More than 190 companies, 5,000 delegates from 60 countries, and leading industrialists including Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani, will be participating in the maiden ‘Make in India’ showcase to be held in Mumbai from February 13-18.
AL-ARID, Egypt (AP) – A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species’ well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command.
Ahmed Ayman, a 14-year-old farmer living in the Nile Delta north of Cairo, discovered his donkey’s natural talent when she leapt over an irrigation canal one day, and decided to train her. “We got a very small barrier, and then would make it higher and higher each day,” he said.
Across the Christian world, it’s a day for indulgence. Fats and dairy traditionally forbidden during Lent, which begins tomorrow, are packed into pastries, doughnuts and other celebrated treats, including pancakes, the inspiration of a hundreds-year-old race in Olney, England. Legend says a housewife at the stove when called to church dashed to the service with her frying pan, a pancake still inside it. More recently, the women of Liberal, Kansas, got in on the fun, challenging Olney to a friendly international competition after seeing media coverage about the event.
Newlyweds Nada Merhi, 18, and Hassan Youssef, 27, had their wedding pictures taken in the war ravaged city of Homs in Syria on February 5, 2016. The photographer chose the location “to show that life is stronger than death.”
Parts of France and the UK are currently being battered by Storm Imogen. Thousands of homes have been left without power and commuters hit by road and rail chaos as Storm Imogen batters the South with gale force winds and torrential rain.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito’s dream — five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year’s debauchery.
But despite warnings to cover up and slather on repellent, the show went on as it always has, in just a sprinkling of sequins and a few puffs of feather. Pants, long-sleeve shirts and bug spray, they say, are antithetical to the hedonistic, out-of-control spirit of Carnival.
“We need joy,” said Angela Pessanha, a self-described “Carnival nut” and owner of a home furnishings store. “And Carnival is the easiest way of doling out a stiff dose of joy to everyone.”
About 4,000 people from Syria, Sudan and other countries are estimated to be camped out in a migrant camp in Calais, France as they try to reach Britain. Some migrants have moved recently into new facilities, but most are still sleeping in what’s been called Europe’s biggest slum.