9/11 survivor Ram Singal recalls lucky escape

Mobin Pandit The Peninsula Qatar

Ram Singal is a 9/11 survivor. He was on the 64th floor of the 110-story North Tower of the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York City when Al Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew a Boeing 767 into the high-rise early on September 11, 2001.

Singal, a civil engineer who migrated to the US from India’s Punjab province in 1977, was employed by an agency that worked for the Port Authority of New York.  He was in the Authority’s office on the 64th floor of the North Tower when the plane hit it at 8.46am. He said he had come to office on that fateful morning at 7.30am.

Ram Singal  Picture credit Salim Matramkot

Ram Singal  Picture credit Salim Matramkot

“There was a loud thud and the whole tower began shaking. My chair moved to one side. I thought it was a quake,” Singal said, recalling the worst terrorist attack in human history so far. Read More »

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‘CBS This Morning’ to broadcast from top of One World Trade Center on Wednesday

The Associated Press

Nobody’s hoping for a clear day in New York on Wednesday more than the staff at “CBS This Morning,” which is broadcasting its entire two-hour show from the new 102nd floor observation deck at One World Trade Center.

It’s an important booking for the morning show hosted by Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose, where things are looking up in its perpetual competition with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” show.

The observation deck at the New York City skyscraper, the tallest in the United States, opens to the public on May 29. Read More »

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Texas College Pledges Full Scholarship to Child of Fallen FDNY or NYPD Officer

Joseph Stepansky  NY Daily News

A Lone Star State public college has pledged a full scholarship to the child of a fallen officer or firefighter from the New York City area.

The University of Texas at Austin is the first college to partner with the Silver Shield Foundation to offer the scholarship program — part of an initiative to broaden the college support the foundation offers, the organization announced Monday.

“We are honored to offer this opportunity to a top student whose family has given so much to their city and country,” University of Texas at Austin’s President Bill Powers said in a statement. Read More »

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