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Child sneaks into X-ray machine at China train station. Watch bizarre video

Child sneaks into X-ray machine at China train station. Watch bizarre video

A curious child’s little adventure at a railway station in China was caught on camera and is now circulating online. A video shows the exact moment a child climbed into and later emerged out of an X-ray machine during a security check at the station.

The incident took place at Xiaolan Railway Station on October 9 when the child was at the station with his father. The video, posted by CGTN on Twitter, shows a man going through security check and suddenly looking around him as if he were looking for someone. As he continues to look around for a few seconds you suddenly see a child emerging out of the X-ray machine. Turns out, the child had managed to sneak into the machine.

The video also goes on to show the silhouette of the child inside the machine while he sat next to luggage. One can only wonder how shocked security personnel must have been to see the child in the machine.

Surprising as it may be, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Back in February this year, a woman had also climbed into an X-ray machine in Dongguan, China, all so she could protect her bag from being stolen.

The bizarre video, which went viral, shows pictures of the woman’s silhouette inside the machine.

Wonder what the woman had in her bag that made her follow it inside the machine.

Indian man sacked in Saudi Arabia for ‘derogatory comments’ on women amid Sabarimala row

Indian man sacked in Saudi Arabia for ‘derogatory comments’ on women amid Sabarimala row

An Indian man in Saudi Arabia has been fired from his job for posting “derogatory comments” on women, amid the Sabarimala temple row, a media report said Wednesday.

Deepak Pavithram, a Keralite working with Lulu Hypermarket in Riyadh, was sacked on Tuesday for making misogynistic and insensitive remarks about women on social media.

“We have a strict and zero tolerance policy with regard to our staff misusing social media to spread malicious or derogatory comments which might hurt religious sentiments,” V Nandakumar, Chief Communications Officer at Lulu Group, told Khaleej Times.

“All GCC nations are home to a large cosmopolitan population from almost all countries in the world and we respect their sentiments, culture and religious beliefs,” Nandakumar said.

Kerala expats in the Gulf took to social media to express their appreciation for Yusuff Ali M A, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group, for taking a strong step against the derogatory remarks, the report said.

This is the second termination in recent times by the Indian-owned retail giant on similar grounds.

In August, they had terminated the services of a Keralite expat in Oman after he posted distasteful comments about flood victims in Kerala.

The company took action against him even though he had apologised for the remarks the next day.

The Supreme Court on September 28 had ruled that women will be allowed entry into Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

The temple opened its door for all women visitors of all age groups for the first time on Wednesday after the historic apex court ruling last month.

Tension prevailed Wednesday morning in Kerala’s Nilackal, the main gateway to Sabarimala, after the police used force to disperse protestors opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine.

The temple would be closed on October 22 after the five-day monthly prayer during the Malayalam month of Thulam.

Mohammad Amir reveals how he played mind games with Virat Kohli in Champions Trophy final

Mohammad Amir reveals how he played mind games with Virat Kohli in Champions Trophy final

Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Amir has revealed how he played mind games with Indian skipper Virat Kohli before getting his prized wicket in the Champions Trophy final, last year.

Pakistan thumped India by 180 runs to clinch their maiden title and getting rid of Kohli early in the chase was one of the main reasons why they managed to do so.

Amir ended the final with stunning figures of 3/16 and got the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, paving way for a huge Pakistan win in the title clash.

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Amir has finally revealed his master plan that he used to dismiss the India skipper and how he played mind games with Kohli during his brief time at the crease.

“When Virat Kohli came in (to bat), I had bowled an inswing delivery and he was beaten. Rohit Sharma was also dismissed off an inswinging delivery. About Kohli, the thing is that early on when he is not set, he gets beaten by out-swinging deliveries and he struggles if you get him out of good areas. So I knew that I had bowled an inswing delivery to him and I did not have to bowl the same again,” Amir told the Voice of Cricket show.

Amir’s plan almost work when he produced an edge off Kohli but a simple catch was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slip cordon in the third over. But on the next delivery, Kohli edged the ball into the hands of Shadab Khan, who was fielding at point.

