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Govt allows UAE’s Adnoc to export oil from Indian strategic storage

NEW DELHI, Mar 23: The Government has allowed Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) to export crude oil it has stored in underground strategic storages at Mangalore to give operational flexibility to the foreign firm, an order of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said on Saturday. At present, crude oil, which is the raw material for producing fuels like petrol and diesel, is not allowed to be exported except through the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). In an order, the ministry said the condition of export being allowed only through IOC will continue, but “AMI (Adnoc Marketing International (India) RSC Limited India) is exempted from STE conditions and is allowed to re-export crude oil from their commercial stockpile at Mangalore strategic petroleum reserve, at their own cost”. India, the world’s third-biggest oil importer and consumer, imports over 85 per cent of its oil needs and has built strategic storages at three locations to store up to 5.33 million tonnes of oil as insurance against any supply disruption. The storage at Visakhapatnam (1.33 million tonnes) in Andhra Pradesh, Mangalore (1.5 million tonnes), and Padur (2.5 million tonnes) in Karnataka can meet about 9 days of national demand. The Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Ltd has leased half of the 1.5 million tonne capacity in Mangalore storage to Adnoc. The remaining was retained by ISPRL. The idea behind leasing the storage to foreign companies was that they could store oil for sale to domestic refiners. But in case of an emergency, India held the first right on oil usage. Adnoc had sought permission for the export of its oil from the cavern in cases where it could not find buyers in Indian refiners. After the notification, Adnoc can now export oil stored in the Mangalore storage. (PTI)

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Bracebridge OPP investigating break and enter at restaurant

Bracebridge OPP investigating break and enter at restaurant Bracebridge OPP are investigating a break and enter at a restaurant. (OPP/X) By Hayley McGoldrick Posted March 23, 2024 6:25 pm. Bracebridge OPP are investigating a break, enter and theft that occurred at a restaurant on Depot Drive. On March 17, police say the suspect pried open a window just before midnight to enter the establishment. OPP posted on X videos of the suspect on the floor of the restaurant, crawling around and taking off with a small amount of cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers. Submit a Correction Accessibility Feedback Top Stories ‘I miss you, daddy:’ Brian Mulroney remembered by friends, family in Montreal Members of the Canadian establishment gathered Saturday to laud Brian Mulroney as a loyal architect of modern-day Canada, one whose love of life and family transcended the rough-and-tumble world of partisan… 1h ago Police issue warning after dogs get sick at an East York park Toronto police are looking to identify the person or persons responsible after some dogs got sick at an East York park. Investigators say a man was walking his dogs in Taylor Creek Park, near Dawes… 5h ago Scarborough, North York hardest hit by Friday’s spring snowstorm Scarborough and North York received the brunt of Friday’s spring snowstorm which saw more snow fall than at any point this past winter. According to Environment Canada, 18 centimetres of snow were recorded… 4h ago No injuries after ‘stubborn’ three-alarm fire at North York home Fire crews remain on the scene of a three-alarm fire in North York. Officials say they were called to a home on Khedive Avenue just off Bathurst Street and south of Highway 401 around 9:30 p.m. Friday. Crews… 9h ago Top Stories ‘I miss you, daddy:’ Brian Mulroney remembered by friends, family in Montreal Members of the Canadian establishment gathered Saturday to laud Brian Mulroney as a loyal architect of modern-day Canada, one whose love of life and family transcended the rough-and-tumble world of partisan… 1h ago Police issue warning after dogs get sick at an East York park Toronto police are looking to identify the person or persons responsible after some dogs got sick at an East York park. Investigators say a man was walking his dogs in Taylor Creek Park, near Dawes… 5h ago Scarborough, North York hardest hit by Friday’s spring snowstorm Scarborough and North York received the brunt of Friday’s spring snowstorm which saw more snow fall than at any point this past winter. According to Environment Canada, 18 centimetres of snow were recorded… 4h ago No injuries after ‘stubborn’ three-alarm fire at North York home Fire crews remain on the scene of a three-alarm fire in North York. Officials say they were called to a home on Khedive Avenue just off Bathurst Street and south of Highway 401 around 9:30 p.m. Friday. Crews… 9h ago

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England: Joe Gomez questions Brazil discipline in Three Lions defeat

