Fly-Bag lining successfully prevents controlled bomb explosion

New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): The Government of Telangana has declared Tuesday as a public holiday, as a mark of respect to late former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s memory.

“The Government of Telangana deeply mourns the sudden demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and declares that all Government offices, local bodies and educational institutions shall remain closed today as a mark of respect to departed soul,” a statement released by the Telangana Government said.

Kalam’s mortal remains were flown to Delhi from Guwahati earlier today.

Army personnel paid tributes to the former president in Shillong before his body flown to Guwahati.

Both the Houses of Parliament are likely to make obituary references and adjourn today as a mark of respect to the former president’s memory.

On Monday, Kalam passed away in Shillong after he was admitted to a hospital in the city.

The former president collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management. He was in a critical condition and had been admitted to the city’s Bethany Hospital.

Kalam served as the 11th President on India from 2002 to 2007. (ANI)

Washington DC, July 28 (ANI): Whitney Houston left a bag full of money for her daughter when she died but Bobbi Kristina’s tragic death is now hyping the question on the successor of the money, well Houston’s will has the answer.

The 22-year-old TV personality was set to inherit 20 million dollars when the 48-year-old singer died, and was given 1/10 of Houston’s estate when she turned 21, with 1/6 of the balance remaining which she would get after turning 25, reported TMZ.com.

Houston’s will provided that if her daughter dies before reaching 25, all the money would go to the people she designated namely, her mother Cissy and brothers Michael and Gary.

The will makes it clear that Kristina had no right to distribute her mother’s money.

Also, Houston’s former husband and Bobbi’s father Bobby Brown, who previously had a cut in the will, wouldn’t be getting a penny now as he does not meet the qualifier of being the singer’s husband. (ANI)^

London, July 28 (ANI): A German of Somali origin is believed to have carried out the attack that targeted a hotel in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu, killing 15 people, a Somali intelligence officer said.

He added that the male suicide bomber, who detonated his car at the entrance of Jazeera hotel, is believed to be from Bonn, reported the BBC.

The officer said that investigators were trying to find out how the bombing was masterminded.

The hotel is located near the city’s airport and has often hosted international diplomats in the past.

Islamist militant group Al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is believed to have been carried out in response to the offensive launched by an African Union force and the Somali government against the terror outfit. (ANI)

London, July 28 (ANI): In a series of controlled explosions, scientists tested a bomb proof lining technology to avoid explosions in aircrafts, which showed positive results.

Developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, the Fly-Bag lining technology, successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321.

The technology which lines an aircraft’s luggage hold with multiple layers of novel fabrics and composites, was tested under increasing explosive charges on disused planes at Cotswolds Airport, near Cirencester, this week.

Fundamental to the design of the bag is a combination of fabrics which have high strength and impact and heat resistance. The fabrics include Aramid, which is used in ballistic body armour.

Lead researcher Dr Andy Tyas at the University of Sheffield said that the key to the concept was that the lining was flexible which added to its resilience when containing the explosive force and any fragments produced. It helped to ensure that the Fly-Bag acted as a membrane rather than as a rigid-walled container which might shatter on impact.

Hardened luggage containers (HULD) have been developed to deal with bombs hidden in passenger luggage, but these containers are heavier and more costly than conventional equivalents.

A European consortium working on the Fly Bag project includes Blastech, a spin out company from the University of Sheffield, as well as partners from Greece, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. (ANI)

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