14 soldiers killed in terrorist attack in Algeria

Algiers : At least 14 troops were killed in a clash with a terrorist group in the Tizi Ouzou province of Algeria, media reported Sunday.

The soldiers were killed Saturday night during a clash between the army and a large terrorist group, Xinhua reported.

The gun battle erupted when the troops were concluding a sweeping operation in the region.

The clash lasted for a couple of hours.

The country's defence ministry, however, had not yet issued any statement on the attack.

Flooded Chinese mine's toll rises to 21

Beijing : The toll in the flooded Xiahaizi coal mine in southwest China's Yunnan province rose to 21 Sunday as rescuers found two more bodies. One miner is still missing, officials said.

The accident happened April 7 when 26 miners were working at the Xiahaizi coal mine in Qujing City, and 22 miners were trapped underground. Four miners were rescued on the same day, Xinhua reported.

Investigators believe the flooding was caused by an explosion.

Rescuers retrieved four bodies Thursday, one Wednesday and 14 Friday.


14 more bodies found, Korean ship toll rises to 49

Seoul : The toll in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 49 with 14 bodies recovered Sunday, the South Korean Coast Guard said.

Divers kept entering the hull of the submerged vessel to look for trapped bodies.

Koh Myung-seok, director general of the coast guard, told reporters that a total of five underwater ropes have been installed and that enabled divers to go down into the sunken vessel at a much faster pace than before, Xinhua reported.


US sees dramatic surge in graduate applications from India

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: Applications from prospective Indian students to US graduate schools surged dramatically while those from China slowed down a bit in 2013, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

A 32 percent increase in applications from India, which accounts for 18 percent of all international graduate students at US institutions offset a one percent decline in applications from China, from where one third of the students come.

Hate crime charge against Sikh professor's attacker in US

New York: New York police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with an attack on a Sikh professor last September and charged him with a hate crime.

Christian Morales was charged with aggravated harassment and committing a hate crime in the attack on Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs professor Prabhjot Singh, at a court appearance Saturday, Daily Columbia Spectator reported.

While the investigation is still ongoing, Morales who was arrested late Friday night is the only person in custody, a New York Police Department spokesperson said.

Amnesty International releases second edition of Manual to combat injustice

By A. Mirsab,,
Mumbai: Amnesty International has recently published second edition of ‘Fair Trial Manual’ to help combat injustices around the world. The first edition of ‘Fair Trial Manual’ was published in 1998 primarily to support Amnesty International staff and members. The first edition was overwhelmingly accepted around the world which benefitted number of lawyers and activists who fight for injustices meted out to innocents. Due to the increased demand the first edition had to be published in 15 languages.

Boston ready for 2014 marathon amid tightened security

Washington: Over the long, cold winter, Boston has been ready to stage a marathon race this year that will be one of the biggest and safest, sources with the organiser - Boston Athletic Association (BAA) - said Saturday.

The 118th Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 21, has drawn a huge field of over 36,000 runners, which is capacity for the course and over 9,000 more than last year, Xinhua reported.

The runners include thousands who were forced to stop last year after the explosions and thousands more who want to show their solidarity with Boston.


India-born man jailed in Britain for fake marriage racket

London: An India-born man was sentenced to nearly four-and-a-half years in jail by a British court for running a fake marriage racket in the country, media reported.

Harpal Singh, 51, along with three other defendants, admitted to arranging sham marriages across Britain before the Cardiff Crown Court in Wales, the Daily Record reported Friday.

Harpal Singh, who was arrested last year for his own fraud marriage in Cardiff, was sentenced to four years and 20 weeks in jail and also recommended for deportation.

French journalists abducted in Syria freed

London: Four French journalists kidnapped in Syria almost a year ago have been freed, French President Francois Hollande said Saturday.

Edouard Elias, Didier François, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres were held captive since June 2013, BBC reported.

The journalists were found by Turkish soldiers on the Syria-Turkey border with their hands and eyes bound.

The four journalists went missing in two separate incidents.

White House names Indian-American "Solar Champion of Change"

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: White House has named Indian-American professor Rajendra Singh as one of ten "Solar Champions of Change" who are taking the initiative to spur solar deployment across America.

Rajendra Singh is D. Houser Banks Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Clemson University's Centre of Silicon Nanoelectronics in South Carolina.