The Dornier aircraft owned by private Agni Air crashed while landing at a mountain airstrip in northwest Nepal, killing 15 people including 13 Indians. The plane was carrying 18 passengers and a crew of three on a flight from the resort town of Pokhara to Jomsom. Initial reports suggested lack of patience by the pilot as a cause for the crash but it still remains unclear.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Sanjay Joshi had been at loggerheads since the recent decision by Nitin Gadkari to induct Joshi into the executive. Modi had gone as far as to threaten to boycott the meeting if Joshi was present. One of the popular theories floating around is that Modi felt threatened by Joshi's inclusion because if he was allowed to be reinstated in the party, he could pose as a major hurdles to Modi's national ambitions.
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YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has made a stunning rise in politics, was arrested by the CBI in an illegal assets case, that can well be a turning point in Andhra Pradesh which is soon to witness bypolls to 18 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seats. The CBI has alleged that most of the funds that have come into Reddy's accounts have been routed through a quid pro quo arrangement with industrialists and at least 22 firms were floated to be briefcase companies.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Myanmar's Nay Pyi Taw during which the two countries are expected to take a series of initiatives to bolster bilateral relations in several key areas, including energy, trade and connectivity sector. The PM, who held talks with Myanmar President Thein Sein, said that during his visit to Myanmar, he hoped to focus on "stronger trade and investment links, development of border areas, improving connectivity between the two countries and building capacity and human resources."
A gunman opened fire in the early hours of May 26 from a rooftop of a house in the southern Finnish town of Hyvinkaa, killing two people and injuring seven others. The gunman named Eero Hiltunen was aiming at two pubs in front of which many young people had gathered. He was arrested several hours later without resistance.
Key UPA allies and opposition alike have slammed the Centre over on the hike of Rs7.50 in petrol prices. Poltical parties have mounted pressure on the government to roll back the hike with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee taking to the street to protest against this hike. Major central trade unions, including Congress-backed INTUC too protested against the hike.
A highly sophisticated computer virus, Flame, is infecting computers in Iran and other Middle East countries and may have been deployed at least five years ago to engage in state-sponsored cyber espionage. Evidence suggest that the virus may have been built on behalf of the same nation or nations that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran's nuclear program in 2010, according to Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cyber security software maker that took credit for discovering the infections.
Twenty-seven members of a wedding party were killed and at least 29 were injured early on May 28 in the worst-ever accident on the 11-year-old Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The wedding guests were travelling from Ghatkopar to Yerwada in Pune district when, around midnight, one of the mini buses in their cavalcade developed a flat tyre. Around 1am, police said, a speeding truck came and rammed from behind the minibus parked in the rear. Such was the impact that the bus rolled and crashed into the mini bus parked in front. All those standing between the two vehicles were crushed.
Sakhr al-Taifi, a senior al-Qaeda leader and another member of the terrorist network were killed in a security operation by Afghan and coalition forces. The Saudi al-Qaeda leader, and the other al-Qaeda member, who was not identified, were killed on May 27 in the eastern Kunar province. Al-Taifi, also known as Musthaq and Nasim, was al-Qaeda's second-highest leader in Afghanistan, responsible for commanding foreign insurgents and directing attacks against coalition and Afghan forces.
As the world condemns the Syrian regime for the massacre in Houla, one of the worst attacks in the 15-month uprising. The death toll is at 108 people, including 49 children and 34 women, according to UN observers. The identity of those responsible for the slaughter remains uncertain. Just before sunset, the gunmen arrived at homes on the outskirts of Houla and the violence lasted until the early hours of the morning. UN observers report that many were shot at point-blank range or stabbed.