A strong earthquake rattled Indonesia on Tuesday. Reports say, the earthquake was recorded at a magnitude of 6.0 on the richter scale. The quake sparked panic and residents rushed out of their houses while riders were thrown off their motorbikes. Earlier, an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck the US West Coast near Alaska.
An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 on the Richter scale struck the U.S West Coast, 256 km southeast of Alaska. Tremors were reportedly felt as far as the California-Mexico border. A tsunami warning has been issued for the West Coast including Hawaii and parts of Canada.
According to a report in a leading American newspaper, U.S President Donald Trump allegedly imitated Indian PM Narendra Modi’s accent while speaking about U.S policy in Afghanistan. Trump had also mocked an Indian call centre representative and imitated his accent during his campaign for the U.S Presidential Elections.
According to reports, seven fishermen hailing from Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu have been detained by officials in Dubai for trespassing into territorial waters. Justin Antony, President of the International Fishermen Development Trust (INFIDET) was quoted as saying, “The seven fishermen detained in Dubai are in need of help. INFIDET has sent a request mail to the Indian Embassy and also informed the labour officer at the embassy. We hope that they will be released soon.” He also added that the fishermen had left from Qatar on January 18 on a fisheries vessel called Al Belad.
According to reports, a 12-year-old girl was hospitalised after she found a worm while drinking a can of Coca-Cola in Italy. Reports say that the girl noticed the worm in her mouth after drinking from the can. After monitoring the girl, the doctors found no sign of harm. Inspectors from the Food and Nutrition Hygiene service are also carrying out inspections on the can.
A California man who used to eat sushi with raw fish every day has reportedly found a tapeworm measuring five feet in his poop. When the man informed about the tapeworm, his doctor first did not believe. But when the man showed the wiggly worm in a toilet roll the doctor was astonished. However, the doctor reportedly said, “It won’t hurt a bit.”
Following the failed negotiations in the Congress by both Democrat and Republican parties, most government facilities in the US except the essential facilities have been forced to shut down. Under the shutdown, federal agencies will be granted absence from work or be forced to work without pay until the new funding is approved by the Congress. Notably, the negotiation process on legislation for protection of undocumented immigrants led to the stand-off in the Congress. However, a short-term funding proposal is being considered to reopen the government by early February. Check Trump's tweet here.
Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
In a shocking update, at least five people reportedly died in shooting in Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Saturday. The gunmen seized hostages and exchanged gunfire with Kabul’s security forces. The gunmen reportedly got into the hotel through a kitchen and people kept trying to get out of the hotel amid gunfire.There has been no claim on the attack yet.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif reportedly said that they can live without the US' aid but will not compromise on national integrity. Asif also said that relations with Washington were not normal following tirades by US President Donald Trump. Earlier, Trump had ordered for a freeze on aid to Pakistan.
As many as 70 people were injured when a floor of a stock exchange in Indonesia collapsed on to the lobby. Police immediately cordoned off the building and the injured were attended to, say reports. No deaths have been reported.
A 7.1 magnitude reportedly hit Peru on Sunday which left two dead and 65 others injured. Reports say, several buildings collapsed causing wide spread causalities. With over 17 people missing, more casualties are feared. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has reportedly ruled out any threat of tsunami in the region.
Sri Lankan government has reportedly reimposed the ban on women buying liquor. Reports say, the ban which was in place for four decades was recently lifted by the country’s Finance minister who believed it would create ‘gender neutrality.’ However, the decision was criticized by groups saying it encouraged drinking. Following which, the government has prohibited the sale of alcohol to women.
The foster father of the 3-year-old Indian origin girl Sherin Mathews, who was adopted from an Indian orphanage may get a death sentence. The penalty will reportedly be decided and finalised in the coming week by the Texas prosecutors. She was murdered in October 2017 and after postmortem, it was found that she was physically abused.
Swedish retailer Ikea has adapted to an innovative advertisement strategy in which the company offers discounts to women who test positive on pregnancy tests. Ikea offers pregnant women a discount on a new crib. In the advertisement published in popular Swedish women’s magazine Amelia, they have embedded the test which uses the same kind of technology used in standard pregnancy-test kits available in pharmacies, say reports.
The government might have effectively sought to seek a ban on porn, but if the results of Pornhub's 2017 report is anything to go by, seems like the "hobby", generally viewed with disdain, is a favourite with Indians. As per the latest stats released by the report, Indians are the third largest porn consumers after the United States and the United Kingdom.
The Telegraph reports that the British public has voted golf to be the most boring sport. According to the newspaper, 70 percent of people in the UK who had watched the sport reported that it was "boring", including 52 percent who described it to be "very boring."
A case of a seven-year-old raped and murdered in Pakistan has taken the neighbouring country by storm. To register her protest against the heinous crime, a Pakistani news channel anchor, Samaa TV's Kiran Naz, brought her young daughter to the show and spoke about how she felt threatened and scared as a mother. The emotional video has gone viral on social media.
A legislation that proposes to increase the allotment of green cards by 45 percent has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. Reports say, if it becomes a law it will increase the allotment of green cards from the present 1,20,000 to 1,75,000 per year and will benefit the Indian techies who come to US through H1-B visa and opt for green cards.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Wednesday became the world’s richest man of all time as both Bloomberg and Forbes placed Bezos on top of their billionaire lists. Bloomberg said Bezos’ net worth reached $106 billion dollars while Forbes put it at $105 billion. The previous record was held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates with $100 billion in 1999.
American whistleblower Edward Snowden has slammed the Indian government for filing FIR against The Tribune reporter for exposing the alleged Aadhaar data breach. Snowden in his tweet said that the journalists exposing the Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. “If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI,” he further added.
The journalists exposing the #Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI. https://t.co/xyewbK2WO2— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 8, 2018