Not heeding to sanctions and warnings, North Korea fired another ballistic missile on Monday morning which landed in the ocean, US military reported. The short-range ballistic missile launch triggered immediate protests from South Korea and Japan.
The most recent test-firing by North Korea comes as it seeks to develop nuclear weapons that can reach US military bases, CNN reported.
The missile was fired from an area near Wonsan, Kangwon province, towards the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The missile was "assumed" to be one of the Scud series, the statement said.
"It flew about 450 km," the statement said.
"South Korea and the US are currently closely analyzing for additional information. Our military is closely monitoring North Korean military and maintaining readiness posture."
US officials said it flew for about six minutes.
Japan said the missile landed within its Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of water extended 200 nautical miles from the Japanese coast.
"This launch is extremely problematic act for the safety of airplanes and ships and is clearly violating the UN resolution. The repeated provocative acts by North Korea is absolutely not acceptable," Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a statement.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a "firm protest" was lodged with North Korea.
"In order to deter North Korea, we will take concrete action together with the US," he said. "We will maintain high vigilance in coordination with South Korea and the international community and take all possible measures to secure the safety of the people of Japan."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered a national security council meeting for 7:30 a.m. Monday, the South Korean statement said.
Monday's missile launch was North Korea's third in just over three weeks.
On May 14, North Korea fired what analysts called its most successful test ever in its quest to develop ballistic...
Once again the residents of Bengaluru living close to the Varthur lake woke up to 'chemical snowfall' as heavy rains resulted in the lake foaming over. The toxic foam, along with its dreaded stench spread over on to the roads and due to strong winds went flying across the area and even reached nearby mall and hospital.
The froth disrupted traffic and created difficulty for nearby residents and commuters alike.
As the monsoon is fast approaching, the residents in the area have demanded that the government take action to prevent the lake from foaming. Mesh wires applied around the lake proved ineffective to the toxic foam.
The foam is a result of industrial pollution and dumping of debris and solid waste into Bengaluru lakes which when combined with fresh rainfall turns the water into toxic foam and froth.
Watch the froth below:
#WATCH Karnataka: Varthur lake in Bengaluru spills toxic foam pic.twitter.com/WC5QcFrHq7
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 29, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for a 6 day 4 nation tour of Europe on Monday, which will take him to Germany, Spain, Russia and France.
"A week of vigorous diplomacy as PM departs," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.
PM Modi will meet the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday as a part of the fourth biannual Inter-Governmental Consultations after which a number of agreements across different sectors are expected to be signed.
In Germany, PM Modi is also expected to address the Indo-German Business Forum that will see the participation of top German CEOs.
On May 30, PM Modi will leave for Spain in what will be the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the nation in nearly 30 years since the visit made by former PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1988.
During PM Modi's trip to Spain, he will hold a bilateral summit with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy in Madrid on May 31 and also visit King Felipe VI.
Next on the itinerary is Russia, where he will hold the 18th annual India-Russia bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on June 1 and also attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum business event, the next day.
Finally, PM Modi will reach Paris on June 2 evening and hold a bilateral summit with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron the following day before returning to India....
Mobile messaging service WhatsApp helps teenagers communicate better and to openly express themselves with their peers than in their classrooms, a study has claimed.The findings showed that WhatsApp groups allow teenagers to express themselves in ways that they cannot at school, helping them develop closer and more open relationships with their classmates. "The group chats are based on trust among the members of the group, and this enhances the possibility to be in contact," Arie Kizel from University of Haifa in Israel, was quoted as saying to nocamels.com -- an Israeli Innovation news website on Sunday."The discussions on Whatsapp enable the development of a social environment that is warm and human," Kizel added.In order to examine the way teenagers experience this virtual space, the team included two groups of eight youths aged 16-17 and two groups of eight youths aged 14 to 15.The teengers perceived the WhatsApp group as a space that breaks down the hierarchical division created at school. One student described WhatsApp as "a place where there is respect for language and where all those involved share common terms and signs.""On WhatsApp, I usually feel that I am not being judged, particularly because there isn't any eye contact or physical contact, only words and signs. So I feel more intimacy and security," explained another participant.The school domain often divides the class into fixed groups and friendships, created on the basis of socioeconomic status, common activities or study tracks, and so forth. However, the WhatsApp groups break down these divisions and make the class a single, homogeneous group."In the WhatsApp group, everyone can talk to everyone else. WhatsApp breaks down the walls we put up between us in class. The WhatsApp group is like a class team-building day," one participant commented. ...
