Posted by: Rehan Today | August 23, 2010

Most Dangerous Bridges in the World

Earth: Bridges, part of the old tradition. Still alive!!!

Most of the people are thinking that the era of bridges is over & here we are to prove them wrong. The top pictures from all around the world to show that the bridges are still living in this universe & they are in the world of thrill & horror.

Take a look by yourself, then decide, do you want to cross these bridges?

Hussaini – Borit Lake, Pakistan

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

Aiguille du Midi at the Mont Blanc Mountain, France

Loboc Hanging Bridge, Philippines

Taman Negara National Park Bridge, Malaysia

Hanging Bridge of Ghasa in Nepal

Siju Hanging Bridge, India

Hanging Bridge in India

Hanging Bridge at Thenmala, India

Just some bridge in Philippines

Repovesi nature park Valkeala, Finland

Arenal Hanging Bridges, Costa Rica

Hanging Bridge in Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Hanging bridge in Bohol, Philippines

Kambadaga, a village near Pita

Hanging Bridge at Trift Glacier, Switzerland

Kakum National Park Canopy Walkway

So, how was a little trip, now what you decided?  Anyway, hope you enjoyed them. Don’t forget to comment about them.

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‎(Custodian Of The two Holy Mosque Aid Campaign for Pakistan people suffering from flood) (Saudi Arabia)

(وَأَنْفِقُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ وَأَحْسِنُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ) (البقرة:195)

As Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz ordered for the aid campaign nation wide for the flood victims in Pakistan.

At the end of the second day of the campaign which was also live on the ‘Saudi TV 1’, Saudi Arabia raised SR.402, 515, 256/-

*Major Points of Donation*

King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz add 20 million Riyal to the campaign.

Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz add 10 million Riyal to the campaign.

Deputy Crown Prince & Interior Minister Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz add 5 million Riyal to the campaign.

King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz add 300 million Riyal from the Saudi Nation to the campaign.

Saudi Nation add more than 102 million Riyal to the campaign.

(Thank You Saudi Arabia for this valuable donation, May ALLAH bless you)

‎(Custodian Of The two Holy Mosque Aid Campaign for Pakistan people suffering from flood) (Saudi Arabia)

(وَأَنْفِقُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ وَأَحْسِنُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ) (البقرة:195)


Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz add 20 Million Riyal, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz add 10 Million Riyal & Interior Minister Nayef bin Abdul Aziz add 5 Million Riyal to the ‘Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque Aid for Pakistan people suffering from flood’.

The Saudi Nation add 77, 973, 960 Riyal on the first day of aid.

The second day is going on, you can see the ‘Aid Campaign’ on the Saudi TV 1 (Live) now till late night.

If you want to donate please visit ‘Custodian of the two Holy Mosque Aid for Pakistan‘. {You can also check the total amount that is donated}

This is the month of Ramadan. ALLAH will give you back the same thing by doubling it. Try it.

Call Live now on Saudi TV 1 for donation:

Inside of Saudi Arabia: +96614425555

Outside of Saudi Arabia: +96614425577

Fax: +96614425011/+96614428995

Posted by: Rehan Today | June 8, 2010

‘Peacebook’ – ‘Peaceful Community Network’

Pakistan: A new social network has been launched named as ‘Peacebook’ after the violation and bad image of ‘Facebook’.

Peacebook is created to connect peacefully and share with the people in your life. Peacebook is still manging its features. It contains a variety of options. Anyone from any place of the world can register there and starting posting his status, things etc.

Peacebook contains shout box & chat box. The shout box is available on the home page while the chat box is available on a page named as Chat. Games are also added after the demand of users. Groups can also be created easily by users for their purpose. The site contains many more beautiful features.

The administrator of the ‘Peacebook‘ said that “They only want to provide a network to the users, which can ensure that there will be not security breaching and no post against any religion. Our dream is a Peaceful World. The Peacebook site has strong policies regarding the matter of religion. Please suggest the site to your friends and families.”

About the fast growing website ‘MillatFacebook“, he said “The MFB site is a great effort by the IT engineers. But the website is created for Money & Fame. It is not created to provide a vast community network to Muslims.

The dream of the Peacebook is to reach beyond the galaxies in the sky. Hope that there dream will become true.

Posted by: Rehan Today | May 22, 2010

Air India Crash kills Scores

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MANGALORE: An Air India Express passenger plane from Dubai crashed outside an airport in southern India on Saturday, killing 158 people when it burst into flames after overshooting the runway and ploughing into a forest, reports Reuters.

