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Relatives of victims of the 2008 Mumbai attack victims on Wednesday welcomed the execution of the lone surviving attacker, Ajmal Kasab, saying justice has been finally delivered. In Varanasi, Sunita Yadav, wife of victim Upendra Yadav, expressed her gratitude to the authorities for carrying out the execution.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Latest Space Shuttle News: Crew to Complete Transfers from Leonardo

At 12:21 a.m. EDT Mission Control awakened the STS-131 crew with the song "The Earth in the Color of Lapis Lazuli" by Seiko Matsuda for Naoko Yamazaki, who served as the loadmaster, supervising the unloading and loading activities for this mission.

Space shuttle Discovery's seven-member crew will begin their day by unloading the last transfer items in the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and then closing the hatches between it and the Harmony node in preparation for its return to the shuttle's payload bay.

Space Shuttle Mission: STS-131

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Image above: A portion of the aft section of the docked space shuttle Discovery, Mexico, Baja California, and the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 23 crew member on the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA

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No Fourth Spacewalk Needed; Crews to Finish Unloading Leonardo

Space shuttle Discovery’s seven-member STS-131 crew will begin their day by unloading the last transfer items in the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and then closing the hatches between it and the Harmony node in preparation for its return to the shuttle’s payload bay.

Overnight International Space Station and Space Shuttle mission managers agreed there is no need for a fourth spacewalk to replace the nitrogen tank assembly that has a jammed valve. Station ground teams have determined the station can operate for an extended period of time in the current configuration. The team is continuing to troubleshoot the stuck valve and is looking at options for future replacement of the nitrogen tank assembly should that be necessary.

The stuck valve is in a nitrogen tank assembly needed to pressurize a new ammonia tank installed on the station during this mission’s three spacewalks. It keeps ammonia circulating through radiators that dissipate the heat generated by the station’s electronic systems.

Ground teams were concerned a high beta angle would cause the ammonia in the new tank assembly to expand and exceed the capacity of the radiators without the nitrogen to keep the system circulating. The beta angle – the angle between the sun and the plane of the orbit – is increasing, creating higher temperatures.

At 8:41 a.m. EDT, Mission Specialists Naoko Yamazaki and Stephanie Wilson will use the station’s robotic arm to move Leonardo back into the shuttle’s cargo bay. This is the seventh time Leonardo has carried supplies and equipment to the station. The next time it returns with the STS-133 crew in September it will remain berthed to the station.

World wide daily news: Earthquake in China Over 600 dead “videos”

Exactly two years after an earthquake devastated this province in western China, another quake of similar magnitude tore through its neighbouring region, leaving at least 400 dead and more than 10,000 injured.

A 7.1-magnitude quake struck a remote border area in north-west Qinghai province early on Wednesday morning, bringing down houses, temples, schools and government buildings, and leaving thousands trapped under the debris.

The epicentre of the quake was in Yushu county, in a Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture which borders Sichuan. State media reported that the quake, and a series of aftershocks including one measuring 6.3 in magnitude, left the worst-hit town of Jiegu in a pile of rubble and triggered landslides that had cut off many of the affected regions.

Power supply to much of southern Qinghai had stopped, telecommunications had been disrupted and one reservoir had been feared to have cracked, said reports.

“The streets in Jiegu are thronged with panic, with injured people, with many bleeding from the head,” Zhou Huaxia, a spokesman with the local government, told State-run Xinhua news agency “Many students are buried under the debris due to building collapse at a vocational school. I can see injured people everywhere. The biggest problem now is that we lack tents, we lack medical equipment, medicine and medical workers.”

The epicentre, he said, was in a sparsely populated pasturing area. “I think the quake would not cause casualties as heavy as those in Jiegu,” he added, though officials expected the number of casualties to continue to rise as rescue work continued.

More than 5,000 rescuers, including soldiers and medical workers, had been sent to the affected areas. “Our top priority is to save students,” said Kang Zifu, an army officer in the rescue operations.

Wednesday's quake struck Qinghai just as thousands in neighbouring Sichuan prepared to mark the two-year anniversary of an 8-magnitude quake, which left 70,000 dead and 18,000 missing.

Yushu lies less than a day's drive away from Wenchuan, the town at the epicentre of the May 12 earthquake, that was left in ruins two years ago. Its residents said they did not feel the impact of Wednesday's quake.

They will, ironically, next month celebrate the rebuilding of their shattered lives and homes. “Schools have reopened, and many homes have been rebuilt,” said Cao Zong Han, a farmer in Yammen village, north of Wenchuan, speaking to The Hindu earlier this week. He lost his home and his farming land under a collapsing mountain when the quake struck. “Life is now slowly coming back to normal,” he said.

But just as one county finally struggles to come to terms with the tragedy and loss inflicted by disaster, another, just up the provincial highway, will now have to go through the traumatic process all over again.

Monday, April 12, 2010

In Bollywood style: Sania Mirza married Shoaib Malik "videos"

He hero proposes to his girlfriend but his ex-beau enters the scene when the marriage Is all set to take place. However, the problem is solved miraculously and the wedding takes all of a sudden. If you think this happens only in Bollywood, think again, because Sania Mirza’s marriage with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik was no different.

Sania and Shoaib announced earlier that the nikaah would take place on April 15 but they tied the knot yesterday (April 12) at a private ceremony attended by their close relatives and friends, taking everyone, including the journalists, unawares. The guests at the wedding offered zuhar namaz after the nikaah.

The Mehndi ceremony is taking place today followed by Sangeet tomorrow (April 14). The wedding reception will be held on April 15 in Hyderabad.

The wedding was supposed to take place on April 9 but it was postponed by 3 days after the Qazi refused to perform the nikaah without Shoaib’s passport, which was seized by the police following an FIR filed by his first wife Ayesha Siddiqui. However, Sania's family got a no-objection certificate from the Hyderabad police, thus paving the way for the marriage.

Well, Sania may not be able to fulfill her dream of acting in Bollywood films but her wedding was like one!