Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Nine killed in Japan after typhoon

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At least nine people were killed on Wednesday near a nursing home in Japan's northeastern Iwate prefecture after powerful Typhoon Lionrock made landfall in the region.

Lionrock, the 10th typhoon of the season, swept across Japan on Tuesday evening, forcing municipalities in the area to issue extensive evacuation orders, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Jayalalithaa completes 100 days in office

People in Tamil Nadu woke up to full-page advertisements in newspapers about the achievements of Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK government during its first 100 days of rule.

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Writing off the outstanding crop loans given by cooperative banks to over 16.94 lakh farmers; free power to households (first 100 units), to handloom weavers (200 units), 750 units to powerloom weavers; closure of 500 liquor shops and reduction of working hours of liquor outlets; emergence of power surplus states are some of the welfare measures of the government listed out in the advertisement.

The government also listed out in the advertisement the dedication of the first 1,000 MW nuclear power plant at Kudankulam as one of the many achievements.

50,000 die each year due to air pollution in Britain

Over 50,000 people die each year due to air pollution in Britain, a research team from Bristol reported ahead of a debate on Wednesday.

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Cars, buses and freight trucks are the principal cause of air pollution in over 95 per cent of legally-designated air quality management areas in Britain, Xinhua news agency cited the study as saying.

Tim Chatterton and Graham Parkhurst from the University of the West of England in Bristol said transport planning in Britain was not sufficiently taking into account the environmental impacts of transport choices.

The two academics looked at policy and practice activities since a parliamentary environment act in 1995 committed Britain to improving air quality to internationally accepted standards.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Heavy rains cause waterlogging traffic snarls across Delhi

Heavy rains on Wednesday morning caused waterlogging in many areas and massive traffic gridlocks in the national capital, stranding people on the roads.

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Traffic helpline officials told that they were flooded with calls of snarls and waterlogging across the city.

"Reports of heavy traffic congestion and vehicles being stuck on roads are coming from different parts of the city since morning. We have till now received more than 100 calls of traffic jams and waterlogging," an official of the traffic helpline said.

Though the heavy rains made the weather pleasant with the minimum temperature settling 26 degree Celsius, one notch below the season's average, it derailed traffic movement across several stretches. Commuters had a tough time reaching their destinations.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Bomb blast at Brussels crime lab

A bomb blast hit a crime laboratory in #Brussels on Monday, #Belgian authorities said.

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According to a report on RTL Belgium news, a car rammed through three fences of the Brussels Institute of Criminology at 2.30 a.m., the BBC reported.

"One or more" suspects then reportedly detonated a bomb near the laboratories, the report said.

However, it was unclear what happened to the suspects behind the blast, which Belgian media said had caused "significant" damage, the BBC added. 

China's first driverless subway line to launch in 2017

China's first driverless subway line in #Beijing is expected to start operations by the end of 2017, authorities said on Monday.

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Operations on the line will be fully automatic, including train departures, door opening and closing, and cleaning, said the report. The trains will only use domestic technology, Xinhua news agency reported.

#China started developing its own fully automatic subway system in 2010 and has mastered the core technologies, the authorities said.

It is expected that the total length of fully-automated subway lines in Beijing will reach 300 km by 2020.

The development and use of domestic operation systems is part of the "Made in China 2025" initiative, which aims to comprehensively upgrade Chinese industry. 

Intex launches new affordable speaker

Domestic handset maker #Intex Technologies on Monday launched a new affordable speaker to expand its 2.1 channel speakers' range.

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At Rs 4,000, "IT Turbo SUF BT" speaker supports USB port, SD card slot, Bluetooth connectivity and has a built-in FM tuner. 

The speaker also comes with LED display and AUX audio input compatible with DVD, PC and LCD TV.

"Intex has always provided consumers with best of the technology at competitive prices," said Nidhi Markanday, Director and Business Head (Consumer Durables & IT) Intex Technologies. 

Modi, Myanmar President hold talks

Visiting Myanmar President #UHtinKyaw on Monday met Prime Minister #NarendraModi here after which the two held bilateral talks.

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"Paving a new road of friendship btw #IndiaMyanmar.PM @narendramodi receives President U Htin Kyaw at Hyderabad House," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with pictures of the two leaders.

Some bilateral agreements are set to be inked after the talks.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Myanmar President.

In the morning, President Kyaw was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here. 

Future Retail lists on BSE at Rs 153

Following its merger with Bharti's retail business, Future Retail got listed at Rs 153 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday.

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The stock was listed in the exchange in the list of 'T' Group Securities.

"Trading members of the Exchange are hereby informed that effective from August 29, 2016, the equity shares of Future Retail Ltd are listed and admitted to dealings on the Exchange in the list of 'T' Group Securities," the company said in a regulatory filing.

At 11.35 a.m., the scrip was trading at Rs 160.65 per share, up by 5 per cent. Under the scheme of arrangement, the company was segregated into Future Enterprise, which took the responsibility of the backend business and Bharti Retail, which takes care of the frontend business.

28 killed in Yemen army camp suicide attack

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At least 28 recruits were killed on Monday during a suicide bombing at an army training camp in Yemen's port city of Aden, a security official told Xinhua news agency.

The official said that a suicide bomber slammed his explosives-laden car into a gathering of army recruits near a school in the city's Mansourah neighbourhood.

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