Daily Archives: October 22, 2014

Canada parliament locked down after soldier shot

Heavily-armed Canadian police backed by armored vehicles and surrounded parliament in Ottawa on Wednesday after at least one gunman shot a soldier guarding a nearby monument. Witnesses said they saw a man armed with a rifle running to the parliament building after the shooting, and some local media cited reports that there may have been a second shooter.

One witness, Marc-Andre Viau, said he saw a man run into a caucus meeting the parliament, chased by police who yelled “take cover.”

That was followed by “10, 15, maybe 20 shots,” possibly from an automatic weapon, he said.

“I’m shaken,” said Viau, who works at the parliament.

The soldier appeared seriously wounded. Emergency medics were seen pushing on his chest to revive him.

Heavily-armed police raced to seal off the parliament building and the office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper left the area of the shooting and was “safe,” his spokesman Jason MacDonald said.

The incident came a day after a 25-year-old driver ran over a soldier, killing him before being shot dead by police, in what the government said was a terrorist attack.

Authorities had raised the security threat level from low to medium after that incident.

Outside parliament, police were seen taking cover behind vehicles, as others expanded a cordoned off area to a city block around parliament.


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Google Hangouts, Google+ and Gmail face service disruptions

NEW DELHI: It appears that Google services including Hangouts, Google+ and Gmail are down for a large number of users.


Google has announced that the new version of the app, Hangouts 2.1, is rolling out to all users over the next few days.

The Hangouts contacts list integrated with Gmail is not loading and returning errors such as “Gmail is temporarily unable to access your Contacts. You may experience issues while this persists.” A few Google services pages are throwing up 500 errors. We also experienced problems while trying to send chat messages through the mobile version of Hangouts.

Some services are working but are extremely sluggish to use at this time.

Google’s Apps Status Dashboard also indicates that Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Drive, Google Groups, Google Sites, and Google Hangouts are experiencing service disruption.


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Festival of lights celebrated today –President issues Deepavali message


Today, Wednesday October 22 marks Deepavali or also known as “The Festival of Lights”.

Hindus believe that it was on a day like this that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Naraksura and brought light and blessings to this world.

Hindu Devotees in Sri Lanka celebrate Deepavali by engaging in religious observances. According to the Lunar Calendar, Deepavali marks the beginning of the Hindu Year. The festival of Deepavali symbolises the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness.

Meanwhile, issuing a message on Deepavali, President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the festival of Deepavali, which underlines the great spiritual values of Hinduism, is filled with the spirit of love and devotion, and is an occasion for Hindus to strive for greater spirituality, foster understanding among the communities and increase harmony among people.

He added that the religious practices and festivities that go with this festival will also add to the spirit of reconciliation that prevails in the country, for which one looks forward to the eager and active participation of the Hindu Community”

Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne in his message states that many programmes are being implemented to uplift the lives of the people who suffered the war for thirty years.

He added that the people of the North and East are resettled in their villages and various development projects have been launched and the government has paved the way to build peace, unity and eternal harmony among ethic groups.


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Google revamps Gmail app, now supports Yahoo, Outlook

Washington: Google has revamped its Gmail app for Android, and it will now support Yahoo, and Outlook accounts.

Gmail for Android has traditionally supported just Google’s own mail service, but now the search giant wants to help Android users manage all of their mail from within its Gmail app, The Verge reported.

A leaked video demonstrates the new Gmail app, and Google notes within it that more than just Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook.com accounts are supported.

It appears that Exchange ActiveSync is supported, as in the Android mail client, which could spell the end of switching between mail clients on Android for most users.

Yahoo and Outlook.com are a welcome addition for Android users, and it’s a move from Google that may also help keep phone makers bundling apps like Gmail with devices, the report said.


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