Friday, 09 December @ 09:00

Turkey: Fire in a girls' dormitory kills 12 including 11 teenage girls, 22 other injured

Twelve people, including eleven teenage girls, were killed in a fire that broke out in a girls dormitory in the southern Turkish province of Adana on 29 November.

According to reports, electrical fault could have caused the fire in the dormitory housing middle and high school students, though the exact reason is yet unknown.

At least twenty-two other girls were injured, Omer Celik, a senior government official who represents the province in parliament, told broadcaster CNN Turk.

Also, a woman who worked at the dormitory was among the twelve who died.

According to reports, the dormitory housed girls from impoverished families. These girls came from nearby villages where there were no schools.

An international news agency reports that Turkish television showed flames rising from a multiple-story building and firefighters battling the fire. The report adds that windows on the building had blackened and ashen debris littered the dormitory entrance after the fire was put out.

Nagrota terror attack: Read how bravery of officers' wives avert major hostage crisis

Bravery of the wives of two army officers who were staying in the family quarters helped in averting a major hostage crisis during the encounter that took place in Nagrota area of Jammu on 29 November.

Soon after the heavily armed terrorists disguised in police uniform entered an army unit located within three kilometers from the headquarters of the 16 Corps, they wanted to enter the family quarters where they could take the families of the soldiers and officers hostage.

However, due to the bravery of these two women, who were staying in the family quarters along with their newborns, the plans of the terrorists could not materialise.

"The wives of the two army officers, who were on night duty when the encounter broke out, displayed exemplary courage as they blocked the entry of their quarters with all the household items, making it difficult for the terrorists to break into the houses," an army officer privy to the encounter told PTI.

Delhi: Flights delayed due to dense fog in the national capital

Heavy fog enveloped the National Capital Region and Delhi on 30 November and reduced visibility.

The dense fog made the temperature drop notably.

According to media reports, some flights from Delhi (arrival and departure) have been delayed.

Apart from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and West Uttar Pradesh were also covered in the fog.

Traffic on roads moved considerably slow today following the low visibility.

Nagrota terror attack: Rahul Gandhi asks government to explain its Pak policy

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on 29 November condemned the attack on an Army base camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Nargrota town, saying that the terror will never deter India from its path of peace and progress.

"Strongly condemn the attack on Nagrota army camp.Terror will never deter us frm our path of peace&progress.We owe this to our brave martyrs," Gandhi said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, coming down heavily on the Centre former chief minister Omar Abdullah asserted that regardless of what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said, Pakistan is no more isolated internationally today than it was six months ago.

Attacking the Narendra Modi-led Government, Abdullah stated that terrorists were clearly no more deterred from attacking India's Armed Forces now than they were prior to the surgical strikes conducted in September.

Friday, 09 December @ 09:00

Pakistan manage a new unwanted cricket record

For a team that was, until recently, the number 1 ranked team in Test cricket, Pakistan just managed a new low.

In the recently concluded Test match versus News Zealand, Pakistan managed to lose an incredible nine wickets in the games final session. This colossal effort to lose against the odds means that Pakistan became the first ever team to lost nine wickets in a Test's final session.

This was also the ninth time Pakistan have lost nine wickets for less than 100 runs after their openers managed a century stand. The loss gave New Zealand their first Test series win over Pakistan in 31 years.

Alibaba's sexist social media feature gets shuts down

Alibaba's digital wallet company Alipay recently launched a new social media platform - Circles, with features similar to Instagram. The feature that distinguished it from Instagram though, was that in the most popular groups only female users could post media and men could pay them for the same.

However, mere hours after the launch of these groups, they have been shut down when it became evident that women were using the platform to post suggestive pictures in exchange for tips as well as using it to solicit customers for sex.

Friday, 09 December @ 09:00

Kelloggs, Nestle, Unilever use child-labour palm oil

The giant global companies behind some of the world's most popular food brands use palm oil produced by child-labour in unsafe work environments. These allegations come from Amnesty International.

The claims come due to these firms' ties with Singapore-based palm oil company Wilmar. According to Amnesty, Wilmar uses children as young as 8 to produce palm oil, often in unsafe work environments.

Amnesty has called on the companies implicated to come clean to customers on whether palm oil used in their products like Pantene, Magnum ice creams, etc. was produced using child-labour.