Mo­re than 100 kil­led in In­di­an train de­rail­ment

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

IN­DIA - At least 116 pe­o­p­le we­re kil­led ear­ly yes­ter­day when a Pat­na-In­do­re Ex­press train de­rai­led near In­dia’s nor­thern ci­ty of Kan­pur, ac­cor­ding to a po­li­ce of­fi­ci­al in Kan­pur. Kan­pur, in Ut­tar Pra­desh sta­te, is ne­ar­ly 300 mi­les sou­t­he­ast of New Del­hi, the ca­pi­tal. Res­cue teams are wor­king on the last over­tur­ned car, said Ra­jesh Mo­dak, de­pu­ty in­spec­tor ge­ne­ral of po­li­ce in Kan­pur. The other cars ha­ve been clea­red of pe­o­p­le, Mo­dak said. Mo­re than 150 pas­sen­gers ha­ve been in­ju­red, ac­cor­ding to CNN af­fi­li­a­te CNN News 18. Mo­re than 40 pe­o­p­le are se­rious­ly in­ju­red, Ra­hul Sri­vastav, press of­fi­cer for the Ut­tar Pra­desh po­li­ce, told CNN. Fourteen cars in the 23-car train de­rai­led around 3 a.m yes­ter­day, Mo­dak said. It was not im­me­di­a­te­ly clear what cau­sed the crash or how ma­ny pe­o­p­le we­re tra­ve­ling on the train, Ja­veed Ah­med, di­rec­tor ge­ne­ral of po­li­ce for Ut­tar Pra­desh, told CNN News 18. In­di­an Pri­me Mi­nis­ter On­loo­kers and sur­vi­vors ga­ther next to wreck­a­ge of the train that de­rai­led yes­ter­day near Kan­pur, In­dia. (NBC News)

Na­ren­dra Mo­di ex­pres­sed his con­do­len­ces on Twit­ter, saying, “My thoughts are with the be­re­a­ved fa­mi­lies.”

Rail­ways Mi­nis­ter Su­resh

Prab­hu said on Twit­ter that se­ni­or of­fi­cers we­re im­me­di­a­te­ly de­ploy­ed to the ac­ci­dent si­te. Prab­hu al­so said the Na­ti­o­nal Di­sas­ter Re­spon­se For­ce has been ac­ti­va­ted and is he­a­ded to the sce­ne. In­dia’s mas­si­ve rail net­work, used by hund­reds of thou­sands of pas­sen­gers dai­ly, is known to be poor­ly main­tai­ned. De­spi­te being the most po­pu­lar form of long-dis­tan­ce tra­vel in In­dia, se­ve­r­al train ac­ci­dents are re­por­ted each year.

(CNN) The mat­ter of Mauri­ce Ar­joon, for­mer Chief Exe­cu­ti­ve Of­fi­cer of the New Buil­ding So­ci­e­ty, which be­gan ni­ne ye­ars ago still war­rants that jus­ti­ce is ser­ved in fa­vour of Ar­joon who along with two other ma­na­gers of NBS we­re char­ged for fraud.

This was the view of Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Mo­ses Na­g­amoot­oo on Thurs­day whi­le ans­we­ring a ques­ti­on po­sed to him by this news­pa­per on the fu­tu­re of the is­sue at the Al­li­an­ce for Chan­ge’s press con­fe­ren­ce. Na­g­amoot­oo said that a mo­ti­on had been sub­mit­ted to par­li­a­ment by two back­ben­chers on the govern­ment si­de. He said that on a pre­vious oc­ca­si­on the mo­ti­on had been sub­mit­ted months ago but might not ha­ve got on the or­der pa­per or the no­ti­ce pa­per.

He said that this was the pre­di­ca­ment sin­ce the­re was a pen­ding ca­se in the court and the Spea­ker of the Hou­se ad­vi­sed that the Hou­se should be mind­ful of the sub ju­di­ce ru­le which sta­tes that on­ce a mat­ter is en­ga­ging the at­ten­ti­on of the court it could not be ven­ti­la­ted in the As­sem­bly. The Pri­me Mi­nis­ter and Vi­ceChair­man of the AFC said that the mo­ti­on ad­dres­ses a mat­ter which cries out for jus­ti­ce. When con­tac­ted on the is­sue, Mr. Ar­joon said that the Ombudsman’s re­port which con­fir­med that he and two ma­na­gers we­re wrong­ful­ly char­ged and suf­fe­red a gra­ve in­jus­ti­ce, was sent to Par­li­a­ment by the Ombudsman, at the ti­me Re­ti­red Jus­ti­ce Wins­ton Moo­re over two ye­ars ago, af­ter then Pre­si­dent Do­nald Ra­mo­tar did not act on the re­port.

Ar­joon and his col­lea­gues, as­sis­tant Mort­ga­ge Ma­na­ger Kis­soon Bal­deo, and Ope­ra­ti­ons Ma­na­ger Kent Vin­cent, along with other em­ploy­ees we­re char­ged in a $69M fraud ca­se at NBS in 2006.

The mo­ney re­por­ted­ly be­lon­ged to Bi­bi Khan. The ca­se was in the court for a num­ber of ye­ars be­fo­re char­ges we­re fi­nal­ly di­schar­ged. The for­mer CEO then mo­ved to fi­le a $2M law­s­uit against the Pe­o­p­le’s Pro­gres­si­ve Par­ty Ci­vic govern­ment for ma­li­cious pro­se­cu­ti­on. The suit was dis­mis­sed sin­ce the of­fen­ce could not ha­ve been pro­per­ly es­ta­blis­hed.

When the char­ges we­re laid against Ar­joon he was on the ver­ge of re­ti­re­ment and was dis­mis­sed. Ar­joon has clai­med that he was fra­med af­ter he re­fu­sed to il­le­gal­ly en­dor­se the len­ding of $2B in 2006. The for­mer CEO’s de­ci­si­on to on­ly lend $350M in kee­ping with Gu­y­a­na’s fi­nan­ci­al laws ap­pa­rent­ly an­ge­red for­mer Pre­si­dent Bhar­rat Jag­deo, who al­le­gedly th­re­a­ten­ed to deal with the CEO.

The trio then lod­ged a com­plaint at the of­fi­ce of the Ombudsman. In his re­port on the mat­ter, Moo­re con­clu­ded that the men had suf­fe­red a gra­ve in­jus­ti­ce. Ar­joon, on Au­gust 18, last, met with the Pri­me Mi­nis­ter on the mat­ter but no po­si­ti­ve ac­ti­on has been ta­ken. Howe­ver, ba­sed on the com­ments by Na­g­amoot­oo on Thurs­day the govern­ment con­ti­nues to ack­now­led­ge the in­jus­ti­ce which the mat­ter at­trac­ted and will see to it that jus­ti­ce is gi­ven a chan­ce.

(Kai­e­teur news)

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