Joe Gomez questioned Brazil’s ill-discipline after England’s 1-0 defeat to the five-time World Cup winners at Wembley. A late goal from 17-year-old Endrick consigned England to their first defeat since the 2022 World Cup quarter-final to France and marked a disappointing start to a tournament year. Lucas Paqueta could have been shown a second yellow card for several late challenges in the first half, and there were plenty of robust tackles throughout from both sides. There were 30 fouls committed in the match in total, with Brazil guilty of making 19 of them to England’s 11, and Gomez was left aggrieved by the visitors’ poor discipline when speaking after making his first England appearance in four years. “The number of fouls they gave away was, I’m sure, on the higher end of the scale,” he said. “It just shows both teams wanted to win and didn’t treat it like a friendly. It’s an important time for the team, leading up to a major tournament, so that’s the way Gareth [Southgate] wants us to approach the game. “It’s a massive fixture against a top team, so it was nice to be out there. It’s disappointing we didn’t get the win. The team played so well and dominated a lot of the game. They showed their quality with that chance.” The Liverpool defender said of Brazil: “They’ve got well-established quality up front. They’re really good in and around the box, and with those combinations they showed how sharp they are. They finished the chance off to win the game, and those are the fine margins. “They did well, but we have a lot of things to be positive about as well. We kept the ball well and had good possession. It’s an important game on Tuesday [against Belgium]. We want to gain momentum again.”

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Oil Tanker Hit By Projectile Off Yemen, None Hurt: UK Maritime Agency

A Panama-flagged crude oil tanker caught fire after being struck by an unidentified projectile off Yemen on Saturday, in the latest attack on commercial shipping in the Red Sea. The incident happened 23 nautical miles northwest of the Red Sea port of al-Mukha, British maritime security firm Ambrey said. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency also reported the incident, saying the fire was extinguished by the crew. “Vessel and crew reported safe. Vessel continuing to next port of call,” UKMTO added in an advisory note. Ambrey said the tanker was registered under Union Maritime Ltd, a UK company, in 2019 before changing its registration details, including name and operator, last month. “At the time of writing, she had changed course to starboard and continued on her journey to New Mangalore, India,” the Ambrey statement said. Months of attacks in the Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthi operatives following the Israel-Hamas war have disrupted global shipping, forcing firms to re-route to longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa, and stoked fears that the war could spread to destabilise the wider Middle East. The Houthis say their attacks are in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza and they will not stop until Israel ends the war and withdraws from the enclave. The United States and Britain have launched strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen and redesignated the militia as a terrorist group. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Berkeley professor apologizes after telling students to leave Bay Area ‘if you want a girlfriend’

A University of California Berkeley professor has apologized after he received a backlash for telling a student this week that dating is easier outside the Bay Area. “If you want a girlfriend, get out of the Bay Area,” computer science professor Jonathan Shewchuk told a student who asked him on an EdStem online discussion platform about work and dating in the area, according to Berkeley’s student newspaper, the Daily Cal. He continued, “Almost everywhere else on the planet is better for that. I’m not kidding at all. You’ll be shocked by the stark differences in behavior of women in places where women are plentiful versus their behavior within artillery distance of San Jose and San Francisco.” A school spokesperson called the comments “hurtful and threatening to students — especially to women,” in a statement sent to the Daily Cal. HARVARD PROFESSOR APOLOGIZES AFTER SUGGESTING HAMAS ATTACK ON ISRAEL WAS AN ATTEMPT TO HIDE NETANYAHU CORRUPTION “We want to be absolutely clear that the offensive content of the original post goes against the values and Principles of Community we adhere to at UC Berkeley,” spokesperson Roqua Montez said. “The comment was hurtful and threatening to students — particularly women — in his class and beyond.” Fox News Digital has reached out to the school and Shewchuk for response. Shewchuk later apologized on the same message board, saying he didn’t mean to “convey any disrespect for women.” “I apologize for my reply … which has caused bad feelings I did not intend,” Shewchuk wrote in a post, screenshot on Reddit. “I did not mean to convey any disrespect for women, or anybody else, nor to blame the blameless. I value all of my students. I am sorry for my words and for how it made many of you feel.” He continued, “I hope you’ll understand that my comment was motivated by sympathy [for the student] and a desire to help students. Life is hard sometimes. I feel for all of you who are having a rough time, for whatever reason. Things can get better, and it starts with empathy for each other.” UC BERKELEY SCHOLAR APOLOGIZES FOR BEING ‘WHITE’ AFTER IDENTIFYING AS NATIVE AMERICAN His apology came after he met with the chairs for computer science and engineering at the school over the comments, according to SFGate. Student Rebecca Dang told the Daily Cal that Shewchuk normally keeps the discussion on the message board focused on computer science, but said she felt objectified by it. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “It just made me feel very objectified and uncomfortable because it was basically the implication that women in CS are just there to be potential dates,” she explained. Another student, Rachel Lowe, said she’s heard comments like that before and wasn’t offended. Shewchuk has taught at Berkeley since 1998, according to the school’s website.

