'Meteor' causes panic in Pakistan's mountainous north

Meteor causes panic in Pakistans mountainous north

 A suspected meteor lit up the skies above Pakistan's mountainous north late Wednesday, officials said, with panicked residents reporting a mysterious light whizzing past and the sound of multiple, powerful blasts. The incident occurred around 9:00 pm, when citizens in the city of Gilgit and the surrounding Ghizer and Diamer districts saw the bright object racing through the night sky above the region's remote, soaring mountains.

"I saw a light flash through the sky and then there were multiple blasts," Ghizer district resident Javed Iqbal told AFP Thursday. "I felt as if something had hit the roof of my house. I rushed outside with my family members and saw everyone getting out of their homes. The blasts had shaken the whole valley," he said. His story was echoed by others, including Shabir Mir of Gilgit, who said he saw the object "disappear into the mountains", followed seconds later by what sounded like more than one explosion.

"I thought the object might have hit the mountain," Mir told AFP. Social media was also flooded with reports of the incident, with some users posting unverified images they said were of the strange light. Sibtain Ahmed, a senior administration official in Gilgit, on Thursday confirmed the object had been seen in all three areas, followed by the sound of loud explosions.

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"According to our investigation, the flying object was a meteor flying low," he told AFP. The apparent blasts were the sonic boom created as the meteor ripped through the sky faster than the speed of sound, he said. "It did not hit the ground," Ahmed said, claiming it had crossed Pakistan's territory headed towards Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor, which borders the Gilgit-Baltistan region to the north.

Meteors are pieces of comet or asteroid from outer space that create a fireball as they hit the Earth's atmosphere. Those that survive the intense heat and friction and reach the surface without breaking up are known as meteorites, and are sought after by scientists for the information they can give about the early solar system. It was not clear if the meteor crashed or broke up in the sky. The terrain between the city of Gilgit and the Wakhan Corridor is extremely remote and home to some of the highest mountains in the world.

There were no immediate reports of any meteor in Afghanistan. Pakistan's powerful military released no official statement on the incident, and authorities from Pakistan's space agency, the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), could not immediately comment.

These are the top 10 most powerful passports of 2017


When it comes to travel mobility, it's good to be German.

Because for the fourth year running, the German passport topped an index ranking the most powerful passports in the world, for boasting visa-free access to 176 countries -- the most of any nationality. In the 12th annual edition of the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, which is produced in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the results of the top 10 list remain largely the same with the exception of the UK, which slipped from third to fourth place in 2017.

By comparison, for three years between 2013 and 2015, the UK shared first place with Germany. And with the fallout from Brexit still playing out, analysts predict the changing geopolitical climate to affect the ranking over the next 12 months. "We have witnessed several major events recently that are likely to have an impact on global mobility -- including Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump," said Henley & Partners chairman Christian Kalin in a statement.

"Both can be interpreted as steps toward restricting movement and creating barriers to entry. This trend towards curbing travel freedom is already apparent in the shift in rankings on this year's Visa Restrictions Index." Rounding out the top three spots is Sweden in second place, and Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and the US, tied for third.

The biggest mover in this year's index is Peru, which gained 15 spots. Island nations like the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati and Tuvalu also gained nine spots, while Ghana posted the biggest loss, dropping four spots. Not surprisingly, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan sit at the bottom of the list, with visa-free access to less than 30 countries.   As for the BRICS nations, while Brazil and China moved up a few spots, Russia, India and South Africa lost ground.

One of the lessons consumers can glean from this index?

"For individuals who hold passports of countries with fewer visa waiver agreements, a second or even third citizenship can open up travel opportunities to countries previously restricted by time-consuming visa application requirements and processes," Kalin said.

Here are the world's  top 10 most powerful passports for 2017:

1. Germany
2. Sweden
3. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain, US
4. Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, UK
5. Ireland, Japan, New Zealand
6. Canada, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland
7. Australia, South Korea
8. Iceland
9. Czech Republic
10. Hungary, Malta



Asteroid narrowly misses smashing into Earth

An asteroid passed safely within four lunar distances of the planet this morning. Asteroid 2017 EG3 is expected to have passed closest to the planet at 10.37 GMT today.

