Europe’s new king of high-speed train travel

Spain hurtled past France as Europe’s high speed rail leader last month when it opened a 6.6-billion-euro line from Madrid to Valencia, banking on a boost to the economy.

US Army soldiers receive awards from Kuwaiti Army

KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti general, Kuwaiti soldiers and 201st soldiers, Staff Sgt. Robert Cooke, Spc. Colin Smith, and Spc. Lance Dicken were recognized for conducting a weapons maintenance class for the 94thMechanized Infantry Brigade, commonly referred to as the Al-Yarmouk Brigade, according to a report published on the website Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System.

Indians top list of non-Arab foreigners living in Kuwait

The Sri Lankan community is the second largest, with an estimated population of 84,000 Manama: Indians top the list of non-Arab foreigners living in Kuwait, official statistics indicate. According to Immigration General Administration figures, around 600,000 Indians lived in Kuwait on November 30, 2009.

BJP takes early lead in Karnataka Panchayat polls

Karnataka’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday took early leads in polls to the local governing councils, the winning of which is crucial for Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to stay in office. Of the 30 zila (district) panchayats, the BJP was leading in 14, the Congress in seven and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in four - after two hours of counting that began at 171 centres across the state at 8 a.m.

Dead fetus found in airplane bathroom in Manila

MANILA - Police say a dead fetus has been found in the bathroom of a plane that arrived in the Philippine capital. The gruesome discovery comes months after a woman gave birth on another flight to Manila and dumped the live infant in an airplane trash bag. Aviation police investigator Marcelino Peninoy says a cleaner discovered the remains of the 5- to 6-month-old male fetus Monday on the Etihad Airways aircraft after it arrived from Abu Dhabi.

’VIP’ robbers held in Mongolpuri

NEW DELHI: The police arrested two men in their mid-twenties on Sunday evening for their alleged involvement in at least 24 cases of robbery and snatching over the last 14 months. Cash to the tune of Rs 22 lakh was recovered from the duo along with two luxury cars, a stolen motorcycle, two 120gm gold chains and seven other chains, the police said on Monday. The accused have been identified as Vishal Sharma and Varun Kumar: both are 25 years of age and are residents of Sonepat in Haryana. They were arrested from Mongolpuri by a patrol party. "The two were on a motorcycle and had snatched a chain from a woman. The police team gave chase and nabbed the duo," said DCP (Outer) Chhaya Sharma. According to the police,

Delhi: parents refuse to take back abandoned boy

New Delhi: In Delhi, a six month old infant Chiku was abandoned by his parents after he suffered a brain haemorrhage. Doctors now say that he is medically fit to be taken home. Child rights agencies say serious action will be taken against the parents if they refuse to take him back. For the six month old baby, the nurses at the St Stephen’s Hospital in Delhi are the only family he has as of now. Chiku suffered a brain haemorrhage during the delivery. Soon after, his parents abandoned him saying they can’t look after the child. “When the hospital staff tried to contact them, they were abused by the father and refused to meet doctors and talk about the child,” said Dr Sudhir Joseph, Director, St Stephen’s Hospital.

Etihad begins flights to Bengaluru

Airline will upgrade the schedule to its eighth Indian destination with daily service from March Abu Dhabi: Etihad Airways has launched flights to its eighth destination in India — the Garden City, Bengaluru.

Sad Demise: Sri Anand Birmu Alva Kairangala

Sad Demise: Sri Anand Birmu Alva Kairangala

Obituary:THOMAS D’SILVA (ORIGINALLY FROM VIRAJPET,NOW IN BANGALORE)

Obituary:THOMAS D’SILVA (ORIGINALLY FROM VIRAJPET,NOW IN BANGALORE)

Father of sextuplets does not regret making plea

Abu Dhabi: It took months of convincing Syed Mohammad, father of the sextuplets, to speak with Gulf News about his family’s situation; and now that he has shared his story with the public, he has no regrets. After 12 years of not being able to get pregnant, an Egyptian mother, Soraya Foully, wished for one child, and got six. The couple’s excitement however was short-lived when they realised that they needed a minimum of Dh11,000 a month and a roof over their heads.

Taxi drivers strike in Abu Dhabi. Hundreds of taxi drivers protest against pay cuts

ABU DHABI // Hundreds of Tawasul drivers refused to work yesterday arguing that they were asked to sign a new agreement that increased monthly target revenue expectations and reduced their commission. A Sri Lankan driver said that nearly all 1,000 employees refused to work.

RBI to purchase Rs 12,000-cr govt securities on Jan 5

The Reserve Bank today announced the purchase of government securities worth Rs 12,000 crore on Wednesday as part of its decision to inject Rs 48,000 crore into the system, which is facing a cash crunch due to advance tax payment and busy credit season.

Shortage of commanders in Kingfisher Airlines?

Shortage of commanders may be forcing Kingfisher Airlines asking its pilots to fly more but the airline says despite some cockpit crew leaving the organisation, it still has the ’’adequate number’’.

Tulu album release on Jan 1

MAA Creations Mangalore will launch a Tulu musical album ‘Pani Pani Barsa’ on January 1 at Milagres Senate Hall. The album contains melodious songs penned by Arthur Pereira and sung by professional Sandalwood playback singers like Anuradha Bhat, Hemanth, Harsha, Usha Kokila, Manjunath, Subramaniyam, Raviraj Tantry and Joseph Mathias. Kannada Music Director Cajethan Dias in association with Hanslekha Music Academy has rendered music for the album.

City scientists working to develop micro aerial vehicles to tackle emergencies

Micro craft may be future defenders Scientists from Bangalore are working on a unique technology to be mounted on micro aerial vehicles (MAVs) that can help civic agencies tackle emergencies like the Carlton Tower episode better and armed forces to counter the threat posed by terrorists armed with chemical weapons.

Qatar:Visa on arrival for professionals

Expatriates working in Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) member countries can come to Qatar and obtain a visa on arrival provided their profession is one of the 188 mentioned in the list released by the Ministry of Interior, says a report published in a local Arabic daily.

More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in US

BEEBE, Arkansas — Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 black birds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said on Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 pm the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile (2-kilometre) area, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.

Now, Nano available in 874 outlets pan-India

Close on the heels of Tata Motors’ announcing a special financing scheme for its small car Nano to perk up sales, the company on Monday announced that the car will be now available in its 874 outlets pan-India.

Bangalore boy to build roads from plastic waste

Bangalore: The problem of plastic waste in the city is getting acute by the day. Bangalore generates roughly 5,000 tonne of solid waste daily, of which nearly 50 tonne is plastic. But there is a ray of hope as an M Tech student has taken it upon himself to find ways of countering the menace. A N Ashwin, a student of R V Engineering College, is conducting a study, titled ’Effects of Waste Plastic Utilisation on the Performance of Semi-Dense Bituminous Concrete Mixes’, which will look at ways to put plastics to good use. The study is a first-of-its-kind in India. Every day, tonnes of plastic is generated, and not properly disposed - its either dumped along with other waste generated or is being burnt, causing a serious threat to the environment.


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