ഇസ്താംബൂള്: പുതുവത്സരാഘോഷങ്ങള്ക്കിടെ തുര്ക്കിയിലെ ഇസ്താംബൂളിലെ നിശാക്ലബ്ബിൽ സാന്താക്ലോസ് വേഷധാരികള് നടത്തിയ വെടിവെപ്പിൽ പോലീസ് ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥനുള്പ്പടെ 39 പേര് കൊല്ലപ്പെട്ടു.40ഒാളം പേർക്ക് പരിക്ക്.മരിച്ചവരിൽ 19 പേർ വിദേശികളാണ്. ഒര്ട്ടാക്കോയ് മേഖലയിലെ റെയ്ന നിശാക്ലബ്ബിലാണ് പുലര്ച്ചെ 1.30 ഓടെ അക്രമികള് വെടിയുതിര്ത്തത്.
സംഭവ സമയത്ത് ക്ലബ്ബില് എഴുനൂറ് പേരുണ്ടായിരുന്നു.തീവ്രവാദി ആക്രമണമാണെന്നാണ് നിഗമനം
Kottayam: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy escaped unhurt when his car met with an accident in the wee hours of Sunday at Ettumanoor near Kottayam.
The accident occurred at about 2:45 am at Kanakari in Vaikom-Ettumanoor road when the Chief Minister was on his way to his home town, Puthuppally in the district, after attending the function of President Pranab Mukherjee at Kozhikode on Friday.
The Chief Minister\\\'s gunman, who was sitting in the front, suffered minor injuries and was treated by the doctors at the guest house here, officials said. The exact reason for the accident was yet to be ascertained.
One version is that the tyre of the car got punctured that led to the car skidding into the drain. Another version is that car driver dozed off.
The Chief Minister continued his journey in the pilot vehicle to his hometowm, officials said.
Later talking to reporters who met him at his residence in Puthuppally, Chandy said that he escaped without injury as he was wearing a seat belt. Chandy as usual went to the Church in his village in the morning and offered prayers.
Chandy, who visits his constituency on Sundays if there is no other important engagement, also met locals and heard their grievances, official at the Chief Minister\\\'s office at Thiruvananthapuram said.
Washington: The India-Pakistan foreign secretary-level talks could be rescheduled soon after Islamabad\\\'s probe team visits Pathankot town to investigate the January 2 airbase attack, Pakistan Prime Minister\\\'s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said.Aziz, who is on a visit here, said a Pakistani team will visit India \\\"in the next few days\\\" to investigate the terror attack at Pathankot airbase that left seven security personnel dead.All six terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, were also killed in the attack which derailed the India-Pakistan \\\"Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue\\\" that started following Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif\\\'s meeting in Paris.
After a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, Aziz on Tuesday said it was unfortunate that the Pathankot attack disrupted the resumption of secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan.Since the attack, Pakistan had taken a number of \\\"important steps\\\" to facilitate resumption of the talks, Dawn online quoted Aziz as saying.
\\\"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Narendra Modi immediately after the attack and assured him of Pakistan\\\'s support in the investigation. The two national security advisers are maintaining frequent contacts,\\\" he said.\\\"A case has been registered and the special investigation team (SIT) is likely to visit India in the next few days. We, therefore, hope that the foreign secretary-level talks will be scheduled very soon,\\\" Aziz said during the US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue he co-chaired with Kerry.
Aziz said the government\\\'s decision to reach out to India after the Pathankot attack was an important part of a strategy to improve ties with all neighbouring countries.\\\"We believe that the resolution of all outstanding issues -- including the Kashmir dispute -- is possible through resumption of full-scale and uninterrupted dialogue with India,\\\" said the adviser.He added that Pakistan also had \\\"proposed a mechanism to address our respective concerns on terrorism\\\".Soon after the Pathankot attack, Pakistan set up a six-member probe team to follow up on the leads India had provided.On Saturday, a court in Punjab province of Pakistan granted remand of six suspects, arrested for their alleged involvement in the attack, in police custody for further investigation.
Aziz said the Indian participation in the Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad last December and the announcement to start the \\\"Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue\\\" were positive developments that augured well for peace and stability in South Asia.\\\"Prime Minister Modi\\\'s visit to Islamabad was welcomed by most in Pakistan. Here, I would like to express our gratitude to you and President Barack Obama for your consistent support to the revival of Pakistan-India dialogue,\\\" Aziz said in his remarks.He said the Pakistani government was committed to acting against all terrorist groups without any distinction.
