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Day: February 21, 2017

Discord in Angela Merkel’s government after environment ministry bans meat at official functions
ENGLISH, Europe, Featured

Discord in Angela Merkel’s government after environment ministry bans meat at official functions

    Angela Merkel A row has broken out in Angela Merkel’s government after the environment minister banned meat at official functions. Barbara Hendricks claims eating meat is damaging to the environment and has ordered only vegetarian food to be served. A rival minister has accused her of nanny-statism and trying to force vegetarianism on people by the back door. With elections only months away and Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) lagging behind their junior coalition partner in the polls, it was only a matter of time before tempers started to fray. But no one expected the first falling-out to be over vegetarian vol-au-vents. Ms Hendricks is a member of the Social Democrats (SPD), who have surged ahead of Mrs Merkel’s CDU in the polls under their new leader, Martin Schul...
How does Pakistan observe International Mother Language Day
Asia, ENGLISH

How does Pakistan observe International Mother Language Day

    Proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in November 1999, 21 February has been observed as International Mother Language Day every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. On 21 February 1952, students demonstrating for recognition of Bangla vehemently refuting the rulling then West Pakistan authorities’ decision as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan were gunned down by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh and the then East Pakistan. So, does the then ruling West Pakistan, now Pakistan, observe the International Mother Language Day? How does it observe the day? Quoting Karachi-based journalist Monir Ahmed, BBC...
Dramatic moment German fighter jets intercept London
ENGLISH, London

Dramatic moment German fighter jets intercept London

    This is the dramatic moment two German fighter jets intercepted a London-bound passenger plane after air traffic control failed to make contact with its pilot. The Eurofighter Typhoons were scrambled after the Jet Airways Boeing 777 aircraft lost contact with local air traffic control for a few minutes as it was crossing over Cologne. Video footage apparently taken from a British Airways plane travelling behind showed two fighter jets flying alongside a passenger plane above the clouds. The London-bound flight had 330 passengers and 15 crew on board and was flying from Mumbai to Heathrow. Officials said contact with the passenger plane was restored by the time the fighter jets were airborne and that they were deployed to ensure the safety of the flight and its guests. It m...
West Bengal observes International Mother Language Day
Asia, ENGLISH

West Bengal observes International Mother Language Day

    The Indian state of West Bengal on Tuesday observed International Mother Language Day paying homage to those who laid down their lives for the cause of the Bengali language in Bangladesh in 1952. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter in Bengali, stressing the importance of each and every language. ‘Every language is equal. The mother tongue should be the medium to express one’s views. My respect to the martyrs,’ she said. In her homage, Banerjee highlighted the song ‘Ekusher Gaan’ which is popularly known for its opening line ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Ranga Ekushey February, Aami Ki Bhulite Pari’ (How can I forget February 21, it is soaked in the blood of my brethren), that was composed in memory of the martyrs of the language movement. The day began with ‘prabhat pheri...
Five die as plane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre
Australia, ENGLISH

Five die as plane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre

    Five people have been killed after a small plane crashed into a shopping centre near an airport north of Melbourne, Australia. The Beechcraft plane exploded on impact just before 9am local time, an hour before the Direct Factory Outlet shopping mall was due to open. Those killed reportedly include four US citizens. Assistant police commissioner Stephen Leane said: There were five people on the aeroplane and it looks like nobody's survived the crash. A plane carrying five people has crashed into a shopping centre in northern Melbourne A taxi driver told ABC radio there was a "massive fireball" after the impact. He said: I could feel the heat through the window of the taxi, and then a wheel - it looked like a plane wheel bounced on the road and hit the front of the taxi as w...