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Indian teenager among 3 killed in US plane collision

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An Indian teenager has been killed along with two other persons after two small planes collided mid-air in the US state of Florida, authorities have said.
 
Nisha Sejwal, 19, was killed in the accident on Tuesday along with Jorge Sanchez, 22, and Ralph Knight, 72, the Federal Aviation Administration said. 
 
The police said they were trying to trace the whereabouts of a possible fourth passenger after both planes belonging to the Dean International flight school crashed mid-air.
 
The search and rescue effort that were suspended due to low visibility late on Tuesday, would resume on Wednesday, an officer said.
 
The police established the identity of Sejwal from her social media page, while Sanchez was found to be a resident from the area.
 
The debris of the crashed planes was located in a region only accessible by airboats. Photos circulating online showed the wreckage resting on top of a swampy terrain covered by long grass.
 
Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez told the media that the flight school has a history of more than two dozen incidents and accidents between 2007 and 2017.
 
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Three dead in mid-air collision between two small planes in US

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Three persons have died after two small planes collided mid-air in the US state of Florida, authorities have said.
 
The accident took place on Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The whereabouts of a possible fourth passenger are still unknown, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
The victims were yet to be identified, but the planes were believed to be piloted by flight instructors.
 
Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez told the media that both planes belonged to Dean International, a flight school that has a history of more than two dozen incidents and accidents in the last decade.
 
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Missing Indian found dead in Abu Dhabi

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An Indian expatriate, who had been missing here for a week, was found dead, police said.
 
Jabar K.P., who hailed from Kannur district of Kerala, was working in a bank here. He was staying in Abu Dhabi for nine years and went missing last week, the Khaleej Times reported on Tuesday.
 
His body was found on the outskirts of Mussafah industrial area, his brother Muneer said on Monday. The cause of death was unknown. The body was earlier kept in a mortuary as "unidentified". 
 
Muneer said he got to know about his brother's death through social workers and community groups. 
 
"... I don't know about the day when the body was found, but the location is Mussafah. Nor do I know the reason behind my brother's death. He never had problem with anyone," said Muneer.
 
Jabar K.P. is survived by his wife and two children. 
 
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Suspect in killing of Indian student in US shot dead

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A man who was a suspect in the killing of an Indian student in Kansas City has been shot dead by police after he shot and wounded three officers on Sunday, according to media reports.
 
The man, who had been under surveillance in connection with the fatal shooting of Sharath Koppu on July 6 at a restaurant, was killed during an exchange of fire with police on Sunday, the Kansas City Star newspaper reported.
 
Koppu, 25, a student from Telengana, was shot dead at the restaurant during what appeared to be a robbery.
 
He had come to the US in January and was doing his master's in computer science at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
 
Police had been on the lookout for the suspect, who has not been identified, at several locations and he "popped up" at a motel, the newspaper quoted city police chief Rick Smith as saying.
 
When two undercover police went to the motel, the suspect shot and wounded them before fleeing with another person, police said.
 
When they tracked him down to a house in the area, he shot another officer. When the man came out of the house, there was more exchange of gunfire and he was killed, the newspaper reported.
 
As many as 50 gun shots were heard during the confrontation, the Star reported.
 
The three injured officers are expected to survive.
 
The man's accomplice was captured by police, who said they found weapons in his car.
 
The Star reported that police would not confirm if the suspect was the man seen in restaurant surveillance video taken before the shooting, which was circulated by police.
 
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Boeing, Jet Airways announce order for an additional 75 737 Max 8 airplanes

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Aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Indian private sector carrier Jet Airways today confirmed that the latter had placed an order for an additional 75 737 Max 8 airplanes during a signing ceremony at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.
 
The order, valued at $8.8 billion at current list prices, was previously posted as unidentified on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website, a press release from Boeing said.
 
"This order for an additional 75 Max airplanes helps the Indian carrier expand its network to meet surging demand in the fastest-growing aviation market in the world," it said.
 
"Our latest order for 75 additional Boeing 737 Max aircraft reflects our long standing association with Boeing and reposes our faith in the aircraft they manufacture," said Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways. "The Max will allow us to offer guests a superior and well differentiated experience using a modern, reliable and fuel efficient fleet. The order also emphasizes Jet Airways' commitment to the growth and potential of the Indian aviation market."
 
In June, the Mumbai-based carrier took delivery of its first Max, a new and improved 737 that delivers a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency and improved passenger comfort. These new airplanes arrive into an Indian aviation market that continues to grow at significant rates. According to industry data, domestic air traffic in India has grown about 20 percent in each of the past four years.
 
"We are honored to extend our deep partnership with Jet Airways as they modernize their fleet with the most capable single-aisle airplanes," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister. "This is a testament to the market-leading economics and reliability of the 737 MAX. I am confident that these new airplanes will support Jet Airways' domestic and international expansion."
 
The release noted that Jet Airways is India's second-largest airline with a fleet of nearly 120 airplanes serving more than 60 destinations in 15 countries across Asia, Europe and North America.
 
"The 737 Max family achieves superior fuel efficiency and range through the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other improvements. The jet also features the signature Boeing Sky Interior and large flight deck displays.
 
"The 737 Max is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,600 orders from over 100 customers worldwide," the release added.
 
