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Russian cargo plane spills gold bars, platinum onto Yakutsk runway

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More than 170 gold bars and platinums fell out of a Russian cargo plane during takeoff on March 15 in the far-eastern city of Yakutsk, state media reported.

According to Russian news agency TASS, an An-12 cargo plane operated by the airline Nimbus carrying about nine tonnes of precious metals lost at least third of its cargo during takeoff from the Yakutsk airport, local investigators said in a statement.

Damage to a door handle caused it to fly open and spill some of the metal, the statement said.

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Authorities, however, have recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, the state-run TASS quoted Interior Ministry officials as saying. No one was hurt in the incident.

The plane, a Soviet-designed An-12, had been heading to the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk with the cargo from a local mining company.

The aircraft, operated by the transport company Nimbus, conducted an emergency landing in the town of Magan about 12 kilometers from Yakutsk.

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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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