Teen In Kolkata Jumps Off Building Where She Went For Tuition: Police


The girl used to regularly visit the building for private tuition. (Representational)

Kolkata: 

A 16-year-old girl on Wednesday allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the roof of a five-storey building in Kolkata’s Burtala area, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.

“The incident happened at around 6 pm. We have found a suicide note which she was holding on to. It seems she was going through mental stress due to academic pressure,” the officer said.

The girl, a student of Class 10, used to regularly visit the building for private tuitions, he said.

Her body has been sent for post-mortem and a probe is on, police said.





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Iraq’s Mosul Demolishes Iconic Building Used By ISIS To Kill Gay Men


The building was designed by celebrated Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji in the 1960s

Mosul, Iraq: 

Authorities in Mosul have begun demolishing a onetime icon of modern Iraqi architecture used by the ISIS to throw men accused of being gay to their deaths.

Labourers and bulldozers on Monday could be seen removing rubble and twisted metal from the gutted ruins of the National Insurance Company in the city’s west.

It was designed by celebrated Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji in the 1960s but became infamous under IS, which used the seven-storey structure to kill young men it said had violated Islamic law by being gay.

The building was then ravaged by the months-long fight to oust IS from Mosul, which ended in the summer of 2017.

“It’s prone to collapse because of the rockets, shelling, and explosions that hit it and destroyed large parts of it,” Mohammad Jassem, a municipal official representing Mosul’s nearby Old City, told AFP.

“A committee was formed to study the building and assessed it was no longer viable, and that any restoration at this stage would be futile.”

He said discussions were ongoing to demolish other buildings damaged in the fighting, including Mosul’s branch of the central bank and the Nineveh governorate.

The NIC building had been regarded as a prime example of modern Iraqi design. It featured rows of slim archways and projected windows reminiscent of Iraq’s famous “shanasheel”.

Its designer, Chadirji, has been dubbed the “father” of Iraqi architecture and is also behind striking buildings in Baghdad.

Last year, Iraqi cellist and conductor Karim Wasfi played a concert in front of what remained of the NIC building as part of a peace initiative for the city.

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The NIC building had been regarded as a prime example of modern Iraqi design

‘Terrifying sight’

Now, about a month after demolition work began, only three floors remain. Chunks of concrete and metal wires hang off its edges, grazing the growing mounds of rubble around it.

Its destruction has divided Moslawis.

“This building is extremely important architecturally as it’s one of the modern icons of the city and of its recent history,” said resident Abu Mahmud, 33.

“So the relevant authorities should have kept it this way, as a witness to the ugliness of Daesh’s crimes against Mosul,” he told AFP, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

But Samira Ali, another resident, disagreed.

“I hope this building is removed and that a garden or museum is erected in its place,” she told AFP.

“It’s a terrifying sight. It reminds me of the death penalty Daesh would mete out against innocent people by throwing them off the roof.”

Ghada Rzouki, an architecture professor at the University of Baghdad, said the NIC building represents Iraq’s “age of modernity” but was superceded by Mosul’s other cultural gems.

“I was born in Mosul. In my view, there are many other religious and heritage sites that no one is paying attention to but which should be protected,” she said.

Another local official told AFP a new government building would likely be erected on the same plot of land but that there had been no plans to set up a memorial to victims of IS crimes there.

The NIC building lies near Mosul’s Old City, which was ravaged by fighting and where the UN’s heritage agency UNESCO is undertaking some restoration work.

Last month, UNESCO and Iraqi religious leaders laid the cornerstone to rebuild Mosul’s Al-Nuri mosque and adjacent leaning minaret, two of the city’s most celebrated emblems.





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Exiled Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Jailed For Setting Banque De France Building On Fire


In October 2017, Pyotr Pavlensky torched the front door of the Paris Bastille branch of Banque de France

Paris: 

A court jailed an exiled Russian artist Thursday for setting fire to the facade of a French central bank building, a performance that was filmed and circulated on social media.

Pyotr Pavlensky, 34, received a one-year jail term and two years suspended for the stunt, but should walk free, having already served 11 months in custody.

His former partner, Oksana Shalygina, received a two-year sentence, 16 months of which were suspended.

But Pavlensky was also ordered to pay 21,678 euros ($25,000) in damages to the Banque de France. “Never!” he said in Russian.

