FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE
AS PER 11 JANUARY 2015 21:00 HRS LT (GMT+7)
SURABAYA, 11TH JANUARY 2015 – AirAsia Indonesia wishes to inform the latest development on the SAR operation of flight QZ 8501 lead by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia.
Good weather and clear visibility have allowed for SAR operations to continue with the focus remaining on the search and recovery of the passengers in the primary search area.
SAR vessels and sea divers also approached the area where the pings were detected, suspected to be the location of the aircraft’s black box. No additional remain recoveries were reported today.
In Surabaya, the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that they were able to identify three more remains, 1 Indonesian known as Vera Chandra Kho (female) and 2 South Koreans, identified as Kyung Hwa Lee (female) and Seongbeom Park (male).
To date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of 48 remains of which 32 remains have been identified by DVI POLRI and 16 remains are still being identified.
AirAsia Indonesia 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.
You may also obtain substantiated information only from authorised AirAsia social media accounts: Facebook (www.facebook.com/AirAsia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/AirAsia)
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.
Note to Editors: We ask that members of the news media do not call the AirAsia Emergency Call Centre, as this line is reserved for family members seeking information about those who may have been on board.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Global security meeting to be held in February in US
US Attorney General Eric Holder, who is attending international terror talks in Paris, announced on Sunday that a global high-level anti-terrorism meeting will be held in Washington on February 18. According to Holder, President Obama will invite US allies to take part. The talks in Paris follow a series of attacks in France this week in which 17 people were killed.
German suspected ISIS militant arrested returning from Syria
A German citizen, who is suspected of ties with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) extremists, was arrested on Saturday, German federal prosecutors said in a statement. He returned from Syria some months ago, where he spent almost a year. He will go before a judge on Sunday. At least 550 German citizens have joined IS militants in Iraq and Syria, officials say.
Shanghai cancels Lunar New Year lantern festival after deadly stampede
Shanghai authorities said they were canceling their famous Lunar New Year lantern festival after a deadly stampede during a New Year’s celebration left 36 people dead. The festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year and marks the last day of the lunar New Year festivities.
Chinese ‘air rage’ passengers open emergency exits amid flight delay
Two Chinese passengers, upset over a lengthy flight delay, opened emergency exit doors as the plane was taxiing, forcing the pilots to abort takeoff, AP reported. The incident occurred on Saturday morning in the southwestern city of Chengdu, after the China Eastern flight was delayed by a snow storm. After irritated passengers complained about the delay, a man surnamed Zhou opened two emergency exits, forcing the aircraft back to the gate. A total of 25 passengers were temporarily detained for questioning while the others continued on to Beijing on a separate flight. Kunming police said in an online statement that Zhou and a tour guide named Li were placed on a 15-day "administrative detention" for the violation of air safety rules.
Strong signals detected from AirAsia black boxes
Strong signals have been detected from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 black box recorders, Indonesian authorities said. “The ping was detected about 1km east of the tail,” Mr S.B Supriyadi, director with the National Search and Rescue Agency, told AFP, adding that on the sea floor a sonar scan found an object measuring 10m by 4m by 2.5m. "They suspect it is the body of the plane. There is a big possibility that the black box is near the body of the plane," Supriyadi told Reuters. A diving operation has started to retrieve the data.
More than 20 killed as bus veers off cliff in Peru
More than 20 people died as a result of a bus swerving off a cliff in Peru. The driver struggled to make a sharp turn at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level and the bus plunged into a 100-meter-deep ravine, killing 23 and injuring a further 30 people. The incident took place at 14:00 local time in the south-east of the country, on a road connecting the Santa Barbara and Sicuani districts. According to AFP, local law enforcement says that weather conditions could have contributed to the accident, as well as the poor state of the country roads.
January11, 2015 (C) Ravinder Singh email@example.com
This is biggest TRAGEDY of BJP it has no Skills to implement promises
made to people even Piyush Goyal or Suresh Prabhu are fatally
attracted to Weird Projects. Big Promises Need BIG BRAINS – INVENTORS
& ENGINEERS TO DELIVER.
BJP has bungled up on – Power, Water, Sewage, Floods, Transport, Food
Supply, Education, Healthcare, Industry, Services, Rent Act, Consumer
Courts, Agriculture, Irrigation etc in BJP ruled states.
When Petroleum Imports bill is expected to come down by $100b or
Rs.6,00,000 crores there is marginal reduction in Petrol and Diesel
prices for the benefit of Car Lobby but no reduction in LPG price – in
fact Poor Consumers currently have to pay Twice the retail price and
then get refund of Excess amount in Bank Account. Rich mainly use
Electric Gadgets for Cooking as Electricity is cheaper than LPG.
It is horrific when Delhi may have 100m Light Points – earlier it
planned to cover just 7m increased to 10m soon but announced Rs.7791
crores on additional Capitalization to already Wastefully and
Corruptly Capitalized around Rs.10,000 crore. Nearly doubling the
Capitalization would double Fixed Cost of power supply. Cost of LED
Lamps at Rs.130 to be charged to consumers is loot. For Street Lights
it is Better for every home to have 5W Lamp in Front & Back Lanes that
Against sale of 8000 MW average power in Gujarat installed capacity
exceed 24,000 MW and Transmission capacity over 56,000 MW.
