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At least 160 dead in Air India plane crash

More than 160 people were killed when an Air India plane crashed Saturday as it came in to land in the southern Indian city of Mangalore on a flight from Dubai, police said. However, an Air India spokesman in Mumbai said some people were believed to have survived. Mangalore deputy police commissioner R. Ramesh said the plane, a Boeing 737 ... Read More »

Pak court orders temporary blocking of facebook

A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered authorities to temporarily block social networking website Facebook following a controversy over a competition on blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammad on the site. Justice Ijaz Choudhry of the Lahore High Court issued the order in response to a petition filed by the Islamic Lawyers Movement seeking a ban on Facebook. The court ordered authorities ... Read More »

Homeopathy is witchcraft, says UK medical body

London: Homeopathy is “witchcraft”, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said, adding: “If people wish to pay for homoeopathy that’s their choice but it shouldn’t be paid for on the NHS until there is evidence that it works.” Hundreds of BMA members have passed a motion criticising alternative medicine use and they demanded that taxpayers should not pay for bills ... Read More »

Popular Tamil writer Anuradha Ramanan dead

CHENNAI: Popular Tamil writer Anuradha Ramanan died here on Sunday following a cardiac arrest. She was 62. Anuradha was admitted to a private hospital in Adyar a week ago following heart problems. The funeral is scheduled for Monday evening, at the Besant Nagar crematorium. Survived by daughters Sudha and Subha, the granddaughter of R Balasubramanyam, an yesteryear actor, Anuradha had ... Read More »

Dutch child is lone survivor of Libya plane crash that kills 105

Tripoli: A Libyan Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 from South Africa disintegrated on landing at Tripoli airport on Wednesday, killing 105people, but leaving a Dutch child as the sole miracle survivor. Libyan transport minister Mohammed Ali Zidan said the survivor is in hospital. The Dutch foreign ministry said at The Hague that the child was undergoing surgery at the al-Sabia hospital ... Read More »

Gates promises to make Amethi an IT hub

LUCKNOW: Microsoft Corporation Chairman, Bill Gates, who is the co-chairperson of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Tuesday accompanied Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on a visit to the Amethi parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh and gained valuable insight into the welfare schemes being undertaken there. Mr. Gates said he would try to develop Amethi into an information technology hub. ... Read More »

Earthquake off Indonesia’s Aceh triggers tsunami alert for Chennai

Source: BBC: An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 has struck offshore near the Indonesian island of Sumatra, near Aceh province. The quake struck 214km (133 miles) south of Aceh’s capital of Banda Aceh, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. A local tsunami alert was issued and later lifted by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The site is very near that of ... Read More »