A new world record was set in the holy city of Ayodhya on the eve of Diwali on Tuesday with over three lakh “diya” or earthen lamps lit up simultaneously on the banks of the Sarayu river, officials said.Rishi Nath, official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records, made the announcement that the record was created at the Deepotsav event on the ghats here. “A total of 3,01,152 diya were lit up simultaneously for a period of five minutes, which is a new record,” Mr. Nath said in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook.The target was to illuminate a total of 3.35 lakh diya on both sides of the ghats at Ram Ki Paidi here.“It beat the earlier record set in Haryana in 2016, where at an event 1,50,009 diya were lit,” Mr. Nath said and hailed the new record as “phenomenal”.
zoom Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping fell deeper into loss during 2017, while its revenue was on the rise.The company’s net loss for the year ended December 31, 2017, amounted to USD 511.7 million, compared to a net loss of USD 164.2 million for the same period of 2016.Diana Shipping’s time charter revenues for the year increased to USD 161.9 million from USD 114.3 million reported in the twelve months of 2016.For the fourth quarter of 2017, the company saw a net loss of USD 436.9 million, including a USD 422.5 million impairment loss.Accordingly, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, net loss adjusted for impairment, amounted to USD 14.5 million. For the fourth quarter of 2016, net loss amounted to USD 23.3 million.Time charter revenues were at USD 48.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to USD 28 million for the same quarter of 2016. The rise was mainly due to increased average time charter rates achieved for the company’s vessels during the quarter and increased revenues resulting from the enlargement of the fleet.