There were only eight survivors after the Boeing 737-800, with 166 people on board including crew, appeared to have skidded off the runway in rain at Mangalore airport in Karnataka state, Air India director Anup Srivastava said.

All the passengers were Indian nationals, an Air India official in Dubai said.

Air India Express is the budget arm of the loss making state-run carrier Air India, which has been fending off growing competition from private airlines. First indications are that the crash was an accident, officials say.

Television channels said the plane crashed around 6:30 am local time. TV images showed it struck a forested area. Flames were seen blazing from the wreckage as rescue workers fought to bring the fire under control.

“The plane had broken into two. I jumped out of the plane after it crashed. I saw two other people also come out,” Abdullah, a survivor from the plane, told local channel TV9 from the hospital.

“There was a tyre-burst kind of noise. I tried to get out of the front but saw that there was a big fire. So I went back again and jumped out from there.”

It was India’s first major crash in more than a decade, which has seen a boom in private carriers amid growing demand from India’s middle class.

A series of near misses at major airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, have sparked debate about how India’s creaking infrastructure was failing to keep pace with an economic boom.

Charred Bodies

One television channel showed a fireman carrying what seemed to be the remains of a child. Charred bodies lay in the forested terrain.

“The flight had already landed. There was slight rain. The flight skidded off,” witness Mohiuddin Bava told CNN-IBN channel. “After that it caught fire. Villagers, everyone there, came to rescue.”

The last major crash in India was in July, 2000, when an Alliance Air Boeing 737-200 crashed into a residential area during a second landing attempt in the eastern city of Patna, killing at least 50 people.

With growing competition from private carriers, the Indian government agreed to infuse $1.1 billion into loss-making Air India if the ailing state-run carrier found the same amount in cost cuts and extra revenue.

The airline lost $875 million in the fiscal year ended March 2009.

Hundreds of Air India pilots went on strike in September 2009 to protest management plans to cut pay incentives. The strike was called off when aviation minister Praful Patel said the grievances would be dealt with.

Posted by: Rehan Today | May 22, 2010

FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE blocked by PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan acknowledged the ”suffering” caused by its bans on Facebook and YouTube, but said it would only consider restoring the websites if they take down pages considered offensive to Islam, the information technology ministry said Friday.

The government has asked both sites to block the offending pages and was expecting a reply soon, Najibullah Malik, the secretary at the ministry said.

Facebook has said that may be a solution, but did not specify if it —or the Pakistani government —should restrict the content.

Other sites have also been affected in the country as officials scramble to block content related to a Facebook page called ”Everybody Draw Mohammad Day!” which encourages users to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, purportedly in support of freedom of speech.

Most Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous. Wikipedia’s English-language site and the Flickr photo-sharing site were also sporadically unavailable Friday.

Malik said the government had no option but to shut down Facebook on Wednesday after a court order to do so.

”We know some people are suffering because of this blockade, but we have to obey the court order in letter and spirit,” Malik said.

Posted by: Rehan Today | April 25, 2010

Massive crowd breaks Sania into tears

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LAHORE: The madness of Lahorites made Shoaib Malik upset while Sania was more frustrated with tears in her eyes.

When Shoaib reached the Pearl-Continental Hotel with his bride from the Allama Iqbal Airport, a huge crowd was present there to get a glimpse of the newly-married couple due to which a severe mismanagement was seen at the hotel.

Both Shoaib and Sania had to make their way to an elevator through the hotel corridor jampacked with a cheering crowd. As they passed through the crowd they faced a severe pushing and shoving disbalancing Sania who was about to fall but Shoaib jumped into action to avoid it by taking her into his arms.

This brought tears into Sania’s eyes who then placed her head on her mother’s shoulders while walking towards the room as her mother consoled her.

Earlier, they reached Lahore through a PIA flight PK-391 which landed at the Allama Iqbal Airport and both were driven from a different route via Haj terminal on their way to hotel.

Shoaib and Sania were taken in a Corolla car instead of Limousine from the airport while a large number of people were left waiting to welcome the couple.

Posted by: Rehan Today | April 20, 2010

Grounded European travelers add to itinerary just to get home

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Europe — Huge crowds of travelers across Europe packed train stations, ferry lines and the continent’s few open airports this weekend, scrambling to find transportation because of a massive disruption in air travel caused by an Icelandic volcano eruption.

In the Netherlands on Sunday, Jen and Steve Patterson were trying to arrange for a trip home to the United States.

They were traveling in the Netherlands when volcanic ash closed much of Europe’s airspace last week, and they’ve been unable to get home to their four children, all younger than 9, who are being cared for by friends and family.

An airline Sunday booked them on a Friday flight from Madrid, Spain, where airports have for the moment reopened, to Dulles airport near Washington.