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India, Bangladesh discuss security-related issues at Home Minister-level talks

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India and Bangladesh discussed all security-related matters of interest to them, including counter-terrorism, at the 6th meeeting of their Home Minister-level talks co-chaired by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan here today.
 
The meeting also discussed capacity building and increased cooperation between security agencies, border management, countering illegal activities like fake currency, drug and human trafficking and consular issues, an official press release said.
 
The Home Ministers noted the significant progress made in the bilateral relationship between the two countries under the leadership of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina. Both sides reiterated their commitment to further strengthen the bilateral relationship on the basis of friendship, trust and understanding for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.
 
The two Ministers also witnessed the signing of the Revised Travel Arrangement 2018 (RTA 2018) amending the earlier RTA 2013 for further liberalizing the visa regime between the two countries, including enhanced duration for employment and student visas.
 
Earlier in the day, Mr Rajnath Singh paid homage to Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by laying a wreath at Bangabandhu Museum in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. He also offered prayers at the Dhakeshwari temple.
 
The Union Home Minister has since returned to New Delhi after concluding his three-day visit to Bangladesh. 
 
“I am deeply touched by the warmth and hospitality of the people of Bangladesh. Bharat-Bangladesh Moitree Chirojeebi Hok (India-Bangladesh Friendship Live Forever),” he said in a tweet before leaving Dhaka.
 
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Rajnath holds talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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Visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh today held talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and said much has been achieved by the two countries working together to counter terrorism and radicalization.
 
During the visit, Mr Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Bangladesh-India Friendship Building at Bangladesh Police Academy (BPA). He also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation signed between Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad and BPA, Sardah, Rajshahi.
 
The meeting took place in a cordial and friendly atmosphere in the presence of senior officials from both sides. The Home Minister conveyed the greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sheikh Hasina. He also complimented her for the excellent growth rate of 7.78% registered by Bangladesh’s economy last year.
 
The two leaders noted that much has been achieved by India and Bangladesh by working together to counter the menace of terrorism and radicalization. They agreed that all countries in the region afflicted by this menace should pro-actively join hands to effectively tackle it. The Home Minister also thanked the Prime Minister for the cooperation extended by Bangladesh in addressing India’s security concerns.
 
They discussed the influx of displaced persons from the Rakhine State of Myanmar over the past year. The Home Minister conveyed that India was committed to helping in the safe, speedy and sustainable return of these persons to their homes.
 
In this context, India was working on a project to construct prefabricated housing in Rakhine State so as to meet the needs of the displaced persons. India will also continue to provide relief material and supplies to help Government of Bangladesh deal with the needs of those in the relief camps.
 
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During his visit to Rajshahi in western Bangladesh, Mr Rajnath Singh and the Home Minister of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan jointly inaugurated the Bangladesh-India Friendship Building at the Bangladesh Police Academy, Sardah, the foundation stone of which was laid in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina.
 
This is a development cooperation project between India and Bangladesh. The newly inaugurated facility incorporates state-of-the-art Forensic Laboratories, Mock Crime Scenes, Mock Police Station, IT Centre with computer labs etc.
 
A Memorandum of Cooperation was also signed between Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad and the Bangladesh Police Academy, Sardah, Rajshahi to establish mutual cooperation in the sphere of training, management and exchange of trainers and trainees between two Police Academies.
 
The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by D R Doley Barman, Director, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad and  Md. Nazibur Rahman, Addl (IGP), Principal, Bangladesh Police Academy. This will add yet another dimension to the capacity building programmes being organized in India for Bangladesh officials, an official press release said.
 
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Mr. Rajnath Singh also inaugurated the world's largest state-of-the-art visa centre, equipped with a range of modern facilities, which promises  shorter waiting times for applicants.
 
"Inaugurated the state of the art Indian Visa Application Centre at Dhaka. With the opening of this centre the processing of visa applications will be simplified," he tweeted after the inauguration. 
 
The integrated centre at Jamuna Future Park (JFP) was inaugurated jointly by Rajnath Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, reports bdnews24.
 
Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who was also present, told the media that "this is the largest Indian visa centre in the world and possibly the largest anywhere". The new centre will replace the existing centres in Motijheel and Uttara from July 15. 
 
The remaining two centres in Dhaka -- at Gulshan and Mirpur Road -- will also be shifted to this centre, located in a spacious 18,500 square feet commercial area, by August 31.
 
The existing e-token (appointment) system for submission of visa applications will also be withdrawn from July 15.
 
Bangladeshis constitute one of the largest numbers of visitors from a single country to India, the report said. Last year the country issued 1.4 million visas to Bangladeshi nationals. 
 
India has 12 visa centres in Bangladesh, the highest number it has in any country, the report said.
 
India issues five-year multiple entry visas for freedom fighters, senior citizens and businessmen.
 
Rajnath Singh will co-chair the 6th India-Bangladesh home minister-level talks on Sunday along with his Bangladeshi counterpart in which issues tied to security, border management, cooperation in countering illegal activities and travel arrangements are expected to be discussed. 
 
His three-day visit is taking place in the context of the Home-Minister level talks held on a regular basis between India and Bangladesh. The last such talks were held in New Delhi in July 2016.
 
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Indian family receives wrong body after mix-up in UAE

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A bereaved Indian family in Kerala, grappling with the untimely demise of their relative in the UAE capital, has received someone else's body in a shocking mix up.
 
