President Cristina Fernandez De Kircher of Argentina faces strong allegations of her role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires which claimed the lives of 85 Israelites.
Already there has been many instances brought up by Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita like the sudden death of Alberto Nisman last month who had filed a report against President Fernandez accusing her of shielding the bombers of Iranian origin.
Pollitico claims that the motive behind this attack was that the President would be granted favorable Oil deals and other supplies from Iran, an accusation both the President and Iranian officials strongly denied.
Along with the President, Pollitico has also named others like Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, congressman Andres Larroque and many more.
It will be the federal magistrate Judge Daniel Rafecas who will look into the information brought by Pollitico and then decide whether to strip the President and the Foreign Minister from their immunity or not.
Both President Fernandez and Foreign Minister Timerman are serving members and are entitled to immunity from legal proceedings. However if the evidence against them is strong then the congress would be asked to lift their immunity and contest the trial put forth against them
After Forensic analysis it was reported that at the time of Nisman’s death they traced DNA samples that belonged to some one else.
Domestic flight updates: Delhi is all set; Maharashtra didn’t permit
Civil Aviation Ministry announced the resumption of domestic flights from 25 May but the Maharashtra government denied the permission saying that they will follow intact lock-down. Till now, the government had neither made any changes in the rules of lockdown 4.0 given by the central government nor have permitted for the resumption of flights.
In 9 states like Punjab and Chattisgarh, the landing passengers will undergo quarantine.
The states in which the passengers will undergo quarantine are as follows:
Punjab: Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told that the passengers coming home via train, bus or aeroplane will have to necessarily undergo a 14 day home quarantine.
Chattisgarh: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that all the plane passengers have to undergo an institutional quarantine of 14 days.
Karnataka: Passengers coming from states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil and Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh by any means of transportation will have to undergo a 7-day institutional quarantine followed by 7 days of home quarantine.
Uttarakhand: Passengers will be quarantined for 10 days in a hotel or a governmental place.
Goa: State government wants flight passengers to undergo an Anti-body test.
Andaman and Nicobar: Administration has set Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the passengers coming by flight. Every passenger will undergo thermal screening and 14 days of home quarantine.
Kerala, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh: In these states also, the on-board passengers will undergo a quarantine of 14 days.
In Delhi, all the domestic flights will be operated from terminal 3 of Indra Gandhi Airport. Delhi International Airport Limited told that the temperature of every passenger will be checked at the entrance by a CISF Thermal Scanner. Aarogya Setu App in every passenger mobile phone is necessary.
According to reports, DIAL’s CEO Vidah Jaipuriar told that the first flight will be operated on 25 May, 4.30 pm. He said that the authorities have assured that all the facilities for boarding passengers will be touchless. Either passenger print the boarding passes from home or use the ‘Scan and Fly Kiosk’.
190 flights will take off from Delhi everyday. Due to the allowance of one-third flight on a route, only 190 flights will arrive and 190 flights will depart from Delhi’s airport. Almost 20,000 passengers will come to Delhi airport. The regular flight were suspended from 25 March keeping in mind the danger of COVID-19.
International flights to resume operations from mid-June says Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced on Saturday that the international flight would start operating by middle of June if there is a positive change in the COVID-19 situation by then.
“As an optimist, I would say why wait till August or September; if situation eases or improves, if the virus behaves in a predictable manner, we get used to the idea to co-exist with the virus and make arrangements…let say we have an ambitious goal, why not start middle of June, end- June or July? I know you will say MHA lockdown is till May 31…nothing is written in stone…we are starting the domestic flights from May 25, we are prepared,” said Hardeep Singh Puri.
In a live chat with Mr. Puri on facebook, he stated that the pricing of tickets is a commercial matter which is in between the airline and customer so the government’s role is limited to issuing advisories.
Domestic flights will start operating from May 25 and a meeting was initiated with State governments to decide the process while being in quarantine Suggestions have come up by many states about a 14-day institutional quarantine on the arrival to the new destination.
He also said that the Arogya Setu app is reliable once the people begin using it wisely and understand how it functions.“If you have an Aarogya Setu app and you are clear, do you want another test? India is conducting around 1 lakh per day…if you do not have any symptoms or did not come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person then what is the use of test? The test result will come in 7 hours…you take the test and wait for the result and then wait for another two hours before the boarding?” asked Mr. Puri. He said the Aarogya Setu app was preferable but airlines have not made it mandatory.