“So the next challenge is getting to Madrid, whether by plane or by car,” Steve Patterson told us Sunday Morning.”

“We were supposed to be here for just a week,” Jen Patterson said. “That was hard enough for this mom. So another week without [the children] is really unimaginable.”

Millions of people have been affected by the aviation disruption, which happened when an eruption beneath southern Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier worsened last week.

Some European airports reopened Sunday, including several in France and all 16 that had been closed in Spain. But officials in each country emphasized that decisions were being made around the clock and could change at any time.

Airports in much of the continent remained closed, with passengers unable to go anywhere. The British government said Sunday that British airspace will be closed for at least another 24 hours, and the Italian Civil Aviation Authority said it would re-open Italian airspace to all flights beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.

About 5,000 flights took place Sunday in European airspace, according to traffic authority Eurocontrol. About 24,000 flights happen on most Sundays.

The volcanic ash Sunday forced numerous world leaders to cancel plans to travel to Poland for the funeral of President Lech Kaczynski.

Passengers at England’s Heathrow Airport spent time on Saturday sleeping, with caps and scarves to shield their eyes from the bright lights of Terminal 3.

Airlines passed out leaflets, advising passengers to go home and call the airline. Passengers were told they could not change their reservation at the airport.

The problem, however, was that it took up to an hour to get through to an airline representative on the phone.

Across the world, most groused as they waited.

“We haven’t got any more money because we have been traveling for three months,” said Linnea Vilsboell, a Dane stuck in Hong Kong. “So our bank accounts are, like, zero.”

However, others resigned to their predicaments by a distant volcano made the most of it.

Russ Byer was supposed to fly to Los Angeles, California, on Saturday after a two-week vacation in Berlin, Germany — until he found out about the cancellations.

“This is surreal!” he said, recalling his first thought. “Stranded by a volcano? Particularly one with an unpronounceable name.”

Byer and his brother-in-law made bagels to pass time in the latter’s apartment.

“We feel fortunate that we have a place to stay, flour, yeast and eggs,” he told iReport.com.

Bill Wohl also looked at the up side of being stranded.

He and his brother only see each other a few times a year. He lives in Pennsylvania and his brother, Mike, in Tennessee.

Both found themselves trapped in Heidelberg, Germany, where both were on business.

“It’s great to see Mike, and we would not have had the chance to spend the weekend together without being stuck here,” Wohl told iReport.com.

In Riga, Latvia, Aurelie Florence spent all day Friday trying to figure out a way to get back home to Nice, France.

Then she hit upon a plan:

Fifteen hours on a ferry boat from Riga to Stockholm, Sweden. Eight hours on a train to Copenhagen, Denmark. Ten hours on another train to Frankfurt, Germany. Finally, a 10-hour drive to Nice.

“Everybody here is trying to find a solution to go back home,” she said. “I’m in the hotel with Japanese people. They can’t go back home. I’m very lucky to live in Europe because I can take the train and I can take the ferry boat.”

Her 43-hour trek was to begin Sunday night.

At the Gare du Nord train station in Paris, France, the lines separated into the haves and the have-nots: those who were able to snag tickets on the Eurostar — the train that shuttles passengers through English Channel to and from the United Kingdom — and those who couldn’t.

Every five minutes, the station’s PA system announced there were no more seats available on Britain-bound trains until Tuesday.

Still, some lucked out.

Simon Waller drove across Europe — from the Czech Republic to Munich, Germany, and on to Paris — and was fortunate enough to run into a woman from Kent, England, who had a ticket she couldn’t use.

Others were still looking.

Nick Major had returned from a skiing trip in the Swiss Alps and was trying to get home to England in time to get his children back in school on Monday.

“I’ve got to get somewhere and I thought it would be better trying to get a ticket and get somewhere than trying to swim across the channel,” he said.

And if that didn’t work, did he have a plan B? “Maybe live in France,” he joked.

The eruption started March 20 beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland, blowing a hole in the ice. It worsened last week, forcing local evacuations and eventually affecting European airspace.

Posted by: Rehan Today | April 20, 2010

New ash cloud could extend air travel threat

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London, England — The eruption of an Icelandic volcano, which had slowed in recent days, strengthened Monday, spewing a new cloud of ash that officials said was heading toward the United Kingdom, possibly posing a renewed threat to air travel.

“This demonstrates the dynamic and rapidly changing conditions in which we are working,” the United Kingdom’s National Air Traffic Service said in a written statement. “Latest information … shows that the situation is worsening in some areas. Based on this information, the situation for Northern Irish airports for the morning is uncertain, due to the new ash cloud.”

