Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Delhi's new terminal T3 becomes operational today

New Delhi: Air India Flight 102 from the John F Kennedy Airport in New York will become the first flight to land at the new world class terminal T3 in New Delhi. The aircraft is expected to land at 3:45 pm in the afternoon The Air India flight will be quickly followed by a Jet Airways flight from Kathmandu at 5:15 pm. The first flight to depart from the terminal will be a Jet Airways for Dubai at 7:30 pm on Wednesday. The Emirates will fly in its Airbus A-380 to the new terminal as one of the "proving" flights on July 15.In all, nine flights will arrive or depart between July 14 and 15 as part of the terminal activation and operational process. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi inaugurated the terminal on July 3. It's the 5th largest terminal in the world. The Rs 9000 crore swanky new world-class facility will integrate domestic and international operations and is expected to handle 34 million passengers annually.The Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL) developed the terminal and has been given the mandate to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the Delhi airport for the next 30 years. DIAL is a joint venture company comprising the Bangalore-based GMR Group, Airports Authority of India, Fraport and Malaysian Airport.Read more at:

Create a unified command for anti-Naxal operations, Chidambaram urges CM''s

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday requested the state governments of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal to create a unified command for anti-Naxal operations.Addressing the meeting of chief ministers of Naxal-infested states called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, Chidambaram said: "Government will sanction additional SPOs (Special Police Officers) to the states and requests the state governments of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal to create a unified command for anti-Naxal operations."We request the four state governments to appoint an Inspector General of Police as IG (Anti-Naxal operations) for that state. The Government will also appoint an Inspector General, Central Reserve Police Force as IG (Operations) for that state to work in close coordination with the IG (anti-Naxal operations) of that state," he added.He further said that the Centre would provide more helicopters for logistic support to Naxal-infested states to help in troop movement, supplies and evacuation.Admitting the Naxals have gained an upper hand against security forces in the recent times Chidambaram said that the most serious setbacks were in Silda (West Bengal), Tarmetla, Chingawaram and Dhaudhai (all in Chhattisgarh).The anti-Naxal plan also proposes to provide more helicopters for logistics support, troop movement and supplies.He also said the Central Government acknowledges the primary role and responsibility of the State Governments in enforcing law and order and in confronting the challenge of Left Wing Extremism. "We also acknowledge the role and responsibility of the Central Government to assist the State Governments in every way - deploying central para-military forces, sharing intelligence, funding the modernization of police forces and providing logistics and other support," he added. Chidambaram also announced that the Centre was planning to roll out a development plan for the Naxal-hit areas, which are mostly mineral-rich but with poor infrastructure."Government will set up an empowered group chaired by Member-Secretary, Planning Commission to modify existing norms/guidelines in the implementation of various development schemes having regard to the local needs and conditions in the affected districts," he added.He also advised the state governments to implement PESA (Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act strictly and vigorously and to ensure that rights over minor forest produce are assigned to the gram sabhas. (ANI)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked his top officials to ensure constant supply of food grains, fuels and other essentials to northeastern states, officials said in Agartala on Tuesday. "The prime minister has asked Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar to personally supervise the supply of food grains, transport fuels and cooking gas and other sentials to northeastern states," a top Tripura government official said.The prime minister held a meeting with officials in New Delhi on Monday evening and reviewed the situation of supply of essentials to northeast, the official said.He also said that the prime minister asked the officials to take steps to build buffer stocks of essential items in northeastern states, specially Manipur and Tripura.Chandrasekhar held a meeting on the issue on Saturday through video-conferencing. Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai, Tripura Chief Secretary S.K. Panda, Assam's Additional Chief Secretary N.K. Das and Food Corporation of India (FCI) CMD Syraj Hussain were among the officials with attended the meeting.Panda said, "After the Saturday's meeting the FCI and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) have taken urgent steps to supply food grains, fuels and other essentials to northeastern states.""Railway wagons and trucks loaded with these materials have already reached different locations of Tripura, Manipur and Assam," he said.Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, southern Assam and other parts of northeast had been facing shortage of essential items due to road blockades by different protesting organisations and disruption of railway services due to heavy rains in the past two and a half months.The rail services were restored partially last week.