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New Zealand woman killed by jet blast while plane-watching at Caribbean beach airport

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A New Zealand woman has been killed by a jet engine blast while watching a plane take off on the Caribbean island of St Maarten, officials said.

The St Maarten police force said in a statement, the 57-year-old woman, who has not been named, was “seriously injured” earlier this week, as she tried to cling to a fence to feel the blast, along with several other people, as a plane took off.

Plane spotting is a popular activity at the Princess Juliana international airport, accoring the Guardian report.

Tourists regularly pose for videos and selfies as jumbo jets fly close overhead, with the strength of the jet blast from the planes sometimes propelling watchers on nearby Maho beach into the sea, and causing clothing and bikinis to be ripped from their bodies.

Police said they patrol the site on a daily basis to warn people to stay away from the “dangerous” area.

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Footage posted on Facebook showed paramedics unsuccessfully trying to revive her, and police said the woman was taken to the hospital, where she was declared dead.

Sint Maarten tourism director Rolando Brison told the New Zealand Herald he had offered his condolences to the family of the woman.

“I met with the family of the deceased this evening and while they recognised that what they did was wrong, through the clearly visible danger signs, they regret that risk they took turned out in the worst possible way,” Mr Brison said.

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India’s 700 year old banyan tree put on saline drip

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HYDERABAD — The world’s second largest Banyan tree in Pillalamarri of Mahabubnagar district in Indian state of Telangana is on ‘saline drip’ now as part of the rejuvenation of the tree that is almost dying.

The 700-year-old ficus tree is now given treatment by injecting a diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested the tree.

The tree was spread across three acres and is believed to be the second biggest Banyan tree in the world,according to news agency ANI.

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One of its branches got infested by insects and is on saline drip as part of the rejuvenation. The tree is given treatment by injecting diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested it.

Termites had affected almost entire tree due to which parts of it are fallen, and it closed for tourists in December 2017.

District collector of Mahbubnagar inspected the tree and ordered forest officials to take care of it. They began the treatment of the tree with mixed chlorpyrifos(Pesticide) in saline bottle.

Forest officials are infusing the chemical solution drop by drop using saline bottles similar to a saline drip given to patients in the hospital as pumping of chemical into the stem failed. The solution was injected in the barks of the tree.

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