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A series of blast at a bullet factory in the town of jaar in Abyan provinces in Yemen killed at least 110 people on 28th March, 2011.
Forty one pilgrims were killed when a tractor trolley in which they were travelling overturned in a waterlogged ditch at nagara in Ballia district in Uttar Pradesh on 22nd August, 2011.
The restoration of the 11th century Baphuon monument, one of the country’s largest after Angkor wat, was celebrated with high profile ceremony attended by Cambodian king Norodom Sihamoni and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon.
Serious flaws in a signalling system caused a fatal collision on China’s high – speed rail network. Thirty – nine people died when a train ran into the back of another which had stalled on a viaduct near Wenzhou after lightning cut its power supply.
Sri Lanka is constructing the world’s 5th tallest tower at Peliyagoda, a few kilometers from the Colombo city centre. The height of this tower will be 350 meters. It has a portion in the form of a Lotus Flower encompassing seven floors.
Delhi High Court
Terror struck the Capital again on 7th September, 2011 when a high-intensity blast outside the Delhi High Court claimed 11 lives and injured 76 people. This blast took place less than four months after a Mysterious bomb left off in its parking lot.
Following a peaceful march on 6th August, 2011 in relation to the police response to the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by Metropolitan Police Service firearms officers on 4th August 2011, a riot began in Tottenham, North London. Between 6th and 10th August 2011, several London boroughs and districts of cities and towns across England suffered widespread rioting, looting and arson. Five people died and at least 16 others were injured as a direct result of related violent acts. An estimated £200 million worth of property damage was incurred, and local economic activity was significantly compromised.
Thirty people are feared dead after a footbridge in Arunachal Pradesh collapses into the Kameng River. The bridge is 40 feet ( 12 meters ) above the Kameng River.
The Gulmarg resort in Jammu and Kashmir was on 30th Januray, 2011 rated by CNN International as Asia’s seventh best ski destination. Appi Kogen in Japan’s Honshu Island tops the list as the best ski resort in Asia, followed by Niseko in Hokkaido, also in Japan. This resort is famous because of its “Gulmarg Gondola,” the highest cable car in the world at a height of 3,979 m. The resort provides a panoramic view of the whole Vale of Kashmir and of Nanga Parbat, one of the highest peaks of the Himalayas, at 8,126 m.
The discovery of an unexploded bomb from World War II prompted the evacuation of some 12,000 people in the eastern German city of Halle. A hospital, six schools, several day care centres and nursing homes within an 800-metre radius were cleared after the 250 kilogram explosive was unearthed.
A cave home that date backs to 3000 BC has been found in Central China during the excavation at the Longquan mountain in Henan provinces.
Iran celebrated the official opening of the nation’s first nuclear power plant on 12th September, 2011, a worrisome milestone for Western Critics of the Iranian nuclear program. Iran has maintained its nuclear ambitions are limited to strictly peaceful power plants.
Multiple attacks are made near Eilat, a popular resort in Israel, killing eight Israelis and wounding more than 30. Authorities blame the Popular Resistance Committees, a group that has worked with Hamas, for the attacks. Authorities believe the attackers crossed into Israel from Egypt.
The death toll of a vehicle damage accident after a rainstorm-triggered mudslide in northwest China’s Gansu Province has risen to 13.
On 20th October, 2011, revolutionary fighters in Libya overran the last of the loyalists in Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, killing the ousted leader, who had fled Tripoli two months before. Gaddafi had ruled the African nation since seizing power in a military coup in 1969, and his death was celebrated by Libyans around the country and abroad.
As per the Global Liveability survey of the economic intelligence unit Australia’s city Melbourne has emerged as the most liveable city in the world followed by Vienna and Vancouver.
Mount Lokon in north Sulawesi Island which was dormant for years erupted strongly on 28th July, 2011.
India’s financial capital once again had to go through the horror of terror when three blast rocked the crowed areas of the city on July 13 2011, killing more than twenty people and injuring hundereds. Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai is the worst hit place.
The 2011 Norway attacks were two sequential terrorist attacks against the government, the civilian population and a summer camp in Norway on 22nd July, 2011.The first was a car bomb explosion in Oslo. The second attack occurred less than two hours later at a summer camp on the island of Utoya in Tyrifjorden, Buskerud.
At least 41 people were killed in twin suicide bomb attacks at the Sufi shrine in Dera Ghazi Khan District, in Pakistan’s central province of Punjab, as worshippers gathered for a festival. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
Five persons were killed and 30 others injured when the police opened fire on a stone – pelting mob at Paramakudi about 35 km from Ramanathapuram. Paramakudi town, which drew a large number of people, particularly Dalits, to pay homage to their leader Immanuel Sekaran on the occasion of his 54th death anniversary, turned into a battlefield between the agitators and the police personnel.
A major 6.9-magnitude quake hit Peru’s Pacific coast overnight, sparking panic among residents in the capital Lima and several other cities but no known casualties. The epicentre of the quake was about 288km southeast of Lima, the US Geological Survey reported.
India’s longest railway tunnel in Kashmir valley connecting quazigund and Banihal will be completed in 2012.
Rio de Janeiro
A series of floods and mudslides took place in January 2011 in several towns of the Mountainous Region, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. The floods caused at least 903 deaths, including 424 in Nova Friburgo and 378 in Teresopolis.
The World largest women only university was opened by King Abdullah, the University has capacity for 50000 students which aims to improve women access to business and science.
A chartered jet carrying Russia’s major league ice hockey team Lokomotiv has crashed on take – off near the central city of Yaroslavl, with 43 deaths. The team, which had been due to play Dinamo Minsk, also includes players from Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
South Sudan became the world’s newest nation on 9th July, 2011, officially breaking away from Sudan after two civil wars over five decades that cost the lives of millions.
The world’s highest railway bridge five times the height of qutub minar and 36 metres taller than Eiffel Tower will be built ( under construction ) over the chenab river.
Chinese Dams have impoverished tens of thousands of people and triggered serious human rights violations in Sudan. Now Chinese companies have won contracts to build three more hydropower projects in the country. Of particular concerns are plans to dam the Nile near Kajbar, on the lands of ancient Nubia. This project has already caused massive human rights abuses. Affected people are strongly opposed to it, and have raised the specter of a second Darfur conflict
The death toll from the 2011 Van earthquake in Turkey reaches 523, with rain and snow making conditions worse for people left homeless by the earthquake.
The Howrah – Kalka mail train accident took place near near Fatehpur on 10th July, 2011 which killed 69 and injured 140 people.
President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh backtracks on his plan to rule Yemen for life and to then allow his son to inherit his rule during an emergency session of parliament against his three – decade rule.