Samara (Russia), Nov 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Fatal flooding indirectly led to a planned World Cup 2018 stadium in the Russian city of Samara being relocated to a new site. In response to floods that killed 172 people in and around the town of Krymsk in July, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree specifying any new large building near water must be at least eight meters above the water level. With Samara's 45,000-seater stadium originally set to be built on an island where two rivers meet, these new rules would have made the project far too expensive, regional governor Nikolai Merkushkin said
Washington, Nov 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) With cell phone service knocked out and no electricity in many parts of New York City in the wake of superstorm Sandy, people are waiting in lines to use a relic from the past - the pay phone. "I didn't even know they were working," New York City resident Leslie Koch said about the public pay phones in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this week Koch celebrated her blast with the past when she used the antiquated device by taking a picture of it and posting it to her Twitter account with a caption that said, "This is called a pay phone
Paris, Nov 3 (IANS) Indian duo Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna claimed a berth in the ATP World Tour Finals in London with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-4 win over Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the quarter finals of BNP Paribas Masters here. Friday's victory in the winner-takes-all clash will see the Indians making debut as a team in the season finale at London. The 38-year-old Bhupathi is a four-time runner-up at the London event, losing in the final in 2010 (w/Mirnyi) and 1997, 1999 and 2000 with Leander Paes
Beijing, Nov 3 (IANS) China's central bank has vowed to keep the monetary environment stable in the coming months. "The preemptive fine-tuning of macro policies and the structural reform measures are gradually taking effect, and the economy is expected to keep steady and relatively rapid growth," the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, said in its latest monetary policy report released late Friday.
Yangon, Nov 3 (IANS) Myanmar drew $662.25 million in foreign investment in the first seven months of 2012, official statistics show. Of the total, $366.59 million was injected into the sector of oil and gas, $193.77 million into power sector, $72.33 million into manufacturing and $19.89 million into mining during the period from January to July, reported Xinhua citing the latest figures of the Central Statistical Organization
Beijing, Nov 3 (IANS) The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) of China's non-manufacturing sector was 55.5 percent in October, up 1.8 percentage points from September, an official survey showed Saturday.
Beijing, Nov 3 (IANS) Chinese democracy is not really what people expect it to be, a state-run daily said Saturday, days ahead of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). An article "China's path to democracy" in People's Daily said democracy was not only a system of government but a way of life which meets people's needs.
Moscow, Nov 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Roman Shirokov headed a crucial goal deep in stoppage time to give Zenit St. Petersburg all three points in a 2-1 win at home against lowly FC Rostov in the Russian Premier League football.
Beijing, Nov 3 (IANS) London Olympic double gold medal winner Ye Shiwen claimed the women's 200 meter individual medley gold medal at the short course Beijing World Cup swimming here. Beijing Olympic champion Liu Zige finished fifth in the women's 100m butterfly. The 16-year-old Ye, who won the 200m and 400m medley gold and renewed the 200m medley world record at the London Games, touched the wall first in two minutes and 6.10 seconds here Friday, reports Xinhua
Madrid, Nov 3 (IANS/EFE) Spanish police are investigating videos taken by security cameras in a corridor of the Madrid Arena, scene of a giant Halloween party where three people died and two were badly hurt in a stampede.