Plane crash updates: PIA flight got crashed a few kilometres from the airport
The runway was empty for the flight to land but the pilot told the control room that they have lost the engine. Initially, the plane hit the mobile tower first and then was crashed over homes. 15 homes were damaged in this crash and the plane crashed just a few kilometres from the Airport. The engine caught fire before the plane was crashed.
On Friday afternoon, the Pakistani Airline Company PIA’s plane got crashed. It had 98 passengers on board including the crew members. The plane took off from Lahore around 1 pm and at 2.33 pm, it was around 275 feet high. Till now 57 deaths have been confirmed by the officials including a 5-year-old child and a senior journalist Ansari Naqvi. But the deaths are not confirmed to be of all passengers,i.e., some dead bodies may include local residents.
6 huge plane accidents in the past 10 years
1) 28 July 2010 – The private plane of AirBlue (AirBus 321) flew from Karachi and crashed in mountains while landing in Islamabad and all 152 people on board died.
2) 5 November 2010 – After taking off in a while, a twin-engine plane was crashed in which an employee of an Italian oil company was present. 21 people died in this crash.
28 November 2010 – The cargo plane of a Georgian airline was crashed in which 12 people were dead.
20 April 2012 – A Bhoj Airbus 737’s aeroplane was crashed in which 128 passengers including the crew members were dead.
5) 8 May 2015 – Pakistani Army’s helicopter was crashed in Gilgit in which 8 people died including the ambassadors of Norway, Philippines and Indonesia along with the wives of Malaysian and Indonesian Ambassadors.
6) 7 December 2016 – 48 passengers including crew members died when an aircraft from going to Chitral from Islamabad.
PM Modi visited the affected areas by Amphan
Yesterday, PM Modi announces to travel to West Bengal and Odisha on Friday to take note pf the situation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan. PM Modi departed from Delhi to West Bengal on Friday morning to take an aerial survey, later he visited Odisha as well. The Prime Minister also took part in review meetings where the relief and rehabilitation aspect were discussed.
The last time visited Prayagraj and Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh on 29 February. He took another tour today to West Bengal and Odisha after 83 days.
The prime minister undertook an aerial survey of areas affected by the cyclone in WB. He was accompanied by WB Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee. He arrived at Kolkata Airport and was received by the Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankar and state Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee.
The financial assistance has been announced by the PM of Rs.1,000 crore for West Bengal and Rs 2 lakh will be given to the families of deceased and 50,000 will be given for the injured.
PM has also said that the Bengal is doing well and the government has taken all the efforts to tackle this situation created by COVID-19 and the cyclone.
West Bengal CM announced the compensation of Rs 1000 crore for the restoration work of the affected areas. A compensation of Rs. 2.5 lakh was also announced for the families of the deceased. According to media reports, NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said that an MHA team will also visit to evaluate the loss done by the super cyclone.
The PM reached the state of Odhisha and was received by the Odia CM and Governor at Bhubneswar Airport in the evening. Stay tuned to know more.
COVID-19 India Updates: The number of confirmed cases has reached to 1 lakh 19 thousand and 521
The number of confirmed cases has reached 1 lakh 19 thousand 521. 73% of cases are in just 5 states while the virus has reached 26 states and 7 union territories. Over 41,000 cases are from Maharashtra. The Home Ministry has granted permission of Overseas Citizen to come to India with certain terms and conditions.
On Friday, the number of confirmed cases found are; Delhi – 660, Rajasthan – 150, Karnataka – 105, Odisha – 86, Andhra Pradesh – 62, Jharkhand – 5, Chattisgarh – 4 and Assam – 2. Over 66,000 people are under treatment, 45,000+ people have recovered and 3583 have died from this virus.
The situation of top 5 states and 1 Union Territories in no particular order:
1) Maharashtra: Total number of cases is 41,642. Only Mumbai has 25,000+ cases which accounts for 61% of total cases of Maharashtra and 22% of the country. The today death toll has reached 64 including 41 from Mumbai. The maximum number of deaths have occurred in Mumbai,i.e., 882 and the death toll of state has reached 1454.