An EgyptAir jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean south of Greece on Thursday, with Athens saying the plane swerved in mid-air before plunging from cruising height and vanishing.Greek state television said aircraft debris had been found in the sea during a search for the missing Airbus A320. Earlier, Greek officials said pieces of plastic and two lifevests were found floating some 230 miles south of Crete.Officials were reluctant to speculate over the disappearance while the search was underway. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said it was too early to rule out any explanation, including an attack like the one blamed for bringing down a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula last year.
But despite the caution, the country’s aviation minister said a terrorist attack was more likely to have taken down the aircraft than a technical failure.In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama received a briefing on the disappearance from his adviser for homeland security and counter-terrorism, the White House said.In Athens, Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said the Airbus had first swerved 90 degrees to the left, then spun through 360 degrees to the right. After plunging from 37,000 feet to 15,000, it vanished from Greek radar screens.
Greece deployed aircraft and a frigate to the area to help with the search. Greek defense sources told Reuters earlier that two floating objects, colored white and red, had been spotted in a sea area 230 miles south of the island of Crete.According to Greece’s civil aviation chief, calls from Greek air traffic controllers to the jet went unanswered just before it left the country’s airspace, and it disappeared from radar screens soon afterwards.
There was no official suggestion of whether the disappearance was due to technical failure or any other reason such as sabotage by ultra-hardline Islamists, who have targeted airports, airliners and tourist sites in Europe, Egypt, Tunisia and other Middle Eastern countries over the past few years.The aircraft was carrying 56 passengers – with one child and two infants among them – and 10 crew, EgyptAir said. They included 30 Egyptian and 15 French nationals, along with citizens of 10 other countries.Asked if he could rule out that terrorists were behind the incident, Prime Minister Ismail told reporters: “We cannot exclude anything at this time or confirm anything. All the search operations must be concluded so we can know the cause.”
French President Francois Hollande also said the cause was unknown. “Unfortunately the information we have … confirms to us that the plane came down and is lost,” he said. “No hypothesis can be ruled out, nor can any be favored over another.”With its archeological sites and Red Sea resorts, Egypt is traditionally a popular destination for Western tourists. But the industry has been badly hit following the downing of the Russian Metrojet flight last October, killing all 224 people on board, as well as by an Islamist insurgency and a string of bomb attacks.
Follow the Reuters Live Coverage on EgyptAir jet: http://live.reuters.com/Event/World_NewsGreek air traffic controllers spoke to the pilot as the jet flew over the island of Kea, in what was thought to be the last broadcast from the aircraft, and no problems were reported.But just ahead of the handover to Cairo airspace, calls to the plane went unanswered, before it dropped off radars shortly after exiting Greek airspace, Kostas Litzerakis, the head of Greece’s civil aviation department, told Reuters.“During the transfer procedure to Cairo airspace, about seven miles before the aircraft entered the Cairo airspace, Greek controllers tried to contact the pilot but he was not responding,” he said.
Greek authorities are searching in the area south of the island of Karpathos, Defence Minister Kammenos told a news conference.“At 3.39am (0039 GMT) the course of the aircraft was south and south-east of Kassos and Karpathos (islands),” he said. “Immediately after, it entered Cairo FIR (flight information region) and made swerves and a descent I describe: 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right.”The Airbus plunged from 37,000 feet (11,280 meters) to 15,000 feet before vanishing from radar, he added.Egyptian Civil Aviation minister Sherif Fathi said authorities had tried to resume contact but without success.
At Cairo airport, authorities ushered families of the passengers and crew into a closed-off waiting area.Two women and a man, who said they were related to a crew member, were seen leaving the VIP hall where families were being kept. Asked for details, the man said: “We don’t know anything, they don’t know anything. No one knows anything.”Ayman Nassar, from the family of one of the passengers, also walked out of the passenger hall with his daughter and wife in a distressed state. “They told us the plane had disappeared, and that they’re still searching for it and not to believe any rumors,” he said.
