J&K: 3 JAWANS, 3 MILITANTS KILLED IN ENCOUNTER AT ARNIA SECTOR
Three army jawan and 3 militants were among seven killed in a fierce gun battle that broke out between security forces and militants who had sneaked into Arnia border sector along international border in Jammu district. One civilian was also killed and two others were injured.
Army troops also foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district and arrested a suspected armed militant. A suspected militant was arrested after security forces foiled an infiltration bid this morning near the LoC in Rajouri district. According to army sources, the militants occupied a vacant bunker of Army's 92 infantry brigade in Pindi Khattar belt of Arnia border sector of Jammu district. A fierce encounter broke out between hiding militants and security forces in which three militants have been killed.
GAS EXPLOSION IN LONDON HYATT HOTEL, HUNDRED EVACUATED
The explosion at the five-star Churchill Hyatt Regency Hotel left over 11 injured. A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of a London hotel, injuring 11 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of guests. Over 400 guests were evacuated to a nearby hotel after the blast caused extensive damage to the basement and ground floor.
According to an eyewitness, a total of 12 members of staff were being treated for injuries and that no guests were injured. Guests were evacuated to nearby hotels, and damage to the building was being evaluated. Six fire engines and 35 fire-fighters responded, together with rescue and hazardous materials teams.
3-MILLION-YEAR-OLD CANYON DISCOVERED IN TIBET
A huge 3-million-year-old canyon, thousands of feet deep in places, has been discovered buried under a major river in Tibet. Researchers have discovered a canyon, filled with more than 500 metres of sediments beneath the bed of the present-day Yarlung Tsangpo River upstream from the gorge.
The depth and age of the paleocanyon combined with the geometry of the valley tells geologists that the river existed in this location prior to about three million years ago, but at that time, it was not affected by the Himalayas. Researchers collected cores by drilling into the valley floor at five locations along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. They found gravel and larger rocks cemented together - sings of a flowing river - some 800 meters (2,624 feet) down. And by measuring two isotopes - beryllium-10 and aluminum-26 - in the lowest sediment layer, they could say when the bedrock turned to depositing sediments - about 2.5 million years ago.
FUTURE GROUP ACQUIRES SUPERMARKET CHAIN NILGIRIS
Future Consumer Enterprise Ltd has acquired the century-old Nilgiris grocery chain for about Rs 300 crore in an all-cash deal. The deal marks the exit of majority stakeholder, private equity firm Actis Capital. The Nilgiri Dairy Farm Private Limited is directly, and through its subsidiaries, engaged in the business of, (i) licensing franchisee rights to third parties for operating convenience stores under the 'Nilgiris' brand, (ii) manufacturing food, grocery, chocolates, dairy and other products and (iii) trading in general merchandise and imported products.
According to the deal, Future Group will own all of Nilgiris. This includes the 65% stake of Actis Capital and that held by the Mudaliar family. For the past two years, Actis has been looking for an exit from Nilgiris Dairy Farm, a brand that was established in 1905. The UK-based PE firm had spent about $65 million to purchase the stake in 2006.
MEGHALAYA’S MAWLYNNONG VILLAGE IS ASIA'S CLEANEST VILLAGE
A small village in Meghalaya, Mawlynnong, is the cleanest village of Asia. The village has a toilet in every house. There are bamboo waste baskets on each road to ensure that there is no littering. Children as young as four learn at school to keep their surroundings clean.
By 2007, the village had eradicated the practice of open defecation, with toilets built for each of its 91 households under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan. Cleanliness as a way of life came to Mawlynnong, a village of 503, long before PM Narendra Modi announced his Swachh Bharat or clean India campaign.
BOXER SARITA CONTROVERSY: BI TO SET-UP DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
In a new development, Boxing India is setting up a disciplinary committee to take appropriate action against the beleaguered boxer. BI spokesperson Neetal Narag said, "A disciplinary committee will be set up by Boxing India to take a stand and discuss the extent of punishment. We will be issuing warning letters to Sarita, her husband and coach Thoiba Singh once Boxing India's registration formalities are complete.”
Neetal further said, "We have requested AIBA to look into Sarita's past performances before taking any step which could put an end to her career as a boxer.” Taking a strict stand after Sarita devi refused to accept the bronze medal in Incheon, AIBA had earlier said that the Indian boxer would be heavily punished for her act of indiscipline.