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7th Feb 2023
A 16-year-old girl died on Saturday after being mauled by a shark in a river in Western Australia’s state capital Perth after she jumped in the water to swim with a pod of dolphins. The girl was pulled from the water with critical injuries and she died at the scene, police said in a statement.
7th Feb 2023
More than 4,300 people are dead after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria early Monday, according to officials. The pre-dawn quake was centered in the town of Pazarcik in Turkey’s southeastern Kahramanmaras province and was followed by several powerful aftershocks. Thousands of buildings were toppled on both sides of the border, and the death toll was expected to rise as rescue workers searched for survivors in the massive piles of rubble. Both Turkey and Syria have declared a state of emergency.
29th Jan 2023
The Turkish company STM handed over to the Pakistan Navy the second modernized conventional submarine of the Agosta 90B project – PNS Khalid [S-137]. This is Turkey’s first export foreign submarine modernization project. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that at the end of 2022, Pakistan began the construction of its sixth Hangor-class submarine. This is a diesel-electric submarine. A total of eight submarines will be acquired by the Pakistan Navy.
27th Jan 2023
More than 160 people have died from the cold in Afghanistan this month in the worst winter in more than a decade, authorities said on Thursday, as residents described being unable to afford fuel to heat homes in temperatures well below freezing.
21st Jan 2023
Two popular Sydney beaches were closed Saturday after swimmers witnessed several bull sharks attacking a dolphin, according to Surf Life Saving New South Wales. The closures led to the canceling of several surfing and Ironman and Ironwoman events. The dolphin suffered injuries to its tail and was later euthanized, the organization said.
21st Jan 2023
The Sup¬reme Court of Pakistan ordered the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Lahore to use “persons with disabilities” or “persons with different abilities” instead of “disabled” — to refer to people with special needs — in public advertisements, notifications, and official correspondence.
21st Jan 2023
Chinese authorities have confirmed that the death toll in a avalanche in China’s southern Tibet region climbed to 28 after eight more bodies were found at the site on Friday, according to local media. A deadly avalanche hit the city of Nyingchi in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region Tuesday.
14 Jan 2023 At least seven people are dead in Alabama after tornadoes struck the state Thursday, destroying homes and causing what Selma’s mayor called “significant damage.” A five-year-old boy was also killed in Georgia when a tree struck the car he was traveling in.
16th Jan 2023
Rescuers resumed searching on Monday in Nepal for four people still missing after the Himalayan nation’s deadliest plane crash in 30 years, officials said. Rescuers had recovered 68 bodies out of the 72 people onboard the ATR 72 aircraft operated by Yeti Airlines that crashed in the tourist city of Pokhara minutes before landing on Sunday in clear weather. The plane, on a scheduled flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the gateway to the scenic Annapurna mountain range, was carrying 57 Nepalis, five Indians, four Russians, two South Koreans, and one person each from Argentina, Ireland, Australia and France.
11th Jan 2023
Thousands of Indians in despair over mass eviction fears. India’s top court has temporarily stayed the demolition of over 4,000 homes in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, but people are still worried about the fate of their homes, which they have spent a lifetime building.
11th Jan 2023
An attacker stabbed six people on Wednesday at the busy Gare du Nord station in Paris before being shot and apprehended by police, authorities said. The Gare du Nord is a busy commuter hub which also serves as a departure point for trains to northern France, London and northern Europe. Police were treating the stabbings as attempted murder, not as a terrorist attack, a source close to the case said.(Image: AFP)
10th Jan 2023
The UK’s first-ever space mission has failed after “an anomaly” prevented the Virgin Orbit rocket from reaching orbit. The Start Me Up mission lifted off the runway at Cornwall Airport at around 10.15pm as hundreds of people watching cheered. But shortly before midnight, an official on the live stream announced the rocket suffered an “anomaly” that meant it failed to reach orbit.
Rescue workers recovered 16 bodies on Monday after a daylong effort to reach the site of a plane crash in the rocky heights of the Himalayas, according to the Civil Aviation Authority in Nepal. A Canadian-made De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, operated by Tara Air and carrying 19 passengers and three crew members, took off on Sunday morning from the central Nepali city of Pokhara and was headed for Jomsom, a tourist destination popular with trekkers.
