Brazil’s humpback whale population triples

September 4th, 2012 - 10:52 am ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, Sep 4 (IANS/EFE) The population of humpback whales has tripled in Brazil over the past decade, to the point that they now number some 10,000, a research ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Waheed meets Manmohan, commits to early polls in Maldives (Second Lead)

May 12th, 2012 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Mohamed Waheed, the new president of the Maldives, Saturday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here in his first-ever visit to India and is said ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

India announces $50 mn credit, $25 mn grant for Seychelles

April 30th, 2012 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS
Mahe, April 30 (IANS) Noting that India "would always be a trusted development partner of Seychelles", visiting President Pratibha Patil Monday announced a $50 million line of credit and ... Read more...

Posted in Business |

Maldives proposes presidential polls in 2013

April 18th, 2012 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
Male, April 18 (IANS) The Maldivian government Wednesday proposed a presidential election in July 2013, three months prior to the earlier schedule.Abbas Adil Riza, spokesperson for the President's Office here, ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Maldives’ ex-president Gayoom returns to homeland

March 6th, 2012 - 9:09 pm ICT by IANS
Male, March 6 (IANS) The Maldives' former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom returned to the country from Malaysia Tuesday for the first time after the new government was formed following a ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Adrift Italian cruise ship towed to Seychelles

March 1st, 2012 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS
Victoria (Seychelles), March 1 (IANS) The Italian cruise liner Costa Allegra docked in Seychelles' Port Victoria Thursday, three days after it lost power some 260 miles off the archipelago's main ... Read more...

Posted in Business |

US ‘in lockstep with India’ on Maldives

February 18th, 2012 - 12:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Noting that India has "traditionally played a strong role" in Maldives, the US has said it was working closely with India in resolving the political impasse ... Read more...

Posted in World |

US favours independent probe in Maldives

February 14th, 2012 - 9:37 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 14 (IANS) The US government backs an independent mechanism to investigate the transfer of power in the Maldives, the US State Department has said.US Assistant Secretary of State ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

UN rules out probe into Maldives’ power transfer

February 14th, 2012 - 7:09 am ICT by IANS
Male, Feb 13 (IANS) The UN Monday ruled out launching any investigation into power transfer in the Maldives, suggesting the country should find internal solution to its imbroglio.Completing a three-day ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Maldives: for us climate change is a matter of survival

February 10th, 2012 - 5:32 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The Maldives, the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago that underwent a tumultuous regime change, says the "mistrust" between rich and poor nations on climate change ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Male calm a day after Nasheed quits

February 8th, 2012 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS
Male, Feb 8 (IANS) The Republic Square in Male looked calm and quiet Wednesday morning with families walking around and chattering at the very location where weeks of protests to ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Maldives: a nation of 1,190 coral islands (Lead)

February 7th, 2012 - 7:39 pm ICT by IANS
Maldives is located in the Laccadive Sea in the Indian Ocean, 400 km southwest of India's southern coast.It is an archipelago of 1,190 coral islands grouped in a double chain of ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Seychelles vows to protect British royal couple

May 12th, 2011 - 6:25 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 12 (IANS) The police chief of the island nation of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean has vowed to do everything possible to protect Prince William and Catherine ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Number of foreign visitors to Spain rises

April 26th, 2011 - 11:46 am ICT by IANS
Madrid, April 26 (IANS/EFE) Spain received nine million foreign tourists in the first quarter, 2.9 percent more than during the same period in 2010, according to a survey results released ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Spain’s tourism sector benefits from turmoil in North Africa

April 14th, 2011 - 11:29 am ICT by IANS
Madrid, April 14 (IANS/EFE) Spain's tourism sector registered a 2.4 percent surge in the first quarter of 2011, the largest increase among all sectors of the Spanish economy due to ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

World’s ‘oldest beer’ to be analysed, brewed again

February 9th, 2011 - 1:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 9 (ANI): Samples of the world's oldest beer-found in 2010-have been taken for a scientific study to be conducted to determine its recipe - and brew it again.In July last ... Read more...

Posted in World |

New rum ad ‘mocks Scotsmen in kilts’

February 7th, 2011 - 12:49 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 7 (ANI): In a bid to lure local drinkers back to native rum, an international drinks company has stirred controversy between Scotland and Trinidad and Tobago by mocking Scotsmen in ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Dubai islands falling into the sea, say experts

January 22nd, 2011 - 6:44 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 22 (ANI): Experts have warned that the luxury islands in Dubai shaped like countries of the world are sinking into the sea. They told a tribunal that the man-made project off ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Russian archaeologists discover ancient city in Socotra Island

December 25th, 2010 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
Sana'a, Dec 25 (ANI): After four-year archaeological excavations, a Russian team has discovered an ancient city in Socotra Island.The state-run reported that the team unearthed an ancient city called "Khajlah" located ... Read more...

