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  1. A rescued miner gestures out a bus window carrying some of the hundreds of miners rescued from the Beatrix gold mine shaft number 3 where nearly 1,000 miners were trapped underground following a power outage- AFP THEUNISSEN (Afrique du Sud): All 955 gold miners who were trapped underground for more than a day in South Africa following a power cut resurfaced unharmed on Friday, and were greeted by overjoyed relatives waiting at the site. "Everybody's out," mine spokesman James Wellsted told AFP, adding that there were no deaths or serious injuries reported. There were "cases of dehydration and high blood pressure but nothing serious", he said. The miners were stuck in the Beatrix gold mine, in the small town of Theunissen near the city of Welkom, for around 30 hours after a massive power outage caused by a storm prevented lifts from bringing workers on the night shift to the surface. After several hours engineers were able to restore power, allowing the hoist to bring up the miners -- who had been trapped since Wednesday evening -- in batches. The workers were all brought to the surface within two hours. "It was stressful, there was not enough ventilation," said mineworker Mike Khonto. "Thankfully our management managed to send us food and water." Wellsted said there was "no indication so far that anyone has been in distress", although it was a "traumatic experience". A young woman, who spent the night anxiously waiting near the mine for news of her uncle, could not hide her joy. "We are relieved," she told AFP, without giving her name. She had been among a group of miners' relatives who gathered along the road leading to the shaft, and who were kept at a distance by security guards as they awaited developments. Several ambulances arrived on-site overnight, said an AFP reporter at the scene. 'Utterly unacceptable' At sunrise, the rescued workers still in their work suits and helmets underwent medical check-ups and left by bus. Despite the relief, the accident at Beatrix mine in Free State province, 290 kilometres (180 miles) southwest of Johannesburg, has reignited safety concerns at South African mines. "We could have prevented it," said one mineworker who asked not to be named. "They should have had some generators that were working. Security is the least of their worries. They only care about production," said the worker. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on mineworkers to refuse to work in "dangerous conditions". "Major multinational corporations like Sibanye-Stillwater which should be industry leaders in creating a safety culture are doing far too little to prevent accidents," the union said in a statement overnight. A parliamentary committee on mining expressed outrage at the incident, calling for "drastic" action against the company. It condemned as "utterly unacceptable" the lack of a backup plan to bring the workers to the surface. The lawmakers on the committee called for "drastic actions to such acts of carelessness, including exploring possibilities of laying criminal charges against the management for attempted murder". But mine spokesman Wellsted told AFP that "this was a very unusual event. The generators were affected by the storm." - Depleting reserves - Another group, the powerful National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), said the mine should remain closed until a full investigation is conducted. "They should not be allowed to operate until they can guarantee the safety of workers," NUMSA said in a statement. Last August five mineworkers died after sections of a gold mine collapsed outside Johannesburg. The country possesses rich mineral reserves and has some of the world's deepest gold mines. Gold was for many decades the backbone of South Africa's economy, but production has declined sharply due to depletion of reserves.
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/e84f66e75ed6732b055e932158787441.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yOC8yMDE4IDY6MDM6MjYgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1LZVNLL1U4WU12ZEFJeDZOejRLWURBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] WARSAW: After an exhausting night ascent a rescue mission found the French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol on the slopes of Pakistan?s treacherous ?Killer Mountain?, but a Polish climber who had been with her remained missing, Poland?s winter climbing team said. Revol and her climbing companion, Tomasz Mackiewicz, had called for help on Friday from about 7,400 metres up Pakistan?s second highest peak, the 8,126 metre (26,660 feet) Nanga Parbat. A team of elite Polish climbers, who had been attempting the first winter ascent of the nearby K2 mountain, rushed to try to rescue them with the help of the Pakistan Army, which had provided two helicopters for the mission. ?!!! Elisabeth #Revol found !!!? the Polish winter climbing team said on Facebook. Operation underway to rescue foreign mountaineers: ISPR Tomasz Mackiewicz from Poland and Elisabeth Revol of France were attempting to ascend the 8,126-metre Nanga Parbat Ludovic Giambiasi, Revol?s partner, wrote on Facebook that two team members would descend with Revol after resting in the open for a couple of hours. They were not able to find Mackiewicz, he said, and would have to leave without him. ?The rescue for Tomasz is unfortunately not possible - because of the weather and altitude it would put the life of rescuers in extreme danger,? Giambiasi wrote. ?It?s