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Australia claims to have found missing Malaysian jet's debris in Indian Ocean
3/20/2014 11:37:00 AM

London, Mar. 20 (ANI): Australian authorities have spotted two objects in the Indian Ocean that are possibly related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Australian vessels have been searching for the missing aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean.

According to the BBC, Abbott said that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority received information based on satellite information of objects possibly related to the search.

He

A $10 computer update could have provided data on missing Malaysian flight
3/20/2014 11:37:00 AM

Washington, March 20 (ANI): As the mystery around the missing Malaysia airline plane deepens, it is reported that a computer upgrade that the Airlines decided not to purchase could have provided critical information to investigators in finding the plane.

Priced at 10 dollars per flight, the upgrade called Swift would have provided investigators with information on the direction, speed and altitude of the flight, even as other modes of communication failed, a satellite industry official

FBI investigates homemade flight simulator of missing MH370's pilot
3/20/2014 8:59:00 AM

Sydney, Mar. 20 (ANI): The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly joined hands with Malaysian investigators to restore and analyse files from the home flight simulator belonging to the pilot of the missing Malaysian Airline passenger jet.

After the ill-fated Malaysian Airline went missing on March 8, all the possible reasons for its mysterious disappearance have been considered, including possible terror links of crew or passengers.

Upon searching the house of MH370 pilot

$10 app-like upgrade could have helped track missing FlightMH370
3/20/2014 8:59:00 AM

Sydney, Mar. 20 (ANI): A cheap upgrade to the system of the plane, which is like a mobile phone app, could have reportedly helped track the ill-fated Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 better.

An upgrade to a system called Swift, which wholesales for around 10 dollars per flight, would have enabled MH370 to transmit data about its trajectory and position even after the plane's transponder systems had been switched off.

According to news.com.au, a similar system enabled searchers

Co-pilot of missing Malaysian Flight MH370 'was set to marry' long-term girlfriend
3/19/2014 1:30:00 PM

Sydney, Mar. 19 (ANI): Co-pilot of the ill-fated Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 was reportedly set to marry long-term girlfriend and fellow pilot.

Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, had been planning to marry his girlfriend Captain Nadira Ramli, 26, who works for AirAsia.

The duo studied together at the Langkawi pilot school and has known each other for nine years.

According to news.com.au, Ramli is holed up in Kuala Lumpur, where she is apparently being 'a pillar of strength' for

Co-pilot of missing Malaysian Flight MH370 'was set to marry' long-term girlfriend
3/19/2014 11:33:00 AM

Sydney, Mar. 19 (ANI): Co-pilot of the ill-fated Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 was reportedly set to marry long-term girlfriend and fellow pilot.

Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, had been planning to marry his girlfriend Captain Nadira Ramli, 26, who works for AirAsia.

The duo studied together at the Langkawi pilot school and has known each other for nine years.

According to news.com.au, Ramli is holed up in Kuala Lumpur, where she is apparently being 'a pillar of strength' for

Ex-Canadian pilot claims missing MH370 fell victim to fire, not hijacking
3/19/2014 11:33:00 AM

Sydney, Mar. 19 (ANI): A Canadian veteran pilot has reportedly said that the reason behind the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian Airline MH370 wasn't hijacking but simply a case of fire.

Chris Goodfellow, who has 20 years experience in flying, said in his lengthy Google+ post that the plane's sudden left turn is the key piece of evidence to establish that the plane fell victim to fire.

He said that pilots are drilled to know what is the closest airport of safe harbour

'Jailed' Malaysian opposition leader admits having links to missing MH370 pilot
3/19/2014 11:33:00 AM

Washington, March 19 (ANI): Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has reportedly admitted that he is related to missing Malaysia Airline plane's pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.

Ibrahim said that he was not denying that Zaharie is related to one of his in-laws and that he has met him on several occasions, adding that the pilot is a close friend of PKR supreme council member and Subang MP R. Sivarasa.

Dismissing reports that Zaharie was a political fanatic, Ibrahim said

Referendum in Crimea as per U.N. Charter: Kazakh foreign ministry
3/19/2014 11:33:00 AM

Astana (Kazakhstan), Mar.19 (ANI): Kazakhstan has reiterated its commitment to the fundamental principles of international law, as far as the issue of the March 16, 2014 referendum in Crimea is concerned.

In a statement, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry believes the referendum in Crimea was in accordance with the United Nations Charter.

The referendum held in Crimea is seen in Kazakhstan as a free expression of will of the autonomous republic's population, while the decision of the

18 days left to locate missing MH370's black box
3/19/2014 10:40:00 AM

Sydney, Mar. 19 (ANI): As the desperate search for the missing Malaysian Airline Flight 370 continues for the 11th day, authorities are running out of time before the crucial black box stops giving a signal to unlock the mystery.

The black box, a piece of aviation technology which holds the key to unlocking the unanswered questions about why flight MH370 went missing, will only transmit a signal for 30 days.