A mother of flight attendant rushed out of the hall in tears. She said the last time her daughter called her was Wednesday night. “They haven’t told us anything,” she said.EgyptAir said on its Twitter account that Flight MS804 had departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST). It disappeared at 02:30 a.m. at an altitude of 37,000 feet in Egyptian air space, about 280 km (165 miles) from the Egyptian coast before it was due to land at 03:15 a.m.In Paris, a police source said investigators were now interviewing officers who were on duty at Roissy airport on Wednesday evening to find out whether they heard or saw anything suspicious. “We are in the early stage here,” the source said.Airbus said the missing A320 was delivered to EgyptAir in November 2003 and had operated about 48,000 flight hours.The missing flight’s pilot had clocked up 6,275 hours of flying experience, including 2,101 hours on the A320, while the first officer had 2,766 hours, EgyptAir said.At one point EgyptAir said the plane had sent an emergency signal at 04:26 a.m., two hours after it disappeared from radar screens. However, Fathi said later that further checks found that no SOS was received.
The weather was clear at the time the plane disappeared, according to Eurocontrol, the European air traffic network.“Our daily weather assessment does not indicate any issues in that area at that time,” it said.Under U.N. aviation rules, if the aircraft is found to have crashed in international or Egyptian waters, Egypt will automatically lead an investigation into the accident assisted by countries including France, where the jet was assembled, and the United States, where engine maker Pratt & Whitney is based.
Russia and Western governments have said the Metrojet plane that crashed on Oct. 31 was probably brought down by a bomb, and the Islamic State militant group said it had smuggled an explosive device on board.That crash called into question Egypt’s campaign to eradicate Islamist violence. Militants have stepped up attacks on Egyptian soldiers and police since Sisi, then serving as army chief, toppled elected President Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist, in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.In March, an EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus by a man with what authorities said was a fake suicide belt. He was arrested after giving himself up.EgyptAir has a fleet of 57 Airbus and Boeing jets, including 15 of the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, according to airfleets.com.
Tokyo: Japan\\\'s population declined for the first time in almost a century in 2015, compounding the government\\\'s concerns about the nation\\\'s mounting demographic woes in the face of a rapidly aging and shrinking society.
According to preliminary statistics released Friday by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Statistics Bureau, Japan\\\'s population as of October 1, 2015 totaled 127,110,047, a decline of 947,305 people, or 0.7 percent, from the previous census conducted in 2010, reports Xinhua.
The latest census revealed that the population in Japan had dropped for the first time since the survey began in 1920. And while Japan remains the world\\\'s 10th largest country, it is the only country among the top 20 whose population is declining.
The statistics bureau said Japan\\\'s male population stood at 61,829,237 and female population at 65,280,810, with the overall population dropping in 39 of Japan\\\'s total 47 prefectures.
Thirty-three percent of the prefectures have seen an accelerated rate of decline, the bureau said.
The data showed a population increase in Tokyo and some neighbouring prefectures.
The government is grappling to address the demographic crisis with structural reform policies aimed at boosting the rapidly declining national fertility rate, which fell to a record low of 1.42 in 2014.
The National Institute of Population and Social Security Research has said the declining birthrate will lead to Japan losing a third of its population by 2060.
Keio University\\\'s demographics specialist, Noriko Tsuya, has said there was no other industrialized country in the world that was experiencing such a rapid decline of its population.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought on Saturday to temper pressure from Paris, Brussels and her own government to force Britain into negotiating a quick divorce from the EU, despite warnings that hesitation will let populism take hold.Eurosceptics in other member states applauded Britons’ decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that sent shockwaves around the world, with far-right demands for a similar vote in Slovakia underlining the risk of a domino effect.With the referendum decision finally made on Thursday and Prime Minister David Cameron having announced his resignation, European politicians and institutions felt free to shower demands on Britain over its future outside the world’s largest trading bloc.
The European Central Bank said Britain’s financial industry, which employs 2.2 million people, would lose the right to serve clients in the EU unless the country signed up to its single market – anathema to “leave” campaigners who are set to lead the next government in London.Almost alone in continental Europe, Merkel tried to slow the rush to get Britain out of the EU door. Europe’s most powerful leader made clear she would not press Cameron after he indicated Britain would not seek formal exit negotiations until October at least.“Quite honestly, it should not take ages, that is true, but I would not fight now for a short time frame,” Merkel told a news conference.
