cross' local Pasay Chapter, said. Jeri Ann Santiago, who works in the emergency room at the San Juan de Dios hospital, close to Resorts World, said 13 people were being treated, but more were on the way. Most of the patients were suffering the effects of smoke inhalation and some had injuries such as fractures, she added, explaining that none had gunshot wounds. In addition, windows were smashed at the casino complex as police searched for the gunman responsible, a local police officer said. However, a police officer at the scene mentioned there were no more gunshots, responding to an AFP journalist's prior report of more gunshots being heard. The policeman stated the sound of the blasts was from the windows being smashed, but could not say why the windows were smashed. On the other hand, 54-year-old Gil Yonco stood weeping in the street at around 5 AM local time, since his daughter had been inside Resorts World on the second floor. Yonco's daughter had called him for help because she was getting suffocated by smoke. However, there was no answer when he tried to call her back. "I am very worried as a parent, I need to find her," he said. Ronald Romualdo, a maintenance worker at Resorts World, said he saw a woman fall from an upper floor while trying to escape. "Several people were injured," he added. Update [02:30 AM PST]: At least three more gunshots have been heard at the casino complex as police look for a gunman who had fired an assault rifle earlier, an AFP reporter on the scene said. Some windows at the complex shattered as the gunshots were heard, according to the reporter, about five hours after the man went into the casino and fired what police said was an M4 rifle and then disappeared. Update [02:25 AM PST]: "We are looking into a robbery angle because he did not hurt any people and went straight to the casino chips storage room," National police chief Ronald dela Rosa noted. The top security official said the suspect was "foreign-looking, a Caucasian, about six feet tall". However, the gunman may have escaped because smoke had obscured footage for CCTV cameras, he added. Thirteen people had been treated at a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation and fractures, hospital staff told Reuters. Update [02:00 AM PST]: "There hasn't been anyone shot... there are only injuries from people who tried to escape in a stampede or from smoke," dela Rosa said on DZMM radio. The gunman, however, was still on the loose after firing an assault rifle, the national police chief said regarding the incident at Manila Resort, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines' international airport. Some people inside the casino recounted feelings of terror when the shooting occurred. "I was about to return to the second floor from my break when I saw people running. Some hotel guests said someone yelled 'ISIS'," Maricel Navaro, an employee of Resorts World, told DZMM radio. "Guests were screaming. We went to the basement locker room and hid there. People were screaming, guests and employees were in panic," Navaro added. "When we smelled smoke, we decided to go for the exit in the carpark. That's where we got out. Before we exited, we heard two gunshots and there was thick smoke on the ground floor." Update [01:50 AM PST]: While Daesh immediately claimed responsibility, stating "lonewolf soldiers" from its group carried out the attack, as per SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations, dela Rosa said police "cannot attribute this to terrorism". He said it may have just have been an attempted robbery, pointing out the gunman tried to steal the gambling chips. Update [01:30 AM PST]: National police chief Ronald dela Rosa issues a statement on the incident. "There hasn't been anyone shot," dela Rosa said on DZMM radio, adding there was no indication yet it was a terrorist incident. "We cannot say this is an act of terror? he did not hurt anyone," he explained. Dela Rosa said the man, who appeared to be acting alone, walked into one of the gambling rooms and fired an M4 rifle at a large television screen, then poured gasoline onto a gambling table and set it alight. He said the man then fired again at a stock room containing gambling chips and filled a backpack with them. The man then left the room and went upstairs to a hotel section of the complex, according to dela Rosa, who added that there are no reports of hostage-taking, although the gunman has not yet been caught. "We have cleared the rooms (on the floor of the hotel the gunman was last seen) but we don't see where he is," dela Rosa said. Update [01:20 AM PST]: A spokeswoman for the US State Department said earlier it was not aware of any US citizens being affected but was continuing to gather information. "We remain in close contact with local officials," she said, adding that US citizens were advised to exercise caution and monitor local media for further information. Update [01:10 AM PST]: Through Twitter updates, the Manila Resort management commented on how Philippine National Police is carrying out an operation to analyse the situation, but refused to share further information saying it "may jeopardise their movement at this point". The company added that it has "no official information as to the identity or affiliation of the persons responsible" for the incident. Update [01:05 AM