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Kabul Wakes Up To Suicide Attack, 24 Killed



Kabul Wakes Up To Suicide Attack, 24 Killed

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Nearly two dozen people – including several staffers of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines and Petroleum – were killed and over 40 injured in a suicide explosion that rocked Kabul during the morning rush hour, on Monday.

Preliminary reports suggest that a suicide car bomb targeted a bus carrying ministry staff. The Taliban issued a statement shortly after the attacks claiming responsibility for the act of terror. According to Reuters, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed in a statement that 37 “intelligence workers” had been killed in the attack.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTNDYmxvY2txdW90ZSUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIydHdpdHRlci10d2VldCUyMiUyMGRhdGEtbGFuZyUzRCUyMmVuJTIyJTNFJTNDcCUyMGxhbmclM0QlMjJlbiUyMiUyMGRpciUzRCUyMmx0ciUyMiUzRUJvdGglMjBidXNlcyUyMHdlcmUlMjBkZXN0cm95ZWQlMjBieSUyMHBvd2VyZnVsJTIwZXhwbG9zaW9uJTJDJTIwa2lsbGluZyUyMDM3JTIwaW50ZWxsaWdlbmNlJTIwd29ya2Vycy4lM0NiciUzRSUzQ2JyJTNFTk9URSUzQSUyMFRoZXNlJTIwYnVzZXMlMjB3ZXJlJTIwdW5kZXIlMjBzdXJ2ZWlsbGFuY2UlMjBmb3IlMjAyJTIwbW9udGhzJTNDJTJGcCUzRSUyNm1kYXNoJTNCJTIwWmFiaWh1bGxhLU0lMjAlMjglNDBaYWJpaHVsbGFNNCUyOSUyMCUzQ2ElMjBocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZ0d2l0dGVyLmNvbSUyRlphYmlodWxsYU00JTJGc3RhdHVzJTJGODg5MzU4NDk0NzAwMjczNjY1JTIyJTNFSnVseSUyMDI0JTJDJTIwMjAxNyUzQyUyRmElM0UlM0MlMkZibG9ja3F1b3RlJTNFJTBBJTNDc2NyaXB0JTIwYXN5bmMlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjIlMkYlMkZwbGF0Zm9ybS50d2l0dGVyLmNvbSUyRndpZGdldHMuanMlMjIlMjBjaGFyc2V0JTNEJTIydXRmLTglMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZzY3JpcHQlM0UlMEElMEE=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The explosion took place at 7 am, in Kabul’s Dehbori neighborhood, which is home to a large Shia Hazara population – one of Afghanistan’s largest ethnic minorities. The blast site is also close to the residence of Mohammad Mohaqiq, a prominent Afghan politician and deputy government Chief Executive.

Najib Danish, an acting Interior Ministry spokesman said that the death toll could rise as, “The car bomb hit a bus carrying employees of the ministry of mines during rush hour”.

The bus was completely destroyed, along with three other cars and several shops in the area, said Basir Mujahed, chief spokesperson of the Kabul police, while adding that children were among those wounded. “The bomber attacked at one of the busiest times of the day…There were traffic jams en route as people were going to work, schools and the university. Many shops in the locality had just opened,” Mujahed added.

The attack struck Kabul’s Dehbori neighborhood which, along with other parts of Afghanistan’s national capital, was to witness a peaceful demonstration later in the day to commemorate the first anniversary of a suicide bombing that killed 84 people in the same area on July 23 last year and left over 300 wounded.

The July 23 bombing last year had been carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and was its first major strike in Afghanistan. The terror outfit has since last year carried out several other devastating attacks across the country that is already ravaged by the excesses of the Taliban and other local warlords.

According to Al Jazeera, Monday’s suicide bombing “adds to the unrelenting violence in Afghanistan, where at least 1,662 civilians have been killed” in just the first half of 2017. A recent UN report too had showed that attacks in Kabul alone have accounted for nearly one-fifth of all civilian Afghan casualties this year.

Earlier on May 31, a major explosion in the Vazir Akbar Khan neighborhood had killed around 150 people. The attack was said to be the deadliest that the country has witnessed since the US led forces ousted the Taliban government in 2001. The neighborhood houses crucial diplomatic missions including those of US, Russia, France and India.

Taliban which is battling the Western backed government and a NATO-led coalition for control of Afghanistan, has launched a wave of attacks around the country in recent days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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World Earth Day 2024: Google Doodle showcases aerial view of planet’s natural beauty

Google celebrated Earth Day 2024 with a special doodle featuring an aerial view of our planet’s biodiversity.



Google shared a doodle today to celebrate World Earth Day 2024, which showcased aerial photos of the planet’s biodiversity and natural beauty. Google reminded us of the importance of protecting planet earth for future generations with the help of this doodle.

The Google letters depict specific locations across the globe where people, communities, and governments work every day to help protect the planet’s natural beauty, biodiversity, and resources, according to the explanation of the annual Earth Day 2024 doodle on their website.