The authorities, therefore, are left with only 18 days to comb the dense

Malaysian jet 'lost into radar black hole' may never be found, admit experts
3/19/2014 10:08:00 AM

London, Mar. 19 (ANI): The ill-fated Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 might never be found after getting lost into a 'radar black hole,' experts have revealed.

Civil aviation experts in the US believe that the plane carrying 239 people onboard could have vanished for ever if it was hit by fire, a bomb, hijack or catastrophic decompression and swallowed up in millions of square miles of ocean.

However, Congressman Mike Rogers said that accepting that the Flight MH370 might never

'Low-flying jumbo jet' seen over Maldives could be missing MH370
3/19/2014 10:08:00 AM

Wellington, Mar. 19 (ANI): Residents of the small island nation in the Indian Ocean, Maldives, have reportedly witnessed a 'low-flying jumbo jet,' on the same morning that the ill-fated Malaysian Airline passenger jet went off radar.

The sightings of the suspected plane were reported about 700 kilometres southwest of Sri Lanka, offering some consistencies with the missing flight MH370.

According to stuff.co.nz, eyewitnesses reported of a large plane with white and red stripes,

Thailand failed to share missing Malaysian plane's radar data
3/19/2014 12:15:00 AM

Sydney, Mar. 19 (ANI): Thailand reportedly detected the missing plane in its radar, but failed to give information about it.

The Thailand military said its radar detected a plane that may have been the missing Malaysian Airlines jet just minutes after the jetliner's communications went down.

However, Thailand did not share the information with Malaysia earlier because it wasn't specifically asked for it, news.com.au reports.

The twisting flight path was described by Thai

Malaysian PM seeks Pakistan's help in tracing missing jet
3/19/2014 12:15:00 AM

Islamabad, Mar. 19 (ANI): Malaysia is seeking Pakistan's help in tracing Malaysian Airline's missing plane.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak sought Pakistan help during a telephonic conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

According to Dawn News, Sharif expressed sympathies with Razak and assured every possible cooperation.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Aviation Shujat Azeem said although there is no evidence that plane headed towards

Ludhiana, Kanpur among world's top 10 most polluted cities
3/18/2014 1:30:00 PM

Paris, Mar. 18 (ANI): Ludhiana and Kanpur are among the 10 most polluted cities in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

According to a 2011 World Health Organisation (WHO) report, Ludhiana made it to the fourth position along with Quetta in Pakistan.

Kanpur made it to the ninth position. The most polluted city in the world was Ahvaz in Iran.

The pollution is measured as the microgramme (mcg) concentration per cubic metre of air of particulate matter smaller

Flight engineer onboard missing Malaysian plane suspected to be hijacker
3/18/2014 11:23:00 AM

Washington, March 18 (ANI): The missing Malaysia Airlines plane investigators have reportedly expressed suspicion over the possibility of involvement of passenger Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat in the disappearance of flight MH370.

Investigators are probing whether Selamat could be the hijacker, after it was found that the passenger was a flight expert and knew how to disable the tracking systems.

According to Daily Star, the passenger was a flight engineer, who worked for a jet charter

Missing Malaysian jet's passengers wouldn't have passed out with erratic flying, says expert
3/18/2014 10:58:00 AM

Sydney, Mar. 18 (ANI): Passengers of the ill-fated Malaysian Airline MH370 wouldn't have passed out when the plane was flying at 45,000 feet, above its maximum flying altitude, an expert has said.

Former Qantas head of safety Ron Bartsch dismissed the speculation that the plane's change in altitude soon after it went off radar was done deliberately to make passengers unconscious.

Bartsch said that there are easier ways of doing so like depressurizing the plane gradually so

Courtney Love posts 'suspected crash' pics of missing Malaysian jet on Facebook
3/18/2014 10:58:00 AM

London, Mar. 18 (ANI): Singer Courtney Love has reportedly posted satellite images on Facebook, claiming to have found the ill-fated Malaysian Airline plane.

Love suggested that the passenger jet might have crashed in the ocean and in the doctored image she even pointed exactly where 'oil' and 'a plane' were.

According to metro.co.uk, the patch of ocean in the image is off the south-west coast of Vietnam.

She wrote in her post, 'I'm no expert but up close

India, China need to increase cooperation in all existing fora, including UN, G-20: Montek
3/18/2014 12:58:00 AM

Beijing, Mar.18 (ANI): Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said both India and China need to increase cooperation in all existing fora, including the United Nations (UN) and the Group of Twenty (G-20), to ensure that the system changes in a way which supports New Delhi's development objectives.

In his opening remarks at the Strategic Economic Dialogue in China, Ahluwalia said: Both India and China have a strong interest in the evolution of an international

Missing Malaysian jet could have been flown to Taliban-controlled regions
3/17/2014 9:30:00 AM

London, Mar. 17 (ANI): Ten days of the frantic search and there still has been no clue about the missing Malaysian Airline passenger jet and now the investigators are reportedly looking at a possibility of the plane being flown to Taliban-controlled bases.

The Flight MH370 went off civil radar just after 40 minutes after take off from Kuala Lumpur on 8th March, carrying 239 people.

After numerous theories of a possible sea crash, hijack and pilot suicide, Malaysian authorities are

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