Putin vows to punish those who downed the Russian airliner

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russian plane crashRussia : Examination of debris of the remains of A321 Russian airliner which blew up mid-air a fortnight ago over Egypt’s Sinai revealed that it was brought down by an act of terror. Sabotage was the main reason of downing of this flight and blowing it mid-air, as ‘traces of foreign explosives’ were found on the debris examination of remains recovered from the Airbus plane. This was confirmed by Russia’s security chief who revealed that an act of terror brought down the Russian A321 airliner in Egypt last month, killing all 224 people on board.

FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov informed and updated Russian President Vladimir Putin about the findings and conveyed a suspected and near confirmed act of terror which sabotaged the plane and blew it up mid air causing fatality. Nearly all the dead were Russians. Most of the passengers were Russian tourists flying home from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

President Putin vowed to ‘find and punish’ those behind the attack over the Sinai peninsula and declared a search operation to nab the group involved in the heinous crime. After the plane had crashed and blown up on 31 October, shattering the plane mid-air, a branch of so-called Islamic State said it downed the plane. Putin also said that Russia’s air strikes in Syria ‘must not only be continued – they must be intensified so that the criminals understand that retribution is inevitable.’

Bortnikov released a statement on the Kremlin’s website and said, a bomb had been planted on board the Kogalymavia jet, equivalent to up to 1kg of TNT. It blew up on 31 October, shattering the plane mid-air which explains the wide dispersal of fuselage pieces. Putin responded to this revelation in these exact words — We’ll look for them everywhere, wherever they are hiding. We’ll find them in any corner of the planet and punish them.

Tamil Nadu battles with heavy rains and disruption

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tN 1Chennai : Non-stop downpour plunged entire state of Tamil Nadu into deep water-troubles, as incessant rainfall in most parts of Tamil Nadu region resulted in cutting off road connectivity, damaging functional roads, disrupting commuting and bringing railways to a disruptive halt at critical junctions. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been working overtime and rescued more than a thousands of stranded people from the sensitive areas which have immersed under heavy stagnation of water, resulting in an almost flood-like situation within the land-locked areas of the state.

Around 1400 people have been rescued by the NDRF across the entire state of Tamil Nadu. NDRF Director General OP Singh informed that that 12 teams have been deployed in areas with flood-like situation, and the NDRF team members have successfully retrieved more than 2500 people from such inundated areas. The authorities in Tamil Nadu further updated that nearly 5,300 people have been rescued, from far end of water logged areas. Although some places have become severely inundated in water, with barely some safe spots for people to hold on to and perch upon, the rescue teams have been able to reach there. Such regions have been kept under first rescue-radar and NDRF along with local assistance teams are working overtime to provide relief and evacuation for the stranded Tamil Nadu citizens.

To shelter the evacuated, dozens of relief camps have been set up on a very urgent makeshift basis. These shelter camps have been able to assist in providing some urgent relief to the stranded. People have not been able to move out with many belongings as water forced them to just walk away with very bare essentials. The shelter camps are providing rest and lodge facilities to the bare minimum basic requirements, and has been able to restore some amount of peace to the shelterless. Food being another basic requirement, it is too being catered by administration which has come into full swing and started distributing thousands of food packets to the affected people. Food and water facilities have sprung into full swing action, especially in those areas where shelter camps have been set up.

People who have self-evacuated from their inundated premises are also reaching to the nearby shelter camps and getting accommodated in the camps, with food and shelter. Services from Indian Air Force (IAF) wing has also shown prompt assistance, by airlifting deeply stranded, non-approachable citizens in remote areas. The IAF airlifted 22 people, including 12 infants, from rainwater-inundated parts of Chennai on Monday. The army has also involved its team in the evacuation process and personnel from the force are working together in co-ordination with other rescue teams and bringing out stranded people from unapproachable areas. Places which are deep in water have been converted to temporary water bodies, and vehicular movement being totally incapacitated, waterway mechanisms have come into ready use there. The extreme conditions and water filled lanes have forced the rescue teams to provide boats for transport, and people themselves are either wading, swimming out or taking a boat ride on the erstwhile roads of the state for rescue measures. People heve been forced at several places to resort to boats as means of transport.

Administration had taken precautionary measure early days and declared all educational institutions to shut down, which helped a long way in this inundation. Schools and colleges were shut down in parts of Tamil Nadu as heavy rains set off by the northeast monsoon battered the southern state and seaside areas in neighboring Andhra Pradesh.

Meteorological Department had earlier predicted these heavy rains in Tamil Nadu as the cyclone had not yet waned down and was still active near the coastal region of Tamil Nadu which faces Sri Lanka. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa reviewed the situation in her rain-hit RK Nagar constituency in Chennai and announced Rs 500 crore for relief and rehabilitation. CM also took cognizance of the entire situation and has been taking regular updates from authorities, insisting and monitoring speedy rescue efforts.

India-China agree to peaceful border relations

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india china agreementNew Delhi : Neighboring countries India and China have agreed to restore peace and harmony on border related issues and refrain from disturbing the tranquil border areas which the two countries share along the line of divide between India and China. This agreement came in as a consequence of talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, which resulted in formulation of a consensus agreement and implementation of it thereby. This is the highest level defence delegation to visit India in the recent years. The visit signifies the enhanced defence exchanges between India and China.

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and China’s Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong sat together and held a bilateral discussions on border issues and both sides stressed on the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility in border areas for cooperation in diverse areas. As a consequence, the two country representatives arrived at the conclusion of mutually beneficial peaceful ties, joined voices together and agreed to implement consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to ensure peace and tranquility along the border.

Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted — India and China agree to further enhance communications and exchanges between the two Armed Forces. Defence Minister Parrikar and Chinese General Fan also condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and agreed to strengthen cooperation to fight terrorism. Parrikar went a step ahead and offered to share India’s expertise in fighting terrorism through joint exercises. Both China and India were of the view that peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas is the baseline for smooth development of bilateral relations in diverse areas and restoring peace and harmony in neighborhood ties. Both agreed armed forces from respective side of country call should shoulder important responsibilities for maintenance of peace, which could be more effectively achieved by furthering enhancement in inter-country data sharing and communications getting properly transpired between the two armed forces.

A strategy to put forth additional border personnel meeting points was strongly welcomed by both countries, and together, the two representatives welcomed the operationalisation of additional meeting points for border personnel from both sided of the country fence. An elaborate review of the ongoing exchanges was done, which culminated into mutual satisfaction at the bilateral military exercise from both sides. This stance was further strengthened by the Indian side which welcomed the proposal of scheduling of a visit by Commander of Lanzhou Military region to India early next year. In return, General Fan extended an invitation to Parrikar to visit China. The Defence Minister accepted the invitation and assured proper finalization of a schedule visit, the dates of which would be decided through diplomatic channels.