17 July 2017

3rd Anniversary of MH17

2014 was the worst year in the history of Malaysian aviation, when two Boeing 777 airliners belonging to Malaysia Airlines were lost – MH370 vanished mysteriously over the Indian Ocean on 8 March 2014; and MH17 was struck by a missile over Ukraine on 17 July 2014.  The two incidents resulted in a combined loss of 537 lives.

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30 May 2017

Sri Lanka inundated by monsoon flood

Report by Samantha Beech & Spencer Feingold.

CNN reported on 29 May that at least 151 people have been killed and 111 are missing (please read the latest updates at the bottom of this article) due to floodings from monsoon rains across southwestern portions of Sri Lanka, according to the country’s Ministry of Disaster Management.  The severe weather has also displaced nearly half a million people, and triggered landslides throughout the country.

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2 April 2017

Prayers for Colombian mudslide victims

Torrential rains that hit southern Colombia triggered a devastating mudslide in the city of Mocoa in the early hours of Friday 31 March, killing at least 250 people.  The majority of victims were soundly asleep at home when the tragedy occurred.

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8 March 2017

3rd Anniversary of MH370

Today marks the third anniversary of Malaysia Airlines MH370′s mysterious disappearance.  Even after intensive searching, the aircraft has not been located.  Thus, many questions remain unanswered as to the fate of that flight, and its 239 passengers and crew.

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30 November 2016

Prayers for victims of air-crash

A tragic air-crash took place yesterday in Colombia, South America where a chartered airplane carrying the Brazilian football team ‘Chapecoense’ crashed near the town of Rionegro.  75 passengers and crew on board were killed, but miraculously, six others survived.  The ill-fated Avro RJ85 was en route from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin, Colombia when it crashed.

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22 November 2016

Buddhists pray for peace in Indonesia

Jakarta Post reported that around 15,000 followers of all Buddhist sects participated in a joint prayer ceremony in Medan, North Sumatra, on Saturday 19 November.  Dozens of Buddhist monks, members of the House of Representatives and local officials also participated in the event, which aims to invoke blessings for peace in Indonesia.

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20 November 2016

Horrific train tragedy in India

At least 142 people were killed early today when a Patna-Indore Express train derailed near India’s northern city of Kanpur. Over 150 passengers were injured, 58 of them seriously. Sadly, more than 70 passengers could still be trapped in mangled rail cars.

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13 November 2016

New Zealand hit by earthquake and tsunami

New Zealand’s South Island was struck by a powerful earthquake today.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale, and had its epicentre at 95km north of Christchurch.  Two hours after the quake, the first tsunami wave hit the shores of South Island.  More tsunami waves of different magnitudes, as well as aftershocks from the earthquake, are expected in the next few hours.

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12 November 2016

Paris remembered

A year ago tomorrow – on 13 November 2015 – a group of “Islamic State” (“IS”) terrorists launched a series of coordinated attacks across Paris and Saint-Denis, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more.  The loss of innocent lives is still a very painful memory for France, and especially so for the victims’ families.  We stand in solidarity with French citizens in commemorating this tragic event – another dark day in the annals of humanity.  May the deceased rest in Peace; and may all beings be free from suffering.

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26 October 2016

Condolences to families of fire victims

Nalandians offer our deepest condolences to the families of patients at Johor Bahru’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital who perished in a fire yesterday, 25 October.  The blaze occurred at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where all six casualties were warded.  As a result of the fire, other patients and staff at the hospital were temporarily evacuated from the building.

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