Jan 2, 2023
Nearly 1,700 journalists have been killed worldwide over the past two decades between 2003 and 2022, an average of more than 80 a year, according to an analysis published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Iraq and Syria were the most dangerous countries to work in as a journalist, accounting for “a combined total of 578 journalists killed in the past 20 years, or more than a third of the worldwide total,” RSF said. They are followed by Mexico (125), the Philippines (107), Pakistan (93), Afghanistan (81), and Somalia (78). Three RFE/RL journalists were killed in Afghanistan in 2018 and one — Mohammad Ilyas Dayee — in 2020.
Dec. 30, 2022
At least four people are dead, and three others critically injured after two helicopters collided on Australia’s Gold Coast near a Sea World theme park Monday afternoon. Police said the crash drew emergency aid from beachgoers who had been enjoying the water during the southern summer. Police official Gary Worrell said people on Jet Skis, family boaters and others rushed to help.
29th Dec 2022
The Indian Air Force successfully tested the extended range version of the BrahMos Air Launched missile against a ship target from Su-30 MKI fighter jet. The extended range of the BrahMos missile is believed to have the ability to take out targets in sea 400 km away. The extended range capability of the missile coupled with the high performance of the SU-30MKI aircraft gives the Indian Air Force a strategic reach and allows it to dominate the future battle fields, the Indian defence ministry said in a statement. (File photo)
29th Dec 2022
One person was killed on Wednesday when more than 200 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on a bridge in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou in heavy fog, rescuers and the CCTV state broadcaster reported. Cars and trucks could been seen crumpled and piled on top of each other on the Zhengxin Huanghe bridge in pictures and videos posted on social media.
29th Dec 2022
Pages from of one of the oldest Qurans in existence, and a painting described as Uzbekistan’s “Mona Lisa,” are among the historic treasures on show at a new exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The exhibition, created in partnership between the Louvre Museum and the Uzbekistan’s Art and Culture Development Foundation, takes visitors on a political and historical journey of Uzbek life across 1,600 years, starting from the first century BC.
28th Dec 2022
Giant laser from ‘Star Trek’ to be tested in fusion breakthrough. The breakthrough came in an impossibly small slice of time, less than it takes a beam of light to move an inch. In that tiny moment, nuclear fusion as an energy source went from far-away dream to reality. The world is now grappling with the implications of the historic milestone
28th Dec 2022
The death toll from a Buffalo-area blizzard has risen to 27 in western New York — with the toll at least 60 deaths nationwide — as the region was left reeling from one of the worst weather-related disasters in its history. Much of the rest of the United States has been hit by ferocious winter conditions.
27th Dec 2022
An 18-year-old Afghan student endured Taliban taunts and insults at the weekend as she staged a solo protest against the ban on women attending university. “For the first time in my life, I felt so proud, strong, and powerful because I was standing against them and demanding a right that God has given us,” Marwa told AFP, asking not to be further identified.
26th Dec 2022
No visa restrictions have been placed on Pakistanis from specific cities by the United Arab Emirates, said UAE Consul-General in Karachi Bakheet Ateeq Al-Remeithi, condemning reports of a UAE visa ban for people born in certain Pakistan cities as “fake news”. “Citizens of Pakistan can apply for a visit visa to the UAE or any other visa without discrimination. They are being given visas,” the foreign diplomat said. Posters are circulating on some social media websites in which a ban on UAE tourist visa is being advertised for Pakistanis born in certain cities.
23 Dec, 2022
This December marks 20 years of storytelling for two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Celebrating this milestone, Obaid-Chinoy and her team present SOC20, a digital exhibit unpacking her creative and personal journey, introducing the audience to not only the outcomes of her work, but also her life-changing and inspirational moments, and pivotal relationships.
Experts describe Karachi as ‘bowl of poison’ due to worsened air quality. The Sindh government came under fire for the lack of concern and action towards growing environmental degradation in Karachi.
With two investigations against her running in parallel, in Belgium and Greece, MEP Eva Kaili is set to appear on Thursday before the Belgian authorities, who will decide whether or not to remand her in custody regarding the Qatargate scandal. According to reports, if Kaili is also found guilty in Greece, the sentence handed down by local judicial authorities will be more severe than in Belgium where penalties for the crimes she is accused of are milder, ranging from three to a maximum of five years.
