Canadian Parliament under Terrorist Attack: 2 dead and gunfire inside Parliament

By Andrew Duffy
of Ottawa Citizen
Soldier, gunman who died in Ottawa rampage identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
Suspect, reportedly Canadian born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, killed in Centre Block shootout.
Three victims treated at Ottawa Hospital Civic campus

A terrorist struck at the heart of the nation Wednesday, gunning down a sentry at the National War Memorial and wreaking havoc on Parliament Hill where the marble and stone halls echoed with gunfire and ran with blood. The gunman was shot and killed near the Library of Parliament, reportedly by House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, a former RCMP officer, and the man responsible for security on the Hill.

It appears the gunman walked right past the Centre Block’s Reading Room, where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with his caucus Wednesday morning. Continue reading Canadian Parliament under Terrorist Attack: 2 dead and gunfire inside Parliament

Apple launches iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus in India

Bangalore/Kolkata/Mumbai, Oct.17 (ANI): Apple Inc unveiled its eagerly awaited new iPhone series in India on Friday, drawing an amazing response, as Apple fans gathered outside retails stores across the country to buy the new smartphones.

Apple began the sale of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at midnight for the first time in India, in line with the practice it follows elsewhere.

The launch in India came nearly a month after the global launch of the latest version of the iconic phones.

Both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variants. While iPhone 6 has 4.7-inch screen, the iPhone 6 Plus comes for 5.5-inch screen.


Industry watchers have said increasing the iPhone’s screen size from 4 inches would help Apple regain market share from competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, who they say have responded to consumer desire for more screen size.

Apple says with the new smartphones, it is not just a bigger display but a better display.


The 16GB iPhone 6 model is priced at rupees 53,500 (USD 868), with the 64GB version priced at rupees 62,500 (USD 1014)) and the 128GB variant available at rupees 71,500 (USD 1160). Whereas iPhone 6 Plus is priced at rupees 62,500 for the 16GB model, the 64GB is priced at rupees 71,500 and 128GB variant is
available for rupees 80,500 (USD 1306).

Continue reading Apple launches iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus in India

Toshiba, United Technologies ink agreement for global growth in HVAC solutions

Hartford (Connecticut), Oct. 17 (ANI): Toshiba and United Technologies have signed a new agreement for enhancing global growth in HVAC solutions.

Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502) and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) announced plans to enter into an agreement to strengthen strategic collaboration between the two companies through their joint venture, Toshiba Carrier Corporation (TCC).

Toshiba Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer and provider of electric and electrical products and systems; and United Technologies Corporation (UTC), which is a part of Carrier Corporation the world’s largest provider of building technologies.

The agreement outlines the next stage of cooperation between Toshiba and UTC in the field of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning solutions through TCC. The companies have set a target to accelerate growth and double the unit’s $1.6 billion annual revenues by the next decade.

The deal will expand engineering and sales resources outside Japan, and will include the establishment of engineering centers in the United States and Europe to strengthen development activities and sales engineering support for these regions. The companies will also explore new opportunities for overseas manufacturing in India and North America.


Black money case: Disclosure of names will make execution of treaties impossible, says AG

New Delhi, Oct. 17 (ANI): With the Centre telling the Supreme Court that it cannot disclose the names of all those having black money stashed abroad as it violates the double taxation avoidance agreement, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Friday said if confidentiality is not maintained, then the execution of treaties will become impossible.

“All these treaties require confidentiality, and provided that if the prosecution is to be filed in some cases,then in those cases all the details will be disclosed to the court and they will be in public domain,” said Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.

“We have to execute some fresh treaties including with the United States which is an important treaty and if confidentiality is not to be maintained at all then execution of treaties will become impossible and the object of this case that is to get black money by getting information from different countries would be completely defeated,” he added.

Rohatgi further said the sources of information will dry up if we don’t have treaties.

“And, therefore, we have made an application as to the court to give its observations.  If you need treaties that have to be on the basis of international bilateral cooperation,” he added.

Continue reading Black money case: Disclosure of names will make execution of treaties impossible, says AG

WHO to ‘ramp-up’ support to 15 African nations to prevent Ebola from spreading beyond subcontinent

London, Oct 17 (ANI): In an attempt to prevent Ebola from spreading beyond the three worst-hit African nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to prioritize a few countries in the subcontinent above others.

WHO official Isabelle Nuttall said while addressing the press in Geneva that 15 African nations are being prioritized which means that they would receive more help in areas including prevention and protection, reported the BBC.

She said that the UN agency would “ramp-up” support to the 15 nations and will work with them on a plan. Nuttall added that action areas would include, rapid response teams, engagement at community level, training in infection prevention and protection and having laboratories in place.

Brit couple receives SMS from dead grandma’s number

Johannesburg, Oct 17 (ANI): A British couple got the shock of their lives when they received an uplifting message from their dead grandmother’s number, with whom they had even buried her phone.

The pair was close to late Lesley Emerson and used to comfort themselves by texting messages to the phone they had buried with her 3 years ago, however, one day they received a cheery reply to their text saying “I’m watching over you and it’s all going to get better. Just push through,” reported.

Turned out that despite asking not to sell of the number, the phone company had sold it off to a new subscriber, who was unaware of its spooky provenance.

Sheri Emerson said that since they knew they would never get any reply to their tests, they were stunned when the message flashed up.

Now, ‘metal ball’ fusion reactor that can power earth forever

London, Oct 17 (ANI): Scientists have developed a metal ball shaped fusion reactor that may be able to save the world by powering it forever.

The little ball of metal has been created by boffins at Lockheed Martin and can produce infinite amounts of power without the need for fuel and can even send us to Mars and back, the Daily Star reported.

Lockheed’s website explains the technology saying that to mimic the energy created by the sun and control it here on earth, they are creating a concept that can be contained using a magnetic bottle, which is able to handle extremely hot temperatures, reaching hundreds of millions of degrees.

The heat energy created using this compact fusion reactor will drive turbine generators by replacing the combustion chambers with simple heat exchangers and the turbines will then generate electricity or the propulsive power for a number of applications.