a terrible and painful decision. ... All our thoughts go out to Tomek?s family and friends. We are crying.? Pakistani military helicopters buzzing over Nanga Parbat had spotted Revol at about 6,700 meters during daylight on Saturday, a Pakistani official said. Russian climber Denis Urubko, who has dual Polish citizenship, together with Polish climbers Adam Bielecki, Jaroslaw Botor and Piotrek Tomala were then dropped off by the helicopters at about 4,900 meters, from where the first two began their ascent. A helicopter organised by the Polish Embassy in Islamabad will carry Revol and her rescuers to the Pakistani town of Skardu today, if the weather allows, Giambiasi wrote. Masha Gordon, coordinator of a crowdfunding campaign to finance the rescue, was thrilled that Revol had been found. Polish climber Tomasz Mackiewicz during his trip on Nanga Parbat mountain in Pakistan January 2014. Picture taken January 2014. Photo: Reuters 1 ?We are crying from happiness,? Gordon posted on the GoFundMe rescue page, which showed nearly $100,000 had been raised by Sunday. Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 metres (23,000 feet) and is considered a climbers? paradise, but fatalities are also common. Nanga Parbat obtained its ?Killer Mountain? moniker due to the high number of lives it has claimed. In June a Spanish man and an Argentinian perished in an avalanche while trying to scale its peak. The first successful winter ascent of the mountain was made as recently as February 2016. Mackiewicz had made six previous attempts to scale Nanga Parbat in winter.
  3. ISLAMABAD: Two alpinists who went missing while attempting to climb Pakistan's second-highest mountain Nanga Parbat have been spotted and a rescue mission is to be launched on Saturday, sources said. Elisabeth Revol, from France, and Polish national Tomek Mackiewicz were seen through binoculars by fellow climbers at the base camp, Karim Shah, a local climber who is in contact with the base camp team told AFP. "The military has two helicopters ready who will move four Polish mountaineers who are already on a summit on K-2 to Nanga Parbat for the rescue mission," he said. Shah said Revol was spotted Friday attempting to climb down while Mackiewicz appeared to be crawling due to frostbite. "They had spent one night outside the camp and the Polish mountaineer has got frostbite and snow blindness so he is not able to climb down," he added. His account was confirmed by an official from the tour company that arranged the expedition. Nanga Parbat, in northern Pakistan, is the world's ninth highest mountain at 26,660 feet. It was nicknamed "killer mountain" after more than 30 climbers died trying to conquer it before the first successful summit in 1953. In July last year, a Spaniard and an Argentinian were presumed dead after they went missing while trying to summit Nanga Parbat.
  4. Migrants rescued by "Save the Children" NGO crew approach the ship Vos Hestia in the Mediterranean sea off Libya coast, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/Files ROME: Some 255 migrants were rescued overnight in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, just before a front of bad weather hit the area, the Italian coastguard said Tuesday. The non-governmental organisation Proactiva Open Arms picked up a rubber dinghy carrying 134 people, including seven children, on Monday night. They were to be transferred to the Aquarius rescue ship operated by another NGO, SOS Mediterranee, before being taken to Pozzallo in Sicily. A military ship from the European anti-smuggling operation Sophia also rescued 121 people aboard two other boats, the coastguard said. According to the Italian daily La Repubblica, smugglers have lowered the price of a crossing to 400 euros ($475) per person, in part due to the bad winter weather, but they are still cramming as many migrants as possible into the dinghies. In his traditional Christmas address on Monday, Pope Francis urged people around the world not to forget the plight of migrants, who had been "driven from their land" because of leaders willing to shed "innocent blood". No-one should feel "there is no room for them on this Earth," Francis told tens of thousands of worshippers gathered at the Vatican for his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas message.
  5. ATHENS: Thirty-two Turkish nationals, reportedly opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan´s government, were Greek island of Oinoussesc, the Greek coastguard said Saturday. The group was spotted in a rubber dinghy off the Greek island of Oinousses, overnight Thursday to Friday, the coastguard told AFP. Greek media said the 32 Turks are opponents of Erdogan´s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) and would be seeking asylum in Greece. The reports have not been confirmed by Greek authorities. They were taken to the island of Chios, where migrants and refugees crossing the area, often from Turkey, are registered and identified. A man believed to be a smuggler who was also onboard the boat was arrested by police. Erdogan last month made the first visit by a Turkish head of state to its neighbour and sometimes ally Greece in 65 years. Turkey is unhappy that Greece has failed to extradite suspects wanted over the 2016 failed coup, notably eight officers who escaped by helicopter on the putsch night. However, the two countries are cooperating over the migrant crisis, following a deal between Turkey and the EU which has significantly stemmed the flow of people to Europe.