Nidhin Othayoth Kottaron, 29, died last week in Abu Dhabi. But instead of receiving his body, the Keralite family received the body of Kamatchi Krishnan, 39, hailing from Tamil Nadu, the Khaleej Times reported on Saturday.
 
A relative of deceased Kottaron said the family realised there was a mix-up when the coffin arrived in Kerala on Friday on an Air India flight.
 
"His (Kottaron) parents were desperately waiting for the mortal remains since one week. They are still in a state of shock on what happened," said the relative.
 
Both Indian expats died two days apart but it was not clear how the mix-up happened at the mortuary where both the bodies were kept, the report said.
 
Kottaron who was working as a site supervisor in Ruwais was found dead on July 5, while Krishnan reportedly died on July 7. The cause of death for both cases was not confirmed.
 
The body of Krishnan is currently kept in the mortuary at a government hospital in Kottaron's native place in Wayanad, awaiting relatives.
 
An Indian Embassy official said they were doing everything possible to help the families. "We are not sure how this unfortunate incident happened. Our first priority is to support the families by expediting the repatriation of the body, which is still in the mortuary." 
 
"We had already issued required documents for repatriation. Now because of the mix up, we are coordinating with the relatives to issue a duplicate set of documents for repatriating Kottaron's body.
 
"Our officials at the Tamil Nadu branch Secretariat of the Ministry of External Affairs are trying to get in contact with the family members of Krishnan. Once procedures are cleared locally, they can collect the body from Kerala," the official said.
 
Ranjan Dutta, Air India Manager for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain sector, said: "Kottaron's body was supposed to be sent on Air India's Calicut-bound flight on Friday and Krishnan's remains were booked on an Etihad flight to Chennai on the same day. A relative of the deceased was travelling with the body. It was a human error while embalming that caused the mix up." 
 
He said that they were awaiting clearance from the concerned authorities. "Once the documents are ready, Air India will extend full cooperation to repatriate the mortal remains at the earliest," said Dutta.
 
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Nawaz Sharif lodged in Adiala Jail, daughter shifted to guest house

 
Nawaz Sharif, Maryam detained by police in Lahore
 
 
Pakistan's former Prime Minister who was arrested late on Friday has been shifted to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, while his daughter Maryam Nawaz was sent to Seihala Rest House, declared as temporary sub-jail.
 
The Accountability Court, according to Geo News, has issued imprisonment warrants for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam.
 
Sharif, along with Maryam, was arrested as they returned to eastern city of Lahore from London to serve a 10-year and seven-year jail term, respectively, on corruption charges, officials said.
 
Sharif, a three-time Prime Minister, and his daughter were in London to look after his ailing wife when an anti-graft court convicted them of corruption and handed down prison terms.
 
A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team took Sharif and Maryam in its custody from the aircraft, while their passports were confiscated by officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
 
Airport security official surrounded the Sharifs and led them to another plane to take them to a jail in Rawalpindi city near capital Islamabad.
 
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Earlier, angry supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the party of Sharif, clashed with the riot police in Lahore, the capital city of Punjab province, when they were prevented from proceeding towards the airport to welcome their leader.
 
Police had blocked all roads to the airport to stop the PML-N activists and banned political gatherings.
 
Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, who now heads the PML-N, was leading the procession to the airport.
 
The Accountability Court, Pakistan's anti-corruption court, had ruled on July 6 that Nawaz Sharif owns assets beyond his income and concealed his property abroad.
 
The court imposed an 8-million pound penalty on Nawaz Sharif and a 2-million pound fine on Maryam Nawaz.
 
Sharif's son-in-law Mohammad Safdar was also awarded a one-year sentence. 
 
On July 28, 2017, Sharif had to resign as Prime Minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding any public office for concealing his earnings.
 
In April the apex court disqualified Sharif for lifetime from the parliament and also barred him from heading a political party.
 
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128 killed in Pakistan poll meeting, IS stakes claim

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At least 128 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were killed and nearly 200 others injured in a suicide attack in Balochistan on Friday. It was the third such attack on candidates in the run-up to July 25 polls.
 
Caretaker provincial Home Minister Agha Umar Bangulzai confirmed the death toll to the Express News.
 
Siraj, the younger brother of former Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani, was attacked during a corner meeting organised for the promotion of his candidature. Siraj's death was confirmed by his brother Lashkari Raisani.
 
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its newswire Aamaq.
 
After the incident, a large contingent of security forces cordoned off the area with the injured shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where an emergency was imposed.
 
In July 2011, Siraj Raisani lost his 14-year-old son in a terrorist attack in Mastung, in which several others, including security personnel, were killed.
 
Balochistan's Civil Defence Director Aslam Tareen said 16 to 20 kg of explosives and ball bearings were used in the attack.
 
Civil Hospital spokesperson Waseem Baig said the hospital received 53 bodies and 73 wounded. At least 20 of those injured were in critical condition.
 
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The Mastung bombing was the latest, and deadliest, of a string of attacks targeting politically exposed persons ahead of the July 25 election.
 
Strongly condemning the attack, interim Chief Minister Balochistan Alauddin Murree directed Deputy Commissioner of Mastung to submit a report of the incident.
 
"The attack is a conspiracy to sabotage the electoral process in the province," he said in a statement.
 
Murree ordered the law enforcement agencies to ensure those behind the attack were apprehended. 
 
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain and Interim Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk also condemned the attack in separate statements.
 
