I've pretty much given up on TV. I occasionally watch a few things (The IT Crowd, Doctor Who, QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks), but mostly it's all shit and I'd be very happy to not have a TV at all. Once in a blue moon, however, there is something really good. On Friday evening (Jan 16th), BBC 2 screened 'The Mountains of the Monsoon' as part of its The Natural World series. This featured wildlife photographer and environmentalist Sandesh Kadur as he travelled about the Western Ghats in quest of wildlife. The Western Ghats evidently has some awesome wildlife. There are dholes, tigers, leopards, elephants, sambar, gaur, jungle cats, leopard cats, lion-tailed macaques, scimitar-babblers, green pigeons, woodshrikes, eagle owls, fish owls, great hornbills, and hundreds of frogs, lizards and snakes. Several frogs that Sandesh has photographed are new, as-yet-undescribed species, and a shieldtail snake that Sandesh caught and handled was also suggested to be new. The most famous herp of the … [Read more...] about The Pogeyan, a new mystery cat
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HORRIFIC CCTV footage has emerged from the scene where a man was hacked to death with a machete in front of his pregnant wife. Pranay Kumar, 24, was murdered in a suspected “honour killing” in India – just nine months after he married Amrutha Varshini, 23. Police say they suspect Amrutha's disapproving father "hired contract killers" to butcher Pranay - because he was from a lower caste family. He was killed in broad daylight as the couple were coming out of Jyothi Hospital in Miryalguda town, 150km from Hyderabad, on Friday. A man yet to be identified was captured on the hospital's CCTV as he attacked Pranay with a machete. In the footage, a tall man in a safari suit is seen pouncing on the newlywed from behind before slashing his neck twice with the weapon, sending him crashing to the ground. Desperate Amrutha is then seen running into the hospital as the suspect drops the machete and flees the scene, where Pranay died moments later. Police warned the couple to be … [Read more...] about Horrific moment husband hacked to death with machete in front of pregnant wife ‘because he came from lower caste’
A MAN was hacked to death with a machete in front of his pregnant wife – because he came from a “lower caste”. Pranay Kumar, 24, was murdered in a suspected “honour killing” in India – just nine months after he married Amrutha Varshini, 23. He was killed in broad daylight as the couple were coming out of Jyothi Hospital in Miryalguda town, 150km from Hyderabad, on Friday. A man yet to be identified was captured on CCTV as he attacked Pranay with a machete from behind and started hitting him on the neck, sending him crashing to the ground. Desperate Amrutha tried to intervene as the man then continued to assault Pranay. The suspect is seen throwing the machete to one side before fleeing the scene. Amrutha ran into the hospital to try to get help for her husband but he died at the scene. Police warned the couple to be careful when they arrived at a station to invite officers to their official wedding reception last month. The couple married in January, … [Read more...] about Husband hacked to death with a machete in front of his pregnant wife ‘because he came from a lower caste’
THE son of a bus driver made history in 2016 when he was elected London's first Muslim mayor. But who is Sadiq Khan, why could London's mayor resign, who's his wife and where in London was he born? Here's our guide to the capital's current mayor. Who is Sadiq Khan? The Labour politician has served as London's mayor since 2016, taking over the capital's top job from Boris Johnson. Between 2005 and 2016 Khan was MP for Tooting in South London, a role he quit when becoming Mayor. In the mayoral elections Khan won the largest number of votes in one election of any politician in British history. Before entering the House of Commons the 47-year-old practised as a lawyer specialising in human rights. He is a practising Muslim, who observes the fast during Ramadan. A surprise perhaps to those familiar with his serious on-stage persona, Khan used to perform stand-up comedy before running for mayor. Why has he faced calls to resign? Khan has faced a number of calls to resign over London's … [Read more...] about How old is Sadiq Khan, who is the Mayor of London’s wife and why has he faced calls to resign over crime in the capital?
A STUDENT whose head swelled up to TWICE its normal size in a botched drugs trial has claimed he is yet to receive a penny in compensation - 12 years on. "Elephant Man" Nav Modi screamed in agony as he felt like his brain was on fire and his eyeballs were going to pop out. Nav, then 24, and five other volunteers were left fighting for life following the trial at Northwick Park Hospital in London in March 2006. Scientists said the drug had already been tried on two monkeys which suffered no ill effects. But the student was left writhing in agony just an hour after it had been given to him. Terrified Nav, who lived in Forest Gate, East London, suffered multiple organ failure and spent four days in intensive care. Twelve years later he claims the drugs firm are refusing to pay out a single penny in compensation or even offer an apology. And the dad-of-one says he was made to feel like he was a criminal. Nav, now 36, told the Sun Online: “Nobody ever admitted it was their fault. … [Read more...] about Medical trial at Northwick Park Hospital left man’s head TWICE its normal size – but ‘he hasn’t received any compensation in 12 YEARS’