Daily Archives: October 24, 2014

Suicide bomber threat to Air India flights, four major airports on alert

Security was ramped up on Friday at four major airports including Mumbai and Kolkata following an email warning that suicide bombers would try to target an Air India flight. Reports said the new security measures included increased checks on passengers, tightening of access control and putting anti-hijacking units on alert. The two other airports mentioned in the email are Ahmedabad and Kochi.

The email reached the Kolkata office of the Airports Authority of India on Thursday night, following which the security at these air ports were increased.

The Ahmedabad Mirror reported quoting a letter from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security that the email warned that the suicide bombers would try to board the Air India flight from Ahmedabad to Mumbai on Friday midnight and the Mumbai-Kochi flight on Saturday morning.

Airport director AKC Nair told PTI that they received the information from Kolkata. “There was a threat of bomb attack or bomb suicide attack,” he said.

Soon after an alarm was raised, security was tightened in and around Kochi airport. “After intense search and combing operation we couldn’t find anything unusual,” a senior airport official said.

A high-level meeting was convened this morning by CISF DIG Anand Mohan, who arrived in Kochi from Chennai, to review the security at the airport.

A bomb detection and disposal squad, Quick Response team, CISF and police are keeping a constant vigil at the airport.

Security at the airport perimeter entrance has also been further tightened.


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Tillakaratne Dilshan’s luxury hotel inaugurated by Mahinda Rajapaksa

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the former Sri Lankan captain’s luxury Hotel, ‘D Pavilion Inn’, was declared open by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Stafford Avenue.

It is a new venture for the attacking Sri Lankan batsman. Dilshan’s wife and other family members were present at the inauguration ceremony.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have announced a 15-member squad for the first three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) of the five-match series against India which is likely to start from November 2. Lanka will be led by Angelo Mathews. Veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will also tour. Niroshan Dickwella also makes it to the squad as ‘keeper. The Lanka tour will be played from October 28 to November 18, 2014. The tour will also include a practice match in Mumbai. Squad: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Ashan Priyanjan, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Lahiru Gamage, Chathuranga De Silva, Seekuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv.


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After the next Presidential Election is held early January, the government could hold a referendum to extend the life of the present Parliament by a further six years, under powers vested in the Executive, Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation, Jayaratne Herath hinted.

He made this observation during an event to mark the assuming of duties of Deputy Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation, V. Radhakrishnan, yesterday. Herath also said it was the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that is enjoying the benefits of the Executive Presidency that was introduced by the United National Party (UNP) and added it was President Rajapaksa who ended the war though there were several Executive Presidents before him. “President Rajapaksa used the powers of the Executive to end the conflict,” he said. Herath also said the President will win the upcoming election with a big margin.


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