The statement came after millions of travelers stranded on both sides of the Atlantic were given a glimpse of hope earlier in the day, with officials announcing a plan to partially reopen European skies to air traffic.

However, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano spewed a new cloud of ash up to 15,000 feet in the air.

Scottish airports should be available Tuesday morning as announced, the air traffic service said, and more UK airspace may become available Tuesday afternoon “although not as far south as the main London airports.”

The situation is likely to change overnight, officials said. “We are working closely with government, airports and airlines, and airframe and aero engine manufacturers to get a better understanding of the effects of the ash cloud and to seek solutions,” the air traffic services said.

Earlier, European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said, “from tomorrow morning on we should see progressively more planes start to fly. And this is good news for Europe’s stranded passengers, good news for airline industry and other sectors hard hit by this crisis.”

Authorities warned that Tuesday’s reopening will not bring air traffic to its usual levels. European Union officials agreed to a plan involving three zones: one that remains closed, one open to all flights and one open only to certain flights.

The measures will go into effect Tuesday morning, Kallas said.

There will not be “any compromise on safety,” Kallas said. He called the current situation “unsustainable” and said it is clear “we cannot just wait until this ash cloud dissipates.”

Kallas rejected suggestions that European Union ministers should have acted more quickly to allow flights to resume. It took Sunday’s test flights to provide the information necessary, he said.

Since the volcanic eruption worsened last week, sending an ash cloud into the skies, airlines have been losing at least $200 million a day, according to the International Air Transport Association, the trade group representing airlines. Airports had lost close to 136 million euros ($184 million) as of Sunday, said Olivier Jankovec, director general of Airports Council International, Europe.

More than 6.8 million passengers have been affected, Jankovec said in a statement, adding that the effect is worse than after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Thousands of people have been living in airports.

“I have been living out of my carry-on for five days,” said Paulo Wu, stranded in Amsterdam, Netherlands. After two nights sleeping on a cot at the airport, he was able to get into a hotel with an actual bed, he said. “I have no bags. My bags are somewhere, I think, at the airport. I just have my carry-on,” he said.

Britain dispatched Royal Navy ships to bring home some stranded British travelers, including members of its military, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday.

The HMS Albion will arrive Tuesday morning in Santander, Spain, “where its primary role will be to collect U.K. service personnel who have recently left the ongoing operation in Afghanistan,” Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

The HMS Ocean is in southern British waters and standing by for orders, while the HMS Ark Royal, which had been deployed on an exercise off the northwest coast of Scotland, was sailing south.

Brown said he spoke to Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero about using airports in Spain, which have been less affected by the air travel chaos, as a hub through which to bring people back to Britain. Further information will be released later Monday, Brown said.

Along with the EU announcement that skies were open, several governments and airlines announced specific plans to resume some flights. Announcements poured in from Finland to Belgium to France.

Germany’s Lufthansa airline said it would send 50 planes currently in international destinations back to Germany, and they would bring back up to 15,000 passengers. The flights will begin late Monday, with the first set to land early Tuesday. Some domestic flights would also begin Monday night, the airline said.

At the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, some Lufthansa workers took covers off plane engines. A cargo plane pilot said that one or two flights per day have operated out of Frankfurt and that no ill effects were seen from the ash cloud. The planes were outfitted with special foils that ash would stick to.

British Airways said it would resume some flights in and out of London’s airports beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday (2 p.m. ET).

A British Airways test Sunday found no damage to the aircraft at a variety of altitudes, the airline said in a statement Monday.

“The analysis we have done so far, alongside that from other airlines’ trial flights, provides fresh evidence that the current blanket restrictions on airspace are unnecessary,” said Willie Walsh, British Airways’ chief executive.

Finland’s Ministry of Defense, however, said in a statement Monday that Finnish Air Force F-18 Hornet fighters that conducted test flights over northern Finland on Thursday showed effects from volcanic material.

“A post-landing inspection revealed accumulations of powdery volcanic dust in the aircraft’s air intakes,” the ministry said. Officials used a fiberscope to closely examine the engines of one aircraft, and “imagery … indicated that even a short-duration flight inside an ash cloud may cause substantial damage to aircraft engines.”

The engines will undergo a more thorough inspection, the ministry said.

Meteorologist Derrick Ryall of the MET Office in London said there is no “defined safe limit” for volcanic ash.

“No one has said what a safe limit for aircraft is, so therefore it’s very difficult for these judgments to be made,” he said.

