Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation Saturday that his government is in charge after a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left dozens dead and at least 150 people wounded. Government officials said the coup appeared to have failed as Turks took to the streets overnight to confront troops attempting to take over the country. However, the sounds of huge blasts, including at least one bomb that hit the parliament complex, continued to echo across the capital, Ankara, and Istanbul throughout the morning. Addressing a crowd of supporters outside Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Saturday morning, Erdogan told a crowd assembled there: "They have pointed the people's guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people, is in charge." Earlier, Erdogan said the government was arresting coup supporters in the military and warned "they will pay a heavy price for their treason to Turkey," according to a transcript of his remarks provided by his office. In images broadcast on CNN-Turk, dozens of soldiers walked among tanks with their hand held up, surrendering to government forces on Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge. Discarded gear was strewn on the ground. People, some holding flags, climbed onto the tanks. Fifty soldiers were taken into custody, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. 60 dead, 330 arrested An official in Erdogan's office says at least 60 people have been killed and more than 330 people have been arrested. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in accordance with government rules. Erdogan, who said his general secretary had been abducted by the coup plotters, flew into Ataturk airport early Saturday and was greeted by large crowds. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has called all legislators for an emergency meeting Saturday, Anadolu reported. The chaos capped a period of political turmoil in Turkey which critics blamed on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule, which has included a government shake-up, a crackdown on dissidents and opposition media and renewed conflict in the mainly Kurdish areas of the southeast. Erdogan called on Turks to take to the streets across the country, and many did, marching through the streets of Izmir and Istanbul, waving Turkish flags and gathering in the main square in Ankara. At least 42 people were killed in the capital, NTV quoted the prosecutor's office as saying. In his TV address, Erdogan blamed the attack on supporters of Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan has long accused the cleric and his supporters of attempting to overthrow the government. The cleric lives in exile in Pennsylvania and promotes a philosophy that blends a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue. By Saturday morning, a top Turkish official said the coup attempt appeared to have been repelled. The senior official told The Associated Press that all government officials were in charge of their offices.
Nice: A terrorist gunman killed 80 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd that had watched Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, officials said. Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 80 people died and 18 were in a critical condition. Many more were also wounded in the attack along the famed seafront Promenade des Anglais as the fireworks ended just after 10:30 pm (2030 GMT). The driver also opened fire before police shot him dead. "At the moment that he was shot dead by police, he had fired several times," said president of the region Christian Estrosi. Authorities said they found identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian citizen in the 19-tonne truck. The truck was riddled with bullet holes and badly damaged, with burst tyres. In a pre-dawn address to the nation, President Francois Hollande said he was calling up military and police reservists to relieve forces worn out by an eight-month state of emergency begun after the Islamic State militant group killed 130 people in Paris. The state of emergency was extended by three months. "France is filled with sadness by this new tragedy," Hollande said, noting several children were among the dead in what he said he had no doubt was an act of terrorism. He called the carnage, which came as France celebrated the anniversary of the 1789 revolutionary storming of the Bastille, an attack on liberty by fanatics who despised human rights. France would, nonetheless, continue military operations in Syria and Iraq. Counter-terrorist investigators were seeking to identify the driver. A local government official said weapons and grenades were found inside the 25-tonne, unmarked articulated truck. Officials said hundreds were hurt as the driver wove along the seafront, knocking them down "like skittles". The attack, which came eight months and a day after Islamic State gunmen and suicide bombers struck the French capital on a festive Friday evening, seemed so far to be the work of a lone assailant. Newspaper Nice-Matin quoted unidentified sources as saying the driver was a 31-year-old local of Tunisian origin. Police were working to establish what accomplices he may have had in a city with a reputation for Islamist activism. There had been no claim of responsibility made almost six hours after the attack.
Mobile Messaging! What comes to our minds on reading these two words? Oh come on, you got to be kidding if it is not WhatsApp that crossed your mind. WhatsApp has been a widely used mobile messaging app since it was launched back in 2009. Here are some amazing facts about WhatsApp..! 1. WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by former Yahoo employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum. 2. 72% of the users check WhatsApp on a daily basis and there an average user checks WhatsApp 23 times a day, sending 1000 messages per month 3. Everyday 1 million new users are added to WhatsApp servers across the globe which means daily 1 million new users join WhatsApp. 4. The oldest device which is currently capable of running WhatsApp is Nokia N95. WhatsApp got available for Android Smart Watches in August 2014. 5. WhatsApp is responsible for 27% of selfies shared on social media and more than 500 million photos are shared daily through WhatsApp 6. Whatsapp has not spent a single penny on marketing, PR and user acquisition. Also, the Co-Founder of the messaging app – Jan Koum keeps a note on his desk written by Brian which says “No Ads! No Games! No Gimmicks!” To keep them solely focused on building a pure messaging experience. 7. WhatsApp is worth more than some of the world’s largest companies like American Airlines which is worth around 12 billion dollars and Harley Davidson which is worth 14 billion dollars. 8. WhatsApp is valued more than the GDP of countries like Jamaica, Iceland and North Korea. 9. WhatsApp founder Jan Koum was denied a job at Facebook in 2008 and his co founder Brian Acton got denied by Twitter and Facebook for a job back in 2009, soon after which they started WhatsApp and rest is history. 10. The most shocking WhatsApp facts is that company is worth more than NASA’s entire Annual budget of around 17 billion dollars.