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The secret burden of holding the family together when your wife has cancer

Sieger, who has personal experience with cancer, including twice being diagnosed herself, points out the loneliness of that multi-faceted pressure. “What often happens is that you don’t feel entitled to say you’re struggling with it all because the focus is so much on your partner, the patient. “A diagnosis in the family can make people feel as if they’ve lost control of their life, because it’s now all up to a medical team who are likely strangers. The patient starts to feel like a bystander in their own fate, but so does the spouse.” One of the challenges is that treatment leaves the patient and their loved ones suspended in a state of uncertainty. “So people could say, for example, ‘Oh, she’s not lost her hair in chemotherapy, it must be OK?’ but nobody knows that for certain and, for a partner, that constant uncertainty is what is so destabilising.” One husband and father who cared for his wife during her leukaemia treatment still remembers that most: “You wake up and you don’t know what that day holds,” he admits.

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ITV Coronation Street fans ‘rumble’ Lauren kidnapper’s downfall as they spot vital clue

Coronation Street fans think they have rumbled missing Lauren Bolton’s kidnapper’s downfall. Soap fans will recall that troubled youngster Lauren abruptly left the cobbles earlier this year and love interest Bobby has been left concerned after he found her flat unlocked with Lauren nowhere to be seen. Soap fans never saw Lauren, who had a mysterious boyfriend prior to her exit, leave and it seems she told no one close to her of her plan to leave Weatherfield aside from Roy Cropper. Bobby reported Lauren as missing to the police and Roy has found himself under suspicion due to his kind nature, especially after he was caught innocently cleaning Lauren’s flat, which some people thought proved he was guilty and he was recently wrongly arrested on suspicion of murdering his former employee. As Lauren’s disappearance grips the cobbles’ residents and soap viewers, fans have been sharing their theories online. Taking to Twitter, now X, viewers have now pointed out Lauren’s kidnapper, if she was indeed kidnapped, downfall as they spotted a clue for the police. One person said: “I thought the ‘boyfriend’ was calling Lauren’s phone all those times so why can’t they trace it? And surely there’s a camera near Lauren showing who was coming and going? #corrie” while a different account replied: “Cell site data and Lauren’s own phone records (even if her phone gone her phone number would provide call history). And her flat is in the precinct above shops. CCTV very likely…” Elsewhere, another soap watcher put: “#corrie Just run back the cafe’s CCTV”, a different account put: “No CCTV in Weatherfield? Surley. #corrie”, another said: “Hasn’t the precinct got cctv !! #Corrie” while a different viewer replied: “Strange they haven’t picked her up!” It comes as during the latest episode, Bobby was left upset after he found an article online about Lauren doing O-Vidz, where he showed Max Turner, who was confused about how the press found out. Bobby suggested it could be Max’s girlfriend Sabrina as the boys set out in search of her. After speaking to Sabrina, the youngster assured Max and Bobby that it wasn’t her who told the press about Lauren’s account and she was offended that they thought she would do that. Sabrina then stormed off, leaving Max feeling very guilty. Later, Sabrina called round to tell a devastated Max that she can’t be with someone who doesn’t trust her and it’s over between them. Taking to Twitter, now X, viewers wondered whether Sabrina was helping Lauren hide as prior to her disappearance Lauren had a mystery boyfriend and also sparked concern with bruises on her arms. One person said: “Sabrina is hiding Lauren which is why she’s dumped Max. #corrie”, a different account put: “I reckon Sabrina knows where Lauren is #corrie”, another person said: “Sabrina knows something… #Corrie” while a different fan added: “Sabrina is definitely hiding Lauren. She’s very shifty looking. #corrie.” Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and ITV X.* Follow Mirror Celebs and TV on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads.

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Brahmos Missile Makes Big Impact

