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Indian police raid homes of Delhi Games chief

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 5:55 am

 Indian police on Friday raided the homes of the chief organiser of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi, as part of a probe into graft allegations that surrounded the event.

A spokesperson from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said police had conducted searches at Kalmadi’s residences in the capital and the western town of Pune, and at the home of his personal secretary Manoj Bhore.

Commonwealth Games chief organiser Suresh Kalmadi speaks at the event’s closing ceremony at Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi in October, 2010

The Games, which were held in Delhi in October, were hit by claims of massive financial irregularities as the budget ballooned to an estimated six billion dollars.

The CBI spokesperson said a top police official had written to the government earlier this month requesting Kalmadi’s removal from the chairmanship of the Games organising committee on the grounds that he was obstructing the investigation.

Kalmadi, who took much of the international criticism about unfinished facilities and poor planning, quit as secretary to India’s ruling Congress party in November.

The CBI raided the homes of other top committee officials in November and arrested the sacked treasurer, M. Jayachandran, the third official to be accused of forgery and cheating over the awarding of Games-related contracts.

Police have charged two other former Games officials over alleged corruption.

Companies contracted to provide sports surfaces, training equipment and landscaping for the Games were also raided by tax inspectors in October.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) national watchdog has received complaints alleging up to 1.8 billion dollars of Games money was misappropriated.

A CVC report into the Games has confirmed the use of poor-quality materials and massive cost overruns on construction projects.

A defiant Kalmadi brushed off corruption allegations, telling reporters in November: “I have not done anything wrong, even in a single thing. I welcome the investigations and will answer all queries.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set up a panel after the Games concluded to investigate graft claims and two other government bodies are also running separate probes.

Source: SGGP

Indian contestant wins Miss Earth talent competition

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 8:52 am

Dancing Obama appeals to Indian youth

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

PM Dung meets New Zealand, Indian PMs, ADB leader

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Festival stampede at north Indian temple kills 10

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

A stampede in a packed temple during a Hindu festival in northern Indian killed 10 people and injured 11 on Sunday, police said. About 30,000 people offering prayers to the goddess Durga had packed into the Tildiha village temple in Bihar state on the last day of the Navratri festival, Banka district police director Neelmani said.

Four women and six men died in the stampede, and another 11 people were injured and are being treated at nearby hospitals, Neelmani said. Three are in critical condition.

It was not immediately clear what caused the stampede.

The 10-day Navrati festival is marked by ritual prayers and sacrifices of goats to Durga, the Mother Goddess in the Hindu religion.

The village in Banka district is about 124 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Bihar’s state capital, Patna.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam bans circulation of Indian Amoxicilin due to low quality

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

The Drug Administration of Vietnam, part of Vietnamese Ministry of Health, decided on Oct.3 to suspend the circulation of the antibiotic drug Amoxicilin 500mg in the capsule form due to failing to satisfy quality demand.

The drug is made by Minimed Laboratory India and imported by the Cuu Long Pharmaceutical Joint-Stock Company or Pharimexco in the Mekong delta province of Vinh Long.

It has been allowed in Vietnam as a pharmaceutical ingredient under registration production lot of 1431 with expiry date May 30, 2012.

All substandard drugs in the capsule form were ordered to recall by the importer and the manufacturer.


Source: SGGP

Search for missing in Indian Himalayas after floods kill 137

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 7:25 am

LEH, India, Aug 9, 2010 (AFP) – Emergency teams in India’s remote Himalayan region of Ladakh on Sunday struggled to deliver food and aid to survivors of flash floods that killed at least 137 people and left 500 missing.

A cloudburst on Friday caused devastating floods that swept away roads, buildings, bridges and power cables in a tide of rock and mud. Rescuers fear many more victims may have died after being buried.

Thousands of residents in Leh, the main town of Ladakh in the Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir, abandoned houses hit by the mud flows and moved to higher ground where they slept in the open despite the cold.

