At 102, India’s oldest voter all set to poll for record 32nd time

At 102, India’s oldest voter all set to poll for record 32nd time

At 102, India’s oldest voter Shyam Negi is all set to head to the polls for a national record 32nd time. The retired teacher has cast his vote in every major poll since the country’s first elections in 1951. And the father-of-seven, who in 2014 was made brand ambassador and mascot for the Election Commission of India, has the distinction of being the first ever Indian to complete an election ballot paper.

Although an ardent supporter of India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Negi believes the outcome of recent Indian-Pakistani tensions over Kashmir could be a crucial deciding factor in the result of India’s general elections later this year.

Negi will be keeping abreast of developments by listening to news updates on his trusty Philips radio from his Kalpa village home in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, a state in northern India.




Expat, 25, dies a day before his betrothal

Expat, 25, dies a day before his betrothal

A 25 years old expatriate’s life came to an abrupt end as he died in his sleep a day before his marriage fixing ceremony. Nawaf Musawa went to sleep on Saturday night ready to fly to India the next day for his marriage fixing function, however, fate had something else in the store.

Government to rebuild gutted ma’atam

Government to rebuild gutted ma’atam

A ma’atam that was destroyed by a devastating fire in Al Daih village on Saturday, will be rebuilt under the supervision of the government, it has been announced. Interior Ministry confirmed that no injuries were caused by the fire and that “Civil Defence prevented the flames

Man held for torturing dog

Man held for torturing dog

A man was arrested on Saturday a few hours after he appeared in footage brutally torturing a dog at a residence in the Northern Governorate. The man was secretly filmed by an unknown individual while on the rooftop of a building. He was seen beating a dog that was tied by its neck to a cl

Expansion on track

Expansion on track

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister yesterday visited the Bahrain International Airport to review the progress of the Airport Expansion Project. Upon arrival, HRH the Crown Prince was welcomed by Deputy Prim


Jakarta opens mass rapid transit system

Jakarta opens mass rapid transit system

Indonesia’s capital inaugurated its first mass rapid transit system on Sunday, a $1.1 billion project seen as crucial to tackling some of the world’s worst traffic congestion. President Joko Widodo and other officials joine

MAX anti-stall software fix ready

MAX anti-stall software fix ready

A fix to the anti-stall system suspected in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet that killed 189 people in Indonesia is ready, industry sources said Saturday, as the company tries to avoid a lengthy grounding of its planes. Boeing was d

Sri Lanka opens work on $3.85bn refinery

Sri Lanka opens work on $3.85bn refinery

Sri Lanka began construction yesterday of a nearly $4 billion oil refinery it hopes will revive foreign interest in its shipping facilities after Beijing’s takeover of a nearby port spooked international investors. Prime Minister

Disease fears mount for cyclone survivors

Disease fears mount for cyclone survivors

Disease is threatening to aggravate the already dire conditions facing millions of survivors following the powerful tropical cyclone which ravaged southern Africa 10 days ago, officials warned on Sunday. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozam

Caliphate ‘a living hell’

Caliphate ‘a living hell’

For the millions forced to endure the Islamic State group’s brutal rule, life in the “caliphate” was a living hell where girls were enslaved, music was banned and homosexuality was punishable by death. The jihadists a

Hundreds airlifted

Hundreds airlifted

A cruise liner that ran into trouble in rough seas off Norway was being towed to port yesterday after hundreds of passengers were helicoptered to safety. The Viking Sky lost power and started drifting mid-afternoon Saturday in perilous