Posted in World |

India to open two new coastal security centres

December 22nd, 2010 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) India will open two new coast guard establishments in the Arabian sea Friday to bolster coastal security in the wake of increasing incidents of piracy. Defence Minister ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

New Coast Guard stations in Lakshadweep to keep pirates at bay

December 22nd, 2010 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): To bolster coastal security and keep pirates at bay, India will open two Coast Guard establishments in Lakshadweep on Friday.Increasing incidents of piracy very near to Lakshadweep ... Read more...

Posted in National |

Carribean director’s heart still goes ‘dhak dhak’ for Madhuri

November 30th, 2010 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Nov 30 (IANS) He's from far away Guadeloupe in the Carribean and even more than a decade after Madhuri Dixit's marriage, director Christian Lara's heart continues to beat for the Bollywood ... Read more...

Posted in Entertainment |

Seychelles shuttler a close friend of Saina Nehwal

October 1st, 2010 - 6:03 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Juliette Ah-Wan, a badminton player from the tiny island of Seychelles and India's star player Saina Nehwal share a close bond on the professional circuit.Juliette and ... Read more...

Posted in Sports |

200-year-old beer bottles found during Baltic Sea salvage

September 3rd, 2010 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS
Helsinki, Sep 3 (DPA) Divers have salvaged what is believed to be the world's oldest preserved beer from a 200-year-old shipwreck, the government of the semi-autonomous Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

230-year-old champagne found off Finnish coast

September 1st, 2010 - 9:50 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Sep 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Bottles of world's oldest champagne, believed to have been made in 1780s, have been found in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea off Finland's Aland archipelago. "Approximately 70 ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

‘Stocky dragon’ dino was a terrifying predator of Late Cretaceous Europe

August 31st, 2010 - 12:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 31 (ANI): Palaeontologists have discovered a new species of dinosaur called Balaur bondoc that hunted the dwarfed inhabitants of Late Cretaceous Europe.Balaur bondoc means 'stocky dragon' (Balaur from an archaic ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

UAE, Seychelles ink deal to fight piracy

July 16th, 2010 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS
Seychelles, July 16 (IANS/WAM) The UAE and the Republic of Seychelles have signed an agreement worth $15 million to fight piracy off the island nation. The money will be used in raising ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Did the Battle of Britain begin over Orkney?

July 11th, 2010 - 12:55 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 11 (ANI): The Battle of Britain began over Orkney Islands, an archipelago in northern Scotland, and not over the white cliffs of Dover, according to a Scottish historian.Les Taylor, ... Read more...

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Secret behind Easter Island’s fallen idols uncovered

May 24th, 2010 - 3:49 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 24 (ANI): British archaeologists claim to have uncovered the secret behind Easter Island's fallen idols.Polynesian legend has it that the stone monoliths of Easter Island were installed by a king ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Indonesia Struck By Major Earthquake

April 7th, 2010 - 7:22 pm ICT by GD
By Madhuri Dey Aceh, Indonesia, Apr 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The latest in the series of earthquakes is the one to have struck the coasts of the Indonesian island of Aceh, which is located ... Read more...

Posted in World News |

Sundarbans fisherman seriously injured in tiger attack

March 18th, 2010 - 11:00 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 18 (IANS) A fisherman, severely mauled by a tiger Thursday in the Sundarban forests of West Bengal, is now battling for life in a state-run hospital. The big cat attacked the ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Cyclone Tomas forces Fiji to declare state of disaster

March 16th, 2010 - 12:05 pm ICT by ANI
Suva (Fiji), Mar. 16 (ANI): Fiji's National Disaster Council has declared a state of disaster as the worst cyclone in decades leaves a trail of destruction through the Pacific Ocean archipelago.The ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Passenger ships freed from Baltic sea ice

March 5th, 2010 - 6:27 pm ICT by IANS
Stockholm, March 5 (IANS) Passenger ships stuck in Baltic Sea ice off Sweden have been freed, an official said Friday. The Amorella, with 753 passengers and 190 crewmembers on board, was released from ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

12-year-old girl warned Chilean islanders of tidal waves

March 2nd, 2010 - 11:35 am ICT by IANS
Santiago, March 2 (IANS/EFE) A 12-year-old girl saved the lives of many inhabitants on the Chilean archipelago with her timely warning about the tidal waves that were to devastate the islands after ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Ronaldo in shock over tragedy in native Madeira

February 22nd, 2010 - 5:54 am ICT by IANS
Lisbon, Feb 22 (DPA) Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was "incredulous, shocked and dismayed" over the devastation of his native Madeira this weekend. The Real Madrid winger said he wants to contribute to the ... Read more...

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