6 01 2015
AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE
AS PER 5TH JANUARY 2015 20:00 HRS LT (GMT+7)
SURABAYA, 5TH JANUARY 2015 – Weather was still the primary challenge for today’s SAR operation lead by The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) with reported waves of 4 – 5 meters.
The search area is currently focused in the east part of the Java Sea where more than 50 vessels, helicopters and more than 80 deep divers are observing the area.
BASARNAS confirmed to have recovered 3 more remains from the SAR operations held today and more debris found in the area such as passengers seats and oxygen masks. The three remains are already arrived in Surabaya today for identification.
Earlier this morning, Indonesian National Armed Force Commander, General Moeldoko, and Indonesian Police Chief, General Sutarman visited the crisis center at Bhayangkara Hospital, Surabaya. Both Generals came to extend their condolences to the families and relatives of QZ 8501 passengers.
Indonesian National Armed Force Commander urged the families to be patient as the search and evacuation process is still underway supported by the navy, marines and air force. Families were also invited to join a ceremony to sow flowers around the search area, of which date will be announced later. As for this plan, Indonesian National Armed Force Commander will dedicate an aircraft, vessels and accommodation for the families.
The Disaster Victim Identification Police Department Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) announced that they have identified 4 more remains of QZ 8501 passengers as: Tony Linaksita (male), Shiane Josal (female), Lim Yan Koen (male) and Yongki Jou (male). AirAsia Indonesia officially handed over the remains to the respective families at Bhayangkara Hospital, Surabaya this afternoon.
To date, BASARNAS confirmed to have recovered 37 remains, of which 13 remains have been identified by the Disaster Victim IdentificationPolice Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) with 24 remains awaiting identification. Police Department confirmed that they have deployed a total of 229 DVI experts to help the identification process.
SAR efforts will continue tomorrow with waves forecasted to be at 2 – 3 meters. BASARNAS also confirms that 5 vessels have been deployed to focus on the blackbox search.
AirAsia would like to take this opportunity to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ 8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI Polri.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.
6 01 2015
National Science Drama Festival 2014-15 on 8th & 9th January 2015 at National Science Centre
We are pleased to inform you the National Science Drama Festival 2014-15 will be organized at National Science Centre from 7th to 9th January 2015. During the National Science Drama Festival, 10 winner teams from 5 zones of the country, two from each zone namely from North, South, East, West and North East, will be participating. This national event in a pyramidal structure is held at different levels. Two team winners from each state and UTs of India take part at the Zonal Science Drama competitions that are held at National Science Centre, Delhi, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata and Regional Science Centre, Guwahati. Two winners from each of these 5 zones will be participating in the National event at our Centre.
You would be glad to know that Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India will be the Chief Guest during the Inaugural function on 8th January 2015 at 10.00 AM at National Science Centre, Bhairon Marg, Near Gate No.1, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The duration of the Inaugural programme will be about 30 to 45 minutes. Also, Padam Vibhusan Dr. Sonal Mansingh, Eminent Choreographer & Indian Classical Dance Guru will be the Chief Guest during Valedictory function on 9thJanuary 2015 at 11.00 AM at the same venue.
In this context, we request you to join us or depute your representatives for giving wide coverage to this event. Due to security reasons, we request you to kindly send us the name/names of the media staff / team in advance. You may contact me (09868988731) or Shri B. B. Srivastava, Education Officer (09899901378) or Shri Kailash Chandra (09560777440) for any information in this regard.
(N Ramdas Iyer)
National Science Drama Festival 2014-15
6 01 2015
Frustrated BJP is spreading lies about AAP government’s tenure
A frustrated BJP is resorting to lies and misinformation about the tenure of the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, since it has nothing positive to show about the seven months since its central government is controlling the national capital.
In an unsuccessful attempt to hide the failures of its central government, the BJP has tried to release some selective information to mislead the people of Delhi about the collection of value Added Tax (VAT) during the Arvind Kejriwal government’s tenure and raids conducted by VAT inspectors.
The AAP reiterates its stand that no raids were allowed on ordinary traders during the tenure of Arvind Kejriwal government and VAT collection during that quarter was higher than in the same quarter in the preceding years.
The BJP has hidden the fact that during the AAP government no raids were allowed on ordinary traders and it has also not revealed that raids which it is falsely referring to were sample checks conducted on petrol pumps, checks on liquor vends and notices to recover tax dues from repeat defaulters.
The party also reiterates its consistent stand that before the AAP government came to power around 200 raids were taking place on ordinary traders in a month and after the exit of the AAP government this number has gone upto between 250-300 raids every month.
The AAP challenges the BJP to release the data about the raids on ordinary traders every month since it has been controlling Delhi since May.
The AAP also challenges the BJP to reveal how many of these raids have been conducted on liquor vends, petrol pumps and tax defaulters and how many of these raids have been against ordinary traders.
