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16 January, 2019 8:33 AM Thousands of lightning strikes spark wildfires in Australia

Sydney: Around 2,500 lightning strikes have ignited dozens of fires across Australia`s island state of Tasmania, adding to a number of dangerous blazes, authorities said. We have identified several fires on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, however, due to the sheer amount of lightning strikes that made landfall across a broad area, more fires may be identified 1061

15 January, 2019 9:44 AM Bank Of China Offers Sri Lanka $300 Million Loan: Source

The Sri Lanka overnment is considering the offer because of "difficulty in borrowing money after recent ratings downgrades", the source said, declining to be named as the information was not public. Bank of China, the country's fourth-biggest lender by assets, has offered a loan of $300 million to Sri Lanka which can be raised to $1 billion, a source 202

14 January, 2019 3:20 PM Coast Guard tightens surveillance for Gangasagar Mela, deploys its assets for search and rescue ops

The Coast Guard has deployed its assets for Search and Rescue Operations (SAR) in case of any eventuality. NEW DELHI: The Indian Coast Guard has drawn elaborate arrangements for the Gangasagar Mela where hundreds and thousands of devotees converge each year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal 263

14 January, 2019 12:40 PM Indonesian Jets Force Ethiopian Cargo Plane To Land Over Airspace Breach

Two Indonesian F-16 fighter jets forced an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane to land on Monday at an airport on Batam island after it had flown into Indonesian airspace without permission, an air force spokesman said. Air force spokesman First Marshal Novyan Samyoga said in a statement the Boeing Co 777 cargo plane had been secured by air force personnel 388

11 January, 2019 4:26 PM Rahul Gandhi congratulates Ranil Wickremesinghe on his reinstatement as Lanka PM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has congratulated Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on his return to office and said it is reassuring that the Constitution has prevailed in the country. Gandhi in his message to Wickremesinghe said that political crisis in Sri Lanka was a concern for India, which wish for political stability in the neighbouring 202

9 January, 2019 12:45 PM Indian Navy chief raises concerns over growth of Chinese naval might

"No navy has grown so rapidly in the last 200 years as the Chinese Navy." New Delhi: Raising concerns over increased Chinese presence in the Indian ocean, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba has said that at any given time, there are six to eight Chinese navy ships in the northern part of the Indian Ocean and that no navy has grown so rapidly 109

3 January, 2019 6:30 PM Thailand Cancels Flights To Holiday Island Koh Samui Over Storm Threats

Thailand cancelled flights to a popular tourist island, battened down beachside resorts and evacuated offshore oil rigs as the first tropical storm in nearly 30 years menaced its southern shores on Thursday. Tropical storm Pabuk approached southern Thailand with winds of up to 65 kph, bringing high waves and gusty winds ahead of its expected landfall 123

2 January, 2019 4:33 PM 1 Dead, 7 Missing After Boat Capsizes In Mahanadi River In Odisha

They were returning after a picnic at the Light House in the Hukitola island at the Mahanadi river for the New Year. A woman died and seven others were missing as a boat capsized in Mahanadi river in Odisha's Kendrapara on Wednesday, official sources said. The incident took place when the mechanised boat carrying 10 persons capsized in the Mahanadi today 106

1 January, 2019 10:36 AM Indonesia Landslides Kill At Least Two, Leave Dozens Missing

Landslides on Indonesia's heavily populated island of Java killed at least two people and left 41 missing, an official at the country's disaster agency said on Tuesday. The landslides, which struck a village in West Java on Monday, also injured 2 people and buried thirty homes, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency said in a statement 175

1 January, 2019 1:54 AM On New year's eve, Mumbai police crack the whip on drunk driving

Anti-drunk driving drive will continue till January 1 morning. MUMBAI: Tightening the noose on drunk drivers, Mumbai police launched a massive operation to keep of people in inebriated off the roads. Between 8pm to 12 pm, police initiated 1533 blows through breath analysers for drink and drive cases, out of which 76 positive and 457 negative, reported 154