  6. A blind dolphin was rescued and released back into Rohri canal by area residents. Photo: Geo News screen grab NAUSHERO FEROZ: A blind dolphin was rescued and released back into Rohri canal by area residents, Geo News reported Monday. However, the area residents shared that there is a threat to the dolphin?s life as it might get stuck on the door of Phull Fall regulator near Naushero Feroz. The residents also asked the officials of the wildlife department to release the dolphin into the Indus River. The residents shared that a dolphin was killed after it got stuck in the door of the same regulator earlier. On November 16, two blind dolphins were rescued from Kirthar Canal and released in the Indus River. Two blind dolphins rescued near Sukkur According to an official they swam into Kirthar Canal two months back According to the dolphin rescue incharge, Mir Akhtar Talpur, as the water level in Indus River is going down, dolphins swim into the canal in search of food. He added two dolphins of rare species swam into the canal two months back. Since then the authorities concerned had kept an eye on the fish so as to protect them from any harm, the incharge said. However, on Thursday, water level in Kirthar Canal of Sukkur Barrage was reduced and the dolphins were taken out to be released in Indus River. As per data released earlier, the Indus blind dolphin was one the most-threatened sweet water dolphin species. There was once a time when a large number of the blind dolphin would be found in the Indus River. But now, its habitat has shrunk due to the construction of reservoirs, dams and barrages for agricultural purposes.
  7. ISTANBUL: Turkish police rescued 57 Pakistani migrants who had been chained up in an Istanbul basement by human smugglers trying to extort money, local media reported Tuesday. The smugglers told the migrants that they would take them to Europe for $10,000 (8,400 euros), with the money to be paid after they arrived, according to Hurriyet daily. Some of those found on Monday had been tortured, the newspaper added. Police also detained three smugglers of Pakistani origin on suspicion of misleading the migrants during the raid on the European side of the city. The migrants had reportedly hoped to reach Europe via Greece or Italy, giving a code to the smugglers to access the money upon reaching Europe, Hurriyet said. However, the human-smuggling gang ? which mainly comprised Pakistanis ? demanded the $10,000 payment upfront and told the migrants chained in Istanbul to call their families to tell them they had reached Europe already and to transfer the money, the daily said. Hundreds of thousands of migrants ? including Syrians, Iraqis, Pakistanis, and Afghans ? have entered Europe in recent years. At the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, over a million migrants arrived in Europe by sea, though the numbers have declined since a 2016 deal between Turkey and the European Union (EU).
  8. More than 30 migrants died and 200 others were rescued on Saturday when their boats foundered off Libya´s western coast, the Libyan navy said. Photo: AFP TRIPOLI: More than 30 migrants died and 200 others were rescued on Saturday when their boats foundered off Libya´s western coast, the Libyan navy said. The coastguard conducted two rescue operations off the city of Garabulli, 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Tripoli, spokesman Colonel Abu Ajila Abdelbarri said. He added that patrols had found 31 bodies and 60 survivors from one boat, along with a further 140 survivors from a second.
  9. One of the tigers rescued from the destroyed Magic World amusement park near Aleppo/AFP THE HAGUE: Two tigers rescued from an abandoned zoo in the war-torn Syrian town of Aleppo are to be given a new home in a Dutch sanctuary, the animal refuge said Friday. Brother and sister, Sultan and Sayeeda, will arrive Monday in The Netherlands after they were among 13 animals evacuated earlier this year from the "Magic World" zoo and amusement park in the ravaged Syrian city. The Four Paws charity, which goes to the aid of animals in distress around the world, brought the tigers out of Syria and into Turkey at the end of July along with five lions, two bears, two hyenas and two dogs. After a short stay in Turkey to be cared for and treated for neglect, the animals were taken to Jordan in mid-August. While most of the 13 beasts are staying there, Sultan and Sayeeda, who were badly emaciated and de-hydrated, are to be cared for at the Felida refuge in northern Nijeberkoop. The felines, which will be housed in the sanctuary's quietest areas, will receive special medical treatment to help them get over the trauma of the war and develop a more natural behaviour. They "were living in a war zone. They were thirsty and hungry. They could hear lots of noise from the bombings" and suffered a lot of stress as a result, said Simone Schuls, the director of the refuge. "It's a great second chance for these animals," she said, adding the pair may eventually be rehoused elsewhere depending on their recovery. In April in a tough mission in Iraq, Four Paws also rescued a lion and a bear, the last survivors of the ravaged zoo in Mosul.