Earlier on Friday, a blast targeted former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani's convoy in Bannu. While Durrani remained safe, four people were killed and 32 others injured in the attack.
 
The Election Commission of Pakistan has postponed polling for the constituency from where Siraj was contesting.
 
Earlier this week, a suicide blast had killed Awami National Party leader Haroon Bilour and 19 others in Peshawar. 
 
The attack was owned up by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
 
Before that, on July 7, seven people, including a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, were injured when a convoy came under a bomb attack in Bannu.
 
There was also an attack on PTI candidate's office in North Waziristan's Razmak tehsil that had injured 10.
 
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Nawaz Sharif, daughter arrested, taken to Islamabad

 
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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested by anti-corruption officials late on Friday after they arrived in Lahore from Abu Dhabi. The two were taken to Islamabad in a private plane.
 
According to media reports, dozens of security officials entered the plane as it landed and asked other passengers to deboard. The passports of both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders were seized by a three-member Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team. 
 
Nawaz and Maryam were flown in a small private plane to Islamabad. Upon landing in Islamabad, the two would either be flown to Adiala Jail or driven to Attock Jail, the reports said.
 
Nawaz and Maryam were convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield corruption reference last Friday and handed jail sentences of 10 years and seven years, respectively. The former was found guilty of owning assets beyond known sources of income, while his daughter was convicted for aiding and abetting her father in covering up the "conspiracy".
 
After the pronouncement of the verdict, Nawaz and Maryam had said they would return to Pakistan and appeal against the decision. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Punjab government had made elaborate arrangements to take the father-daughter duo into custody upon arrival.
 
In Lahore, authorities have braced to maintain law and order, as a large number of PML-N workers and supporters have gathered in various parts of the city to welcome the ousted Prime Minister and his daughter.
 
Earlier, the father and daughter departed late from Abu Dhabi as their flight got delayed for over two hours. They had left London the previous day.
 
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111 killed in Pakistan blast targeting election meeting

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At least 111 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were killed and several others injured in a suicide attack in Balochistan on Friday. It was the third such attack on candidates in the run-up to July 25 polls.
 
Caretaker provincial Home Minister Agha Umar Bangulzai confirmed the death toll to Express News.
 
Siraj, the younger brother of former Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani, was attacked during a corner meeting organised for the promotion of his candidature. Siraj's death was confirmed by his brother Lashkari Raisani.
 
After the incident, a large contingent of security forces cordoned off the area with the injured shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where an emergency was imposed.
 
In July 2011, Siraj Raisani lost his 14-year-old son in a terrorist attack in Mastung, in which several others, including security personnel, were killed.
 
Balochistan's Civil Defence Director Aslam Tareen said 16 to 20 kg of explosives and ball bearings were used in the attack.
 
Civil Hospital spokesperson Waseem Baig said the hospital received 53 bodies and 73 wounded. At least 20 of those injured were in critical condition.
 
The Mastung bombing was the latest, and deadliest, of a string of attacks targeting politically exposed persons ahead of the July 25 election.
 
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Strongly condemning the attack, interim Chief Minister Balochistan Alauddin Murree directed Deputy Commissioner of Mastung to submit a report of the incident.
 
"The attack is a conspiracy to sabotage the electoral process in the province," he said in a statement.
 
Murree ordered the law enforcement agencies to ensure those behind the attack were apprehended. 
 
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain and Interim Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk also condemned the attack in separate statements.
 
Earlier on Friday, a blast targeted former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani's convoy in Bannu. While Durrani remained safe, four people were killed and 32 others injured in the attack.
 
The Election Commission of Pakistan has postponed polling for the constituency from where Siraj was contesting.
 
Earlier this week, a suicide blast had killed Awami National Party leader Haroon Bilour and 19 others in Peshawar. 
 
The attack was owned up by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
 
Before that, on July 7, seven people, including a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, were injured when a convoy came under a bomb attack in Bannu.
 
There was also an attack on PTI candidate's office in North Waziristan's Razmak tehsil that had injured 10.
 
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70 killed in Pakistan blast, targeted at political rally

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At least 70 people, including a political leader, were killed in a horrific suicide bombing targeted at a rally in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Friday. It was the third such attack on election candidates in the run-up to the July 25 general elections.
 
Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Siraj Raisani was killed along with 70 people, while 120 were injured in the blast in Mastung district.
 
Raisani, a candidate of the recently-formed BAP, was the younger brother of former Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani.
 
Balochistan security forces told the media that Siraj was attacked during a corner meeting organised for the promotion of his candidature. Siraj's death was confirmed by his brother Lashkari Raisani.
 
Balochistan's Civil Defence Director Aslam Tareen said 8 to 10 kg of explosives and ball bearings were used in the attack.
 
Civil Hospital spokesperson Waseem Baig said the hospital received 53 bodies and 73 wounded. At least 20 of those injured were in critical condition.
 
The Mastung bombing was the latest, and deadliest, of a string of attacks targeting politically exposed persons ahead of the July 25 election.
 
Earlier on Friday, a blast targeted former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani's convoy in Bannu. While Durrani remained safe, four people were killed and 32 others injured in the attack.
 
The Election Commission of Pakistan has postponed polling for the constituency from where Siraj was contesting.
 
Earlier this week, a suicide blast had killed Awami National Party leader Haroon Bilour and 19 others in Peshawar. 
 
