Haryana governor safe after plane crash
Chandigarh: Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia and nine others had a miraculous escape on Thursday when their plane crashed immediately after taking off from the airport here, an official said. The plane was barely 15-20 feet in the air when it went down. A fire was noticed in the plane. It was not clear what caused the accident. The Haryana government’s King Air B-200 aircraft had 10 people on board. Airport officials said the aircraft suffered extensive damage. Pahadia, 82, was pulled out of the plane along with others and rushed to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research. Doctors let him go after medical examination.
India certified as polio free by WHO
New Delhi: India has officially been declared ‘Polio Free’
by the World Health Organisation. India is one of the 11 countries in the South East Asian region which have been certified as being free of the wild polio virus. The Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad received the official certificate at a function. This achievement makes the South-East Asia Region, the fourth WHO Region to be certified as polio-free, after the Region of the Americas in 1994, the Western Pacific Region in 2000 and the European Region in 2002. “India has been polio free since January 2011. India embarked on the programme to eradicate polio 19 years ago in 1995, when the disease used to cripple more than 50,000 children in the country every year”, Azad said.
Calcutta CAT bench head alleges phone tapping
KOLKATA: Justice Pratap Kumar Ray, a retired Calcutta High Court judge and current head of the Central Administrative Tribunal’s (CAT) Calcutta bench, has complained to the home secretary that his mobile phone is being tapped. Ray, while hearing a petition by former Indian Police Service officer Nazrul Islam Feb 3, had annulled the promotion of five West Bengal IPS officers to the rank of director general of police (DGP) including the existing head of the state police, G M P Reddy. In his complaint letter, Ray has sought necessary action for breach of his personal liberty as enshrined under article 21 of the constitution.
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