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All near Earth asteroids (NEOs) are monitored by Nasa to predict potential impacts. Any NEOs that are larger than 100 metres in diameter and pass within 4.6 million miles - 0.05 astronomical units - are classed as potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs). 2017 EG3 was first observed by the Mt Lemmon Survey observatory, northeast of Tucson in Arizona, on March 7.  Today it came within four lunar distances (LDs) of the planet, or 0.0112047 AU - just over one million miles away.

The moon orbits at a distance of 0.00257 AU, around 238,000 miles.   It will pass by again on Monday, but will only come within 55 LDs.


2017 EG3 

2017 EG3 was first observed by the Mt Lemmon Survey observatory, northeast of Tucson in Arizona, on March 7.

It follows a similar orbit to the NEO 1862 Apollo, a stony space rock just under a mile in diameter which was discovered in 1932.

All asteroids which cross Earth's orbit in a similar trajectory are now named after the original Apollo asteroid.

The number of known Apollo asteroids currently stands at over 8,000.

Almost 1,500 of the Apollo asteroids are large enough and may get close enough to Earth to become potentially hazardous asteroids.


Luckily the plucky 2017 EG3 rock is just 23 metres across, and so wouldn't pose much of a threat if it did veer off course towards the planet.  2017 EG3 follows a similar orbit to the NEO 1862 Apollo, a stony space rock just under a mile in diameter which was discovered in 1932. Its orbit takes it on a two year journey around the sun, passing within 250 million miles of Jupiter along the way. 

All asteroids which cross Earth's orbit in a similar trajectory are now named after the original Apollo asteroid.  The number of known Apollo asteroids currently stands at over 8,000, by far the largest group of NEOs, with more being discovered all the time.Almost 1,500 of the Apollo asteroids are large enough and may get close enough to Earth to potentially become PHAs.

None of the PHAs we currently know about are on a collision course for the planet, but some scientists are concerned that this could one day change.

Calls for monitoring expat money transfers

MP Khalil Al-Saleh called on authorities to impose tighter monitoring on huge money transfers by expatriates. According to him, the money transfer by expatriates reaches KD 21.2 billion between 2010 and 2014.  MP asked the Finance Ministry whether they had any plans to impose taxes or charges on the money transfer by expatriates. Recently, several MPs have called for taxing expatriates’ money transfers in a bid to check the outflow of money from Kuwait. Last week, MP Safa Al-Hashem proposed a five percent tax /on expatriate money transfers.

MP also said that the size of money transfers made by expatriates every year must be monitored by authorities especially with the regards to prove they are proportional to their income.


Summer Uniform For Kuwait Police From Sunday

All uniformed police personnel in Kuwait will wear (brown) summer uniforms from Sunday, March 19, 2017.



Woman’s headphone batteries exploded on flight to Australia, causing burns

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A woman flying to Melbourne from Beijing in February fell asleep while wearing noise-canceling headphones, only to awake to the sounds of a nearby explosion. The battery in her headphones had burst into flame, according to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation into the incident released Tuesday.Photos depicted the unidentified woman with soot on her face, her cheek and neck singed.

“As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face,” she said, according to a statement posted to the ATSB website Tuesday. “I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck.” The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the incident occurred Feb. 19. A representative for ATSB declined to tell the Australian newspaper what brand of battery caused the explosion.

The woman quickly responded to the malfunctioning device. “I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor,” she said. “They were sparking and had small amounts of fire.” She continued: “As I went to stamp my foot on them the flight attendants were already there with a bucket of water to pour on them. They put them into the bucket at the rear of the plane.”

The melted headphone cover and battery had to be scraped off the aircraft floor, according to the ATSB. The scent of torched hair and electronics lingered on the plane, disrupting the flight.“People were coughing and choking the entire way home,” the woman said.This was not the only incident to involve potentially dangerous batteries and airplanes. Hoverboards and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have been subject to recent airline bans over concerns about exploding batteries.


Watch out : Night, Twilight, and Daylight Times in Kuwait Today

Day, night, and twilight times in Kuwait City today. Black is nighttime, light blue is daytime. The darker blue shadings represent the twilight phases during dawn (left) and dusk (right) ..

Twilight, Dawn, and Dusk

Twilight is the time between day and night when there is light outside, but the Sun is below the horizon.


