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Hajj Stampede Kills Over 700 People – Prime Minister: Narendra Modi Expresses Pain Over Loss Of Lives

Killed Over 700 Muslims
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A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more on Thursday on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual haj pilgrimage in more than two decades.

At least 863 pilgrims were injured in the crush, said the Saudi civil defence directorate, which provided the death toll. The tragedy struck as Muslims around the world marked the start of the Eid-ul-Zuha holiday.

It was the second major disaster during this year’s haj season, raising questions about the adequacy of measures put in place by Saudi authorities to ensure the safety of the roughly 2 million Muslims taking part. A crane collapse in Mecca nearly two weeks earlier left 111 people dead.

Saudi Arabia takes great pride in its role as the caretaker of Islam’s holiest sites and host to millions of pilgrims annually. But the haj poses an immense logistical and security challenge for the kingdom given the sheer number of hundreds of thousands of people — from differing linguistic and cultural backgrounds, many of whom have saved for years for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — intent on following the same set of rituals at about the same time.

Thursday’s crush happened in Mina, a large valley about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Mecca that has been the site of haj stampedes in years past.

Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone columns. It also houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage.

As per reports at least 14 Indians too lost their lives during the stampede. Prime Minister Narendra Modi solitude and Tweeted,

PM Narendra Modi
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Distressing news from Mecca. Pained at loss of lives due to the stampede. Condolences to families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.

Mukesh Ambani Richest Indian & Flipkart Co-Founders (Sachin & Binny) New Billionaires: Forbes

Mumbai: India`s leading e-retailer Flipkart`s co-founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal are the latest billionaires in the country, with $1.3 billion (Rs.8,582-crore) net worth each, according to leading business magazine Forbes India` rich list released on Wednesday.

Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal
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“Indian e-commerce has added its first billionaires with Flipkart`s founders (Bansals) making debut on our rich list at number 86, with $1.3 billion net worth each,” the magazine said in a statement here.

Mukesh Ambani
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Though Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani tops the rich list for the ninth consecutive year, his net worth, however, declined $4.7 billion to $18.9 billion (Rs.127,700 crore) from 2014 owing to lower oil prices that hit his oil and petrochemicals giant.

Sun Pharmaceutical`s Dilip Shanghvi also retained the second spot, with $18 billion net worth, acquisition of drug major Ranbaxy Industries for $4 billion by his company notwithstanding.

IT czar and Wipro chairman Azim Premji also retained the third spot in the list, with a net worth of $15.9 billion though $500 million less than in 2014.

“The generous billionaire has pledged 18 percent of his stake in Wipro to his charitable trust, in addition to a 21 percent stake already given,” the statement noted.

“The combined wealth of India`s 100 richest remains largely unchanged at $345 billion, as compared to $346 billion in 2014,” it added.

India’s Top-Secret World Beating Weapon, The “KALI”

The ‘KALI (Kilo Ampere Linear Injector)’ is India’s top secret weapon. It is a linear electron accelerator being developed in India, by the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), which has so far been kept under wraps and very little information regarding it has been made available.

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India’s top-secret world beating weapon

It is designed to work in such a way that if an enemy missile is launched in Indian direction, it will quickly emit powerful pulses of Relativistic Electrons Beams (REB) and destroy the target in no time. Unlike laser beams, it does not bore a hole in the target but thoroughly damages the on-board electronic systems which would render the missile useless.

Scientists say that it can potentially be used as a beam weapon. Bursts of microwaves packed with gigawatts of power (one gigawatt is 1000 million watts) produced by this machine, when aimed at enemy missiles and aircrafts will cripple their electronic system and computer chips and bring them down right away.

According to scientists the KALI is far deadlier than so-called laser weapons that destroy by drilling holes since this process consumes time. Its efficiency has pushed scientists to look forward to invent a high-power microwave gun to destroy incoming aircrafts and missiles, based on the same method.

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Dr. R. Chidambaram Captured during the session ‘Innovative India’ at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2008.
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The KALI project was first mooted in 1985 by the then Director of the BARC, Dr. R. Chidambaram. Work on the Project began in 1989, being developed by the Accelerators & Pulse Power Division of the BARC.
(Dr. Chidambaram was also the Scientific advisor the Prime Minister, and the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission).

DRDO is also involved with this project.
It was initially developed for industrial applications, although defense applications became clearer later

According to scientists the KALI is far deadlier than so-called laser weapons that destroy by drilling holes since this process consumes time.
Its efficiency has pushed scientists to look forward to invent a high-power microwave gun to destroy incoming aircrafts and missiles, based on the same method.

The KALI project was first mooted in 1985 by the then Director of the BARC, Dr. R. Chidambaram. Work on the Project began in 1989, being developed by the Accelerators & Pulse Power Division of the BARC.
(Dr. Chidambaram was also the Scientific advisor the Prime Minister, and the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission).
DRDO is also involved with this project.

It was initially developed for industrial applications, although defense applications became clearer later.