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Air Pollution worsens in northern China amid SMOG alert

Pollution alerts are very common in China these days, especially in the northern regions due to the vast industrialization in the region and the high demand of coal use for winter. The smog is supposed to get dispersed by Wednesday night by cold air. The Ministry of Environmental Protection on Saturday ordered almost 1,200 factories around Beijing , including those owned by Sinopec, Shougang Group and China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp., to stop or limit production.


Yasin, 4 IM men get death in blasts case

Yasin, 4 IM men get death in blasts case

A special NIA court here last week convicted Yasin Bhatkal and four others for their involvement in the twin blasts. On December 13, the NIA court had convicted them under Sections 302, 307, 324, 326, 121, 122, 201 read with 120B of the IPC, Sections 3 & 5 of the Explosives Substances Act and Sections 18, 19, 20, 38 (2), 39 (2) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967.


Westbrook reaches triple-double milestone

Westbrook reaches triple-double milestone

Westbrook also scored 26 and grabbed 11 rebounds in his 13th triple double of the season. When asked after the game about the play, Westbrook couldn't hide his excitement. The 22 assists is a new career-high for Westbrook and is a new Thunder franchise record. Not only did he register his 50th career triple-double, but he also did so in a way not seen since the late 1990s.



Northern Ireland's First Minister survives vote

A renewable heat scheme, which drastically overpaid subsidies to businesses for switching to green fuel, has been branded "the biggest public finance scandal since devolution". Mr Cairns left his post as a Spad after May's election and is now the Community Transport Association's director of policy and public affairs for Northern Ireland.


Prisons on alert over threat of more riots

Prisons on alert over threat of more riots

Following the riot, several inmates were taken to Hull prison, where further disturbances were later reported. HM Prison Birmingham is a Category B/C men's prison. Ministers and the head of the prison service were advised that there were "insufficient staff" to... "At 8.35pm, 10 Tornado teams of highly trained officers swept through the wings", she said.



Ukraine nationalizes its largest bank to prevent financial meltdown

At a meeting on Sunday, the Ukrainian cabinet of ministers considered the issues of ensuring stability in the country's financial system and backed a proposal of the National Bank and the Financial Stability Council, the government said in a statement on its website.