Actor Hrithik Roshan says he would like to produce a Marathi film if the story excites him.The actor launched the trailer of designer-director Vikram Phadnis's Marathi film "Hrudayantar" here on Sunday. Talking about working in Marathi films, Hrithik said: "The impact of this film has been so amazing. I think it is going to be difficult for other Marathi filmmakers to impress me as much as Vikram has with this film.""I would like to produce Marathi films as well, if the story excites me more than anything else," added Hrithik, who did a cameo in the Vikram Phadnis directorial.This is Hrithik's first film in the language."'Hrudayantar', for me is more than just a movie. It is hope, aspiration, dreams, heartbreak, courage, strength, happiness, sorrow and love... basically, a mix of every emotion that can be felt by human beings," he said.Talking about his role in the movie, he said: "I am playing a small part in a very big film. I wish there were dialogues for me in the scene for which I could learn and rehearse.""But the part which I have done... is so beautiful and well expressed without a single word that there was no need for any dialogue. So unfortunately, I didn't get any chance to brush up my Marathi.""Hrudayantar", which features popular Marathi actors like Subodh Bhave, Mukta Barve and Sonali Khare, is set to hit the screens on June 9.Moving on to Hindi films, Hrithik confirmed that no female lead has been finalised for "Krrish 4" till now. "We are still working on the scripting stage for 'Krrish 4', and we haven't reached a stage about finalizing the female lead," he said....
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary on Monday said a bilateral series with Pakistan is possible if the government gives the go-ahead."We are not averse to a bilateral series with Pakistan. But everything depends on whether the government gives the clearance," Chaudhary told a news channel."The series will not be possible without approval from the government," he added.The two arch-rivals last participated in a bilateral series in December 2012 when Pakistan visited India for a limited overs series that included three One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals....
[caption id="attachment_138791" align="aligncenter" width="700"] December 1 is marked as World AIDS Day. A day which unite people in the fight against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).[/caption]
December 1 is marked as World AIDS Day. A day which unite people in the fight against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The day was first recognised in 1984, with the aim to show their support for people living with HIV.
Despite advanced medicines, HIV still is one of the world's most significant public health challenges, chiefly in low and middle income countries. According to report published in July 2015 on World Health Organisation website, at the end of 2014, 14.9 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) worldwide; this represents 40% [37–45%] of the 36.9 million [34.3–41.4 million] people living with HIV.
Here're a few facts about AIDS published at the World Health Organisation's website:
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infects cells of the immune system: Infection results in the progressive deterioration of the immune system, breaking down the body's ability to fend off some infections and other diseases. AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome) refers to the most advanced stages of HIV infection, defined by the occurrence of any of more than 20 opportunistic infections or related cancers.
HIV can be transmitted in several ways: It can be transmitted in various ways like unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal or anal) or oral sex with an infected person; transfusions of contaminated blood; the sharing of contaminated needles, syringes or other sharp instruments; or the transmission between a mother and her baby during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
Several ways to prevent HIV transmission: Key ways to prevent HIV transmission includes safe sexual behaviours i.e. using condoms; get tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; avoid injecting drugs, or if you do, always use new and disposable needles and syringes; ensure that any blood or blood products that you might need are tested for HIV.
Around 36.9 million people are living with HIV worldwide: Globally, an estimated 36.9 million [34.3–41.4 million] people were living with HIV in 2014, and 2.6 million [2.4–2.8 million] of these were children. The vast majority of people living with HIV are in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 2.0 million [1.9–2.2 million] people were newly infected with the virus in 2014. An estimated 34 million people have died from AIDS-related causes so far, including 1.2 million [1.0–1.5 million] in 2014.
Combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents the HIV virus from multiplying in the body: If the reproduction of the HIV virus stops, then the body's immune cells are able to live longer and provide the body with protection from infections. If the HIV positive partner in a couple is on ART, the likelihood of sexual transmission to the HIV-negative partner decreases dramatically by 96%.
As of early 2015, 15 million people were receiving ART worldwide: Of these, close to 13.5 million live in low- and middle-income countries. WHO recommends initiating ART when their CD4 cell counts falls to 500 cells/mm³ or less. ART regardless of CD4 count is recommended for all people living with HIV in serodiscordant couples, pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV, people with TB and HIV, and people co-infected with HIV and hepatitis B infection with severe chronic liver disease.
HIV testing can help to ensure treatment for people in need: Access to HIV testing and medicines should be dramatically accelerated in order to reach the goal of Ending AIDS by 2030. Approximately 150 million children and adults in 129 low- and middle-income countries reportedly received HIV testing services in 2014. However, HIV testing reach is still very limited, as only an estimated 51% of people with HIV know their infection status.
An estimated 2.6 million children are living with HIV: According to 2014 figures most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Close to 220 000 children [190 000–260 000] became newly infected with HIV in 2014.
Elimination of mother-to-child-transmission is becoming a reality: Access to preventive interventions remains limited in many low- and middle-income countries. But progress has been made in some areas such as prevention of mother-to-child transmission and keeping mothers alive. In 2014, a little over 7 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV – 1 070 000 women – received antiretrovirals worldwide. In 2015, Cuba was the first country declared by WHO as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.
HIV is the strongest risk factor for developing active TB disease: In 2013, approximately 360 000 deaths from tuberculosis occurred among people living with HIV. That is one fourth of the estimated 1.5 million deaths from HIV in that year. The majority of people living with both HIV and TB reside in sub-Saharan Africa (about 78% of cases worldwide).