Security forces have wrapped up their ‘search and kill’ operation after gunning down the terrorists holding hostages inside the Counter-Terrorism Department’s (CTD) compound in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The operation was launched after Taliban terrorists stormed the CTD compound in Bannu and held hostages on Sunday. According to AFP, more than 30 TTP militants were holding several officers hostage on Monday after breaking free from custody and seizing a police station
16th Dec 2022
Dania Shah, the third wife of the late Aamir Liaquat, the politician and televangelist, has been arrested by the FIA from her home in Punjab’s Lodhran. She is being investigated in a case relating to the release of an “obscene” video of Liaquat. The video in question — not independently verified but also not called fake by Liaquat — featured him in a state of complete undress in his home, allegedly after the consumption of an illegal substance.
16th Dec 2022
The Islamabad High Court has agreed to hear a petition against former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking his disqualification on the grounds that he concealed the existence of his alleged daughter, Tyrian White, in nomination papers.
German tennis star Boris Becker, 55, has been freed from a British prison, the government said on Thursday, meaning he is now expected to be deported from the country. In April, Becker, a six-times Grand Slam champion, was jailed for two years and six months by a London court for hiding hundreds of thousands of pounds of assets after he was declared bankrupt.
The Afghan Taliban again skirmished with Pakistani security forces at the Chaman border crossing on Thursday and fired mortars at civilian areas, killing at least one while injuring 16 others as tensions at the international crossing remained high.
13th Dec 2022
Travel photography blog Capture the Atlas has published the 5th edition of their annual Northern Lights Photographer of the Year, a collection featuring the best 25 photos of the Northern Lights. It reflects the stunning works and how the photographers captured them, in their own words.
13th Dec 2022
Iran has hit out at Australia after new sanctions were imposed over human rights violations and the supply of drones to Russia. Its foreign ministry has accused Australia of promoting violence and hatred after financial and travel sanctions were placed on senior members of Iran’s regime, including the morality police and the paramilitary group the Basij Resistance Forces, which have been responsible for crackdowns on anti-government protesters. (Image: Reuters)
13th Dec 2022
US and Scottish authorities say that the Libyan man suspected of making the bomb that destroyed a passenger plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 is in US custody. The US Justice Department confirmed the information, adding that “he is expected to make his initial appearance in the US District Court for the District of Columbia”. It gave no information on how Mas’ud came to be in US custody.
10th Dec 2022
Pakistan has been ranked 94th, sharing the slot with Somalia, in terms of passport strength while the UAE has topped the list of the world’s most powerful ones. Below Pakistan are Iraq (ranked 95th), Syria (96th) and Afghanistan (97th). UAE nationals can travel to 180 countries without a visa. According to the list issued by Arton Capital, a Pakistani passport mandates travel to only 44 countries without a visa.
10th Dec 2022
A rare moment of feline disgrace has taken out top honours at this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. US photographer Jennifer Hadley’s shot of a baby lion misjudging what could have been his first leap (aptly named ‘Not so cat-like reflexes’) was giggle-inducing enough to take out the overall prize, as well as the Creatures of Land award.
10th Dec 2022
A New Zealand court has taken temporary custody of a sick infant whose parents blocked life-saving heart surgery because potential blood donors may be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Auckland High Court ordered six-month-old “Baby W” to be placed under partial guardianship — allowing an urgent operation to correct a heart disorder known as pulmonary valve stenosis to go ahead. The baby’s parents had blocked the procedure on the grounds that any blood transfused could have come from a donor jabbed with an mRNA vaccine.
20th Sept 2022
Astronomers now routinely discover planets orbiting stars outside of the solar system – they’re called exoplanets. But in summer 2022, teams working on NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite found a few particularly interesting planets orbiting in the habitable zones of their parent stars. One planet is 30% larger than Earth and orbits its star in less than three days. The other is 70% larger than the Earth and might host a deep ocean. These two exoplanets are super-Earths – more massive than the Earth but smaller than ice giants like Uranus and Neptune.
20th Sept 2022
International humanitarian Angelina Jolie is visiting Pakistan to support communities affected by the devastating floods. Heavy rains and floods across the country have impacted 33 million people and submerged one third of the country under water. Ms Jolie is visiting to witness and gain understanding of the situation, and to hear from people affected directly about their needs, and about steps to prevent such suffering in the future.
20th Sept 2022
Taiwan was hit by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Sunday, leaving at least one person dead and 146 injured. It was the strongest of several tremors over the past three days, with another 5.6-magnitude earthquake following on Monday.
