Maoists vandalise monarch's statue
Maoist cadres on Tuesday vandalised the statue of late monarch Mahendra, father of King Gyanendra, in Nepal's capital and installed their party flag on it.
Chanting anti-King and pro-republican slogans, the cadres of Maoists' student wing All Nepal National Free Students Union-Revolutionary attacked the statue with iron rods and stones before placing on top of it their red flag, witnesses said.
Police at the scene did not intervene, they said.
Maoists had on Sunday collected one million signatures in favour of making Nepal a republican state and handed it over to Speaker Subhash Nemwang.
The Maoist lawmakers also registered a motion of public interest to declare Nepal a republic through Parliament.
The Chinese satellite and intercontinental ballistic missile tracker strategic support ship Yuan Wang 5 under the guise of Marine Scientific Research Vessel was allowed by the Sri Lankan government to dock at Hambantota Port, leased to Beijing for 99 years, at 4.00 am this morning. This ship will be at the Chinese port till August 21.
At least 20 people were burnt alive in a collision between a passenger bus and an oil tanker in Pakistan's Punjab province on Tuesday, rescue officials said, the second major road accident in the province in three days. The accident occurred on a motorway in Multan, some 350 kms from Lahore, reportedly because of overspeeding, police said. Traffic remained suspended on the motorway for several hours after the accident.
There was widespread celebration of India's Independence Day in Canada on Monday as the iconic Niagara Falls was illuminated in the hues of the tricolour and Indigenous representatives joined festivities in British Columbia. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau joined “to celebrate this milestone anniversary”, 75 years after India gained Independence. The Niagara Falls was illuminated late on Monday night to mark the celebrations.
A Chinese research vessel - widely tagged as a spy ship - reached Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port on Tuesday morning, reports said, amid concerns in India. Yuan Wang-5 is used by China's People's Liberation Army to track satellites and ballistic missiles. The ship is said to have some 2,000 sailors aboard. The Hambantota Port has been taken by China on a debt swap by China on a 99-year-lease.
Details and reactions are unraveling everyday after the attack on author Salman Rushdie last week in New York, United States, left the world in shock and horror. Rusdhie, 75, suffered grave stab wounds after he was attacked at a literary event in New York on Friday. Indian-American Padma Lakshmi, TV host and model, Padma Lakshmi, was married to Rushdie between 2004 and 2007. Laksmi is also the host of popular show 'Top Chef'.