Evacuation of Indians from Yemen continued on a war footing on Saturday

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YemenNew Delhi: Even as the Indian authorities have evacuated 1800 Indian citizens from Yemen, they have also helped some from Bangladesh, Djibouti, Nepal, Pakistan & Uganda so far, said the Indian external Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin saturday night.

State-wise numbers’ of those evacuated from Yemen and have returned to India was released last night. Today another about 800 were evacuated.

Till 9 PM (IST) on Saturday, INS Mumbai was the refuge for about 370 Indians off the coast of Aden and evacuation was still underway, according to Akbaruddin.

All Indians from Sana’a to Djibouti feft for home. AI 777 left Djibouti for Kochi with 322 passengers in the morning.
yemen State-centric information:List of Indians evacuated from Yemen according to States they indicated (released Friday night)

There should be significant increase in health expenditure: Pranab Mukherjee

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pranab mukherjeeNew Delhi: President of India Pranab Mukherjee today said that a healthcare system, which is universally accessible, affordable and effective, is crucial for a developing country like India.
The President was inaugurating the Mid-Term Meet 2015 of the National Interventional Council of the Cardiological Society of India in New Delhi today.

The President said a healthcare system, which is universally accessible, affordable and effective, is crucial for a developing country like India. To build such a system, we require robust healthcare infrastructure, trained and motivated personnel, and better access to medicines and equipments. There are 7 hospital beds per 10,000 population in India, compared to 23 in Brazil, 38 in China and 97 in Russia. In terms of healthcare professionals, we again lag behind the other BRIC countries. There are 7 physicians per 10,000 population in India, compared to 19 in Brazil, 15 in China and 43 in Russia. Though schemes like the National Health Mission have improved service delivery, health services in India still suffer from lack of reach and constraints of quality.

The President said India’s public expenditure on health is meager. We fare below our BRIC peers on this count as well. India’s per capita government expenditure on health in PPP terms is US Dollar 44, as against 809 in Russia, 474 in Brazil and 236 in China. Considering that we are a sixth of humanity, a significant rise in health expenditure is urgently required to ensure universal health coverage.

The President said a health insurance mechanism that can take care of all is the need of the hour. As per estimates, about 216 million people in India or 17 percent of the population were covered under various health insurance schemes as at end-March 2014. We need to do much more to bring the uncovered population under the health security net. An insured population will also be a healthy population, which will exhibit a greater propensity to seek education, acquire knowledge and access job opportunities. Good health and fitness of the people will truly be a reflection of our country’s progress.

Delhi Police solves sensational robbery, Samsung mobile phone parts worth Rs. 26 crore recovered

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samsung phone partsNew Delhi: With the arrest of 4 accused, the Delhi Police (South- East District) has solved a sensational case of robbery in which a container loaded with mobile components, IC chips, and assembly covers worth Rs. 26.14 crores, belonging to the global cellphone giant Samsung company, was robbed at knife-point during the intervening night of March 31 and April 1.

The Police have seized the robbed container with goods and the knife used used by the accused for committing the crime.

Those arrested are Pramod (25), Sarvesh (27), Vinod Kumar Yadav (29) and his brother Pramod Yadav (25), all hailing from Uttar Pradesh.

At about 12.30 am, the night of crime, the Sarita Vihar Police station received information over telephone that a container carrying mobile components has been robbed at Road No. 13, Near Sarita Vihar Flyover. Immediately a police team reached the spot where the driver of the container Ghanshyam, who works with Ghaziabad located A to Z Transport Company in UP, was present along with Sarvesh (another driver of the same company).

They had been assigned the task of delivering the mobile phone parts loaded in two containers at Sector 82, Noida Phase-II in Uttar Pradesh. Both of them had left Delhi’s Palam Airport with two containers. According to what Ghanshyam told the Police, upon reaching Road No. 13 at Kalindi Kunj, a white colour car intercepted and forced him to stop. Two persons alighted from that car and slapped him and pulled him down from his vehicle at the point of a knife and drove away the truck.He further informed the police that shortly after that incident, Sarvesh also reached there with the second container and made a PCR call. Consequently,a case of robbery was registered at the Sarita Vihar police station and investigation was launched.

Team and Investigation

It was a blind case and the identity of the assailants was not known to anybody. Two teams led by Inspector Maninder Singh, SHO Sarita Vihar and Inspector V.S. Rana, Investigation officer Sarita Vihar were formed. The two teams included sub-inspectors Rakesh, Nagander, Manish, head constables Lalit, Satish, and constables Rajesh, Dilshad, Mukesh, Satish and Manish were formed underthe overall supervision of Nidhin Valsan, ACP Sarita Vihar.

