Ensure civilian safety, India tells Sri Lanka
New Delhi has asked Colombo to work out appropriate and credible procedures for the evacuation of civilians caught in the war zone.
This suggestion came after reports that the LTTE had declared its willingness to discuss international appeals to permit Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) caught in the zone of conflict to leave the area for safety.
“In this context, India appeals to the Sri Lankan government and to all concerned to work out appropriate and credible procedures for the evacuation of IDPs to safety, which would include the international agencies being able to oversee the movement of the IDPs,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said here in a statement.
‘UPA pushed for ceasefire’
Congress chief whip in Chennai S.Peter Alphonse said it was the UPA’s efforts that ensured the UN and other countries voiced concern over the situation in Sri Lanka. Alphonse said this in response to CPI leader V. Sivapunniyam’s accusation that the Congress did not ensure a ceasefire in the northern parts of Sri Lanka.
AIADMK’s petition to SC
AIADMK on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to declare that there is a total breakdown of the constitutional machinery in Tamil Nadu. The party filed a petition over the February 9 clash between advocates and the police in which some judges were also injured. It has also sought a judicial probe by either a sitting or a retired apex court judge.
A man was killed and six others were injured when the Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation bus they were travelling in was hit by boulders near Sach Pass in Chamba district on Sunday. The bus was on its way from Killar, the administrative headquarters of Pangi valley to Chamba. A Bolero, a pick up jeep and canter were also damaged. Tissa sub-divisional magistrate Girish Sumra said rescue teams were rushed to the spot with two ambulances.
There has been an uptick in coronavirus cases amid heavy tourist influx in Himachal Pradesh, prompting health authorities to issue directions to ramp up testing across the hill state. As many as 289 new infections were recorded over the last week, surpassing the Covid count for May (248). The state had 50 active cases in May-end, which has increased to 292.
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday announced that a special task force will be constituted to wage war on drugs in the hill state. The CM announced that 73 posts for police personnel will be created and filled in the excise department for effective implementation of regulatory legislations. He also initiated the process for forming an excise police force.
It is possible to travel by staying still. One way to do this is by lingering long at the Jama Masjid in Gurugram's Sadar Bazar. The small edifice isn't close in grandeur to its more famous namesake in Old Delhi. But being here towards the end of the day, as the amber shade of dusk slowly turns into darkness, this enclosed but open space fills the visitor with a sense of journey.
On the occasion of International Day Against Drugs, a kabaddi tournament was organised in the North East Division by the police on Sunday. A total of 15 teams from the city participated in the event, which saw around 5,000 people of the area in the attendance. The municipal corporation and the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee have joined hands to check on violations and a special task force will conduct surveys and issue challans to violators.