By Girish Linganna India has been aiming to enhance its defense capabilities through the development of a more compact and efficient version of the BrahMos missile. BrahMos Aerospace, a defense corporation with Indo-Russian roots, is set to begin drop and dummy trials of the lighter and more compact Next Generation (NG) BrahMos missile around the middle of 2025, with plans for flight testing to follow by the year’s end. “Atul Dinkar Rane, the CEO and managing director of BrahMos Aerospace as well as the director general of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), announced to the press that the missile is expected to be incorporated into the Indian Air Force (IAF) by 2026.” Speaking at the NDTV Defence Summit in Delhi on March 7, Rane commented that BrahMos Aerospace is progressing from the blueprint phase to the metal fabrication stage, as they await financing from sales of the NG. He noted, “The blueprint phase is complete, and we’re moving to metal cutting. The new missile will be one- third of the size and half the weight of the current model, allowing for the deployment of two missiles on a single aircraft.” Rane highlighted, “Currently, a single BrahMos mounted on the underbelly of a Su-30 constitutes its heaviest weaponry.” He further mentioned plans to equip the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft with the NG version and noted its compatibility with Western platforms as well. Rane assured that the NG version of the BrahMos will retain the same speed, precision, and destructive power as its larger counterpart. Although a commitment from the Indian Air Force is yet to be finalized, a contract valued at $2.3 billion for 200 BrahMos Extended Range (ER) supersonic cruise missiles, intended for warships, was secured in March 2024.Admiral R Hari Kumar, the Chief of the Navy, recently informed the news agency ANI that the BrahMos missile is set to become the main surface-to-surface missile of the Indian Navy, taking over from the older missile systems. Rane pointed out that the BrahMos missile has undergone significant transformation from its original design as an anti-cruise missile. Instead of covering a distance of 300km to target a single ship, it has evolved into a system capable of launching a salvo from one missile at multiple ships. In simpler terms , its having the ability to fire multiple missiles or projectiles simultaneously or in rapid succession at one or more targets. Rane commented on the necessity for future naval operations to approach closer to shorelines, referencing the recent incident where Houthi rebels in Yemen reportedly executed 37 drone strikes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, targeting US Navy vessels and a commercial ship. He suggested that the surface drones ought to have been neutralized before leaving the harbour, indicating this would require a missile launched from a ship. He also noted, “The same type of missile can target both naval and land-based objectives.” BrahMos Aerospace was created through a collaborative effort between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s military-industrial consortium NPO Mashinostroyeniya, following an agreement between the two governments. Rane mentioned that the proportion of domestic components in the BrahMos missile has increased from 10% to 65% since its debut twenty years ago. Rane asserted that current defense systems are incapable of consistently intercepting it, highlighting that the innovation extends beyond just the seeker technology being indigenized by India. He praised the advanced liquid ramjet engine developed by the Russians and shared with India, describing it as a masterpiece. India’s enhancements in the BrahMos missile surpass merely localizing its guidance system (seeker technology) production. The innovations cover crucial technological advancements and collaborations, like the development and exchange of an advanced liquid ramjet engine with Russia. This showcases a wider spectrum of technological progress and self-sufficiency in the missile’s manufacture. Rane mentioned that the DRDO, in collaboration with its design partner NPO Mashinostroyeniya, is developing the BrahMos hypersonic cruise missile, to be named BrahMos 2. This missile will share characteristics with the Russian hypersonic Zircon missile. In the early 1990s, India recognized the necessity for cruise missiles—guided strategic missiles designed to fly at a nearly consistent speed throughout their flight path to deliver warheads with precise accuracy. Subsequently, a formal agreement was established between Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who was the chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the time, and NV Mikhailov, the Russian deputy defence minister, in Moscow during February 1998. The name BrahMos originates from the Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers. Following the agreement in 1998, BrahMos Aerospace was established. The inaugural test launch of the BrahMos missile from a land-based launcher took place on 12 June 2001 at Chandipur in Odisha. Since that initial launch, the missile has undergone several upgrades, leading to the development and deployment of multiple versions. The BrahMos Aerospace website describes BrahMos as a “two-stage missile, with the first stage being a solid propellant booster and the second stage a liquid ramjet.”Cruise missiles, including BrahMos, are categorized as ‘standoff range weapons.’ This classification implies that they can be launched from a distance far enough to evade defensive measures from the target. Initially, the BrahMos missile had a flight range of 290 kilometres. According to the Indian Express, tests are being conducted on versions of the missile to extend its range to approximately 400 kilometres, with plans to develop versions capable of reaching up to 800 kilometres. The Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force routinely conduct tests on various versions of the missile. The BrahMos missile is characterized by its low radar detectability and maintains supersonic speed for the duration of its flight. It operates on a “fire and forget” principle, capable of reaching a cruise altitude of up to 15 km and descending to a terminal altitude of as low as 10 metres. BrahMos outperforms subsonic cruise missiles with a speed that is triple and a flight range that is 2.5 times greater. Variants of the BrahMos missile capable of being launched from land, warships, submarines, and Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft have been developed, allowing them to target both land and maritime objectives. The BrahMos missile is increasingly attracting interest in global markets, particularly in Southeast Asia and Africa. There are reports that several nations in West Asia have also expressed a keen interest in it. In a conversation with Sputnik India regarding the rising international interest in BrahMos, Indian Navy veteran Seshadri Vasan described the missile as the world’s “Supersonic Darling.” He highlighted its advantage, noting, “When BrahMos achieves supersonic speeds of Mach-3, it leaves the enemy with minimal time to respond or defend against the missile’s attack.” (IPA

