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Delhi Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam attacked


Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari was attacked yesterday while he was offering evening prayers at Jama Masjid in Delhi. The Imam escaped unhurt. Police has identified the attacker as 32 year old Kamaluddin, a resident of 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, who allegedly tried to set the Imam on fire with kerosene.Talking to reporters, Special Commissioner for law and order, Deepak Mishra said that the attacker has been arrested and investigation is going on to ascertain why he attacked Bukhari.The accused has been booked under IPC Section 307, attempt to murder.

Imam’s younger brother, Tariq Bhukari said, the man had jumped about eight queues of devotees when they were kneeling during prayers and poured kerosene on Bukhari.

24 European banks fail ECB’s financial stress test


The European Banking Authority (EBA) has announced that 24 European banks have failed stress tests of their finances. No UK banks are included. Ten of them have taken measures to bolster their balance sheets in the meantime. All the remaining 14 banks are in the eurozone.

The list of 14 includes four Italian banks, two Greek banks, two Belgian banks and two Slovenian banks. The worst affected was Italian bank Monte dei Paschi, which had a capital shortfall of 2.1 billion euros. The banks, now, have nine months to shore up their finances or risk being shut down.

The review was based on the banks’ financial health at the end of 2013. The health check was carried out on 123 EU banks by the EBA to determine whether they could withstand another financial crisis.

President Petro Poroshenko’s coalition set to win



Parliamentary elections in  Ukraine, its exit polls suggest that President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc looks set to win the Parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front party is close second.

About 3 million people in Donetsk and Luhansk, two eastern regions ravaged by conflict, did not vote in the polls yesterday. Another 1.8 million people in Crimea, annexed by Russia in March, also did not take part.

Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk plan to hold their own polls next month. Preliminary official results are expected today.

Poroshenko has thanked voters for supporting what he described as a call for a reformist, pro-European majority.

Dilma Rousseff re-elected as Brazil President



Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected as the President of Brazil. She secured 51.45 per cent votes in yesterday’s closely fought elections.

Her rival, Aecio Neves bagged 48.55 per cent of the votes. Ms Rousseff, in power since 2010, is popular among the poor in Brazil because of her government’s welfare polices.

Both candidates made economic growth and lifting Brazilians out of poverty central to their election campaigns.

Bilawal Bhutto attacked during ‘Million March’ in London


A protest march by a UK-based pro-Pakistan group on the Kashmir issue in the heart of London today fizzled out as barely a few hundred protesters gathered to wave placards and flags.

The so-called ‘Million March’ from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street descended into chaos as Pakistan Peoples Party(PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stepped on to the makeshift stage to speak.

The crowd began booing and throwing empty plastic bottles and refused to let him speak. A group of angry protesters who had traveled from Derby in the East Midlands region of England said,this march was to be about Kashmir and for the welfare of Kashmiris.

Bilawal has no business being here.
The march was led by Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry,referred to as a former prime minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and was supported by Mirpuri-origin British parliamentarian Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham.

A counter-protest held by a rival group yesterday ended with memorandums submitted for the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan at their high commissions in London. The memorandums urged both India and Pakistan to “respect the fundamental human rights of all citizens of Jammu and Kashmir”.

Cyclone Nilofar developing in Arabian Sea


Coastal districts of Gujarat would receive isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall from Thursday as Cyclone Nilofar would intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours.

The MeT department said that the storm, over west central and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea, has moved slightly northwards and lays centred about 1,165 kms southwest of Naliya in Gujarat.

It said, winds speed reaching 45 to 55 kms per hour gusting to 65 kms per hour would commence along and off Gujarat coast from Thursday.

The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea as the Gujarat coast will be very rough.

Indonesia AirAsia Extra (IAX) ready to take off with direct flight from Melbourne to Bali










The first long-haul low-cost carrier in Indonesia offering all-in-fares from as low as AUD99* / IDR1,808,000* one way




MELBOURNE, 27 October 2014– Indonesia AirAsia Extra (IAX), the affiliate of AirAsia X Berhad (AirAsia X) announced the first route from Melbourne to its hub in Bali, Indonesia, after been awarded with the air operator’s certificate earlier last month. The first long-haul low-cost carrier in Indonesia plan to commence its 5-times weekly flight on 26thDecember 2014.

The maiden route announcement was made by Indonesia AirAsia Extra CEO, Soeratman Doerachman in Jakarta, Indonesia and representing the shareholders, Azran Osman-Rani in Melbourne, Australia today. Indonesia AirAsia Extra is the second off-shore hub, following the successful set-up of Thai AirAsia X Co. Ltd, and is in line with AirAsia X’s strategy of offering a comprehensive network with seamless connectivity.

In conjunction of this official route launch, Indonesia AirAsia Extra is offering a mind-blowing deal for flights from Melbourne to Bali with all-in-fare from as low as AUD99* / IDR1,808,000* one way on economy seats.  Business Class seats are also available on promo from as low as AUD499 / IDR4,808,000. Guests may grab these exciting deals from 28th October till 2nd November 2014 for the travel period between 26th Dec 2014 and 24th October 2015 as planned.

Soeratman Doerachman said, “We are thrilled to be the first long-haul low-cost airline in Indonesia and enthusiastic with the launch of our first route. Now Indonesians can enjoy the beautiful capital and populous city in the state of Victoria; and experience what Melbourne has to offer with our low fares. We are also happy to provide more options for Australians to discover the beauty of Asia by a hassle-free connection from Bali to various destinations within the AirAsia Group.”


Azran Osman-Rani said, “We are super excited with the official launch of Indonesia AirAsia Extra today. Our strategy of focusing and dominating our core markets in North Asia and Australia moves to a higher level with our regional expansion in Thailand previously and now Indonesia. Our investment

in neighbouring hubs where established short haul feeder networks are in place, allows us to triple our size without even adding a new market”.  


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