The attack was owned up by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
 
Before that, on July 7, seven people, including a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, were injured when a convoy came under a bomb attack in Bannu.
 
There was also an attack on PTI candidate's office in North Waziristan's Razmak tehsil that had injured 10.
 
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Election candidate among 19 killed in Pakistan blasts

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A Pakistani political leader was among 19 people killed in two bomb blasts in Balochistan's Mastung district and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday.
 
Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Nawabzada Siraj Raisani was killed along with 14 others in the explosion targeted at his election rally in the Darengarh area of Mastung. At least 25 people were injured, Geo News reported. 
 
Raisani, a candidate of the recently-formed BAP from PB-35 constituency, is the younger brother of former Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani. 
 
Earlier in the day, a blast targeted former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani's convoy in Bannu. While Durrani remained safe, four people were killed and 32 injured in the attack.
 
The former Chief Minister, who was returning from an election rally near North Waziristan, was unaffected by the remote controlled blast, Dawn online reported. He is contesting the July 25 general election on NA-35 (Bannu) against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) ticket.
 
On Thursday night, two people were injured in a blast near BAP's election office in Khuzdar.
 
Earlier this week, a suicide blast had killed Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour and 19 others in Peshawar's Yaktoot area. 
 
The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which had also claimed responsibility for 2012 attack that killed Haroon's father, Bashir Bilour.
 
Before that, on July 7, seven people, including a candidate of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, were injured when a convoy came under a bomb attack in Bannu.
 
There was also an attack on the PTI candidate's office in North Waziristan's Razmak tehsil that had injured 10.
 
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Sharif, daughter Maryam on way to Pakistan to face prison terms

 
Twitter melts down over picture of Nawaz, Maryam with Kulsoom
 
 
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were on their way on Friday from London to Pakistan, where they face immediate arrest in the Avenfield properties case.
 
Upon their arrival at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport at 6.15 p.m., Maryam and Sharif will be arrested and will be taken to Islamabad by a helicopter to be imprisoned at the Rawalpindi Central jail, reports Dawn news.
 
The two Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders are returning to Pakistan to face a prison sentence handed out on July 6 by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference case, in which the judge ruled that Nawaz, Maryam and her husband Captain Safdar own assets beyond known income. 
 
They were handed jail sentences of 10, seven and one year, respectively.
 
In a video message, tweeted by Maryam, the former leader urged his followers to stand with him and "change the fate of the country".
 
"The country is at a critical juncture right now. I have done what I could. I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years (in prison) and I will be taken to a jail cell straight away. 
 
"But I want the Pakistani nation to know that I am doing this for you," Sharif said.
 
Maryam posted pictures on Twitter before their departure. 
 
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In one picture, the father and daughter are seen bidding a teary farewell to Kulsoom Nawaz, who is said to be comatose and admitted at a London hospital.
 
Sharif, who was in London with his wife and children when the verdict was announced, said he was returning to Pakistan from London to fulfil his pledge to "honour the vote", Dawn online reported.
 
Addressing a party conference in London with Maryam by his side, Sharif said he has decided to return to the country "despite seeing the bars of prison in front of my eyes".
 
"Is there any Pakistani who has had three generations of his family go through an accountability process only to find out that no corruption was ever done?" he asked during the presser that was broadcast live on Facebook.
 
Sharif also criticised the court's decision to sentence his daughter to a seven-year term in jail, saying those who did so "did not even remember in their hate what stature daughters have in Pakistan".
 
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NASA’s Fermi traces source of cosmic neutrino to monster black hole

NASA's Fermi (top left) has achieved a new first—identifying a monster black hole in a far-off galaxy as the source of a high-energy neutrino seen by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (sensor strings, bottom). Credits: NASA/Fermi and AuroreSimonnet, Sonoma State University
NASA's Fermi (top left) has achieved a new first—identifying a monster black hole in a far-off galaxy as the source of a high-energy neutrino seen by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (sensor strings, bottom). Credits: NASA/Fermi and AuroreSimonnet, Sonoma State University
US space agency NASA has said that, for the first time, scientists using its Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the source of a high-energy neutrino from outside our galaxy.
 
"This neutrino traveled 3.7 billion years at almost the speed of light before being detected on Earth. This is farther than any other neutrino whose origin scientists can identify," a press release from NASA said today.
 
High-energy neutrinos are hard-to-catch particles that scientists think are created by the most powerful events in the cosmos, such as galaxy mergers and material falling onto supermassive black holes. They travel at speeds just shy of the speed of light and rarely interact with other matter, allowing them to travel unimpeded across distances of billions of light-years.
 
The neutrino was discovered by an international team of scientists using the National Science Foundation’s IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station. Fermi found the source of the neutrino by tracing its path back to a blast of gamma-ray light from a distant supermassive black hole in the constellation Orion.
 
“Again, Fermi has helped make another giant leap in a growing field we call multimessenger astronomy,” said Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Neutrinos and gravitational waves deliver new kinds of information about the most extreme environments in the universe. But to best understand what they’re telling us, we need to connect them to the ‘messenger’ astronomers know best—light.” 
 
Scientists study neutrinos, as well as cosmic rays and gamma rays, to understand what is going on in turbulent cosmic environments such as supernovas, black holes and stars. Neutrinos show the complex processes that occur inside the environment, and cosmic rays show the force and speed of violent activity. But, scientists rely on gamma rays, the most energetic form of light, to brightly flag what cosmic source is producing these neutrinos and cosmic rays. 
 