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“He was dropped earlier and when I was going for the run-up after that I was thinking that I hope the Fakhar Zaman case does not happen with us because a batsman like Kohli, if you give him a chance then it’s gone. I was praying to God for his wicket and was thinking he should not take the match away from us because if he would have played till the end, he would have won India the match,” Amir said.

“If you see his body language also, he was like Amir will bowl to me an inswinging delivery and so I had it in mind, that I have to bowl to him in the same area but an outswing. The next ball he was completely on the onside thinking I will bowl an inswing and he got out,” he added.

Russia says Crimea school blast that killed 18 was terrorism

Russia says Crimea school blast that killed 18 was terrorism

An explosion that killed at least 18 at a Crimean trade school Wednesday was terrorism, officials said.

The suspected attacker, a local resident who was a fourth-year student at the school, killed himself, Sergei Aksyonov, governor of Crimea, said on state television.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said it has opened a terrorism probe in the case. The blast was caused by an improvised explosive device, Sergei Melikov, first deputy head of the National Guard, said, according to the state-run Tass news service.

The blast at the Kerch Polytechnic College wounded around 50 in the city of Kerch, near the eastern end of the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, the Investigative Committee said. The shrapnel-filled bomb went off in the cafeteria before lunchtime, killing mostly adolescent students.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the Federal Security Service to investigate the explosion, his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said.

Kerch is the landing point and namesake of a bridge that opened earlier this year to connect Crimea to Russia. Security on the bridge was tightened after the attack, RIA Novosti reported.

Russia has suffered a number of deadly terror attacks in recent years, as well as violent assaults by students at schools.

The most recent major attack in Russia killed 14 people in a suicide bombing by an Islamic extremist in the St. Petersburg subway last year. Russia has nearly 50 Crimean natives on its list of terrorists, although some human rights groups claim that the inclusion of many of them is politically motivated.

Denmark Open: Kidambi Srikanth sets up clash with Lin Dan

Denmark Open: Kidambi Srikanth sets up clash with Lin Dan

World number six Kidambi Srikanth set up a second-round clash with the legendary Lin Dan after an easy win over Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus even as one Indian women’s doubles pair was knocked out of the Denmark Open, here Wednesday.

Srikanth needed 35 minutes to get the better of local hope Vittinghus 21-16 21-10 in the opening round of the USD 7,75,000 tournament.

Srikanth has lost three of his four matches against Dan but the Chinese great is not the force he once was. The former world number one is now placed 14th in the international rankings.

The last time Srikanth beat Dan was in 2014 at the China Open.

If Srikanth manages to get past Dan and Sameer Verma overcomes Asian Games gold-medallist Jonathan Christie, it will be an all-Indian quarterfinal in the bottom half of the men’s singles draw.

In the doubles competition, Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy moved to the second round of women’s doubles with an easy 21-7 21-11 win over the American team of Ariel Lee and Sydney Lee.

But it was curtains for Meghanna Jakkampudi and S Ram Poorvisha, who lost 17-21 11-21 to the Swedish combination of Emma Karlsson and Johanna Magnusson.

Adani-Total SA announce joint venture in fuel retail business

Adani-Total SA announce joint venture in fuel retail business

NEW DELHI: Motorists zipping through highways will soon get one more option for tanking up besides petrol pumps operated by state-run fuel retailers and two private companies. The Adani group and French major Total SA on Wednesday announced a partnership to enter the country’s fast-expanding fuel retail business and develop terminals for importing gas in ships.

The joint venture will roll out 1,500 outlets, mostly on highways, in the next 10 years. The stations are expected to offer multiple fuels, including CNG for cars and LNG for trucks, as well as servicing facilities. Sources said Total is also discussing buying into Adani’s city gas business, including CNG retail.

Adani will be the third Indian private entity to enter India’s fuel retail segment after Reliance Industries Ltd and Essar, which has since been acquired by Russia’s Rosneft and an investment consortium led by commodity trader Trafigura and UCP Investment.

Total is the third foreign company to eye India’s fuel retail market after Shell and BP. Shell has a skeletal presence. BP had announced interest in the retail business through a joint venture with Reliance but has not yet taken any initiative, leaving it to Reliance. That makes Russia’s Rosneft as the only foreign oil company with a noticeable presence in India’s retail segment through Nayara Energy, the renamed Essar Oil avatar.

