Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina has been re-elected to a second five-year term, despite an opposition boycott of the election in the south-eastern African island country. Rajoelina received 58.95 per cent of the vote, the National Electoral Commission announced on Saturday. Opposition candidates Siteny Randrianasoloniaiko and Marc Ravalomanana followed with 14.4 per cent and 12.1 per cent respectively. None of the 12 opposition candidates attended the announcement of the election results on Saturday morning in the capital of Antananarivo. Opposition politicians have accused Rajoelina of trying to hold on to power by illegal means.
November 25, 2023 19:38 UTC
At least four people were killed and dozens injured Saturday evening in a stampede at a university in southern India, local officials and media reported. The stampede occurred at an outdoor auditorium in the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in southwest Kerala state, where a concert had been planned. In a statement on X, formerly Twitter, Kerala state governor Arif Mohammed Khan said he was “deeply shocked and grieved to know about the sad demise of four students” at CUSAT. Prayers for speedy recovery of injured,” he added. One of the deadliest stampedes in recent history occurred a decade ago in India, when at least 115 people were killed on the sidelines of a religious festival in central Madhya Pradesh state.
November 25, 2023 19:20 UTC
Rescue personnel move a digging machine during rescue operation for workers trapped in the Silkyara under construction road tunnel, days after it collapsed in the Uttarkashi district of India's Uttarakhand state on November 25, 2023. Indian rescuers brought in a new digging machine Saturday to open a vertical shaft to free 41 workers trapped inside a collapsed road tunnel for two weeks after efforts through another route hit snags just metres from reaching the men. After the massive drill stopped, rescuers attempting to reach the men through the blocked main tunnel entrance are now working to clear the route without it, rescue officials said. “The work of reaching the labourers trapped inside is in the final stages,” Ruhela told AFP. Though trapped, they have plenty of space in the tunnel, with the area inside 8.5 metres high and stretching about two kilometres in length.
November 25, 2023 18:52 UTC
The Governors of the northeastern states of Nigeria concluded their meeting at the 9th Northeast Governor Forum in Yola today, highlighting climate change and environmental degradation as significant challenges in the region. Acknowledging these issues, the Forum resolved to enhance collaboration with initiatives like the Great Green Wall and the Global Initiative of Carbon Credit financing to address climate change and environmental degradation effectively. Expressing readiness to work with the security agencies to have a common security roadmap for the North East. “Forum notes that the contractual agreement on some of the bad federal roads within and between the States are major setbacks to the infrastructural development of the region. Governor Buni said the Forum resolved to hold its 10th Meeting in Bauchi between 23rd February – 26th March 2024.
November 25, 2023 18:31 UTC
A Ukrainian tankist sits on a tank Leopard 1A5 not far from the front line in Kharkiv region on November 24, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov / AFP)Ukraine said Saturday it had downed 71 Russian attack drones overnight in what Kyiv authorities said was the biggest attack on the capital since the start of the invasion. “The air force destroyed 71 Shahed 131/136 attack UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The vast majority of them were destroyed in the Kyiv region,” the air force said on social media. The attack came on the day that Ukraine marks Holodomor — the 1930s starvation of millions in Ukraine under Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
November 25, 2023 14:14 UTC
Ajao’s first child, Tobi, according to him, was good at mathematics but performed poorly in English Language, Literature and other art-related subjects. Here are five ways parents can help their kids improve in their academics. Experts have stated that when a child continuously focuses on what they learn at school after school, they become better. Jumbo noted that a chat with the teacher to give the child extra work would be a good way to start. She advised parents to, at that point, seek the help of developmental educationists and psychologists to help them.
November 25, 2023 13:31 UTC
As a matter of fact, excess picture frames hanging at every nook and cranny of your home can eventually make the space overwhelming. This is why modern homes are now designed with strategic positions where tables that can accommodate as made picture frames as possible can be placed. With this, your walls and space retains its serenity while memories of your moments and that of family members can remain alive in your home. However, for framed artworks, paintings, etc., which must be on the walls, there are alternative hanging methods that would not damage the walls such as adhesive strips, hooks, or even suction cups. These methods are easy to use and can be removed without leaving any residue on the wall.