California: Struggling to switch your language in facebook, to post your feelings in the desired language in a better way? Let your worry fly off. Facebook on Friday began testing a translation tool that will automatically let posts be displayed in languages users prefer. The new facility is expected to be a blessing for many facebook users, especially from multi lingual nations like India- a major user nation of facebook. The leading social network first made the "multilingual composer" tool available earlier this year for use on pages representing companies, brands, groups and celebrities through its Pages service.Now it will be available to general users. "Page authors and other people on Facebook can compose a single post in multiple languages, and the viewers who speak one of those languages will see the post in their preferred language only—allowing people to more easily interact with their diverse audiences," the company said. Half of Facebook's more than 1.5 billion users worldwide speak a language other than English, the California-based social network says. Among factors Facebook will use to determine which language to use for posts include locales designated in account settings and which languages users routinely use for their posts. The social network plans to use multilingual posts to improve machine translation capabilities with the aim of one day removing language barriers across the social network, making it more popular.
Hero MotoCorp is scheduled to announce its latest version of the highly popular Splendor motorcycle in India on 14 July. The bike was showcased at the Auto Expo back in February this year and will be Hero’s first vehicle to be fully developed in-house after the recent split from Honda. The 2016 Hero Splendor iSmart 110 will come with new colour schemes and an all-new 110cc air-cooled, single-cylinder engine that can produce 8.9bhp of power and peak torque of 9Nm. The motor comes connected with a four-speed constant mesh gearbox and is BS-IV complaint in response to the revised emission standards coming into act next year. Other engine details are still under the wraps but it is expected to have lowered NVH and better city performance while being 9 percent more frugal than the 100 cc iSmart. According to the company, the new bike will offer 9 percent more power and 6 percent more fuel economy in comparison to the existing model. There are 130mm drum brake upfront while the rear will get a 110mm unit. The company will also offer an optional front disc brake. It’ll also feature a new sporty analog-digital instrument console, black alloy wheels, refreshed headlamp and tail lamp and split rear body grab rails. The most prominent feature however will be the 4-speed gearbox which will get the famous i3S technology which is basically an auto start-stop function which shuts the engine when the bike is stationary and engaged in neutral. This helps in saving more fuel which in turn makes the bike more fuel efficient. According to Hero, the i3S technology will help to deliver 75-80 kmpl mileage on the new motorbike. A New fuel tank, new side panel and tail-piece, which are one entire piece, set to give the bike a completely refreshed look too. Handlebars will now get Hero emblem embossed on them. Split grab rails, new tail-lamp, a compact headlight cowl are the new highlights of the motorcycle. Exhaust has a chrome tip at the end and is another feature to distinguish it from the regular 100/110cc motorcycle of the same stable. Clear lens indicators are always welcomed to add premium-ness to the package. The major features expected on the Hero iSmart 110cc motorcycle includes all-time active headlamp in response to government’s mandate coming into effect from April 2017, exhaust note similar to Glamour its sibling, engine complying with BS-4 emission regulations and 1,100 ml engine oil provision instead of 800 ml. The Splendor 110 iSmart is expected to launch at a price of Rs 55,000.
