Taiwan grounds all warplanes after two crashes in two days

Taipei - Taiwan Defence Minister Chen Chao-min on Wednesday ordered all warplanes grounded for three days for safety inspections after a second crash in as many days.

"With painful mind, I apologise to all compatriots in Taiwan, and the ministry has ordered that all war planes, except for those on routine surveillance or search missions, be grounded for three days for safety inspections," Chen told parliament.

His comments came after opposition parliamentarians questioned him over the crash of a submarine-hunting helicopter during night training Tuesday, a day after a self-developed Indigenous Defence Fighter (IDF) jet crashed.

Army troops capture two communist rebel leaders in Philippines

Zamboanga City, Philippines - Government troops captured two local communist rebel leaders and overran a guerrilla camp in the southern Philippines, a regional army chief said Wednesday.

Major General Jogi Leo Fojas said the two rebel commanders were captured Monday during a raid on a guerrilla redoubt in Santa Cruz town in Davao del Sur province, 990 kilometres south of Manila.

Fojas said the soldiers seized the guerrilla encampment after 30 minutes of firefight.

The two captured guerrillas were undergoing tactical interrogation in a nearby army headquarters, according to Fojas.

Archaeologists discover nine ancient Roman columns on riverbed

Rome, Oct 22 : Archaeologists have discovered nine ancient Roman columns believed to have originally lined the most important Roman road into the Balkans, on a riverbed in northern Italy.

According to news agency ANSA, the stone columns are believed to date back to the fourth century AD and some carry inscriptions relating to the emperors of that late stage in the Roman Empire.

“''This is an extraordinary find because of the number of columns and the inscriptions they bear,” local archaeological authorities said.

The columns are originally believed to have served as milestones along the road that led from Aquileia to ancient Aemona, today the Slovenian capital Ljubljana.

Balaji’s Kyunki…To Go Off Air Soon

Balaji’s Kyunki…To Go Off Air SoonAfter popular soap ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’, television bigwig Ekta Kapoor is ready to pull off air her hugely popular television soap ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ very soon.

According to sources, Star TV has sent a notice to Balaji Telefilms, asking them to end the long running soap by November 10.

But, Balaji Telefilms has termed the termination as a breach of contract, and has taken legal action against Star Group.

Balaji’s argument is that the agreement does not permit the channel (Star) to stop a show ahead of time.

Over 75 percent Americans still believe in `self-made''dream

Washington, Oct. 22 : The proverbial American dream of self-made success and well being is intact and remains important to most of them, according to the Washington Times.

More than three-fourths of Americans "personally believe" in the American dream and insist it''s what makes the nation dynamic.

According to a survey of 2,112 adults released Wednesday by J. Walter Thompson, a Manhattan-based marketing group, eight out of 10 want the next president to "breathe new life" into the concept, with more respondents citing Republican hopefuls than Democrats in such a lofty endeavor.

Suicide rates soaring in the US

Suicide rates soaring in the USWashington, October 22: A new report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health''s Center for Injury Research and Policy has revealed that the rate of suicide in the United States is increasing for the first time in a decade.

According to the report, the annual overall suicide rate rose by 0.7 percent that was witnessed amongst whites aged 40-64, especially in middle-aged women.

The increase in the suicide rate between 1999 and 2005 saw an annual increase with the rate rising to 2.7 percent amongst middle-aged white men as against the 3.9 percent among middle-aged women.