Pavlensky fled to France and was given asylum in 2017 after several provocative protests drew the ire of Russian authorities, not least one in which he nailed his scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square.

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Pyotr Pavlensky and his former partner Oksana Shalygina fled to France and were given asylum in 2017 after several provocative protests in Russia

In France, Pavlensky kept up his work. In October 2017 he and Oksana Shalygina torched the front door of the Paris Bastille branch of the Banque de France.

Locating it on the Place de la Bastille, where the French Revolution began in 1789, was “historically shameful”, he argued, adding: “Bankers have taken the place of monarchs.”

They were convicted of “dangerous destruction of property”.

Shalygina had been freed ahead of trial in January 2018, but the court at first deemed Pavlensky a flight risk and ordered him held in custody. He was eventually released last September.

After making global headlines with his Red Square scrotum performance titled “Fixation” in 2013.

2016, a Russian court fined him after he doused the doors of Russia’s FSB secret police headquarters with petrol and set them on fire.

Pavlensky has also sewn his lips together to protest the jailing of members of the feminist Russian punk group Pussy Riot, wrapped himself in barbed wire, and chopped off part of his ear.

In December 2016 Russian authorities said a theatre actress had accused Pavlensky of sexual assault, charges he denounced as fabricated.

He says he risks 10 years in a prison camp if returned to Russia.





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China Building ‘Most Advanced’ Naval Warships For Pakistan: Report


China is the largest supplier of weapon system to Pakistan.

Beijing: 

China is building the first of four “most advanced” naval warships for its “all-weather ally” Pakistan as part of a major bilateral arms deal to ensure among other things “balance of power” in the strategic Indian Ocean, state media reported.

Equipped with modern detection and weapon systems, it will be capable of anti-ship, anti-submarine and air-defence operations, China Daily quoted state-owned defence contractor China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) as saying.

The ship under-construction is a version of the Chinese Navy’s most advanced guided missile frigate, it said.

The CSSC did not specify the ship’s type but said it is being constructed at its Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai.

China is the largest supplier of weapon system to Pakistan. Both the countries also jointly manufacture JF-Thunder a single engine multi-role combat aircraft.

The ship’s class is Type 054AP, which means it is based on the Type 054A of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, the report quoted the Pakistani Navy as saying.

The Pakistani Navy previously said four such ships had been ordered, according to the report.

Once constructed, the warship “will be one of the largest and technologically advanced platforms of the Pakistani Navy and strengthen the country’s capability to respond to future challenges, maintain peace and stability and the balance of power in the Indian Ocean region,” the report said.

It will also support the Pakistani Navy’s initiative of securing sea lanes for international shipping by patrolling distant waters, the daily quoted the CSSC as saying.

China, which has already taken over Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar port under the so-called multi-billion ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ or ‘CPEC’, looks to assist the Pakistani navy to restore the balance of power in India’s backyard.

China has acquired the logistical military base in Djibouti and taken over the Hambantota port of Sri Lanka under a 99-year debt swap deal.

China recently denied a New York Times report that it finalised a plan to build advanced fighter aircraft under the ‘CPEC’ in Pakistan, adding a military dimension to it.

India protested to China over the ‘CPEC’ as it is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Pakistan became the first country to hook on to China’s BeiDou Satellite Navigation System, a rival to the US Global Positioning System (GPS) which went global recently. The system was expected to be used for military applications.

The report said Type 054A is the best frigate in service with the PLA Navy. Military sources said the ship has a fully loaded displacement of about 4,000 metric tonnes and is equipped with advanced radars and missiles. About 30 Type 054As are in service with the PLA Navy.

An insider in China’s shipbuilding sector with knowledge of the Type 054AP programme told the Daily that the ship is the largest and most powerful combat vessel China has ever exported.

“Based on pictures circulating on the internet, the ship will have vertical launch cells that can fire Chinese HQ-16 air-defence missiles and other kinds of missiles. Vertical launch cells will bring flexibility to the user in terms of weapons portfolio, thus giving it a stronger fighting capability,” he said, adding that the Type 054AP is the best frigate Pakistan can access in the international market.

“The service of Type 054APs will double the combat power of the Pakistani Navy’s surface fleet,” he said.

