DEFENCE MINISTRY ORDERS INVESTIGATION INTO INS KOLKATA MISHAP
A day after a mishap on advanced warship INS Kolkata at the Mazagaon Docks Ltd (MDL), the Defence Ministry on Saturday ordered a search into the incident. It was the second major incident affecting the Indian Navy in a fortnight. An officer was killed and a worker injured after inhaling carbon dioxide gas leaking from a cylinder on the warship, which was being outfitted at the MDL last afternoon. The leak is believed to have occurred after a cylinder accidently opened and hit the victim, Commander Kunal Wadhwa, 42, around 12.45 pm. Wadhwa, a resident of Colaba in south Mumbai, was pronounced dead at the state-run St George Hospital. Another MDL worker, Aslam G Kazi, 51, a resident of suburban Malad, has been admitted to private hospital in Mazagaon. Kazi, a worker in the MDL was passing by the area when he inhaled the gas and felt suffocated, but he had not registered any complaint against the MDL. The 7,000-tonne vessel, the lead ship of the Kolkata class of guided-missile destroyers and designated Yard 701, was undergoing trials when the catastrophe struck.
CHINA A 'GREAT NATION' BUT WITH 'HARMFUL' GOVT: DALAI LAMA
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has called China a "great nation," but described its political system as "harmful." He told an audience at Washington's National Cathedral that the Chinese people need more freedom and less government censorship. The Dalai Lama said the Chinese system is harmful to developing individual creativity, adding said he is concerned that poor Chinese have a hard time addressing their complaints through the judicial system. When someone in the audience asked the Dalai Lama why China objects to his visit to Washington, he replied "ask them." Chinese officials say they have lodged a protest with the United States over the Dalai Lama's visit to the Capitol Thursday, where he led the U.S. Senate in prayer and met with congressional leaders. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Congress should honor its commitment to recognize Tibet as part of China and not support Tibetan independence. The Dalai Lama denies China's insistence that he is a Tibetan separatist. He said he accepts Chinese rule and only wants more Tibetan autonomy and human rights. He also denies China's assertion that he encourages Tibetan separatists to set themselves on fire as a form of protest. The Dalai Lama met with President Barack Obama at the White House last week. Obama repeated his strong support for Tibet's religious and cultural traditions. He commended the Dalai Lama's non-violent approach for more Tibetan autonomy.
SANDEEP DIKSHIT SERVED NOTICE BY ELECTION COMMISSION
Congress MP from East Delhi Sandeep Dikshit was today served a notice by Delhi Election Commission for alleged violation of model code of conduct which came to force since the day the Lok sabha election dates were announced. The notice has been issued by Returning Officer of East Delhi Niharika Rai for carrying out a foot march along with over 100 supporters without taking consent of the concerned authorities. Rai issued the notice after receiving a report from the Geeta Colony police.
FOREX RESERVES RISE BY $954.6 MN TO $294.3 BN
The country's foreign exchange reserves rose by $954.6 million to $294.36 billion on account of gains in the value of gold reserves, the Reserve Bank said. In the previous reporting week, the reserves had dipped by $383.7 million to $293.41 billion. After remaining unchanged for multiple weeks, the gold reserves increased by $902.3 million to $20.978 billion for the week ended February 28, the Reserve Bank said. Foreign currency assets (FCAs), a major part of the overall reserves, increased by $33.6 million to $266.90 billion for the week ended February 28. FCAs, expressed in dollar terms, include the effect of appreciation/depreciation of the non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen held in its reserves. The special drawing rights also rose by $13 million to $4.468 billion, while the country's reserve position with the IMF increased by a $5.7 million to $2.011 billion, the apex bank said.
SAINA CRASHES OUT IN QUARTERS OF ALL-ENGLAND BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP
India's campaign came to a premature stop in the All-England Badminton Championship with country's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal bowing out in the quarterfinals of the women's singles event. Seventh seeded Saina lost in straight games 17-21 10-21 against Chinese fourth seed Shixian Wang in last night's quarterfinal duel which lasted for 43 minutes.