Monsoon woes: Sri Lankan toll rises to 164

Colombo: Rescuers in Sri Lanka today pulled out more bodies buried in the mudslides triggered by the country’s worst torrential rains in 14 years, taking the toll to 164. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said 104 people are still missing while 88 remain in hospital. The incessant rains experienced since Thursday night have driven nearly half-a-million people out of their inundated homes in the southern and western regions. The police said

Pakistani teachers push student from rooftop

Lahore: A 14-year-old Pakistani girl was allegedly pushed by two of her teachers from the rooftop of a school building in the Punjab province for refusing to “clean the classroom”, a media report said. Fajjar Noor, a class 9 girl student, is battling for life at Ghurki Hospital, Lahore. She has got multiple fractures and her spinal cord is also broken. “My class teachers Bushra and Rehana ordered me to

19-year-old held in concert bombing at Manchester

London: British police yesterday conducted fresh raids in Manchester and arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the concert bombing, taking the total number of those in custody over the attack to 13. Residents described their houses shaking and hearing a loud blast as officers forced their way into the semi-detached property in Searby Road in the Gorton area of Manchester, Guardian reported. Armed police have arrested the 19-year-old man

A concert to put Brazilian government down

Rio De Janeiro: Several hundred people attended a concert by top Brazilian musicians in Rio de Janeiro in the latest protest demanding the resignation of President Michel Temer and calling for new elections. Caught up in serious corruption allegations, Temer is refusing to step down, hanging onto his office in the face of mounting popular pressure and the risk his all-important parliamentary support base may collapse. “If we push him,

North Korea successfully tested ballistic missile

Seoul: North Korea today test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches that have ratcheted up tensions over its quest to develop weapons capable of hitting the United States. The short-range missile flew for six minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan, the US Pacific Command said, adding it was working on a more detailed assessment. The launch comes in fresh defiance of tough talk from

Stampede at Honduras stadium, at least 4 dead

Tegucigalpa: A stampede left at least four dead and 15 wounded at an overcrowded Honduran stadium hosting a championship football match, police have said. Hundreds of fans hoping to see the sold-out match tried to force their way into a gate at the 35,000-seat National Stadium in the capital Tegucigalpa, said hospital spokesman Miguel Osorio yesterday. Police fired tear gas and water cannon at the crowd, he said. The fatalities

Islamist militants kill 19 in south Philippines: army

Marawi (Philippines): Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in  southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said today, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85. The violence prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat of militants linked to

Mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick killed in boat accident

Fresno: The mother of the CEO of the ride-hailing company Uber died in a boat accident in a California lake, the company said. Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died after the boat she and her husband, Donald, 78, were riding in hit a rock in Pine Flat Lake and sank, Fresno County authorities said. They are the parents of Travis Kalanick, 40, who founded Uber in 2009. The company has since grown

Maharashtra to get electric fuel stations

Nagpur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that in order to set up electric vehicle charging stations across the State, the government would frame a policy. Fadnavis was speaking here after inaugurating the country’s first multi-modal electric vehicle project and Ola electric charging station, in the presence of Union minister Nitin Gadkari. “The State government will frame a policy to set up electric vehicle charging stations for electric vehicles

Ariana's boyfriend cancels gig after UK attack

Los Angeles: Mac Miller has cancelled his two shows five days after the deadly attack at his girlfriend Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester that claimed the lives of 22 people, including children. The 25-year-old rapper announced on Twitter that he would not perform at Sasquatch and Soundset festivals this weekend. “Soundset and Sasquatch, I will not be performing this weekend. Thank you for understanding. I’ll be back. Love always,” Miller

Budget will create millions of new jobs: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that his maiden budget will lay the foundation of a “new America” and reverse economic stagnation by creating millions of new jobs in the country. “My administration is laying a new foundation to build a future of economic prosperity and achieve American Greatness. The budget we are proposing will reverse economic stagnation and open the path to millions of new jobs for American