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Mishap at Delhi and Goa Airport

Tue 27th Dec 2016 02:12:42 PM

A mishap was averted at the Delhi Airport on 27th December morning as two aircrafts, Indigo and Spicejet came face-to-face on the runaway, allegedly because of miscommunication by the Air Traffic Control. Indigo flight (6C-729) was reported to be arrived from Lucknow with 160 passengers on board which was moving towards the taxiway and the Spicejet flight (SG 123) with 187 on board to take off to Hyderabad which was delayed due to Fog. While Spicejet flight was waiting for the weather to clear, the fuel ran low and the pilot asked permission for refueling from ATC, which was given. According to the sources both the flight came as close as 40 meters to each other. Crews of both the Aircrafts applied brakes immediately. "While taxiing, the SpiceJet crew observed another aircraft on the same taxiway in the opposite direction. Acting promptly, the SpiceJet crew immediately stopped the aircraft and intimated the ATC. Safety is of utmost and primary concern at SpiceJet. At no stage the safety of passengers, crew and aircraft was compromised. All concerned authorities were immediately informed," SpiceJet said in a statement. "An Indigo flight 6C-729 which was coming from Lucknow to Delhi with 176 passengers on board, post landing on the taxiway saw a SpiceJet aircraft in front of it," Indigo spokesperson Ajay Jesra said.

   
   

12 years of 2004 Asia Tsunami

Mon 26th Dec 2016 05:12:30 PM

26th December, 2004 an earthquake of Magnitude 9.1-9.1 shook the southern part of Asia with the epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, followed by a Tsunami across the Indian Ocean. It was marked as one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Thailand, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka were among the worst hit countries. It killed around 230,000-280,00 people in 14 countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 100 ft high. It is the third-largest earthquake ever recorder on a seismograph and had longest duration of 8.3 to 10 minutes. In Thailand it has been reported that still 400 bodies are still remaining unidentified. "Since the 2004 tsunami, authorities have contacted between 4,000 to 5,000 relatives to come and receive bodies. There are about 400 bodies that we cannot identify," Anand Boonkerkaew, deputy superintendent of Takua Pa district police in Phang Nga province, told Reuters.

   
   

Indonesia earthquake: At least 52 killed in Aceh province

Wed 7th Dec 2016 03:12:39 PM

At least 52 people have died on Wednesday when an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck off the coast of Indonesia, U.S. Geological Survey and other soruces reported. It was reported by Indonesia’s national disaster mitigation agency that 78 people have suffered serious injuries and dozens of people were still trapped in collapsed and damaged buildings.

   
   

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha died at 68

Wed 7th Dec 2016 03:12:55 PM

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha died at 68 Jayalalitha, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, leader to many Tamils and called as Amma by millions, died on Monday because of cardiac arrest. She was in Apollo hospital for last 75 days.

   
   

SC asks the Centre to Notify action plan on Pollution

Sat 3rd Dec 2016 01:12:46 PM

If air pollution breaches the PM2.5 emergency level of 300 micrograms per cubic metre for 48 hours at a stretch, the odd-even formula can be enforced automatically on private cars. Supreme Court has accepted the Centre’s graded action plan on Friday. The SC has asked the Centre to notify the action plan with a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and justices A K Sikri and S A Bobde, which had earlier banned the sale of firecrackers in NCR, it has said the that urgents steps were needed to tackle the pollution crisis. The Court asked the Centre, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Environment Pollution (Control and Prevention) Authority (EPCA) to enforce the graded action plan that will be pegged to various categories of the Air Quality Index (AQI). Even though the CPCB’s reports said that the odd-even formula did not have a significant impact on pollution, the centre has recommended it.

   
   

Dense Fog in North India, trains, flights delayed

Fri 2nd Dec 2016 02:12:12 PM

Dense fog covers Delhi for third consecutive day. More than 12 rains starting from Delhi have been rescheduled with 70 trains already running late due to formation of fog, which includes Rajdhani services. A Northern railway official said that Rajdhani trains starting from Kolkata, Sealdah, Bhubaneswar and Patna ran three to five hours late. Almost all flights have been delayed in Delhi airport due to the dense fog and poor visibility. It has created a massive chaos at the airport. At around 8:30, the temperature in Delhi was 13 degree Celsius and visibility below 50 meters, according to the website of airport. Flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International airport were severely affected due to the weather. More than 200 arrivals and departures of flights were affected on account of weather.

   
   

Cyclone Nada Weakens, to make landfall on Dec 2

Thu 1st Dec 2016 02:12:18 PM

Tamil Nadu’s Coastal areas, including Cuddalore and parts of Chennai, on Thursday have started receiving rainfall under the influence of Cyclone Nada, which is 270 Km south-east of Puducherry and is expected to weaken into a deep depression. The cyclone is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu Coast- between Vedaranyam and Puducherry- early on December 2 morning according to the IMD, Chennai, “Chennai and Coastal districts of Tamil Nadu will receive rain from Thursday morning” Said Mr. Balachandran, Cyclone warning director of IMD, Chennai. The Government has asked Public to call toll free numbers- 1070/77 during any emergency situations and advised them to listen to the latest update by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday and Friday. The School Education Department has announced a holiday for schools on Thursday and Friday Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts in Marakkanam and Vannur taluks in Villupuram district. Separately, the Puducherry administration has declared a two-day holiday.

   
   

Pay Day: Bankers fear rush at banks, many ATMs are still dry

Thu 1st Dec 2016 02:12:21 PM

With Thursday being the pay day, banks are gearing up to face a huge rush as people will queue up at branches across the country to withdraw salaries amid the ongoing cash crunch following demonetisation. According to senior banking officials and sources within district administration, cash availability in the city deteriorated on Wednesday. Some banks ran out within an hour, while others did not get any cash to start with. Senior public sector bank officials said representatives of all the city's banks, both public and private, met on Wednesday to discuss the situation, and flagged the possibility of a dire crunch on December 1. Banks officials said that after being turned down by RBI officials, they approached the state government and cautioned them of the possibility of chaos in the next few days. "There are thousands of pensioners in the city who will hit bank queues on December 1, and if there's no cash it might be difficult for banks to handle," said RC Nayak, Lead District Manager.

   
   

Colombia Plane Crash: With 81 people onboard

Wed 30th Nov 2016 04:11:46 PM

The charted flight took from Bolivian city of Santa Cruz ( LMI 2933), on around 10:00 PM Monday crashed just short of its destination, the Medellin Internation airport into the Colombian mountains Monday night, Killing more than 70 people including a Brazilian football team. The plane broke apart on impact in the remote mountains of Cerro Gordo, leaving the shattered white fuselage plastered on a hillside. The plane’s black boxed have been found, according to the state governor. The mountainous terrain is very difficult to access, a local official said. Emergency workers have recovered 72 bodies so far. Six people survived they are three players, two crew members and a journalist.

   
   

Nagrota attack: Seven Army Personnel including two and five Jawans officers killed

Wed 30th Nov 2016 04:11:58 PM

Seven soldiers, including two Majors, were killed and including a BSF DIG, were injured when militants dressed like policemen stormed a army unit in Nagrota, very close to the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu and Kashmir on 29th November that lasted for more than 12 hours. A defence statement said the bodies of three militants were recovered and “operations are in progress to sanitise the complete area”. After the initial offensive, a hostage-like situation emerged with almost 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children held captive in a camp in the headquarters. The army successfully freed all the hostages, however, one more officer and two jawans lost their lives during the rescue operation.

   
   
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