“The most extreme cosmic explosions produce gravitational waves, and the most extreme cosmic accelerators produce high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays,” says Regina Caputo of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the analysis coordinator for the Fermi Large Area Telescope Collaboration. “Through Fermi, gamma rays are providing a bridge to each of these new cosmic signals.”
 
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The discovery is the subject of two papers published Thursday in the journal Science. The source identification paper also includes important follow-up observations by the Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov Telescopes and additional data from NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory and many other facilities.
 
On September 22, 2017, scientists using IceCube detected signs of a neutrino striking the Antarctic ice with energy of about 300 trillion electron volts—more than 45 times the energy achievable in the most powerful particle accelerator on Earth. This high energy strongly suggested that the neutrino had to be from beyond our solar system. Backtracking the path through IceCube indicated where in the sky the neutrino came from, and automated alerts notified astronomers around the globe to search this region for flares or outbursts that could be associated with the event. 
 
Data from Fermi’s Large Area Telescope revealed enhanced gamma-ray emission from a well-known active galaxy at the time the neutrino arrived. This is a type of active galaxy called a blazar, with a supermassive black hole with millions to billions of times the Sun’s mass that blasts jets of particles outward in opposite directions at nearly the speed of light. Blazars are especially bright and active because one of these jets happens to point almost directly toward Earth. 
 
Fermi scientist Yasuyuki Tanaka at Hiroshima University in Japan was the first to associate the neutrino event with the blazar designated TXS 0506+056 (TXS 0506 for short).
 
“Fermi’s LAT monitors the entire sky in gamma rays and keeps tabs on the activity of some 2,000 blazars, yet TXS 0506 really stood out,” said Sara Buson, a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at Goddard who performed the data analysis with Anna Franckowiak, a scientist at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron research center in Zeuthen, Germany. “This blazar is located near the center of the sky position determined by IceCube and, at the time of the neutrino detection, was the most active Fermi had seen it in a decade.” 
 
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is an astrophysics and particle physics partnership, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy and with important contributions from academic institutions and partners in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the United States. The NASA Postdoctoral Fellow program is administered by Universities Space Research Association under contract with NASA.
 
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Taliban kill 20, including candidate, in attack on Peshawar poll rally

 
14 killed including ANP leader in Peshawar suicide blast
 
 
At least 20 people, including an Awami National Party (ANP) candidate, were killed in a suicide attack on an election rally in Pakistan's Peshawar city. The Taliban claimed the bombing on Wednesday, calling it "the beginning of revenge".
 
ANP candidate Haroom Bilour, who was due to contest the July 25 general election, was targeted for his party's "anti-Islam policies", said Pakistani Taliban (TPP) spokesman Mohammad Khurasani in a statement following the Tuesday night attack.
 
The ANP is a secular and leftist party that represents the Pashtuns, who form a large part of the population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where it is part of the opposition after being in power from 2008 to 2013.
 
Bilour's father, former provincial minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour, was also killed in a suicide attack by the terror group in 2012.
 
Khurasani said that the "successful bombing (in Peshawar) was the beginning of revenge" and that the left-wing ANP organisation "will remain on the target list until they repent and return to the folds of Islam". 
 
Bilour was standing from Peshawar's PK-78 constituency. The poll body postponed the election for the constituency due to the tragedy, Dawn online reported.
 
"When this secular party was in power it martyred so many Muslims and imprisoned so many others. We have announced a war against them," he said.
 
The Taliban spokesman urged people to stay away from ANP members, their offices and meetings and that anyone who ignored the militant group's message, "will be responsible for your own losses".
 
Another 63 people were injured in the bombing, said Zulfikar Ali, the spokesman for Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital. The explosion occurred moments after Bilour arrived at the venue, near the stage, to address supporters at the meeting as welcoming party members and admirers engaged in a display of fireworks, which the bomber made use of as his cover.
 
Nearly eight kilos of explosives were used in the blast, said a police official.
 
It is the first attack with fatalities in the campaign for this month's polls in which some 105 million people are eligible to vote.
 
Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retired) Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan condemned the attack and termed it a "weakness of security institutions".
 
The attack was a conspiracy against the transparent elections, the official said, noting that the provincial governments were ordered to provide fool-proof security to all candidates.
 
ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the government had failed to provide security to the party. "Perhaps someone wishes to sabotage the elections... wants to push ANP out of the electoral race," he said.
 
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Pakistan: Political leader among 14 killed in Peshawar suicide blast

 
14 killed including ANP leader in Peshawar suicide blast
 
 
At least 14 people, including a political leader, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up late on Tuesday in Peshawar in Pakistan, police said.
 
Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Barrister Haroon Bilour was among the deceased. The blast also wounded many people, Geo News reported, citing police.
 
The explosion occurred moments after Bilour arrived at the venue, near the stage, to address supporters at the meeting as welcoming party members and admirers engaged in a display of fireworks, which the bomber made use of as his cover.
 
The late ANP candidate was set to contest the July 25 elections from Peshawar's PK-78 constituency.
 
Nearly eight kilos of TNT explosives were used in the blast, Qazi Jamil, the capital city police officer (CCPO) of Peshawar said.
 
