Tributes to CR Irani

NEW DELHI: Glowing tributes were paid to the late CR Irani, Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman, as his family and close friends were joined by eminent personalities at a memorial meeting on Sunday. Information and Broadcasting Minister S Jaipal Reddy said he was a journalist who belonged to his own category.— PTI

Eight Taliban killed

KANDAHAR: US-led coalition and Afghan forces attacked a suspected Taliban hideout in southeastern Afghanistan, killing eight militants and arresting three, an official said on Sunday. One Afghan soldier was wounded in the operation. — AP

Four of family killed

BANGKOK: A former official from Thailand’s Agriculture Ministry beli-eved to be suffering from stress shot five of his relatives, killing four, and committed suicide, police said on Su-nday. Sompol Srimaung, 58, opened fire with a handgun as his relatives were eating dinner on Saturday. — AP

Queue for free rice

HONG KONG: Over 2,500 people braved hot weather on Sunday to line up for a rice giveaway event, with some passing out from the heat, media and police said. Police said six people in their 70s or older fell ill, with some losing consciousness. — AP