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Canada defeats well-organized Trinidad to qualify for Copa America

Defender Joel Waterman, who earned his third cap, and forward Ike Ugbo, who earned his ninth cap, were the only member of the single-digit cap club to make a starting 11 that went into the game with 34 combined caps. FC Porto midfielder Stephen Eustaquio captained Canada which was wearing its new Nike kit. Shaffelburg, Mathieu Choiniere, Jacen Russell-Rowe, Samuel Piette and Luc de Fougerolles came on for Canada in the second half. It was a Canada debut for de Fougerolles, an 18-year-old Fulham defender. Halifax Wanderers captain Andre Rampersad started for Trinidad, earning his 12th cap. He was replaced in the 56th minute by newly signed Pacific FC forward Reon Moore. Canada has never participated in Copa America before. It was slated to play in the 2001 tournament as a reward for winning the Gold Cup in February 2000. But CONMEBOL, the South American federation, announced on the eve of the tournament that it would be postponed to 2002 due to security concerns in host Colombia. Five days later, it decided to go ahead with the event as planned. Canada, which had sent its players back to their clubs, was replaced by Costa Rica.

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What footage from the Moscow attack tells us about how it was carried out

On Friday evening, a group of gunmen carried out an attack at Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk. The venue, located northwest of central Moscow, was partially filled with people in advance of a sold-out concert. By Saturday night, at least 133 are reported to have been killed. Video filmed over the course of the attack helps paint a picture of how it was carried out. Sky News has determined that the perpetrators likely entered the complex around 130m north of the concert hall’s foyer. Footage filmed in this location shows bodies and a set of glass exterior doors that have been shot through. At least eight people appear to have been killed in this area. A second video, filmed from an upper walkway shows the attackers moving towards the entrance of the venue’s foyer. A group of people can be seen attempting to take cover to their left. The gunmen stop to fire upon them at close range. They then break a set of glass doors and proceed through into the foyer. Footage filmed soon after this shows the gunmen moving south through the foyer. One of the attackers can be seen reloading his weapon as he moves. Videos filmed in the concert hall itself show large numbers of people attempting to flee the through its stage and rear exits. Footage that appears to have been filmed soon after shows four gunmen shooting at the crowd from a seating area just below the first-floor balcony. While the footage is not of suitable quality to accurately distinguish between dead, wounded, and otherwise immobilised people in all cases, many appear to have been killed in the auditorium. As three of the gunmen continue to fire their weapons, one can be seen moving to the south of the room. He goes off camera, at which point something ignites close by. Fire can briefly be seen at the nearby exit. Eyewitness testimony translated by Sky News provides an additional perspective. Recounting the event in a video uploaded to Instagram, a survivor said: “They broke into the hall – I don’t know who it was, terrorists, military, whoever it was in brown clothes – and started shooting at people with automatic rifles. “It was set on fire… There’s smoke, there’s smoke going all the way up into the sky.” The videos reviewed by Sky News suggests four gunmen carried out this attack. This matches the number provided by Russian authorities, who have stated that six additional people have been arrested in connection to the event. Read more:Russia concert attack: What we know so farRocket with astronauts from NASA and Russia blasts off Kyiv worries Putin will exploit the bloodshed to escalate his war in Ukraine Videos from 23 March show the scale of the damage caused to the building the night before. In one, shared by Russian authorities, emergency workers can be seen moving into the auditorium to the position from which the attackers fired upon the crowd. The entire area is heavily fire-damaged, and large sections of the venue’s roof have caved in. Since the attack, the Russian government has alleged that the perpetrators intended to flee to Ukraine. Addressing his nation, Vladimir Putin accused the Ukrainian government of complicity, claiming “a window was prepared for them on the Ukrainian side to cross the border”. These allegations have not been proven. While all the suspects were reportedly apprehended in the southeastern region of Bryansk, no evidence has surfaced that reliably indicates their intended destination. Since their arrests, footage has emerged that appears to show one of the suspected gunmen being tortured by Russian authorities. A man can be seen being held down by Route E101 in Bryansk Oblast. A later video shows the same man being led to the main road, with wounds visible on the side of his head. Sky News has verified the location of this video.

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