  10. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, with their children A kidnapped US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in neighbouring Afghanistan, has returned to Canada, the Canadian government said on Friday. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban. They had three children while in captivity. "Today, we join the Boyle family in rejoicing over the long-awaited return to Canada of their loved ones," the Canadian government said in a statement. The family travelled from Pakistan to London and then to Toronto, where they arrived late on Friday, Canadian broadcaster CTV News tweet said. The final leg of their journey was an Air Canada flight Friday from London to Toronto. Boyle provided a written statement to the Associated Press on the plane saying his family had "unparalleled resilience and determination." AP also reported that Coleman wore a tan-colored headscarf and sat with the two older children in the business class cabin. Boyle sat with their youngest child on his lap. US State Department officials were on the plane with them, AP added. One of the children was in poor health and had to be force-fed by their Pakistani rescuers, Boyle told AP. They are expected to travel to Boyle´s family home in Smiths Falls, 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Ottawa, to be reunited with his parents. Canada has been actively engaged with Boyle´s case at all levels and will continue to support the family, the government added. "At this time, we ask that the privacy of Mr Boyle?s family be respected," it said. Army describes freeing US-Canadian couple from Taliban Pakistan was told by US intelligence at 4pm on Wednesday that the hostages were on the move Media reported that Boyle´s parents, Patrick and Linda Boyle, had acquired car-seats to help bring home the three grandchildren they have never met. The journey home was complicated by Boyle´s refusal to board a US military aircraft in Pakistan, according to two US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Boyle instead asked to be flown to Canada. Boyle had once been married to the sister of an inmate at the US military detention center at Guantanamo Bay. The marriage ended and the inmate was later released to Canada. The families of the captives have been asked repeatedly why Boyle and Coleman, who was pregnant at the time, had been backpacking in such a dangerous region. Boyle´s family spent five years fighting to keep the case in the media spotlight in Canada, sharing the few "proof of life" videos or letters they received over the years. In 2016, a video released by an affiliate of the Afghan Taliban and later posted to YouTube showed for the first time the two sons of Boyle and Coleman. In the video, Coleman begs for an end to their "Kafkaesque nightmare" and is critical of both the American and Canadian governments and the family´s Haqqani captors. Rescue of family shows cooperation better than blame game: Aizaz Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry welcomed the successful rescue of the US-Canadian couple and their children from Taliban captivity, saying it was a lesson that ?cooperation, and not blame game, is key to eradicating terrorism.? Speaking at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, Ambassador Chaudhry said that Pakistan's security forces acted within hours on the basis of actionable US intelligence. He also extended warm felicitations to the rescued couple?s family in the United States and Canada. "No one should have to experience the pain and anguish that Ms. Coleman and her family had been put through in the past years. I am delighted that their ordeal is finally over," he added.
  11. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Friday commented on the recovery of the US-Canadian family from Taliban captivity during an operation by Pakistan Army. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said in a statement that the Pakistan Army conducted the rescue operation based on US intelligence. The couple had been kidnapped in Afghanistan, he added. The Pakistan Army recovered five foreign hostages: a Canadian, his US national wife and their three children, after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. US intelligence services had been tracking the movement of the hostages and informed their Pakistani partners when the hostages were moved across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram Agency on October 11, 2017. US praised Pakistan?s action and cooperation in recovering the abductees, the Foreign Office spokesman said. Pakistan Army rescues Canadian-US family kidnapped by terrorists Trump identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle Pakistan?s agenda is to defeat terrorism, a common enemy, the statement said. Shedding light on US delegation?s visit to Pakistan, Zakaria said the visit was important following Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi?s meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence some weeks ago. The spokesperson said that India?s role in Afghanistan was dangerous for regional stability and was not in regional interest. He further noted that Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua?s meetings with Russian officials during recent visit to Russia were fruitful. Zakaria also highlighted India?s continuing aggression in Occupied Kashmir, and called on the international community to take notice of human rights violations in the region.