2) Madhya Pradesh: Total number of cases is 5,981. 1391 fever clinics have been started in the state where 42,000+ have been tested. over 30,000 people were advised for home isolation and 6050 samples were collected for the testing
3) Uttar Pradesh: Total number of cases is 4,605. On Monday, 9,114 samples were tested. Only 141 were found positive. 2,783 patients have recovered in the state. 118 have died due to this virus. Total 2173 active cases are in the state whereas 3204 patients have been recovered. The death toll has reached 138 in the state.
4) Rajasthan: Total number of cases is 6,377. On Friday, 150 new cases have been reported in a different location like in Dungarpur – 17, Jaipur – 13, Jodhpur – 18, Udaipur – 12, Bhilwara-4, Barmer- 14, Kota – 17 and Rajasmand – 1, Baswada – 2, Jaisalmer – 1, Nagore – 3, Bikaner – 1, Dausa – 1, Jalore – 5, Sikar – 5, Ajmer – 6, Jhunjhunu – 6, Sirohi – 9. 152 deaths have been reported in the state. The toll of total positive cases has reached 6281.
5) Bihar: Total number of cases are 1987 including 1000 migrant labour. 211 patients were recorded in the last 24 hours. This is the first time that the number of new cases has exceeded 200.
6) Delhi: Total number of cases is 12,319. As of Friday, 660 cases were reported positive, 330 have been recovered while 14 have died. The death under mysterious circumstances will not be counted under the death toll of COVID-19
All the number are taken from covid19india.org
Plane carrying 90 passengers slammed near Model colony in Karanchi-Pakistan
A Pakistani aircraft carrying 90 passengers and eight crew members crashed at a residential area near the Karachi Airport on Friday. It was reported that the plane crashed near the airport ground area as it was approaching to land.
Local television reports showed smoke coming from the direction of the airport. Ambulances were immediately sent to the site of accident
News agency PTI said Sindh’s Ministry of Health and Population Welfare has declared emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi due to the plane crash.
The flight PK 8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony. According to PIA chief executive officer Arshad Malik, the pilot had informed the control room of facing a technical issue and then decided to go around rather than land even though two runways were ready for landing. It was reported that the plane had attempted to land on the ground two or three times before the crash had occurred.
Imraan Khan said rescue and relief teams were on the ground and the unfortunate incident will be inquired about to get to know the minute details. He has also sent his condolences to the families of the deceased. As of now the number of casualties have not been confirmed.
“Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.” Tweeted Pakistani PM Imran Khan.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to his twitter and offered his condolences and wished for the well-being of the families of the deceased.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of life due to a plane crash in Pakistan. Our condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing speedy recovery to those injured.”
Social media has received some footages which show how smoke has filled out from the site of the crash. Ambulances and rescue officials are working to help residents. According to reports, several houses and cars have been damaged in the residential area that witnessed this incident.
Cyclone Amphan : 72 dead in India; cyclone reaches Bangladesh
The diameter of the eye of cyclone was nearly 30 km and was 15 feet tall with the wind speed of 185 kmph. Cyclone Amphan has weakened now and is over Bangladesh leaving 72 dead in West Bengal. It blew up shanties, uprooting thousands of trees and swamping low lying areas, said a report of Indian Meteorological Department.
It also said that it will dissipate into a depression and a deep depression which are the signs of further weakening of cyclone.
19 May: 32 NDRF teams deployed in Odisha, West Bengal, 21 teams were on standby mode to deal with cyclone Amphan. The Meteorological Department stands about 600 km south of Paradipin early in the morning. Updated reports of IMD told that the cyclone will move towards West Bengal as an extremely cyclonic storm. Cabinet Secretary chaired the meeting of National Crisis Monitoring Committee on Tuesday.
Tripura government also gets orders from the central government to prepare for the cyclone. Further reports of IMD told that 6 Odisha districts to be most affected when Super Cyclone makes landfall. Fishing activities suspended in West Bengal and Odisha till 20 May. Rahul Gandhi also appealed the Congress workers in West Bengal, Odisha to help people. Ferry services have been shut down in Bangladesh on the major routes and have prepared more than 12,000 cyclone shelter to evacuate people to coastal villages.