Commenting on the ship’s construction, Cao Weidong, a senior researcher at the PLA’s Naval Military Studies Research Institute, said in the past, the Pakistani Navy would ask its Chinese contractors to use Western radars or weapons on ships constructed by the Chinese shipbuilders because it believed the Western naval technologies were better than Chinese ones.

“But it seems that all weapons and radars on the new ship will be Chinese products, which reflects our progress in the industry and the Pakistani Navy’s confidence in our technology and capability,” he said.

Cao Weidong said there are many nations selling frigates in the market, so Pakistan must have made thorough comparisons in terms of combat capability and costs.

“I believe the reason they chose our type is that ours is one of the few that can carry out all of the air-defence, anti-ship and anti-submarine tasks,” he said, expecting the service of the Chinese frigate to substantially boost Pakistan’s defence capability.





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As US Plans Troops Pull-Out, 29 Killed In Attack At Afghan Building


Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of an attack in Kabul. (Reuters)

Kabul, Afghanistan: 

A suicide and gun attack on a Kabul government compound killed at least 29 people on Monday, an official said, in the latest bloody violence to strike the Afghan capital.

The raid capped a tumultuous few days in Afghanistan where officials are reeling from US President Donald Trump’s plan to slash troop numbers, which many fear could harm efforts to end the 17-year war with the Taliban. It also comes after a major security shake-up in Kabul.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault on the site where the Ministry of Public Works and other offices are located, which officials declared over after more than seven hours.

At least 20 people were wounded in addition to those killed, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. Most of the victims were civilians.

Afghan forces killed three of the attackers and freed more than 350 people trapped inside the compound, Danish added. A fourth attacker died in a car bomb explosion that launched the attack.

One of the wounded civilians broke several bones after jumping from the third floor of a building to escape the attackers, an AFP correspondent at a hospital said.  

Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the compound, with at least two military helicopters circling above.

Journalists near the scene reported hearing numerous explosions in the hours after the attack began mid-afternoon.

Ashraf, a witness who works at the Ministry of Public Works and who goes by one name, said earlier he had heard militants inside the compound exchanging gunfire with security forces.

“They are also firing at the NDS facility nearby,” he told AFP after escaping the compound, referring to the Afghan spy agency, the National Directorate of Security.

Public works ministry spokesman Mehdi Rohani spoke to AFP as he and his colleagues were fleeing to a safe room shortly after the gunmen stormed the area.

“A car bomb detonated at the entrance of the ministry’s parking lot,” he told AFP by mobile phone as he ran from the scene.

“I can hear some gunfire outside the building. We are fine.”

Soft targets

The attack came after an American official told AFP late last week that Trump had decided to pull out “roughly half” of the 14,000 US forces in the country.

The unexpected move stunned and dismayed foreign diplomats and Afghan officials in Kabul who are intensifying a push to end the conflict with the Taliban.

The assault also comes a day after President Ashraf Ghani appointed Amrullah Saleh and Assadullah Khaled, both former spymasters known for their anti-Taliban and Pakistan stance, to head the interior and defence ministries, respectively.

Militants have previously attacked government ministries and departments because they are often poorly defended and seen as soft targets.

Monday’s attack was the biggest in Kabul since November 28 when the Taliban detonated a vehicle bomb outside the compound of British security firm G4S, killing at least 10 people and leaving a massive crater in the road.

While there has been no official announcement of a US drawdown, the mere suggestion of the United States reducing its military presence has rattled the Afghan capital and potentially undermined peace efforts.

General Scott Miller, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said Sunday he had not received orders to pull forces out of the country.

Trump’s decision apparently came Tuesday as US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban in Abu Dhabi, part of efforts to bring the militants to the negotiating table with Kabul.

Many Afghans are worried that President Ashraf Ghani’s fragile unity government would collapse if US troops pulled out, enabling the Taliban to return to power and potentially sparking another bloody civil war.

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3 Dead, 6 Injured After Under-Construction Building Collapses In Mumbai


Fire brigade and police personnel rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation.

Mumbai: 

At least three people were killed and six others injured when a two-storey under-construction structure in a chawl collapsed on Sunday morning, the police said.

The incident took place at around 9.15 am at Motilal Nagar in Goregaon (West) when the slab of the two-storeyed building gave way during construction, an official said.

The structure was part of a chawl (tenement) of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada), he said.

Fire brigade and police personnel rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation, he said.

