FLOODS WREAK HAVOC IN ASSAM, MEGHALAYA, OVER 15 DEAD
Almost Seven people have died in Meghalaya's South West Garo Hills district after heavy rains lashed the area, inundating over 100 villages and affecting over one lakh people. Three others have died in the North Garo Hills district. The MeT department has warned of heavy to very heavy rains at a few places with extremely heavy rains at isolated places in Meghalaya in the next 24 hours.
Army rescue teams were pressed into service after an SOS by Assam and Meghalaya on Monday following flash floods and landslides resulting from heavy rainfall since Saturday night. At least 15 people were killed and over two lakh people were affected in the two states. Several people have been stranded on National Highway 51 after massive landslides cut off the Garo Hills region.
US LAUNCHES AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISIL IN SYRIA
The US has finally initated multiple strikes against Islamist militants in Syria for the first time, in a substantial escalation of Washington’s military role in the Middle East long resisted by Barack Obama.
The US Central Command said that the US and “partner nation forces”, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, used “a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk land attack missiles” to conduct 14 strikes against forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or Isis. The attacks “destroyed or damaged multiple ISIS targets in the vicinity of Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah, and Abu Kamal and included Isil fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance centre, supply trucks and armed vehicles.
CHIKOO MAY HELP FIGHT CANCER: SCIENTISTS
According to studies it has been revealed that consuming certain foods rich in antioxidants may help in preventing and fighting cancer. A new collaborative study conducted by Indian scientists at the Indian Institute of Science and the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology in Bangalore, reveals the anti-cancer properties of the sweet and succulent fruit - chikoo.
Chikoo is popularly eaten in India and is native to Central America. Chikoo is packed with dietary fibre, tannins and antioxidants. The study was published in the journal 'Scientific Reports' and it shows that the methanolic extracts of the whole fruit possess certain active phytochemicals that can help in killing cancerous cells. Phytochemicals are known to block the action of cancer causing cells on target tissues. The results indicate that inclusion of Sapota fruit in our daily diet may protect from genesis and progression of cancer.
CHINA TO INVEST USD 20 BILLION IN INDIAN INFRASTRUCTURE
China has agreed to invest USD 20 billion in India's infrastructure sector over the next five years. The investment pact is one among twelve key agreements signed between the two governments after delegation-level talks held at Hyderabad House in the national capital.
China being one of India's top trading partners, under the proposed investment, is set to help bring India update it’s ageing railway system with high-speed links, and also contribute substantially to other manufacturing and infrastructure projects. On Wednesday, both sides signed three memoranda of understanding, including one to set up a Chinese-backed industrial park in Gujarat.
100 MILLION YEAR OLD EXTINCT VOLCANO DISCOVERED BENEATH PACIFIC OCEAN
A100 million-year-old ancient extinct volcano was discovered beneath the Pacific Ocean. Scientists discovered a new seamount near the Johnson Atoll in the Pacific Ocean during a seafloor mapping mission. The mapping mission aimed at helping delineate the outer limits of the US continental shelf.
The summit of the seamount rises 1,100 meters from the 5,100-metre-deep ocean floor. The yet-unnamed sea-mount, located about 300 kilometres southeast of the uninhabited Jarvis Island, lies in one of the least explored areas of the central Pacific Ocean. A seamount is typically formed from extinct volcanoes that rise abruptly and are usually found rising from the seafloor.
RELIEF FOR INDIAN BOXERS AS AIBA RECOGNIZES BOXING INDIA
Indian boxers will be allowed to participate at the Asian Games under their national flag after the sport's amateur world governing body gave provisional recognition to a new national federation. AIBA president CK Wu issued a statement on Tuesday saying the new entity, Boxing India, has been unanimously approved for provisional membership.
AIBA chief Ching-Kuo Wu in a letter to Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia said, "I would like first of all to congratulate you and your new national federation on the recent elections of the entire executive of Boxing India including you as its president.” The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was suspended in late 2012 for 'possible manipulation' in its elections and eventually terminated by AIBA in March this year.