Strike in kuwait ..in mubarakiya ..rent increased from 600 kd to 1500 kd

Kuwait: Shops in Mubarakiya market carried out a general strike in protest against the lifting of the value of rents.Strike in kuwait ..in mubarakiya ..rent increased from 600 kd to 1500 kd














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The sensational Canacona rape and murder case of a 25-year-old foreigner tourist Danielle McLaughlin which came to light on Tuesday morning with the arrest of the suspect Vikat Bhagat has been cracked by Goa Police within just 24 hours time. According to the sources, the suspect, (now accused) has confessed to the crime in the police interrogation. The accused told the police that he killed the victim after raping to silence her and later he disfigured her face with the broken beer bottle to conceal her identity.

This is perhaps one of the most sensational and brutal murder cases that have taken place in the state of Goa. The body of the victim Danielle McLaughlin an Irish national having the British Visa was found near famous Devbag Beach in Canacona situated in South Goa. When the farmer first saw the body (who informed the police) it was fully naked and lying in the pool of blood. The face of the victim was also been disfigured by the accused with the help of broken beer bottle, said the sources.

The 25-year-old Danielle McLaughlin lived in Liverpool before she came down to India for a short vacation. before going to south Goa at Palolem beach she was staying with her friends at Arambol in North Goa and the reason behind her traveling to Canacona was the celebration of Holi festival at Palolem beach, said the sources.


Ms. Andrea Brannigan the mother of a victim Danielle McLaughlin told the Daily Mail that her daughter would be ‘sadly missed’ as 200 mourners attended a vigil in her honor on Wednesday. According to the sources, the Victim Ms. McLaughlin had arrived in Goa on February 23 and she was staying in the North Goa at Arambol Beach before coming down to Canacona on the 13th March to celebrate the Holi at Palolem beach. On Monday she celebrated the Holi festival at nearby Palolem beach, popular with Western tourists and the next morning her body was found lying in the pool of blood near Devbag beach around 4 km from Palolem beach. 

Her body was found lying in the field near Devbag beach in fully naked condition and looking at that it could be made out that she was brutally murdered with extensive injuries on her face and head, said the sources. Goa police under the supervision of Deputy Superintendent of Police Samy Tavares took the accused Vikat Bhagat in the custody after getting the lead of him from the reliable sources. Police have also checked the CCTV footages of the shacks near Palolem beach to confirm the connection of accused with the victim. According to the police sources, the victim was seen with accused at several places in Canacona and she was last seen with accused Bhagat at 9.30 pm when they together went out of the shack in Canacona and next day her body was found


After the arrest and following the police interrogation the accused confessed to his crime and told the police that he killed the victim after sexually abusing her to silence her. Based on the output given by the Superintendent of Police Uttam Raut Dessai, from Sanguem Police Station, “We received information from our sources that there was a boy named Vikas Bhagat, 23, a rowdy and a boy known to police in Goa was spotted with her in the afternoon and evening. He was then brought in and interrogated. He has today confessed to sexually assaulting the victim and killing her with a beer bottle.”

The police further said that, although Vikat has confessed to the crime but he is now trying to involve the others into it. “We do not believe that there is an involvement of any more people in this crime,” said SP Raut Desai adding that, “We are investigating the matter from all the angles and will make sure that nothing will escape.” According to Mr. Raut Desai, “The accused removed the clothes of the victim so nobody can recognize her and in order to hide her identity accused tried to disfigure her face with the help of broken beer bottle,” he said. 

At the vigil on Wednesday night, 200 local and foreign nationals gathered with flowers to pay tribute to Ms McLaughlin in Goa (SOURCE)

Meanwhile, the police waiting for the permissions from the British Embassy to go ahead with the post mortem of the deceased. According to the Canacona police, the accused is a history-sheeter and he was convicted in the case of theft in the year 2014. “The accused Bhagat was arrested in March 2014 for targeting foreigners in a string of burglaries in the area. One British holidaymaker revealed a thief had sneaked into their holiday villa through a balcony and taken a laptop, two mobile phones and a portable hard drive worth around £1,620,” said the police sources.

25-year-old Danielle McLaughlin was found naked in a pool of blood in a field yesterday morning (SOURCE)

Once the post-mortem is done more details will get surfaced in this case. Although Victim has confessed the crime but he is also trying to involve more people, the post-mortem report will help in establishing if the victim was sexually abused by more than one person. People say that Goa is not safe for the tourists but it is not true. It os not the duty of police alone to ensure the safety of the tourists in Goa but the travelers themselves have to make sure that they are getting into the right company and not going out alone in the night with the friends they do not know properly. The safety measures must be taken by the person itself since the police always come in the picture after the crime is committed.   

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