The AAP categorically states that raids on traders have increased since BJP took control of Delhi in May and the VAT collection has also gone down.
The BJP has failed to dispute the figures of VAT collection during the quarter in which AAP government was in Delhi.
It has resorted to gimmickry by misleading the figures on VAT collection by adding and subtracting on basis of days. Can the BJP deny the fact that VAT collection is calculated on a quarterly basis ?
The AAP will place before the people of Delhi the BJP’s performance on raids and VAT collection to expose the real face of its seven months tenure for Delhi.
6 01 2015
Qasr Al Hosn Festival to Celebrate Emirati Culture and History in February 2015
The festival will run from February 11 to 21,2015
The extensive programme will celebrate the UAEs tangible and intangible culture
All India, 5th January 2015 :Held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the annual Qasr Al Hosn Festival will take place in Abu Dhabi city from February 11th to 21st 2015. The festival will enthral visitors with an innovative public programme dedicated to honouring the UAEs rich culture and history.
Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the festival celebrates the traditions and culture of Abu Dhabi. His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said: Qasr Al Hosn is truly the heart of Abu Dhabis cultural scene and one of the structures that represents rich Emirati history. The aim behind the Festival is to engage with the community and give the public rare access to the fort during its restoration and to collectively appreciate centuries of Emirati culture which has shaped the UAE of today.
Through Qasr Al Hosn festival, we appreciate the efforts of our ancestors by passing down centuries of information to those visiting from across the UAE and abroad. The fort has been the source of inspiration for so many, and through the festival, we hope to strengthen appreciation of Emirati culture and identity, and harvest pride and honour for all those who take part, added Sheikh Sultan.
The Qasr Al Hosn fort is the symbolic birthplace of the capital of the UAE and had for generations housed its ruling family, Al Nahyan, as the city developed over the years. Today, the fort represents centuries of Emirati history and culture, and the festival is held annually to celebrate the UAE and its identity, and to honour the UAEs founders and their visionary leadership.
Held on the grounds of Qasr Al Hosn, the 2015 festival edition will shed light on the forts conservation process and its former functions, and will give visitors access to the inner fort, as well as the National Consultative Council Chamber. The public will have access to areas of the fort that have never before been open to the public, such as the living quarters. Mediation and interpretation tools will be used across the fort areas to facilitate the visit and to explain the conservation techniques. In addition to the organised tour, a Qasr Al Hosn exhibition will be launched during the festival and will narrate the significance of the fort and its historical context.
Besides the fort, the Cultural Foundation will also be open to the public. A comprehensive public programme including exhibitions, activities and installations will highlight the buildings significance as a landmark of Abu Dhabis modern heritage and will introduce the process of conserving modern heritage while also reviving the spirit of the place.
The programme will continue to celebrate the collective memory of the place and revive the important moments that took place in the Cultural Foundation and that have been intrinsic to the development of Abu Dhabis cultural scene.
The programme will include the homecoming of the National Pavilion, United Arab Emirates exhibition from the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale Di Venezia. It will also feature: Lest We Forget: Structures of Memory in the UAE, a music programme themed around the UAE intangible heritage; specially-commissioned artworks by Emirati artists; the cultural experience exhibition Gahwa that celebrates the Emirati tradition of the Gahwa rituals in a modern interpretive experience; and, the participation of non-profit community organisations to promote their initiatives focused on UAE culture and heritage.
The Cultural Foundation was completed in the early 1980s to address the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyans wish to foster cultural awareness and cultural exchange. Today, it still stands as one of the most successful examples in Abu Dhabi of Modern and Islamic architecture both in terms of fundamental design principles and aesthetic details.
The Festival will also include a lively hub of visual and performing arts programmes, traditional workshops, cultural and interactive learning experiences led by professional curators, artisans and experts.
The Qasr Al Hosn festival will continue to play the important role of accompanying the conservation process of Qasr Al Hosn and opening once a year the door of this important Abu Dhabi landmark to engage with the community and keep them part of the capitals cultural development initiatives.
6 01 2015
In accordance with a key announcement made by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji on Independence Day, the Union Government has established NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), as replacement for the Planning Commission. NITI Aayog will seek to provide a critical directional and strategic input into the development process of our nation.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji, has made the following appointments to NITI Aayog:
Shri Arvind Panagariya, Economist
Shri Bibek Debroy, Economist
Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Former Secretary Defence R&D
Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister
Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister
Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister
Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister
Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister
6 01 2015
AAP’;s protest against the Land Acquisition Ordinance from across Maharashtra
The Aam Aadmi Party protested against the government’s undemocratic and anti-people move to bring in an ordinance to amend the Land Acquisition Act. Party volunteers today met the district collector today and registered its objection by submitting a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister demanding a withdrawal of this anti-farmer ordinance.
Our Facebook page www.facebook.com/AAPMaharashtra has all pictures of this protest from across the state.
6 01 2015