India’s fuel retail market is lucrative with 5-6% annual growth rate. But the vast network of state-run retailers and land problems for new outlets make the going tough for new entrants. This is compounded by price controls making a backdoor entry, seen when the government last month asked state-run retailers to bear Re 1 per litre under-recovery as part of the plan to check runaway pump prices in the face of rising public anger ahead of elections in key states.

Elon Musk to buy $20 million in Tesla stock

Elon Musk to buy $20 million in Tesla stock

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk will purchase company stock worth $20 million in the next open trading session, the electric carmaker said in a filing on Wednesday.

Tesla and Musk have each agreed to pay $20 million under a settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission of a fraud lawsuit relating to tweets by Musk in August.

Tesla said the purchase was ‘separate and apart from the settlement’ between Musk, Tesla and the SEC and did not respond to Reuters requests for more information on the reasons for the purchase.

Shares of the company rose 2 percent in early trading.

The government lawsuit threatened Tesla and Musk with a long fight that could have undermined its operations and ability to raise capital.

However, Musk settled with SEC and agreed to step aside as Tesla’s chairman for three years, heading off the threat that he would be forced out of company management completely.

The settlement was approved by a US judge on Tuesday.

Asian Champions Trophy: India look for winning start against Oman

Asian Champions Trophy: India look for winning start against Oman

Indian men’s hockey team will look to open their campaign at the 5th edition of the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy with a convincing performance as they face hosts Oman in their opening match on Thursday.

World number five India go into the tournament as the highest ranked the Asian nation, and will be looking to bounce back from their subdued Bronze Medal finish at the recently-concluded 18th edition of the Asian Games.

India beat Oman 7-0 when the two teams met the last time during the 2014 Asian Games, but Chief Coach Harendra Singh believes that facing the hosts will be a good test for the Indian team ahead of other crucial round-robin pool matches.

“We are very excited to start our 5th Men’s Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 campaign against the hosts Oman, who will be playing in front of their home crowd. The opening match will be a good test for us ahead of some crucial pool matches against the likes of Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan and South Korea,” Singh said.

“It is important for us to the start the competition by doing the basics right and producing our best performance in order to build momentum for the upcoming fixtures,” he added.

India went into the tournament as the defending Champions, having won the 2016 edition by defeating Pakistan 3-2 in the Final match. But Harendra Singh believes that the team needs to minimize errors if they are to lift the coveted trophy again.

“We know that we have a good team which is capable of defeating any country in the world, but sometimes things do not go your way. Therefore, it is important for the unit to keep their focus throughout the sixty minutes and not give the opponents any chances,” he said.

“We have to make sure that we have improved from the mistakes that we committed at the 18th Asian Games, and this tournament gives us the perfect opportunity to regain confidence ahead of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. Our immediate aim is to qualify for the Semi-Finals of the competition and the team will work hard to achieve that,” he added.

After playing Oman in the first match, India will face arch-rivals Pakistan on October 20, Japan on October 21, Malaysia on October 23 and South Korea on October 24.

The last edition of the tournament saw India remain undefeated as they beat Japan 10-2, drew 1-1 with South Korea, beat Pakistan 3-2, beat China 9-0 and Malaysia 2-1 in the Pool stages while winning their Semi-Final match against South Korea 5-4 in Penalty Shootout.

India and Pakistan have both won two titles each and will be looking to win a record third time when the tournament starts on October 18 with world number twelve Malaysia taking on 2018 Asian Games gold medalists Japan in the first match, followed by India facing hosts Oman.

India had won the inaugural edition in 2011, whereas Pakistan won the 2012 and 2013 editions by defeating India and Japan respectively before India won the 2016 edition by beating Pakistan in the Final.

India will face Oman in their opening match of the tournament on October 18.

More than a thousand remain missing a week after Hurricane Michael

More than a thousand remain missing a week after Hurricane Michael

More than a thousand people were still missing on Wednesday a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities across the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 27.

Teams made up of hundreds of volunteers with the Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue organization were searching for more than 1,135 people in Florida who lost contact with friends and family, Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue.

Most of those missing are from Panama City and many are elderly, disabled, impoverished, or live alone, Marchetti said.

