With Love from Obama, a 'Chadar' for Ajmer Sharif

By Quaid Najmi ,

Mumbai: The 803rd Urs (annual feast) celebrations of the revered saint Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisty of Ajmer, starting Monday, will be momentous affair this year - thanks to US President Barack Obama.

A red coloured, richly embroidered 'chadar' (holy cloth) will be offered on Obama's behalf at the mausoleum of the Garib Nawaz on the inaugural day of the weeklong urs, Haji Syed Salman Chishty, director of Ajmer's Chishty Foundation, told IANS.

9/11 rescue workers face chronic illnesses

New York: The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001 have left a legacy of chronic ill health among emergency medical services workers, who came to the rescue of the victims, says a new research.

Those who arrived in the immediate aftermath of the attacks are more prone to physical and mental ailments, the findings showed.

“Compared with the workers who did not attend the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, those who arrived earliest on the scene were at greatest risk for nearly all the health conditions analysed,” the study observed.

Five arrested in Australia for alleged terror plot

Melbourne : Australian counter-terrorism police on Saturday arrested five men in Melbourne for an alleged terror plot.

According to officials, two of the five men were planning an Islamic State (IS)-inspired attack on an Anzac Day ceremony -- anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, ABC reported.

The two men, both 18, were charged with conspiring to plan a terror act and will appear in the Melbourne magistrate's court later in the day.

Gas line explosion injures 11 in California

Sacramento : At least 11 people were injured in a gas line explosion in the central California city of Fresno, media reported.

The explosion occurred at the Fresno County Sheriff's gun range on Friday, a county official said.

He said a work crew which included county jail inmates using heavy equipment hit a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipe carrying natural gas, CBS News reported.

Witnesses reported seeing a large fireball shooting about 200 feet into the air, a Fresno Fire Department official said.

An investigation has been launched into the incident.


11 killed, 134 injured during Myanmar water festival

Yangon : At least 11 people were killed and 134 injured during Myanmar's annual four-day Thingyan Water Festival which started earlier this week, sources said.

The festival marks the beginning of the Burmese New Year and is observed as the public holiday. People of Myanmar believe that celebration of the water festival can wash away evils and sins, and prepare them for a prosperous year ahead.

The casualties were in connection with 50 accident cases triggered by overload, drug and alcohol consumption and over-speeding, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.


Suicide car bomb hits US consulate in Iraq

Baghdad: A suicide car bomb went off on Friday near the US consulate in the city of Arbil, capital of the Kurdistan, leaving unknown number of casualties, a Kurdish security source said.

The incident occurred in the afternoon when a suicide bomber tried to approach the US consulate in Aynkawa district in western Arbil, but the guards opened fire on the attacker and forced him to blew it up before he reached the entrance of the consulate, Xinhua quoted source as saying.

Modi in Frankfurt en-route to India

Frankfurt : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Frankfurt on Friday evening en-route to India after his three-nation tour.

The prime minister's special plane, Air India One, made a technical halt at the airport, before it flies on to India.

Modi visited France, Germany and Canada from April 9-17.

Modi wraps up three-nation visit, flies home

Vancouver : Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his three-nation visit on Thursday and flew back home from this Canadian city.

Modi began his nine-day sojourn from France on April 9. He then travelled to Germany, from where he flew to Canada.

He visited the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

Migrants march towards Mexican capital amid heavy security presence

Mexico City : A caravan of 290 migrants led by Rev Alejandro Solalinde left the southeastern Mexican town of Ixtepec on a journey to this capital, a march being closely monitored by police, the activist priest said.

After departing on Wednesday morning, the group covered a distance of 12 km to El Espinal, a hamlet just outside Juchitan de Zaragoza. Numerous security forces were deployed between those latter two towns in Oaxaca state.

On April 10, the Mexican government notified Solalinde that any undocumented foreigners marching in the caravan would be deported.


Modi visits gurudwara, temple in Vancouver

Vancouver : Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Khalsa Diwan Gurudwara and the Lakshmi Narayan Temple here. He was accompanied by his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.

At the Khalsa Diwan Society's Sikh Gurudwara, located on the southern edge of Vancouver, a large crowd of supporters gathered at the temple before filing inside.

Modi on Thursday said at the gurudwara: "We should fill life with colours of humanity, and serve mankind."