☛ Cassini burns up in skies over Saturn, ends 20-year mission
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn early on September 15 in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years.
☛ IED behind London tube attack, says Scotland Yard
A reported explosion at a train station sent commuters stampeding in panic, injuring several people on September 15, at the height of London’s morning rush hour, and police said they were investigating it as a terrorist attack. Emergency services said they were responding to an “incident” in which people were injured at Parsons Green Underground station in west London.
☛ CBI should question me, not harass my son: P. Chidambaram
Former finance minister P. Chidambaran today said the CBI should be questioning him instead of harassing his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case and accused the probe agency of spreading misinformation.
☛ Knife-wielding man attacks soldier in Paris subway, terrorism probe opened
France opened a counter-terrorism inquiry after a man wielding a knife attacked a soldier in a Paris subway station on September 15, the latest incident targeting troops protecting the capital’s transport hubs and tourist sites. The Paris incident occurred hours before several people were hurt at a London underground station.
☛ Bangladesh fishermen rescue Rohingya, for a price
For tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, an informal fleet of small wooden fishing boats has meant deliverance from what they say is an indiscriminate assault on their villages by the Myanmar Army. Deliverance, however, comes at a price. Some refugees told Reuters they paid as much as 10,000 taka (about ₹7,800) per adult to boatmen to make the five-hour crossing from Myanmar’s coast to ports in southern Bangladesh.
☛ Assam forms ‘State Capital Region’ around Guwahati
In line with the National Capital Region, Assam will have a ‘State Capital Region’ encompassing Guwahati and its peripheral areas with the passing of a bill in the State Assembly on Friday.
☛ Pakistan Supreme Court dismisses Sharif’s review plea
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday dismissed the review petition filed by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif against his disqualification. A five-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa rejected the arguments of the lawyers for Mr. Sharif and his children — Hussain, Hassan and Maryam Nawaz — that the earlier judgment of July 28 by the apex court was based on grounds that were not raised by the petitioners.
☛ ‘Simran’ review: Kangana delivers, film doesn’t
Simran has something Bunty Aur Babli about it. See it just as a heist film and it doesn’t work quite as well — bank robberies that leave you incredulous what with American bankers and cops coming across as astonishingly clueless and thick, giving their own president a good run for his money. What makes it worse is a ham of a foreign cast — be it the bar tender at a Las Vegas casino or the villainous money lender.
☛ Need for speed: Lowdown on India’s bullet train project
India’s first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai was formally launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, on Thursday. Here’s all you need to know.