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Jayalalithaa's demise: Cabinet expresses profound sorrow, says loss of distinguished leader

The Union Cabinet on 7 December condoled the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and passed a resolution hailing her leadership.

Members of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also observed a two-minute silence in her memory, official sources said.

A resolution was passed hailing the leadership of the AIADMK general secretary and condoling her demise on the night of 5 December.

It said in her death, the people of the state have lost a popular leader.

All 48 aboard Pakistan International Airlines PK-661 declared dead in Abbottabad crash

All 48 aboard the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) that crashed near Abbottabad on 7 December have been declared dead.

"There are no survivors, no one has survived," The Express tribune quoted Muhammad Azam Saigol, chairman of the PIA, as saying in a press conference late on Wednesday.

He said that the ATR-42 aircraft had undergone regular maintenance and had passed an 'A-check' certification in October, conducted after every 500 hours of flight operations.

"I think that there was no technical error or human error; obviously there will be a proper investigation," Saigol said.

Parliament deadlock: Congress slams Centre for blaming Opposition; says PM is 'absconder'

The Congress party on 8 December criticised the Centre for holding the Opposition responsible for the deadlock in Parliament and said it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence that needed to be blamed for the prolonged impasse.

Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra said, "It is Prime Minister Modi who has been bunking the parliamentary session; it is his party that is refusing to discuss demonitisation under a rule in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha."

"The Prime Minister is an absconder, so he is the one who is undermining parliamentary democracy, he is the one who actually has attempted to question parliament, it is he who actually has been habitual absenting from the proceedings of the Parliament" he said.

Government to launch rescue operations for stranded tourist in Havelock island: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 8 December assured that the government will launch the rescue operations immediately after the intensity of the cyclone reduces and evacuate the tourists stuck in Andaman's Havelock island.

"Spoke to Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dr. Jagdish Mukhi who apprised me of the situation in Havelock Islands. All the tourists who are stranded in Havelock Island are safe. The government has made all the preparations to evacuate them," Singh tweeted.

Singh also appealed to the family members of the stranded tourists not to panic.

Johnny Depp still the most overpaid actor

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } When Johnny Depp was announced as a cast member in the latest Harry Potter offering, Fantastic Beasts, the internet let out a collective groan. As it turns out, the fans aren't entirely off. An analysis by Forbes has shown that Depp is the world's most overpaid actor for the second year running.

To compile the list Forbes looked at the last 3 significant movies Depp was in before June, calculating their operating income and dividing this by the star's estimated salary for each to compute a return on investment.

According to Forbes, Depp's return on investment was a paltry $2.80 for every dollar he earned. Will Smith and Channing Tatum were second and third on the list respectively, both far behind Depp.

Police deployed in Mexico after b'day invite goes viral

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } The internet works in mysterious ways, and so it has proved yet again after police had to be deployed in Mexico when a girl's birthday invitation went viral.

The invite video, in which the girl's father says "everybody is welcome" and promises a meal, a horse race and concerts from local bands, went viral after it was uploaded on Facebook as a public post. He, however, said he'd only intended it to be for locals in their small town of Mexico, but that he wouldn't turn anyone away.

The party, meant for the man's daughter who was turning 15, immediately spread like wildfire with 8,00,000 shares and 1.2 million people confirming their attendance. Now, local officials have declared that police would be deployed to the village and the roads leading to it to ensure safety in case the Facebook crowds actually turned up.

Giraffes facing extinction as numbers plummet

When it comes to Africa's endangered wildlife, lions and elephants usually garner the most attention. However, according to the latest reports from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), giraffes are also facing an extinction crisis.

Giraffe numbers have gone from around 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015. This fall is being somewhat offset by the growth of some populations in the south of the continent. However, loss of habitat, poaching and civil unrest across large swathes of Africa mean the giraffe is now on the global 'Red List' of threatened species.

Recent findings that the giraffe population actually consists of not one but 4 species, only makes the findings grimmer as it could mean that rather than one threatened population, we have four critically threatened populations