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Wildfires burn through record area in California as blazes continue to spread

Wildfires burn through record area in California as blazes continue to spread

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Wildfires have burned through a record number of acres in California this year as firefighters continue to battle several large blazes across the state.The state's department of forestry and fire protection, Cal Fire, says more than two million acres have burned, more than the size of Delaware.One fire, El Dorado, which has spread over 7,000 acres, was started by a gender reveal party, officials say.California is currently experiencing a record heatwave.Los Angeles County reported its highest ever temperature of 49.4C (121F) on Sunday. Although temperatures are expected to drop from Tuesday onwards it may bring strong winds which could fan the flames, the National Weather Service warns. Life in the ...
Vistara launches scheme allowing passengers to upgrade seats through bidding system

Vistara launches scheme allowing passengers to upgrade seats through bidding system

Finance
New Delhi: Vistara said on Tuesday that it had collaborated with a Canada-based firm to launch a new scheme that allows passengers to put in bids to upgrade their seats to superior classes in flights. The new scheme is a way "to offset revenue losses experienced in 2020" and "leverage the higher capacity in superior cabins", the airline said in a statement. Once a passenger has purchased an economy or a premium economy class ticket, all he or she has to do is make an offer for a seat in the higher cabin class seven days prior to the flight's departure, Vistara told its passengers through an email on Monday. "If your offer is accepted, you will be informed before your departure," it stated. "With support from Plusgrade, more passengers will have access to the personal space, comfort, pri...
Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich: Bayern breeze through to final showdown with PSG

Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich: Bayern breeze through to final showdown with PSG

Sports
Bayern Munich's relentless march through this season's Champions League continued as they brushed aside Lyon to book an 11th appearance in the final of the competition and a showdown with Paris St-Germain.The German champions have barely had a glove laid on them in Europe this season, with this their 10th straight Champions League win - equalling the record for winning streaks in the competition set by Real Madrid in 2015 and Bayern themselves in 2013 - as part of a 28-game unbeaten run stretching back to December.And Lyon simply did not have ability or approach over the 90 minutes to buck that trend. The French side will be left to rue two missed opportunities in the opening quarter, though...
USS Mustin sails through Taiwan Strait after exercise with Japan

USS Mustin sails through Taiwan Strait after exercise with Japan

Business
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The Arleigh Burke-class Aegis missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed through the Taiwan Strait Tuesday after completing exercises in the East China Sea. Taiwan and China dispatched ships to monitor the passage, with China sending a type 052D guided missile destroyer and Taiwan dispatching a Cheng Kung class guided-missile frigate, Taiwan English News reported. Advertisement According to the Navy, the Mustin began joint exercises with Japan's JS Suzutsuk in the East China Saturday and completed them Monday. The Navy has participated in several joint training exercises with Japan this year. Previous operations this year include USS America (LHA 6) with JS Kunisaki in January; four Destroyer Squadron 15 ships with JS Suzunami and Sawagiri in February; USS Gabrielle Giffords (L...
Contact-less: Soon, pay through a mobile app for your bus ticket in Delhi

Contact-less: Soon, pay through a mobile app for your bus ticket in Delhi

Finance
NEW DELHI: Very soon, you would be able to pay the fare for travelling in a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) or Cluster Scheme through a mobile application and receive an ‘e-ticket’. The same application will also tell you when the next bus on any route will reach a bus stop and if its occupancy is high or low. State transport minister Kailash Gahlot has constituted a task force for timely coordination and implementation of exploring the options of contactless mobile ticketing inside DTC and Cluster Scheme buses, keeping in mind the safety of both passengers and conductors from Covid-19 infection. The mobile application is another part of ensuring safer public transport and is being developed by the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-Delhi). A trial run to test