  12. Four climbers in England had to be rescued from the highest mountain peak in the country after they smoked a little too much of cannabis while celebrating their achievement. The stoned mountaineers were brought down from atop Scafell Pike, in northwest England after a three-hour rescue operation. The Cumbria police, in charge of the local area, dispatched air support and ambulance rescue to the 3,208-foot peak after they received an emergency call in the evening from the incapacitated group. According to the police, the climbers were so high that none of them could even walk properly. The police put up a Facebook post confirming the news, which has since gone viral. “Now having to deploy mountain rescue, air support and ambulance to rescue them,” Cumbria Police said on social media. “Persons rescued after becoming incapable of walking due to cannabis use. MRT volunteers putting themselves at risk to prevent harm,” they added. The climbers are facing severe criticism for their actions as many called for a hefty fine so as to discourage such boorish behaviour in future. “Really? What bloody idiots. They should pay you for rescuing them in these circumstances,” wrote a disgruntled climber on Facebook. Justin Bibby, the North Cumbria Superintendent, was harsh considering how the situation could have easily taken a turn for the worse. © merryjane “Mountain safety is your responsibility, bring the right equipment and food and know how to use it. Our priority is your safety,” Mr Bibby said, according to The Telegraph. “The mountain rescue team had a particularly busy day yesterday dealing with this incident. “Taking alcohol or any other substance that could impair your judgment significantly increases your risk of getting into trouble. It has no place on a mountain.” While the climbers were safely rescued by the volunteers, the only important question that remains unanswered is, what kind of weed were they actually smoking and where not to get it from!
  13. Rains in Mumbai have brought the city to a standstill. With knee-deep water filling most streets, there is chaos across the city. While traffic is miserable and people are left stranded in the situation, the spirit of Mumbai has been left intact. Life goes on here, no matter what. The people of the city have risen to the situation and extended a helping hand to whoever is in need. Strangers are offering food and shelter to each, so many people have opened their homes to those stuck due to the rains. Telugu actor Harshvardhan Rane left the comfort of his home to venture out in the city and help those who were stranded. © BCCL One such heartwarming incident was recently shared by Shikha Chawla, a resident of Mumbai who was stuck on her way back from work. With flooded streets and a terrible traffic, she couldn't manage to get a ride home when she left office at 3 in the afternoon. Fortunately, a cab driver who was not on duty agreed to drop her home, even though it meant putting his car at risk in the knee-deep water. He even kept assuring that no matter what, he would drop her home safely. They reached her home after a good 5-6 hours and that meant the cab driver had to make another long journey back home. Shikha posted on Facebook, narrating the incident. When she had found the driver, he was with a relative who had come from a village and was looking for a job in the city. Shikha is trying to help the man find a job and repay the act of kindness. The cab driver's relative worked as a computer teacher in his village. Shikha has given his contact details in her post and has reached out to the internet to help find the man a decent job. Humanity is not dead. Share this with as many people as you can. A good deed should never go unrewarded.
  14. No matter how much we criticize the social media and the internet for glorifying memes, trolls, hackers and negative or hate comments; we can't deny that social media is also a platform which ensures that you get help at the right time. And ever since Sushma Swaraj took charge of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), she has proved the latter to be true with her timely actions and easy accessibility. She is unanimously the most loved politician and her popularity on Twitter is no joke. She needs no introduction as her work speaks for herself, the voice of which is loud, clear and effective. In fact, it is her accessibility and efforts that in the past 3 years as many as 80,000 Indians stuck abroad have been rescued, under the leadership of BJP. © Reuters Sushma Swaraj furthered that the external affairs ministry has undergone a massive change since 2014 and has become more ‘people-oriented', giving priority to rescuing Indian citizens who are stranded abroad for various reasons. She reportedly said at an event, “The speed of work is now supersonic. There were just 77 passport service centers in India in 2014. But in the past six months, we have created 235 new ones.” According to The Times Of India, she further said that “We have increased the speed of processing of documents, have made our ministry's face more humane, and efficiency of services have improved significantly.” Well, MEA's work structure has definitely changed and it is this change that has given the country its first Videsh Bhawan. Swaraj recently inaugurated this Bhawan which is said to be an establishment created to bring all of the ministry's local offices under one roof. © Twitter In fact, this Bhawan will also counsel Indians who are planning and looking for work abroad. They will help the candidates escape the dubious and fraudulent recruiting agents who take advantage of their limited knowledge about the process and dupe them. She said, “We plan to conduct counseling sessions here for all outgoing Indians…we will make people aware of laws of the country they are visiting and warn them about dubious employment agencies.” It is indeed a great step that will help all those people who are seeking job. Also the fact that so many people were rescued from unfavourable situations, because of her efforts, is kind of reassuring for us citizens.