Indian army personnel rest after setting up a temporary bridge at Choglamsar village in Leh on August 8, 2010. AFP

Indian soldiers, police and paramilitary troops led the relief operation on Sunday, sifting through destroyed homes and providing basic medical care to those injured.

Tourists visiting the region and local Buddhist monks also helped in the clearance and rescue work, which was hampered by a lack of heavy-lifting equipment and the severe mountain terrain.

“We now have 137 confirmed deaths and over 400 injured,” a police officer in Leh told AFP, asking not to be named as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

He said the village of Choglamsar, on the outskirts of the town, had been swamped by mudslides and many residents were feared dead.

Leh, situated in an arid mountain desert at an altitude of 3,505 metres (11,500 feet), receives virtually no rainfall all year and has no planned drainage system.

The main hospital was badly damaged in the floods and makeshift medical centres dealt with scores of patients on Sunday.

“Children with broken bones have been carried here, and many people say the water just took away everything in its path,” an AFP photographer at the scene said.

“The army are trying to arrange distribution of emergency supplies and to set up relief camps, and soldiers have begun erecting temporary bridges where bridges have disappeared,” he said.

Communication links with the area remained patchy and Leh was without mains electricity. Landslides blocked the two roads to the area via Srinagar, the main town in Indian Kashmir, and via the Manali-Leh highway.

Six planes carrying military emergency teams arrived at the damaged Leh airport on Saturday, along with specialist medical units and five tonnes of medicine flown in from the national capital New Delhi.

Ladakh is a highly militarised area because of sensitive border disputes with both Pakistan and China. It is also renown for its Buddhist culture, while its mountains and rivers attract international adventure tourists.

“On Saturday we rescued some seven foreigners from the Batalik sector of Ladakh, and the search is on to trace if there are any others missing,” army spokesman J.S. Brar told AFP.

Kashmir’s tourism chief Farooq Shah told AFP there were no reports of any foreign casualties.

“There is no death of foreigners in Leh town but we are trying our best to collect information about tourists who had gone out to villages and up into the mountains,” Shah said.

Special flights were laid on Sunday to carry tourists to Delhi from the stricken area and more are planned for Monday, according to the Press Trust of India.

The US and United Kingdom have urged their citizens to avoid travel to Leh.

The floods came as neighbouring Pakistan suffered the worst flooding in its history with 15 million people affected and at least 1,600 people killed.

Source: SGGP

Flash floods kill 44 in Indian Kashmir: police

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 7:20 am

SRINAGAR, India, Aug 6, 2010 (AFP) – More than 40 people have been killed after heavy rain triggered flash floods in Leh, the main town in India’s trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, police said Friday.

“At-least 44 people are confirmed dead and dozens are missing,” a spokesman at Leh’s Police Control Room told AFP by telephone.

File picture shows the Polo Ground in the centre of Leh in front of Leh Palace. AFP file

Ladakh is a mountainous, Buddhist-dominated region, sitting in the southeastern part of Muslim-majority Kashmir, and is popular with foreign adventure tourists interested in high-altitude trekking and river-running.

There were no immediate reports of any tourists among the dead.

Some 3,500 metres (11,500 feet) above sea level, Leh is surrounded by high-altitude desert and heavy rainfall is very uncommon.

The police spokesman said the floods had effectively cut Leh off by road, washing away sections of the main highways to the popular backpacker destination of Manali and the Kashmiri summer capital, Srinagar.

The floods tore through parts of the town during the night, damaging houses and government buildings.

Rescue operations were still underway Friday, as the search continued for the missing, with Indian troops called in to help with the relief efforts.

Leh airport was damaged in the flooding, police said.

Source: SGGP

Curfew in Indian Kashmir as fourth protester dies

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 11:18 am

Troops enforced a curfew in major towns in Indian Kashmir on Saturday as a fourth person died from injuries suffered when soldiers opened fire to quell demonstrators the previous day.