Cabinet Secretary chaired the third meeting of the National Crisis Managemnet Committee to review the preeparedness of states and central ministries. Odhisha broadcasted SMS based alert system, played tower siren to evacuate people. Updated reports of IMD stated that the extensive damage is expected due to devastating wind speed and Amphan will cross West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts on May 20. Telecommunication department and Power Ministry were ready with the plan to deal with the situation. Media reports stated that 3 lakh people were evacuated and were kept in relief camps as of around 9 pm on May 19. Odisha Chief Secretary told that the people form most vulnerable areas to be evacuated by the might of 19 May. Around midnight, Srikakulam districts also get alert from the district administration. Srikakulam is situated in Andhra Pradesh. Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla spoke to the MP’s and urged them to be in constant touch with the people of their zone.
May 20: Rainfall, strong winds hit Odisha’s Bhadrak ahead of Cyclone Amphan landfall. Amphan was expected to make landfall. IMD reports read that the cyclone will cross West Bengal- Bangladesh close to Sunderbans during the afternoon and evening hours of 20 May. 19 NDRF teams were deployed on the ground in West Bengal. 6 teams were deployed in South 24 Parganas, 4 teams each in East Midnapore and Kolkata, 3 teams in North 24 Parganas including 1 team in Hoogly and Howrah respectively. Over 1 lakh people were evacuated in Odisha as the cyclone moves towards Bengal coast from 13 most vulnerable coasts. Uprooted trees blocked the roads of Bhadrak district. on Wednesday after strong winds and rainfall hit the districts. All operations of Kolkata Airport suspended in the wake of cyclone till Thursday’s early morning. Indian Navy is put on high alert for the relief efforts in the wake of Amphan. Landfall of cyclone Amphan begins and to continue for 4 hours till 8 pm.
Bangladesh evacuates 1 million people ahead of Amphan landfall as of the evening of May 20. The power supply was cut in North and South 24 Parganas of West Bengal. Rainfall and strong winds in West Bengal’ North 24 Parganas as cyclone Amphan make landfall. This cyclone was weakened into a very severe cyclone storm, makes landfall in West Bengal, rainfall and heavy winds hit North 24 Parganas on Wednesday. Updated reports as of 11.20 pm say that 2 were killed and 5500 houses were damaged in North 24 Parganas as the cyclone hits West Bengal.
May 21: Bollywood also prayed for minimum destruction by this cyclone. They showered their praying through tweets. Alice Wells, a senior diplomat says that the US stands with India and Bangladesh as they prepare for the cyclone. 7 were killed in Bangladesh as the cyclone hits the coasts around midnight. Reports of morning state that Super cyclone Amphan weakens to cyclonic storm centred over Bangladesh. Odisha’s Balasore returns to normal. Many people have stepped out to buy essentials. Fruits and vegetables vendors were seen on roads selling their products. In the afternoon, cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba reviews the situation in Odisha and West Bengal. Amit Shah assured all possible help to Odisha. Residents who were affected by the cyclone were shifted to shelter in WB. IMD Director- general says that there is an expected delay in Monsoon due to this cyclone. As of today evening, 72 people lost their lives due to cyclone. In evening reports also says that private aircraft, a hangar at Kolkata Airport were damaged.
The toll due to Cyclone Amphan reaches 15 in Bangladesh in the evening. NDRF chief, SN Pradhan says that normalcy will return in next 24 to 48 hours after the cyclone hit the state of Odisha.
According to today evening reports, Kolkata airport resumes operation after cyclone Amphan. West Bengal CM announces Rs 1000 crore fund for restoration work of areas hit by the cyclone. MHA team will visit WB and Odisha to assess the damage, says NDRFchief. PM Modi will also visit the states in the wake of cyclone Amphan
Domestic flights to restart from 25 May; 200 trains to resume from June 1
Due to nationwide lock-down, flight have been suspended from past 61 days and the airlines’ services will be resumed from 25 May. Only one-third flight will fly on every route,i.e., if before lock-down 21 flight were there on a route, then only 7 will operate. Among these, the railways too have prepared its draft of 200 trains to restart its services. The list of trains have been announced and the booking starts from Thursday, 21 May.
The information of restarting of flights have been given by Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs through a tweet. However, nothing has been mentioned about international flights. He told to prepare airports and airlines to start preparing for the operation.
There were 7,800 flights including 5100 domestic flights. Now only 1700 flights will resume. Only 25 domestic flights will resume from Jaipur out of 56 domestic flights. Out of 200 trains, 6 trains will either arrive or depart from Jaipur.
