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Seven sailors injured in Indian navy accident MUMBAI: Seven Indian sailors were injured in an accident on a submarine off Mumbai on Wednesday, the navy said, with reports of another two missing in the latest incident to hit the force.The seven sailors suffered smoke inhalation and were airlifted from the submarine for treatment, navy spokesman Rahul Sinha said, without disclosing details of the incident."The submarine was on a routine training sortie off Mumbai's coast when smoke was detected. Measures were taken to contain it," Commander Sinha told the NDTV news channel."All the sailors are currently undergoing treatment under the supervision of a team of doctors. But I do not have details."Naval ships have already taken up posts around the Russian-built INS Sindhuratna to provide help, Sinha added.Another two crew members were missing, according to the Press Trust of India news agency which cited unnamed navy officials.The seven injured sailors fell unconscious after a leak in the submarine's ...

Sri Lanka steps up repression ahead of UN meet: Amnesty COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has instilled a "climate of fear" as it intensifies its repression of critics in the build-up to Colombo's expected censure by the UN's Human Rights Council, Amnesty International said Wednesday.In a new report, the London-based advocacy group documented the cases of several human rights defenders who had been targeted for harassment and surveillance by the Sri Lankan regime, including death threats."The pattern of harassment, surveillance and attacks against those opposing the Sri ...
Afghan leader postpones Sri Lanka visit over killing of soldiers KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai postponed on Sunday a planned visit to Sri Lanka over the killing of 19 Afghan soldiers in an assault by Taliban militants. "The Afghan president is saddened by this tragic incident, and therefore he postponed today's official trip to Sri Lanka," Karzai's office said in a statement. The government also confirmed that six soldiers were missing after the attack in the eastern province of Kunar, long a stronghold of Taliban, ...
Embattled Indian govt defends record in pre-poll budget NEW DELHI: India's embattled government said Monday it had lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty as it announced an interim budget ahead of elections that it is widely tipped to lose.Finance Minister P. Chidambaram trumpeted the Congress-led government's achievements during its decade in office, as he presented the budget to cover spending until the general elections due by May.Struggling to be heard above protesting lawmakers, Chidambaram steered clear of a populist spending ...
11 dead in 'terrorist attack' in China's Xinjiang: govt BEIJING: A total of 11 people died in an "attack" in China's Xinjiang region on Friday, with eight "terrorists" shot dead by police and three blowing themselves up, having injured four people, authorities said.The incident in Aksu prefecture is the latest violence in the restive region home to mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs. "Eight terrorists were killed by police and three by their own suicide bomb during a terrorist attack Friday afternoon," the Xinhua official news ...
India blocks funds to Amnesty over sourcing concerns: report NEW DELHI: The Indian government has frozen funding of nearly half a million dollars to the rights group Amnesty International's local offshoot over concerns about the source of some of the cash, a newspaper reported Saturday. The home ministry decided to prevent Amnesty India from taking receipt of the money from its parent organisation in Britain after around a third of the overall amount was traced to an offshore trust.The trust, based on the island ...
India's Bibhu brings Tibet to New York runway NEW YORK: Indian fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra on Wednesday unveiled his fall-winter 2014 collection in New York, created for the global woman inspired by the beauty and colors of Tibet.The 41-year-old award-winning designer, who has dressed First Lady Michelle Obama, sent 41 breathtaking looks down the runway, confections of plum, black, ivory, bronze, red and neutrals.For outerwear, he showcased luxurious mink coats and mink vests. There was a beautiful alligator coat with sable trim and ...


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