Three people were killed Friday in two separate incidents when security forces opened fire to disperse angry anti-India protesters in the northern towns of Sopore and Patan.

On Saturday, police said a fourth man, who had been seriously injured in the shooting at Patan, died in hospital early in the morning, raising the death toll to four.

The fresh death came as authorities placed most of the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley under curfew.

“A curfew is in force in Srinagar and other major towns of the Kashmir Valley,” a police spokesman said.

Indian police gather near shops during clashes with demonstrators in Srinagar on July 30

Srinagar, Indian Kashmir’s summer capital, wore a deserted look as troops carrying rifles and batons patrolled the streets.

Police and paramilitary forces were also deployed in strength in big towns to prevent demonstrations, the spokesman said.

Srinagar has been the focus of protests since June 11 when a 17-year-old student died after being hit by a police teargas shell.

Indian police and paramilitary forces, who have been struggling to control the wave of protests in the valley, have been accused of killing 21 civilians in less than two months.

Each death has sparked a new cycle of violence despite appeals for calm from state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram.

The insurgency against New Delhi’s rule of Kashmir has claimed tens of thousands of lives, though the recent unrest is the worst for two years.

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan each hold Kashmir in part but claim it in full and have fought two of their three wars over the region since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947.

Separatist politicians and armed rebels reject Indian rule in Kashmir and want to merge with Muslim-majority Pakistan or carve out an independent state.

Source: SGGP

3 protesters killed in protests in Indian Kashmir

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Police and paramilitary troops fired on thousands of anti-India protesters in Kashmir, killing at least three people in the worst street violence in a year, police said.

Faced with more than two weeks of increasingly strident protests in the divided Himalayan region, government forces have been accused of killing a total of 11 people in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Protesters demanding independence have attacked troops with rocks and sticks, and government forces have responded by launching tear gas, charging with batons and opening fire.

Muslim militants have fought in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir since 1989 for independence or merger with Pakistan.

A Kashmiri throws a brick at policemen during a protest in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, June 29, 2010.

While anti-India demonstrations are frequent in the region, the latest round of street protests was triggered by a police investigation earlier this month that found Indian army soldiers had killed three Kashmiri civilians in May. The investigation said the soldiers staged a gunbattle in order to claim the dead were militants. The army responded by suspending two officers.

Clashes broke out across the region again Tuesday, and three civilians were killed the town of Anantnag, 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of the main city of Srinagar, police said. Local residents said that one of the dead, Ishtiyaq Ahmed Khanday, 15, was not part of any protests and was killed in the compound of his home.

Meanwhile, thousands of police in riot gear patrolled the city of Srinagar, where shops, businesses and government offices were shut.

Police and paramilitary soldiers drove through neighborhoods warning people to stay indoors and not participate in pro-independence protests, said Afaq Wani, a Srinagar resident. He said police were imposing a de facto curfew.

Sajad Ahmed, a local police officer, said that no curfew has been imposed but that the state government has banned the assembly in public of more than five people. Troops also erected steel barricades and laid razor wire across main roads to prevent public gatherings.

“We’re imposing restrictions to avoid clashes,” Ahmed said.

Similar restrictions were also imposed in several other towns in the region. In the violence-torn town of Sopore, 35 miles (55 kilometers) northwest of Srinagar, an indefinite curfew was in force for the fifth consecutive day.

A separate gunbattle near the India-Pakistan frontier broke out on Monday when a group of suspected militants infiltrated into Indian territory in the Nowgam sector, sparking a gunbattle that killed five of the suspected insurgents and three Indian soldiers, said Col. Vineet Sood, an army spokesman.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan and India have fought two wars over Kashmir. India accuses Pakistan of funding and training militants in the Pakistani-held portion of Kashmir and helping them slip over to the Indian side to fight. Islamabad denies the charge.

More than 68,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the conflict since 1989.

Source: SGGP