Here is CurrentHow’s daily briefing for the 28th of September, 2016:-
1. MH-17 was shot down by a missile fired from within pro-Russian seperatist controlled Ukranian territory:-
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed over eastern Ukraine, was shot down by a Buk anti-aircraft missile, a team of international prosecuters said on Wednesday. The missile has been found to have been sourced from Russia, and the experts have conclusive evidence to support their claims. MH 17, a Boeing 777, was a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur which has 298 people onboard. Russia has denied the report and has said that the investigation is “politically motivated.”
2. Blackberry to outsource its smartphone manufacturing business:-
Announcing the end of an era for Blackberry, the CEO of the company John Chen said on Wednesday. An Indonesian telecom company will start making the iconic Blackberry phones, which will still retain Blackberry’s signature look and feel. The company is reeling under severe losses, and reports say that talks are underway for a potential Blackberry sale.
3. Shimon Peres dies at 93:-
Israel’s Founding Father and former Prime Minister, Shimon Peres died of a heart stroke on Wednesday. The statesman who is remebered for negotiating the Oslo peace accords between Israel and Palestine in 1994, was suffering from heart abnormalities for months before his death. His funeral is to be held on Friday and will be attended by a long list of world leaders including:- US President Barack Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
4. 19th SAARC summit postponed as India pulls out:-
India on Tuesday withdrew itself from attending the 19th SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad, saying that the atmosphere of the subcontinent was not conducive to holding the summit. Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan joined the withdrawal on Wednesday. This comes after 18 Indian soldiers were killed in India’s northern state of Jammu and Kashmir after a terror attack carried out by militants reportedly mounted from Pakistan. Pakistan denies this charge saying that it is actually India which is sponsoring terror.
5. Storms cut of power to South Australia:-
Fierce storms and lightening left the entire state of South Australia without power. Trains and trams were halted while traffic lights were called out of operation as one of the most ferocious storms in decades swept across the state. Over 1.6 million people were left without power, the highest in Australian history. Though most of the areas had power restored by late Wednesday, many areas might not recieve electricity until Thursday morning.