Incredible photos reveal the progress being made on what is set to be the world's highest statue. The £226.9million Statue of Unity in western India will be 597 feet tall when it's finished in October - that's almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and nearly 100 feet higher than the current record holder, China's Spring Temple Buddha. It's being built on Sadhu Island in the state of Gujarat, with the waters of the Narmada river surrounding it. A rendering of the Statue of Unity, which will be the world's tallest statue when it's finished in October Images reveal that the foundations have been laid for the £226.9m Images reveal that the foundations have been laid for the structure along with central support pillars but there is still a bit of work to do before it takes on the form of the late political and social leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, whom it will honour.
A flight arrived at its San Francisco destination nine hours delayed this week after a rat was spotted on board the plane. The Sunday flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi to San Francisco International Airport had to redirect to the terminal where it was later fumigated, as per safety protocol. The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 2:30 a.m. However, the plane did not depart until 12:02 p.m., making it more than nine and a half hours late. "Just when the plane was taxiing, the rat was spotted.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled a 182-metre statue, the world's tallest, to honour Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the country's founding fathers and its first home minister. The $430m Statue of Unity, built on an island in Narmada river, was inaugurated by Modi on Wednesday in the western Indian state of Gujarat, home to both Patel and Modi. Patel was deputy to Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, also the great grandfather of current Congress party president, Rahul Gandhi. Patel's legacy has been frequently used by Modi to undermine his chief political rivals, the Gandhi-Nehru family, which gave India three prime ministers. Speaking at the inauguration, Modi, who had commissioned the statue in 2010 when he was Gujarat state's chief minister, said, "Events like today are very very important in a country's history and such events are difficult to erase. It is an historic and inspiring occasion for all Indians."
Indian officials have begun relocating some 300 crocodiles from a reservoir next to the world's tallest statue to allow a seaplane service for visitors. The animals, some around 3m (9ft) long, are being lured into metal cages and sent elsewhere in the western state of Gujarat. But conservationists have criticised the plan. The 182m statue of independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was inaugurated last October. The bronze-clad statue sculpture, located some 200km (125 miles) from the state's main city of Ahmedabad, has become a popular attraction.