PM Modi Attends Maldives President Solih’s Swearing-In Ceremony

Solih and his team are reviewing millions of dollars of investments from China as well as the debts taken from Chinese lenders.Maldives occupies a crucial maritime position, just 400 km from India’s Malabar coast.   MALE: Prime Minister Modi on Saturday attended the swearing-in ceremony of Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who surprisingly defeated strongman Abdulla Yameen in September. PM Modi was given a red-carpet welcome and greeted at the airport by Maldives Parliament’s new Speaker Qasim Ibrahim. The Indian prime minister visited the presidential palace after the ceremony. PM Modi congratulated…

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California Fire Death Toll Rises To 63, Hundreds Still Missing

Authorities have reported seven more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 63 in the deadliest wildfire in state history. PARADISE: At least 63 people have been confirmed dead so far in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 280 km north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single US wildfires since the turn of the last century. The cause of the fires are being investigated. Two electric utilities…

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa To Be Republic Day 2019 Chief Guest

Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, became South Africa’s president this year, succeeding Jacob Zuma.Ramphosa is a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi. NEW DELHI: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the chief guest for the Republic Day parade 2019. Ramaphosa’s office has reportedly accepted India’s invitation. This comes after the US President Donald Trump turned down the invitation citing scheduling constraints in a big embarrassment for the government.PM Modi had invited President Trump for a bilateral visit to India during their talks in Washington last year. First Republic Day parade was held in 1950.…

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Death Toll Rises To 42 In California’s Camp Fire

Historically, California’s “wildfire season” started in summer and ran into early autumn but experts have warned that the risk is now year-round. The death toll from the Camp Fire reached 42 Monday, making the Northern California blaze the deadliest fire in state history. The Camp Fire has devastated the town of Paradise and has destroyed at least 7,177 structures, most of them homes, making it the most destructive blaze in state history measured by the number of structures destroyed. President Trump, who on Saturday criticized California officials for “gross mismanagement” of forests,…

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Death Toll Rises To 25 In California’s Camp Fire

The Camp Fire is just one of three major wildfires that firefighters are battling across the state.Fire officials have said that the fires have been fueled by high winds. The wildfire in California history leveled nearly the entire city of Paradise as firefighters battled massive fires on both sides of the state. At least 25 people were killed there, and more than 6,400 homes were destroyed.Authorities said there were 110 people still missing. The Camp Fire has burned around 105,000 acres and was 20 percent contained Saturday, officials said. More…

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The Festival Of Lights: Diwali Celebrations Around The World

By: Kauser Khan, Associate Editor-ICN Group The Malaysian people call Diwali as Hari Diwali.Diwali is celebrated almost all over the Malaysia except in Sarawak & Federal Territory of Labuan.  Deepavali, a Sanskrit word meaning “rows of lighted lamps”, it is one of the most popular festivals celebrated across South Asia.Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a major Hindu festival celebrated with much fervour across the country.According to the Hindu holy books, the festival marks the return of Lord Ram from Sri Lanka to Ayodhya after defeating Raavan. Here are some countries which celebrate Diwali…

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French Pacific Territory New Caledonia Rejects Independence

New Caledonia was established as a French colonial possession in 1853, and used as a penal colony. New Caledonia is of strategic importance to France, giving the nation a foothold in the Pacific in the face of growing Chinese influence. New Caledonia is home to a quarter of the world’s known supplies of nickel — a vital electronics component — and is a foothold for France in the Pacific where China is increasing its influence. On the final count, 56.4 per cent of people had rejected the proposition that New Caledonia…

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Lion Air Jet Crashes In Indonesia With 189 Aboard, Rescue Efforts Under Way After Flight Plunges Into Sea

Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, although its safety record is patchy.The crash could potentially be the country’s second worst air disaster since 1997.  An Indonesian airliner crashed into the sea off West Java on Monday, with the likely loss of all 189 people aboard, as it tried to return to Jakarta minutes after take-off. About 20 of the 189 people on board were Indonesian finance department officials who had travelled to Jakarta for a conference. Three children, two of them infants, and eight crewmembers were also among…

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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: 11 Dead, 6 Injured

PITTSBURGH: A man opened fire at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh Saturday morning, killing 11 people and wounding six others. The suspect identified by AP as Robert Bowers, 46, surrendered after a firefight with police. Bowers appears to have made several anti-Semitic comments on social media. The gunman opened fire around 10 a.m. at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Squirrel Hill, just east of downtown Pittsburgh, is the hub of the city’s Jewish community. The FBI said Bowers is being charged with 29 federal…

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The Trip To Western & Central Europe 2017

By: Shoubhik Bose & Debanjana Maitra Shoubhik and Debanjana, senior engineers in software companies of repute in Bangalore love travelling in India and abroad. They take time out to share their experiences through their travelogues.  Salzburg, Austria The journey to Salzburg from Venice was our first cross-country travel by “land”. We booked a ticket from a TrenItalia kiosk , from Venice to Villach. Incidentally it was an inter city bus of the Austrian Railways ( OBB ) which had a tie-up with Italian Railways for international travel. From Villach, we had pre-booked…

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