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J&K: 6 civilians injured as Pakistan violates ceasefire again in RS Pura Sector

At least 6 civilians were injured on 27 October as Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district by resorting to small arms fire and mortar shelling.

This comes days after Pakistan rangers violated ceasefire along the International Border (IB) in the RS Pura sector killing a BSF Jawans and injuring several other civilians.

At least 11 civilians were injured and several houses were damaged during the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in R.S. Pura sector early this week.

In the wake of escalated tension and continued shelling, the border people are asked not to venture out of their houses and take all precautionary measures. Pakistani shelling in civilian areas has once again triggered panic among the border people. The international border in R.S. Pura and Naushera sector of Jammu region has been rough over the past week.

Two strong earthquakes hit central Italy, several injured, no casualties reported

A series of strong earthquakes hit central Italy on Wednesday, measuring 6.0 and 5.4 magnitude on richter scale. While there was no casualties, several people were injured in the town of Visso.

According to an international news agency, the vibrations were felt more than 150 km south in Rome. The epicentres of both quakes were near the town of Castelsantangelo sul Nera in the Marche region.The quake resulted in collapse of several old rural churches and schools remained shut.

Media reports suggests that the US Geological Survey initially attributed a magnitude of 5.6 to the first quake and 6.4 to the second, before revising them lower. USGS said the epicentre was at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles).

Yadav family busy fighting, they lack concentration to govern UP: Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge

The Congress party on Wednesday slammed the ongoing infighting in the Samajwadi Party, and urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to focus on redressal of people's grievance.

"It is their internal matter as father, son, nephew and uncle everybody is involved in it. The incumbent regime lacks the concentration to run the government," leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told ANI.

"As the elections are approaching, rule of law in the state is crumbling and they should focus on grievance redressal of the people of the state," he added.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday met the Governor Ram Naik, a day after Samajwadi Party chief and Akhilesh's father Mulayam Singh Yadav met his son and his brother Shivpal Yadav, who is state party chief.

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Man accused of spreading AIDS in the 70s isn't guilty of it after all

French-Canadian flight attendant Gaëtan Dugas has carried a heavy burden with him for a while now. He was accused of introducing HIV/AIDS into the US from the Caribbean in the early 1970s. Thankfully, research has now indicated that he isn't the man to blame after all.

Scientists have recently reconstructed the route that the deadly virus took to arrive in the US and, based on DNA evidence concluded that Dugas isn't behind the spread. The researchers said that the virus in fact, entered the US more than a decade earlier. Dugas was referred to as " Patient Zero" in a 1984 study of homosexual men with AIDS. However, scientists are now claiming that the label might have been the result of a typo! The original study called Dugas "Patient O" where O actually stood for "Outside of California".

Ecuador confirms oil drilling under Yasuní national park - a Unesco biosphere reserve

Recent reports have come out about Ecuador that confirm oil drilling has started under the country's Yasuní national park, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots.

The government has been quick to claim that there's been very minimal disruption to the Unesco biosphere reserve in the Amazon rainforest since extraction operations began with 23,000 barrels of oil a day, last month.

In addition to criticism about going ahead with the drilling in a sensitive ecosystem; president Rafael Correa had also received flak from various quarters in 2013, when he shot down a conservation plan to let the oil remain under the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) area of the park in exchange for $3.6bn (3bn) compensation.

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World wildlife loss will be a shocking 67% by 2020

We're already on our way to razing the planet's flora. Now, according to latest reports, earth's fauna is also set to be massively hit: the number of wild animals living on Earth is set to dip drastically by two-thirds by 2020.

Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London put together the report, using scientific data - it analysed more than 14,000 monitored populations of the 3,700 vertebrate species for the project. The findings reveal that between 1970 and 2012, the animal populations plummeted by 58% with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020.

 
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