Florida officials have not given a number for how many people are considered to be missing. Those who are missing may be with relatives and friends, and not necessarily presumed dead.

Debris, downed trees and power lines have hampered access to stranded people, but CrowdSource said a number of its missing person reports resulted from widespread phone and power outages.

The death toll includes 17 in Florida, one in Georgia, three in North Carolina and six in Virginia, according to a Reuters tally of official reports. Officials said medical examiners were determining whether another four deaths in Florida were due to the storm.

Michael slammed into the northwest coastal strip of Florida last Wednesday with top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km/h), unleashing a surge of seawater that demolished homes.

About 35,000 Floridians have called Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking help since and the agency has already approved $1 million in assistance for people in those 12 counties, spokesman Ruben Brown in Tallahassee said.

FEMA has distributed about 4.5 million meals, more than 5 million liters of water and 9 million infant-and-toddler kits, he said.

In Mexico Beach, which took a direct hit, the number of people missing dropped to three on Tuesday, said Rex Putnal, a city councillor. A day earlier, it was more than 30. The town of 1,200 residents had reported two fatalities as of Monday.

Nearly 163,000 homes and businesses remained without power in the U.S. Southeast, with residents of battered coastal towns forced to cook on fires and barbecue grills.

At least 80 percent of customers in three mainly rural Panhandle counties were without electricity on Tuesday. Officials said it could be weeks before power returns to some.

Countless others in the region’s backcountry have struggled for days without running water or sanitation, awaiting help from authorities. Some have been camping in tents with the belongings they were able to salvage.

The state government is distributing ice, water and about 3 million ready-to-eat meals, Governor Rick Scott’s office said.

Marchetti said the search has been hindered by spotty cell phone coverage in the devastated area, though authorities are making progress in restoring communications.

Many residents have also expressed frustration at the slow pace of recovery of wireless networks. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday called for wireless carriers to waive bills for customers affected by the storm.

China distorting facts about Xinjiang camps, says exiled Uyghur group

China distorting facts about Xinjiang camps, says exiled Uyghur group

Amid a staunch defence by Beijing of its policy to put Muslim Uyghurs in training camps, rights groups including one of exiled Uyghurs have accused the Chinese government of “distorting facts” and forcing the community to give up its religious and cultural identity.

Top Xinjiang official Shohrat Zakir on Tuesday told state media that Beijing was fighting “terrorism and extremism” in its own way but in accordance with United Nations resolutions.

“Today’s Xinjiang is not only beautiful but also safe and stable. No matter where they are or at what time of the day, people are no longer afraid of going out, shopping, dining and travelling,” Zakir said, referring to the violence between the Uyghurs and Han Chinese that has rocked the region in recent years.

Dilxat Raxit, spokesperson of the World Uyghur Congress, however dismissed the official stand.

“Xinjiang officials of the Communist Party of China recently announced that ‘vocational skills education and training’ is to eliminate terrorism. It is completely distorting the facts and fabricating lies,” Raxit told HT over email.

“After being exposed, they (the government’s attempts) were renamed as skills training. Millions of Uyghurs were forced to give up their cultural beliefs, abandon the language used by their ancestors, and asked them to switch to Han Chinese names and diets. Is this the technical training they claim to provide a means for Uyghurs to make a living?” he said.

Raxit demanded the Chinese government should allow foreign media to visit the camps and conduct “unimpeded interviews”.

Human Right Watch’s Sophie Richardson demanded that China release the children of inmates from state institutions.

“One million Turkic Muslims are credibly estimated to be detained in unlawful political education camps in Xinjiang, along with an unknown number arbitrarily held in detention centers and prisons, under China’s abusive ‘Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism’,” Richardson said in a statement.

Chinese state media said the criticism of the camps was “western geopolitics”.

“Those Western forces don’t care about the welfare of the Xinjiang people. They would rather sacrifice stability in Xinjiang and the lives of hundreds of thousands for a single geopolitical victory over China,” the Global Times tabloid said in an editorial.

“Even Chinese authorities find Xinjiang’s governance a thorny issue, so how can Westerners have the sincerity and patience to rack their brains to offer suggestions? They are just messing up the whole thing and creating a narrative against China,” it added.