  15. KATHMANDU: Elephants were pressed into service to rescue hundreds of foreign tourists trapped in a Nepal jungle safari park, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rains rose to 70. In Sauraha, 80 km (50 miles) south of Kathmandu, the Rapti River overflowed its banks, inundating hotels and restaurants and stranding some 600 tourists. Sauraha, on the fringe of Chitwan National Park, is home to 605 greater one-horned rhinoceroses, or Indian rhinoceroses, and is popular with foreign tourists, including Indian and Chinese visitors, mainly for elephant ride and rhino-watching. "Some 300 guests were rescued on elephant backs and tractor trailers to (nearby) Bharatpur yesterday and the rest will be taken to safer places today," Suman Ghimire, chief of a group of Sauraha hotel owners, said by telephone on Monday. Shiva Raj Bhatta of WWF Nepal said one rhino had died in the floods. Relief workers said 26 of Nepal's 75 districts were either submerged or hit by landslides after heavy rains lashed the mainly mountainous nation, home to Mount Everest and the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The death toll, which had stood at 49 on Sunday, was expected to rise with another 50 people reported missing in the floods and landslides, Information and Communications Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet said. Basnet said more than 60,000 homes were under water, mainly in the southern plains bordering India. Estimates of losses were not available, with rescuers yet to reach villages marooned by the worst floods in recent years. "The situation is worrying as tens of thousands of people have been hit," Basnet told Reuters. Large swaths of farmland in the southern plains, Nepal?s breadbasket, are under water and the Himalayan country could face food shortages due to crop losses, aid workers said. "The heavy rains hit at one of the worst times, shortly after farmers planted their rice crop in the country?s most important agricultural region," said Sumnima Shrestha, a spokeswoman for US-based non-profit group Heifer International. Monsoon rains, which start in June and continue through September, are important for farm-dependent Nepal, but they also cause heavy loss of life and property damage each year.
  16. Ask anyone about Delhi and the first thing they will associate the capital with are crimes like rapes and assault. Women dread walking out of their homes at night and what are we doing to help them get over this fear? No matter how hurtful or upsetting it sounds, whenever a crime happens; most of us turn a blind eye and stand as mute spectators waiting for someone else to help the victim. Also, clicking pictures and making a video is more important than saving that person's life, right! But thanks to some good Samaritans, things are now changing for the better and it was thanks to these good souls that a major mishap was prevented. A bunch of bikers came to the rescue of a woman in her 20s, who was abducted by three men and was crying for help on the mean streets of Delhi. © Wikimedia Aman Goyal and his friends were eating at a dhaba when they heard the woman's cry for help. They immediately gave a chase on their bikes and managed to catch a hold of them and rescue her. According to a report published in The Times Of India, Aman said “The woman was in a state of shock and semi-conscious when we rescued her.” The woman is a resident of Mangolpuri and apparently knew one of the abductors. He took advantage of this fact and approached her on the pretext of giving her a lift when she was returning home on Saturday. Two men were already inside the car and after travelling some distance, the three men started touching her and reportedly even tore her clothes. When she shouted for help, they rolled up the windows, however her cry for help managed to reach these guys and they gave chase. © Thinkstock/Getty Images “We have registered a case under IPC sections 354B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 362 (abduction). We found that the woman was in touch with one of the accused,” said DCP (outer) MN Tiwari. Before the cops arrived at the scene, a mob had already surrounded the car and people started pelting stones at the car and set it on fire. While two of the abductors were caught, the third one managed to escape. This entire incident shows that the youth of Delhi aren't apathetic and will stand up for what is right. They are spearheading a positive change in helping the distressed and we hope that others can learn something from these unsung heroes. Source: The Times Of India
  17. Mexican police patrol in Veracruz State, where scores of Central Americans being smuggled to the United States have been rescued from an abandoned truck. Photo: AFP Scores of Central Americans being smuggled to the United States were rescued Saturday from an abandoned truck in Mexico, a near-tragedy with chilling similarities to a deadly incident last week in which 10 would-be migrants to the US perished. Authorities said a total of 178 people were found in the tractor-trailer truck in the town of Tantima in Mexico's Veracruz state. Officials said occupants of the truck on Saturday narrowly averted tragedy, realizing at some point that they had been abandoned by the traffickers. A few managed to escape the vehicle and enlist the aid of local residents who gave them food and water. The Central Americans were then transported by police to a migration centre, where they were given medical assistance before authorities began the process of returning them to their countries of origin. A Mexican military source told AFP that most of the migrants were adults, although there were also a handful of minors found in the truck. Their rescue comes less than a week after the horrific suffocation deaths of 10 migrants who were trapped