November 25, 2023 09:46 UTC
Tata Punch: In its Pure, Adventure, and Accomplished trims, Tata Punch now comes with a digital instrument cluster as standard equipment. Tata Punch to get a full digital instrument clusterThis identical digital cluster device is also available with the Tata Tiago, Tigor, and the entry-level Nexon model. The goal of making the digital instrument cluster standard on all models of the Hyundai Exter is to rival it more forcefully. Punch specs and featuresThe 1.2-litre petrol engine from the manufacturer powers the Tata Punch, producing 86PS and 113 Nm. The Punch has automated climate control, automatic headlights, linked car technology, a seven-inch touchscreen, a largely digital instrument panel, and cruise control.
November 25, 2023 09:29 UTC
Yagazie Eguare, Founder of Gazmadu Studios has said that photography as a profession has offered her the chance to connect with a variety of people and stories; raising and impacting people. “Photography has given me the privilege to raise and impact people. Eguare believes that the brand will continue to elevate and empower creatives across Africa and beyond, through education, mentorship, and training programs. Our move will also open up new possibilities for us as a business and make it easier to diversify our service offerings beyond photography. Eguare revealed that providing maximum satisfaction for clients was a major drive behind acquiring a new location for the brand.
November 25, 2023 06:59 UTC
Bizom reported that customers bought higher-value packs across branded commodities as prices remained low, leading to a growth of 4.6% in October. Gift packs contributed to higher-value packs in confectionery, which grew by 5.5% MoM. Low-unit price pack sales in commodities, confectionery, and packaged foods shrunk as consumers uptraded to higher-value packs. During the show, they reminisced about their time filming the movie and shared a nostalgic moment when Sidharth accidentally broke Varun's nose during an action scene. He slumped soon after taking the punch, which also broke one of his teeth.His wife, Renuka (38), called an ambulance.
November 25, 2023 05:25 UTC
Expected to be offered only on the top-spec variantAll Tata models will now have a digital clusterThe Tata Punch has been spied with a full-digital instrument cluster and it is expected to be a silent upgrade by the Indian automaker for the top-spec versions of the micro-SUV. When it was launched, the Punch came with a semi-digital cluster similar to the Altroz hatchback and this digital cluster was showcased at the 2023 Auto Expo in the CNG-powered car and will be a 7.0-inch unit. The single image of the cluster shows things like speed, odometre, warning lights and door ajar. The fuel and RPM gauge are expected to appear on both sides of the cluster in the form of rising lines. Image source
November 25, 2023 02:59 UTC
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, has reiterated the need to double the manpower strength of the Nigeria Police Force in the country. Egbetokun said while addressing men and officers of the Kwara State Police Command in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Friday, that his administration would also look into the welfare of police officers in the country. The IG, who was on a day working visit to the command, said he was aware of the working conditions of an average policeman, adding that one policeman does the job of two people. I know one policeman does the job of two policemen. “A policeman would close from night duty and resume for morning duty.
November 25, 2023 02:42 UTC
The Kano State Police Command has warned members of the New Nigeria Peoples Party and the All Progressives Congress in the state against Saturday’s planned protest saying it will deal ruthlessly with anyone that violated the order. The warning was contained in a statement on Friday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Abdullahi Haruna, on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Husaini Gumel, and made available to newsmen. Both the NNPP and APC were said to have mobilised their supporters to organise protests on Saturday to express their views on the recent ruling of the Appeal Court in Abuja which declared a controversial judgment on the governorship election judgment. The statement read, “Credible information at the command’s disposal revealed that some groups of people claiming to be political party supporters of both the NNPP and the APC are using various media platforms and mobilising people and planning to enter the streets on Saturday, November 25, 2023, to stage protest against the Kano State Governorship Appeal Court’s verdict. ”The information further revealed that the intention of the protesters is to shut down the state and attack prominent political party opponents; an action which may likely result in violence.
November 25, 2023 02:06 UTC
The remains of a former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, have been laid to rest. The burial ceremony, which was held in his country home, Uli, in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the State, was the culmination of a three-day-long state funeral for the first Executive Governor of the state in the Fourth Republic. The former governor was laid to rest after an inter-denominational burial service held in his honour. Mbadinuju died on April 11 at the age of 78.
November 24, 2023 19:05 UTC
But the NNPCL and oil marketers stated on Thursday that this huge oil import fund would drop soon as the Port Harcourt refinery would start producing refined petroleum products from January 2024 barring any unforeseen circumstances. The Federal Government announced in August this year that the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery would be completed in December 2023. The work is ongoing.”PETROAN presidentThe PETROAN president said the Port Harcourt refinery was on course to begin operations, based on findings by the oil union at the facility. “The Port Harcourt refinery is on course. And maybe after that, they can shift to the Warri and Port Harcourt refineries.
November 24, 2023 15:56 UTC