Several shops reopen in Darjeeling hill

DARJEELING: A large number of shops on Saturday reopened in the Darjeeling hills, braving threats and intimidation by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM), even as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered its 87th day. The police and administration appealed to the locals on Saturday through public address system to open their shops and restore normalcy in…

Gigi Hadid sued for allegedly ripping off photographer

A photographer is suing supermodel Gigi Hadid for allegedly ripping off a photo he took of her and posting it to social media without permission. Peter Cepeda claims he holds the copyright to the 2016 photo, which features Hadid standing on the corner of Prince and Mercer streets wearing a customized jacket, according to the lawsuit filed…

Pair of US students accuse Italian police of rape

Florence prosecutors on Friday were investigating allegations by two US students that they were raped by Carabinieri policemen who escorted them home in a patrol car from a nightclub, allegations the US State Department said it was taking very seriously. Italian authorities said the 21-year-old students were questioned by prosecutors for several hours a day…

Death toll rises in Mexico after massive earthquake

The death toll from the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in a century has risen to at least 34 — while seismologists warned that a resulting tsunami more than 10 feet high could bash the coastline. <iframe height=”348″ width=”618″ allowfullscreen=”” frameborder=”0″ src=”//players.brightcove.net/4137224153001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5568946517001″></iframe> The temblor struck at a depth of 21 miles at 11:49 p.m. Thursday in…

Husband thinks he killed wife in his sleep

A North Carolina man is using the bad dream defense — telling a 911 operator he awoke from his slumber to find his wife stabbed to death and drenched in blood, reports said. Matthew Phelps, 28, told the operator in Raleigh early Friday morning that he fell asleep after taking too much cold medicine and…

Suspect sought in stabbing near Central Park: NYPD

Police were looking for a suspect who they said stabbed a man near Central Park on Sunday afternoon. The victim, 23, was stabbed in the torso about 1:20 p.m. near Columbus Circle and Central Park South, the NYPD said. He was brought to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and was expected to survive, according to…

Kathmandu undercover cops to take action against honkers

Kathmandu Drivers be-aware: Metropolitan Traffic Police Division has started deploying plainclothes traffic cops to catch and penalise motorists who are caught honking unnecessarily while driving. DIG Sarbendra Khanal, MTPD in-charge, said the move was initiated after drivers showed little respect to the law that prohibited needless honking. “Undercover traffic cops will mingle with motorists and…

Tourists affected as weather continues to disrupt flights in Lukla

SOLUKHUMBU: Tourists continue to be affected by disruption of flights to and from Tenzing-Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, in Solukhumbu for the past five days due to adverse weather. Thick fog and rains have forced the airlines companies to cancel flights since last Wednesday. “Just two flights were on Sunday morning in the…

Kathmandu 38 unscrupulous taxi drivers booked

KATHMANDU: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) on Sunday took legal action against taxi drivers unwilling to serve the customers trips based on money charged as per the fare-metre reading. The MTPD officers had fanned out across the city in plain clothes and took action against 38 cabbies. The taxi drivers unwilling to provide a…