20th Sept 2022
Hurricane Fiona has struck Puerto Rico’s south-west coast, causing an island-wide power blackout and threatening to dump “historic” levels of rain expected to produce landslides and catastrophic flooding.
The powerful earthquake that set off landslides and shook buildings in southwestern China has killed at least 65 people. Hundreds of people sustained varying degrees of injuries, the state media said on Tuesday. At least 16 other people are missing a day after the 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous area in Luding county in Sichuan province, which sits on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau where tectonic plates meet and is hit regularly by quakes.
Australian woman Monette Dias, 53, had been married 11 times and engaged 28, before she met her current partner. She said she has to count on her fingers to remember the order of her husbands. According to a survey only one percent of the adult population in Australia has been married more than twice. The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that of all registered marriages in Australia, 71.6 per cent were first marriages for both partners. Following that 16.6 per cent of marriages were a first marriage for one person but not the other, and only 11.9 per cent were not a first marriage for either party.
A series of stabbings in two communities in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan left 10 people dead and 15 wounded, authorities said Sunday. Police are looking for two suspects. The stabbings took place in multiple locations on the James Smith Cree Nation and in the village of Weldon, northeast of Saskatoon, police said. The Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP Saskatchewan, said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects but others appear to have been attacked at random.
Member of the US Congress Sheila Jackson Lee and Congressman Tom visited the flood-affected regions of Pakistan and ‘brought hope’ that the US would be a ‘consistent partner’ in helping Pakistan through the crisis. The US embassy in an earlier statement said that Washington would provide $30 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance to support people affected by severe flooding that have affected 33 million people and killed at least 1,290, including 453 children.
A Saudi woman has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for her social media posts, in the second case of its kind this month, activists say. A terrorism court convicted Nourah bint Saeed al-Qahtani of “using the internet to tear the social fabric” and “violating public order by using social media”, rights group Dawn reported. Little is known about her other than that she criticised Saudi leaders.
This is not the best of times for actress Christina Asmus as she faces a large fine for allegedly discrediting the Russian army. A case was entered at the Tverskoy Court of Moscow, and the actress stood accused of discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation. The case is, however, not criminal, which means she might be off the hook after paying a fine of about 50 thousand rubles.
The monsoon rainfall continues to affect Pakistan causing flash floods and landslides that resulted in 1,061 people dead (including almost 360 children), 1,575 injured and more than 33 million people affected across the country.
A veiling fatwa recently issued by Egypt’s Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s highest religious authority, has sparked outrage and criticism among Egyptians. On July 8, Al-Azhar’s Global Center for Electronic Fatwas published its “Eid Prohibitions,” a series of measures to observe during Eid al-Adha, on Facebook. One forbids women from leaving home without the hijab. The Arabic hashtag for “Down with Sheikh Al-Azhar,” demanding the ouster of Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, trended on Twitter.
A big video panel fell onto a stage during a concert by Hong Kong boyband Mirror on Thursday, injuring at least two dancers, one of them seriously, and prompting authorities to ban the group from performing pending an investigation.
The World Bank does not plan to offer new financing to Sri Lanka, which is battling its worst economic crisis in decades, until the Indian Ocean nation has an adequate macroeconomic policy framework in place, the lender said on Thursday.
Two pilots have been killed in India after a Soviet-era fighter jet crashed during a training sortie, the air force said, heightening safety concerns after a string of incidents involving the aircraft. The MiG-21 came down on Thursday night in the desert of western Rajasthan state near the city of Barmer, the defence ministry said. The crash was the sixth MiG-21 aircraft to have gone down since January last year, with five pilots killed.
A strong earthquake in northern Philippines has killed four people and injured 60, the interior minister said on Wednesday. The quake struck about 11 kilometres southeast of the town of Dolores at a shallow depth of 10 km, according to US Geological Survey data.
A rain emergency has also been imposed in the province. Intermittent rainfall lashed parts of Karachi for a second consecutive day on Monday, claiming the lives of at least two people. Both deaths were caused by electrocution. Several areas of the city also remained submerged as the unrelenting rainfall inundated residential neighbourhoods.
The heatwave has triggered devastating forest fires across France, Portugal, Spain and Greece, that have ravaged thousands of hectares of land and killed several personnel since the start of the week. Two people were killed in the blazes in Spain that its prime minister linked to global warming, saying on Monday, “climate change kills”.