Kasargod: Missing case of Kerala’s youth has become a big worry for all, alike for the officials and the common public. Analysis and discussions are going on about the possibilities of missing youth to be founded in ISIS terror group. Firoz Khan from Trikaripur, who went missing along with 16 others from Kasargod, has been arrested recently from Mumbai by the Intelligence bureau and what he revealed to the officials adds on to the mischief that Kerala is passing through. He makes it crystal clear about the ISIS link saying some of the people who went missing from Trikaripur have already reached ISIS camp in Syria. The missing persons are below the age of 30 and highly qualified, including medicos and engineering graduates. Nimisha was a BDS student in a dental college at Kasargod and she was converted to Muslim to marry Eeza and all these happened in just four days. And the real kick is that Eeza and his brother too are converted Muslims, may be influenced by the doctrines of a religion of love, but ended up for an alarming cause. Merin, who later became Mariam embracing Islamic beliefs, makes no difference to be included in the same category. It simply refers to the point that the depth and discipline of the terror group in easily finding converts to its cause as well as the near total failure of intelligence agencies in addressing the growing jihadi influence in Kerala is shocking. Anyway, this is not something to be pushed under the carpet on usual concerns about scare mongering and communal polarization; neither it should be tinted with political facets. “May be these guys are very imaginative, knowing Iranians would not suspect Indians travelling through that country,” says Tufail Ahmad, a well known and influential presence in the global discourse on militant Islam. “The group could have posed themselves as Shia pilgrims, being thousands of Indians travelling to Iran every year to visit Shia holy shrines,” he opined. The presence of women in the group would have helped them get through Iran without raising the suspicion of Iranian intelligence and other agencies. Two of them being pregnant made the task easier. Missing Palakkad youth suspected to be in Iran, one youngster from Angadipuram in Malappuram also feared to have joined terror outfit. Amid these issues came the news regarding the existence of a facebook page named Ansarul Khilafa (followers of Khalifa), promoting ISIS sympathizers from Kerala and their ideologies. The disappearance or deactivation of the page on Saturday morning as media started reporting about its existence confirms its link with ISIS roots in Kerala. But what is surprising is the way the Kerala government and cops have chosen to ignore it. This group with jihadi sympathies supports a terror group known for its brutality, sex slavery and bigotry along with raising a death threat against the well known writer Taslima Nasrin and shockingly the state authority remaining passive about this. Anyway, Central agencies Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) have taken over the probe on this missing youths from Kerala and has decided to expand their probe into Middle-East countries.
Sharukh Khan and Akshay Kumar on Forbes Highest Paid Celeb List; Sharukh beats Brad Pitt on the list
New York: Bollywood superstars Shahrukh Khan and Akshay Kumar are among the world’s highest-paid celebrities in 2016, with American singer Taylor Swift positioned in the pinnacle. The Forbes spots Taylor Swift on the top with a whopping earning of $170 million where as Shah Rukh ranks 86th with earnings of $33 million and Akshay on the 94th spot with $31.5 million. And the King Khan has made this achievement extraordinary by beating Hollywood star cum Angelina Jolie’s husband Brad Pitt, who shares an equal rank with Akshay Kumar. Forbes said the Fan star “continues to rule Bollywood’s box office” with lead roles in hit films and earns millions of dollars in upfront fees and a cut of the back end for his efforts. He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of. Akshay, 48, however slipped in ranks this year from 76 in 2015, Forbes said, adding that he is one of Bollywood’s busiest leading men and banked top rupee for three hit films. The action star bolsters his earnings endorsing a wider range of products than most Hollywood shills including motorcycles and gold loan company. The Forbes list is prepared based on pretax celebrity earnings from June 2015 to June 2016. Other notable names include English-Irish boy band One Direction (2), Author James Patterson (3), Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (4), Hollywood comedian Kevin Hart (6), British singer Adele (9), Musician Madonna (12), Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (19), Chinese actor Jackie Chan (21) and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence (50).
Sri Nagar: Kashmir has erupted in protests to the killing of the 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, in the gunfight with security forces in Kokernag area of South Kashmir. Twenty five people have died and there is no let up in the anger, and the youth have hit the streets taking out pro-freedom marches, attacking government property and even setting on fire the police station. But as situation remains grim, the government has failed to reach out to people and even some of the pockets have been completely taken over by the youth. In all major parts of Kashmir, the streets have been blocked and containing the protests has become a major challenge for the PDP-BJP government. The areas that have remained the PDP bastions of South Kashmir have seen men indulge in attacking the government properties and even burn the police stations. On Sunday, protesters pushed a police vehicle into the Jhelum River and the driver drowned with three police personnel still missing and the death toll increasing, as those who have been critically injured are succumbing to the injuries. Kashmir Valley remains shut for the fourth day on Monday and the government machinery has entirely broken down with protesters taking over major parts of Srinagar city including Bemina, Tengpora and outskirts of Wathoora. The protesters are taking out marches in the absence of police presence in major parts. As tensions continue, both the NC and Congress have tried to cash in on the rage and are seeing this outpouring as dissatisfaction with the PDP-BJP coalition government. The former CM Omar Abdullah, earlier lost no time in terming the slain militant commander as a new youth icon for the Kashmir’s dissatisfied. Congress state president GA Mir has urged upon the forces to exercise maximum restraint, while dealing with the protesters. The situation has turned so grave that in some of the pockets, the police and the government forces have given up to contain the protesters and are allowing road blockades and stone pelting. Slogans of "Hum Kya Chahtay Azadi (We want freedom)’’ are being clearly heard on the streets. Former Kashmir interlocutor, MM Ansari said that the protests only reiterate the need for resolving the problem of Kashmir. “ Unless Kashmir imbroglio is politically resolved, killing one militant will produce 10 more of them. Eight lakh army is pitched against 60 lakh alienated youth which is unfair. Army is not meant for eliminating its own children, how so ever misguided they may be. We must engage everyone in search of solution through democratic means." A senior security official said that Burhan Wani’s active presence on social networking sites led to "disgruntled youth taking out marches in his support". But it is the subsequent civil killings that makes situation uncertain here. Given the protests, state government has cautioned the security forces to exercise restraint. An emergency Cabinet meet was convened by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday, which expressed concern over the killing. Government Spokesman and Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar said that the forces should ensure that no collateral damage is caused. Earlier CM Mehbooba said, "The disproportionate use of force for crowd control results in loss of precious lives and grave injuries which should be avoided at all costs. The police and the paramilitary forces should use the standard operational procedure (SOP) while dealing with protesters to avoid loss of precious human lives or injuries."