At least three fire engines, one rescue van and an ambulance were deployed for the operation, the official said.

At least nine people trapped inside the debris were rescued and rushed to Siddharth Hospital in Goregaon, he said.

A 27-year-old man, Shravan Kumar Goremandal, was declared dead on arrival, he said.

One Subhash Chavan, 38, and an unidentified person also died soon after, the official said.

Three of the injured, Mangal Bansa, 35, Munna Shaikh, 30, and Shekhar, 35, were admitted in the hospital, while the others were discharged after treatment, he said.

An accidental death report was registered at the Goregaon Police station and a probe is underway, he said.





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China Denies Report On Building Military Jets In Pak Under Trade Corridor


According to our information the relevant report isn’t true,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said

Beijing: 

China on Friday dismissed as untrue a US media report that alleged that it has hatched a secret plan to build fighter jets and other military hardware in Pakistan as part of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Islamabad datelined report in the New York Times said Pakistani Air Force and Chinese officials were putting the final touches to the secret proposal.

“Chinese officials have repeatedly said the Belt and Road is purely an economic project with peaceful intent. But with its plan for Pakistan, China is for the first time explicitly tying a Belt and Road proposal to its military ambitions – and confirming the concerns of a host of nations who suspect the infrastructure initiative is really about helping China project armed might,” the report said.

“According to our information the relevant report is not true,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, told a media briefing when asked about the report, which coincided with the eighth Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting of the CPEC during which both sides signed an agreement to expand industrial cooperation in diverse fields and attract investment in special economic zones.

Hua said the CPEC is an important framework for cooperation bearing the long-term interests in mind.

All-weather friends and close allies, China and Pakistan have been jointly building the J-17 Thunder, a single seater multi-role combat aircraft. Pakistan has been eyeing a number of new advanced Chinese jets including the stealth fighter.





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Delhi High Court Verdict Over Notice To Vacate National Herald Building On Friday


Delhi High Court earlier asked centre to maintain status quo over enforcing of the October 30 order

New Delhi: 

The Delhi High Court is scheduled to pronounce on Friday its verdict on a plea by Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of National Herald, which has challenged centre’s order ending its 56-year-old lease asking it to vacate premises at New Delhi’s ITO area.

Justice Sunil Gaur, who was hearing the matter, had reserved his decision on November 22 on AJL’s plea against the government’s October 30 notice.

The court on the last date had asked the centre what the justification was to re-enter the premises now when publication of National Herald has commenced.

The centre and the Land and Development Office (L&DO) had told the court that re-entry notice was issued as it had initiated the proceedings back in 2016 when no printing or publishing activity was going on.

All the procedures have been followed to the hilt before issuing the notice for re-entry to AJL, it had said.

“Procedure may have been followed, but by the time re-entry notice was issued, they were running a newspaper,” the court had said.

AJL had opposed the centre’s stand, saying that publication of web editions began in 2016 and the issue of absence of printing press in the premises was not raised then.

It had said the government kept silent till April 2018 when it again sent a notice for inspection and in which it had said that it was coming to check breaches mentioned in notice of October 10, 2016.

AJL had also argued that several major papers carry out printing elsewhere.

While reserving judgement, the court had said that the government cannot straightaway throw out AJL without first proceeding under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971.

The court had earlier asked the government to maintain status quo with regard to enforcement of the October 30 order.

The centre had, during arguments, contended that transfer of 98 per cent stake in AJL to Young Indian (YI) when the latter bought the former’s Rs 90 crore debt for a consideration of Rs 50 lakh, led to a “virtual” sale of the Herald building.

In its petition, the AJL has alleged that the proceedings by the ministry were being initiated for the purposes of “scuttling the voices of dissent” and the voice of the largest opposition party in the country, a reference to the Congress.

Without naming the BJP, the AJL has further alleged that the order issued under pressure and directives from the ruling party at the Centre is vitiated by mala fide, bias and had “oblique political motives”.

The L&DO, which comes under the ministry, had ended the lease — entered into with AJL on August 2, 1962 and made perpetual on January 10, 1967 — asking the company to hand over the possession by November 15.

The L&DO’s order had also said that failure to hand over possession would lead to initiation of proceedings under the Public Premises Act.

