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Nawaz Sharif to pay for his family’s illegal helicopter usage, says Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said that former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family members spent at least Rs25million from national kitty by using state helicopter and planes for personal errands, ARY News reported. Addressing media in Islamabad, the minister claimed that the Sharif family members including Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz used state chopper and planes for personal errands so the government has decided to send the bill to former PM Nawaz Sharif. "We have…

Indian chopper goes missing near China border

NEW DELHI: An Indian helicopter with three people on board has gone missing near the country's border with China after taking off on a flood rescue mission, an official said on Tuesday. The aircraft lost contact in Arunachal Pradesh state in India's remote northeast amid turbulent weather, the defence official told AFP. "The ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter) had taken off from Tezpur airbase in Assam state around 4 pm (10:30 GMT)," he said, declining to be named. CM @PemaKhanduBJP ji & State Govt mobilizing local…

Chopper pilot finds two Pacific castaway boats

MAJURO, Marshall Islands: A helicopter pilot scanning remote northern Pacific waters for tuna was stunned to find not one but two boats carrying castaways who had been adrift for weeks, it was reported Thursday. The pilot, operating the chopper from a trawler off the Marshall Islands, came across the boats by chance last week, leading to the rescue of three fishermen and a teenage boy, the Marshall Islands Journal reported. It said both boats had set off from Kiribati, about 650 kilometres (400 miles) away. The one…

New Zealand farmers use choppers to dry their cherries

WELLINGTON: New Zealand cherry producers are flying helicopters low over their orchards to dry off raindrops and protect thousands of tonnes of their product headed to Asia to feed rapidly growing demand from Chinese New Year revelers. China has grown to become the second largest destination for New Zealand cherries after Taiwan in the past seven years. Together they take about 60 percent of cherry exports, which were worth about NZ$43 million ($31 million) last year. Last week New Zealand exported 900 tonnes of…

Man found alive two weeks after chopper crash in Indonesia

JAKARTA: A soldier aboard a military helicopter that crashed in remote Indonesian jungle more than two weeks ago has been found alive, an army spokesman said Friday. Yohanes Syahputra was found late Thursday by villagers on Borneo island in an exhausted state, army spokesman Sabrar Fadhilah told AFP. "Thanks be to God almighty, we have found one of the passengers of the downed helicopter," Fadhilah said in a text message. "The victim was found with wounds on his hands, waist and legs, and was weak as he hadn't eaten…