PST]: Philippines police chief says as far as he is concerned, there is no indication that the firing incident at Manila Resort was an act of terrorism. Update [01:00 AM PST]: A gunman with an assault rifle entered Manila Resort's gaming area and set fire to the tables, the police chief added. Update [12:59 AM PST]: Philippines Armed Police was seen entering Manila Hotel near Resorts World, a witness told Reuters. Evacuated employees and guests of hotels stand along a road and watch as smoke billows from a Resorts World building in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro Update [12:50 AM PST]: US President Donald Trump Thursday expressed sadness and sympathy for victims of what he labelled a "terrorist attack" at a casino in the Philippines capital Manila. "We're closely monitoring the situation," Trump said in response to the gunfire attack, which was quickly claimed by Daesh. "But it is really very sad as to what is going on throughout the world with terror. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of those affected." White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also tweeted. Update [12:30 AM PST, Friday]: Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said the police were in control of the situation and the army was monitoring closely. Policemen stand guard near evacuated employees of a hotel near a situation at a Resorts World building, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro Philippines Red Cross responded to the incident right away. Various people took to Twitter to talk about the attack. Original reporting [11:45 PM PST, Thursday]: MANILA: Gunshots and explosions rang out from an entertainment resort in the Philippine capital Manila early on Friday and local media reported armed men were inside the complex. The company mentioned that it is currently working with the local police to offer the best possible security to the visitors. Resorts World Manila said on social media it was on lockdown and the local fire department said a blaze was burning on the second floor of the building. "We ask for your prayers during these difficult times," Resorts World said on Twitter. Witnesses who spoke to radio stations said several gunmen were seen in the complex. News channel ANC said there were two gunmen, wearing masks and black clothes. The information could not be immediately verified. Smoke billows from the Resorts World building in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro Pictures circulated on social media of the resort, close to the city's airport, showing plumes of smoke pouring from a building. A source at one of the resorts told Reuters that employees were being evacuated and declined to give more details. As the drama unfolded, dozens of police trucks and a handful of huge Special Action Force vans and armoured personnel carriers lined side streets near the hotel, casino and shopping mall complex. Heightened security The Philippines has been on heightened alert amid a crisis in the south of the country, where troops have been battling Daesh rebels since May 23. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Daesh there. He declared martial law shortly after militants went on a rampage through the southern city of Marawi, which is about 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Manila. (Editorial note: Content shared by users on social media has not been independently verified). ?This is a developing story and will be updated as details are made available. (Editing by Haseem uz Zaman)
  23. A gun recovered from an unidentified suspect arrested during a police operation. Geo/File Photo KARACHI: One suspect was killed and another arrested during search operations in various parts of the city on Sunday night, Geo News reported. A suspect was killed during an exchange of fire between Pirabad police and his accomplices near Kati Pahari area late Sunday night, SP Orangi said, adding that a search operation to catch those who escaped is underway. According to the SP, the suspect was accused of raping and murdering a six-year-old girl, Geo News added. In addition, the tortured body of a woman was found in a house in City Railway Colony, Geo News reported. On the other hand, police arrested a suspect after he was injured during an encounter near Golimar Chowrangi late last night, SSP Central Muqaddas Haider stated. The security official mentioned that weapons, cash, and a mobile phone were recovered from the suspect, who was taken into custody as he attempted to loot a citizen. Two other suspects were detained in Gulshan Iqbal, Geo News reported. Dacoit dead, drug-seller arrested in Okara One dacoit was killed during a police encounter in Okara, DPO Hasan Asad Alvi said, as the suspect and his accomplices were robbing people by placing hurdles on the road. An exchange of fire commenced as soon as the police arrived on scene, resulting in the suspect getting killed by his own accomplices? gunfire, Alvi mentioned. The killed dacoit, however, could not be identified. Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) took into custody a drug-seller during a raid conducted near Depalpur Chowk in Okara, ANF stated, adding that 30 kg and 2.4 kg of hashish and opium, respectively, were recovered from the arrestee?s car. A case has subsequently been registered against the drug-seller, ANF explained.
