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Operation Entebbe (1976) Operation Entebbe (military codename Operation Thunderbolt) is often hailed as one of the most daring rescue missions in history. On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 left Tel Aviv in Israel and after a stop over at Athens in Greece departed for Paris, the French capital. There were 248 passengers and 12 crew members on board when the plane was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of [...]

From being mankind’s best ally, fire has also been a great destructive force. Here is a list of 10 American cities that have faced major fire accidents but were rebuilt into stronger more prosperous centers. New York City, New York Dates: September 21, 1776; December 16, 1835 On September 21, 1776, just about nine days after the British forces occupied the city of New York, fire broke out in the Fighting Cocks Tavern (West End of [...]

February 28, 2016

2016 has started on a bad note with the Tara Air plane crash in Nepal, one that has claimed the lives of all the 23 passengers on board. This includes a couple of infants as well. It happened on the morning of February 24 in the northern part of Nepal, which is well known for its mountains. Incidentally, it was only going to be a 19-minute flight. Bishwa Raj Khadka, the deputy police superintendent of [...]

Zika virus is the main reason for an ailment named birth defect microcephaly. This is a condition that causes babies to be born with exceptionally-small heads and also leads to brain damage. As the WHO states this disease is spreading at an exponential rate in the Americas, especially in South and Central America. WHO has already issued a warning stating that it expects around four million people could be afflicted by the disease in days [...]

Americans can now heave a sign of relief as the massive snowstorm (Winter Storm Jonas) that struck the nation over the weekend is now over. The past two days have been tough for Americans as the storm, which struck many parts of the Eastern Coast of the United States, led to 29 deaths, shutting down of schools and offices, disruption of air services, power outages and Americans being holed up in their homes. It has [...]

The majestic French Alps is a sight to behold, one that a traveler will cherish for a lifetime. Towering massifs with snow-capped peaks, crystal clear rivers, glossy lakes and undulating passes cast a spell on the traveler tempting him to come back again and again. But the French Alps is not always as rosy and heavenly as it seems. There’s something unforgiving about the Alps. People get seriously injured on the French Alps if they [...]

The world awaits the final text release that will spell out what exactly negotiators at Paris, representing over 192 countries, have agreed upon on how they plan to tackle the problem of climate change going forward. The agenda of the Summit (30 November – 11 December 2015) To bridge the perception gap between developed and developing nations on what is a mutually acceptable goal and to agree upon the process mechanisms for achieving those. To [...]

ISIS as a militant organization came into existence in the power vacuum in Iraq once the US began its withdrawal. What started off as a fight for power in Iraq has now spread as a wider movement with an ambitious plan to establish a Caliphate in a wide region that covers several countries of the Middle East. The complex web of relationships and shifting alliances in conflict areas of Iraq and Syria is being further [...]

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) has emerged as a serious global concern with direct impact on human health and environment. The definition of municipal solid waste differs as countries classify according to their own interpretation. As per World Bank, it includes all non-hazardous waste generated from residences, commercial businesses and institutions, along with non-hazardous industrial waste, agricultural waste produce, and sludge produced from sewage. Type of wastes Domestic waste generated from households include food waste, fabric, [...]

Map of Major Train Accidents Bihar Rail Disaster Date – June 6, 1981 Country – India Casualties – 250 to 350 There are times when accidents turn into disasters due to inimical weather conditions. The Bihar train disaster is a perfect example. On June 6, 1981, a loaded passenger train headed to Saharsa from Mansi derailed while attempting to cross a bridge in the state of Bihar in India. A stray cow had wandered on [...]

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