9 01 2015
Maharashtra Government Statement is Misleading While Advocating Exemption from LARR Act, 2013
CAG Performance Audits of SEZs Imply Large Scale Land Grab for Profit by Corporations, Land Ordinance will Continue this Legacy
Eminent Citizens Write to President Requesting Him to Rescind Anti People Land Ordinance
Resistance to Continue, Protests During the Budget Session
9 01 2015
ADR seeks maximum penalty and compensation
For the second consecutive hearing, National Parties fail to appear for the CIC hearing
New Delhi: The Central Information Commission (CIC) in its hearing on 7th January 2015, reserved its verdict on non-compliance by political parties with its earlier order (June 3rd, 2013) declaring the six National Parties as Public Authorities and bringing them under the purview of the Right to Information Act 2005. This was the second hearing of the Commission since the June 3rd order and yet again no party representative was present.
The Commission had, in its order dated June 3rd, 2013, declared the six national political parties – BJP, INC, BSP, NCP, CPI and CPM – as public authorities and directed them to appoint Public Information Officers to attend to RTI queries. Political parties have been brazenly defying the CIC by not implementing the order. The Commission had issued a show cause notice (dated 21st November 2014) and an interim order (dated 28th November 2014) to the political parties, directing them to appear before the Commission. None of the political parties has appeared for any of the CIC hearings.
Such open defiance in unison by all the national political parties, which are institutions of democracy, sends an ironic message to the public about transparency and Rule of Law. Refusing to comply with the RTI Act is also a violation of Fundamental Right to “Freedom of speech and expression” under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. ADR’s Founder member and Trustee, Professor Jagdeep Chhokar, during the hearing, asserted that “such repeated flouting of the order passed by a statutory authority and a legislation passed by the Parliament, shows nothing short of disdain for democracy and for the Parliament itself. Such arrogant non-compliance of law shown by the national political parties deepens cynicism among citizens and is potentially catastrophic for the state of democracy”.
The co-petitioners in the case Mr. Subhash Aggarwal and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) requested the Commission to take serious action against the six political parties by imposing penalties on them (under Section 18, Section 19 and Section 20 of the RTI Act) and enforce implementation of the June 3rd order of the CIC. ADR also sought exemplary compensation (under Section 19 of the RTI Act).
A timeline of events, proceedings and ADR’s submission to the CIC for the hearing dated 7th January, 2014, can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/qhydk6j
8 01 2015
AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE
AS PER 8 JANUARY 2015 20:00 HRS LT (GMT+7)
SURABAYA, 8TH JANUARY 2015 – AirAsia Indonesia wishes to update on the latest developments on the search and evacuation process of QZ 8501, lead by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia.
The SAR team were able to continue the search operations this morning despite of the less than ideal weather conditions with some light rain and clouds. Sea divers were deployed to continue with the underwater search following the finding of QZ 8501’s tail yesterday.
BASARNAS said that the operation began at 7 am this morning and the sea divers have been observing the second focus area where the tail part was found yesterday, in order to find where the black box is located. However, due to swift underwater currents and limited visibility, the divers were only able to find more debris which is presumed to be the interior part of the aircraft and baggage compartment.
The tail part will be the main focus of the SAR operation and BASARNAS said that once the black box is found, the SAR team plans to lift the tail piece out from the water with the permission from Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT).
Meanwhile, BASARNAS today confirmed they recovered one more remain today from the search area. The remain has arrived at Juanda Airport, Surabaya this evening.
Separately, the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that they were able to identify one more remain, identified as: Djoko Suseno (male).
To date, BASARNAS confirmed to have recovered a total of 41 remains of which 25 remains have been identified by DVI POLRI and 16 remains are still being identified.
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.
8 01 2015
5.4-magnitude quake strikes east of Taiwan
6.6-magnitude earthquake hits south of Panama
8 01 2015
An explosion has been reported in a kebab shop near a mosque in Villefranche-sur-Saone, eastern France. There are no reports of any injuries and the cause of the blast remains unknown.
French police have noticed a string of attacks targeting mosques since the deadly shooting. On Thursday, four training grenades were lobbed into the courtyard of a mosque in Le Mans, west of Paris. One of the grenades exploded, and the other three were recovered by police. A bullet also struck the mosque. No injuries were reported in the attack.
The blast reportedly occurred around 6 am local time at the eating establishment L’ Imeprial, according to the local newspaper Le Progress. The window of a nearby fast food restaurant was shattered by the explosion Police have cordoned off the area, and firefighters were dispatched to the scene.A police officer has been shot dead and a city employee critically injured following the shooting on the outskirts of Paris, according to local media. The incident follows police raids after the attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.
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France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls told RTL radio. Preventing another attack “is our main concern,” he added. “The three attackers have been identified as Said Kouachi, 34, Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Hamyd Mourad, 18, police said. The names and photos of the Kouachi brothers were later officially released by the authorities.
The 18-year-old Mourad reportedly handed himself in at a police station in Charleville Mézières after seeing his name on the list of shooting suspects shared on social networks. He claimed he was at college at the time the massacre happened in the headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in central Paris, reported French iTele.
Two other suspects have been tracked down in the Picardy region of northern France, sources say, according to AFP. The men were traveling in a Renault Clio, they were reportedly armed and wearing hoods, Le Parisien reported. The manager of a petrol station near Villers-Cotteret commune “recognized the two men suspected of having participated in the attack against Charlie Hebdo,” sources close to the manhunt told AFP. One of the suspects who are still on the run, Chérif Kouachi, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2008, reported Le Monde. He took part in a Paris-based group that recruited candidates to fight with jihadists in Iraq. He was also convicted on terror charges in 2010. In the meantime, French authorities have introduced the highest state of alert in the country. According to Valls, extra security forces were involved to secure mosques, synagogues, department stores, shopping centers, train stations and airports. The French PM added that an extra 650 soldiers and 2,000 more police officers will patrol the streets of Paris on Thursday. On Thursday Parisians gathered for a minute’s silence in front of Notre Dame in the city center to pay tribute to those killed and injured in the recent massacre