N Korea urges development of bigger rockets

Seoul : North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered the development of bigger rockets, state media said today, after Pyongyang sparked international condemnation with a long-range rocket launch. He gave the order to scientists, technicians and others involved in this month’s launch at a banquet yesterday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. “You should develop and launch a variety of more working satellites, including communications satellite, and carrier rockets of bigger capacity,” Kim was quoted as saying by KCNA.

Militant attack foiled in Pakistan

Islamabad : Police in Pakistan have claimed to have thwarted a militant attack by as many as 50 men on a check-post in Peshwar, Geo News reported on Saturday.  The incident occurred after militants ambushed Aza Khel check-post with heavy weapons in Matni area on the outskirts of Peshawar. Police and the attackers exchanged fire for over an hour due to which heavy contingents of security forces were also called in. Militants later managed to flee. But there was no immediate report of any casualty following the attack.

Bopha typhoon death toll to hit 1,500

Manila :The death toll from a typhoon that devastated  the Philippines earlier this month will likely hit 1,500, making it the second deadliest since the country began keeping records, the civil defence chief said today. Benito Ramos said that so far they had counted 1,067 dead with more than 800 still missing after Tyhoon Bopha hit the southern island of Mindanao on December 4. The toll from Typhoon Bopha is expected to easily exceed the 1,268 confirmed dead after Typhoon Washi struck the southern Philippines in December 2011, he said.

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