In its plea, AJL has also said that the digital versions of English newspaper National Herald, Hindi’s Navjivan and Urdu’s Qaumi Awaz have commenced since 2016-17.

The weekly newspaper ‘National Herald on Sunday’ resumed on September 24 last year and the place of publication was the ITO premises, AJL had said, adding that the Hindi weekly newspaper Sunday Navjivan was also being published since October this year from the same premises.

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She Spent 2 Years Building A Tiny House. Then Thieves Wheeled It Away


Only stray bricks and wooden boards remained where Meghan Panu’s house once stood.

This was odd, because there hadn’t been a fire. Or an earthquake. No, the young woman’s home had been wheeled away on the trailer where it rested outside a St. Louis warehouse for home remodeling supplies.

Hers was no ordinary home, with foundations anchoring it in the ground. It was a tiny home. And it vanished over the weekend.

For two years, the recent Webster University graduate had been working on the minimalist accommodation. She had drawn a floor plan, laid sheep’s wool insulation and found electric and water sources. The home rose 12 feet high, with green windows, a tin roof and stained cedar siding. Construction had cost her about $20,000.

Panu planned to move in this spring, taking part in the tiny house movement. The architectural and social experiment has gained traction an alternative lifestyle, and also, in some areas, as a quick fix for homelessness. This has prompted backlash from traditional homeowners who fear the trend will drive down prices, as well as scrutiny from experts who warn that tiny mobile homes – generally 100 to 400 square feet – are insufficient shelter for the vulnerable.

For Panu, building a miniature domicile was an experiment in sustainable living. “My eventual hope would be to participate in the creation of a tiny house eco village,” she wrote on Facebook in March.

“Being able to move into my tiny house and reduce my consumption as much as possible is very important to me,” Panu told the Webster Journal last year. She said she got the idea from a documentary on Netflix.

The process began in early 2017 with pencil sketches. In February, she acquired a trailer. Panu put out a call on Facebook for warehouse space, but much of the construction proceeded outdoors. The house was framed last winter. By March, the roof was in place. She prided herself on using recycled materials and completing the bulk of the construction work herself, enlisting volunteers where she could find them, including friends and even her father on at least one occasion.

“Blood, sweat and tears,” she wrote in February, uploading a photograph of her bloodied hand. “But mostly blood.”

As it took shape, the home had traveled back and forth between St. Louis and Webster Groves, where Panu’s university is located. But on Saturday morning, she received a call from the supply warehouse’s owner, who had recently invited her to park near his business, Refab.

“He asked if I had moved the tiny house overnight and when I said no, he had the unfortunate news that they hadn’t, and it was likely taken,” Panu told WTHR, an NBC affiliate.

She put out an appeal on social media. “I NEED YOUR HELP,” she wrote on her Instagram page, “St. Louis Tiny Living.” Between 10:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, she explained, “the tiny house was stolen.”

“I’m at a loss,” she continued. “Please, if you see it around the city call and report it.”

Her followers came to her defense. “I’m so sorry dude!” one wrote, vowing to “keep my eyes peeled.” Another commented: “I’m livid for you.” One person simply proclaimed, “WHAT.”

And then there was the devoted follower who said she would scour the entire Midwest for the unusual contraband. She was driving from Iowa to Florida, she said, and had taken a screen shot of Panu’s house “to keep an eye out while we travel.”

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It didn’t take authorities long to reach Panu, who was eager to have her home back.

In the days that followed, Panu mustered the full sleuthing powers of the Internet, crowdsourcing tips on social media and relaying them to her followers as she pressed local businesses for security footage. “Keep looking, it takes a village,” she told her army of amateur detectives, reporting that the house was seen Saturday morning heading “north down Grand near Russell.” By Sunday, two reports had come in placing the house on I-70, heading West toward Kansas City.

Leads arrived on Panu’s Facebook page. A motorist on Route 54 about 100 miles west of St. Louis said he had spotted what appeared to be her home being towed by a light gray Dodge 3500 diesel pickup truck. When Panu posted a screen shot of the message on her Facebook page, someone commented to say he had seen the same truck, also with the house, parked near an Iron Skillet restaurant in Kingdom City, Missouri.

On Monday, local media joined the chase. “There are car thieves, package thieves and air conditioning thieves,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. “But St. Louis larceny reached a new milestone Saturday when burglars drove off with a whole house.”