At least 20 people have died, most of them women, and another 30 are still missing after a boat carrying more than 100 people capsized on a river in central Pakistan. The overloaded boat was heading to a wedding when it capsized on the Indus river in the district of Sadiqabad.
A major camel event in Saudi Arabia is set to kick off on July 23, drawing owners and fans of camels from across the kingdom and far beyond. Prizes of over SR56 million, considered the biggest in value in Saudi sports, are up for grabs at the festival, including the Crown Prince Sword SR1 million Prize. It will run for 44 days packed with competitions among participants from several Gulf and foreign countries.
Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, has died at age 73, the family told ABC News. The former president said she died at her home in New York City. Ivana Trump was Donald Trump’s first wife. They had three children together: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump.
A kid goat with extraordinarily long ears has become something of a media star in Pakistan. Simba is now living a pampered existence in Karachi, where he was born last month with ears that were strikingly long — and have grown further to reach 54 centimetres, each! Breeder Mohammad Hasan Narejo says he has approached Guinness World Records to see if his charge can be included as the Greatest Of All Time, although a category for “longest-eared goat” does not currently appear on the organisation’s website.
The government has increased the allocation for the education sector by Tk 94.95 billion in the proposed budget for the financial year 2022-23, comparing to the previous year. The sector, under the ministries of education and primary and mass education, got an allocation of Tk 814.49 billion for the upcoming fiscal year, which was Tk 719.54 billion in the outgoing fiscal.
Muslims from the world over return to Saudi Arabia this week to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage after a two-year hiatus caused by Covid-19 restrictions. It’s an opportunity for Muslims to fulfill a once-in-a-lifetime religious obligation. This year, the kingdom authorized one million Muslims to perform the rites.
A heavy rain alert has been issued for the financial capital of India. It has been raining in the city for the past two days, leaving roads waterlogged and traffic movement affected.
Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra will begin in Puri, Odisha on July 1. The Rath Yatra, is known as the Chariot Celebration of Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra, and Lord Balabhadra. During this period, Lord Jagannath along with his brother Lord Balabhadra and their sister, Goddess Subhadra visit the Gundicha Temple and stay there for 8 days.
Taliban’s reclusive supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada called Friday for the world to stop telling them how to run Afghanistan, insisting sharia law was the only model for a successful Islamic state. Akhundzada’s comments comes a week after a powerful earthquake struck the east of the country, killing over 1,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
A deadly 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan killing more than 1,000 people and injuring at least 1,500. It was the deadliest quake in the country since 2002. The Taliban’s supreme leader has appealed for international aid
A video showing Indian police beating a group of Muslims in custody has been viewed by millions after it was shared by an elected member of the ruling BJP party. The distressing footage shows two Indian policemen taking aim at a group of Muslim men in custody. Thousands demonstrated over inflammatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed made by Nupur Sharma, a national spokesperson for the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
Four out of five children in Gaza suffer from emotional distress, Save the Children said Wednesday, 15 years after Israel slapped a strict blockade on the Palestinian territory.
A fire and a huge explosion have killed at least 50 people and injured hundreds more at a storage depot near the city of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Hundreds of people had arrived to tackle the fire when a number of shipping containers exploded at the site in Sitakunda. It is thought that chemicals were stored in some of the containers.
For the first time in history, a British monarch is celebrating 70 years on the throne. Queen Elizabeth II was 25 years old when her reign began on February 6, 1952.
A viral video showing a woman scaling the wall of a well to access water has highlighted the acute shortage in several areas of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The video shows the woman going down the well without a rope or harness to access water. People in Ghusiya village have been forced to take such extreme measures after wells and ponds have dried. Several other areas across India are facing similar water crisis.
The 2022 heatwave is estimated to have led to at least 90 deaths across India and Pakistan, a first attribution study that looks specifically at the recent spells of heatwaves across northwest India and southeast Pakistan. The number is not from any official records, the study said, adding, it is based mostly on media reports. (Image:AFP)
Soaring over the Delhi skyline – at 240 ft – the Qutub Minar is one of the capital’s most iconic and stunning monuments. Now a court will decide whether temples demolished centuries ago in the complex surrounding the monument should be restored. The case refers to a plea seeking restoration of Hindu and Jain temples that were purportedly demolished hundreds of years ago in the Qutub Minar complex in Delhi. The petitioner is also seeking permission to worship at the complex.