in an 18 wheel truck and discovered last Sunday in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas. Authorities said as many as 200 migrants may have been crammed into the trailer found in Texas, many of whom had to be hospitalized. Some survivors fled the parking lot in waiting cars, according to witness accounts. US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in a statement called the "senseless" migrant deaths the result of a human trafficking "network of abuse and death." "These smugglers have no regard for human life and seek only profits," said Kelly, a retired military general who has been to Mexico twice to discuss immigration, human trafficking and the sprawling cross-border drug trade. Officials in the United States say fewer migrants are making the perilous overland journey to America from Central American and Mexico in recent months, in large part because of harsh, anti-immigrant rhetoric from US President Donald Trump, who came to power in January. Migrants from Central America and Mexico willing to make the dangerous trip risk being victimized by thieves, criminal gangs and unscrupulous traffickers who sometimes take their money and abandon them in desperate conditions on either side of the US border. Veracruz and the surrounding area has become one of the most dangerous regions for undocumented migrants making their way to the United States, according to rights groups, in part because of drug cartels like the notorious Zetas, which often charges a fee before allowing travelers safe passage.
  18. When St. Paul, Minnesota, police early Friday searched a GMC Yukon Denali that had crashed following a chase, they found an unlikely victim in the cargo area. Four people fled the sports-utility vehicle, but Gordy the goat was found lying down with an orange electrical cord around his neck. Police said Gordy had been abducted at Indian Mounds Park from a herd of goats that had been rented by the St. Paul Parks and Recreation department. Their job: To eat invasive plants on a difficult-to-reach bluff along the Mississippi River. It was the St. Paul Police Department's first known case of goat-thieving, said spokesman Steve Linders. The motive is still a mystery. "I wish I knew," said Clare Cloyd, a spokeswoman from St. Paul Parks and Recreation, which was only three days into its experiment with the goat herd when the theft occurred. Linders said two 29-year-old men were arrested on potential charges of gross misdemeanor theft and fleeing police. Gordy was returned unharmed to the park. Some of his herd had escaped through a damaged fence and were rounded up, according to park officials. Since then, a police Facebook post about the incident has gotten an usual amount of attention with comments like "stealing really gets my goat."
  19. They say time does not remain the same and it was realised by this poor Pikachu. What it feels like if one minute you're the star of a Pikachu dance group and in the next minute you're invaded by suited men and dragged out of the limelight with a zero possibility of returning back. Well, this actually happened with a Pikachu. While a group of performers in inflatable Pikachu costumes were doing a choreographed frolic to delight the audience at the Pokémon World Festival 2017 in South Korea, the unfortunate star Pikachu began deflating. In the horrifying situation, the Pikachu handlers rushed in and did what was not even imagined by the poor Pikachu in his wildest dreams. Yeah, they got the Pikachu out of there in a matter of seconds and vanished, while the others continued their joyous routine. While the whole situation is a terrifying reminder that fame and fortune can be ripped away at any moment, it's also a reminder that sometimes it's just not your day So, live the good moments because you never know when someone will swarm you and drag you into obscurity.
  20. PALANGKARAYA: A rare albino orangutan has been rescued on the Indonesian part of Borneo Island where villagers were keeping the white-haired, blue-eyed creature in a cage, a protection group said Tuesday. In an extremely unusual discovery, authorities picked up the female, estimated to be five years old, in a remote village in Kapuas Hulu district. The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), which is caring for the critically endangered ape -- believed to be albino -- said the organisation had never before in its 25-year history taken in such an orangutan. Normal Bornean orangutans have reddish-brown hair. Villagers said they captured the ape, who has not yet been named, on Thursday. Authorities rescued the ape two days later. "Orangutans are rare, and an albino orangutan is even rarer," Nico Hermanu, a BOSF spokesperson, told AFP. "Since BOSF was founded 25 years ago, we had never before taken in an albino orangutan at our rehabilitation centre." Pictures showed dried blood around the creature´s nose, with the foundation saying the injury could have been sustained when the ape was fighting the villagers´ attempts to capture it. The orangutan has been taken to BOSF´s rehabilitation centre for further assessment. Almost 500 orangutans are kept at the centre. The Bornean orangutan, which along with the Sumatran orangutan is Asia´s only great apes, is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as "critically endangered" -- just one step away from extinction. Around 100,000 are estimated to live on Borneo, which is divided between Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, down from 288,500 in 1973 and with their numbers expected to shrink to 47,000 by 2025, according to the IUCN. The creatures have seen their habitat shrink dramatically as the island´s rainforests are increasingly turned into oil palm, rubber or paper plantations, and are sometimes targeted by villagers who view them as pests.
