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

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