  24. Two days ago, on May 24th, the Indian Air Force’s fighter jet, the Sukhoi-30 went missing. The jet was being piloted by Squadron Leader Devesh Pankaj and Flight Lieutenant Achuth Dev. It had taken off from the IAF base in Assam and went off radar in under an hour, near the dense jungles of the Assam-China border. It was on a usual routine sortie when they lost contact. Search and rescue teams were pressed into action and only after two days of relentless pursuit, the debris of the jet has been found. The pilots though, are still missing, adding to the problems of the IAF. 72 hours on, wreckage of missing #Sukhoi30 found Read @ANI_news story -> https://t.co/D2yQSvQaSC pic.twitter.com/kbd1AXSFjl — ANI Digital (@ani_digital) May 26, 2017 The media and the internet had to take notice and the pressure on the IAF and defense ministry is starting to build up. The news about the missing pilots is all over the Indian internet and people are seriously not happy. Flight Lieutenant Achudev. 25 years old. One of the 2 pilots in the missing IAF Su-30 fighter jet. Unimaginable how his family is coping. pic.twitter.com/rJ7jou5BBX — Livefist (@livefist) May 25, 2017 While some are blaming the lack of technology required for a search and rescue mission. @livefist @IAF_MCC Both the Su-30 & also the earlier Antonov incident are a wake up calls for our Radar capabilities,their gaps & tracking abilities — Krishna Kant Sharma (@krishnakant_75) May 25, 2017 @livefist Also we have an advanced transponder named ADS-B that works on GPS. However, military aircrafts are not equipped with this. — Arya Ghosh (@Aryanaura) May 26, 2017 @livefist @IAF_MCC What progress technology has made? planes,ppl. go missing, vanishing in thin air and r not traced? — vc6000 (@vc60000) May 26, 2017 Other, suspect Chinese involvement in the matter. @livefist @IAF_MCC But why such n advanced fighter jet is not able to locate? Very mysterious or is it an intended cover up as it cud b shot down by chinese??? — wijit wij (@wijithwij) May 25, 2017 Fellow pilots have also been tweeting. Sqn Ldr Devesh was married & had a kid , while Flt Lt Acchu was a bachelor — Sumann Sharrma (@SumannSharrma) May 23, 2017 This isn’t the first instance when the IAF has lost a Sukhoi. Ever since it’s induction in the force, 7 Sukhois have crashed because of technological glitches. There’s still no word from the Air Force on whether the jet was shot down or it simply crashed. As the investigation continues, China’s involvement can neither be denied, nor be confirmed at the moment. As of now, we’re still in the dark but sooner or later, everything will be revealed.
  25. The stairwell where Ahmad was reportedly attacked. Photo source: 7 News A Pakistani woman was found wounded and in an unconscious state on the stairwell of an apartment block in Perth, Australia a few days back. According to 7 News, the woman was found lying in a pool of her own blood which was also smeared on multiple levels of the stairwell. Mehreen Ahmad, in her 30s, was studying primary education. Police alleged Eduargo Santos Abrahao Filho, a man she had been introduced to earlier that night, attacked her. It was alleged that Ahmad and Eduargo Santos were with a group of friends who ended up in the apartment on Murray Street. Later, Ahmad left to get cigarettes but never returned, it was reported. The incident remained unclear but Ahmad ended but in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Perth. Ahmad's parents flew in from Dubai to be with her.