Plane Crash Reportedly Kills Wagner Group Leader Prigozhin

 - International - Aug 24 2023 SHARE ON:
Plane Crash Reportedly Kills Wagner Group Leader Prigozhin

The leader of the Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who previously attempted to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authority, was among the casualties in a fatal plane crash. 

The crash occurred two months after Prigozhin’s failed rebellion, which posed a significant threat to Putin’s leadership. 

The private plane was en route from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, and all 10 individuals on board, including three crew members, tragically lost their lives. The Russian aviation agency confirmed Prigozhin’s presence on the plane, along with Dmitry Utkin, a figure associated with Wagner’s activities and alleged ties to Russian military intelligence. 

Telegram channels linked to Wagner shared unverified footage of the burning wreckage.

The incident has prompted a special investigative commission by Rosaviatsia and an inquiry by Russia’s Investigative Committee into the crash. As of now, eight bodies have been recovered from the crash site. 


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India Makes History As It Lands Spacecraft On Moon’s South Pole

 - Science - Aug 24 2023 SHARE ON:
India Makes History As It Lands Spacecraft On Moon's South Pole

India has achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first country to successfully land a spacecraft near the Moon’s south pole. 

The unmanned Chandrayaan-3 mission accomplished this feat, marking a major achievement for India’s cost-effective space program. The landing took place at 6:04 pm India time, following a previous failed attempt four years ago and amidst a recent Russian probe crash in the same region. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the success, highlighting its global significance and extending the achievement beyond national borders.

Chandrayaan-3’s journey garnered widespread attention, with political figures and schoolchildren alike invested in its progress. 

The mission’s cost of $74.6 million underscores India’s ability to conduct advanced space missions at relatively lower expenses. The achievement builds on India’s prior successes, including the 2014 Mars orbiter mission, and aligns with its plans for a crewed mission in Earth’s orbit.

The landing not only brings India closer to the ranks of space powers like the United States, Russia, and China, which have previously achieved controlled Moon landings, but also contributes to scientific knowledge by exploring the relatively uncharted lunar south pole. 



Tributes Pour In After Passing Of 17-Year-Old Ayrton Ellul

 - Local - Aug 23 2023 SHARE ON:
Tributes Pour In After Passing Of 17-Year-Old Ayrton Ellul

Members of the local community are taking to social media on Wednesday afternoon to bid farewell to 17-year-old Ayrton Ellul following the tragic news of his passing.

Members of Parliament Omar Farrugia and Julia Farrugia Portelli were amongst the many to share the sombre news, with Farrugia calling Ellul “an intelligent boy, with a quiet character”, sharing that he last spoke to him during the feast of St. Mary.

“Rest in Peace Ayrton Ellul. How harsh it is to leave this earth at 17 years old”, Farrugia Portelli wrote alongside a photo of the young man.

Band Club ‘Socjeta’ Santa Marija u Banda Re Gorg V, Mqabba (Malta)’ also expressed condolences to Ayrton, a former member and trumpet player within the Mqabba community.

Malta Daily would like to express its condolences to Ellul’s family and friends.

RIP Ayrton.


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PN MP Highlights Over 60’s Lack Of Access To Social Work Help

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PN MP Highlights Over 60's Lack Of Access To Social Work Help

PN MP Ivan Bartolo took to social media to discuss the worrying situation in relation to social workers when it comes to those aged 60 and over.

Bartolo explained how he had encountered a 60 year old elderly man with a disability who had walked out of Mater Dei with a torn pair of sandals and a bottle of water and without a roof over his head.

Social workers are obliged to, when following the regulations, reach out to individuals when this happens. However, this does not cover those over the age of 60. 

Bartolo said that this should not be this case and, were it not for his team, this man was out on the road. 

Bartolo revealed he discussed with the YMCA, which revealed that this situation is not an individual case. They specified how, in Ħamrun, a drop in centre takes in around 40 individuals due to this situation. 

Bartolo contrasted the situation with what former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had said, that everyone became ‘a small rich person’ and that the poor have been lifted from their situation. 


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