August 7, 2018

M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94

M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94 Image copyright NATHAN G Veteran Indian politician Muthuvel Karunanidhi has died at the age of 94. He was being treated for age-related illnesses in Chennai (formerly Madras) in southern India's Tamil Nadu state. Mr Karunanidhi served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times between 1969 and 2011, and also played a key role in federal politics. Police have increased security amid fears of unrest among his supporters, who have gathered in the streets. Mr Karunanidhi died at 18:10 local time, the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai said. He was active in politics until his death and most recently contested the 2016 state assembly against his long-time opponent and bitter rival Jayaram Jayalalitha, who died later that year. An atheist and self-declared rationalist, Mr Karunanidhi rose to political prominence in the 1940s as part of the Dravidian movement - which challenged the caste supremacy of Brahmins - and through his participati..
August 7, 2018

Japan blue whale: Rare dead calf washed ashore on beach

Japan blue whale: Rare dead calf washed ashore on beach Image copyright Reuters Image caption It is the first time the world's largest animal has been seen in Japan, experts say A dead blue whale calf has been found washed ashore in Japan - the first time that the rare species has been seen in the country, experts say. The carcass was discovered on Sunday at a beach in Kamakura, a city 70km (43 miles) south of Tokyo, on Japan's southern coast. Blue whales are the largest of all animals. They can grow to 30m (98ft) in length and weigh up to 170 tons. The cause of the whale calf's death is not yet known. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The whale will be dissected by experts to find out more about how it got there Its remains are to be studied by experts and tents have been put up on the Kamakura beach to allow a dissection to take place. The male calf measured 10.52m and was born this year, an expert from the National Museum of Nature and Science told Japanese medi..
August 7, 2018

Shipwreck claim: Police probe Shinil Group over ‘Russian treasure find’

Shipwreck claim: Police probe Shinil Group over 'Russian treasure find' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Treasure-seekers have spent years hunting for the Dmitrii Donskoi Police have raided the offices of a South Korean company which claims to have found a treasure-laden shipwreck. Shinil Group said in July that it had found the Russian cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi, which sank in 1905 and was rumoured to hold gold worth billions of dollars. Speculation has since spread that the alleged find might have been a scam to trick investors. Shinil chief Choi Yong-seok has been banned from leaving South Korea. Treasure hunters have searched for the Dmitrii Donskoi for decades, and the announcement of its discovery in July made headlines around the globe. Shinil released submarine footage showing what it said were parts of the wreck near the island of Ulleungdo, between South Korea and Japan. Image copyright Shinil Group Image caption Shinil Group says this is the nameplate of ..
August 7, 2018

Pink cancels more shows after being admitted to hospital in Australia

Pink cancels more shows after being admitted to hospital in Australia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The singer was initially treated for dehydration before being diagnosed with gastric flu Pop star Pink has been forced to cancel a series of concerts in Australia after contracting a gastric virus. The US star initially postponed one date last week "with great frustration" but battled through a performance on Saturday night. She was subsequently admitted to hospital in Sydney twice, according to promoter Live Nation. Monday's concert was called off as fans began to arrive at the venue, while Tuesday's show was also postponed. "Pink will remain in hospital overnight, continuing her treatment and recovery," said a tweet from Live Nation. Skip Twitter post by @LiveNationOzNz P!NK’s performance scheduled for tonight at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena has been postponed. Pink was admitted to Hospital on Sunday night, treated and discharged. She was readmitted on Monday. A fu..
August 7, 2018

Australia’s population to hit 25 million for first time

Australia's population to hit 25 million for first time Image copyright Getty Images Australia's population will reach 25 million for the first time on Tuesday, according to official estimates. The milestone, driven significantly by migration, has magnified debate about the merits of a "big or little" Australia, and congestion in cities. The most contentious aspect has been migration: is it growing too fast, or will it continue to benefit the nation? As urban sprawl worsens in Sydney and Melbourne, the government wants people to look at alternative places to live. Where do Australians live?Australia's population is concentrated around its coast - Sydney and Melbourne alone account for about two-fifths of people. A majority (67%) live in state and territory capital cities, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The only exceptions are Hobart (44% of Tasmanians) and Brisbane (49% of Queenslanders). Despite much of Australia being uninhabitable - officially 20% ..
August 6, 2018

Lombok quake: Rescuers search collapsed mosque for survivors

Lombok quake: Rescuers search collapsed mosque for survivors Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The green-domed mosque in North Lombok has now been reduced to rubble Rescue workers are searching the ruins of a mosque in Lombok, Indonesia, where it is feared people were trapped by Sunday's deadly earthquake. The 6.9 magnitude quake is now known to have killed nearly 100 people and left at least 20,000 people homeless. The mosque is one of thousands of buildings in North Lombok that were damaged. Two have already been rescued from the rubble, according to the national search and rescue agency. The spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency shared footage of one man being brought out from under the collapsed building. Image Copyright @Sutopo_PN @Sutopo_PN Report Image Copyright @Sutopo_PN @Sutopo_PN Report The official death toll from the quake now stands at 98, but officials believe that may rise. Aid agencies have said their priority now is to provide shelter..
August 6, 2018

Christopher Robin: Winnie the Pooh film denied release in China

Christopher Robin: Winnie the Pooh film denied release in China Image copyright Getty/Laurie Sparham China's film authorities have denied a release to Disney's new Winnie the Pooh film, Christopher Robin, it's reported. No reason has been given for the decision, but it's believed to be part of a nationwide clampdown on references to the beloved children's character. Chinese authorities have been blocking images of Pooh on social media since last year, after the AA Milne bear became a symbol of political dissent. It's after the Chinese leader Xi Jinping has been compared to the bear. The comparisons began in 2013 when an image of Xi walking with President Barack Obama was posted alongside a picture of Pooh walking next to Tigger. Skip Twitter post by @FT A bear, however hard he tries, Falls foul of Chinese censors' eyes — Financial Times (@FT) July 16, 2017 Report End of Twitter post by @FT Then in ..
August 6, 2018

PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi: ‘Everybody’s watching you’

Indra Nooyi: 'Everybody's watching you' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pepsi Co chief executive Indra Nooyi in 2011 Indra Nooyi was an unusual presence at the top of the business world. An immigrant and a woman, she served as chief executive of PepsiCo for 12 years - a position that placed her among the world's most powerful corporate titans, overseeing a business that sells more than $1bn worth of products each year and includes 22 global brands, including Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Quaker and Tropicana. When she was named chief executive in 2006, she was one of fewer than a dozen women at the top of America's 500 largest public companies. "You're now a role model. Everybody's watching you and these jobs are very hard, so one has to be very careful that you take it all in stride," she told the BBC in 2011. "Don't let the privilege and the trappings ... go to your head. Keep your legs firmly rooted to the ground and focus on the responsibi..
August 6, 2018

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Japan debates daylight saving to avoid heat

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Japan debates daylight saving to avoid heat Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Japan has declared the current heatwave a natural disaster Japan is considering adopting daylight saving time next year so that athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games can compete in cooler hours, reports say. The proposal to bring clocks forward by two hours has received major opposition on social media with many worried it would result in longer working hours. At least 120 people have died in a record heatwave since July. The government says it is yet to decide on the move but does want to limit the effect of summer heat on the athletes. Japan declares heatwave a natural disaster No squatting - Japan's 'stress-free' Olympic toilets Tokyo 2020 promises ways to combat heat "It is not true that the government has decided to aim for adopting daylight saving time," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. He said such a move would have a "major" i..
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