US intercepts missile in test off Hawaii
Washington: The US military shot down a medium-range ballistic missile target off the coast of Hawaii early Wednesday, in a successful test of a missile interception system Japan is seeking to bolster its defence against North Korea.
The test was performed by the US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) and the US Navy from the USS John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer, just one day after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promised more missile flights over Japan, insisting his nuclear-armed nation’s provocation was a mere “curtain-raiser”, in the face of United Nations condemnation and US warnings of severe repercussions. AFP Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday, bringing the catastrophic downpours that paralyzed the US energy hub of Houston, where record rainfall drove tens of thousands of people from their homes. The storm that first came ashore on Friday near Corpus Christi, Texas, as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has killed at least 17 people and forced 30,000 people to flee to emergency shelters. Damage has been estimated at tens of billions of dollars, making it one of the costliest US natural disasters. REUTERS released on Wednesday, 98.96% of Rs1,000 and Rs500 denomination banknotes (by value) that were invalidated on 8 November had been returned by the end of June. The numbers put to rest one of the big mysteries surrounding the exercise, which, according to some analysts, was one of the reasons behind the Bharatiya Janata Party’s landslide win in this year’s elections in Uttar Pradesh. In its report, the central bank said that “subject to future corrections based on verification process when completed”, the estimated value of the banned notes it “received” was Rs15.28 trillion. PAGE 1