The seats will not be empty in airplanes
Along with lock-down on 25 March, the domestic airline services have been suspended whereas the international flights were suspended from 22 March. Only cargo and special permission flights were permitted to operate. The airline sector have been effected badly due to lock-down because of the pandemic. Aerostation Minister told the airlines to start bookings for 25 May through a tweet but the airlines haven’t started the bookings yet as no circular have been circulated for the same and Vistara told that we can not start the booking on the basis of a tweet.
Reservation for General coach is now mandatory.
Out of 200 trains, 73 pairs are mail express, 5 pairs of Non- AC Duranto and 22 pairs of Janshatabdi. The whole train will be reserved and will have AC and Non-AC category of coaches. The booking will be done either on IRCTC website or mobile app. The fare of second seating will be charged. Reservation counter will be closed. No agent can book the tickets. After screening, only people with no symptoms will be allowed to travel.
Tension reignites between two largest economies, U.S and China
Tensions have been reignited between the United States and China. The world’s greatest economies are in a state of anguish as a result of accusing each-other on various occasions since the virus spread and became a pandemic.
The virus has affected both countries as their economies have fallen into the deepest contractions since decades. This has contributed in destroying several employment opportunities. China has almost recovered from this pandemic as the number of positive cases have largely declined but other countries are still facing tremendous difficulties to rekindle their economies such as the U.S.
President Donald Trump’s recent threat of new tariffs on China will cause more inconvenience and affect their present tensed situations.
“Clearly, the timing of renewed trade tension could not be worse,” economists of S&P Global Ratings said earlier this month. The threat of higher tariffs and the intensifying technology cold war could yet disrupt technology trade and investment, de-powering what still promises to be an engine for recovery in 2020.”
In January the deal only reduced some of the tariffs each side had placed on the other, it allowed Beijing to avoid additional taxes on almost $160 billion worth of goods. China had made a commitment to the US of buying $200 billion goods and services for two consecutive years.
According to the S&P economists, China would have had to increase its imports more than 6% each month for two years to honor the terms of the deal struck between the two countries. Instead, US imports fell 6% during the first four months of 2020.
“With consumer demand down in the Chinese economy, it’s unlikely that Beijing will be able to commit to buying more American goods or if they do commit … they will renege later” because of the lack of demand said Alex Capri, a trade scholar and visiting senior fellow at the National University of Singapore Business School.
Trump also does not have the next two years to find out whether China will honor its agreement or not. He will have to face the elections next in November.
ISRO bagged the patent for moon-like sand
Indian Space Agency, ISRO got the patent for the technique of making moon-like sand. ISRO made the soil at the time of Vikram Lander and Rover Pragyan. At the time of Chandrayan -2 launching, India made sand similar to the surface of the moon. The Vikram Lander and Rover Pragyan were tested on this.
Indian Patent Office gave ISRO patent on 18 May. They first applied on 15 May 2014 and this patent is valid for the next 20 years.
A scientist who discovered this technique
Venugopal, SA Kannan, Shamrao, V Chandra Babu plays a vital role in discovering this technique. The research team includes S. Anjhagan, S. Arivjhagan, CR Paramshivam and S. Chinamuthu from Department of Geology of Periyar University, Tamil Nadu and Muthukumaran from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli.
Former director of UR Satellite Centre M Annadurai told the news agency that the surface of the Moon and The Earth is totally different. The reason we had to make artificial soil is that they have to test Lander and Rover that resemble exactly like the surface of the Moon. He further added that importing moon’s soil from America would be a very expensive deal and ISRO needed around 70 tonnes of soil so they needed a permanent solution.
It was made using Anthracite rock from Tamil Nadu’s Salem which matches the rocks present on Moon. Initially, the scientist gave grind the rock and took it Bangalore for further testing. It was converted to the resemblance of Moon’s surface and then the testing site was ready. This sand and samples of Moon’s soil bought by Apollo -16 matched.
There are two types of surfaces on Moon. The first is known as Highland. 83% of surface is highland in which calcium and aluminium content is more as compared to other minerals. This type of soil is made by ISRO.The second type is Mayer. The visible black crater contains this kind of soil. The maximum percentage of Iron, Magnesium and Titanium is found.
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