  21. For a nation that’s mostly insensitive towards wildlife and animals, this story of a bunch of villagers going out of their way to save a lioness’ life comes as a heartwarming relief. This story is from Amreli, Gujarat. The locals spotted a lioness trapped inside a well in the locality – a 50 feet deep dry well. The lioness had reportedly fallen into the well. Forest officials were informed. The locals lowered a cot inside the well using ropes to let the lioness climb up so it could be pulled up. In the evening, the forest officials rescued the lioness and released it into the forest. This video will restore your faith in mankind.
  22. Somewhere in the ruins of war-torn Mosul in Iraq, is a zoo that is crumbling under the repercussions of the war and is now survived by only a lion and a bear, which don’t really seem to be in good condition either. Mosul’s Montazah Al-Morour Zoo was once home to a huge number of animals, was left devastated under ISIS rule and most of the animals including a lioness, monkeys and rabbits were either killed or died because of starvation. However, before the two remaining animals could breathe their last, thanks to the international animal rescue team, Four Paws, they were saved this week and provided with veterinary care and food. The team was headed by Dr. Amir Khalil. © YouTube Identified as Simba (lion) and Lula (bear), both the animals were found in miserable condition, suffering from various diseases. According to the organization, the animals were struck by malnutrition and while the bear was suffering from pneumonia, the lion had bad joints and both had very bad teeth. It is believed that for the last three months, the zoo was on the front line of an armed conflict that occurred between militants and the Iraqi army. Both the animals managed to survive because of the help they received in the form of scraps of food, from the natives and local volunteers before Four Paws came to their rescue. However, after a point people couldn’t come to help as they had to save their own lives as well. © YouTube As told to Reuters by the park’s owner, Abu Omar, “the battle lasted for three or four months. There was a guard that used to come and feed them.” After the Iraqi army took over the region from ISIS, Four Paws managed to treat the animals and have managed to arrange food for the next few weeks. Check out the video here where the team is seen providing aid to the animals. While those animals were saved in the nick of time, we want to ask - was it their fault to find themselves in the middle of a place struck by war? What did they ever do to meet such a fate? Source: Unilad/The Dodo
  23. A doctor from Andhra Pradesh has been rescued after being held in captivity by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Libya, for over a year and a half. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that Dr. Ramamurthy Kosanam, a resident of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, has also suffered a bullet injury. We have rescued Dr.Ramamurthy Kosanam in Libya. Dr.Kosanam has suffered a bullet injury. We are bringing him to India shortly. 1/ — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) February 21, 2017 Dr Ramamurthy had been working as a physician in Lbn-e-Sina Hospital for over 15 years at Sirte in Libya. In September 2015, Dr. Ramamurthy, along with a bio-chemical engineer, Samal Pravash Ranjan of Odisha from the same hospital, and seven other Filipino nurses were abducted by a group of ISIS terrorists. However, Pravash Rajan was able to escape from captivity. © Reuters Dr. Ramamurthy’s family also told The Hindu that he had been trying to leave Libya because of the war and wanted to return to India, but the Libyan government allegedly refused to send him back. We really wish the nightmare is soon resolved and Dr. Ramamurthy can go back to living his life and saving people.
  24. Recently, the Mumbai-London Jet Airways flight lost contact with the Air Traffic Control leaving the crew slightly worried about the safety of the 777-300ER aircraft. But the German Air Force came to the rescue of the Jet Airways flight 9W-118 as they escorted the plane for a brief period while flying over Cologne. Watch the incredible footage of the German Air Force fighter here: The video was captured by a British Airways plane and you can see the fighter jets scrambling to help the JA plane in the video. The JA pilots later informed that they communicated with the Eurofighters over the emergency frequencies and later safely reached London. “Jet Airways has duly reported the matter to the concerned authorities including the DGCA. As part of the standard process, the flight crew of 9W 118 has been de-rostered pending investigation,” an official statement from Jet Airways said.