“The negotiations must take place in a businesslike, good climate,” she said. “Britain will remain a close partner, with which we are linked economically.”Britain’s decision to leave the EU is the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of forging greater unity. But Merkel appeared more conciliatory than others within her coalition government and elsewhere in Europe.The chief executive of Britain’s “Vote Leave” campaign called for informal talks before London notifies the EU it wants to leave under the Lisbon Treaty, which provides for two years of divorce proceedings.
But German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a member of Merkel’s Social Democrat coalition partners, showed a greater sense of urgency on getting talks going.“This process should get underway as soon as possible so that we are not left in limbo but rather can concentrate on the future of Europe,” he said after hosting a meeting of his colleagues from the six founding members of the EU – Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned of the dangers of delay. “We have to give a new sense to Europe, otherwise populism will fill the gap,” he said.
They followed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who said on Friday it didn’t make any sense to wait until October to negotiate the terms of a “Brexit”.Britain’s representative on the EU executive, Financial Services Commissioner Jonathan Hill, resigned on Saturday after campaigning against a British exit.In Britain itself, divisions widened after the relatively close vote.
Almost 1.9 million Britons have signed a petition on parliament’s website calling for a second EU referendum because Thursday’s 52-48 percent result in favor of “Brexit” was not decisive enough.The petition will have to be discussed by lawmakers, but it has no legal force and its backers compare with the 17.4 million Britons who voted “leave”.
Tens of thousands are also set to pack into Trafalgar Square in the British capital on Tuesday to show “London stands with Europe”, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.In contrast to Cameron, Scotland’s pro-EU first minister said she wanted to open negotiations directly with Brussels. The option of a second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom – after Scots rejected the idea two years ago – should be “on the table”, she said.South of the border in England, eurosceptic newspapers rejoiced but others pondered an uncertain future. “So what the hell happens now?” asked the Daily Mirror.Cameron announced on Friday he would resign after the referendum that sent global stock markets plunging, and inflicted the biggest one day drop on sterling in history.
He promised to stay on as a caretaker until October while the Conservative Party chooses a new leader.Even before the British vote, anti-establishment parties were on the rise across the EU, not least in France where far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen is expected to perform strongly in a presidential election next year.Raising mainstream fears that other member states might be tempted to follow the British example, Slovakia’s far right People’s Party on Saturday launched a petition for a referendum on the country’s future in the EU.“Citizens of Great Britain have decided to refuse the diktat from Brussels. It is high time for Slovakia to leave the sinking European ‘Titanic’ as well,” the party said.
The British pound fell as much as 10 percent against the U.S. dollar on Friday to levels last seen in 1985 on fears the decision could hit investment, threaten London’s role as a global financial capital, and cause months of political uncertainty.Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded its outlook for Britain, saying its creditworthiness was now at greater risk.The uncertainty risks damaging economies far beyond Britain’s shores, and European Central Bank policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau joined the clamor for haste.
Villeroy delivered a warning over the City of London financial center which handles trillions of euros of business even though it lies outside the ECB’s jurisdiction.That was at risk, including the “passport” arrangement under Europe’s single market rules which allow London banks to do business with clients in the euro zone, even though Britain never joined the common currency.“If tomorrow Britain is not part of the single market, the City cannot keep this European passport, and clearing houses cannot be located in London either,” he told France Inter radio. The only way around this was for Britain to follow Norway, which lies outside the EU but has joined the single market.
This means signing up to the rules, including the free movement of workers – likely to be opposed in Britain where the “leave” camp promised to control immigration from the EU.Cameron’s replacement could be his Conservative rival Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who became the most recognizable face of the Leave camp.There was euphoria over the vote in much of the British press. “Birth of a new Britain,” the Daily Telegraph said, while the Daily Star tabloid borrowed from Donald Trump’s campaigning message with its headline “Now Let’s Make Britain Great Again”.
But those among the more than 16 million who voted to stay in the EU also raised their voices.
The United Kingdom itself could also now break apart. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her devolved government was preparing to present legislation allowing a second independence referendum while continuing discussions on its place within the EU.Scots rejected independence in 2014. But they voted to stay in the EU on Thursday, raising the possibility that they would be forced out against their will.In 2014, Nationalists said Scotland would prosper on revenues from North Sea oil, but since then prices have collapsed, raising questions over the economic viability of an independent Scotland.