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India : Ferry sinks, dozens of people dead or missing – Rescue teams at work

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India : Ferry sinks, dozens of people dead or missing - Rescue teams at work

India : Ferry sinks, dozens of people dead or missing – Rescue teams at work

Due to strong gusts of winds blowing all over South India, a river ferry capsized on Tuesday 15 May. 20 people survived and succeeded in swimming back to safety that same Tuesday evening after the ferry sank into the Godavari River but others are yet to be found. Formal record-keeping is practically rare for the many ferries that work on rivers in India, making it tedious to know how many people were actually on the boat. Hence, since there is no official list of passengers who were aboard that ferry, and rescue parties still looking for survivors, the number of wrecked people gone missing is in the range of 10 to 40.

Police and a team from the National Disasters Relief Force scanned the Godaveri river for survivors. Even fishermen rushed to the river to dive and look for drowned persons. But the accident occurred in the late evening, and the search for survivors was slowed down by poor communications and the fall of darkness.

The ferry captain reported the incident to the local police station. Since then, there is still no official statement issued by the authorities about the cause of the drowned ferry. Overcrowding could be the reason, according to some locals.

In November 2017, a ferry capsized in Andhra Pradesh, claiming the lives of at least 19 people. Unfortunately, the frequency of the capsizing of ferries is quite high in India, owing to overcrowding or poor maintenance of those boats…

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3 year jail sentence for Indian official for sharing confidential information with Pakistani boyfriend

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3 year jail sentence for Indian official for sharing confidential information with Pakistani boyfriend

3 year jail sentence for Indian official for sharing confidential information with Pakistani boyfriend

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Madhuri Gupta, who has served in the High Commission of Islamabad, has been convicted to 3 years in jail, on Friday 18th May for having links with Pakistan’s ISI officials. The police said in its charge sheet in 2010 that one of the Pakistani officials was in a relatioship with Madhuri and that they had even planned to get married. However, in court, Madhuri Gupta said that she is innocent and the accusations levelled at her, are all false.

Madhuri was arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police on April 22, 2010 for sharing sensitive information with Pakistani officials and staying in touch with two ISI officials Jamshed and Mubshar Raza Rana.

Discarding the ex-diplomat’s flimsy claim of innocence while announcing the sentence, the judge pointed out that in an email Madhuri sent to Jamshed, she promised to give the latter all information about hydro power projects of India in Jammu and Kashmir. Undoubteldly, this could have led to serious threat to the security of India. Madhuri Gupta was charged with the breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and various other provisions of the Official Secrets Act.

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India to become world’s 3rd largest air market by 2025

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India to become world's 3rd largest air market by 2025

India to become world’s 3rd largest air market by 2025

The commercial aviation market is undergoing unprecedented disruption in India. The country is preparing to become the 3rd largest player in the world and is multiplying initiatives in terms of investments, regional links, the relaxation of security rules and the criteria necessary to operate international flights.

The improved performance of the airlines around the world could be due to the new rules imposed by the DGCA (General Directorate of Civil Aviation) in September 2016. According to the new regulation, if the flight does not take off within five minutes after the fire green of air traffic control, it will have to be pushed back to the back of the queue where it will have to wait for the next slot available to take off.

Previously, on Indian soil, if a flight scheduled for takeoff at a particular time did not leave in time, it also delayed other flights in the queue. With this new procedure, companies that are well organized and take off on time are not bothered by others. Indian airlines are now making efforts to avoid arriving late on the track.

At the same time, in Indian commercial aviation, there has been a clear increase in flight frequencies, routes and passengers. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had published an interesting report in 2017 that foresaw significant future tourism trends around the world. The prediction that India is expected to overtake the UK as the third largest air market by 2025 is pleasing the hotel industry and tourism businesses.

In terms of market size, the United Kingdom will move from third to fifth place. India will overtake the United Kingdom as the third largest air market in the world by 2025. In 2026, the country (India) will have 337 million new passengers and a total of 478 million air travellers. It will be more than Japan (just under 225 million) and Germany (just over 200 million) combined. Of these numbers, growth is expected to come primarily from the Asia-Pacific region. This are will be the source of more than half of the new passengers over the next two decades.

These forecasts encouraged the Indian government to improve the aviation sector, as it has obviously been doing for a few years. India’s government is realizing the potential of this industry and the large middle class population of India of about 35 million people who now enjoys relatively increased purchasing power. In order to make flights affordable for a large proportion of middle class people, air fares have been reduced by 18% since 2016. Air India is also preparing to be privatized…

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India : New Delhi to become the world’s most populated city in 10 years

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India : New Delhi to become the world's most populated city in 10 years

India : New Delhi to become the world’s most populated city in 10 years

In 10 years, New Delhi will topple Tokyo from the supremo title of the most populated city in the world. Therotically, the Indian city will then have some 39 million inhabitants – 10 million more than today ouchhh!!! – while the capital of Japan will peak at 37 million. This change of hierarchy is only one of many upheavals promised by the rapid urbanization of a part of the planet, according to a study by the United Nations, made public on Wednesday, May 16th.

Is it a crown or a curse ?

New Delhi’s human overpopulation has led to a severe crisis and war for water. People are fighting for water and sometimes even killing one another for this valuable resource. Also, what was a major water source for the city a few years back, the Yamuna River, is now being used for purposes such as washing clothes and as dumpstation for factory gas leakage, leading to a tremendous amount of pollution and unsafe drinking conditions.This is a major disadvantage for the citizens of the area. Also during this horrific time, water supplying companies charge a large amount of money for tap water, causing people under the poverty line (which is close to 13 percent) to get absolutely no drinking water supply. This causes many deaths and one-tenth of the population to not have access to water.

What can be done ?

First and foremost : 52% of the New Delhi water distribution is wasted by leaks during the flow of water in the pipelines. If this wastage is curbed, this water could prove very useful for the New Delhi residents. To cope with the water shortage, it is therefore primordial to repair damaged water pipes or install new pipelines,

Next Step : New Delhi should urgently stop human overpopulation by enforcing a law, such as the single child law in China. This law can lead New Delhi and the rest of india from becoming a rapid growing country to a more slower but stable growing country in terms of population. Thankfully, India has already begun to set up several programs that are trying to shrink the population over-growth. The Family Planning Association of India is trying to create an awareness about the importance to limit the birth rate to only two offsprings. But that also has come up to be a problem because there is a couple of reasons why some families have numerous children, such as poverty and religious beliefs.

Overpopulation in New Delhi and most of India has led to the rapid growth of population in the country of India as a whole. Even though many attempts have been tried, it is only miniscule to the amount of work it will take for New Delhi/India to reach a slow and steady rate of growth.

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