Pretoria: Among a wide range of issues discussed between India and South Africa during bilateral meetings, both countries laid firm emphasis on bolstering cooperation in several key areas, including IT, renewable energy and pharmaceuticals. A joint statement issued after Prime Minister Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma led their delegates to bilateral talks, underlined the importance of strengthening cooperation between business entities of South Africa and India. Both sides agreed to deepen cooperation in manufacturing, mines and minerals, IT, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, tourism, Science and Technology (S&T) and financial services. President Zuma furthermore noted and welcomed the relaxation of foreign direct investment rules through the lifting of the caps on foreign direct investment in nine sectors of the Indian economy including the defence, food retail, local airlines, private security firms and pharmaceutical sectors. He said the announcement will have a major impact of attracting foreign investment in these areas from South Africa. The South African President invited the private sector of India to invest in various sectors of South Africa's economy and took note of the opportunities for South African companies under the "Make in India" initiative. Meanwhile, the Indian side noted the invitation to take advantage of infrastructure development opportunities in South Africa and the Continent. India and South Africa today inked three Memoranda of Understanding and one Program of Cooperation to take their "partnership in progress" one more step forward. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a ceremonial welcome at the Union Building of Pretoria, which was followed by one-on-one private conversation with President Jacob Zuma and delegation-level talks. In the evening, he will visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation, participate in the India-South Africa Business Meet and address an Indian community program. Prime Minister Modi arrived here on Thursday evening on the second leg of his four-nation five-day tour to the African continent with an aim to enhance mutual cooperation and understanding on major issues of common interest.
Dallas: Four police officers were killed and seven wounded by snipers in Dallas, authorities said, during one of many demonstrations held in cities across the United States against the second fatal police shooting of a black man in two days. Dallas Police chief David Brown told a news conference that two snipers in elevated positions shot 11 officers, killing three, in what appeared to be a coordinated attack. A fourth officer died, police said later on Twitter. At least one more was in surgery. Some of the victims were shot in the back. Police said one suspect whom they had engaged in a shootout had been arrested and a bomb squad unit was investigating a suspicious package found near the suspect's location. A second "person of interest" had turned himself in, they added, though there was no word on the arrest of a possible second sniper. Television footage showed a heavy police presence, with officers taking cover behind vehicles on the street. The shooting happened as largely peaceful protests unfolded around the United States after the shooting of Philando Castile, 32, by police near St Paul, Minnesota, late on Wednesday. His girlfriend posted live video on the internet of the bloody scene minutes afterward, which was widely viewed. Castile's death occurred within a day of the shooting of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sterling was killed during an altercation with two white police officers. Graphic video of that incident caused an outcry on social media. In Chicago, protesters shut down a stretch of the Dan Ryan Expressway - one of Chicago's main arteries - for about 10 minutes on Thursday. In New York, several hundred protesters blocked traffic in Times Square in the heart of Manhattan, chanting "Hands up, don't shoot." More than a dozen arrests were made, the New York Police Department said. In St. Paul, about a thousand people gathered outside the governor's mansion, chanting "Hey hey, ho ho, those killer cops have got to go," and other slogans. State investigators later identified Minneapolis area police officer Jeronimo Yanez as the patrolman who fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop. The Washington Post said Castile was at least the 506th person and 123rd black American shot and killed by police so far in 2016, according to a database it has set up to track such deaths.