A zookeeper in Jamaica recently had his finger ripped off by a lion after he poked his hand through the bars of its cage. Viral footage has captured the horrifying moment in which the man can be seen desperately trying to pull his hand away, while the lion continues to hold on.
Sri Lanka’s new prime minister says the country is down to its last day of petrol as it faces its worst economic crisis in more than 70 years. In a televised address, Ranil Wickremesinghe said the nation urgently needs $75m (£60.8m) of foreign currency in the next few days to pay for essential imports. He said the central bank will have to print money to pay government wages.
Protests sweeping Iran over surging food prices have left five people dead, according to media reports. Officials in Tehran have provided no confirmation of potential casualties. The unrest follows the government’s decision to cut food import subsidies, as part of an austerity package unveiled by President Ebrahim Raisi earlier this week.
Chinese scientists have contributed to the global effort that captured the world’s first image of Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Experts believe the image of Sagittarius A will help people better understand the extreme celestial objects called black holes and the evolution of our galaxy.
Cambodia is calling on the UK government to help it recover antiquities it says were stolen from its temples. The country’s culture minister says the Victoria & Albert and British Museums both have looted objects. The museums said they were transparent about items’ origins.
In an upsetting turn of events, legendary Indian musician and Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passed away on May 10. He was 84 years old. The artist, who has been credited with popularising the once little-known musical instrument, was also the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.
US congresswoman Ilhan Omar meets Former Pak PM Imran Khan at Bani Gala. Shireen Mazari, former human rights minister in Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek (PTI) shared the photo of the meeting and wrote that both sides discussed issues of mutual interest.
Two bomb blasts at a boys’ school in the Afghan capital Kabul have killed at least six people and wounded more than 20, officials say. The blasts happened at the Abdul Rahim Shahid high school in the Shia-dominated west of the city. The number of dead and wounded is likely to rise.
Scientists have uncovered what they believe is the first fossil linked to the catastrophic asteroid event that wiped out the dinosaurs. They have described the dinosaur leg as “stunningly preserved” and it even has skin still attached to it.The leg is among a group of remains that were found at the Tanis fossil site in North Dakota, in the US, and offers more insight into what happened when the dinosaur’s reign ended 66 million years ago.
The Hubble Space Telescope has added yet another remarkable discovery to its legacy: It has spotted the farthest star ever found, a star that began to emit light within the first billion years after the big bang. The star is so far away that its light takes 12.9 billion years to reach Earth. NASA reports that the newly detected star dubbed Earendel rivals the most massive stars known.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board moved the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the Karnataka High Court’s verdict banning wearing of Hijabs in educational institutions. The Karnataka High Court had ruled that wearing the hijab “does not make up an essential religious practice in the Islamic faith”
Holi 2022: Women celebrate Holi in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh with flowers. The festival of colours, Holi, is the most vibrant of all Hindu festivals. It marks the end of winter in India and welcomes the spring season. (PTI)
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella. British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin and dual national Anousheh Ashouri have been released from an Iranian prison after the UK government paid its $US530 million ($730 million) debt to Tehran. Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said she was handed over to a British team at the International Imam Khomeini Airport. Reuters was unable to independently confirm the Fars report.
Anti-colonial calendar celebrates Muslims wo ought for freedom. Launched by Strive UK, an advocacy group established by members from the Indian Muslim diasporic community, the calendar introduces 12 Muslim figures that sacrificed their lives fighting European colonialists from the 15th to 20th century. Each month displays a prominent anti-colonial Muslim figure from across the globe.
Archaeologists have found a 4,000 year-old complex of 20 grain silos at the Kom Ombo Temple in the Upper Egyptian province of Aswan. The silos, believed to have been used between 2180 and 2050BC during the First Intermediate Period of Egyptian history, were uncovered by an Egyptian and Austrian team at a Ptolemaic temple located within the larger Kom Ombo complex, one of Aswan’s most prominent pharaonic relics.
Prince Andrew, the disgraced second son of Queen Elizabeth II, has settled a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, a woman who had accused him of raping her when she was a teenage victim of Andrew’s friend, the notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to a new court filing in Manhattan on Tuesday. The amount that Andrew, 61, will pay Ms. Giuffre is confidential.
The government of Pakistan increased the prices of all petroleum products. The ex-depot price of petrol was fixed at Rs159.86 instead of Rs147.83 per litre at present, up by Rs12.03 per litre or 8.14pc.