The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) confirmed that the blast was a suicide attack.
 
Speaking about the incident, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retired) Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan condemned the terrorist attack and termed it a "weakness of security institutions".
 
The attack was a conspiracy against the transparent elections, the CEC said, noting that the provincial governments were ordered to provide fool-proof security to all candidates.
 
On the other hand, ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the government had failed to provide security to the party.
 
"Perhaps someone wishes to sabotage the elections... wants to push ANP out of the electoral race," he said.
 
However, the "ANP will fully participate in the elections", he added.
 
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All 12 boys, football coach rescued from flooded Thailand cave

 
Phase three of Thai cave rescue carried out on Tuesday
 
 
All 12 boys and their football coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for 18 days, bringing an end to the ordeal that prompted a huge international rescue effort.
 
The coach was one of the last to be extricated from the cave on Tuesday in the rescue operation that began as a local search for the missing but turned into a complex mission, involving hundreds of experts who flew in from around the world to help, CNN reported.
 
The 12 young footballers, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai Province on June 23.
 
The boys were found inside the cave by British rescue divers a week ago, about 4 km from the cave mouth. They belong to a football club called the Wild Boars and became trapped during an excursion with their coach.
 
Thirteen foreign cave diving experts and five Thai Navy rescuers joined the first operation on Sunday that brought out four boys from the cave. Rescuers spent about 11 hours on the mission. Another four boys were extracted by the same team on Monday.
 
The remaining four boys and their coach were rescued on Tuesday and were sent to hospital by helicopters. They underwent X-rays and blood tests and will remain under observation in the hospital for at least seven days.
 
After the successful and perilous rescue mission, it would take some time for the divers of the rescue team to evacuate from the cave. After their evacuation, the cave would be closed, according to Thai rescue operation officials.
 
The eight boys extracted on Sunday and Monday were being treated in hospital and were in good condition, according to hospital sources.
 
Chinese volunteer divers who joined the rescue mission called it a "tremendous and very dangerous operation".
 
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Operation resumes to rescue remaining 5 from Thai cave

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Divers and rescue workers in Thailand on Tuesday resumed an operation to free the four remaining boys and their coach still trapped in a cave in the country's remote north.
 
Eight of the boys were taken out of the Tham Luang cave complex system in Chiang Rai region in the last two days of rescue operations, but the five others remain trapped on a ledge 4 km deep inside, reports CNN.
 
Rescuers had moved relatively quickly in order to take advantage of good weather, but heavy downpours early Tuesday could complicate their efforts.
 
Former Chiang Rai governor and rescue mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said on Monday night that it would take 20 hours to prepare for the third operation, but he cautioned timings could change depending on weather and water levels.
 
The eight boys who have left the cave are being treated in an isolation ward in Chiang Rai hospital. 
 
Doctors are monitoring them for illnesses they may have picked up in the cave.
 
Osotthanakorn said the rescued boys are well and that those rescued Monday were in better condition than those freed the previous day. 
 
The boys were exploring the caves on June 23 with their coach when they were trapped inside by heavy seasonal rains, CNN reported. 
 
After they were found on July 2, officials cautioned it could take some time to get them out, but authorities decided to act with heavy rains forecast to hit the region.
 
The cave complex is regularly flooded during the monsoon season which lasts until September or October.
 
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Thai cave rescue: 4 more boys rescued by divers

 
Four boys taken to hospital from flooded Thai cave
 
 
Four more boys were rescued on Monday by divers from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, where 12 of them and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, authorities said.
 
Four boys were taken out from the Tham Luang cave complex during a successful first operation on Sunday, while four more were safely brought out on the second day of rescue operation. Now, five people, including coach Ekapol Chantawong remain inside the cave.
 
The identities of the rescued boys were not confirmed. The group got trapped in the cave on June 23 after heavy rains caused flooding. They were found alive last week by divers.
 
The Thai Navy Seals confirmed the rescue. The public television broadcast live video of medivac helicopters landing close to a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai. They were believed to be ferrying the rescued boys, the BBC reported. 
 
The same divers who managed to rescue the first group of boys were involved in the second operation. Officials said that conditions were as good as they were on Sunday and that rain did not affect water levels inside the cave.
 
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha delayed a planned visit to the site so as not to disrupt the rescue mission. He had been due at the site in the evening.
 
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Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said physical contact of the rescued with their loved ones would be avoided until a risk of infection had passed, though contact through glass or at a distance might be allowed.
 
A team of 90 expert divers -- 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas -- are working in the cave system. They are guiding the boys through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the cave system.
 
The process includes a mixture of walking, wading, climbing and diving along guide ropes already in place. Wearing full-face masks, easier for novice divers than traditional respirators, each boy was being accompanied by two divers.
 
The toughest part is about halfway out at a section named "T-Junction", which is so tight the divers have to take off their air tanks to get through.
 
Beyond that a cavern -- called Chamber 3 -- has been turned into a forward base for the divers. The boys can rest there before making the last, easier walk out to the entrance. 
 
The boys, aged between 11 and 16, were found inside the cave by British rescue divers a week ago, about 4 km from the cave mouth. They belong to a football club called the Wild Boars and became trapped during an excursion with their coach.
 
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Thailand gears up for second day of cave rescue

Thai authorities on Monday were preparing for the second day of the rescue of the remaining nine boys trapped for more than two weeks in a cave in northern Thailand following a successful first operation in which four were taken out alive.