A Fox headline blared, “South City woman distraught over stolen tiny house.” The announcement seemed to capture Panu’s emotional state as she posted it on Facebook, earning more than 1,000 shares and several new tips. She said two men were seen driving a truck with the home hitched on behind. “Could be traveling to Nebraska,” she speculated. By Tuesday, clues suggested they were headed in the direction of California.

But still no conclusive leads.

“Thank you all for your continued support, unfortunately I don’t have any new information at this time,” she wrote on Tuesday. With little else to say about the heist, she posted photos of the home as it took shape over the summer – a reminder of what she once had.

On Wednesday, detectives found the house 30 miles down the Mississippi River in House Springs, Missouri, Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak announced on Twitter. The Associated Press reported that an anonymous tip had led them to the purloined residence. According to the Post-Dispatch, there was no word on suspects.

It didn’t take authorities long to reach Panu, who received more good news. A towing company said it would return the home free of charge – “an early Christmas Present,” Marshak said.

“TINY HOUSE FOUND,” Panu wrote on Facebook, adding a lighting bolt emoji. She plans to finish the interior before moving in next year.

When Panu takes up residence in her tiny home, she will join a movement that traces its roots to Henry David Thoreau, who wrote in “Walden,” published in 1854, of his desire “to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” The writer and abolitionist built his own abode at Walden Pond, in Massachusetts.

Today’s tiny house movement similarly seeks distance from the consumer economy, but its expansion in the U.S. has also been born of necessity. According to EcoWatch, tiny homes emerged as an “architectural and cultural phenomenon” following the collapse of the housing market between 2007 and 2009. Now, from San Jose to Philadelphia, communities of tiny houses are emerging as a possible answer to intractable homelessness.

At the same time, the minimalist dwellings have gained a following as a trendy lifestyle choice. Some occupy them full-time, while others position the mobile structures adjacent to a fuller residence and rent out the miniature accommodations on Airbnb.

“5 impressive tiny houses you can order right now,” reads a headline in Curbed. The first offering is a “trendy all-black stunner,” which is 357 square feet but costs $139,000. HGTV’s television series “Tiny House Hunters” follows buyers “as they look to downsize, way down.”

These are the contradictions that define the movement, said Nancy Unger, a historian at Santa Clara University. “Trendy, trying to live more simply and ‘this is all I’ve got between me and homelessness’ – they’re all part of this,” she told The Washington Post. A headline on the ArchDaily blog had this sinister interpretation: “Tiny Houses: Downsizing the American Dream.”

As a serious solution to the absence of affordable housing, Unger said, the movement runs into trouble because it often lacks support from local homeowners, who fear that an influx of tiny dwellings will bring down the prices of traditional homes. There are risks for the occupants, too, chiefly that someone could “make off with the thing in which you have everything invested,” she said.

Of course, no one is immune from disaster, the historian said. Nor is apparent disaster always the final word, as Panu learned in St. Louis.

But it’s a precarious way of living.

“I live in a house, and it could burn down, or any number of things could happen,” Unger said. “But nobody can steal it.”

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Millionaire Throws Cash From Top Of Building, Sparks Frenzy. Video Is Viral


A man was arrested in Hong Kong on Sunday for tossing cash from the top of a building and sparking frenzy amongst the bystanders below. According to Channel News Asia, 24-year-old Wong Ching-kit arrived in the neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon, driving a Lamborghini sports car and holding a stack of bills.

According to reports, Mr Wong is a millionaire who made his fortune dealing in the cryptocurrency bitcoin.

Videos that have been shared widely on social media show him standing on top of a building and throwing cash at the pedestrians standing below. Dozens of people are seen scrambling to get their hands on the cash.

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According to Daily Mail, Mr Wong threw away about HK$2,00,000 (approximately Rs 18 lakhs) in his money rain stunt before he was arrested. He even live-streamed his arrest from the Facebook page he runs – Epoch Cryptocurrency.

In a picture shared on the same page, which shows money raining down, Mr Wong said he wanted to help the poor by robbing the rich.

 

 

However, according to Asia Crypto Today, the reason behind the stunt may not have been as noble as he would have us believe. They report that Mr Wong has a reputation among Hong Kong’s crypto inner circle as a scammer and conman, and that the money rain incident was a publicity stunt for his FCC (FileCash Coin) project.

 

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