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Washington: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has joined the search hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, which disappeared shortly after take-off from Kuala Lumpur airport.The plane dropped off the air traffic controllers' (ATC) radar less than an hour later and the whereabouts of 227 passengers and 12 crew members still remain unknown.Activities under way include mining data archives of satellite data acquired earlier and using space-based assets, such as the Earth-Observing-1(EO-1) satellite and the ISERV camera on the International Space Station (ISS), to acquire new images of possible crash sites, NASA spokesman Allard Beutel was quoted as saying on Space.com.The ISERV camera system was launched in July 2012 to observe specific areas of the globe for disaster analysis and environmental studies, NASA said.The resolution of images from these instruments could be used to identify objects of about 98 feet (30 metres) or larger.NASA would send relevant data to the US Geological Survey's earth resources observations and science hazard data distribution system.This system facilitates the sharing of information whenever the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters is activated.The charter which aims to mitigate the effects of natural and man-made disasters by streamlining the delivery of space-acquired data was activated by China 11 March.IANS

HC asks Assam govt to clear Kaziranga National Park of encroachment

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HC asks Assam govt to clear Kaziranga National Park of encroachment

Guwahati: The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday asked the Assam government to take necessary steps for removing encroachment in the world-famous Kaziranga National Park.Hearing a PIL along with writ-petit...


'Ajanta of the Himalayas', Tabo, to have international learning centre

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'Ajanta of the Himalayas', Tabo, to have international learning centre

Shimla: Tabo, an ancient seat of Buddhist religion and culture in picturesque Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh in northern India, will now have an international learning centre.Baudh Darshan, which wi...

Islamic State abducted Yazidi women, guilty of war crimes: Amnesty

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Islamic State abducted Yazidi women, guilty of war crimes: Amnesty

Baghdad: An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as we...

Pakistan court dismisses plea against Nawaz Sharif

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Pakistan court dismisses plea against Nawaz Sharif

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for "lying to the nation" over inviting army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to help r...

Family of girl who accidentally shot Arizona instructor devastated

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Family of girl who accidentally shot Arizona instructor devastated

Phoenix: An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on...

Twitteratti reacts to murder of US journalist Sotloff, Obama bears brunt

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Twitteratti reacts to murder of US journalist Sotloff, Obama bears brunt

Just two weeks after beheading American photojournalist James Foley, the Islamic State (IS) extremist groupsent what it called "A second message to America", with a video purportedly showing...

US: Gunman goes on a shooting spree, kills three

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US: Gunman goes on a shooting spree, kills three

Greenville, South Carolina: South Carolina authorities say a gunman killed two security guards and his stepfather and wounded a police officer before fatally shooting himself in the head.Greenville Co...