Archaeologists in the United Arab Emirates have uncovered the country’s oldest known buildings, dating back at least 8,500 years. This is more than 500 years older than the previous record-breaking discoveries, according to Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism.
A hijab-clad student was heckled and jeered at by a mob of Hindutva supporters in India’s Karnataka state on Tuesday while she retaliated by shouting back “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest). The harassment of Muskan drew the ire of some Bollywood celebrities, media personalities, intellectuals and politicians, who condemned the Modi government for taking the country to that low.
Hundreds of students in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata chanted slogans and blocked roads in protest of a hijab ban in the southern state of Karnataka, as a row over wearing the head covering in schools intensifies.
Afghanistan’s health system crumbles as new Covid wave rages. Only five hospitals in the country offer Covid-19 treatment, with 33 others having been forced to close in recent months for lack of doctors, medicines and even heat.
A smiling Queen Elizabeth kicked off celebrations for the 70th anniversary of her accession to the British throne. Elizabeth, 95, became the queen of Britain and more than a dozen other realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand on the death of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952, while she was in Kenya on an international tour.
French Gates is said to have decided not to give the bulk of her estimated $11.4 billion fortune to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that intelligence agencies had intercepted communications between the terrorists who carried out attacks in Balochistan a day earlier and their handlers in Afghanistan and India.
At least four people were killed and 10 others were injured in a blast in Mat area of Sui in Balochistan’s Dera Bugti district on Friday. The injured are being shifted to a nearby hospital after a landmine blast in Sui area of Balochistan on Friday. Image courtesy: Ghalib Nihad
Science has once again taken a cue from nature. A new moisture sensor modeled on a camel’s nasal structure can reliably detect variations in humidity. Known as the ‘ships of the desert’, camels are famed for their ability to survive with little water in their desolate and dry environs. For this reason, their nasal passages make great devices for detecting moisture.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned the flying of drones in the country for recreation after Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed a fatal drone attack on an oil facility and major airport in the country.
Federal Minister for Interior, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed paying respects to Shaheed Constable of Islamabad Police at his funeral at Police Lines in Islamabad on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The federal capital was put on alert after incidents of terrorism and a warning issued by Interior Minister of more terrorism-related incidents. (Image courtesy PPI)
Three Muslim students in India’s Karanataka state were kicked out of the classroom after they went to college wearing headscarves but the girls have maintained a defiant stance. (Image courtesy PTI)
The Sun Island Snow Expo in China is the world’s largest snow sculpture art show. You can play in the snow as well as admire the art made from it.
The James Webb Space Telescope completed its two-week-long deployment phase, unfolding the final mirror panel as it readies to study every phase of cosmic history.
Twenty-three persons, including women and children, lost their lives in freezing temperature at the hill station Murree, Pakistan. Most of the tourists died in their cars as they were trapped in road jams due to impossible snow clearing operation.
India fears another Covid catastrophe as daily infections nearly tripled over two days this week to more than 90,000, a surge driven by the contagious Omicron variant.
More than More than 4,500 flights cancelled, delayed due to Omicron variant
Life in Black and White. Dozens of plains zebras showed up to drink at Okaukuejo waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Packed closely together and moving as one, the zebras lowered their heads to get water and, almost immediately, robotically lifted them again to scan for danger.
Severe weather disruptions hit Malaysia and the Philippines, leaving a trail of destruction among nations most prone to natural disasters.
EU sets binding 9-month validity of vaccinations for Covid-19 travel pass
Old book with flying letters and magic light on the background of the bookshelf in the library. Ancient books as a symbol of knowledge, history, memory and information. Conceptual foundations of education, literary themes.
A simple wonder of nature, a beautiful orange viceroy or monarch butterfly sitting on a lizard closeup. It illustrates love, friendship and tolerance in nature
Three Pakistani women make it to ‘BBC 100 Women 2021. They include Malala Yousafzai – the youngest Nobel Prize laureate with Abia Akram – a disability leader and Laila Haidari – Founder, Mother Camp.
Pakistan detects its first Omicron case of Covid-19 I Karachi.
Pokhara, Nepal is hosting a street festival from December 30 to New Year’s Day 2022. The goal of the celebration is to promote the lake city as a New Year’s tourism destination.
A recent poll by the Australian Population Research Institute has revealed 70 per cent of the population does not want a return to pre-pandemic immigration levels.
30 tornadoes across multile US states leave scores dead