Delhi residents get Sewage & Drainage of Haryana – Renuka, Lakhwar and
Vyasi Dams are not yet taken up even after 1954 agreement allocating
Yamuna Waters to partner states. So Delhi and partner states are
deprived of 7 BCM of water, don’t get flood protection. Dams in
Gujarat had failed to come up and most run dry mid way through annual
New Delhi Metro Projects are not Progressing. GOI could have expedited
these CRITICAL projects. It cost less to SPEED UP some new lines
already dug up.
Recently BJP government introduced Mini Buses in New Delhi to connect
Metro Stations but many run along DTC, Orange Lines instead of RWA
Fruits and Vegetables Supply is MOST Corrupted. There is 400% Mark Up
in Foods to Farm Gate prices to Consumers. There is huge Loss of
Weight and Nutrients in Corrupted Supply chain.
Logistics Cost of AMUL MILK from Farm Pickup to Processing Plants and
Supply to Retail Outlets is Rs.2 per kg – how is that Logistics Cost
of Vegetables is Rs.40 per kg.?
Education, Healthcare, Industry, Services, Housing are in poor
condition. Poor and Senior Citizens are not admitted to Hospitals and
also don’t Social Security.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
USIBC & CII host U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma on the eve of Vibrant Gujarat 2015
: The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) today hosted a joint dinner in Ahmedabad to welcome the new U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Rahul Verma, on the eve of the 7thedition of the Vibrant Gujarat summit.
U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Thomas Vajda, U.S. Consul General, Mumbai were also present on the occasion. The Hon’ble Saurabh Bhai Patel, Minister of Finance, Government of Gujarat, as well as several other senior government officials also attended the dinner, along with other distinguished invitees from the US and India. This included the 130-member strong Executive Business Delegation led by USIBC for the Vibrant Gujarat 2015 Summit.
Welcoming U.S. Ambassador Verma and his U.S. delegation colleagues, USIBC Chairman Ajay Banga, President & CEO of MasterCard said, “I am pleased to welcome Rich Verma as U.S. Ambassador to India as a new generation of leadership in India is rekindling hopes for India’s future, including the future of India and U.S. bilateral relations. The importance of advancing the strategic and economic ties we share cannot be overstated.”
Diane Farrell, Acting President, USIBC, added, “USIBC members are very appreciative to the Ambassador for his remarks this evening. Having been in his post for less than two weeks, his personal commitment to strengthening the U.S-India economic relationship, give a strong indication of his considerable capabilities as a top diplomat in Delhi.”
Farmers across Gujarat being Detained : Black Sunday for People';s Rights
Red carpet for National and International Corporate Honchos, iron fist at Farmers
January 11 : While the Government of Gujarat is splurging on the jamboree called Vibrant Gujarat it is a crime to raise the issue of farmers'; suicides and low cotton prices. A presentation of the issues was planned by the non-party platformSanyukta Khedut Sangharsh Samiti to be handed over to the Gujarat Government. Farmers have been preparing and heading for their action spot in Ahmedabad in thousands since morning. However, in a wanton display of its paranoia as well as dictatorial tendencies the Government first tried to scare away bus and other transporters and attempted to force them to cancel farmers'; bookings. Farmers demonstrated their resolve by finding other means to reach the appointed spot. Thousands of farmers are being detained in tens of places across Gujarat.
First, Mr Shivlal Vekaria (ex-MP) and Chandulal Shingala were detained in Rajkot and then has followed the detention of hundreds of farmers in various districts. In the dead of the night - around 12.30 am - Sagar Rabari and Lakhan Musafir were arrested on January 10th. Other prominent farmers being detained include Mansukhbhai (Rajkot), Pradyumansinh and Ramdevsinh Chudasma (Dholera), Mahendrasinh Karmariya, Nipul Patel, Yakub Gurji (Bharuch), Lalji Desai (Becharaji-Mandal). The Mansa MLA Mr. Amitbhai, Dehgam MLA Kaminiben and Jashubhai Rana of Gandhinagar have also been arrested. Persis Ginwala (JAAG), Krishnakant & Swati Desai (NAPM) have also been detained since morning.
The farmers'; demands were simple and basic :
1) Support Price for Cotton at 1200 / 20 kg, and Rs. 1000 / 20 kg for groundnut
2) No de-commanding of Narmada waters and diversion for industries
3) Repeal of draconian anti-farmer laws such as Special Investment Region (SIR) Act, and Irrigation Act
4) Immediate withdrawal of the Ordinance making the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Act meaningless.
It has become the standard practice for the Government of Gujarat to clamp down on demands of the poor and toiling people of Gujarat rather than addressing. This Government believes in ruling via Ordinances on the one hand, and organising meaning public relations jamboorees - all at Tax Payers'; expense.
We condemn this wanton attack on the rights of the people and suppression of our democratic rights to assemble and protest. We will continue to protest this loot being promoted by the government in name of investors summit and development of Gujarat and Nation.
SARKAR HAMSE DARTI HAI POLICE KO AAGE KARTI HAI
Anand Mazgaonkar, Rajni Dave
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