The air disruptions have led to cancellations of numerous high-profile visits. Many world leaders, including President Obama, were unable to attend Sunday’s funeral services for Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled plans to travel to Helsinki, Finland, a State Department official said. Clinton was set to depart Washington on Tuesday. No decision has been made about whether she will keep plans to visit Tallinn, Estonia, the official said. If she does, she will not depart before Wednesday.

Posted by: Rehan Today | April 18, 2010

Officials: Test flights show European skies may be safe

London, England — A few dozen test flights Sunday offered hope that the skies over much of Europe may be safe for air travel, but officials made no promises that the massive disruptions due to volcanic ash are about to go away.

“The results coming from these flights is… there’s no impact in the area,” European Union Secretary of State Diego Lopez Garrido said.

EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said if the ash cloud continues “moving as it moves, then tomorrow almost 50 percent of European [Union] space will be risk free.” That would allow more flights to resume, he said. “But we’ll see [Monday] what the picture shows.”

Two key air travel groups issued a joint statement pushing authorities to ease flying restrictions. Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, which represents airports, and the Association of European Airlines (AEA) said they question “the proportionality of the flight restrictions currently imposed.”

But an expert who has flown into the skies to check conditions said he believes it will be “a few days yet” before it’s safe to fly.

A spokeswoman for KLM, one of the airlines that conducted test flights, told CNN (a famous news channel) the flights show European airspace is safe, with the exception of Iceland. CNN’s Gary Tuchman in Iceland reported that there were airspace problems in eastern Iceland. In the capital, Reykjavik, flights were taking off and landing.

British Airways, which conducted a test flight Sunday, said “conditions were perfect and the aircraft encountered no difficulties.” The plane will undergo “a full technical analysis” next.

European transport ministers plan to discuss the results of flight tests at a technical meeting Monday.

The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) announced it will re-open the entire Italian air space to all flights Monday.

The British government said British airspace will be closed for at least another 24 hours.

British Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said officials were working around the clock to establish whether safe flight paths could be identified.

“Urgent discussions are taking place with European and international regulatory agencies. We want to be able to resume flights as soon as possible, but safety remains my paramount concern,” Adonis said.

At London’s Heathrow airport, a crowd broke out into cheers as a flight took off to test the skies.

Since the eruption beneath southern Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier worsened last week, prompting local evacuations and affecting European airspace, airlines have been losing at least $200 million a day, according to the International Air Transport Association, the trade group representing airlines.

Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe, said airports have lost close to 136 million euros ($184 million U.S.) so far. More than 6.8 million passengers have been affected, he said in a statement, adding that the effect is worse than after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

“While safety remains a non-negotiable priority, it is not incompatible with our legitimate request to reconsider the present restrictions,” he said.

“While Europe’s airlines and airports consider safety to be an absolute priority, they are questioning the proportionality of the flight restrictions currently imposed,” ACI Europe and the AEA said in their joint statement. “The eruption of the Icelandic volcano is not an unprecedented event and the procedures applied in other parts of the world for volcanic eruptions do not appear to require the kind of restrictions that are presently being imposed in Europe.”

But an expert who has flown over Europe to check the air said he saw “dangerous” conditions.

Guy Gratton, head of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements at Britain’s Cranfield University, flew into the skies Thursday and saw “a really strange and complex set of layers of ash,” with a layer of perfectly clear air suddenly giving way to a layer of ash. If particles of ash enter a jet engine, when they come out they can solidify on turbine blades, he said.

A group of his colleagues took to the skies Sunday, and in some places saw “quite high concentrations of ash,” he said.

“I suspect it’s going to be a few days yet” before it’s safe to fly, Gratton added.

Across much of Europe, huge crowds have packed into airports, train stations and ferry lines, desperate for a way to get to their destinations — which, in many cases, is home.

“My heart is aching,” Jen Patterson told “CNN Sunday Morning.” She and her husband, Steve, were traveling in the Netherlands when the problems began. They’ve been unable to get home to their four children, all younger than 9, who are being cared for by friends and family.

An airline Sunday booked them on a flight Friday from Madrid to Dulles airport near Washington. “So the next challenge is getting to Madrid, whether by plane or by car,” said Steve Patterson.

In various ways, millions of people have been affected by the aviation disruption, which some officials call worse than after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Some European airports reopened Sunday, including several in France and Germany, and all 16 that had been closed in Spain. But officials in each country emphasized that decisions were being made around the clock and could change at any time.

Airports in much of the continent remained closed, with passengers unable to go anywhere. Many hotels quickly ran out of rooms.

As the situation became more dire, Britain said Sunday it was looking at whether to draft in the Royal Navy to help those stranded. The government planned efforts overnight to see what military and commercial vessels were available for possible deployment.

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