It said, these examples remind us that there’s much more to do to address the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, but also offer the promise of hope and optimism.

The islands of Turks and Caicos are represented by the letter “G.” The islands’ conservation efforts are concentrated on protecting important regions for biodiversity and addressing persistent environmental problems.

The largest reef in the southern Gulf of Mexico and a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Scorpion Reef National Park, is represented by the letter “O” in the Mexican flag.

The letter “O” features Iceland’s Vatnajokull National Park, which was designated as a national park in 2008 following decades of advocacy. The ecology within and surrounding the biggest glacier in Europe is safeguarded by this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The letter “G” has the Jau National Park in Brazil on it. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the biggest forest reserves in South America.

The Great Green Wall of Nigeria is represented by the letter “L,”  and the Pilbara Islands Nature Reserves of Australia are represented by the letter “E.”

Meanwhile, Earth Day is a worldwide event that promotes protection of the environment every year. April 22 serves as a reminder of the importance of conservation efforts and sustainable practices to guarantee a healthier world and a brighter future.

The occasion inspires people across the world to come together and take action to protect the environment, strengthening our bonds with nature and promoting good change.

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Bigg Boss 14 contestant Rahul Vaidya struggles walking in knee deep water, compares Dubai rains with Mumbai floods

Singer and TV personality Rahul Vaidya was recently stranded in the Dubai rains.



Rahul Vaidya, who was in Dubai ahead of his show which was scheduled to take place today, left the country due to heavy rains and reached Kolkata. The artist shared on social media his encounters in the UAE city, including challenges like walking through knee-deep water. Rahul provided an update regarding the heavy rainfall in Dubai on his Instagram profile.

The Bigg Boss 14 contestant revealed that he was in Kolkata and prepared to do an evening performance. Recalling the terrifying period he went through, Vaidya said there was a lot of confusion and panic in Dubai. The situation was similar to that when heavy floods hit Mumbai in 2005.

Vaiday also posted seval other images and videos of cars that were underwater and flooded roadways. The Bigg Boss 14 contestant, who shared his ordeal, claimed that even though it had just rained for two hours, the situation was dire.

In one of the video, which went viral he can be seen struggling in walking in knee-deep water. He can be also seen holding his sneakers in one hand and with other hand he was seen managing other things.

This is the result of the two hours of rain that it had, he can be heard saying in the video. Vidya also said he dosen’t believe Dubai is accustomed to a lot of rain. Everything had stopped working, he remarked.

After taking part in the first season of the singing reality show Indian Idol, Rahul Vaidya gained widespread recognition. In addition to Bigg Boss, he took part in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.

Meanwhile, heavy rains that triggered flooding in the UAE and Bahrain, which left 18 people dead in Oman on Sunday and Monday, have paralyzed the financial hub of the Middle East, Dubai.

A lot of incoming flights were diverted from Dubai’s international airport because of the rain. At 7:26 p.m., the busiest airport in the world for foreign visitors stopped accepting new arrivals; a gradual resumption was announced for more than two hours later.

Images of planes navigating flooded tarmacs are making the rounds on social media.

According to pictures shared on social media, the flagship malls Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates both experienced heavy floods, while at least one Dubai Metro station had water up to the ankles.

There were several road collapses, severe flooding in residential areas, and numerous reports of leaks from windows, doors, and roofs.

Due to the unfavourable weather, schools around the United Arab Emirates were forced to close, and as more storms are predicted, the closures are anticipated to last until Wednesday. The government of Dubai allowed its staff to work remotely till this Wednesday.

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Dubai sky turns green during storm in UAE, video goes viral

The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain.



1 person was killed in UAE as it witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday, stranding commuters, flooding roads, disrupting trains and flights and resulting in water leakage from mall ceilings. The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain. It is being said that the rainfall was the highest documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The heavy rainfall in UAE came days after a similar situation in neighbouring Oman, where 13 people were killed in flash floods. Many parts of Oman saw torrential rains, which caused students to be trapped in buses and swept away motorists and trapped people in their homes.

Videos from Dubai circulating on social media showed widespread waterlogging on roads in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other important cities. This left daily commuters in cars and other vehicles struggling to get back home. Dubai metro station too was seen flooded and closed.

One such video circulating on social media shows the aerial view of the city of Dubai from the top of a building. In the video the stormy winds are seen blowing over the city of Dubai. As the storm intensifies the Dubai sky turns green and ultimately gets covered by heavy rainfall. The video has gone viral on social media with more than 1.1 million views.

Another video showed water leakage from the ceilings of shopping malls, flooding the floors and destroying goods. A video which was shot in the famous Mall of the Emirates, showed pieces of ceiling falling as the rainwater gushed inside. Videos from many outlets of the Deira City Centre mall chain showed escalators being rendered unusable. Majid Al Futtaim, the company which owns the Mall of Emirates, said that the shopping complexes have been kept open and the customers are being sent away from the flooded areas. 

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