Normalcy in Assam’s violence hit areas

28 12 2014

 

Dec 28,

In Assam, situation is limping back to normalcy in violence hit areas. Curfew has been lifted at Kokrajhar municipal area. It has also been relaxed from 7 to 8 hours in Sonitpur , Udalguri and Baska districts. Inspector General of Police, L R Bishnoi said that 55 persons have been arrested in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts for allegedly involving in arson and violence. He said that miscreants torched down 453 houses and 57 market shades in Lower Assam.

Meanwhile, operation is on against Bodo militants involved in recent massacre in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur district. Security forces have also launched operation at vulnerable reserve forest areas.

Relief materials and medical care are being given at relief camps. Over 1 lakh 20 thousand people have taken shelter at over 80 relief camps. But a section of inmates alleged that they were not getting proper relief items.

AIR correspondent reports, miscreants torched down 453 houses and 57 market shades in Lower Assam. Counter insurgency operation is on against Bodo militants involved in recent massacre. Security forces have also launched operation at vulnerable reserve forest areas. Meanwhile, relief materials and medical care are being given at relief camps. Over 1 lakh 20 thousand people have taken shelter at over 80 relief camps. But a section o

 





AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore goes missing

28 12 2014

 
An AirAsia flight with 162 people aboard went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore today after losing contact with air traffic controllers. There were unconfirmed reports that an aircraft has crashed in the waters off East Belitung, off the east coast of Sumatra. However, the details of the aircraft were not known.A transport official said, Flight QZ8501 lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control just after 07:24 am local time. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said aircraft was in the Indonesian Flight Information Region when contact was lost, 42 minutes after takeoff. There were no Indian nationals on board. An Indonesian transport official confirmed that seven crew and 155 passengers were on board. The plane took off from Surabaya (Indonesia) at 5.20 am local time and was scheduled to land at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 8.30 am.

Indonesian Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa said, the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact, local media reported. Air Asia said the pilot had requested deviation from its flight plan because of bad weather. Indonesian TV channels said there were 149 Indonesians, three Koreans, one Singaporean, one Briton and one Malaysian on board.

A statement on AirAsia’s Face book page said, at the present there is no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but all parties will be informed as more information becomes available. Search and rescue operations are in progress and Air Asia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service, the statement said. Malaysia has also offered assistance in the search operation.

AirAsia is popular in the region as a budget carrier. It has about 100 destinations, with subsidiaries in several Asian countries. The loss of contact with the AirAsia plane comes nearly10 months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370, which dropped off radar over Southeast Asia on March 8. Searchers are yet to find any debris from Flight MH 370,which officials believe crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.





Raghubar Das takes oath as J’khand CM

28 12 2014

Raghubar Das takes oath as J’khand CM; Stalemate continues on Govt formation in J&K

Dec 28,

Senior BJP leader Raghubar Das took oath as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand today. Governor Sayyed Ahmed administered him the oath of office and secrecy at the Morhabadi ground in Ranchi. The 59-year-old BJP leader, is the first non-tribal Chief Minister of the state. BJP MLAs CP Singh, Neelkanth Singh Munda and Louis Marandi and AJSU MLA Chandra Prakash Choudhri also took oath as Ministers.

AIR correspondent reports, BJP leader Raghubar Das is now the 10th Chief Minister of Jharkhand, and incidentally the first non-tribal Chief Minister in the state’s 14 years history. The new Cabinet is meeting today late afternoon to kick start the new phase. The swearing-in ceremony witnessed positive signs for the new government as ex- Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Arjun Munda and Babulal Marandi were also present at the Birsa Munda football Stadium of Ranchi. The task before the new government is enormous in terms of the priorities set by new Chief Minster himself, and people will keenly observe the functioning of this government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were to attend the swearing in ceremony. But dense fog in Delhi forced them to cancel their visit to Jharkhand. In his tweets, Prime Minister congratulated the people of Jharkhand after getting an absolute majority in state elections held recently. Mr Modi said the people have voted for stability and wished that Jharkhand scales new heights of progress in the coming year. The Prime minister also extended his wishes to Raghubar Das on taking over as Jharkhand’s new Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, stalemate continues on Government formation in Jammu and Kashmir on the sixth day today with nothing concrete happening even as back door talks between leaders of various parties are going on. Meanwhile, looking for the “best deal”, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asserted that it is in no hurry to enter an alliance either with Bharatiya Janta Party at the cost of its ideology or with National Conference (NC) against the aspirations of people of the state. Reiterating that the party is looking at the implications of the possible alliance options, PDP spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said that in this scenario, Party wants to go ahead with due deliberations within the party and then decide the best deal for the state, a deal which would enable it to deliver both on political and developmental fronts. AIR Srinagar Correspondent reports that the continuing political stalemate over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir may force imposition of Governor’s rule by January 20, 2015 when the Assembly will get automatically dissolved after the end of its six year term.

AIR correspondent reports, while exploring the prospects of forging an alliance with the BJP, PDP has reportedly sought assurances from BJP on certain issues mainly safeguarding Article 370 and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). According to PDP Chief Spokesperson, Naeem Akhtar, it is not a question of forming a government only saying that the party will take its own time in carrying the best deal for Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, PDP also does not seem enthused to the option of a “grand alliance” with National Conference as according to PDP Chief Spokesman National Conference created a mess in the state during its six-year rule.





Congress celebrates its 130th Foundation Day

28 12 2014

 

Congress today celebrated its130th Foundation Day. Congress President Sonia Gandhi presided over the function at the AICC headquarters in the national capital where she unfurled the party flag. However, Vice President Rahul Gandhi was not present at the function.

The event was attended by senior Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AK Antony, Ambika Soni, Motilal Vora and Ghulam Nabi Azad. The Indian National Congress was founded on this day in1885. The first session of the party was held at Mumbai between December 28 and December 31, and was attended by 72members.

 





Croatia new Prez as per opinion poll Ivo Josipovic

28 12 2014

Dec 28
Voters in Croatia are choosing a new president as the country struggles with the prolonged economic crisis. The incumbent, Ivo Josipovic, is one of four candidates. Opinion poll show Mr Josipovic in lead, but is not expected to win more than 50 per cent of the vote making a run-off likely. The president has a largely ceremonial role, but has a say in foreign policy and is head of the army.

Croatia is the newest member of the European Union, joining in July last year.





Egypt Parliamentary elections to be held in March 2015

28 12 2014

 

Dec 28,

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has reiterated that parliamentary elections will be held in March 2015. His remarks came while receiving Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo at the presidential headquarters in Cairo yesterday.

Al Sissi ratified the electoral constituencies law clearing the decks for parliamentary elections a few days ago. Parliamentary elections represent the final stage of the post-30 June political road map, following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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