Abu Zarin Hussin, a Malaysian firefighter famous for his way with venomous snakes, died on Friday a few days after he was bitten by a venomous cobra during an operation, say reports. Known as the ‘snake whisperer’, Hussin lived with snakes to understand their behaviour. He even kissed a cobra on its head in the ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ program in October. The body of Hussin, the head of the fire department’s King Cobra Squad, will be buried in his hometown, the reports added.
According to reports, at least six people were killed in the US after a pedestrian bridge at the Miami campus of Florida International University collapsed on Thursday. The shocking collapse took place two days after an engineer responsible for a pedestrian bridge that collapsed reportedly left a message for a state transportation official warning of “some cracking”.
Four people were killed in the collapse of the newly erected 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on Friday (Indian timing). Several vehicles were crushed, at least eight vehicles were trapped in the wreckage of the collapse. As many as 10 people were admitted to hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.
At least nine persons, including five policemen, were killed after a suicide bomber blew up himself a few kilometres from the palatial residence of Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif family. Around 25 others, including nearly 14 policemen, were injured in the blast, while four policemen are stated to be in a critical condition, reports added.
According to reports, famous English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 at his home on Wednesday. Hawking passed away after complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. The physicist is one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists after Albert Einstein. Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’ was the subject of Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything in 2014.
US President Donald Trump has fired US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. In a tweet, Donald Trump has said that Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA will replace him as Secretary of State. Further, he thanked Tillerson for his services and stated Pompeo would be the first woman chosen to hold the position.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
According to reports, at least 39 people are dead after a plane of US-Bangla Airlines veered off the runway and caught fire while landing at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on Monday. Police spokesperson Manoj Neupane reportedly said that while 31 people died in the crash, eight others died in the hospital. Further, 23 people are receiving treatment, the spokesperson reportedly said.
According to reports, a plane with 67 passengers on board crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal's capital on Monday as it veered off the runway while landing. While many people are feared dead, reports say that the rescue efforts are on. Meanwhile, airport officials reportedly said that 17 passengers had been rescued. More details are awaited.
As many as 800 doctors and medical residents in the Canadian province of Quebec have reportedly signed a petition against the government’s plans to raise their pay, saying that the funds have to be spent on other areas of healthcare system. According to ‘The Guardian’, the letter read: “We, Quebec doctors, are asking that the salary increases granted to physicians be cancelled and that the resources of the system be better distributed for the good of healthcare workers.”
According to reports, stylish beards have been banned by the Sulemani Hairdressers Association in Peshawar, Pakistan. The decision was made as having different beard styles is against Islamic teachings. The president of Sulemani Hairdressers Association, Sharif Kahlu claimed that the decision was theirs solely and that they were not pressured by any militant organisation.
According to reports, a Russian transport plane crashed while landing at Russia’s airbase in Syria. All the 32 (26 passengers, six crew) on board were killed. The defense ministry confirmed the incident in a statement which was carried by a Russian news agency.
Facebook conducted a disturbing survey on Sunday and left many baffled. One of the questions asked, "How would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures," and provided four options for the users to choose from. According to reports, none of the survey questions were fitted with options that involved law enforcement. Allegedly, after all the criticisms, Facebook's Vice President of Products, Guy Rosen stated that the survey was a 'mistake'.
So this popped up on Facebook pic.twitter.com/fL2QKgyr9x— Jonathan Haynes (@JonathanHaynes) March 4, 2018
According to reports, the Sri Lankan government has decided to impose emergency in the country for the next 10 days after violence broke out in many places including Kandy. Earlier, a communal unrest broke out after a man was killed and Muslim businesses were set alight. Earlier, Police curfew was imposed in the Kandy administrative District until 6.00 am on Tuesday.
A 47-year-old man named Terry Bryant was arrested on suspicion on Sunday after the Oscar statue of Frances McDormand went missing. The actress won the ‘best actress’ Academy Award for her performance in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. The trophy was allegedly stolen during the Governor’s Ball after the awards ceremony, the authorities reportedly said. McDormand was spotted crying after losing it on the premises and leaving with her husband, filmmaker Joel Coen. However, the statue has been returned to her.
The United Nations has reportedly sent a 46-truck convoy carrying food and medical supplies to the war-torn Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta, amidst heavy bombing and airstrikes. The convoy is reportedly carrying enough food assistance for 27,500 people, and supplies to treat 300 children for acute malnutrition. Marwa Awad, spokesperson for the World Food Program in Damascus was quoted as saying, “This assistance is a drop in an ocean of needs.”
A 20-year-old Bangladeshi student was held for stripping, watching porn and attacking an air hostess on a Malindo Air Flight that took off from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. The crew managed to overpower the passenger and he made the rest of the journey being tied up. Investigations are on regarding the disruptive behavior of the passenger.
Popular Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein's lawyer Ben Brafman reportedly said that woman having intercouse to advance her career is "not rape". "If a woman decides that she needs to have sex with a Hollywood producer to advance her career and actually does it and finds the whole thing offensive, that's not rape," Brafman said. Reports say, more than 100 women have accused Weinstein of impropriety.
Kirshna Kumari Kolhi, aged 39, from Pakistan's Sindh province became the first Hindu to be elected as a senator in Pakistan. Kirshna is a Hindu Dalit member of the Pakistan People's Party led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Reportedly, this is a huge milestone for both the minorities and the women of Pakistan.
According to a report in Challenges magazine, Airbus is planning to cut down or shift 3,600 jobs in its European company due to decline in production rates, on Friday. However, officials at Airbus have said that the number of jobs that could get affected cannot be speculated yet, and the production rates are being adjusted to meet the weak demand.
In the remote rocky chain of islands off the Antarctic Peninsula's northwestern tip, scientists have discovered a previously unknown 'supercolony' of Adélie penguins, say reports. There are reportedly more than 7,50,000 pairs of penguins in plain sight on Antarctica's remote Danger Islands. 1.5 million penguins in total in the island is more than the rest of the Antarctic Peninsula combined, reports added.