Building falls, killing one
A two-story building housing apartments and garment makers has collapsed near Mumbai, killing one person, police said yesterday — the fifth deadly collapse around the financial capital in the past few months. Rescue teams rushed to the scene late on Wednesday in Bhiwandi City in Maharashtra. “One is dead and two more critical in the building collapse Wednesday midnight,” a police inspector in Bhiwandi said, declining to be named. At least 20 people have already been rescued, he said.
Eight militants killed
Army troops clashed with communist rebels early yesterday and killed eight guerrillas after villagers complained about being abused by them, officials said. Soldiers recovered firearms, explosives and grenade launchers after the fighting with New People’s Army rebels in Sorsogon province, military public affairs chief Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said, adding that the troops suffered no casualties.
Rocket launches halted
Moscow is suspending the launches of Proton rockets after an unmanned rocket carrier exploded on takeoff this week, a source on the Russian Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan said yesterday. An investigation commission is looking into the causes of the accident on Tuesday, and the rocket launches will only resume after the commission finishes its work, the source said. The next launch was originally set for July 20. Other Proton launches this year were scheduled for the US radio satellite Sirius FM6 on Aug. 14, Russia’s Kosmos military satellite on Sept. 5, Russian communications satellite Ekspress AM5 in October and Turkish Turksat 4A in November, he said.
Saleswoman sues Kanebo
A 61-year-old woman was forced to wear bunny ears as a penalty for missing her sales targets, with photos of her humiliation used in company training programs, reports said. The woman, who was not named, was employed by cosmetics maker Kanebo in Oita. She sued the company claiming mental distress after her bosses instructed her to don costumes if she did not meet her targets, including over-sized rabbit ears on one occasion, several papers reported. The woman had demanded ￥3.3 million (US$33,000) in compensation, the Mainichi Shimbun reported. A court upheld her complaint, but ordered the company to pay just ￥220,000, the Asahi Shimbun said on Tuesday, adding the firm had given her a larger sum than this, according to her lawyer.
‘Shitstorm’ in dictionary
The English profanity “shitstorm” is so widely used by Germans, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, that the nation’s most prestigious dictionary has included it in its latest edition. “Over the last few years, ‘shitstorm’ has entered everyday usage so that’s why it now appears in the new printed edition of the dictionary,” said Nicole Weiffen, head of communications at Duden, which publishes Germany’s standard dictionary. “It is used in a lot of print and online media as well as in a whole host of other contexts so it is really relevant for the German language now.” The Duden dictionary defines the word as “a storm of indignation expressed via the Internet, sometimes accompanied by offensive comments.” That varies slightly from the English meaning, with the Oxford English Dictionary defining a shitstorm as “a situation marked by violent controversy.”