Several sources were deployed and antecedents of present employees of A to Z Transport as well as those who had left the job recently were verified. During the course of investigation, the Police came to know that even earlier some eprsons had followed the same modus operandi to rob goods. After the Police mounted close surveillance, it was revealed that Sarvesh, the other driver, was using his mobile phone frequently while delivering goods. The Police team zeroed in on one suspicious number that was in regular touch with Sarvesh. The mobile number was found to be in the name of the arrested accsued Pramod, who earlier worked as driver with A to Z Transport. he had quit his job a year ago. His movement was closely wacthed and the police also kept a close eye on his hideout. On April 2 morning, a raid was conducted at his native village from where an Eicher Canter (truck) loaded with the looted goods was recovered. The accused Pramod and his accomplices Vinod Kumar Yadav and Pramod Yadav were apprehended when they were going to sell the looted goods.Their accomplice Sarvesh was also apprehended.


During sustained interrogation, the Police have found that all the accused are drivers by profession and Pramod is the mastermind. He contacted Sarvesh and hatched the conspiracy to rob a loaded canter. Sarvesh also wanted to purchase his own canter.

Pramod had asked Sarvesh to inform him about the delivery of any huge and costly consignment. A few days before the loot, Sarvesh came to know about the delivery of goods worth over Rs.26 crores. He passed this information to Pramod who along with his accomplices Manku, Neeraj and Vinesh hatched a plan to rob the goods. Before executing their plan, Pramod also contacted Vinod Kumar Yadav (working as a driver at Chauhan Transport at Noida) and his brother Parmod Yadav (working as driver with A to Z Transport) to arrange for the sale of the looted property.

When the canters carrying the goods left Palam Airport, Pramod, Manku, Neeraj and Vinesh followed the consignment in Vinesh’s Tata Sumo vehicle. Throughout the route Sarvesh was telling them the location of the canters on his mobile phone. When the truck carrying Samsung phone parts was close to the Sarita Vihar Flyover at Kalindi Kunj Road, they intercepted and robbed it at knife-point and fled away. They damaged the truck’s GPS system. Their accomplices Vinod Kumar Yadav and Pramod Yadav followed them in another empty truck. After reaching Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, they transferred articles of the looted truck to another empty truck and left the looted truck along the road to mislead the police. From there they went to their hideout in UP’s Kasganj district, where they were apprehended.

Australia Today: Support to put Australian arts on the international stage

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awoCanberra: Arts Minister of Australia George Brandis has announced grants to three leading Australian arts companies to support them in their international endeavours.

Making the announcement (April 2), the Minister said: I am announcing grants to three leading Australian arts companies to support them in their international endeavours. Over $600,000 will be used by the Australian World Orchestra, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and the Queensland Show Choir to present their work to international audiences and showcase the excellent quality of the arts in Australia. A grant of $550,000 has been awarded to the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) to support administration costs for 2015 and to maintain the Orchestra’s standard of international artistic excellence.

The Australian World Orchestra will be touring India this year in October under the baton and invitation of internationally renowned Indian conductor, Meastro Zubin Mehta. the AWO will perform two concerts in Mumbai on October 25 and 26, one concert in Chennai on October 28 and and one in Delhi on October 30.

Prince Harry to begin military attachment with the Australian Defence Force

Prince Harry will arrive in Australia on Monday, 6 April to begin a four week attachment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO and other senior Army officers will join Prince Harry to officially mark the start of his military attachment with the Australian Army. Defence is aware of the public interest in Captain Wales’ attachment with the Australian Army and will provide imagery of his military activities during his four week attachment.

Costly fine for green zone breach

A commercial reef line fisherman from Gladstone has been fined $12,000 after being convicted for a second time of fishing in a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park green zone. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef.

Fiji joins the Seasonal Worker Program

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Julie Bishop

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop announced this week that Fiji has become the tenth country to sign up to Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program today. The Seasonal Worker Program is a mutually beneficial initiative, providing valuable opportunities for Fijian workers to secure short-term employment in Australia, and helping Australian employers to fill gaps in the available labour force. The program is consistent with our focus on creating jobs, boosting incomes and contributing to economic development in our region.

Support for women leaders in sport

More than 700 women from 31 different sports will be supported in Australia to reach their leadership potential through the Federal Government’s Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) programme.