 
Four boys taken to hospital from flooded Thai cave
 
 
Thai authorities on Monday were preparing for the second day of the rescue of the remaining nine boys trapped for more than two weeks in a cave in northern Thailand following a successful first operation in which four were taken out alive.
 
Narongsak Osottanakorn, official spokesperson for the operations, said on Sunday night in a press conference that the rescue teams would resume their tasks between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., on Monday, reports Efe news.
 
Rescue personnel needed to replace the compressed air cylinders used for the more than 4 km route and re-evaluate conditions in the partially flooded cave located in the northern province of Chiang Rai.
 
Four of the 13 schoolboys and their coach were rescued on Sunday and taken to the Chiang Rai provincial hospital where they are under evaluation.
 
The first boy came out at 5.40 p.m. and the second followed 10 minutes later while the other two came out after more than two hours.
 
The other eight boys and their coach remain in the cave where they were found on July 2 after a search and rescue mission that began 16 days ago.
 
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4 boys of 13 trapped in Thai cave extracted

Four boys emerged from the cave in northern Thailand where 12 young footballers and their coach had been trapped for more than two weeks, a rescuer said on Sunday night.

 
First boys emerge from Thai cave
 
 
Four boys emerged from the cave in northern Thailand where 12 young footballers and their coach had been trapped for more than two weeks, a rescuer said on Sunday night.
 
The rescued boys were taken to a field hospital near the cave in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai province. Helicopters were seen hovering above the cave site, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
The boys were flown to the hospital by helicopters.
 
Thirteen foreign cave diving experts entered the cave to launch the rescue operation at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The boys and their coach would be dived out of the flooded cave.
 
The 12 footballers, aged between 11 and 16, and their coach, 25, went missing in the cave in Chiang Rai province on June 23. They were located on a small cliff about four kilometres away from the cave entrance when the search entered the ninth day on July 2. 
 
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Telangana student shot dead in US by suspected robber

Sharath  Koppu (Image: Facebook)
Sharath Koppu (Image: Facebook)
A 26-year-old Indian student from Telangana was shot dead inside a restaurant here in the US state of Missouri by a suspected robber.
 
Sharath Koppu, who was pursuing his Master's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UKMC), was shot on Friday evening at J's Fish and Chicken Market where he was working as a part-time employee, The Kansas City Star newspaper reported. 
 
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday condoled the death, saying: "We will follow this up with the police and provide all assistance to the family."
 
The Kansas City Police has released a brief video of the suspect inside the restaurant moments before the shooting and asked for people's assistance in identifying him. 
 
The suspect pulled out a gun and shot Koppu on his back. He died after being taken to a hospital.
 
Koppu, who was a software engineer, came to the US in January.
 
Meanwhile, the Telangana government on Sunday announced that it was making arrangements to bring Koppu's body back to Hyderabad within two days. 
 
The state's Minister for NRI Affairs K.T. Rama Rao along with his cabinet colleagues Kadiam Srihari and T. Srinivas Yadav visited Koppu's house.
 
The state government was in touch the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in the US, according to Rao.
 
The UKMC also issued a statement condoling Koppu's death.
 
"We offer our sincere sympathies to Sharath's family and friends in the wake of this senseless tragedy," the statement said.
 
UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal offered his condolences.
 
"Sharath and I share an Indian heritage, but all of us at UMKC share in the grief such tragedies bring," Agrawal said on Saturday evening.
 
The incident comes a year after another Hyderabad techie, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed in a race-triggered attack at a bar also in Kansas City on February 22, 2017.
 
In May, former US Navy veteran Adam Purinton admitted that he fatally shot Kuchibhotla saying that he targeted the victim because of his "actual and perceived race, colour, religion and national origin".
 
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Mission to rescue boys from Thai cave underway

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A perilous mission to evacuate 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach trapped deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand was underway on Sunday, according to authorities.
 
"Our readiness is at the highest today. Today is D-day," said Chiang Rai Governor, Narongsak Osotthanakorn.
 
At 10 a.m., an international contingent of 13 specialist divers descended into the watery network of underground tunnels below the Mae Sai mountains.
 
Rescuers have described the mission as a dwindling window of opportunity, with forecasters predicting the return of heavy monsoon rains in the coming days, effectively sealing off the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex until October.
 
At the site of the caves, volunteers assisting in the operation described the rescue attempt as a "now or never" scenario.
 
The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, are huddled together in a small chamber 4 km inside the cave, surrounded by flood water and with a limited supply of oxygen.
 
To reach them, divers will need to successfully navigate a network of sprawling narrow tunnels, with officials close to the operation suggesting rescuers will use a "buddy" system, with each diver paired with a child. 
 
Extra oxygen tanks will also be positioned along the route, CNN reported.
 
On the road leading to the tunnels, a near continuous convoy of trucks and military vehicles delivered troops and medical equipment equipment, including a large cache of oxygen tanks .
 
On Saturday evening, numerous international military advisers could be seen entering the site, followed later by four monks.
 
Even if the divers are successful, it will be many hours before the fate of the boys and their rescuers will be known. 
 
Thai authorities say it takes around 11 hours for divers to complete the round trip.
 
The boys went missing on June 23 after they had entered the cave complex during fine weather but became trapped when a sudden downpour flooded the narrow tunnels.
 
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